Kent State Regional Campuses Host Medievalism ConferencePosted Oct. 15, 2012 | Michael Cellars
Kent State University’s Regional Campuses are hosting the 27th International Conference on Medievalism from Oct. 18 – 20, featuring presentations by an international array of scholars, film screenings, a video game workshop, medieval fighting demonstrations and craft classes. The conference will continue online as a cloud conference until Nov. 15.
“The International Conference on Medievalism always involves an international array of scholars,” says Carol Robinson, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Kent State University at Trumbull. “This year, there will be scholars representing countries as close as Canada and as far away as Finland and Australia.”
Keynote speaker Bruce Holsinger – author of several books, including Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism and the War on Terror, and a professor of English at the University of Virginia – presents “Archives of the Animal,” from a book of the same name. Keynote speaker Edna Edith Sayers – also an author of several books, including Oedipus Borealis: The Aberrant Body in Old Icelandic Myth and Saga, and a professor of English retired from Gallaudet University (Washington, D.C.) – provides a presentation titled “Narrative Eugenics: Disability in Old Norse Myth and Saga and Its Displacement in Post-Medieval Viking Narrative.”
The “brick and mortar” conference will be held at Kent State University at Stark and is sponsored by Kent State Stark, Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Society for Creative Anachronism. The virtual Cloud Conference, will take place from Oct. 15 – Nov. 15, and is sponsored by Kent State Trumbull and the Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization.
“The cloud conference is a new element of this conference,” notes Robinson. “It is a series of presentations posted online and made available for anyone who registers either for the entire conference or just this part of the conference. For each presentation, there will be a text-based discussion element for all to join. In addition, we hope to post video samplings of the ‘brick-n-mortar’ conference.
“This is a golden opportunity for scholars and students to discuss a variety of topics that address issues of diversity and medievalism in a professional setting that is outside the world of the credit course structure,” says Robinson. Admission is free to all students, and Robinson encourages them to attend.
For more information or to register, visit www.medievalism.net/conferences/ksu2012conference.html.