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Calls for Papers
‘Romancing Shakespeare: The Bard in the Imagination of the Romance Cultures’ is an international conference that will take place in Porto, Portugal from 5-7 December 2016. This conference aims to prompt a renewed discussion of the imaginative consequence of Shakespeare’s work in the cultures of the Romance languages.31 May 2016 is the deadline for proposals, and the full call is available here.
At first glance it might seem disingenuous to link minor literature with the author at the undisputed centre of the English canon. Certainly there is a repressive, deathly and conservative Shakespeare. But there is also a Shakespeare of the margins, uncanniness and resistance. ‘Minor Shakespeares: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Margins’, a conference to be held at the University of Split, Croatia will consider marginality in Shakespeare’s poetry and drama, as well as the weird and alternative afterlives that arise from Shakespeare’s writing. This conference will take place on 23-24 September 2016, and abstracts are due by 31 July 2016. More information is available here.
The next conference of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) will take place in Gdańsk, Poland from 27–30 July, 2017. It will take the theme ‘Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage’. Papers and talks are invited on the uses of Shakespeare in theatrical cultures across Europe and beyond, with a focus on textual/performative practices, on the educational dimension of Shakespeare in theatre, on the interface between text, film and stage productions, on his impact on popular culture, on Shakespearean traces in European collective and individual memory, and on his broader cultural legacy. Particularly welcome are contributions to a debate about deploying Shakespeare in the local and more globally-oriented theatrical cultures, and in cross-cultural exchanges and negotiations. Members of ESRA are now invited to propose a panel and/or a seminar that they would be interested in convening. Panel proposals are due by 31 May 2016, and more information is available here.
‘Shakespeare in the Context of his Time’ is a symposium for graduate/postgraduate and early career researchers being organised by the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen. It wil take place on 22 October 2016. Proposals are invited that consider the cultural transfer and translation of Shakespearean ideas on his time, but also the influence of the cultural context of the intellectual and cultural world of the sixteenth century on Shakespeare himself. This includes the intellectual exchange between Shakespeare and his contemporaries examined through all aspects of cultural, literary and theatrical influence. 15 May 2016 is the proposal submission deadline, and further details can be found here.
The Centre for Shakespeare Studies at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia and the Rustaveli National Theatre will host an interdisciplinary international conference dedicated to the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death from 22-24 September 2016. Abstracts are due by 30 May 2016, and the full call can be found here.
15 May 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Re-reading, Re-writing, Re-Contextualizing Shakespeare’, another of the many international conferences being held this year to celebrate Shakespeare 400. This conference will be held in Iaşi, Romania from 27-29 October 2016, and more information is available here.
The next annual conference of the Société Française Shakespeare will take place in Paris from 12-14 January 2017. The theme is ‘Shakespeare and Fear’, and abstracts are due by 25 May 2016. The full call can be found here.
‘Strangeness in Early Stuart Performances’ is an international symposium scheduled to take place at Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany from 3-5 November 2016. This conference proposes to discuss how performative practices explore notions of strangeness in and for early Stuart society. The deadline for abstracts is 17 May 2016, and information about the conference can be found online here.
Scholars who once conﬁdently framed the Reformation as a sixteenth-century European Protestant phenomenon now look expansively across different confessions, faiths, time periods, and geographical areas. ‘Global Reformations: Transforming Early Modern Religions, Societies, & Cultures’ is an international, interdisciplinary conference that invites a sustained, comparative, and interdisciplinary exploration of religious transformations in the early modern world. It will take place in Toronto, Canada from 27-30 September 2017. The full call is available here, and abstracts are due by 1 June 2016.
The early thinkers and historians of the church have exercised a perennial influence on Christian thought, but the period between 1470 and 1650 was especially remarkable in this respect. In these years, forgotten texts of ancient Christian authors were rediscovered in monastic and cathedral libraries, disseminated to a broad audience through the newly-invented medium of print, and critically studied to answer questions of Church history and doctrine which had been made pressing by the Renaissance and Reformation. The result was nothing less than a complete revolution of the early modern sense of the ancient Christian past, and so too of early modern Christian identity. A workshop on ‘The Reception of the Church Fathers and Early Church Historians, c.1470-1650’ will take place in Cambridge, UK on 23 September 2016. More information can be found here, and proposals are due by 1 June 2016.
Proposals are invited for a series of linked sessions on the body and spiritual experience in Europe 1500-1700, intended to take place at the next Renaissance Society of America meeting (30 March–1 April 2017, Chicago). Possible questions might include: In what ways does biblical reading shape understanding of the relationship between physical and spiritual matter? Which body parts or material processes are implicated in spiritual experience? Are there differences in the ways in which male and female flesh is treated in relation to spiritual experience? How influential are biblical and Calvinist distinctions between flesh and spirit to understandings of the body? In what ways might understanding of the relationship between the body and spiritual experience be influenced by medicine, science, philosophy or other spheres of knowledge? The call is available here, and the deadline is 20 May 2016. For other literature-related RSA calls, see here.
The Southeastern Renaissance Conference invites submissions for its annual conference, which will be held on 23–24 September 2016 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Papers can be on any aspect of Renaissance literature, art, or culture. Full contributions are due by 1 June 2016, and more details can be found here.
Call for Manuscripts
Contributions are being sought for an edited volume on queens and queenship in Shakespeare’s plays. Although there have been many individual studies of how queens in early modern drama reflect and refract the image of Elizabeth I, this volume will primarily concern queens as characters and as theatrical constructs. The editors are especially interested in essays focused on Shakespeare’s adaptation of historical source material, how the plays depict queens regnant versus queens consort, comedic and tragic treatments of queenship, the mechanics of ‘playing’ queens on early modern stages using boy actors, and comparative studies with other early modern playwrights. 1 June 2016 is the deadline to submit a proposal, and more details can be found here.