Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. This time around, we have loads of conference calls, a notice for journal guest editors, and news of a couple of Shakespeare-related (and funded!) MA positions, as well as some internship opportunities and reminders of library fellowship deadlines. You’ll also find information about a new project called ‘Understanding Shakespeare’, a collaborative effort between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Read on for details!
Calls for Papers
How does the face signify or express emotion in medieval and early modern culture? Papers are sought for one or perhaps two multidisciplinary panels on this topic for the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) Conference, to be held at the University of Queensland, Australia from 14–18 July 2015. Proposals should consider the face as a site of passionate or emotional feeling in medieval and early modern culture, whether in textual, visual or material form. You can find the call online here. The deadline for this call is fast approaching: submit your proposal no later than 27 October 2014 (i.e. tomorrow)!
A seminar of six papers focusing on ‘Shakespeare’s Unsung Heroes and Heroines’ is being planned for the annual conference of the German Shakespeare Association, Shakespeare-Tage to be held from 23-26 April 2015 in Berlin, Germany. This seminar seeks to explore the heroic qualities in Shakespeare’s ‘minor’ characters, and thus equally revisit preconceived notions about the status of these minor characters as well as traditional concepts of the (tragic) hero. Read more about it here, and apply by 30 November 2014.
On a similar note, 15 November 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Heroes–Heroizations–Heroisms: Transformations and Conjunctures from Antiquity to the Modern Day’. In history and the cultural sciences, heroic figures and their deeds are usually viewed as manifestations of human autonomy and agency. This conference confronts this viewpoint by asking how the heroic is intertwined with material objects across various epochs and cultures. The goal is to gain new perspectives on heroic agency, to enquire into the relevance of current theoretical approaches (such as actor network theory, assemblage theory, new materialism) for discussions on the heroic, and to investigate the challenge that the heroic presents for the material turn. This conference will be held in Freiburg, Germany from 19–20 November 2015, and you will find the full call here.
The European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) Congress will meet from 29 June to 2 July 2015 at the University of Worcester, UK. 1 December 2014 is the deadline to submit a paper proposal for one of the many fascinating seminars speaking to the general conference theme of ‘Shakespeare’s Europe – Europe’s Shakespeare(s)’: ‘European Women in Early Modern Drama’; ‘Shakespeare and/in European Cinema’; ‘European Shakespearean Festivals (20th-21st centuries)’; ‘To “pay the debt I never promised”: Shakespeare and Crisis in Present-Day Europe’; ‘The European Shakespeare Canon’; ‘Shakespeare and the Language/s of Performance’; ‘Shakespeare and European Communities of Emotion’; ‘“Now, gods, stand up for bastards!” – Illegitimacy in Shakespeare’; ‘Teaching Shakespeare for All Time’; ‘Shakespeare, European Tourism and Beyond’; ‘Recent European (Re)translations of Shakespeare’; ‘Directing Shakespeare in the New Europe: Productions, Interpretations, Contexts’; ‘Placing-Displacing Shakespearean Performance: European Appropriations of a National Repertoire’; ‘European Actors of Shakespeare’; ‘European Shakespeare – “United in Diversity”?’; and ‘Continental (Im)Prints of Shakespeare from the 20th Century’. You’ll find the full seminar descriptions here.
15 November 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Object Emotions, Revisited’, an interdisciplinary conference to be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut from 20-21 February 2015. This conference is inspired by the recent heightened attention to objects and emotions as new points of entry into history, literature, art, architecture, area studies, and the social sciences. It aims to foster interdisciplinary reflections about the critical uses of thing theory, affect theory, the histories of emotions, and new materialism and also to study how these discourses might benefit from being set in conversation with each other. The full call can be found here.
There’s an interesting call out right now for a panel on ‘Imagining the Renaissance’ currently being formed for the College English Association’s (CEA) annual conference, which will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from 26-28 March 2015. This call for papers is meant to solicit wide-ranging abstracts on the possibilities of the ‘imagination’ in British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries. You can find the full call here, and abstracts are due by 1 November 2014.
To what extent was Marlowe an ‘international’ writer? In what ways did his work absorb, respond to, imitate or challenge literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in France, Spain, Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, Turkey or further afield? What role, if any, has the reception of his work played in non-English-speaking cultures? 14 November 2014 is the deadline to submit a proposal for a conference on ‘The International Christopher Marlowe’, scheduled to take place at at the University of Exeter from 7-8 September 2015. You can read the full call here.
The Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC) will take place from 19-22 March 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year, a really interesting sounding new session on ‘Pitching Your Book’ is planned for for scholars and practitioners who are developing book proposals in the areas of theatre history, performance, pedagogy, theory, and/or practice. You can read more about this workshop here. If you are currently developing a book proposal on a relevant topic and would like critical feedback from editors on how to present the project to publishers, you should submit your proposal to the session coordinators no later than 15 November 2014.
The advent of print changed the dynamics of supply and demand altogether. Some printers boomed while others quickly went bust. Pioneering merchants negotiated the book trade’s position within traditional labour market structures. Early printing entrepreneurial successes depended on the ability of printers and publishers to mould an author’s creation into a sellable article consumed by a wide community of readers. The St Andrews Annual Book Conference, scheduled to take place in Scotland from 18-20 June 2015, invites contributions on any facet of buying and selling in the early modern book trade. Apply by 30 November 2014, and read more details here.
Proposals are currently being sought for a panel on ‘Early Modern Women’s Libraries: Collections, Habits, Experiences’, being proposed by the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to take place at the University of Ottawa, Canada from 30 May-2 June 2015. What resources (commonplace books, poetry miscellanies, inventories, etc.) shed light on women’s books? What relations do reading and book ownership have to questions of social status, family ties, education, economic status, travels? What constitutes evidence of women’s readerly engagement, consultation, annotation? What are the marks–figurative, material, cultural–of book ownership? What methodologies illuminate this topic? More details are available here, and abstracts must be submitted no later than 1 November 2014.
The tenth in a series of biennial international and interdisciplinary symposia organised by the Iconicity Research Project, a symposium on ‘Iconicity in Language and Literature’ will be held at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany from 26-28 March 2015. Proposals are due by 1 November 2014 for this event, which will this focus on iconicity–understood as form miming meaning and form, and meaning miming form and meaning–in language and in literature. You can read more about it here.
In a period when modern media outlets and politicians continue to discuss the cost of living in our own time, historians have long appreciated the preponderance and scale of poverty in the pre-modern world. From 30-31 January 2015, a conference on ‘Rethinking Poverty in Medieval and Early Modern Europe’ will be held at Newman University, Birmingham, UK. This conference seeks to address poverty over a broadly defined medieval and early modern period and will provide a forum for medieval and early modern scholars to compare and contrast developments and continuities across Europe. The full call is online here, and abstracts are due no later than 1 December 2014.
‘Masculinities in the British Landscape’ is a multi-disciplinary, multi-period conference to be held at Harlaxton College, the British Campus of the University of Evansville, outside of Grantham, Lincolnshire from 14-17 May 2015. This conference seeks to explore current and historical concepts of masculinities in the British landscapes, geographically and historically broadly conceived. From depictions of masculine control to landscapes of masculine employment, the conference wishes to explore the various ways masculinity can and has been marked on the landscape and expressed itself in landscape terms. You’ll find the call here, and abstracts are due by 1 December 2014.
The Annual Meeting of the Queen Elizabeth I Society will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina from 12-14 March 2015 in conjunction with the South Central Renaissance Conference. 1 December 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract to present at this event. More details are available here.
Submit an abstract by 30 November 2014 to participate in ‘Indoors and Outdoors, Public and Private: Women and the Country House’, a conference taking place from 15-16 May 2015 at Maynooth University in Ireland. This international conference will focus on the role of women in country houses and on landed estates in Ireland, the UK, and beyond. The full call is available here.
Crossing lines between the private and public spheres, and extending into important explorations of nationhood and belonging, different areas of research into the home seek to expand our understanding of how physical space has been used, transformed, and conceptualised throughout history. Doctoral students and early career researchers are invited to submit abstracts for ‘Making A Home: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Domestic Interior’, a conference to be held from 7 – 8 May 2015 at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. You can find the call here, and 30 November 2014 is the deadline for abstract submissions.
The crossover between theological anthropology and visual theologies invites discussion about how we preserve, or indeed fail to preserve, that which we are imaging. When, if at all, does iconography become idolatrous? (How) should we shape and create our own images? (How) do images change over time? Postgraduate/graduate students are invited to submit proposals for papers that explore the interconnections between iconography and idolatry for a conference on ‘Images, Icons & Idols’. This event will be held from 8-10 January 2015 at the University of Manchester, and abstracts are due by 31 October 2014. More details can be found here.
Postgraduate/graduate students might also be interested in knowing about the McGill English Department’s Annual Graduate Student Conference, which will be held in Montreal, Canada from 20-22 February 2015. This year, submissions are invited that treat literary and cultural engagements with violation. More details are available here, and proposals are due by 14 November 2014.
Call for Guest Editors
1 November 2014 is the deadline for potential teams of guest editors to propose topics for Volume 21 (2016) of the European Journal of English Studies (EJES). Issues may be guest edited by one or two or individuals and, more occasionally, by three (ideally from different locations in Europe). Proposals should demonstrate how the topic advances the ambitions of the journal for a distinctive ‘European’ approach to English Studies. Further details can be found online here.
The Universal Short Title Catalogue, or USTC, is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century. The USTC hosts an active programme of internships intended to provide scholars and students with an interest in analytical bibliography with an opportunity to work with the project team in St Andrews, UK. The 2015 internships will be for a period of 6-8 weeks, to be taken in the period between 1 June and 31 July 2015. The USTC will meet the costs of transportation to and from St Andrews, and housing will be provided in university accommodation. Applicants should have interest in the field of early modern history or book history, a command of written and spoken English, and fluency in at least one other European language. Likely candidates will either be pursuing a postgraduate qualification or have recently completed a postgraduate degree. More details are available here, and this year’s deadline is 30 November 2014.
Funded MA Opportunities
Two funded MA positions are being advertised at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in relation to a project entitled ‘Shakespeare’s Theatre Games’. Students will work on topics related to early modern (1500-1642) dramatic performance practice. The application deadline is 30 November 2014, and full details can be found here.
The Huntington–an independent research center in San Marino, California with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine–will award to scholars over 150 fellowships for the academic year 2015-2016. Application deadline for all fellowships are 15 November 2014. Click here for more information on the available fellowships and application instructions.
The Warburg Institute in London 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. Each year, the Institute offers a number of short-term Fellowships of two, three or four months, and the Institute is also offering a long-term Frances A. Yates Fellowship of two or three years tenable from October 2015. 28 November 2014 is this year’s deadline for both types of fellowships, which you can read about here and here.
‘Understanding Shakespeare’ is a collaborative project between JSTOR Labs and the Folger Shakespeare Library. It’s a research tool that allows students, educators, and scholars to use the text of Shakespeare’s plays to quickly navigate into the scholarship written about them–line by line. Users simply click next to any line of text in a play and relevant articles from the JSTOR archive immediately load. Currently, there are six plays available in Understanding Shakespeare: Hamlet, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night. Try it out here!
That’s all for this week. As always, thanks for reading! If you have a cfp or other scholarly news that you think would be of interest to our readership, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach the Scholarship Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.