Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have an international array of CFPs on ’Green Britain’, the ‘Eve of the Reformation’, and ‘Iberian Literature and Culture in Tudor and Stuart England’, amongst a host of other fascinating topics. There’s also news of calls for manuscripts. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
A symposium on ‘Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment, 1500-1750’ will take place in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK on 25 June 2016. Beyond vague collocations of Merry England’s ‘green and pleasant lands’, ‘Green Britain’ aims to explore the complex relationship between national identity and the environment in a period of tumultuous ecological change. What conclusions can we derive from the study of early modern environmental issues, and how can we apply these to the complex idea of the early modern identity? To what extent is nationhood defined by the dynamic that exists between people, space, and place? And furthermore, is it possible to define an early modern attitude toward green issues? The full call can be seen here, and proposals are due by 31 March 2016.
As we prepare to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses in October 1517, it may be useful to pause for a moment and consider two important questions: first, how were the historical and cultural events of the late fifteenth and very early sixteenth century defining the European world that would soon break apart along sectarian lines, and, second, how did writers, thinkers, and artists later in the century look back at that earlier world and culture. A conference called ‘On the Eve of the Reformation: The View from Then and Now’ will take place from 21-22 October 2016 at the University of Toronto, Canada. More information can be found here, and 31 March 2016 is the deadline for submitting a proposal.
Along similar lines, Reformation Studies Colloquium will be held at Newcastle University, UK from 14-16 September 2016. Offers of papers on all aspects of the Reformation (Protestant and Catholic; British, European, and global; in the period 1500-1700) are welcomed and should be submitted by 31 March 2016. More details can be found here.
31 March 2016 is also the deadline to apply to participate in ‘Iberian Literature and Culture in Tudor and Stuart England’. Following the recent expansion of research into Iberian Golden Age literature, the growth of translation studies, and conversations about the dialogue between the Atlantic archipelago and Iberian Peninsula, this international, interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the reception of Iberian literature and culture in Tudor and Stuart England. The conference will take place at Newcastle University, UK from 14-16 July 2016, and more information can be found here.
From a person’s choice of dress in the morning to what they eat at night: when and how should we conceive of such everyday actions as having a role in the performance and construction of identities? How have public acts and rituals been used to construct and contest group identities? And how have the meanings of these performative acts endured or changed over time? A one-day inter-disciplinary conference called ‘“All the World’s a Stage”: Performing Identity in Everyday Life’ will take place at the University of Bristol on 1 July 2016. This conference seeks to interrogate the diverse ways in which performance theory can enhance our understanding of the construction of identities. Fuller information is available here, and abstracts are due by 31 March 2016.
31 March 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract to participate in an interdisciplinary workshop that will take place from 4-6 November 2016 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The workshop aims to bring together scholars working on one or both of the following: 1) Questions concerned with the methods of women writing in the Renaissance and Early Modern period, and of men writing pro-woman works at the same time; 2) Questions concerned with the genre that women chose for their work and that men chose for articulating pro-woman positions. The organisers are inviting proposals for scholarly papers (which may be works in progress), but also expressions of interest in participating in panel discussions on themes pertinent to the questions of the conference. You can find more details online here.
A two-day conference on ‘Translators and Printers in Renaissance Europe: Framing Identity and Agency’ is scheduled to take place at the University of London from 29–30 September 2016. This international conference explores the self-presentational strategies of sixteenth-century European translators and printers, and the tensions and ambiguities therein. Through analysis of paratextual material, this two-day event aims to illuminate the self-views of sixteenth-century translators, and their own accounts of their role as authoritative agents of cultural exchange, national and transnational acculturation. 31 March 2016 is the deadline for submission of abstracts, and the full call can be found here.
Modern technology has given us new methods for the study of papyri, manuscripts, and early printed books: everything from x-rays to DNA analysis now provides data regarding the production and use of the book in the pre-modern era. In addition, digital humanities now allows for the precise capture and reproduction of texts in all their visual specificity as well as the compilation of vast databases for ‘distant reading’. Yet, as any scholar of the book recognizes, these artifacts retain an aura that technology cannot duplicate or fully explain: an encounter with a pre-modern book is an encounter with a textual presence in all its ineffable alterity. A conference on ‘The Pre-Modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality and Visuality’ is scheduled for 21-22 October 2016 at Binghamton University in New York. Abstracts are invited on all aspects of the book as artifact and should be submitted by 15 April 2016. More details can be found here.
Recent scholarship is challenging the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800–1700. Rather than thinking of these areas in isolation, scholars are revealing the depth of their mutual influence. Trade, war, migration, and scholarly exchange connected Europe and the Middle East in ways both cooperative and adversarial. The distant world was not only an object of aggression, but also, inextricably, of fantasy and longing. Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers looked to each other to understand their own cultural histories and to imagine their futures. ‘Beyond Borders: Mutual Imaginings of Europe and the Middle East (800–1700)’ will take place on 3 December 2016 at Barnard College in New York. 10 April 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and further particulars are available here.
The Gloriana Society, an organisation dedicated to Elizabethan-era research, are hosting their inaugural conference, ‘In the Light of Gloriana,’ at the historic Tower of London from 18-21 November 2016. The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 April 2016. More information is available here.
A conference on ‘The Sophistic Renaissance: Authors, Texts, Interpretations’ will take place at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy on 26 September 2016. This conference aims at exploring the influence and diffusion of the ancient sophistic traditions in early-modern Europe, fostering an interdisciplinary discussion among scholars and enhancing a new network for a future collaboration across fields. 5 April 2016 is the deadline to submit and abstract, and more information can be found here.
Postgraduate/graduate students are cordially invited to submit abstracts for papers for a conference on ‘Fate, Chance and Happenstance in the Early Modern Period’. This event will be taking place at the University of Exeter from 25-26 May 2016. Submissions are due no later than 24 March 2016, and the full call is available here.
Calls for Manuscripts
The editorial board of Shakespeare Jahrbuch invites submissions for its 2017 issue, which will devoted to the topic of ‘Shakespeare’s Green Worlds’. Completed manuscripts are due by 15 April 2016, and more information is available here.
CROMOHS is an open-access electronic journal, published by Firenze University Press. A thematic section of the next issue of CROMOHS will be devoted to ‘Empires, Beliefs, Emotions: Cross-Cultural Affective Histories, 1400-1900’, or the intersection between beliefs and emotions in the context of cross-cultural imperial encounters and interactions. The geographical scope is global. Further particulars can be found here, and submissions are due by 30 March 2016.