The medievalist can be defined as an individual who engages with the medieval. The OED makes no distinction between medievalist engagement as scholarly, creative, or social activity, making of the word a broad tent which we may find by turns both liberating and disconcerting. This new series seeks to bridge academic and public medievalist worlds. It encourages work that deciphers the ways in which the one might influence and permeate the other. It interrogates both the intellectual and the emotional encounter, and the use of medieval models in thinking through modern problems.
The Arc prefix signals the credentials of the series in a further way. Arc has become known for fostering the global turn in medieval studies, among other things. This series seeks to encompass scholarly perspectives that make space for Global South traditions and foster globally oriented interventions in medievalist debates.
The series is particularly interested in scholarship in the following areas:
- Post-colonialist work, marginalized voices, minority identities, and activism
- Little explored genres (graphic novels, horror literature, science-fiction, children’s books)
- Visual and material culture (art, film, built environment, advertising, museum holdings)
Scholars are encouraged to see the series as a vehicle for innovative work with regard to both form and content. We also welcome books written to appeal beyond an academic readership, opening up paperback potential and extending the reach and longevity of your work.
Submissions may be monographs or edited volumes of 70,000 or more words, shorter “minigraphs” of 45,000 to 60,000 words, or occasional Companion volumes (200,000 words or more).
ca. 500–1500 to the present day
Medievalism(s), global, post-colonialism, public history, politics, identity, contemporary, marginalized voices, visual culture.
Dr. Nadia Altschul
Nadia R. Altschul is Senior Lecturer (Hispanic Studies) at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Geographies of Philological Knowledge (Chicago, 2012); Literature, Authorship and Textual Criticism (Pliegos, 2005, in Spanish), and co-editor of Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World (Johns Hopkins, 2009). She is also one of the founding editors of the journal Digital Philology. Her current research focuses on postcolonial studies, temporality, and the “Middle Ages” in Iberoamerica.
Dr. Altschul’s publications are listed at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/mlc/staff/nadiaaltschul/#/publications
Dr. Josh Davies
Josh Davies’ research interests include:
Old English literature and Anglo-Saxon culture: particularly in intersections between history, poetry, and visual culture in the early medieval period and perceptions of the environment in medieval Britain.
The post-medieval reception of medieval culture: especially modern translations and appropriations of medieval culture in literary and visual art.
Museology and ways of knowing the medieval past: including how the presentation of the medieval past alters across time and culture and intersects with ideas of national and ethnic identity. Dr. Davies is fascinated by the cultural, critical, ideological and commercial work the idea of the “Middle Ages” has been put to in the modern world.
Bio details from: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/english/people/academic/davies.aspx