Welcome to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. As we approach the Shakespeare quatercentenary, there are several calls emerging for conferences that consider Shakespeare’s places and legacies in contemporary culture. Also up this week are a number of calls for manuscripts and a reminder about the upcoming deadline for fellowships at the Bodleian Libraries. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
The next British Shakespeare Association (BSA) Conference will be held at the University of Hull from 8-11 September 2016. This major international conference will investigate the ways in which Shakespeare remembered the past and we remember Shakespeare. How does the past haunt the present in Shakespeare? What do Shakespeare’s works reveal about the processes of mourning and remembrance? And how has Shakespeare’s ghost has been invoked, summoned up, or warded off over the past four centuries? Proposals are welcomed for papers, panels, or seminars/workshops on any aspect of the conference theme, broadly interpreted. You can find further particulars here, and the application deadline is 15 December 2015.
Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare is more alive than ever. In a globalized marketplace, his works reach new audiences every day through online media that have become innovative places of creation and adaptation. The man behind the plays has left the world of Bardolatry once associated with ‘high’ culture to become a pop icon, transfigured into a hip character with his own Twitter and Facebook accounts. But just how relevant are contemporary popular adaptations and avatars to the reception and interpretation of the poet? Do they contribute to a new understanding of Shakespeare, or do they merely testify to the ever-growing commodification of his works and of the writer as a public persona? 20 December 2015 is the deadline to submit a proposal for ‘Shakespeare in Modern Popular Culture’. This conference will take place from 15-17 June 2016 at Université d’Artois, France, and you can read the full call here.
A fascinating sounding conference on ‘Shakespeare – The Next 400 Years’ is scheduled to take place from 22-24 April 2016 at Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark—otherwise known as Elsinore. Actors and academics, scholars and writers, historians, comic artists, game designers and film makers will be coming together at ‘Hamlet’s castle’ to discuss and debate the legacy and the future of Shakespeare’s work. This conference/festival will explore two great questions: why, after 400 years, do we continue to read, study, perform, and enjoy the work of this playwright and poet, and how, in the next 400 years, will we continue to do so? For those interested in participating, a few seminars/fora have upcoming proposal deadlines: ‘Shakespeare in the Global Classroom’ (5 December 2015); ‘Theatre Practitioners’ forum’ (1 February 2016); ‘Shakespeare and Language(s)’ (1 December 2015); ‘Shakespeare in Manga, Comics, and Graphic Novels’ (20 December 2015); ‘Shakespeare and Local Stage Traditions’ (20 December 2015); and ‘Shakespeare and Technology (20 December 2015). Full details are available here.
A conference on ‘Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800’ is seeking papers that explore the relationships between gender, power and ‘materiality’ – a term that is broader than ‘material culture’, in that it opens up spatial sites and material texts – defined both in terms of objects or the physical features of texts and the social and cultural practices, and spaces in which they were produced, consumed, exchanged and displayed. The organisers encourage transdisciplinary approaches and aim to bring into dialogue historians, art and architectural historians, literary critics, material culture specialists, anthropologists, archaeologists, curators, archivists and conservators. This event will take place at Plymouth University, UK from 7-9 April 2016. You will find the full call here, and abstracts are due by 31 December 2015.
The 65th meeting of the South Central Renaissance Conference will take place from 24-26 March 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. Paper proposals are invited on any aspect of Renaissance studies (history, art history, literature, music, philosophy, science, theology), and are due no later than 15 December 2015. The full call can be found here.
Also in St. Louis, Missouri, the 4th Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be taking place from 20-22 June 2016. The goal of this annual Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals are invited for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables, and the deadline for all submissions is 31 December 2015. More details are available here.
A broadly themed conference on ‘Authorship and Appropriation’ will be held at the University of Dundee in Scotland from 8-9 April 2016. Papers may address the theory and practice of the adaptation and appropriation of literary texts in any period. You can find more information here, and the application deadline is 15 December 2015.
‘Public Bodies, Private Spaces: Private Bodies, Public Spaces’ will take place in Louisville, Kentucky from 28-31 January 2016. The topic is interdisciplinary and invites proposals from all disciplines and areas of study, as well as creative pieces including but not limited to performance, music, art, and literature. Proposals are due by 20 December 2015, and more information can be found here.
Calls for Manuscripts
New Orleans Review is accepting work for a special Shakespeare issue that will be published in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death. Submissions are sought that riff on, respond to, reimagine, or recast any of Shakespeare’s works. Submissions may be in any genre, including short fiction, poetry, image/text pieces, creative nonfiction, and scholarship. The deadline is 31 December 2015, and submission information can be found here.
From the printing of play quartos to the development of Shakespeare apps, the history of Shakespeare and the history of media have been intimately entwined in a feedback loop of considerable cultural and technological influence. With the emergence of each new media format, the objects of our study (poet, playwright, play text, promptbook, screenplay etc.) morph—sometimes unpredictably—into things both various and new. A special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly will investigate the myriad linkages between Shakespeare and the history of media. More information is available here, and 1 January 2016 is the submission deadline.
Medieval drama taught its audiences not only about virtuous living but, more importantly, a good death and a joyful afterlife. With the secularisation of drama, and, much later, the advent of revenge tragedies, the subjects of death and dying constituted the climactic moments of the plot. Sixteenth and seventeenth century plays imagined and represented a plethora of ways and means of dying, and the final words of dying characters gained in dramatic splendor—and length. Generically, tragedies specialised in the theatricality of dying, but comedies pondered upon death as well, either in terms of the memory of the ancestors, threats to blocking characters or faked demises for the sake of a rogue trick. A prospective edited volume on ‘Dramatising Death and Dying in British Theatre’ takes up the subjects of staging and performing death and the act of dying in all periods/movements of/in British theatre. The collected essays will offer a diachronic inquiry into the phenomenon and its representations in this visual medium. Interested authors are asked to send abstracts by 20 December 2015, and the full call can be found here.
What does it mean to ‘misremember’? What does the ‘mis’ of ‘misremembering’ refer to? Something ‘not remembered’? Something re-membered differently than the ‘original’ memory? What are the ontologies of misremembering? Is misremembering always accidental? Is it ‘anachronistic’? Abstracts are currently being sought for a proposed collection of essays that will revolve around the idea of misremembering in literature. A diversity of approaches are welcome (eg: historicist, cognitive science, theories of temporality, narrative theory, animal studies). Abstracts are due by 31 December 2015, and fuller details are available here.
Essays are invited for an issue of Jadavpur University Essays and Studies dedicated to the theme of ‘Materiality and Cultural Life in Early Modern Europe’. Contributions should be submitted by 31 December 2015, and more information can be found here.
The Bodleian Libraries (Oxford, UK) are now accepting applications for Visiting Fellowships to be held in 2016-17. The Libraries encourage research that makes use of Bodleian Special Collections, an outstanding resource for scholarly study and discovery, containing rare printed books, classical papyri, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, literary, political and historical papers, archives, printed ephemera, and maps and music in both manuscript and printed form. Fellowships give applicants from outside of Oxford the opportunity to undertake an uninterrupted period of research with the Bodleian collections. Full information can be found here, and 14 December 2015 is the application deadline.