Sunday, May 15, 2022

DEADLINE EXTENDED CFP: Southeastern Medieval Association, 10-12 November 2022


International Association for Robin Hood Studies

Call for Papers

2022 Conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association

10-12 November in Birmingham, Alabama

Robin Hood and other medieval outlaws of fact and fiction engage in a variety of physical endeavors:  archery, swordsmanship, wrestling, quarterstaff, hunting, even cross-dressing; they also pursue and escape (or seek to escape).  When they fail to escape, their bodies may be tortured or killed in some manner. Living or dead, their bodies may also be objects, the subject of the gaze. 

In keeping with the 2022 conference theme of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA), “The Body and the Human,” the International Association for Robin Hood Studies invites paper proposals for two sessions titled “Outlaw Bodies.”  SEMA 2022 will be in-person in Birmingham, Alabama, 10-12 November.  Please send a 150- to 250-word abstract or proposal on any aspect of medieval outlaw bodies – historical, fictional, dramatized, filmed, etc. – to Sherron Lux at by Sunday, 26 June 2022, with any technology requests.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Podcast: Ep. 59, Words To That Effect


Dr. Valerie Johnson of the IARHS appears on Episode 59 of Conor Reid's podcast Words To That Effect.

Thursday, July 15, 2021



This session is sponsored by the International Association for Robin Hood Studies.
From its inception, the Robin Hood tradition has incorporated aspects of the theatrical, including: early plays about Robin Hood performed at May games, Whitsun ales, and Robin Hood Revels; Early Modern drama about the outlaw; 18th-19th-century sung broadside ballads, Christmas plays, and operas; modern dramatic pieces; staged depictions of the outlaw in 19th-20th-century operas, pantomimes, burlesques; even 20th-21st-century films (watched in theaters) that employ elements of music and stagecraft. This session seeks 3-4 papers that explore any aspect(s) of how the theatrical has been employed to deliver the Robin Hood tradition to audiences.
The abstract should be 250 words. Indicate whether there will be supporting visuals.
Please send the abstract for your proposed paper by 1st September 2021 to
Lorraine K. Stock
University of Houston

Vol. 3 of The Bulletin (Special Issue): Published!

The IARHS is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 3 of The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, a special issue focusing on the 2018 Robin Hood film directed by Otto Bathurst, featuring articles by Sabin Rahman and Lauryn Mayer, and a review essay by Sadie Hash:

The editors welcome submissions to future issue of the journal, we accept all topics related to the Robin Hood tradition. Authors who would like to have their essays considered for publication should email the document in an MS Word file to both editors: Alexander L. Kaufman ( and Valerie B. Johnson (

Saturday, July 10, 2021

CFP: IARHS-Sponsored Session, 57th Virtual ICMS, 9-14 May 2022, "Neomedivalist Images and the Robin Hood Tradition"

57th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoowill take place FULLY VIRTUALLY from 9th May to 14th May 2022.

The session title is:


This is a session sponsored by the International Association for Robin Hood Studies.

Neomedievalism is understood as ideas or concepts that are detached from the historical Middle Ages, but are nonetheless seen as of medieval origin. The Robin Hood tradition has long inspired neomedievalist imagery: for example, the idea that medieval outlaws protected women and children. Such images are not confirmed by history or the literary Robin Hood texts. Neomedievalist ideas inspired by the Robin Hood tradition can be found in film, children’s literature, and other media. We seek paper proposals that address the question of how the medieval is reworked in such imagery and images.

The abstract should be in 250 words.

Please send the abstract for your paper proposal by 1st September 2021 at:

Friday, June 11, 2021

CFP: IARHS-Sponsored Session “The Material Relevance of Robin Hood, ca. 1500-1900” Leeds IMC 2022


“The Material Relevance of Robin Hood, ca. 1500-1900”, Leeds IMC, 4-7 July 2022.

This session examines (re)presentations of Robin Hood in the past, from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century.  It centres on the way in which creators of Robin Hood in image, performance, and story sought to make their subject relevant to their own contemporary audiences, and the nature of the relevance they presented.  It also asks why these authors/creators used the Robin Hood persona/image rather than any other legendary, mythological, literary, or cultural icons from amongst a wide variety of other options that were available to available to them. Did he ever move from the marginal to the mainstream?

Papers are sought, of no longer than 20 minutes’ duration, on the above theme in relation to any period from the Middle Ages to the end of the nineteenth century, inclusive. 

Please send a working title and an abstract of 100 words to Dr Lesley Coote by email at or  by  20th September 2020.