Friday, August 15, 2014

Innovative Approaches to Teaching Dante

Call For Papers:
Innovative Approaches to Teaching Dante

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching
Special Issue

Alison Langdon

Essays are sought for a special issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching on innovative approaches to teaching Dante. Topics may include specific assignments or units as well as courses. The special issue will complement rather than overlap with the planned second edition of the MLA Approaches to Teaching Dante volume.

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART) is a journal of essays designed to assist teachers in communicating an understanding of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Since we believe that excellent research and inspired teaching are dual aspects of a revived medieval/ Renaissance curriculum, SMART essays are scholarly and pedagogical, informative and practical. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies. All papers are judged by at least two peer reviewers.

To ensure interdisciplinary consistency for SMART, contributors should doublespace manuscripts and format them according to the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, with endnotes rather than footnotes. Papers should be submitted blind, without the author's name appearing and without embedded comments from other reviewers. Papers vary greatly in length but typically are at least seven double-spaced pages, or about 2,500 words. Images in JPEG or TIF format are acceptable. Discursive notes should be held to a minimum to facilitate an easily readable text. The concept of intellectual rigor requires that information of the type often relegated to notes be integrated with the main discussion, while the practical needs of teachers require that information about texts and sources appropriate to students at all levels be included in the text or references. In balancing the need for documentation with that for practicality, we urge your cooperation and assistance.

Submissions should be submitted electronically by e-mail to Alison Langdon at the following address: Selected essays will be forwarded to the managing editor of SMART for assignment to blind peer review. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2015.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Medieval and Renaissance Latin America

ACMRS (The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) is embarking upon a new and long-awaited addition to the study of the global Medieval and Renaissance periods with the launch of a series on Medieval and Renaissance Latin America. This series greatly expands the traditional reach of both of those periods beyond the confines of Europe, to include important civilizations that have been heretofore marginalized, or at worst excluded, from that study.

The so-called New World was a repository of medieval hopes and mythologies, and also a product of advances in Early Modern European cartography. But Native American civilizations were not simply waiting to be discovered. The peoples of the Americas, and those of Africa who were brought to the Americas, were impacted by European exploration and colonization. They had their own historical trajectories, and both alternately adapted to, and were transformed by, the Old World. The Old World, in its turn, was impacted no less profoundly by the Americas. Western thought, economy, and art continue to be transformed due to their interaction with the indigenous and transplanted African cultures of what became known as Spanish and Portuguese America. This new book series on Medieval and Renaissance Latin America focuses on that area as a source of creation, syncretism, historical confrontation and interchange. The late Medieval/Early Modern period in Latin America saw the rise of new nations, heterogeneous in every sense of the word. That intellectual, religious, and artistic fusion embodied a new and vibrant category within the field of what is referred to as “Medieval and Renaissance Studies.” It is that category that the ACMRS will explore through its new series on Latin America.

If you have a book manuscript in this area of inquiry or a proposal for one, please contact Professor Jaime Lara at