XXIV. Studientag Englisches Mittelalter (SEM)

15 – 16 November 2024
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Building GB / 5th Floor / Room 160
Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum

Call for Papers

The 24th Studientag Englisches Mittelalter (SEM) takes place on 15 and 16 November 2024 at the English Seminar of Ruhr-University Bochum.

The SEM offers the next generation of scholars an exceptional opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on the English Middle Ages. Contributions are welcomed from all levels of study, from undergraduate theses to postdoctoral research. This year’s SEM will once more take on the new format successfully introduced in 2023. Research projects can be presented in either of the following formats:

  • regular presentations (45 minutes: 30-minute presentation + 15-minute discussion period)
  • or
  • poster presentations with 5-minute lightning talks.

We invite suggestions for presentations on linguistic, literary, and general cultural studies topics (including archaeology, palaeography, art history and related disciplines) in the form of an abstract. Abstracts (max. 350 words exclusive of bibliography) in either PDF or Word format should be sent by e-mail to no later than 16 August 2024. Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by the end of August 2024.

Additionally, the 24th SEM will host a returning Roundtable on teaching. Students and teachers of English Medieval Studies are invited to address challenges in teaching Old and Middle English language, literature, and culture and to develop and share innovative teaching methods and materials.

The participation fees for the 24th SEM are as follows:

  • Student Fee:    EUR 20.00
  • Standard Fee:  EUR 35.00

Registration for the 24th Studientag Englisches Mittelalter will take place in September 2024. All participants (including non-presenting participants) must register. We will announce detailed registration and payment modalities by the end of August.

Information and updates on this year’s SEM can be found at We are happy to answer any questions by e-mail. Feel free to contact us:

We look forward to welcoming you soon in Bochum.

Warmest regards,

The SEM XXIV Organisation Team
Antony Henk, Sebastian Kleinschmidt, Kerstin Majewski

General Information

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Abstract submission deadline: 16 August 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: End of August 2024
  • Registration: September 2024