Aims and scope of journal

postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies is a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal in medieval studies that aims to bring the medieval and modern into productive critical relation. The journal will work to develop a present-minded medieval studies in which contemporary events, issues, ideas, problems, objects, and texts serve as triggers for critical investigations of the Middle Ages. Further, we are concerned to illuminate the deep historical structures–mental, linguistic, social, cultural, aesthetic, religious, political, sexual, and the like–that underlie contemporary thought and life, and therefore, we are also interested in attending to the question of the relation of the medieval to the modern (and vice versa) in different times and places. We want to also demonstrate the important value of medieval studies and the longest possible historical perspectives to the ongoing development of contemporary critical and cultural theories that remain under-historicized. Finally, we will advocate for and support the continuing development, from any and all disciplinary directions, of historicist, materialist, comparatist, and theoretical approaches to the subjects of the Middle Ages.



  • Winner - Best New Journal, Humanities & Social Sciences - 2011 PROSE Awards
  • Winner - Best New Journal - 2012 ALPSP Awards

Impact Factor

2012 Impact Factor: 0.157*


JCR Social Sciences Edition
23/38 - Cultural Studies

2012 5-year Impact Factor: 0.157*

JCR Social Sciences Edition
15/38 - Cultural Studies

*2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013)


Abstracted/indexed in

postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies is abstracted and indexed in:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Current Contents®/Arts & Humanities
  • Current Contents®/Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • ERA 2012 Journal List
  • Ex Libris / Primo Central
  • International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
  • Iter Bibliography
  • Journal Citation Reports/ Social Sciences Edition
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Social Sciences Citation Index


The international standard serial number (ISSN) for postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies is 2040-5960 and the electronic international standard serial number (eISSN) is 2040-5979.


Editors & Editorial board


Eileen Joy (BABEL Working Group)
Myra Seaman (College of Charleston)

Book Reviews and Forum Editor

Holly Crocker (University of South Carolina)

Editorial Assistants

Cynthia Bateman, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA
Jillian Sabol, College of Charleston, USA

Managing Assistant

Melanie Ethridge, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA

Editorial Board

Sahar Amer, Asian Studies (University of North Carolina, USA)
Vincent Barletta, Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Literature and Culture (Stanford University)
Anne Clark Bartlett, Middle English Literature, Feminist Studies, Contemporary Literature (DePaul University, Chicago)
Kathleen Biddick, Medieval European History, Cultural Studies of Technology, Gender Studies (Temple University, Pennsylvania)
Bettina Bildhauer, Medieval German, Film Studies, Post/humanism (St Andrews University)
Jen Boyle, 17th-Century Studies, Perspective Technics, Screenwriting and Film Studies, Queer Studies, Women’s Studies (Coastal Carolina University)
Glenn Burger, Middle English Literature, Queer Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Nina Caputo, Medieval Jewish History, Medieval Iberia, History of Religion (University of Florida)
Brian A. Catlos, Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations, medieval Mediterranean, ethno-religious minorities (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)
Jane Chance, Old and Middle English Literature, Tolkien Studies, Mythography, Women’s Studies (Rice University, Texas)
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Old and Middle English Literature, Critical Temporality Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Postcolonial Studies (George Washington University, Washington, DC)
Kathleen Davis, Old English Literature, Postcolonial Studies (University of Rhode Island)
Carolyn Dinshaw, Middle English Literature, Feminist Studies, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Studies, Social and Cultural Theory (New York University)
Craig Dionne, Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare, Cultural Theory, Marxist Studies (Eastern Michigan University)
Laurie Finke, Middle English Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, Studies in Medievalism (Kenyon College, Ohio)
Aranye Fradenburg, Medieval English and Scottish Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Psychoanalysis (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Noreen Giffney, Critical Sexuality Studies, Psychoanalysis (Trinity College Dublin)
Amy Hollywood, History of Christian Thought, Mysticism, Psychoanalysis, Continental Philosophy (Harvard Divinity School)
Cary Howie, Medieval French Literature, Comparative Literature, Sexuality and Queer Studies (Cornell University)
Chris Jones, Old English Poetry, Victorian and Modern Poetry, Studies in Medievalism (St Andrews University)
Sarah Rees Jones, Medieval English History, Medieval Urban History, History and Computing (University of York)
Mark Jordan, History of Religion, History of Homosexuality in Theology, Sexual and Religious Ethics (Washington University in Saint Louis)
Anna Klosowska, Medieval French Literature, Sexuality and Queer Studies (Miami University of Ohio)
Steven F. Kruger, Middle English Literature, Jewish-Christian Relations, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Studies (Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Kathy Lavezzo, Old and Middle English Literature, Critical Geography Studies (University of Iowa)
Karma Lochrie, Medieval European Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Studies (Indiana University)
Clare Lees, Old English Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies (Kings College London)
Roy M. Liuzza, Old English Literature, Translation and Textual Studies (University of Tennessee)
Karla Mallette, Medieval Italian, Medieval Arab Mediterranean, Orientalism (University of Michigan)
Nicola Masciandaro, Middle English Literature, Philosophy, Labor, Human/Animal Boundaries, Heavy Metal (Brooklyn College, City University of New York)
Betsy McCormick, Middle English Literature, Chaucer, Cultural Theory (Mount San Antonio College, California)
Peggy McCracken, Medieval French Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, Post/humanism (University of Michigan)
Jenna Mead, Middle English Literature, Studies in Medievalism, Literary Theory (University of Western Australia)
Robert Mills, Late Medieval Art and Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies (University College London)
Piers Mitchell, History of Medieval Medicine (Middle East and Britain), Paleopathology, Osteoarchaeology, Orthopedic Surgery (University of Cambridge)
Asa Simon Mittman, Medieval Art History, Monster Studies, Medieval Cartography, Digital Manuscripts (California State University, Chico)
Michael Edward Moore, Carolingian History, Modern Central European Intellectual History (University of Iowa)
John Moreland, Archaeology of Late Antiquity and the European Middle Ages (University of Sheffield)
Reza Negarestani, Philosophy, Theory-Fiction, Transition from Scholastic Philosophy to Modern Science, Contemporary Politics and Cultural Theory, Contemporary Literature (Independent Scholar, Malaysia)
Michael O’Rourke, Critical Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Continental Philosophy (Independent Scholar, Ireland)
Gillian Overing, Old English Literature, Gender Studies, Semiotics (Wake Forest University)
Carol Braun Pasternack, Old English Literature, Orality/Textuality Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Aleks Pluskowski, Environmental Archaeology of Medieval Europe, Zooarchaeology, Human-Animal Relations, Biodiversity (University of Reading)
Bryan Reynolds, Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, Transversal Poetics, Performance Theory, Cultural Studies (University of California, Irvine)
Andrew Scheil, Old English Literature, Jewish Studies, Cultural History (University of Minnesota)
Martin Shichtman, Middle English Literature, Studies in Medievalism, Jewish Studies (Eastern Michigan University)
Nuria Silleras-Fernandez, Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberian History, Queenship and Gender, Women’s History (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Karl Steel, Medieval European Literature, Christian Intellectual History, Post/humanism (Brooklyn College, City University of New York)
Will Stockton, Chaucer and Renaissance Literature, Queer Theory, Pyschoanalysis (Clemson University)
Paul Strohm, Later Medieval Narrative and Genre, Blurry Medieval-Renaissance Boundaries, Cultural Theory (Columbia University)
Stephanie Trigg, Middle English Literature, Chaucer, Studies in Medievalism (University of Melbourne)
Bonnie Wheeler, Middle English Literature, Arthurian Romance, Women’s and Gender Studies (Southern Methodist University)
Julian Yates, Renaissance Studies, Material Culture Studies, Things and Conveyances (University of Deleware, Center for Material Culture Studies)