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Call for papers? Call for Manuscripts? A job opportunity at The British Library to be the lead curator of a Shakespeare exhibition? Where else would you find such a rich array of opportunities but here at The Scrivener! Read on fellow eager scholars to find out more!

Call for Papers

The Opportune Moment and the Early Modern Theatre of Politics

Birkbeck, University of London
12 November 2015

This seminar will be the first meeting of Grasping Kairos, an international research network ( which investigates the history of the opportune moment (kairos/ occasio) in literature, theory, art, religion and philosophy. This seminar will focus on the uses, and the idea, of the opportune moment in the political theatre / theatrical politics of the European Renaissance.

Although in many ways lost to contemporary conceptualisations of temporality, kairos/occasio was an essential part of the Renaissance world-view. Writers from Machiavelli to Shakespeare reiterated the importance of recognising and properly seizing kairos or ‘occasion’ in order to achieve desired ends – whether personal or political. The need to be attentive to this moment could justify normally immoral actions, and so kairos was associated with moral flexibility, deviousness and cunning, both in the political and theatrical worlds. They invite papers that explore the concept of kairos/occasio in relation to any aspect of early modern theatre or political thought in the period 1500-1660.

To attend the seminar, please send an abstract of max. 300 words, accompanied by a one-page CV by 30 September 2015 to the seminar organisers Dr Joanne Paul, Dr Kristine Johanson, and Dr Sarah Lewis at For more information, please visit the Grasping Kairos website.

Consuming and Consumption

Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars
4 December 2015

The Association of Carolina Emerging Scholars is seeking abstracts that address consumption in any of its many forms, including but not limited to the following: eating, buying, obsession, the reception of media, and the status-seeking public use of resources.Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due by 20 October 2015 (for presentations of no more than 20 minutes). Abstracts should include the presenter’s name, the paper’s or project’s title, institution (if applicable), contact information, and a brief bio. For panel proposals, please list topics and titles of projects and an explanation of how these projects fit together. Also, please provide a 250-word abstract from each proposed panel member. Decisions will be made by 8 November 2015 and conference registrations details will be emailed to participants upon acceptance. Please send abstracts to

On Nearness, Order & Things: Collecting and Material Culture 1400 – Today

This conference seeks to bring together current research on collecting from 1400 to today and from a variety of perspectives such as anthropology, art history, economics, gender studies, moral philosophy, museology, scientific history, and sociology to explore questions such as – but not limited to – the following:

How did the collecting and display of luxury goods evolve from a privilege of elite court culture (for instance, in Rudolfine Prague) to a driver of middle class consumerism (ie: seventeenth-century Amsterdam)? Has this changed today? How did – and do – the formation of international networks of agents, dealers, and brokers (or individual actors within these networks) contribute to the circulation of works of art and other luxury goods? The conferencse is particularly interested in studies that consider the history and/or practice of collecting in the context of class, gender, and/or global patterns of production, consumption and exchange.

Proposals should be uploaded by no later than 2 October 2015.  Submissions must include: an abstract for your proposed 20 minute paper (max. 250 words), a short bio (max. 200 words) and a curriculum vitae. For more information and to submit your proposal, visit their website.

Shakespearean Joyce

The James Joyce Italian Foundation
1-3 February 2016

Celebrating Joyce’s 134th birthday, this conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience. In parallel with the conference’s usual focus on Joyce, it also intends to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by inviting scholars dealing with the Joyce-Shakespeare connection to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution on current trends in Joyce and Shakespeare’s studies. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 5 November 2015.

Selected papers will be published. Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, along with a short bio-sketch to For more details, please visit the Foundation’s website.

Shakespeare in the North

Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2 June 2016

The four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 will, more than ever, focus attention on this question: where and to whom does Shakespeare belong? Much critical work has been done on Shakespeare’s global reach and ‘travels’, especially in relation to processes of colonisation and postcolonial emancipation. Through this work, Shakespeare has been shown to be ‘local’ to many environments across the globe, however problematically. Equally, thinking about Shakespeare’s role in, and appropriation and construction by the various, conflicted, diasporic, devolving and devolved communities of the British Isles has become a critical orthodoxy. Yet what of Shakespeare’s position in locations which, while not seeking independence or devolution through political means, retain a strong sense of being different and separate from official (privileged) strands of national culture? Because they do not fall neatly into the categories of either the ‘nation’ or the ‘colony’, these locations and their engagement with Shakespeare can become invisible and critically neglected. This neglect corresponds with such locations’ perceived and actual socio-political distance from sites of cultural and political power. We therefore welcome 200-word abstracts for 20-minute papers that might address the following questions or related topics:

  • As we approach another moment of significant reflection on Shakespeare’s place in the world, can and should we speak of ‘Shakespeare in the North’?
  • When we say the ‘North’ where do we mean? What are the North’s edges and boundaries? How does addressing questions like these affect perceptions and uses of culturally central figures like Shakespeare?
  • How can we extend our understanding of the tensions involved in seeing Shakespeare as a ‘universal’ writer and seeing him as a property of a particular nation, to a micro-level of regional reception, reinvention, and appropriation?
  • In what ways has Shakespeare been appropriated in the ‘North’ of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland? What effects has this appropriation had on Shakespeare and the regions of the ‘North’? How, for example, do Barrie Rutter’s Northern Broadsides challenge understandings of ‘metropolitan’ Shakespeare?
  • What might the function and history of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s annual visits to Newcastle upon Tyne tell us about the role of professional (and amateur) Shakespearean theatre in provincial locations?
  • In a political climate in which Northern territories actively query notions of ‘British unity’ (in both Scotland and Northern Ireland), what relevance might Shakespeare have to ‘Northern’ political autonomies?
  • What theoretical frameworks might be applicable to understanding ‘regional’ or local Shakespeares?
  • What is at stake in the scholarship surrounding the biographical and religious controversies surrounding Shakespeare’s ‘time’ in the ‘North’?
  • How did Shakespeare and his contemporaries demarcate and perceive the ‘North’ and Northern-ness?

Please submit abstracts to Adam Hansen by 1 January 2016.

Job Opportunities

Lead Curator – Shakespeare Exhibition

A new and exciting position has opened up at The British Library. The British Library and the Library of Birmingham are entering into a new cultural partnership, as part of which the two institutions are co-curating an exhibition on Shakespeare to be held at the Library of Birmingham in 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The aim of this role is to co-curate the collaborative Shakespeare exhibition. You will develop the exhibition storyline in collaboration with colleagues at the British Library and Library of Birmingham, ensuring a clear narrative, leading on the identification and selection of BL items, and taking responsibility for due diligence of loans. You will need to create a project plan and timeline, including milestones, flagging risks, and measures to counteract risk. To find out more visit The British Library website.

Shani Bans

Author Shani Bans

Shani Bans is an assistant editor at TSS and a PhD candidate at University College London. Her thesis, 'Optics in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries' - explores the relationship between optics and literature in early modern Europe, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her other interests include: the culture of dissection in early modern drama, representation of ugly women; early modern science, medicine and technology; the history of Shakespearean criticism; Sidney circle; Miguel de Cervantes, Michel de Montaigne; Virginia Woolf; Hergé; Derrida and epistolarity.

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