Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Conference 2017

The College of Charleston and The Citadel are proud to sponsor the 2017 annual meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA), November 16-18, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Call for Papers

The theme of this year's meeting is "Holy City," an appropriation of its bespired host city's nickname. The Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers that explore, from any disciplinary perspective, any aspect of the joining of the sacred and the urban in any medieval religious culture. "Holy City" may mean a place (e.g. Jerusalem, Rome, Mecca), a community, a concept. It may be real or imagined, theoretical or practical, coherent or confused, even inverted by vice and profanity. Interpret broadly and creatively. Proposals on other medieval topics, including teaching medieval culture, are also welcome.

Submit proposals for sessions and individual papers via this on-line form. The submission deadline is June 12, 2017. Address questions and concerns to

A print-ready color version of this Call for Papers is here; a grayscale version is here.


Acceptance of paper and panel proposals will be communicated by late July. The conference program will be available here by early September.

Meeting Hotel

Our meeting venue is the luxurious and historic Francis Marion Hotel at the corner of King Street and Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston. This is right in the Holy City's historic center, very close to the College of Charleston campus, and in easy walking distance from other major attractions.

The discounted room rate for the conference is $179, a bargain for the location and season. Book your room on-line, or call the Francis Marion directly at 843-722-0600 or 877-756-2121. If you call, make sure to ask specifically for the Southeastern Medieval Association conference rate.

The deadline for hotel booking at the conference rate is Monday, October 16, at 5 p.m. local time.


Registration details will be announced soon. A link to register on-line through the College of Charleston will also be provided.

Organizing Committee

SEMA 2017 is a joint production of the following Charleston scholars:


Thanks to the following Citadel organizations for their generous financial support:

  • The Henry and Jenny Johnson Endowment
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Thanks to the following College of Charleston organizations for their generous financial support:

  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs
  • School of the Arts
  • Department of Art History
  • Department of Classics
  • Department of English
  • Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies
  • Department of German and Russian Studies
  • Department of Hispanic Studies
  • Department of History
  • Asian Studies Program
  • Addlestone Library