Welcome to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have CFPs on a wide variety of topics including Spaces/Places of Leisure, Creativity and the City, Shakespeare and Joyce, Object Emotions, and Women Negotiating Justice. There’s also news of an essay prize, a call for manuscripts, and reminders about upcoming fellowship deadlines at both the Folger and Newberry Libraries. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
8 November 2015 is the deadline to submit a proposal for ‘Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation and Sociability in Early Modernity (c. 1500-1800)’. This conference, which will take place at the German Historical Institute in London, UK from 19-21 May 2016, aims to examine practices of leisure, recreation and sociability in pre-modern societies and how these were reflected in and shaped by spatial practices. More information is available here.
In the last decade, scholars in the humanities and social sciences have explored the complex interplay between places and their culture using a variety of methods and approaches. From 27–29 October 2016, a conference entitled ‘Creativity and the City, 1600–2000’ will be held at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Proposals are due by 15 November 2015 for those hoping to participate in this interdisciplinary conference , which aims to bring together recent research in the fields of history, arts, and digital humanities. The conference examines the relationship between cultural artefacts (art, books, etc.) and the urban networks and spaces in which they were conceived, (re)produced, distributed, mediated, and consumed in early modern and modern Europe. How such issues can be studied by means of existing and novel (digital) methods, as well as comparative and long-term approaches, is the second major theme of the conference. The full call is available here.
A wealth of scholarship has explored Shakespeare and his contemporary world, where communities were being created, contested and redefined. Subsequently, too, Shakespeare’s work has provoked and created new communities of audience and performers in a variety of formats, from the stage to the text to the screen. A conference on ‘Shakespearean Communities’ will be held at the University of Portsmouth, UK from 15-16 April 2016. 15 November 2015 is the deadline for abstract submissions, and the full call can be found here.
Medieval and Early Modern societies weathered various socio-cultural transformations, ranging from economic developments to religious conflicts, across a range of different geographies and in urban and rural spaces. How did poetry, theatre, prose, visual art, architecture, and other forms of art respond to such changes? How do we historically understand and assess various kinds of social transitions? Taking the theme ‘Texts and Transformations: Medieval and Early Modern Cultures’, the next biennial conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SASMARS) will be held at Mont Fleur in Stellenbosch, South Africa from 26-28 August 2016. More information can be found here, and proposals are due by 30 November 2015.
A conference on ‘Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science’ will take place from 21-23 March 2016 at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. 20 October 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and more information can be found here.
31 October 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Women Negotiating Justice: Britain and Ireland, c.1100-1750’. This one-day workshop will be held at Cardiff University, UK on 21 April 2016. Abstracts outlining proposed papers for the workshop are invited from scholars researching any aspect of women’s legal agency in Britain and Ireland between 1100 and 1750. Papers discussing the conceptual and methodological challenges of analysing and recovering women’s access to the law during this period are particularly welcomed. Full information can be found here.
The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for its next annual conference, which will be hosted at the Università Roma Tre. In parallel with the conference’s usual focus on Joyce, it also intends to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by inviting scholars dealing with the Joyce-Shakespeare connection to send proposals on current trends in Joyce and Shakespeare’s studies. The conference will take place from 1-3 February 2016, and abstracts are due by 5 November 2015. You’ll find the full call here.
Also in Italy, the 2016 Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (IASEMS) Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is an interdisciplinary forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference, scheduled to take place on 22 April 2016, will focus on the themes of prophecy and conspiracy in early modern texts. Further information is available here, and abstracts are due by 31 October 2015.
10 November 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Object Emotions: Polemics’, the third in a series of conferences (UC Berkeley in 2013, Yale in 2015) inspired by the heightened attention to objects and emotions as new points of entry into history, literature, art, architecture, area studies, and the social sciences. Through focused attention on the role of things and feelings, materials and affects, the organisers aim to foster interdisciplinary reflections about the intersections between thing theory, affect theory, the histories of emotions, and new materialisms. This conference will take place in Cambridge University, UK from 15-16 April 2016, and the full call is available here.
Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory (KiSSiT) is a forum for research by postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early career scholars with an interest in Shakespeare, philosophy and theory. The program is committed to thinking through Shakespeare about urgent contemporary issues in dialogue with the work of past and present philosophers. KiSSiT is currently seeking participants for a one-day conference on ‘Shakespeare and the State of Exception’ to be held on 19 December 2015 at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames. Full information can be found here, and abstracts are due by 13 November 2015.
The Hakluyt Society has now released details of its 2015-2016 Essay Prize, which is open to individuals under thirty years of age. The prize(s) of up to a total of £750 will be presented at the Hakluyt Society’s Annual General Meeting in London in June 2016, where the winner or winners will be invited to attend as the Society’s guests; travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed. Winners will also receive a one-year membership of the Hakluyt Society. The Society will publish winning entries in a special section of its peer-reviewed online Hakluyt Society Journal, should the author wish to do so. Essays should be based on original research in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences, and on an aspect of the history of travel, exploration and cultural encounter or their effects, in the tradition of the work of the Society. 1 November 2015 is the submission deadline, and further particulars can be found here.
Call for Manuscripts
Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies has opened its call for papers for its third volume. Although articles are welcome on any topic relating to Medieval and Early Modern studies, in any discipline, Volume 3 will contain a themed section on the topic ‘Words, Signs, and Feelings’, to be interpreted in any way the author sees fit. Authors wishing to be considered for this themed section should submit their work by 20 November 2015. More information can be found here.
The deadline is quickly approaching for Long-Term Fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. These fellowships support scholars in residence for six to nine months. The next deadline for long-term fellowship applications is 1 November 2015 for periods of residence from July 2016 through June 2017. Full details can be found online here.
The Newberry Library in Chicago is also holding its annual competition for Long-Term Fellowships. These fellowships are available to PhD-holding scholars who wish to be in residence at the Newberry for periods of four to twelve months. Applcation information is available here, and 15 November 2015 is the deadline to apply for fellowsips to be held between July 2016 to June 2017.