Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. This time around, we have many, many conference calls and a couple of calls for manuscripts, as well as a note about an early modern job opportunity and reminders about research grants and library fellowships. Read on for details!
Calls for Papers
For men and women in Shakespeare’s England, friendship was a relation that spanned the exquisite virtue of amicitia perfecta and the everyday exchanges of neighbourliness and commerce. A friend might be ‘another self’, but it was essential to be wary of false friends or flatterers. The complex nature of early modern friendship was a rich source of inspiration for early modern dramatists. Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe in London has announced a conference called ‘The Halved Heart: Shakespeare and Friendship’, which will take place from 17–19 April 2015. Proposals for papers and panels.are due by 12 December 2014. Full details are available here.
‘Telling Tales: Manuscripts, Books and the Making of Narrative’, the next biennial conference of the Early Book Society will take place at the University of Oxford in the UK from 2-5 July 2015. This year’s theme, which may be interpreted narrowly or broadly, invites special attention to the material records of different genres of narrative, such as verse, romance, chronicle, biography or history. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 November 2014, and you can find more information here.
‘Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama’ will take place at the University of Victoria in British Columbia from 7-8 April 2015. This conference will be an opportunity to share ideas about digital editions of early modern drama and to learn how to mobilize the growing number of digital tools for linking resources. As well as some sessions of traditional papers, there will be one or more ‘slams’: sessions where each presenter is given a maximum of eight minutes to present a problem, an idea, or a thesis of some kind, followed by seven minutes of questions and responses. Proposals and expressions of interest are due by 15 December 2014, and you’ll find more information here.
The legal battle between Leicester and York over the remains of Richard III came to an end last May with a High Court ruling that the last Plantagenet king is to be buried in Leicester Cathedral. This hard-fought, sometimes acrimonious, dispute over bones found in a municipal car park presented a fascinating spectacle: a modern, even postmodern, restaging of the medieval myth of the king’s two bodies. The King is dead; long live the King. To mark the occasion of Richard’s reinterment on 26 March 2015, the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York and the School of Modern Languages at the University of Leicester invite proposals for a research workshop that will explore the significance of the Shakespearean dead body on page, stage and screen. ‘Over His Dead Body’ will be held at the University of York from 26-27 March 2015, and abstracts are due by 5 January 2015. Read more about the event here.
‘The History of the Body: Approaches and Directions’ is a one-day colloquium scheduled to take place at the Institute of Historical Research, London on 16 May 2015. Many historians have pointed out that ‘the body’ is a worryingly broad historical theme, covering topics as diverse as medicine, dancing, gesture, clothing, sexuality, gender, childhood, animals, ageing, class, death, food, race, sport, and spirituality. This one day colloquium asks if any broader approaches and directions hold these themes together. You can read more about this event here, and proposals for papers on any aspect of the history of the body are due by 1 December 2014.
On the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and half a century to the day after the English publication of Jan Kott’s Shakespeare Our Contemporary, an international, one-day conference is being planned to discuss the role of the Polish critic Jan Kott in Shakespeare and Theatre Studies, as well as his contribution to the intellectual life of the twentieth century. ‘Jan Kott Our Contemporary: Contexts, Legacies, New Perspectives’ will take place at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK on 19 February 2015. Abstracts are due by 1 December 2014, and the call is available online here.
Papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of drama are invited for the 39th Comparative Drama Conference to be hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland from 26-28 March 2015. Papers may be comparative across nationalities, periods, or disciplines and may deal with any issue in dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and performance, or any method of historiography, translation, or production. Submit your proposal by 3 December 2014, and find more details here.
Proposals for papers and presentations on any aspect of the works of Shakespeare are invited for the California State University Shakespeare Symposium. This event will be held from 30 April-1 May 2015 at California State University, Stanislaus. General topics may include, but are not limited to, Shakespeare and early modern culture; Shakespeare’s influence on or appropriation by contemporary culture; Shakespeare on film or television; digital Shakespeare; Shakespearean sources or adaptations; aesthetic approaches to Shakespeare’s work; the Shakespearean stage; Shakespeare in performance; teaching Shakespeare; Shakespeare in the high school classroom. Abstracts are due by 31 December 2014, and the full call is online here.
The deadline to submit an abstract for the Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies is 15 December 2014. This event will be held from 20-21 March 2015 at Valparaiso University in Indiana. This conference is dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of utopianism in all its forms. Papers are invited on topics related to the utopian tradition from the ancient to the present day. More details are available here.
17 November 2014 (that is, tomorrow!) is the deadline to submit a proposal for the British Scholar Society’s ‘Britain and the World’ conference, scheduled to take place in Austin, Texas from 2-4 April 2015. Papers will focus on British interactions with the world from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the present and will highlight the importance of British history from a global perspective. Full information about this event can be found online here.
There’s another tight deadline for ‘Scientiae 2015’, the fourth in a series of annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early modern period. The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Next year’s event is scheduled to be held in Toronto, Ontario from 27-29 May 2015. Paper, panel, and round-table proposals are due by 17 November 2014, (tomorrow!) and you’ll find the full call here.
‘Ruling Climate: The Theory and Practice of Environmental Governmentality, 1500-1800′ is a conference that aims to explore the relationship between cultural perceptions of the environment and practical attempts at environmental regulation and change between 1500 and 1800. 10 December 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for this one-day interdisciplinary event, which will be held at the University of Warwick, UK on 16 May 2015. Full details are available here.
Where is the past? Can memory be located on a map? 1 December 2014 is the deadline to apply for ‘The Past in its Place’, an interdisciplinary workshop that will explore current approaches to place and memory. To be held at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, UK from 17-18 April 2015, the workshop will explore how different sorts of locales come to serve as sites of memory, both in the past and in the present. How do perspectives on the past become embedded in physical space? How do sites of memory function culturally, aesthetically, and politically? More details about the event are available here.
Imagination and creation are the linked themes of a conference to be hosted by the College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group. Papers or panels are invited that contemplate this theme both within the discipline of English and in other areas of the humanities. This event will be held on 7 March 2015 at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus in Maryland, and you can read the full call here. Abstracts are due by 15 December 2014.
From 15-17 June 2015, Saint Louis University in Missouri will be hosting its Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables are invited by 31 December 2014. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome, and more information can be found here.
From 1-3 July 2015, a conference on ‘Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance’ will be held at the University of Liverpool, UK. This conference aims to explore silence and meaning-making. Central themes are significance and insignificance, congruence and indifference, reticence and inarticulacy. You can read the cfp here, and abstracts are due by 20 December 2014.
The Southern Humanities Council invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme ‘Virtues and Vices; Desires, Devices’. In addition to scholarly papers, creative pieces are also welcomed (including but not limited to performance, music, art, and literature). This conference is scheduled to take place from 29 January-1 February 2015 in Athens, Georgia. Proposals are due by 15 December 2015, and you can read more about this event here.
Birkbeck Early Modern Society has announced its 8th annual student conference on the theme of ‘Feast and Famine in the Early Modern Period’. This event, which will take place in London, UK on 21 February 2015, provides an ideal forum to showcase student research. Read more about this event here, and submit your proposal by 5 December 2014.
How much is too much? Graduate/postgraduate students may also be interested to know that 1 December 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Excess’, a conference to be held at UCLA in California from 19-20 February 2015. The full call is available here.
The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate/postgraduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is seeking submissions for a conference on the conceptualizations of the sacred and secular during the medieval and early modern periods. This conference, scheduled for 20-21 February 2015, will engage with issues of periodicity through questions of secular versus sacred authority both during and between these eras. Abstracts are due by 12 December 2014, and more details can be found here.
Another conference that might be of interest to graduate/postgraduate students is one that’s being planned to take place on 27-28 February 2015 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. This conference will explore questions of defining and delimiting the concept of community. You can find more details here, and 1 December 2014 is the deadline to submit a proposal.
Calls for Manuscripts
An edited collection called Rethinking Shakespeare and Italy: Cultural Exchanges from the Early Modern Period to the Present aims to bring together international scholars from an array of disciplines to offer new perspectives on the vibrant relationships that can be traced between Shakespeare and Italy from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Besides offering a selection of individual examples of exchanges from Shakespeare’s own time to the present, this volume will also venture more theoretical paradigms to explain the fascinating dynamics by which exchange between Shakespeare and Italy is a two-way process. Unifying the chapters in this book is an interest in how Shakespeare’s drama represents, enacts, and becomes the subject of exchanges across the national, political, and cultural boundaries separating England and Italy. More about this project can be found here, and abstracts for proposed contributions are due by 12 December 2014.
Viva voce—’with living voice’, but also (and more commonly) the phenomenon of ‘word of mouth’. When incidents of speech, song, or shouting take place, it is the mouth that transforms private impulse into audible sound. Articulatory phonetics tells us that this physiological transubstantiation is little more than the aerodynamic energy of breath rendered into sound waves, or acoustic energy. Yet when do words become more than translations, and mouths more than translating machines? Word Hoard, an interdisciplinary, graduate/postgraduate student journal of the arts and humanities, is soliciting articles, essays, and interviews for an issue related to the provocation and concept of ‘Word of Mouth’. Submissions are due by 5 December 2014, and the full call is available here.
For people of all classes in medieval and early modern Europe death was a constant, visible presence. It was part of everyday life and there were reminders everywhere of its inevitability: injury and accidents, illness and disease, public executions, and the tragedies of death in childbirth and infant mortality. There’s currently a call out for chapter abstracts for an upcoming edited volume called Dealing With The Dead: Mortality and Community in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (on the topic of death in medieval and early modern art, history, and culture). Interdisciplinary studies are welcomed that illustrate unexpected situations and under-researched persons, periods, and events in art, literature, archaeology, and history, as are contributions that argue against stereotypical or outdated presumptions about the relationships between the premodern dead and their fellow community members above ground. While I can’t find a definitive proposal deadline for this one (as this call seems to have been recently extended from an original 1 March 2014 deadline), more details can be found here.
‘Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies’ is a international, interdisciplinary project headquartered at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. The project studies how early modern Europeans changed their confessional, social, political, and even sexual identities. Among the partners taking part in the Conversions project are the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (Cambridge), the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. Applications are currently being accepted for the role of Project Manager. The term of the appointment is for the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic year, and this appointment is renewable, upon satisfactory performance, up to the culmination of the project in 2018. Adjudication of applications will begin on 24 November 2014, and the full advertisement is available here.
Research Grants and Library Fellowships
The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) has announced its 2015 Research Grant competition. For the 2015 cycle, the RSA will award thirty-three grants to scholars working in the field of Renaissance Studies. The average grant is $3,000 for one month of research or travel. Additional details about the application process, eligibility, residential awards, non-residential awards, publication subventions, and more are all available at the RSA website here. 1 December 2014 is the application deadline.
Long-Term Fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities. The next deadline to apply for such a fellowship is 1 December 2014. Applicants must hold a PhD at the time of application in order to eligible and may apply for 4 to 12 months of support (with a stipend of $4,200 per month). For more information, including a list of available Long-Term Fellowships, check 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.