Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed, peer-reviewed, and born-digital journal devoted to the culture, literature, history, and society of the medieval past. Published semi-annually, the journal collects exceptional examples of work by graduate students on a number of themes, disciplines, subjects, and periods of medieval studies. We also welcome book reviews of monographs published or re-released in the past five years that are of interest to medievalists. For the Fall/Winter 2018 issue we are particularly interested in papers and reviews of books which fall under the current special topic.
Our Fall 2018 themed issue, “The Senses,” calls for proposals that
explore the senses in the Middle Ages from a variety of disciplinary
angles, including medieval literature,
history, philosophy, theology, and art. We welcome papers that engage with smell, sight, sound, taste, and touch, as well as papers that complicate these categories of sensory
perception. We also welcome articles that address theoretical approaches, such as phenomenology or psychoanalysis, to the study of the senses in the Middle Ages. Some possible topics for papers might include the senses and medicine, the body and sensory perception, religious devotion and the senses, interiority, the relationship between memory and sensory perception, or education and the senses.
Contributions should be in English and roughly 6,000–12,000 words, including all documentation and citational apparatus; book reviews are typically between 500-1,000 words but cannot exceed 2,000. All notes must be endnotes, and a bibliography must be included; submission guidelines can be found here. Contributions may be submitted to hortulus[at]hortulus-journal[dot]com and are due 15 December 2018. If you are interested in submitting a paper but feel you would need additional time, please send a query email and details about an expected time-scale for your submission. Queries about submissions or the journal more generally can also be sent to this address.