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Shakespeare and music, Shakespeare and imagery, Shakespearean disabilities, and alternative ecologies in sixteenth-century romance are the key topics this week. Alongside these, we also bring you a call for a George Herbert manuscript and more.

Calls for Papers

Shakespeare’s Music in France in the 19th-21st centuries
6-7 October 2016
University of Lorraine (Metz, France)

This is a call for 20 minute papers for an interdisciplinary conference on Shakespeare’s musical afterlives in France, 19th-21st centuries. It will take place at the University of Lorraine, in Metz, France, on 6-7 October 2016.Please send the title of your paper, a 250-300 word abstract in English or in French and a short biography (100 words) by 31 December 2015, to:

The Imaginary – Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
3 April – 3 May 2016
Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association

“The imaginary” invokes spectres, memories, what is sensed, felt, and wanted, the fanciful, visionary, shadowy, illusory, what is not visible or legible, a past and a future we can not perceive. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by 21 December 2015. Include in the submission your name, department, and university affiliation.

Shakespearean Communities
14-16 April 2016

The deadline for abstracts for this conference (mentioned last week’s post) has now been extended to 15 January 2016. For more details visit their website.

Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium
20 April 2016
University of Glasgow / British Shakespeare Association

This symposium draws together growing research interest in disability studies and Shakespearean theatre. In discussing the depiction, treatment, and uses of disability in Shakespeare’s work (and that of his contemporaries) alongside analysis of the role of disability in staging of his plays and hopes to encourage interaction between creative practitioners, historians, and literary scholars. They are looking for academics, actors, and creative practitioners of all levels, periods, and fields to submit proposals for 20 minute conference papers, or 5-10 minute position papers for discussion.

Please email an abstract of up to 300 words and a short bio to the symposium organisers ( by 15 January 2016. Please indicate if your proposal is for a position paper. There are two small travel bursaries available for postgraduate/early career presenters; the recipients of these grants will be asked to write a short reflection on the symposium, which will be published on the BSA website, the Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog, and the symposium website.

Alternative Ecologies in 16th Century Romance
18-20 August 2016
Penn State Altoona

This session invites papers that explore non-anthropocentric or non-normative ecologies in 16th century prose romances, especially Philip Sidney’s Arcadia. Please send abstracts of now more than 250 words to The deadline for submissions is 8 February 2016.

Call for Manuscripts

George Herbert and Religion

Christianity and Literature seeks essays for a special issue on George Herbert and Religion. Ideal submissions offer nuanced discussions of Herbert’s writing informed by his religious culture. Please email submissions of 6,000-9,000 words to by June 15, 2016. The call for submissions will remain open until the issue is filled. You may direct questions and inquiries to Gary Kuchar (Special Issue Editor) and Matthew Smith (CAL Associate Editor) at Christianity and Literature is a peer-reviewed journal published by SAGE.

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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