"I shall conquer this": Essays in the New Fencing History

University-based and independent professional scholars representing the
widest possible range of disciplinary and methodolological perspectives, as well as
practitioners involved in serious research into the history of the sword, are
invited to submit papers for a peer-reviewed collection of essays focused on
fencing, duelling, violence, and honor in their social, political, literary
and aesthetic, and technical contexts from the late Middle Ages to the 20th
century. Since fencing practice has consistently condensed the aesthetic
expression of a male, elite ethical ideal, bringing together norms of violence and
presentation of the self with the rationalization of behavior, it is open to
investigation from a wide range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives;
public resolution of tension between "the passions and the interests" is
perhaps central to the problematics of Western modernity.

Those issues supply the unifying theme, the sword the subject, of the
collection. A second object will be to bring together the work of both academic
scholars and non-professional resaerchers and give definition to an increasingly
sophisticated sub-field. With that goal in mind, academic specialists are also
urged to participate in the forthcoming coneferences listed below.

Deadlines, format requirements, and a description of the peer review process
to assist non-academic researchers can be found below as well.

A prospectus and preliminary definition of the subfield will be sent to
individuals and groups as an attached file.

All inquiries and submissions should be made to:

William H. Leckie, Jr.
Klassisches Fechten Soest
Jungferngaerten 22
59494 Soest

All recipients of this announcement are encouraged to participate in the
following meetings:

Forty-first International Congress of Medieval Studies, May 4-7, 2006
Direct inquiries to Ken Mondschein: editor@corporatemofo.com

International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention, August 5-7, 2005
Direct inquiries to: Jared Kirby@hotmail.com

Deadline for proposals: June 1, 2005. Proposals for papers should summarize
the anticipated topic, principal problems addressed, and range of source
material in 1200 words or less.

All proposals after a preliminary, pro-forma screning will be submitted to an
anonymous panel of diverse reviewers representing different interests,
disciplines, and points of view, to avoid skewing in favor of established figures,
encouraging new writers and new ideas. This panel will serve as a de facto
editorial board. The final selection of proposals will be made by the editor in
consultation with it in order to achieve the comprehensive objectives of the
volume. Notification of acceptance should be no later than August 1, 2005.

Deadline for papers, December 31, 2005. Any exceptions--and they will be
discouraged--will require unanimity of the editorial board and preliminary full
drafts. Finished manuscripts will be reviewed by the editor for clarity of
argument and conformity to format requirements, and forwarded to a minimum of two
anonymous academic peer reviewers for written criticism and comments. These
will be relayed to authors for prompt, appropriate responses and revisions.

Acceptance for publication will be determined by the editor in consultation
with the editorial board after that blind review. Those new to the process
should note: The selection will deliberately be made from a level playing field
to achieve representation of the widest possible range of subject-matter and
points of view, looking to the highest level of scholarly argumentation and
engagement with criticism.

To assure anonymity in the peer review process, for proposals and papers
both, suggested titles and bylines should be on a coversheet or separate page.
Identification will be the province of the editor, not only to guarantee
anonymity but protect authors' work. Biographical information will be solicited from
authors only after final acceptance of their essays.

All submissions should adhere to the following modest guidelines: Microsoft
Word files, in English, 12-point type, O" margins, double-spaced; paragraphs
separated by four spaces, un-indented, lower-right-hand pagination. Endnotes
should follow the citation rules of The Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions
not meeting these requirements will be returned for correction.

While wherever possible or necessary citations and translations from other
languages into English will be checked by the editor, editorial board, and
reviewers, final responsibility for clarity and accuracy--particularly when early
modern vernaculars and medieval texts are involved--will rest with the authors,
with appropriate acknowledgement of interpretative issues.

A formal--and difficult--editorial goal will be clarity of argument with
preservation of authorial voice. Unfortunately, in light of recent debate on this
sensitive subject, we must urge scrupulous citation of work already published
in print and online, and great care with indirect quotation.

The editor reserves the right, in consultation with the editorial board, to
accept or reject submissions to multiple publications or other media.
Revisions of significant, previously published work will be considered only if
copyright and editorial issues are clearly resolved before submission. To expedite
publication, such contractual arrangements as are required will made only when
the book manuscript is complete.

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