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The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN


About the Colloquium

Our History

Located atop the Cumberland Plateau on the 13,000-acre campus of the University of the South, the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium is a place for conversation, for colloquy: it allows for the sharing of ideas, the testing of new work, and the forming of new relationships. Surrounded by bluffs and forest coves, Sewanee’s neo-Gothic campus offers a beautiful and intimate setting for academic conversation about the past and the future.

Our small size and careful organization means that the work of everyone who comes to deliver a paper at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium will find a unique sense engagement and response. We never have more than four concurrent sessions, so that every paper has an audience, In addition, every panel has a respondent, usually a major figure in the field, to offer extended comment on each paper and the session as a whole. 


The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium offers a special opportunity for medieval scholars across various disciplines to converse with each other on a theme, hear lectures, share papers, and take part in seminars. We aim to use the conference to find and further challenging, new perspectives, to build friendships, and to encourage collaboration across the expanding field of medieval studies.

Conference Details

What You Can Expect

View the CFP for this year's meeting, see our available sub-themes, and browse other organizing details and announcements to get inspiration for your abstracts and proposals. We encourage submissions from all disciplines and geographic areas in medieval studies, broadly defined.

Find information about travel to Sewanee, including directions, accommodations, and local attractions.

Browse our archive of themes, plenaries, and schedules from previous years' conferences to see the exciting work that our attendees have presented.

Get a detailed look at this year's conference program, including speaker bios and abstracts of their papers.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about travel, conference participation, and funding. 

Join the conversation on our message board, where attendees can discuss papers, share resources, and connect with one another.

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