Welcome to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have CFPs on an exciting range of topics including ‘Making Love’, Shakespeare’s Padua, and Forgotten Books. There’s also news of a couple of calls for manuscripts, as well as a reminder about fellowship deadlines at the Herzog August Bibliothek. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
‘Romantic Rituals: “Making Love” in Europe c.1100-1800’ is a one-day workshop that will take place at the University of Adelaide, Australia on 4 July 2016. It will focus on the changing rituals shaping romantic relationships in Europe. The linguistic, material and emotional dimensions of ‘making love’ – meaning to court or woo – evolved significantly over the period from c.1100-1800. Papers are invited that explore the customs of falling and staying in love through love letters, love songs, valentines, romantic gifts and similar ritual exchanges. 1 February 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and more information can be found here.
A conference entitled ‘Fair Padua, nursery of Arts’: Shakespeare and Padova’ will take place at the Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy from 9–10 June 2016. This conference proposes to investigate the relationship between Shakespeare and ‘fair Padua, nursery of arts’, the city in which the playwright set The Taming of the Shrew. Padova was one of the foremost university centres in the Renaissance, and this, together with its closeness to Venice, made it a very attractive destination for travelling Englishmen. This city thus appears not only in this Shakespearean comedy but also in the writings of Shakespeare’s contemporaries. In more recent times, Padova has underlined its connection with Shakespeare by becoming one of the few cities in Europe and the only city in the Mediterranean to own a copy of the First Folio (now in the Biblioteca Universitaria). 15 February 2016 is the deadline for submission of abstracts, and you’ll find the call for papers here.
Literary history is full of forgetting—both forced and natural. Manuscripts and books have been forgotten as a result of conquest, language changes, and politics. Other texts have been forgotten due to their physical condition: sole manuscripts are hidden away in archives, libraries burn, and paper disintegrates. ‘Forgotten Books and Cultural Memory’, a conference dedicated to considering how the process of forgetting and remembering literary texts impacts cultural memory (at the local, national, and globalized level), welcomes proposals for both descriptive and prescriptive papers. This conference will take place in Taipei, Taiwan from 27-28 May 2016. 1 February 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and further details are available here.
Also in Taiwan, the 10th International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies is set to take place from 21-22 October 2016 at National Pingtung University. This year’s theme will be ‘Encounters: Friends, Foes, and Companions’, and you can read the full call here. Abstracts are due by 3 February 2016.
Gallaudet University in Washington, DC invites paper and full panel proposals focusing on any aspect of Shakespeare and the visual for an artistic/academic conference on ‘Visual Shakespeare: Interpretation, Translation, Staging’. This event is scheduled for 14-15 October 2016, and the deadline for submission of paper and panel proposals is 15 February 2016. Full information can be viewed here.
A ‘Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference’ will take place from 5-8 July 2016 at the University of Sheffield, UK. Proposals are welcomed for individual papers of 20 mins, ‘lightning talks’ of 10 mins, round tables, workshops, and posters. There will be a ‘conference consort’ available for any delegates to use in delivering their papers. The consort will comprise singer-musicologists experienced in reading from period notation. Paper proposers may wish to use the consort simply for live musical examples, or to build their paper around this facility. The deadline for proposals is 8 February 2016, and more information can be found here.
The 6th Annual RefoRC Conference will be held from 26-28 May 2016 at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference aims at a clarification and a discussion of the different concepts of church in the 16th century. What did the reformers think about the essence and origin of the holy, apostolic and Catholic church? What was seen as its aim, its purpose? Can human beings see the true church or not? Does it have one existence in this world and another in the world to come? Paper proposals are welcomed by 15 February 2016, and full details are available here.
‘Fate and Fortune in Renaissance Thought’ is a one-day colloquium that will take place at the University of Warwick, UK on 27 May 2016. It will explore the significance of fate and fortune, which received new interpretations during the Renaissance. Full information can be found here, and 1 February 2016 is the submission deadline for abstracts.
15 February 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for the Literary London Society’s annual conference. Scheduled to take place (in London, of course!) from 6–8 July 2016, this year’s theme is ’London and the Globe’. The full call is available here.
The arts of the early modern period, from the Renaissance to the end of the eighteenth century, attach great importance to the allegory as a mode of visual evocation of the invisible universal—be it the Christian divine or the human values. Defined in this manner, the notion of allegory appears far removed from the understanding of topography intended as expression of the specificity of a ‘place’, all together visible, physical and particular. However, this tension between the universal and the particular, the invisible and the visible, the intangible and the tangible, figure and place, meaning and representation, characterizes the culture and the arts of early modern. 10 February 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Allegory and Topography in Early Modern Period’, an interdisciplinary event that will take place at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris, France from 9–10 June 2016. You’ll find the complete call here.
The 2016 meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association will take place from 16-18 June 2016 on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The conference theme, ‘The Past, Present, and Future of Medieval and Renaissance Texts’, invites papers that address any aspect of textual culture, including how medieval and Renaissance authors composed or compiled their texts; how texts were affected by their manuscript or early printed context; how texts were received by their intended and unintended audiences; how they have been transmitted across the centuries; how editorial practice and literary theory have helped form modern approaches to medieval and Renaissance texts; and how advances in digital technology are shaping future directions in the presentation and analysis of texts. Further information can be seen here, and the abstract submission deadline is 15 February 2016.
A symposium on ‘Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age’ will take place at the University of Arizona, Tucson from 28 April–1 May 2016. Magic and the magician are two critically important aspects of cultural epistemology, challenging and contributing to the world of science, undermining it at the same time. Who was the magician, what did s/he do, how did s/he operate, how did society view him/her, and what does the topic addressed here mean for our own world in reflection upon the past? Full details about this event can be found here. Apply by 31 January 2016.
Calls for Manuscripts
Apologies for the rather short notice on this one! To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the beginning of his incredible legacy, a special teaching issue of The CEA Critic is devoted to all things Shakespeare—why we teach him, how we teach him, what primary sources we use, and some innovative pedagogy that helps our students connect with him. Articles are sought that shed light on how we prepare those who will be teaching Shakespeare to the next generation and what innovative ways we use to teach Shakespeare to college students. Full submissions are due by 1 February 2016. Full details about this special issue can be found here.
An edited collection on ‘Meanings of Time and Self in Early Modern Europe’ seeks to open the closely related notions of time and self in Early Modern European culture to new, interdisciplinary and cross-national scrutiny. Time is a constantly changing entity and people’s perceptions of it are fluid and relative; the study of historical time, therefore, can reveal much about the political, religious and cultural experiences of people from all levels of society during the medieval and Early Modern periods. As part of this focus, the collection will explore how scholars from different disciplines encounter and overcome the obstacles of studying time in the Early Modern period with its problematic dating and chronology conventions. You’ll find the full call here, and the editors are requesting proposals by 1 February 2016.
The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre in Wolfenbüttel, Germany that awards fellowships to promote research in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history. Projects should be centered on the historic book and manuscript holdings of the Library. Funded fellowships are offered of between 2 and 12 months. Applications now being received are for fellowships in the 2017 calendar year, and this call will remain open until 31 January 2016. Further particulars can be found here.