Calls for Papers
10 April 2017 is the deadline to submit a proposal for ‘Cultures of Collecting, 1500-1750’, a one-day conference to be held on 14 June 2017 in Corpus Christi College, Oxford in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Elias Ashmole. Papers are invited that address any aspect of the cultures of collecting in England and Europe from any disciplinary perspective, including material culture, art history, visual studies, museum studies, social history, and literary scholarship. Further information is available here.
The Société française Shakespeare is dedicating its next annual conference to ‘Shakespeare Unbound’. The topic addresses Shakespeare’s propensity to negotiate with dominant ideologies, his ability to break and renew formal and cultural rules and his long-lasting influence. The conference topic also points to the ways in which Shakespeare’s work has come down to us: through bound Quartos and Folios, emended, truncated, annotated, as well as through unbound scripts and performances. Proposals (in English or in French) are invited no later than 25 April 2017. The conference itself will take place in Paris from 18-20 January 2018, and the full call can be found here.
A conference on ‘Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods’ will be held at Nottingham Trent University from 11-13 July 2017. This conference will incorporate a broad chronological spectrum from medieval to early modern with a view to developing current research, sharing techniques, investigating new approaches and enhancing study in the wider field. Abstracts are due by 7 April 2017, and full details can be found here.
A postgraduate conference on the theme of ‘Distortion’ will be held at University College London on 9 June 2017. The conference aims to explore the distortion, deception, and disassociation of truth. Living in a world of ‘post-truth’ the question of determining the difference between objective and subjective has become difficult to distinguish. This conference will examine the concept of distortion as it manifests in literature and culture. From Chaucer to Shakespeare, from Marcel Duchamp to Man Ray, from Pound’s haikus to Trump’s twitter, distortion has become the way in which we perceive the world through the mediums of text, art, photography, and film. Abstracts are due by 17 April 2017, and more details are available here.
Textual studies, textual editing and approaches to the history of the book are never far removed from debate or even controversy. This is particularly true at the present time, when numerous new large-scale critical editions are under way, employing different methodologies and leading to outputs in both print and digital forms. The University of Leeds will be hosting a one-day symposium will bring together scholars engaged in similar projects, as well as those wishing to offer wider methodological reflections. Proposals are invited by 24 April 2017 for papers on any aspect of textual editing, bibliography, and the history of the book, and contributions from all historical periods are welcome. The full call can be found here.
The University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution invites submissions for a conference on ‘Retailing and Distribution in the Seventeenth Century’. This one-day event will take place on 7 September 2017. Papers focusing on any geographical area or topic are welcome, and proposals are due by 27 April 2017. More information can be found here.
A one-day interdisciplinary conference on ‘Ritual and Ceremony in Medieval and Early Modern Europe’ will take place at Northumbria University on 29 June 2017. This conference, which will cross the traditional late medieval/early modern divide, aims to draw together scholars who are working on any aspect of ritual and ceremony in any part of Europe. More details can be found here, and proposals are due by 28 April 2017.
A conference on ‘Early Modern Discourses on Europe: Representations of Community and Common Identity (1450-1750)’ will be held at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck, Austria from 30 November to 2 December 2017. This conference aims to investigate early modern conceptions of Europe. Assuming that discourses on Europe tend to transcend linguistic, historic, and generic boundaries, participants from various fields are invited to examine vernacular and Latin representations of Europe from the late 15th to the early 18th century. Papers (in English) should concern questions of how the term Europe was defined and evaluated, which concepts were attached to Europe, and how texts created or propagated a common European identity in various languages, disciplines, and genres. The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute will reimburse participants’ travel expenses. Proposals are due by 30 April 2017, and further particulars can be found here.
On 14 September 2017 a one-day colloquium on ‘Soul Travel: Spiritual Journeys and Sacred Voyages in Early Modern Europe’ will take place at De Montfort University, Leicester. The purpose of this one-day interdisciplinary colloquium is to examine a particular manifestation of interiority and its relationship to material experience: that of the spiritual journey or pilgrimage. This could take the form of an imagined real journey, such as Louis Richeome’s The Pilgrim of Loreto or an allegorical voyage such as John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. This meeting has as its objective an exploration of spiritual and interior journeys, understood broadly. Abstracts are due by 30 April 2017, and more information can be found here.
Devotions in early modern England, public or private, were central to the everyday lives of clergy and laity alike. Yet such practises were routinely transformed by men and women who did not just record but reconfigured their piety through writing. ‘Devotional Writing in Print and Manuscript’, a one-day interdisciplinary conference, will take place at the University of Warwick on 26 June 2017. This conference aims to investigate how print and manuscript cultures coalesced and collided in their re-presentation of post-Reformation devoutness, and themes for papers may include (but are not limited to): literary, visual. political, theological, historical, material, musical, polemical or any other treatments of the topics of devotional writing in print or manuscript in the context of reformation-era England. Abstracts are due by 30 April 2017, and the full call can be found here.
Calls for Manuscripts
The editors of a collection entitled Reading the Road in Shakespeare’s Britain invite abstracts for proposed chapters examining perceptions of ‘the road’ in early modern Britain. This collection aims to pull together new research on early modern British/European literary or historical perceptions of ‘the road’ and its cognates. Such research might ask questions of how the road contributes to British identity, and/or might include any or none of the following: post-Reformation views of pilgrimage or the sense of Christian journeying in texts such as Pilgrim’s Progress, perceptions of Roman or pre-Roman road heritage, of the winding nature of England’s ‘rolling roads’, of the mail and post-horse network, the idea of speed in ‘post-haste’ or of news travelling the highroads via itinerant merchant-newstellers or informers. It might consider the traditions of ancient church-way paths, cursuses, crossroads both physical and metaphorical, the roadside gallows or the place of the inn. It might reflect on the nature of travelling communities or the relation of characters like Autolycus, Ariel, or Puck to masterless wanderers and devils. It could include accounts of perceptions of mobility, both literal and figurative. It might also consider the representation of roads on maps and early modern surveying and mapping practices. Proposals are due by 28 April 2017. Full details can be found here.
For an upcoming special issue of Shakespeare: A Journal marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the editors are inviting papers investigating Marx’s impact, in a broad sense, on Shakespeare studies or on Shakespeare’s influence on Marx. In the first instance, proposals are due by 1 May 2017. More information is available here.
The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women seeks nominations for awards for scholarly work in various categories published/completed in the previous year. Any work on women and gender in the early modern period (ca. 1450-1750) is eligible. Applications close on 7 April 2017, and more details can be found here.