postmedieval will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2020!
Medieval studies is the future because our field is old enough to be young. Let us then take up the charge of its brave early-career members. They remind us that enduring patterns of harassment and racism make academic freedom a mere myth for some; they assert that positions of misogyny, ethnonationalism, xenophobia, homo- and transphobia, and other biases are not legitimate positions in any conversation because they make freedom for all within the conversation impossible. Let our old field be the ideal home for those recognitions, one that rejuvenates their force.
~ Medievalists of Color, “The Youngest of Old Fields”
In 2010, we began our efforts to bring medieval studies into more dialogic contact with scholars working in later periods with the double issue “When did we become post/human?” At that time, our primary mission was to get premodernists and those working in later periods to converse with each other over subjects of pressing concern in the contemporary Academy (such as posthumanism, critical animal studies, disability studies, environmental studies, the digital turn, the global Middle Ages, and the like). Initially, our primary aims for the journal included: (a) developing a present-minded medieval studies in which contemporary events, issues, ideas, problems, objects, and texts serve as triggers for critical investigations of the Middle Ages; (b) illuminating the deep historical structures—mental, linguistic, social, cultural, aesthetic, religious, political, sexual, and the like—that underlie contemporary thought and life; (c) attending to the question of the relation of the medieval to the modern (and vice versa) in different times and places; and (d) demonstrating the important value of medieval studies and the longest possible historical perspectives to the ongoing development of critical theories that remain under-historicized. These aims still matter to us, but ten years later, we are reminded by organizations like Medievalists of Color, who are advocating for a “more inclusive, productive, and world-building medieval studies,” that our work with the past has an opportunity to remake itself again. Inspired by the MOC’s observation that “our old field . . . has the potential to be a young field,” we are searching for a team of (3-4) young scholars to guest-edit a double issue to mark our anniversary (Spring/Summer 2020). By “young,” we mean non-tenured and/or new to scholarly editing: the guest editorships are open to independent scholars, adjunct faculty, untenured faculty, graduate students, and others working in under-represented contexts.
The content and thematics (historical, theoretical, and otherwise) of the double issue will be decided by the guest editors as a group; Myra, Lara, Eileen, and Julie will provide assistance with the journal’s publication process so as to help streamline and make more manageable the editorial process. It is hoped that the group of guest editors will represent a varied array of disciplines and research interests that will go beyond literary-historical studies of a decidedly Anglocentric bent. If you are interested in being part of this editorial team, please send us an email at: Lara.Farina@mail.wvu.edu , letting us know: 1) what inspires you to guest-edit this special anniversary issue of postmedieval (about a page) and 2) what ideas you have for the double issue (about a page).
Please distribute widely. Deadline for applications is October 30th, 2018.