2022 International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Globalism Before Early Modernism

The 2022 symposium at the University of Arizona will focus on Globalism in the Pre-Modern World. This is a broad topic, but it invites many new reflections. I invite submissions. Date: Early May 2022, probably online, but perhaps in person.


We would become myopic once again if we demanded of all scholars suddenly to think about connections between Africa and Europe or Asia when they did not exist. Global can mean many things. I just read a fascinating vol. on falconry, primarily in the Middle East, and learned that the Mamluks imported heavily gyrfalcons from Iceland and Sweden to Egypt. That’s global! This symposium will simply widen our perspectives beyond traditional medieval and early modern Christian Europe and explore the wider connectivity across languages, religion, culture, and economics.

There will be space for a max of 25 talks. Meeting will probably be online, but an in-person meeting would be preferable. 

Please let me have your abstract (ca. 200 words max) by Jan. 31, 2022.

Registration: $50.

There are firm plans to publish a volume based on the presentations, with the papers fully developed and deeply researched, with De Gruyter.