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‘Leave off discourse of disability!’ – Disability Studies in Shakespeare | The Scrivener

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A lot of opportunities for the coming month, including CFPs on disability studies, female collaboration, creating the Renaissance, and the relation between public/ private bodies and spaces. We also bring you a great opportunity in call for manuscripts and for those of you in London this month there are some great events to attend.

Disability Studies
1-13 February 2016
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association 37th Annual Conference

‘Leave off discourse of disability!’ – Two Gentleman of Verona, II.iv

Submissions are welcomed that apply disability studies in any area of cultural, historical, or literary research, or that apply disability studies in conjunction with another theoretical approach – including Shakespeare.  Proposal abstracts should be 200-400 words. If you have questions prior to submitting your proposal, please email the Disability Studies Area Chair, Dr. Lexey Bartlett.

Please note: Proposals must be submitted through the submissions database at by the submission deadline, 1 November 2015.

‘Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves’: Women in Collaboration
28-31 May 2016

This panel surveys and celebrates examples of women in collaboration, also taking into account some of the possible challenges associated with women in partnership.Please submit the following materials to Laura Schechter by 1 November 2015:

•A 300- to 500-word proposal, without personal identifying marks

•A 100-word abstract and a 50-word bio

•A 2016 Proposal Information Sheet, available on the ACCUTE website

Creating the Renaissance
31 March – 2nd April
College English Association

This call for papers is meant to solicit wide-ranging abstracts on the possibilities of the theme of“creation” in British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries for the 47th annual conference of the College English Association, a collegial gathering of scholars and teachers in English studies.

Please submit your abstract at by 1 November 2015. If you have ay question please email or

Public Bodies, Private Spaces: Private Bodies, Public Spaces
28-31 January 2016
The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY

The 2016 Southern Humanities Council Conference invites proposals for papers on the theme “Public Bodies, Private Spaces/Private Bodies, Public Spaces.” Participants may choose any variation on the theme. The topic is interdisciplinary and invites proposals from all disciplines and areas of study, as well as creative pieces including but not limited to performance, music, art, and literature. Send proposals of 300-500 words to Mark Ledbetter or if sending by U.S. Postal Service, Mark Ledbetter, Executive Director, SHC, P.O. Box 2546, The College of St. Rose, 432 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203. If possible, send all proposals by email. Proposals are due by 5 January 2015. For more details visit their website.

Call for manuscripts

Old age and ageing in British theatre and drama – An edited collection

The proposed collection of essays on embodied conceptualisations of age and ageing is to broaden and go beyond existing studies on old age, ageing and Shakespeare whose understanding and presentation of ages of mankind and senescence in, for instance, King Lear, Hamlet and As you like it, have been extensively analysed. Interested authors are invited to explore all periods and pieces of British drama in their presentation of old age as a concept, theme as well as performance. Thus thanks to its diachronic and comparative nature, the volume will hopefully broaden literary and cultural research on the final stages of life and yield new insights to the gaps in this area humanistic gerontology.

We encourage studies/analyses of all periods/types of/in British theatre; however, studies of late medieval, seventeenth and nineteenth centuries are particularly welcome.

Interested authors are kindly asked to send 500-word abstracts by 1 December 2015 to Dr.Katarzyna Bronk ( and


The London Shakespeare Seminars will be starting again with the start of the new term at Senate House, London. This Monday 12 October, Peter Holbrook (Queensand) will be discussing ‘Shakespeare and the Idea of Communism’ and David Bergeron (Kansas emeritus) will be speaking on ‘The Stuart Brothers and English Theatre’. The seminar starts at 5.15pm. 

Rethinking Allegory
The Warburg Institute
30 October 2015

Over the past several decades allegory has emerged as a prominent subject across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Allegory is all that traditional scholarship has said it is: a rhetorical figure, a mode of literary and artistic representation, a religious as well as secular hermeneutic practice. It is, however, much more than that: a protean cultural force which has left a deep imprint on the Western tradition, and whose full impact is only beginning to come to light. Hosted by the Warburg Institute, one of the key sites for the study of the allegorical tradition, this colloquium aims to showcase some of the most exciting research in contemporary allegory studies and further the vibrant current debate on the subject.

For the full programme and registration details visit their 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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