Greetings and welcome to The Scrivener, your source for the latest news in Shakespeare scholarship. There are a number of new calls for papers and conferences this week, so let’s get to it!
The program for a conference on female monasticism and the arts across Medieval and Early Modern Europe has been announced. The events, taking place this March, will be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. This conference “will compare, contrast and juxtapose recent scholarly approaches to the art of religious women from approximately 1250 to 1550. Its primary aim is to foster exchange between scholars working on different European regions, ranging from the German-speaking areas of Europe, across the Italian peninsula to the still heavily understudied material in England, Spain, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. The speakers will examine female monastic art and architecture in terms of devotion and ritual, patronage, space, communal identity and artistic practice. This rich programme, chronologically bridging the gap between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, seeks to initiate a broader scholarly conversation, which is long overdue.” To see the full program, or for registration information, please visit http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2015/spring/SisterAct.shtml
War and Peace
The organizers of a conference on War and Peace in Early Modern Literature and Culture seek individual paper and panel submissions. Per the announcement:
Our aim is to engage with contemporary literary texts, historical analysis and more recent representations and appropriations of the period’s numerous conflicts.
From the Spanish Armada to the Battle of the Boyne, this was a century dominated by war. But the period also witnessed the first ever European-wide peace agreement with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, while in earlier years figures such as James I strove to unite the continent’s warring fractions. This range of treaties and conflicts provided the period’s literature with some of its most controversial and radical subject matter. The interrelation of war and peace is fundamental to the work of writers as diverse as William Shakespeare, John Milton, Luis de Góngora, John Dryden and Joost van den Vondel. Yet, despite widespread critical interest in the representation of violence and power within early modern culture, the subject of war itself has received relatively little attention.
For more information see the full call here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary’s University in Twickenham is hosting a conference this March on “Renaissance Cardinals: Diplomats and Patrons in the Early Modern World.” Among the many panels are special discussion on Cardinals as musical and literary patrons, the training and careers of Cardinals as ambassadors, and the role of English Cardinals in a European context. To se the full program or to register, please visit http://www.stmarys.ac.uk/news/events/event/renaissance-cardinals-diplomats-patrons-early-modern-world/
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