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Welcome to The Scrivener! From the Imaginary and performing materiality to terrible beauty and women and silence, this week we bring you an array of papers–read on to find out more!

The Imaginary
4-6 March 2016
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association

“The imaginary” invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadow, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive. This conference features keynote speakers Mya Poe of Northeastern University and Donald Pease of Dartmouth College. Email your abstract to by 21 December 2015.

Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
11-12 March 2016
University of Michigan Early Modern Colloquium

This conference will dialogue between performance studies and material culture, two fields that have proven especially fruitful for early modern and medieval scholars in the past years, and we are looking for papers that engage either or both of these fields. Some questions this conference hopes to pose include: how is medieval and early modern performance shaped by material conditions? How are props and other performing objects contributing to theories of materiality? What role do nonhuman objects such as props, costumes, devotional objects, art, and architecture play in pre-modern performance? How can we best understand the agency of nonhuman objects in these environments? What do recent theories like Object-Oriented-Ontology or Extended Cognition have to offer thinking about past performances?

Please submit 250-300 word abstracts for 15-20 minute papers to Sheila Coursey or Tony Gillum with the subject heading “EMC Conference” by 10 January 2016. The Colloquium encourages graduates to submit abstracts.

Terrible Beauty
15-16 April 2016
University of Virginia

The University of Virginia invites submissions of abstracts of 200-400 words that contemplate a terrible beauty—the very notion, specific instances—from the vantage of the present. Proposals are due by 15 January 2016 and should be submitted to

Resounding Voices: Women, Silence and the Production of Knowledge
8 March 2016
Durham University

Durham University is hosting a one day conference on ‘Women Silence and the Production of Knowledge’. Papers dealing with any of the four topics are welcome: silencing, women in parenthesis, covert contributions, identity and disavowal. Proposals for 20 minute papers should be sent to in the form of 300 word abstracts by 15 January 2016. Please indicate which of the four themes your paper addresses.

Roots and Routes: Exploring Movement, Mobility, and Belonging
20-21 May 2016
UBC English Graduate Conference

What does it mean to be from a place or a position? To move from one position to another? What does it mean to be “moved” by an aesthetic experience?

Movement is inextricably entangled in questions of representation and reference. Movement is from and to, always relational and relative: the history of movement is also the history of its description. Fundamental to mobility is the idea of crossing—liminal experiences that are near, on or just across lines that otherwise seem impermeable. But mobility includes, too, questions of language itself, one of the media through which we express movement, a medium that is in continual flux, varying from place to place and time to time.

The 2016 UBC Endnotes Conference will explore questions surrounding the literary representation of movement, mobility, and belonging. What kinds of movement are characteristic of different groups and individuals? What are the implications of being a migrant, an immigrant or an emigrant? Papers from all periods are welcome. Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words for 20 minute presentations to by no later than 31 January 2016 to be considered. Please also include a short biography of approximately 50 words.

Shani Bans

Author Shani Bans

Shani Bans is an assistant editor at TSS and a PhD candidate at University College London. Her thesis, 'Optics in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries' - explores the relationship between optics and literature in early modern Europe, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her other interests include: the culture of dissection in early modern drama, representation of ugly women; early modern science, medicine and technology; the history of Shakespearean criticism; Sidney circle; Miguel de Cervantes, Michel de Montaigne; Virginia Woolf; Hergé; Derrida and epistolarity.

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