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32nd International Conference of SELIM: European Connections and Medieval English Studies

September 24–26 2020, University of Oxford

For more than thirty years, the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature has promoted scholarship in medieval studies outside the Anglophone world. Now, for the first time in its history, SELIM will hold its annual conference outside of Spain, at the University of Oxford. In celebration of this international partnership and of the diversity of global medieval studies, the theme of the conference will be European Connections. The society invites papers from scholars and students anywhere in the world dealing with any aspect of medieval English literature or language. Papers that address the conference theme are particularly welcomed, but all submissions will be considered.

At a time when political changes have increasingly challenged collaboration within Europe, SELIM offers a unique opportunity to strengthen links between Spanish academics and the UK and rest of the world. The organisers aim to foreground a diversity of interests and approaches to medieval English, offering a rich programme of research. The conference will demonstrate the breadth of Spanish scholarship in the field of medieval English language and literature, and will encourage scholars of different backgrounds to forge new connections.

A key priority of the conference is the advancement of students and early-career scholars, who will have the opportunity to meet and present alongside established scholars, and to submit their research to the society’s journal. A number of financial bursaries will be available for graduate students, and the organisers will hold two events aimed at junior delegates: a pre-conference workshop run by the Oxford-based, European Research Council-funded CLASP project, and a ‘knowledge exchange’ to facilitate idea-sharing between students of diverse nationalities.

Abstracts of up to 250 words for twenty-minute papers are invited by the deadline of December 20th 2019. We will also consider proposals for three-paper panels. Please send your application to selimoxford@gmail.com. The language of the conference is English (preferred), but contributions in Spanish (no interpreting facilities) will also be considered.

For further information about SELIM, its journal, and how to become a member, please visit http://www.selimsociety.com

Organising Committee: Rachel Burns, Francis Leneghan, Rafael Pascual