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Encounters, RMMLA | The Scrivener

By December 20, 2015 No Comments

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.


Encounters, RMMLA | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare 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

Literary London

Encounters, RMMLA | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare 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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