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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Scrivener where we constantly strive to bring you the latest (and greatest) in the world of Shakespearean scholarship!

Meaning in Motion: Knowledge, Dialogue, and Discourse

The 21st Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference invites papers on interdiciplanry approached to the art of knowledge. discourse and dialogue. Deadline in tomorrow, Monday 15th December, so hurry and send your abstracts to! For more details please see here.

Madness: The Sacred & Profane

‘Madness’ Foucault explains is ‘the manifestation in man of an obscure and aquatic element, a dark disorder, a moving chaos, the seed and death of all things’ – this conference aims to delve into the roots of madness in all fields within Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance studies.Please submit proposals (250 words) along with a one-page CV to by 1 February 2015.The Conference will take place on 23-24 October 2015 at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. For more details visit their website.

Disseminating Dress

York University is holding a three-day international and interdisciplinary conference that explores how ideas and knowledge about dress have been shared, sought and communicated throughout history. In bringing together academics, curators and industry professionals, this conference is an invitation for interdisciplinary discussion concerning methods of communicating concepts of what someone should, could, or would wear.

Abstracts of 250 words in length, with an accompanying 100-word biography should be sent to no later than 15th January 2015.For more information, please visit their website.

Thinking Serially: Repetition, Continuation, and Adaptation

The Department of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY presents a conference on seriality in literature, theory, and media to be held 23-24th April 2015.This conference asks: how do we understand serials differently from other works (e.g., the serialized novel versus the epic)? How does seriality speak to the act of binging and the notion of deferred satisfaction, the suspension of expectation, and the manipulation of the spectator? What does seriality tell us about re-readings? How do we understand the relationship between seriality and history.

Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by 15th January 2015 to Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests. We also welcome panel proposals of three to four papers.

Losing/ Becoming Self

This call for papers  is looking for graduate and exceptional undergraduate papers from all scholarly fields exploring not only performative processes of subjective becoming and transfiguration, but also larger, theoretical reworkings of individuation, autonomy, agency and selfhood.

The conference will take place 12-13th February at Louisiana State University. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Please submit your abstract of 250-300 words as well as your University affiliation to the following email by 19th December 2014:Dustin Zemel and Amanda Swenson Mardi Gras Co-Chairs at

Dirty Talk:The Forms and Language of Pleasure

Dirty talk. Guilty pleasure. Darkest desire. Our everyday discourse is littered with phrases that shun or shame the pleasurable. Yet seeking pleasure, as fig- ures from Chaucer to Freud have argued, is a basic human instinct. This conference seeks proposals for 15–20-minute papers, three-person panels, and non-tra- ditional presentations that explore these or any other meanings and functions of pleasure. The University of Wisconsin invites papers about any time period and any genre; we also invite papers from across disciplines and fields. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 3rd January 2015.

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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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