Call for papers

The SEM offers PhD students, postdocs, and advanced MA and Lehramt students working in the field of English Medieval Studies the opportunity to present their research to peers and advanced scholars. Following the tradition of previous SEM meetings, we invite abstracts on any topic related to the English Middle Ages. We warmly encourage submissions from junior scholars working in history, religious studies, and art history, as well as in literature and linguistics. Papers of fifteen pages maximum will be made available to all participants to be read before the conference and will be presented individually by senior scholars, who will summarize them and provide critical feedback and questions for the plenary discussion. Younger scholars can thus benefit from the expertise of senior scholars and from having their projects discussed in a friendly atmosphere.

In order to facilitate networking and scholarly exchange, we have planned a number of ancillary events, including a conference dinner on March 17th and an optional trip on March 18th.

A submission and registration form is available here for anyone wishing to submit their work, to be a discussant, or simply to attend. Please fill it out and send it as an email attachment to If you are submitting an abstract, you can copy this into the registration form. The submission deadline for abstracts is January 1, 2017. We will notify you of acceptance by mid January, and ask you to submit your paper by February 17, 2017. The registration fee will be 25€ (15€ for unsalaried students) to be paid upon arrival at the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you in Bochum next spring!

The SEM XIX organising team

Simon Thomson and Luuk Houwen


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