Hi, it’s Lindsay here with your weekly dose of scholarly news. Read on to find out what’s going on in the world of Shakespeare scholarship right now–including a brand new way to access EEBO.
EEBO FROM THE RSA
Need Early English Books Online (EEBO) for your research, but don’t currently have access? This could all change for you if you’re a member of the Renaissance Society of America! This is certainly the most exciting scholarship news I’ve heard all month: the RSA has announced that access to the EEBO database is now offered to all of its current members free of charge. Read more here.
SCHOLARLY BARDIES AT TSS
The Shakespeare Standard has recently introduced the Bardie Awards is to acknowledge and offer recognition to outstanding work in all things Shakespeare. We’re currently seeking nominations (until 15 December) in the categories of ‘Best Conference of the Year’ and ‘Best New Monograph’. How to submit a nomination:
- For verification purposes, please include your name and e-mail address.
- Please clarify which award you’d like to nominate your candidate for and why.
- To nominate online articles and websites, please include a link.
- To nominate productions, please include the contact information for the organization.
- To nominate a person or a department, please include their contact information.
- Submit nominations via email to bardies@
CALLS FOR MANUSCRIPTS
If you aren’t yet aware of its existence, This Rough Magic is a relatively new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the art of teaching of Medieval and Renaissance literature. This is rather short notice, but the deadline for consideration in the December issue is 25 November 2013. From the looks of it, there will also be a June 2014 issue coming up (which might be more reasonable to aim for!).
Another new-ish peer-reviewed, open-access journal that you may not be acquainted with is The Hare, which specializes in ‘short, sharply written, imaginative critical engagements with topics in early modern literary studies’. Planning for volume 2 is currently underway. Graduates/postgraduates might want to note that, for issue 2.3, the editors are specifically looking for student contributors; submissions for this issue will be accepted starting now and through the end of the summer 2014.
Teach Shakespeare? Then you might be interested to hear that the editors of The Ashgate Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature (forthcoming 2016) welcome brief submissions of 700 words or fewer for a compilation of classroom assignments relating Shakespeare’s drama and poetry to classical works or traditions—or, alternatively, to the idea of ‘classics’ or ‘a classic’. Submissions are due by 31 January 2014, and you can read more here.
Chapter abstracts of 500-1000 words are currently being sought for a collection of essays on the topic of ‘Soil in Early Modern Literature’. 15 December 2013 is the deadline, and you can read more information here.
Abstracts of 500 words are also being sought for an edited collection entitled Civic Performance: Pageantry and Entertainments in Early Modern London. Again, there’s a 15 December 2013 deadline for this one, and more information can be found here.
Academics, creative writers and theatre practitioners alike are invited to submit a 300-word abstracts and short bibliographies for consideration in an edited volume called Rewriting Shakespeare’s Plays For and By the Contemporary Stage. Read more here, and remember that the deadline is 1 January 2014.
CALLS FOR PAPERS
Co-sponsored by the Universities of Lancaster and York, an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Time and Early Modern Thought’ will be held at York Minster Old Palace Library on 10 May 2014. Read the call here, and submit an abstract by 15 December 2013.
The 21st Annual California State University Shakespeare Symposium–an event open to faculty, postgraduate/graduate students, and undergraduate students working on any aspect of Shakespeare studies–will be held at California State University, Long Beach on 1 March 2014. 20 December 2013 is the abstract submission deadline (undergraduates are also asked to supply a draft of their paper), and you can read more about the event here.
13 December 2013 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Splendid Encounters II’, a conference dedicated to exploring diplomatic history in premodern Europe. The conference will be held from 4-5 April 2014 at Downside Abbey, Stratton on the Fosse, Bath. You can find more details here.
The theme of this year’s annual Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) Conference, which will be held in Scottsdale from 6-8, February 2014, is ‘Catastrophes and the Apocalyptic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance’. Submit an abstract by 6 December 2013, and read more information here.
15 December 2013 is the deadline to submit an abstract on ‘Classical Philosophers in Seventeenth Century English Thought’. This symposium will be held on 28 May 2014 at the University of York, and you can see the full details here.
The Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association will be hosting the 24th annual Mardi Gras Conference, ‘Masking the Self: Secrets, Disguise, and Mysteries’, from 27-28 February 2014. Submit your abstracts by 16 December 2013, and read more about it here.
The University of North Alabama English Department has announced the 5th Annual Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English to be held from 14-15 February 2014. This year’s theme is ‘Poison and Love’ (rather appropriate, given the date), and abstracts are due by 2 December 2013. More details can be found here.
Also due 2 December 2013 are proposals for ‘New Voices’, an interdisciplinary student conference hosted by Georgia State University’s English Department. The suggested theme is ‘Origins, Identity, and Authenticity’, and the conference will be held from 30 January to 1 February 2014. Read the full call here.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s tenth annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature (MadLit) will be held 20-22 February 2014, and abstracts are due by 15 December 2013. This year’s conference theme is ‘Texts and Violence’, and you can read the full call here.
Northeastern University’s English Graduate Student Association will be holding its Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference from 28-29 March 2014. Abstracts on this year’s theme of ‘The Spectacular’ are due on 13 December 2013. You can find more details here.
A conference on ‘Energies: Through the Material, Theoretical & Textual’ will be hosted by the Association of English Graduate Students at the University of Southern California from 28-29 March 2014. Read the call here, and get your abstract in by 15 December 2013.
The English Department of UMass Boston has announced a new annual event, ‘Beacon: A Graduate Conference in the Humanities’. The theme of the inaugural meeting will be ‘Interpreting Appropriation/Appropriate Interpretation’. The conference is scheduled for 28 February to 2 March 2014, and abstracts are due 15 December 2013. You can read more about it here.
Marsh’s Library in Dublin, which holds important collections relating to the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment, is pleased to announce a public call for short-term Visiting Research Fellowships. The Fellowships may be held for one to three months at any point from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2016. Read more details here (and plan to apply by 20 December 2013), but do note that eligibility is limited to holders of a doctoral degree with at least one peer-reviewed research output to their name.
15 December 2013 is the deadline to apply for the Bibliographical Society of America’s annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its various short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book and/or publishing industry. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. You can find more information about the fellowships here.
The University of London’s Warburg Institute is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the classical tradition–in the sense of those elements in European thought, art, and institutions that have evolved out of the cultures of the ancient world. 29 November 2013 is the deadline to apply for one of the Institute’s short-term research fellowships for 2014-15 (primarily intended for early career researchers). More details about the various fellowships on offer are available here.
ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT DOCTORATE
Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME) is an international doctoral programme in early modern studies funded by the European Union. It is structured around a unique collaboration between university-based researchers in the Humanities and the cultural and creative sector in four EU countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic). Applications are now open for PhD fellowships running from 2014-2017. The deadline to apply is 15 December 2013, and you can read all about it here.
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