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Greetings! How was your Shakespeare day? We hope you found a way to celebrate! There are a number of interesting new calls for papers and conferences that have come across the Scrivener’s desk this week, so let’s get to it!


RSA, KiSSIT, and Early Modern Dress | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare A panel at the 2016 RSA will cover the place of women in early modern legal systems. Per the announcement:

Moving beyond the classic range of Shakespearean examples, this session will pursue a wider variety of representations, as well as a multiplicity of contexts (Inns of Court, ecclesiastical ‘bawdy’ courts, witch trials). In what ways does the law clarify and articulate the female perspective? Our aim is to form a roundtable of experts from a range of fields, to interrogate this neglected history.

Possible areas of inquiry include:

  • The extent to which disparities of social class and circumstance fit into the broader category of ‘women on trial’
  • Law as a space of resistance to patriarchal norms
  • The relationship between historical legal ‘fact’ and the fictions presented in the early modern playhouse
  • The influence of genre, venue, and audience on the wider representation of women on trial
  • The role and description of emotions in the courtroom
  • The language of female legal action
  • How female legal action is recorded
  • The intersections between courtroom and community

Please email a 150-word abstract and 1-page CV to panel organisers Dr Derek Dunne and Dr Toria Johnson at, by May 15, 2015. For more information see the full call here.


The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory is hosting a conference on Shakespeare and Waste. Suggested topics include:

  • The early modern association between waste and idleness
  • The link between waste (land) and wilderness
  • Waste paper
  • Economic concerns relating to Shakespeare
  • Do waste products of the body suggest a leveling and/or intensification of social hierarchy?
  • The relationship between human waste and abjection
  • The concept of human waste associated with digestion, purging, emetics, and / or blood-letting
  • The concept and processes of ‘catharsis’ in relation to waste
  • Waste in King Lear
  • What does the imagery of contamination by human waste (muddy fountains / cisterns, stains, filth) suggest about the relationship between racial and ethnic groups?
  • Human waste as the traditional Protestant symbol of money; conversely, money as the denial of feces and its evocation of the human body as pure physicality.

See the full call here.

Early Modern Dress

RSA, KiSSIT, and Early Modern Dress | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare The Early Modern Network announces its first conference on “Exploring Early Modern Dress: The Merits and Challenges of Diverse Sources.” From the call:

The field of early modern dress history draws from a variety of sources in order to map out fashions and trends within the confines of readily available early modern source materials. The analysis of a vast range of sources is done in the context of an interdisciplinary research where different research fields and schools of thought collide and emerge in the form of dress history. Pictorial representations of early modern dress together with surviving garments, garment fragments and textiles form some of the obvious tools from which information is drawn and pieced together. Archival sources, including house inventories, account books and sumptuary legislation, among others, have also consistently been employed to verify the various types of garments used in the early modern period. However, while each of these sources have their definite merits, they also pose considerable challenges due to the fact that they can sometimes be fragmented. The conference aims to generate a discussion about the benefits and advantages, as well as the limitations and constraints that the plethora of these diverse sources pose in order to build a solid platform from which researchers can draw conclusions about early modern dress history.

See the full announcement here, or write 

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