Aims & Scope

The Medieval Globe provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars of all world areas by focusing on convergence, movement, and interdependence. Contributions to a global understanding of the medieval period need not encompass the globe in any territorial sense. Rather, TMG advances a new theory and praxis of medieval studies by bringing into view phenomena that have been rendered practically or conceptually invisible by anachronistic boundaries, categories, and expectations: these include polities, networks, affinity groups, artistic influences, identities, bodies of knowledge, faiths, and forms of association. TMG also broadens discussion of the ways that medieval processes inform the global present and shape visions of the future.

In addition to being geographically and conceptually capacious, TMG’s purview is temporally open-ended. Although many contributing authors will focus on the era from c. 200 to c. 1500 C.E., others are encouraged to probe manifestations of the medieval globe that may not fit into this time-frame. TMG is also committed to supporting innovative, collaborative work in a variety of genres: full-length articles, scholarly dialogues, multi-authored discussions of critical problems, editions or translations of source materials, and other creative formats. The common denominator among articles accepted for publication will be their authors’ willingness to explore points of contact and forms of mobility (potential or actual), trace trajectories and currents, address topics of broad scholarly interest, or model portable methodologies.

The Medieval Globe is published biannually in both print and digital formats. Thematic issues alternate with volumes of selected articles submitted for consideration on a rolling basis. Future thematic issues might address such topics as: pilgrimage, diasporas, race and racializing technologies, maritime cultures and ports-of-call, piracy and crime, knowledge networks, markets and consumerism, entertainment, spoils and spolia, global localities, comparative cosmographies, sites of translation and acculturation, slavery and social mobility.

TMG‘s Editorial Board is encourages innovative and collaborative work in a variety of academic genres, including full-length articles, scholarly dialogues, multi-authored discussions, review essays, and editions or translations of source materials.