Greetings! Thanks for reading The Scrivener! Though the holiday season is in full swing, the Shakespeare news never stops. Let’s take a look at some of the great new calls for papers and conference announcements that have crossed my desk this week.
From the Renaissance down to the modern era, there have been engaging discussions about forbidden friendships. In contrast, hostile feelings, especially jealousy and hatred, have long been favorite topics for writers such as Shakespeare who draws from the book of Proverbs in Julius Caesar and Othello to represent how the kisses of an enemy may be profuse.
On a broader scale, encounters can also be examined with reference to the contacts among different cultures and subsequent ideological transmission, conflict, hybridity, assimilation, and transformation. Ever since Classical Antiquity, communication between the East and the West has triggered a series of crucial cultural exchanges and interfaith interactions that can be inexhaustible subject matters for profound deliberation and academic research.
Topics for consideration may include (but are not limited to):
– Philosophy of friendship in various cultures
– Friendship from Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance
– Forbidden friendship & homosexuality
– Male friendship and female friendship
– Friendship and betrayal
– Affiliation and politics
– Human-nonhuman relationships
– Environmental impact on human psychology
– Utopian imagination and new world order
– Cross-species encounters
– Bestiary and animal studies
– Pilgrimages and healing environments
– Exorcism vs. healing practices
– Interfaith encounters
– Religious notions of friendship and relationship
For more information visit the conference website.
Milton at RMMLA
The organizers of a special panel on Milton at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association meeting are seeking participants. Papers on any aspect of Milton are welcome. Email 200-300 word proposals by March 1, 2016 to or . All proposals are acknowledged. You do not have to be a member of RMMLA to propose a paper, but you should become a member by April 1 to be listed in the program. For further conference information, access the RMMLA website at .
To acknowledge this year of Shakespearean celebrations, the conference theme in 2016 will be ‘London and the Globe’. This event will follow the trace of London’s transnational connections across historical periods and through novelistic, dramatic, poetic and other modes of expression. Topics that might be addressed include:
Geographies of migration, mobility and citizenship in an unsettled city
The Globe Theatre and new provinces in Shakespearean performance
London’s landscapes of slavery, expenditure and transportation
Imagining London apart from its ‘mother tongue’ and the Anglophone canon
Writing back against metropolitan cultural hegemony and the Imperial mythos
Intercontinental travel, holidays, grand tours and Londoners away from home
Refiguring Britishness, race identity and statehood in the light of globalization
Émigrés, foreign correspondents and the passage of global information
Trajectories of flight, atlases, shipping logs and Mappae mundi
Romances of adventure, paradisal islands, itinerancy and exoticism
Exploring otherness through utopian ‘elsewhere’ and spiritual terra incognitae
The re-territorialisation of the city through poetic and rhetorical appropriation
The Neo-colonial refashioning and memorialization of London’s colonial past
Global trade networks, mercantile capitalism and taking to the Thames
Foreign conflicts, skirmishes, rebellions and fictions of domestic in/security
For more information, please visit the conference site.
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