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Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have an interesting variety of calls for papers, a few calls for manuscripts, and a reminder about upcoming program application and funding deadlines at the Folger Shakespeare Institute. Read on for full details!

Calls for Papers

Over the past five centuries, facial hair has been central to debates about masculinity. Over time, changing views of masculinity, self-fashioning, the body, gender, sexuality and culture have all strongly influenced men’s decisions to wear, or not wear, facial hair. For British Tudor men, beards were a symbol of sexual maturity and prowess. Throughout the early modern period, debates also raged about the place of facial hair within a humoural medical framework. 30 September 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract to participate in a one-day workshop on the significance, context and meanings of beards and moustaches through time, or of facial hair’s relationship to important factors such as medicine and medical practice, technology and shifting models of masculinity. This event is scheduled to be held on 28 November 2015 at the Friends Meeting House, London, UK, and the full call is available here.

A seminar on ‘Homer and the Epic Tradition’ will be held at the Australian National University, Canberra from 7-8 December 2015. This event is intended to give scholars interested in the epic tradition in the ancient Greek and Roman world an opportunity to test out ideas, methodologies, and findings in a supportive environment, and to maximise the possibility of constructive feedback. The focus of the seminar will be the epic tradition in the ancient world as well as the ways in which the post-classical tradition adopted or adapted this genre. If you are interested in participating, abstracts are due by 30 September 2015. More details can be found here.

Photograph by Tom Woodward [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Photograph by Tom Woodward [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

From 17-18 December 2015, an interdisciplinary conference entitled ‘The Matter of Mimesis’ will take place at the University of Cambridge, UK, which aims to bring together scholars from the sciences, social sciences and humanities in order to address material practices of mimesis. The conference invites papers that explore the different roles played by materials in mimetic practices. 15 September 2015 is the deadline for abstract submissions, and you can find the full call here.

‘The Englishness of English Poetry in the Early Modern Period’ is a two-part international conference taking place first at the Université de Strasbourg from 19-21 May  2016 and then in Paris, France in May of 2017. It will focus on the evolution of English poetry over the early modern period, dealing with aspects related to form, genre, the material dimension of poems as commodities, and the different modes of their circulation across national borders through embassies and translations. The first part (Strasbourg, 2016) will bear on 16th– and 17th-century lyric poetry, and ask whether the period can be said to mark the triumph of the sonnet among other poetic modes of expression. Contributions well bear on English poetry and its Classical and early modern Continental sources as they were received in 16th– and 17th-century Europe. A later call for paper will be issued separately for the second conference (Paris, 2017), which will encompass exchanges between England and its closest neighbours, Scotland and Ireland, but also other European or non-European countries, including American colonies and the Eastern world, from the early 1500s to the late 18th century. While expressions of interest for the 2017 are already welcomed, those hoping to participate in the Strasbourg portion of the conference should submit an abstract no later than 25 September 2015. You’ll find the full call here.

The biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 10–13 March 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. Abstracts are invited on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. In celebration of the conference’s twentieth anniversary, abstracts are particularly solicited for a thread of special sessions reflecting the conference’s traditional interdisciplinary focus: that is, papers that blur methodological, chronological, and geographical boundaries, or that combine subjects and/or approaches in unexpected ways. You can find full details here, and the deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2015.

Calls for Manuscripts

Over the past two decades, Shakespeare scholarship has evolved markedly, from a rather sceptical recognition of ‘foreign Shakespeare’ as an acceptable target of intellectual inquiry, to a celebration of and a sustained engagement with productions of the Bard’s work around our globe and in diverse languages. Conspicuously absent from the discussion, however, has been the question of what Shakespeare means in and to the contemporary Arabian Gulf—in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.  Contributions are thus sought for an edited collection of essays that aims to address both the gap in Shakespeare scholarship and the potential of Shakespeare in the Gulf. Contributions are welcomed from scholars, teachers, and students, performers and theatre practitioners, expat residents and Gulf citizens, reflecting critically on their experiences studying, teaching, and performing Shakespeare. Abstracts are due by 1 September 2015, and the full call is available here.

An upcoming issue of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal will feature a Forum on women and science. Topics to be considered may include any subject that addresses the activity of women in science (including medicine), natural philosophy, or natural history broadly conceived in the period from 1350 to 1750. Short pieces may consider, for example, women as scientists in any field, the influence of women as patrons of scientists and academies, or the scientific study of gender. Proposal on related topics are welcome. Abstract submission is currently underway (though I haven’t been able to locate a final deadline for this stage of the process), and completed pieces will be due by January 2016. You can find further particulars here.

Abstracts are also being sought for chapters to be included in an upcoming edited volume entitled Dealing With The Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. The editors are interested in interdisciplinary studies that illustrate unexpected situations and under-researched persons, periods, and events in art, literature, archaeology, and history. They are also interested in papers that argue against stereotypical or outdated presumptions about the relationships between the premodern dead and their fellow community members above ground. Again, I can’t find a definitive submission deadline for abstracts, but the call is online here.

News from the Folger

4 September 2015 is the application and funding deadline for a range of programs offered by the Folger Institute in Washington, DC. In the fall, offerings include: a semester-length seminar is being offered on ‘Cervantes’ Fictions and the Early Modern Historical Imagination’; a symposium on ‘Periodization 2.0’; and a workshop on ‘Advanced Early Modern English Paleography’. Interested scholars should apply at the September deadline to participate in a spring 2016 seminar on ‘The Reformation of the Generations: Age, Ancestry, and Memory in England 1500-1700’. More details about the Folger’s programming are available here.



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Lindsay Ann Reid is a regular contributor to The Scrivener and Early Modern and Open Access. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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