Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. This week, we have several calls for papers, a reminder about pending MLA panel deadlines, a few calls for manuscripts, and a (very time sensitive) note about a paleography course. Read on for details!
Calls for Papers
Rather than being viewed as a biological role, motherhood is often a social role with prescribed behaviours. Mothers are expected to be fiercely protective, warmly nurturing, selfless and competent. Given this discourse, it is not surprising that filicide, the murder of one’s children, is often viewed as the most monstrous of all acts. A conference entitled ‘Murderous Mothers and Mother Murderers’ will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 6-8 May 2015. Abstracts are due by 13 March 2015, and you can find the full call here.
A conference on ‘Unsettling Endings in English-Language Fiction’ seeks to shed new light on the final sections of works from all periods and to theorise unsettling excipits–whether last lines, last verses, last scenes, or last words. This one-day event will be held in Paris, France on 20 June 2015. You can find more details here, and abstracts are due by 10 March 2015.
31 March 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for a conference on ‘Shakespeare and Scandinavia’ scheduled to take place from 8-11 October 2015. The venue itself sounds inspiring: the event will be held at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK (which was opened in 2008 to be a ‘teaching theatre’ modeled on the Elizabethan Rose playhouse). You can read the full call here.
Along similar lines, the American Shakespeare Centre’s next biannual Blackfriars Conference will take place from 28 October-1 November 2015 in Staunton, Virginia. The majority of events–papers, plays, workshops–take place in the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Playhouse. If you would like to present a short (10 minute) plenary paper or to convene a Colloquy (90 minutes, up to 12 participants), proposals are due by 10 April 2015. You’ll find more information here.
The Midwest Conference on British Studies will be holding its next meeting in Detroit, Michigan from 24-27 September 2015. Papers are sought from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined. Scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines are welcomed. 15 March 2015 is the deadline for submission of proposals, and more details are available here.
The Sixteenth Century Society’s next conference will be held from 22-25 October 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Abstracts for individual presentations and complete panels are currently being accepted. In addition to standard panels, the organizing committee will be accepting proposals for four types of alternate panels: 1) Workshop Option A: discussion of pre-circulated papers in a workshop format; 2) Workshop Option B: analysis of thorny translation/paleography questions; 3) Workshop Option C: examination of a big issue or question with brief comments from presenters and lively audience participation; and 4) Poster Sessions. The deadline for proposals is 15 April 2015, and you can read more about the conference here.
Proposals are invited by 31 March 2015 for papers on any aspect of the theme ‘Roman anxieties’. The topic is not limited to material from the classical period: papers are welcomed on ‘Roman anxieties’ that deal with the reception of Rome and Roman literature in literary, artistic, scholarly and pedagogical contexts ranging from late antiquity to the present day. You can find the full call here. This event will take place at the University of Auckland, New Zealand from 8-10 July 2015.
15 March 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for the fourth ‘Splendid Encounters’ conference, an interdisciplinary event that brings together scholars from the broadest possible range of perspectives to consider diplomacy and diplomatic activities in the early modern era. This year’s conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary from 25-26 September 2015. Full details can be found here.
Irony has traditionally been regarded as conveying a figurative meaning where a more literal meaning could be substituted: in the rhetorical tradition, being ironical is expressing something while meaning the exact opposite. Banter seems to have the same oppositional quality: bantering is being insulting while positing a bond with the addressee. 31 March 2015 is the deadline to submit a proposal for ‘The The Discursive Practice Of Irony And Banter’, a conference that aims to explore the linguistic and cognitive properties and the pragmatic functions of banter and irony. This event will take place from 12-13 November 2015 at the University of Lyon in France, and you can read more about it here.
The next MLA Convention will take place from 7-10 January 2016 in Austin, Texas, and abstract submission deadlines are already fast approaching for many panels. Early modernists may be particularly interested in noting some of the following calls for papers.
Abstracts for ‘Affect Studies and English Renaissance’ are due by 10 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Going Viral: Early Modern Theater and Contagious Diseases’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘The Immoderate Renaissance’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘The Shakespeare Documents’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Cervantes on the Early Modern English Stage’ are due by 2 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Early Modern Books in Place’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Bibliography in the Digital Age: Tools, Technologies, Theories’ are due by 13 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Early Modern Teaching in the Digital Age’ are due by 6 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Rediscovering Old Texts and their New Publics’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Early Modern English Catholicism in Literature’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘A Public Privacy: Lovers in Romance’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Early Modern Women and Transnational Exchanges’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Performance and its Publics’ are due by by 9 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Religious Matters: Women, Worship and Artefacts’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Maritime Humanities 1500-1700: Cultural Meanings of Mediterranean and/or Atlantic’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Time, Youth, and Age in Renaissance Literature’ are due by 20 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Suspicious Subjects’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Pre-Modern Queenship’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Rereading Commonplaces’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Heterodoxy and Early Modern Literature’ are due by 7 March 2015; abstracs for ‘Ecological Sympathies in Early Modern Literature’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘English Metrical Cultures’ are due by 13 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Female-Voice Lyric, Elizabethan to Victorian’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Food and Feast in Outlaw Literature’ are due by 15 March 2015; abstracts for ‘Literary and Scientific Networks’ are due by 15 March 2015; and, finally, abstracts for ‘The Myth of Post-Canonicity: 16th and 17th Century Women Writers’ are due by 13 March 2015.
The Adaptation Essay Prize is a new innovation from the journal to encourage the best new scholarship in the field. The Essay Prize is open to anyone currently registered for either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree on any subject within adaptation studies. The winner’s prize will consist of: publication in a volume of Adaptation;”>; a cash prize of £50.00; a year’s free print and online subscription to Adaptation. The closing date for entries is 1 April 2015. You can find the full contest details here.
Calls for Manuscripts
An edited collection entitled Literature for the Masses meant for use in introductory undergraduate courses and scheduled for release in July of 2015 needs additional critical essays on the following Shakespearean subjects: one essay on race, humor, and the portrayal of women in Othello; and one essay on Shakespeare’s young, beautiful but (un)acquainted male in Sonnets 18 and 20. Full essays are due by 30 March 2015. More details can be found here.
Recent critical attention to space and geography has helped articulate the detail of ‘location’ in theatre and performance. But there are numerous means of exploring space and place beyond those offered through conventional geography. Other significant spaces include mythic and psychic locations; or zones that may or may not be fixed by geographical coordinates. A special issue of Theatre Journal on ‘Possible Worlds’ will investigate the performance of possible and actual worlds that contribute to the shaping of space and place. You can read the call here. Note that full essays are due by 10 April 2015.
The Journal of Early Modern Studies (an interdisciplinary journal of intellectual history, dedicated to explorations of the interactions between philosophy, science and religion in early modern Europe) is seeking contributions for its fall 2015 special issue on ‘The Care of the Self in Early Modern Philosophy and Science’. Full manuscripts are due by 1 April 2015, and you can find further details online here.
What about those ideas you entertain but never fully develop? Those notions which are reviled and dismissed by peer gatekeepers? Follies so whimsical they unsettle even you? A new online journal called Abstractshuns is looking for those submissions, the ones shunned by polite society and keepers of the status quo. Abstractshuns will be updated on a monthly basis, and submissions should answer that month’s CFP. The first deadline is 31 March 2015, and the full call is here.
English Paleography Course
An intensive skills course supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is being offered from 18-22 May 2015 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. This course provides an intensive introduction to handwriting in early modern England, with a particular emphasis on the English secretary hand of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries. Working from manuscripts in the Folger collection, up to fifteen participants will be trained in the accurate reading and transcription of secretary, italic, and mixed hands. They will also experiment with contemporary writing materials (quills, iron gall ink, and paper), learn the terminology for describing and comparing letterforms, and become skillful decipherers of abbreviations, numbers, and dates. 2 March 2015 (i.e. tomorrow!) is the application deadline, and full details can be found here.