Greetings! Welcome to The Scrivener, your source for the latest news in Shakespeare scholarship. Some great new calls for papers and conference announcements have crossed my desk in the last week, so let’s get to it!
More and Erasmus
In the year 1516, two crucial texts for the cultural history of the West saw the light: Thomas More’s Utopia and Desiderius Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum. Both of these works dealt freely with authoritative sources of western civilization and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes. Lectio and the University of Leuven, in collaboration with its RefoRC-partners the Johannes a Lasco Library Emden and the Europäische Melanchthon Akademie Bretten as well as other partners, will mark the 500th birthday of both foundational texts by organizing a conference, from November 29 through December 2, 2016.
The conference will be devoted to studying not only the reception and influence of Utopia and the Novum Instrumentum in (early) modern times, but also their precursors in Classical Antiquity, the Patristic period, and the Middle Ages. The conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and it will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of Modern Western thought. The conference also explicitly aims at enhancing our understanding of iconographic, book-, and art-historical aspects of the transmission of the texts under consideration, both before and after the publication of the two works. This multidisciplinary Lectio conference wants to bring together international scholars working in the field of theology, art history, philosophy, history of science and historical linguistics.
For more information, including detailed cfps, please see the announcement here.
The Renaissance Society of America is pleased to announce that it will partner with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in 2016, to offer five tuition scholarships (each for one week) to current RSA members who wish to attend the institute.
Additionally, all current RSA members will have the opportunity to register for one of the institute’s courses (one week) at a discounted rate.
The DHSI () will be held on 6–10 June and 13–17 June 2016 at the University of Victoria, Canada. Participants may choose to attend one or two weeks of the institute. Each week will include a training workshop as well as a selection of colloquia, unconferences, panels, and institute lectures.
For more information on how to apply, visit the RSA announcement.
Shakespeare and the Object
In the year of the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1616-2016), the first issue of the journal Costellazioni will be devoted to Shakespearean drama, considered from a particular perspective that aims to analyze the role and function of the object in the texts, in stagings and in the critical reception of the works of the Elizabethan playwright. In addition to addressing the object in its most literal sense, as material thing, this issue of the journal intends to focus on the various typologies of objects related to Shakespeare’s plays: the stage object or property; costumes (both in their dramaturgical function and in their theatrical use); the body of the character / actor in its materiality; the image or iconographic representation as object; the objet d’art; the symbolic and / or metaphorical object; passive and active objects (objects that watch us); objects as modifiers of reality (dramatic / theatrical / metatheatrical); the representation of alimentary objects, such as food and kitchen utensils; the relationship between the object, the space of fiction and the performance space; the processes of valorization of objects; etc. The editors of the volume welcome essays that analyze from a critical or historical viewpoint objects in Shakespeare in their diverse forms and manifestations. For more information, including suggested topics, see the full call.
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