Our annual conference is hosted by different generous members and institutions each year. The conference is generally in October or November, with the deadline for paper abstracts sometime in the late summer. The best way to find out about the conference is to check this website, or like us on Facebook.

NB: This is an early draft of the conference schedule! SEMA Program_Simple-1

Diaspora: Identity, Migration, and Return

November 8-10, 2018; Nassau, The Bahamas

The University of The Bahamas invites proposals for papers on the theme of “Diaspora: Identity, Migration, and Return” for its 57th meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association. We invite individual submissions and panels from all disciplines exploring the concept of diaspora in the Middle Ages, interpreted broadly. We also welcome papers that consider how migration affects the concept of nationhood; conquest, exile, and colonization; economic migration; the pursuit of educational, religious, cultural, or geographical identity; or any related topic. Proposals on other medieval topics or related to teaching are also welcome.

For questions, contact Christine Kozikowski at
Please submit proposals for sessions and for individual papers to no later than June 22, 2018- DEADLINE EXTENDED!!

Conference Website

SEMA Members,

The organizers and the Executive Council would like you all to know that we are keenly aware that holding our annual meeting in the Bahamas will mean that SEMA has been held at two relatively expensive places two years in a row. Some of you will have concerns about international travel as well. As with any SEMA location, some members may not be able to attend. However, we all want you to know that we are working together to keep costs down *as much* as possible, and hope that most of us will be able to accept Christine’s invitation. Looking ahead, 2019’s location and costs will be more modest.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Bahamas in November!

Mary Valante

President of SEMA (Southeastern Medievalists Association)

2017 – College of Charleston and The Citadel – Charleston, SC, November 16-18

2016 – University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN, October 6-8

2015 – University of Central Arkansas – Little Rock, AR, October 22-24

2014 – Clayton State University – Morrow (Atlanta area), GA, October 16-18

2013 – Appalachian State University – Boone, NC, October 3-5

2012 – University of Southern Mississippi – Gulfport, MS, October 18-20

2011 – Agnes Scott College – Atlanta, GA, October 13-15

2010 – Virginia Tech – Roanoke, VA, November 18-20

2009 – Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN, October 15-17

2008 – St. Louis University – St. Louis, MO, October 2-4

2007 – Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

2006 – University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, October 11-14

2005 – Daytona Beach, FL, September 29-October 1

2004 – College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, October 14-16

2003 – University of Arkansas, Fayettville

2002 – Florida State University, September 26-28

2001 – New Orleans, LA, October 18-20

2000 – University of North Carolina at Asheville

1999 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

1998 – Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA

1997 – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1996 – Baylor University, Waco, TX (joint meeting with the Texas Medieval Association)

1995 – College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

1994 – Marymount University, Arlington, VA

1993 – Tulane University and the University of New Orleans, LA

1992 – College of William and Mary (joint meeting with the Virginia Medieval Symposium)

1991 – University of Alabama, Birmingham

1990 – Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

1989 – Rice University, Houston, TX

1988 – University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

1987 – Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

1986 – University of Georgia, Athens

1985 – University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

1984 – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

1983 – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

1982 – Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

1981 – West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

1980 – University of Georgia, Athens

1979 – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (joint meeting with the Medieval Academy of America)

1978 – Lexington, KY

1977 – Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1976 – Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1975 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville



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