Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have a number of calls for papers, a couple of calls for manuscripts, a notice of an essay prize, and news about a freshly announced and Shakespeare-related book series.
Calls for Papers
The International Shakespeare Association’s next World Shakespeare Congress (on the theme of ‘Creating and Re-Creating Shakespeare’) is scheduled to take place in Stratford and London from from 31 July to 6 August 2016. The confirmed list of seminars and workshops is online here, and registration for these is now open. You’ll find further information on how to register here.
Abstract submissions are currently being sought for a conference on Dynasty and Dynasticism (in Europe and beyond), 1400-1700. This conference aims to ask afresh what royal dynasty was in the late medieval and early modern periods: what beliefs underpinned it, whence its power and mystique derived, and who or what ruling dynasties believed themselves to be. Abstracts are due by 1 August 2015, and the conference itself will take place at Somerville College, University of Oxford from 16-18 March 2016. Further particulars are available here.
What does William Shakespeare mean to us today, and what traces of his thinking can still be seen in our lives? ‘Shakespeare and Our Times’, an interdisciplinary conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early twenty-first century is scheduled to take place from 14-16 April 2016 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. You’ll find the full call here (skip to the second page), and abstracts are due by 15 August 2015.
From 3-4 October 2015, a conference focusing on heroes will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, London. This event will draw together academics from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as archivists, curators, librarians, and colleagues from the commercial and charity sectors. It will foster conversations about hero figures past and present, considering their emergence or creation, their relationship with their fans or ‘worshippers’, and the shifting fortunes of their reputations. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20 July 2015, and further information is available here.
The word ‘play’, as both noun and verb, has many meanings, some obsolete or now rare in occurrence, which can give glimpses of the past, and others sometimes intriguingly contradictory in their senses. Although the root meaning of the word refers to some kind of aimless physical activity which involves moving about swiftly in a lively manner and sometimes clapping the hands, yet invariably we find through context, the word indicates an emotional driving force or impetus. 30 July 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Play of Emotions: Meanings Collaboratory’, a symposium intended to open discussion on the meanings of ‘play’ considered in the context of the history of emotions from 1100-1800 and across disciplines. You can find further details here about this event, which will be held at the University of Western Australia in Perth from 19-20 November 2015.
‘Texts and Contexts’ is an annual conference held at the Ohio State University in Columbus. It is devoted to medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. This year’s event will take place from 30-31 October 2015. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. 15 August 2015 is the abstract submission deadline, and the full call can be found here.
Also in Ohio: the annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference (OVSC) is scheduled to take place from 9-11 October 2015 in Bowling Green. This year, the OVSC is especially interested in papers and panels on the topic of negotiating Shakespeare through history, culture, and context. 1 August 2015 is the abstract submission deadline. More information can be found here.
1 August 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract on any aspect of the reception of Montaigne’s Essais in the Anglophone world during the first two hundred years following their initial publication in French. This event will be held at Durham University, UK from 6-7 November 2015. Any approach to the study of Montaigne’s influence is welcome, and authors to consider include literary figures such as Florio, Cornwallis, Daniel, Shakespeare, Jonson, Burton, Browne, Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Swift, and Sterne. Further particulars are available here.
Calls for Manuscripts
Borrowers & Lenders (a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia scholarly journal) is soliciting soliciting contributions to a cluster of short essays on the topic of ‘Shakespeare and Dance’. Potential contributors may interpret this topic in a number of ways. Essays should typically run 1,000 – 3,000 words, but may be longer. Submissions are due by 1 September 2015, and more details can be found here.
Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Each volume is primarily devoted to a theme, play, or group of plays. Shakespeare Survey Volume 69 will be on the topic of ‘Shakespeare and Rome’, and submissions are due by 1 September 2015. Full details can be found here.
The editors of Shakespeare in association with the British Shakespeare Association are offering an essay prize for research students and early career researchers (who have held a PhD for no more than 2 years up to the submission deadline). The winning entry will be published. 1 September 2015 is the entry deadline, and more information can be found here.
New Book Series
‘Shakespeare in European Culture’ is a new international book series being launched by John Benjamins, an an independent, Amsterdam-based academic publisher. This series aims to promote the historically based study of the aesthetic, cultural, linguistic and political functions that Shakespeare as a figure and his works have played in Europe’s complex and evolving multilingual and multicultural spaces during the past 425 years. The series takes a particular interest in books that trace the European history of individual Shakespearean works (e.g. Romeo and Juliet in European culture). It will, however, also welcome books with a differently defined focus (e.g. the reception of Shakespeare in a specific language, culture or genre), provided they show a keen awareness of the circulation of Shakespearean texts both below and above the ‘national’ levels within the many ‘European’ frameworks past and present. While not yet available, more information about the series will soon be posted here on the John Benjamins homepage.