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Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have CFPs representing a wide variety of topics–including Renaissance Prototypes, the Afterlives of Eve, Early Modern Wales, and Writing Reformation Lives, amongst others. There’s also a call for manuscripts and news of early modern postdocs currently being advertised in both the UK and Switzerland. Read on for full details!

Calls for Papers

‘Prototype’ was a term coined in the Renaissance to sanction the recycling of historical objects and concepts. It conveyed the idea that the true fulfillment of a trope, a motif, an image or a building would always lie in the future. ‘Renaissance Prototypes: Tensions of Past and Present in Early Modern Europe’ is an international, multidisciplinary conference organised by the Norwegian Renaissance Society. It will take place in Oslo from 28-30 September 2016 and focus on that particular early modern notion of the past as composed of predictions of the future. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 March 2016, and the full call can be seen here.

From Genesis to mitochondrial Eve, the idea of a single common foremother has occupied a crucial space in the Western cultural imaginary. Eve, whether as bringer of sin, as life-giver, as burden, curse or saviour, functions as a commentary on maternity, sexuality, creativity and power. A cross-period and interdisciplinary conference  on ‘The Afterlives of Eve’ will take place from 9–11 September 2016 at Newcastle University and Durham University. More information can be found here, and 12 March 2016 is the abstract submission deadline.

The ‘geographic turn’ in early modern studies has led to renewed interest in space and place and perennial concerns regarding national identity, memory and language have drawn attention to the landscape of Wales.  29 February 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Early Modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement / Cymru Fodern Gynnar: Gofod, Lle a Symudiad’.  This interdisciplinary event will take place from 6-7 July 2016 at the National Library of Wales, and it seeks to bring together scholars working in the fields of Welsh History, Literature, Philosophy, Art History and Musicology. More information can be found here.

‘Writing Reformation Lives’ is a conference that will take place at Wolfson College, Oxford, on 27-28 June 2016. This is a conference about religious lives in early modern Europe. Who wrote them? Why did they do so? And why should we still be doing so today? It aims to evaluate the remarkable proliferation of biographical texts which took place in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and to reconsider how we use them in our own research. What can biographical writing reveal about early modern religion which other sources cannot? And how should we incorporate biography amongst the techniques we use to excavate it? The full call is available here, and abstracts are due by 29 February 2016.

2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare, Francis Beaumont, the theatrical entrepreneur Philip Henslowe and the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Globe Education is marking this memorable year with an international conference running from 1-3 December 2016 entitled ’Cultures of Mortality: Death on the Shakespearean Stage’ that explores death, rituals of dying and the experience of loss. 1 March 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and you’ll find more details here.

Note that this deadline is a tight one: 15 March 2016 (i.e. tomorrow!) is the date by which you must submit a proposal to participate in ‘The Beginning of the Book’. This one-day event will be held at the University of Bristol on 18 March 2016 and will consider what happens when we open  a book’scover and contemplate its beginning. More details can be found here.

From 1-3 April 2016, a conference at the University of St Andrews will commemorate the 400th anniversary year of the publication of Ben Jonson’s first Folio of Works. ‘“Dare to Tell’: Silence and Saying in Ben Jonson” invites contributions that explore themes of publication and performance broadly conceived. The full call is available here, and 26 February 2016 is the submission deadline for abstracts.

The 5th biennial conference of the Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies (SAMEMES) is devoted to the topic ‘What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England?’ This conference will take place in Zurich from 9-11 September 2016, and abstracts are due by 15 March 2016. The full call is online here.

11 March 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for a one-day event on ‘Pilgrimage, Shrines and Healing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe’. This colloquium will take place on 24 June 2016 at the University of Chester. The colloquium aims to explore continuity and change in material and spiritual pilgrimage across the late medieval and early modern period, and contributions are thus sought from scholars whose research speaks to these themes in the pre- and post-Reformation eras. The full call can be viewed here.

‘Printers Unite! Print and Protest from the Early Modern to the Present’ is an event that will be held in London from 3-4 November 2016. The conference organisers are especially interested in instances when printers have utilised their craft and labour power to protest against or in favour of economic, political, religious and social changes. Further particulars can be found here, and 25 March 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract.

15 March 2016 is the deadline for paper or session proposals for the 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri from 14–15 October 2016. Proposals should address the material aspects of late antique, medieval, or Renaissance manuscripts. Full information about this event is provided here.

Postgraduate and Early Career researchers are invited to a half-day symposium on ‘Modes of Spectatorship from the Middle Ages to 1700’, intended to showcase current research and consider new directions in the study of medieval and early modern spectatorship. This event will take place on 11 May 2016 at the University of Southampton, and abstracts are due by 14 March 2016. More details are available here.

Call for Manuscripts

Given that emotions are determined by context, we might ask to what extent the reconstruction of the language of affect allows us to move beyond the idea of incommensurability among different cultures in a colonial context as well as beyond the limits of Eurocentric approaches. Cromohs, an open-access electronic journal, invites research articles on affective reactions to cultural transformation, to violence and interference in the daily life of native societies, to mission and conversion, to religious confrontation and disputation, as well as on written or iconographic representations of the beliefs and emotions involved in imperial and cross-cultural histories. Submissions, to be sent by 30 March 2016, should focus on the intersection between beliefs and emotions in the context of cross-cultural imperial encounters and interactions from 1400 to 1900. You can find the full call here.


A postdoctoral position is currently being advertised for the ‘Before Shakespeare’ project. This is a two-year, full-time position involving archival research in and performance approaches to the early London playhouses. The deadline to apply is 22 February 2016, and further particulars can be found here.

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral positions at the University of Geneva. Successful candidates will contribute to a research project on early modern German versions of plays by Shakespeare. 15 March 2016 is the closing date for applications, and more information on these positions is available here.


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Lindsay Ann Reid is a regular contributor to The Scrivener and Early Modern and Open Access. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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