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Welcome to The Scrivener! As 2014 winds down, it’s Lindsay here with the latest in early modern scholarship. This time around, we have a number of upcoming calls for papers, one call for manuscripts, notes about several library fellowship deadlines, and a lead on a postdoc.

Calls for Papers

Othello’s Island, Utopia, and Other Scholarly News | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Submit an abstract by 31 January 2015 to take part in the 3rd Annual Multidisciplinary Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, otherwise known as ‘Othello’s Island’, in Nicosia, Cyprus. Papers are welcomed on topics relating to the Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance periods and their legacies in art, culture, history, literature, etc. This year’s event will take place from 20-22 March 2015, and you can read more about it here.

The idea of utopia has always been two faced. On the one hand, utopia is a place that is no place (u-topos)–an ideal that can only be imagined. On the other, it is the eu-topos of the ancients, the place where the good life can finally be realised. 12 January 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for the University of Brighton, UK’s conference on utopia. This event is scheduled for 2-4 September 2015, and you’ll find full details online here.

An interdisciplinary conference on ‘Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World’ aims to bring together scholars working in the fields of medieval and early modern studies. Held at Bangor University, UK, this event will take place from 3-5 September 2015. More details are available here, and 25 January 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract.

‘Commerce, Communities and the Global Early Modern’, the 26th Spanish and Portuguese Association for Othello’s Island, Utopia, and Other Scholarly News | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare English Renaissance Studies (SEDERI) conference, will be held at the Baeza Campus of the International University of Andalucía in Jaén, Spain from 10-13 May 2015. Papers addressing literary representations of trade, mercantilism, the construction of communities, and cross-cultural encounters are especially welcome. More information can be found here. The deadline to submit an abstract is 13 February 2015.

A conference entitled ‘Cultural, Political and Religious Identity Formation in Britain and Ireland, c. 1500-1914’ is scheduled to take place from 18-19 June 2015 at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. This conference seeks to problematise and historicise the issue of British and Irish cultural, political and confessional identities in the early modern and modern periods. You’ll find full details here, and the deadline to submit abstracts is 31 January 2014.

Othello’s Island, Utopia, and Other Scholarly News | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare The next annual meeting of the Renaissance Conference of Southern California will take place on 5 June 2015 at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. You can find the full call here, and abstracts are due by 30 January 2015.

From 21-22 May 2015, ‘Women’s History in the Digital World’ will be held at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Individual papers or full panel proposals are invited on women’s and gender history projects with a digital component. All thematic areas, geographies, and time periods are welcome: this is a chance to share knowledge, network, and promote collaborations that locate new possibilities. Abstracts are due 16 January 2015, and further information can be found here.

From Medea and Lady Macbeth, the human imagination has been captured by the complex relationship between women and evil. We are fascinated by stories of real and fictional women who perpetrate evil deeds, experience evil as victims, fight against evil and take the blame as scapegoats for evil that exists in the world. A conference on ‘Evil, Woman and the Feminine’ will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 6-8 May 2015. 23 January 2015 is the deadline to submit proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. Short film screenings, photographic essays, installations, interactive talks, and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement are particularly welcome. More information is available here.

Othello’s Island, Utopia, and Other Scholarly News | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare The Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media (MCLLM)  welcomes proposals from a wide range of studies in the English and communication fields, particularly those speaking to this year’s theme: ‘Ctrl, AlT, Delete’. MCLLM will be accepting proposals until 16 January 2015. The conference will be held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalbon from 27-28 March 2015, and you can find more information here.

The 2015 History Students Association Conference at San Francisco State University in California will take place on 25 April 2015. The deadline to submit an abstract is 13 February 2015, and this year’s conference is entitled ‘Gods and Monsters: Historicizing Ritual, Public Memory, and the Religious Imagination’. More details are available here.

10 January 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Making Knowledge in the Renaissance’. Aimed primarily at graduate/postgraduate research students and early career researchers, this event will take place on 19 March 2015 at the University of Liverpool, UK. Proposals are welcomed for papers addressing any aspect of ‘making knowledge’ in the Renaissance. You can find the full call here.

The 9th Annual ‘Landscape, Space, and Place Conference’ will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington from 26-28 February 2015. Graduate/postgraduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate by presenting work that foregrounds issues of landscape, space, and place on a multitude of subjects. Abstracts are due by 18 January 2015, and more details can be found online here.

The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at the University of Sussex, UK has announced a forthcoming postgraduate/graduate student conference on ‘Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700’. This conference, which will take place from 14-16 July 2015, aims to explore the relationship between early modern literature and philosophical thought, theories and issues. You can read the full call here, and you should plan to submit your abstract no later than 25 January 2015.

From 10-12 April 2015, ‘Borderlines XIX’ will be held at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. The theme for this year’s conference focuses on the ‘translation’ of the past, both in terms of the historical work scholars undertake and representations of the past in the primary materials with which we work. Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of Medieval and Early Modern studies. Submit your proposal by 30 January 2015, and find more details here.

Library Fellowships

Short-Term Fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Such Fellowships are generally awarded for one continuous month in residence at the Newberry, with stipends of $2,500 per month. 15 January 2015 is the deadline for most Short-Term Fellowships, and you can click here for more information, including a list of available Short-Term Fellowships.

The New York Public Library offers Short-Term Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks. The application deadline is 16 January 2015, and you will find further information here.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with its materials. For further information, click here. The next application deadline is 1 February 2015.

Call for Manuscripts

Comitatus, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate/postgraduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies. The submission deadline for consideration in volume Othello’s Island, Utopia, and Other Scholarly News | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare 46 is 1 February 2015, and more details can be found here.


The Department of History in Durham University, UK seeks to appoint a two-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the Leverhulme Trust-funded research project ‘Social relations and everyday life in England, 1500–1640’. 1 January 2015 is the application deadline, and more details are available here.


That’s all for this week. As always, thanks for reading! If you have a cfp or other scholarly news that you think would be of interest to our readership, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach the Scholarship Editors at

Adele-Elizabeth Orchard

Author Adele-Elizabeth Orchard

Adele-Elizabeth Orchard recently completed her MA Shakespeare at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her thesis demonstrated how Shakespeare employed the role of foreign women and their use of language to subvert and transcend the inherent phallocentric nature and limitations of the English language. Her interests include: Shakespeare’s heroines and their cultural appropriation; Shakespeare and gender; female language and the female body; and the role of foreign women.

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