Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Engage the past, define the future.

Our mission is to enable and promote the most expansive, creative, and daring scholarship in medieval and renaissance studies. We do this not only by fostering a vibrant intellectual community for the faculty at our three universities, but also by publishing forward-looking, vanguard research through our in-house press. ACMRS promotes work that is historically grounded and theoretically expansive, with the aim of advancing dialogues that reach into the present moment and point us to different, more inclusive, futures. 

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RaceB4Race ®

RaceB4Race is an ongoing conference series and professional network community by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history, and culture. RaceB4Race centers the expertise, perspectives, and sociopolitical interests of BIPOC scholars, whose work seeks to expand critical race theory.

Bridging many traditional disciplinary divides, RaceB4Race not only creates innovative scholarly dialogues, but also fosters social change within premodern studies as a whole.

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ACMRS Press publishes the most forward-looking, vanguard research in medieval and renaissance studies. Our publications include projects that are historically grounded and theoretically expansive, with the aim of fostering dialogues that reach into the present moment and point us to different, more inclusive, futures.

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The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers a variety of resources for faculty members, graduate students, undergraduate students, and independent scholars in Arizona and beyond. Our support of premodern scholarship ranges from residencies, travel funding, publications, and more. 

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The Sundial

A digital publication of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Seeta Chaganti asking a question during the plenary presentations at RaceB4Race Race and Periodization

It's Time to End the Publishing Gatekeeping!

by the RaceB4Race Executive Board | June, 2020

In the summer of 2018, the International Congress of Medieval Studies rejected a set of proposals for sessions on race and antiracism by Medievalists of Color. We responded by creating an alternative space — RaceB4Race...

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“Houston, we have a problem:” Erasing Black Scholars in Old English Literature

by Mary Rambaran-Olm | March, 2020

Medievalists have been interrogating the history of the field, how it is structured, and, in recent years, querying the field’s survival in academia. Like most other disciplines, medieval studies is infected with racism...

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Decolonizing Shakespeare? Toward an Antiracist, Culturally Sustaining Praxis

by Katherine Gillen and Lisa Jennings | November, 2019

Activists and students have called on us to decolonize our syllabi and the university more broadly. Students at Yale, for example, insisted that the English department decolonize rather than simply diversify its curriculum, denouncing professors...

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