Call for Submissions: New Book Series: Reinterpreting the Middle Ages: From Medieval to Neo

A new book series, Reinterpreting the Middle Ages: From Medieval to Neo, co-edited by Dr Claire Kennan (University of Reading) and Dr Emma J. Wells (University of York) and published by Brepols, was announced earlier this week. The series warmly welcomes volume proposals for both monographs and thematically coherent essay collections.

The aim is to provide a new publication platform for interdisciplinary studies of the Middle Ages; that is, research which analyses the impact and approaches to the study of the medieval era from its origins to the present day to create a unique dialogue between scholars, professionals, and practitioners. In moving away from traditional approaches and towards the inter- and multi-disciplinary, the premise is to gain a snapshot of how (and why) the Middle Ages have been formed and are perceived across fields as well as over vast periods of change and countries, boundaries, and borders; to continue driving and moulding this innovation through examinations of the phenomenon/movement (in traditional or ‘neo-’form), its historiography, representation, image, presentation, and pedagogies.

The Series offers radical, exciting, informed, and innovative readings of the importance and prominence of the Middle Ages in the twenty-first century, how and why its significance has endured since the post-medieval era, and, most importantly, how critical curiosity of the era has been received, imagined, invoked, used, abused, and refashioned in the Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary periods (so to speak). Rich collisions and fresh perspectives reveal ideas and exercises across centuries of practice and provide a new set of reference points that reframe the ‘medieval’ itself thereby presenting a fresh, broad, and representative picture of the deep connections between the modern and pre-modern world.

Titles will cover all forms of engagement with the more emerging field of neo-medievalism—at least as a revivalist subdiscipline over the last two generations—from the academy to modern pedagogies and constructs in popular culture from a multitude of fields, including history, art, architecture, archaeology, literature, musicology, public engagement and interpretation, digital humanities/heritage. Welcoming burgeoning topics such as film & TV, video games, social media, performing arts/cinema/drama, and particularly education, race, gender and decolonisation, as well as traditional approaches including historiography and renaissance/revival studies, it is based on the premise that the Middle Ages should be cultivated within and expanded beyond the academy, thereby bringing the media, education, popular, historical, and political discourses, into an engagement and dialogue with the past.

Fields of interest
History, art, architecture, literature, performing arts, media, digital humanities, teaching, archaeology, music, languages, archives, heritage, museums, philosophy, education, religious studies, theology, anthropology, sociology.

Method of Peer Review
Double-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist.

Publishing Manager
Jirki Thibaut – jirki.thibaut@brepols.net

General Editors
Claire Kennan, University of Reading – c.m.kennan@reading.ac.uk
Emma J. Wells, University of York – emma.wells@york.ac.uk

Editorial Board

  • Jaume Aurell, University of Navarra 
  • Richard Utz, University of Northern Iowa 
  • Allison Gulley, Appalachian State University 
  • Oleg Benesch, University of York 
  • Peter Frankopan, University of Oxford 
  • David Matthews, University of Manchester 
  • Simon Trafford, The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) 
  • KellyAnn Fitzpatrick, Affiliated Researcher at Georgia Tech
  • Katherine Lewis, Huddersfield University 
  • Kavita Mudan Finn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Vincent M. Ferré, Université Paris Est Créteil 
  • Kenna Olsen, Mount Royal University 
  • Guy Halsall, University of York 
  • Michael Fordham, University of Cambridge 
  • Nadia Altschul, University of Glasgow

Author Information
Brepols Publishers’ general guidelines in English and a proposal form for authors and editors are available here.  

All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

Why Publish with Brepols?

  • Authors work closely with and benefit from the expertise of the Editorial Board. 
  • Comprehensive peer review ensures books published with Brepols have a reputation for high-quality scholarship. 
  • Continuity of care – authors work with the same publishing manager throughout the publication process. 
  • We offer comprehensive copyediting by experienced editors with a background in Classical, Medieval or Early Modern Studies. 
  • All volumes published with Brepols are distributed and marketed worldwide

Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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