Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have several interesting calls for papers and one call for manuscripts. Read on for details…
Calls for PapersAn interdisciplinary conference entitled ‘Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe’ will be held at the University of Limerick, Ireland from 20-21 November 2015. This conference aims to explore the theme of ‘becoming’ in early modern European and Irish culture. The early modern period itself is often understood as a time of transition, but how did the people of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries experience periods of transformation or transition in their own lives and work, and how were these processes accomplished and accommodated? Papers might explore changes to personal, professional, religious or political identity and identifications, as well as understandings of transformations of state, status and nature more broadly. Abstracts are due by 10 July 2015, and you’ll find full details here.
The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) will hold its next meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana from 23-26 March 2016. The SAA’s eagerly anticipated June Bulletin has recently been released (you can read it online here), which lists the scheduled seminars and workshops. Also of interest is the announcement in this Bulletin that the SAA is inaugurating travel grants for contingent academics (including adjunct and limited-term faculty, lecturers, and instructors) who do not have access to institutional travel funding.
A conference called ‘Imaginary Renaissance: The Reception of Renaissance in Contemporary Culture’ will take place from 1-2 April 2016. This event is jointly sponsored by the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE), Paris and the Université de Rouen in France. It will focus on the popular reception of the Renaissance in the past fifty years. Which events have weighed the most on our collective imagination? Are there national particularities in this field of influence? What is the fate of humanism in modern representations, and how do we perceive its purpose in European history? Abstracts are due by 1 July 2015, and you’ll find the full call here.
22 June 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Transforming Male Devotional Practices from the Medieval to the Early Modern’. This conference, to be held at the University of Huddersfield, UK from 16-17 September 2015, aims to explore the social, economic and spatial factors underpinning the changing way ordinary men demonstrated their commitment to God and the church(es) in a period of significant turmoil. Papers that address English male devotional experience from historical, literary, gender studies and material culture perspectives are welcomed. The full call can be found here.
A conference on ‘Blood, Tears, Sweat: Corporeality in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds’ is scheduled to take place at the University of Western Australia on 12 September 2015. This one-day conference will explore aspects of embodiment and corporeality in medieval and early modern worlds, both within Europe and between European and non-European cultures. The conference will focus on analysing the interactions, meanings, and symbolism of three key bodily substances: blood, sweat, and tears. Papers that probe the boundaries and intersections between the cultural history of violence, medical humanities, and theories and practices of affectivity are especially welcome. You can read the full call here, and abstracts are due by 1 July 2015.
2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, provoking renewed interest in his work, his legacy and his contemporary cultural capital. As teaching methods change, pedagogy develops, technologies advance and culture evolves, what role does Shakespeare play now and in the future of teaching and learning? How do we incorporate performance practice in the teaching of Shakespeare in Literature–and vice versa? What part does education play in the construction of our public ‘memory’ of Shakespeare at this time of commemoration? 10 July 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for a conference on ‘Shakespeare & Education’ to be held from 29-30 April 2016 at the University of Brighton, UK. More information is available here.
20 July 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England: Literature, Politics and Religion’, which is set to take place at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France from 1-3 December 2016. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the 500th anniversary of Queen Mary I’s birth, this conference will take stock of the current research on censorship in early modern England in order to understand how it may have contributed to the construction of modernity. The call is available online here.
From Chaucer’s House of Fame to Gossip Girl, the distortive power of rumor and gossip has long generated both fascination and anxiety across media, genres, and periods. Postgraduate/graduate students may be interested to note an upcoming conference called ‘Words Unofficial: Gossip, Circulation, Mediation’ to be held at the University of Chicago from 19-20 November 2015. This conference will explore how various forms and modes, both literary and otherwise, have treated information misplaced and in motion. Abstracts are due by 15 August 2015, and you can read the full call here.
Postgraduate/graduate students might also note that a conference on ‘Beliefs Under Pressure: Religion, Community and Identity in the Early Modern World’ will be held on 10 September 2015 at the University of East Anglia, UK. This one day conference will provide a lively and informal forum where students and early career researchers can discuss ideas about the social and cultural history of religion and community, c. 1500-1800. Paper proposals are due by 6 July 2015, and more information can be found here.
Call for Manuscripts
An edited collection on ‘Queenship, Colonization, Piracy, and Trade during the Early Modern Period’ will explore the ambiguous relationship between queenship and the processes of colonization, piracy, and trade from 1500-1800. Colonizing, establishing trade routes, and utilizing piracy and espionage as a means of war are typically viewed as male dominated pursuits. Yet queens and other women in power played crucial roles in these endeavours and were at times even more involved than kings. Examining their part in such activities will be at the heart of this collection. Chapter proposals are due by 1 July 2015, and you’ll find more details here.