Call for papers/roundtable participation: American Gothic sessions, ICMS 2023

We are looking for participant proposals for our sessions at the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, to be held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11-May 13 2023. The “American Gothic” sessions (three sessions of papers and one roundtable) take a historiographical turn, and we are looking for participants interested in analyzing North American contributions to the understanding of Gothic architecture from 1940 to the present. We would like to spread a wide net, and welcome diverse perspectives on these issues from emerging scholars and senior scholars alike.

Proposals may be submitted through the Confex portal on the conference website: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call

The deadline for submission is 15 September 2022.

AMERICAN GOTHIC I: 1940-1970

Organizer: Robert Bork

Scholars based in North America have significantly enriched the study of Gothic architecture since the mid-twentieth century. This session, the first of three, examines the decades during and following the Second World War when European expatriates including Erwin Panofsky, Henri Focillon, Otto von Simson, Paul Frankl, and Jean Bony made fundamental contributions to the field while simultaneously training students who would become influential scholars in their own rights. This session welcomes papers considering the impact of these figures and their contemporaries, as well as papers addressing the development of trends and/or lacunae in the era’s scholarship.

AMERICAN GOTHIC II: 1970-2000

Organizer: Sarah Thompson

Scholars based in North America have significantly enriched the study of Gothic architecture since the mid-twentieth century. This session, the second of three, examines the period from 1970-2000, which witnessed the growth of organizations including the ICMA and AVISTA, and the emergence of a new cohort interested in applying innovative analytical methods ranging from the socio-economic to the structural. Contributors to this session should consider the impact of researchers working in those transformative decades. Additional approaches might include considering methodological applications; discussing the international reception of North American scholarship; or analyzing trends and/or lacunae in the era’s scholarship.

AMERICAN GOTHIC III: 2000-2030

Organizer: Rebecca Smith

Scholars based in North America have significantly enriched the study of Gothic architecture since the mid-twentieth century, effectively complementing the work of their European colleagues. This session, the third of three, examines the decades since the millennium Technology continues to transform methods of study and collaboration, but architecture has been displaced from center stage in the study of medieval art, and the humanities generally confront many challenges. This session welcomes papers considering recent trends such as these, speculating on upcoming trends, or evaluating the formation of blind spots in North American scholarship—what is missing, and why?

AMERICAN GOTHIC IV: Round Table

Organizer: Robert Bork

Scholars based in America have significantly enriched the study of Gothic architecture since the middle of the twentieth century, effectively complementing the work of their European colleagues. This round table, conceived in relation to three regular sessions, invites panelists and the audience to discuss these contributions, the professional organizations and networks that have fostered them, and the prospects for future development in the field.

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