Lines, Flows, and Forms


The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium is pleased to announce our theme, Lines, Flows, and Forms, for the 48th Colloquium, which will take place in-person, March 24th-25th, 2023, on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. A downloadable copy of the CFP is available here



Colloquium Format: There are three ways to participate in the conference. Participants may choose to 1) propose a thread (like the examples above) and organize panels based on papers submitted to that thread, 2) propose a complete panel of 3 pre-selected papers around a set theme, or 3) submit an individual paper to either a proposed thread or to the general call. 

One of the unique elements of the Colloquium is its use of a respondent-format. Papers for each panel are pre-circulated to a selected respondent 1 month before the conference meeting. The respondent takes this time to read each paper and create a response that addresses the individual papers and poses questions for the panelists. This guarantees that each presenter has the opportunity for an established scholar to engage with their work, and the responses set the initial terms for the questions and conversation at the end of each panel.

Commenters are generally established figures in the field with a significant record of publication; participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program. 


Conference Details

Plenary Speakers

We have two exciting plenary speakers for this year's event. Our plenary lectures will come from Dr. Andrew Cole (Princeton University) and Dr. Sara Ritchey (University of Tennessee). We will also be offering a seminar, facilitated by Dr. Ingrid Nelson (Amherst College).


Here is where you can find information about the sub-themes that have been organized as part of the Colloquium for 2023. You may submit to one of these themes, or to the general call for papers. 

Ways to Participate

How to join the conversation this year:

Propose a Thread (Due: Aug 1)

If you are inspired by our theme and would like to propose a thread that would gather together papers around an aspect of the theme, you may propose a thread. Abstracts will be submitted to the thread, and you will select those you think best fit the sub-theme you envision. 

Propose a Panel (Due: Oct 21)

We also invite participants to submit whole panels of papers, that is, a pre-organized panel. Professional organizations often submit panels from among their membership, but individuals or institutions are also invited to do the same. To submit a full panel, you need to send a description of the panel, a CV and abstract for the papers you would like to include, and suggestions for possible respondents. Panel proposals are due November 1st, 2021

Submit a Paper Abstract (Due: Oct 21)

Proposals for papers can touch on any aspect of the general theme, and we encourage proposals from medievalists of any discipline and any geographic area. Scholars can apply to the general call, or to specific sub-themes (available here). We accept proposals from anyone with a Ph.D. or who is in the process of gaining a doctorate. Abstracts should be submitted by November 1st, 2021.


Submit abstracts and proposals through our online form

You may also submit by email, if you prefer. 


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