The Heroic Age

A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe

Founded 1998   |   ISSN 1526-1867

Call for Papers

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), 2015

The Heroic Age is co-sponsoring a session with ASIMS on Celebrations in the Heroic Age:

In honor of the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, this session will explore the varied ways in which medieval peoples celebrated and commemorated the major events of their lives. Archaeologists, historians, and literary scholars will discuss the ways in which events such as birth, marriage, and death were marked in medieval society, as well as how significant political and religious events were celebrated in commemorative rituals.

We are also sponsoring a panel to follow-up on our roundtable held at the 49th Congress, Challenges of Irrationality:

For the 49th Congress, we sponsored a roundtable on "Irrationality as a Fruitful Methodology." This roundtable sparked a stimulating conversation about the role irrationality potentially played in determining the behaviors of people in the past, as well as the pitfalls involved in approaching the study of the past from a post-Enlightenment view, which privileges human reason. We would like to follow up on this roundtable with a session inviting scholars to reflect upon the challenges human irrationality—both past and present—poses to our ability to fully understand the past.

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words and the Participant Information Forms to Deanna ForsmanMailto: Icon by September 1.

Themed Issues

The Heroic Age welcomes and encourages papers on topics unrelated to themed issues at any time. The journal publishes the following types of materials:

Editions and Translations

The Heroic Age invites submissions of new editions and translations of early medieval texts related to Northen Europe. Both complete works and fragments of longer works will be considered for publication. The original may be in either an early medieval vernacular or Latin or Greek. Translations and editions should not exceed 7000 words, although longer texts may be considered. Please consult the Author's Instructions for general submission guidelines. Preference will be given to texts that do not exist in a modern edition or translation. Please indicate if the text is previously unedited or untranslated.

Issue 17: Carolingian Border-Lands

This issue seeks to explore the lands and peoples surrounding the Carolingian kingdom(s) and the relationship between empire and "periphery". Possible topics might include, but not be limited to: the Spanish March, Carolingians and England and Ireland, the Scandinavian countries, Carolingian "foreign policy" and trade, cross-border/cultural/linguistic influences, Italy, Byzantine Empire and the Carolingians, Saxons, Avars and Slavs just to name a few. The focus is on the regions surrounding the Carolingians and possibly Carolingian relationships with those borderlands whether political, religious, or cultural.

Articles should be 7000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and conform to The Heroic Age's in-house style. Instructions may be found under Submission Instructions. All submissions will be reviewed by two readers according to a double-blind policy. All submissions should be sent to Larry Swain.Mailto: Icon

Issue 18: Occitan Poetry

We would like to invite submissions for the special 2012 issue of HA on Occitan poetry, edited by Anna Klosowska (Miami U. of OH). We are interested in submissions including but not limited to the following topics and approaches:

Publication: June 2012 (online)
Final revisions due: March 1, 2012
Response from anonymous readers by: December 1, 2012
Submission due: July 1, 2011

Submissions should be 3000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and conform to The Heroic Age's in-house style. Instructions may be found under Submission Instructions. All submissions will be reviewed by two readers according to a double-blind policy. All submissions should be sent to Anna Klosowska, Special Issue EditorMailto: Icon


Future issues and sections currently planned for The Heroic Age include but are not limited to: