Medieval Perspectives is the refereed journal of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA). MedPers publishes scholarship on the Middle Ages, as academic communities may define that period and its places, and on medievalism. We welcome submissions in any discipline, including literary studies, history, art history, musicology, linguistics, and religious studies. The journal is disseminated in paper form to all SEMA members and electronically through the EBSCO Humanities International database, and it is indexed by the major bibliographic services.

The Editor for volumes 33-37 (2018-22) is Britt Mize. The Book Review Editor is Amber Dunai, and the Editorial Assistant is Michaela Baca.

Eligibility to submit: Anyone may submit to MedPers. Authors of work that successfully passes through peer review, if they are not already SEMA members, will be asked to join the organization for at least the year of the journal issue in which their work will appear.

The expectation that authors who publish in MedPers be current SEMA members is not enforced for work that has previously been presented under SEMA auspices, such as at the annual SEMA conference or in a SEMA-sponsored session at another professional conference, because the authors of such work will have been SEMA members at the time of presentation.

Submission guidelines: All submissions should represent original research that has not been published elsewhere. Submissions are normally under 8000 words, including notes and Works Cited. See below for a summary of documentation conventions. Submissions should be sent by email to the Editor at All submissions pass through at least two evaluators prior to acceptance.

Documentation: Articles in Medieval Perspectives use parenthetical short references in running text and provide full bibliographic information in a Works Cited page.

Parenthetical references in running text (whether in the main body of the article or in an explanatory footnote) should give the author’s last name in small capitals, followed by the year of publication, followed by a colon and page number if applicable. Example:

O’Sullivan examines Marian devotion in Gautier’s lyric texts in order to show how they employ poetic and rhetorical tropes common to trouvère lyric (O’Sullivan 2005: 45).

The Works Cited page should adhere as closely as possible to the following examples of formatting.


Szabo, Vicki Ellen. 2008. Monstrous Fishes and the Mead-Dark Sea: Whaling in the Medieval North Atlantic. Leiden: Brill.

Journal article:

Schuurman, Anne. 2017. “Materials of Wonder: Miraculous Objects and Poetic Form in Saint Erkenwald.” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 39: 275–96.

Article in an edited collection:

Blackburn, Mark. 1998. “The London Mint in the Reign of Alfred.” In Kings, Currency, and Alliances: History and Coinage of Southern England in the Ninth Century. Ed. Mark A. S. Blackburn and David N. Dumville. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press. 105–23.

Work with multiple authors (example is a journal article):

Kramer, Rutger, and Gantner, Clemens. 2016. “Lateran Thinking: Building an Idea of Rome in the Carolingian Empire.” Viator 47.3: 1–26.

Copyright: Copyright of articles remains with the authors. Authors are responsible for securing permission from copyright owners to reproduce images or other previously copyrighted material that is not covered by the principles of Fair Use.

Book reviews: Reviews are invited by the Book Review Editor and limited to about 1000 words. Inquiries about serving as a reviewer may be directed to the Book Review Editor at