Medieval Perspectives is the journal of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA). It is a refereed journal disseminated in paper form to all SEMA members and in electronically to the wider world through the EBSCO “Humanities International” database. Indexed in the MLA and International Medieval Bibliography, MP publishes papers that were originally offered at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association or at sessions sponsored by SEMA at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo).

Medieval Perspectives is published annually by the Southeastern Medieval Association and is made available to members of the Association through their payment of annual dues.

The editorial staff is comprised of three people:

Editor-in-Chief: Britt Mize, Associate Professor of English, Texas A&M University

Book Review Editor: Amber Dunai, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, TAMU-Central Texas

Editorial Assistant: Melissa Filbeck, Ph.D. student, Department of English, Texas A&M University

Submisson Guidelines

Papers from any SEMA conference or SEMA-sponsored sessions at other conferences may be submitted for consideration for publication in Medieval Perspectives. All submissions should represent original research that has not been published elsewhere. Note that the deadline for submissions is Friday, January 19, 2018. Send all submissions and inquiries to Britt Mize at Please also note that papers delivered in past SEMA conference (or those declined in a given year) are also welcome.
Manuscript: Put all identifying information on a cover sheet so that the paper can be number coded for anonymous submission to the readers; readers’ comments will be shared with readers anonymously.


Length: The paper should be the one presented at the conference, but authors are at liberty to expand the paper to a length of approximately twenty-five pages of double-spaced typescript inclusive of double-spaced notes (8,000 word maximum). This will allow authors to include examples or supporting material which has to be cut to meet the time limitations of oral presentation. Documentation should be limited to bibliographical data insofar as possible; exclusive notes that contain added information are not consistent with the principles of a twenty minute oral presentation and therefore are not appropriate to a proceedings journal.

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.

Reproductions: If reproduction of any kind of copyrighted or privately owned material is necessary to complement the paper, authors should know that they should make inquiry prior to submission for written permission from the holder of the copyright, the publisher, or the owner, and be prepared to supply the editor with written permission in the event that the paper is accepted.

Book reviews. 

  1. Reviews are usually limited to 1000 words, although review articles of particularly important titles or more than one title are sometimes commissioned.
  2. Reviews may be submitted in English or any major European language using the Roman alphabet.
  3. At the top of the first page of the review, please list the title according to the following model:
Author last name, first name. Year of publication. Title. Place of publication: publisher. ISBN. # of pages. Price.
  1. The journal uses double quotation marks for all citations in accordance with American-style punctuation. Reviewers should use a parenthetical style of citation embedded within the text itself. Please cite pages for all quotations.
  2. Footnotes and bibliography should be kept to a bare minimum. These items are included in the word count.
  3. Reviewers are typically given at least three months to finish their reviews. The journal works on a tight production schedule, and the editor would appreciate foreknowledge of delays in completing reviews on time.

Please contact Amber Dunai for information suggest a book for review or to volunteer to review (acknowledgment of credentials required).