Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. This time around, we have an invitation to tweet your PhD thesis, a few calls for manuscripts, a plethora of calls for papers, a note about a NEH-funded Summer Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Institute, news of a library fellowship, and alerts about several postdoctoral positions.
The #ShareMyThesis competition challenges PhD students past and present to summarise why their doctoral research is important—and to do so in a mere 140 characters or less. This worldwide competition is open to entries from all subject areas. So, how do you enter? Simply tweet about why your PhD research is important using the hashtag #ShareMyThesis. Tweets must be received by 9 February 2015 (that is, tomorrow). A judging panel will select the top eight tweets, and shortlisted entrants will be invited to write a short article (up to 600 words) elaborating on your tweet. Full contest details can be found here.
Calls for Manuscripts
The 2016 volume of Shakespeare Jahrbuch will be a special issue devoted to ‘Heroes and Heroines’.The editorial board thus invites essays on the following topics: Shakespeare as a cultural/national hero; Heroes and heroines in Shakespeare’s plays; Heroism in Shakespeare’s plays; Shakespearean anti-heroes; Tragic and comic heroes/heroines; Heroism and genre; Shakespeare and the heroes of early modern England; Shakespeare and (early modern, Romantic, Victorian, modern …) hero-worship; Actors and actresses as heroes/heroines; Heroes /heroines in Shakespeare adaptations. Manuscripts are due by 31 March 2015, and the full call can be found here.
Early Modern Studies Journal (formerly known as Early English Studies) is an online, peer-reviewed annual devoted to literary and cultural topics of study in early modern period. The journal is currently soliciting essays for a special volume whose subject concerns the intersection(s) between and among art, design, science, and literature. Essays may focus more particularly on two or more of the above topics in the context of the 16th and 17th centuries. More details can be found here, and the deadline to submit a manuscript is 1 March 2015.
Readings is a new, peer-reviewed journal intended for both scholars and the general public alike; its editors intriguingly describe their ideal submission as hovering somewhere between PMLA and The New Yorker. Any approach is welcomed as long as the article is not overburdened by jargon. The journal is open-access; in future, it will also be published as a free app and a podcast. Submissions are welcomed on all aspects of literature and can also address the interplay of literature and other media, as well as issues of translation and reception. Read more about this journal’s format and submissions criteria here.
Calls for Papers
As the fourth centenary of Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’s mutual deaths draws near, the 9th Montevideana Conference seeks to bring together innovative perspectives on these two authors. This conference calls for papers which will engage with these writers from a Latin American perspective—not only through explorations of specific texts, but also through a consideration of the dialogues these texts have inspired. This conference will take place from 24-26 June 2015 at the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay. Abstracts are due by 28 February 2015, and full details can be found here.
1 March 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Anglo-French Information Exchange in the Long Sixteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Workshop’. This day-long event will take place on 26 June 2015 at the Institute for Historical Research, London, UK. The sixteenth century represents a critical moment in the history of England’s complex relations with France, and this workshop it aims not only to re-evaluate the importance of Anglo-French information networks during the long sixteenth century, but also to identify future areas of collaboration and research. More information can be found here.
Fakes, forgeries and counterfeits are omnipresent as works of art, branded products, biographies, satellite pictures, documents, news, research results, and testimonies. They are mimetic practices of unique cultural, economical and political relevance. They alter reality, make history and perform cultural work. As their impact contrasts with their negative connotation, why are they still first and foremost considered as fraud, as deceit, as the shadow of a creative act? A conference entitled ‘Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting’ will be held in Munich, Germany from 29-31 October 2015. This event aims to engage an interdisciplinary dialogue on the potential impacts of fakes, involving literature, performance and media studies as well as art history and musicology. 15 March 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and you will find more details here.
On 22 July 2015, a one-day event called ‘Into the Woods’ will be held at the University of Melbourne, Australia. This day-long symposium will consider representations of the forest in music, art, literature and history, from the medieval period to the present day. Abstracts are due by 28 February 2015, and you’ll find further particulars here.
Throughout history, our understandings of categories such as space, time, and bodies have changed. Living in a more than human world, we have constructed these categories into systems of shared, and often unquestioned, meaning. A conference on ‘Re-visioning Space(s), Time and Bodies’ seeks to challenge the dominant ways of understanding categories of space, time and bodies by using both multi/interdisciplinary subject matter and research methods to explore the changing dimensions of: time and movement, aspects of human/post/trans and/or non-humans, contested flows, ‘webs’, and networks as well as the connections between these concepts. Scheduled to take place from 9-11 April 2015, this event wil be held at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. More information can be found here, and 15 February 2015 is the deadline for the submission of abstracts.
1 March 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Re-imagining Childhood: Images, Objects and the Voice of the Child’. This one-day conference will be held at the University of Greenwich, UK on 9 May 2015, and it aims to stimulate interdisciplinary debate on the question of what images and material objects can tell us about the subjective experience of being a child in the past. It will explore the ways in which non-written evidence—in particular that which comes under the heading ‘material culture’ and ‘visual culture’—can be used to open up new possibilities for the study of the history of childhood. You’ll find the full call here.
The Welsh Marches constitute an extensive area around the boundary between England and Wales. This border country, in its breadth and somewhat hazy demarcation, defies precise definition, and invites fluidity of ideas and perception. Shakespeare represented them as a wild, rebel landscape, full of magic, and the Marches were the imaginative home to a number of seventeenth-century poets who were interested in exploring the boundaries between material and spiritual experience. A conference on ‘The Marcher Metaphysicals’ is scheduled to take place from 29 October-1 November 2015 at Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Wales. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between the early modern metaphysical poets and the Marches that provided them with both material and imaginative landscapes. Abstracts are due by 28 February 2015, and you can read the full call online here.
Disgust has received growing critical attention among researchers and university scholars in fields as varied as literature, philosophy of art, biology, psychology or gender studies. A conference devoted to ‘Disgust’ will be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK from 29-30 May 2015. 8 March 2015 is the deadline for submission of abstracts, and more details are available here.
MA and PhD students of all levels are encouraged to submit proposals for papers on any aspect of English studies which responds to the theme ‘Emerging Perspectives’ for a conference to be held at University College Dublin in Ireland on 1 May 2015. You’ll find full details here, and abstracts are due by 20 February 2015.
15 February 2015 is the deadline for graduate/postgraduate students to submit an abstract for a conference entitled ‘Early Modern Print Culture: Practices, Relationships, and Circulation’, which will be held at Princeton University in New Jersey on 1 May 2015. You can read the full call here.
A graduate/postgraduate student conference called ‘The Many Forms of the Decameron: Interpretations, Translations, and Adaptations’ will be held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland from 24-26 April 2015. The conference seeks to explore Boccaccio’s Decameron, its translatability into different media, languages, and historical contexts. The discussion will not be limited to the Decameron and its adaptability, but will also explore the broader concept of translation as well as the relationship between media and authorship, bringing together a network of scholars from various disciplines. More information is available here, and 15 February 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract.
‘Borders, Boundaries, and Frontiers’ will be the topic of an upcoming graduate/postgraduate conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in Indiana, Pennsylvania). This event is scheduled for 28 March 2015, and abstracts are due by 15 February 2015. You can find more details here.
NEH-Funded Summer Institute
Hosted by the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, ‘Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics’ will meet from 15 June through 1 July 2015. It will convene a technically advanced cohort of fifteen early modern digital humanists for scholarly assessment of the most effective tools by which data sets are gathered, curated, and analyzed. Participants will reflect on the ways digital humanities expands the universe of possible questions that literary scholars can ask while new technologies produce exponentially larger bodies of evidence faster than ever before. The application deadline is 2 March 2015. Further particulars (and details regarding eligibility) are available here.
28 February 2015 is the deadline for postdoctoral researchers to apply for an IMEMS Library Fellowship at Durham University in the UK. Successful applicants will be reimbursed expenses of up to £1,500 per month for up to three months. Applications should demonstrate a serious research interest that focuses on primary source material within the special collections in Palace Green Library and/or Durham Cathedral. Full details can be found here.
The Records of Early English Drama (REED), a research project focusing on medieval and early modern performance studies, invites applications for a postdoctoral digital humanities fellowship for up to two years. This project is based at the University of Toronto in Canada, and the successful candidate will participate in REED’s development of a dynamic collection of freely available digital resources for research and education. Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled. Full details are here.
1 March 2015 is the deadline to apply for a Research Associate position based at the University of Manchester, UK. The successful candidate will have will have a PhD in early modern history or a related discipline, expertise in early modern print and/or manuscript culture, and demonstrable familiarity with the history of supernatural beliefs and debates c. 1400–1800 and will work on the exhibition project ‘Magic and the Expanding Early Modern World’. The role will primarily involve research on items to be included in the exhibition, the preparation of a range of catalogue and display texts, and assistance in planning for the exhibition and associated academic and community events. More details can be found here.
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) is a major research initiative spread across four other Australian universities, one of which is The University of Melbourne. In collaboration with the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, and the National Gallery of Victoria, CHE seeks to appoint a curator/research fellow. The two main requirements of the position will be: 1) to curate an exhibition at the National Gallery in mid-2017 on the subject of emotions in European society; and 2) to carry out and publish research related to the subject matter of art and emotions. The closing date for applications is 17 Feb 2015, and further details can be found here.
The Australian CHE also seeks to appoint an exceptional postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Western Australia to contribute to research projects in the history of emotions in Europe, c. 1100-1800. The successful candidate will develop a project relating to the role of emotions in early modern colonial encounters in the period 1600-1800. The project will be historical in nature, with focus on English, German, Scandinavian or Dutch colonial encounters. Further particulars are available here, and the closing date for applications is 27 February 2015.
That’s all for this week. As always, thanks for reading! If you have a cfp or other scholarly news that you think would be of interest to our readership, don’t hesitate to get in touch.