Calls for Papers
The Wooden O Symposium is an annual, cross-disciplinary conference hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This sympoisium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays, especially those featured in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 summer season: As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Shakespeare in Love. This year’s conference theme is ‘Hooking Up with Shakespeare’. Topics could range from courtship practices, early-modern marriages, and other pairings and partnerships to collaborations or connections between Shakespeare and other writers. Proposals are due by 1 May 2017, and further details are available here.
From the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, European trading companies traversed the globe in search for goods, profit, and knowledge. The exploration of travel literature across its myriad forms has greatly stimulated the ways we understand the global history of the early modern world. Yet, in spite of the great array of recent studies in this field, there has been only limited engagement with the place of travel literature within histories of one of the key protagonists of overseas trade, cross-cultural exchange, and empire–the trading company. The Hakluyt Society’s 2017 symposium will focus on ‘Trading Companies and Travel Literature’. It will be held from 11-12 September 2107 in Kent. This conference brings together travel literature and trading companies by exploring how the various European companies collected, created, curated, protected and utilised material relating to travel and discovery around the world. Abstracts are due by 30 April 2017, and more details can be found here.
In the last year, a number of television reporters made headlines after becoming emotional during live reports. Received wisdom expects journalists to be objective and impartial or, simply put, not emotional. This is not always the case, however, and perhaps it never has been. How has the relationship between news and emotion ebbed and flowed across time and space? Why has it changed? And where will it go in the future? A conference entitled ‘News Reporting and Emotions: 1100‒2017’ seeks to bring scholars from a range of disciplines (including history, literary studies, media studies, psychology, and philosophy) together to anatomise the relationship between news and emotion from the medieval period to the present day. It will take place at the University of Adelaide, Australia from 4-6 September 2017. The full call is available here, and abstracts are due by 30 April 2017.
The education of new generations and the transmission of knowledge and skills from one generation to another is of course the fundament of any society, at any time. Recent historical research has underlined the complexity of apprenticeship in early modern Europe and also its numerous varieties: apprentices could learn at home, with their parents and relatives, with the master or mistress and his/her family, or in charitable institutions. A working group on ‘Apprenticeship, Work, and Creation in Early Modern Europe’ will form part of the programme of the Congrès du Réseau Européen d’Histoire du Travail taking place in Paris, France from 2–4 November 2017. Proposals are due by 15 May 2017, and more information can be found here.
Eating and drinking have always been a part of socialisation. Humans have eaten together and mealtimes are events when the whole family or community comes together. Eating food can also be an occasion for sharing, for giving to others, and food items bear a religious symbolism in the way they are made or the way they are eaten. Additionally, certain foods symbolize wealth and social class, and foods are symbolic or act as metaphors for body parts involved in sexual relations. In fact, any particular item of food might carry a system of symbolic meaning. A conference on ‘Food and Drink as Symbols: Historical Perspectives’ will be taking place in Krakow, Poland from 27-28 October 2017. Papers are invited that explore the meaning of food and drink as symbols, with focus on historical perspectives in different contexts. Full information can be found here, and the closing date for proposals is 15 May 2017.
A Summer School on ‘Memory and the Making of Knowledge in the Early Modern World’ will be hosted by Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany from 18-22 September 2017. Conducted in English, it seeks to bring together senior scholars and junior researchers whose work addresses memory in early modern literature and history. Junior (postgraduate and postdoctoral) scholars whose research touches on any aspect of memory in the early modern world are invited to participate. The organisers hope to be able to provide return transport to Göttingen, accommodation, and breakfast/lunches for participants. Applications are due by by 10 May 2017. Fuller details can be found here.
Call for Manuscripts
The editors of a projected collection entitled Women on the Edge in Early Modern Europe invite chapter proposals by 1 May 2017. They are interested primarily in historical rather than fictional women, but also welcome discussion of the treatment of historical women in early modern writing and drama. Topics might include (but are not limited to) women whose geographical location is in some way marginal; women in liminal positions and situations; women whose marital status was uncertain or ambiguous; women with mental health issues; women waiting to see if they would or might inherit land or titles; divorced women; women whose status shifted throughout their lives; or women who were neither maid, widow, nor wife. Essays on women outside Western Europe are particularly encouraged. More details can be found here.