Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. This week, we have a few calls for papers, a couple of calls for manuscripts, a notice of an essay prize, announcements relating to two book series, and a note about research fellowships for recent PhDs. Read on for details!
Calls for Papers
The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) will be meeting in Boston from 31 March–2 April 2016. 10 June 2015 is the deadline to submit individual paper proposals as well as proposals for pre-organised sessions. In order to facilitate panel formation, blogs have been set up on the RSA website, and calls are being posted there. You’ll find the Literature CFP blog here and the Interdisciplinary/Other CFP blog here.
The Société Française Shakespeare will be holding its next conference in Paris from 21-23 January 2016. Next year’s theme is ‘Shakespeare after Shakespeare’. Proposals (in English or in French) treating the playwright’s long-lasting legacy are due by 25 June 2015. Read the call here.
Historically, European palaces established more than mere residences of monarchs, princes, cardinals, aristocrats and bourgeois. They were centers of power, solid social and political symbols, and also production centers for culture, arts and science. On the other hand, they played a fundamental role by motivating the renovation and expansion of cities. 10 May 2015 is the deadline to submit a proposal for a multilingual, interdisciplinary conference on ‘Palaces and Urban Dynamics: Centers of Power and Knowledge in Europe’. This event will be held at the Universidade de Évora in Évora, Portugal from 5-7 November 2015, and you’ll find full details here.
Calls for Manuscripts
A special 2016 issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be devoted to the topic of ‘The Unintended Reformation’. Contributions focusing on any aspect of Brad S. Gregory’s 2012 The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society as it relates to the concerns of medieval and early modern studies are welcomed. The deadline for submission of completed manuscripts is 1 July 2015, and you’ll find the full call here.
31 May 2015 is the deadline to submit a proposal for an edited collection of essays on the concept of empathy. This volume will focus on the contingent history of empathy, or the periods and historical contexts in which empathy was viewed negatively. More details can be found here.
Because of their natural ability to imitate and improvise upon the songs and sounds of others, starlings exemplify the powers, problems, and pleasures of mimesis. The mimicry of starlings, like that of parrots and mynah birds, raises many questions about the techniques of art, artifice, and paralinguistic performance within a comparative literary and cultural perspective. Essays that address any aspect of “mocking bird technologies” are sought for an edited collection on this topic. The full call is online here. The editors are currently taking preliminary enquiries and proposals, though it sounds like completed essays are not due until 1 August 2015.
Contributions are being sought for edited volume on ‘Rhetorical Animals: Boundaries of the Human in the Study of Persuasion’. The editors seek chapters that investigate the place of nonhuman animals in the purview of rhetorical theory; what it would mean to communicate beyond the human community; and/or how rhetoric reveals our ‘brute roots.’ 10 June 2015 is the deadline for submitting initial abstracts. The full call is available here.
The Review of English Studies is inviting entries for its annual essay prize, which aims to encourage scholarship amongst postgraduate/graduate research students in Britain and abroad. Submissions can be on any topic of English literature or the English language from any period. The winner will receive: publication of the winning essay in the June 2016 issue of The Review of English Studies; a cash prize of £250; £250 worth of OUP books; and a free year’s subscription to The Review of English Studies. The closing date for submissions is 30 June 2015, and you’ll find the entry guidelines and competition rules here.
Book Series News
Arden Studies in Early Modern Drama is a new series intended to offer fresh approaches to the plays of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, as well as studies that put Shakespeare in dialogue with other playwrights of the period. The series does not seek to privilege any particular theoretical position but accommodates a range of new perspectives on how these plays work and why they still matter. You can read the series announcement in full here.
New proposals are welcomed for the Ashgate’s Women and Gender in the Early Modern World series. Proposals are sought for both single-author volumes and edited collections showcasing research that expands this evolving field and challenges current scholarship on the early modern period. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope, the series strives to reach beyond geographical limitations to explore the experiences of early modern women and the nature of gender in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. More information can be found here and here.
Are you a current postgraduate student or a recent PhD graduate of a British or Irish university? If so, the Society for Renaissance Studies invites applications for its Postdoctoral and Study Fellowships, which support research in all aspects of Renaissance Studies. Two Postdoctoral Fellowships of £6000 will be awarded in 2015-16. A number of Study Fellowships of up to £1,500 are also available to support travel or research expenses for projects undertaken in connection with doctoral theses in the field of Renaissance Studies. Further information can be found here, and applications are due by 31 May 2015.