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Medieval Studies and Medievalism

Convenors: Władysław Witalisz (Jagiellonian University) and Katarzyna Strzebońska-Cichorz (Jagiellonian University)

And even the man's own descendants, who might have been expected to consider what he had been about, were heard to murmur: 'He is such an odd fellow! Imagine using these old stones just to build a nonsensical tower! Why did not he restore the old house? He had no sense of proportion.' But from the top of that tower the man had been able to look out upon the sea.

J.R.R. Tolkien “The Monsters and the Critics”

We extend a warm invitation to scholars and doctoral students interested in Medieval Studies and/or Medievalism to submit papers for a special thematic session of April Conference Fifteen.

Just like the kaleidoscope of colours, shapes, and symbols in stained-glass windows of Gothic cathedrals, the various facets of the Middle Ages have always inspired the minds not only of scholars and antiquarians uncovering the mysteries of the past but also of authors who weave those mysteries into works of fiction. The aim of this session is to bring together and map the current scope of interests pursued by researchers dealing both with the study of the medieval period and with the various reinterpretations of the medieval past.

Paper proposals are welcome from all disciplines, since April Conference seeks to bring together various branches of English and American Studies and welcomes papers which are interdisciplinary in character.


Potential topics may explore but are not limited to:

  • Old English and Middle English literature and culture
  • reinterpretations of the medieval past in later works of poetry and prose
  • various approaches to Medieval Studies across centuries.