MEMO was founded in May, 2002 (Kalamazoo, MI) by a group of individuals attending the
International Congress on Medieval Studies.


MEMO at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
(The Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University)
(May 14-17, 2015)


The UNICORN Virtual Museum of Medieval Studies and Medievalism



A Little History about What We Do
by Carol L. Robinson

While the idea of analyzing modern medieval media is far from new, our organization recognizes a difference from works existing prior to the Postmodern Era and works now bursting forth and away from the ideals of Postmodernism altogether. The Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organi-zation (MEMO) was officially founded in May, 2002 at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michi-gan). MEMO was officially named during a dinner meeting, but the original members have been banding together for quite a few years. Prior to the official existence of MEMO —as several of us were e-mailing furiously to clarify what we were studying and planning to present at that year's International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, Michigan)—we found ourselves plagued by internet inter-ruptions: worms, viruses, server meltdowns, and hard-drive crashes. We began to joke that Neo (of The Matrix films) was taking over and destroying our attempts at communi-cation via the internet.

Since then, Neo has become a part of much of the humor in our discussion. And that brings us to the humor in our term, Neomedievalism. Most of all, the character Neo represents the Neomedievalist participant: from creating or watching digitalized medievalist films televistion programs, to creating or playing digitalized medievalist music, to "living" a second life in a medievalist universe in cyberspace. In Neomedi-evalism, Neo takes both the blue pill and the red pill, allows his consciousness to become enveloped within the realm of a defined medieval alternative reality while his body remains safe and secure within the realm of what we know as human everyday reality. But the line between realities is thin and transient, making it increasingly difficult to determine which is the "true" reality. (In this age of Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and String Theory, who is to say what is and isn't real?) Neomedievalism, then, is an illusion of reality that may or may not be also an illusion, but it is an illusion of which we are aware of a sense of control.
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Membershipócome join us!
Membership is currently free. There is a place for nearly everyone in our organizationóscholars, students, artists, gamers, computer programers, filmmakers, musicians, and just about anyone else! All that we ask in return is that you help us as we progress toward new and exciting (dynamic?) adventures of exploring electronic medievalism. We need help with various projects: contributing to MEMO's blog, The Medieval in Motion, contributing to (or even just "liking") our Facebook Page, participating in various conference sessions (including a collaborative effort to build a cloud conference), or working with us as we begin our new adventure of building a Virtual Museum. For more information, contact Carol Robinson at

LAST UPDATED: 7/15/2014
Carol L. Robinson
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