The Illinois Medieval Association invites all speakers at the annual conference to submit revised versions of their papers for publication in Essays in Medieval Studies (EMS) the Association's annual journal. EMS is published by West Virginia University Press and distributed online through the Project Muse of Johns Hopkins University Press.
Published by the and, beginning with Volume 18, vended
in electronic form by through Johns Hopkins University Press, Essays in Medieval Studies (EMS) is the peer-reviewed proceedings volume of the. Essays in Medieval Studies is published annually by the and publishes only papers presented at that year's annual meeting.
Essays in Medieval Studies - Illinois Medieval Association
Currently in medieval studies, while there are quite a few journals with a limited or broadly general focus (such as Speculum, Neophilologus, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, The Chaucer Review, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Anglo-Saxon England, Viator, Medium Aevum, Studies in Medievalism, Essays in Medieval Studies, Tolkien Studies, The Heroic Age, Arthuriana, etc.), these journals have either a very traditional or narrowly specialist focus, and as stated above, there are only three journals that could be said to focus primarily on a more broadly-defined theoretical medieval studies: Exemplaria, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and New Medieval Literatures. While these three journals have stellar reputations and represent highly sought after publishing venues for medieval scholars, they cannot alone adequately showcase all of the theoretically innovative work going on in medieval studies (this is especially true of New Medieval Literatures, which is only published as an annual). Because of this, scholars working in medieval studies who want to publish theoretically innovative work often turn to journals in other fields and disciplines to do so, such as New Literary History, Social Text, ELH, Critical Inquiry, Representations, Comparative Critical Studies, Diacritics, PMLA, Modern Language Notes, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Modern Philology, Journal of the History of Sexuality, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and the like (although the margin of the presence of medievalist contributions in these journals is slim). There is a great need and also a broadly felt desire within medieval studies for a new journal that would be solely devoted to developing new cross-disciplinary approaches to the subjects of the Middle Ages, and that would also be concerned to make substantive and productive connections between medieval studies, humanities studies more broadly defined, critical and cultural theory, and contemporary life and thought.