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Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week to inform you of the latest in scholarship news. This time around, we have a number of calls for manuscripts, a few conference notifications, a reminder that SAA seminar and workshop registration has begun, a note about an essay prize, and an interesting academic publishing career opportunity.

Calls for Manuscripts

The term ‘anthropomorphism’ relates to a complex of interesting and mutually contradictory ideas. On the one hand it is used to refer to something that resembles a human, and on the other hand it refers to our natural tendency to read human characteristics in the non-human object or animal. 6 June 2014 is the deadline to submit a proposal for an upcoming special issue of Performance Research on the topic of anthropomorphism. The aim of this issue is to elucidate anthropomorphism in its multitude of aspects, thereby shedding light on discourses around object theatre and ecological performance that aim to understand the more-than-human world in a way that goes beyond ‘mere’ anthropomorphism. More details are available here.

Anthropomorphism, Collage, Linguistic Hierarchies, and Golden Epochs | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Have an essay that describes or speculates on the processes of cutting, dismantling, and reassembling books in the early modern period? A special issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies will examine collage in the Renaissance. Contributors might consider the literal cutting up of printed and other books, forms of reattachment (sewing, pasting, folding, shellacking), and the consequent emergence of new textual objects and orders (for example, the creation of multimedia texts using fabrics and engravings alongside writing, of walls papered with pages torn from books, of tables and chairs decorated with early modern cut-outs or decoupage).  More details can be found here, and full essays are due by 1 July 2014.

From the appearance of Dante’s De Vulgari eloquentia in the early fourteenth century to the publication of the first monolingual dictionaries in the late seventeenth century, vernacular languages across Europe gained status and prestige. As these languages took over functions previously reserved to Latin, the linguistic hierarchies of the Middle Ages became undone. Standard versions gradually emerge out of various medieval dialects, solidifying the establishment of new linguistic hierarchies. 30 June 2014  is the deadline to submit a relevant chapter proposal for an edited volume, Reconfiguring Linguistic Hierarchies in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature. You can find the full call here.

The ways in which we represent or reconstruct the past, or certain periods and epochs, reflect the values, trends and fashions of our own times, rendering any attempt at an ‘objective’ picture of the bygone times bordering on the impossible. Projecting our own patterns of thought onto the past, we end up either idealizing some chosen periods in the nostalgic thing-are-not-what-they-used-to-be manner or, conversely, dismissing whole epochs as ‘dark ages’ never to be repeated. And the whole process is dynamic: the appraisal of the same epochs changes with time and a yesterday’s ‘golden era’ can, according to the changing needs of the new times, become a ‘dark age’ of today. Proposals are invited no later than 15 June 2014 for an upcoming special issue of Studies in Literature and Culture on the topic of ‘Golden Epochs and Dark Ages: Perspectives on the Past’. You can read the full call here.

Anthropomorphism, Collage, Linguistic Hierarchies, and Golden Epochs | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Texas Theatre Journal invites manuscripts on a variety of topics related to theatre, with emphases on history, practice, criticism, and pedagogy. In addition to full-length articles, TTJ publishes profiles, interviews, book reviews, and performance reviews. The submission deadline for the January 2015 volume is 1 July 2014.

Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique is seeking submissions from postgraduate students and early career researchers for a general issue scheduled to be published in December 2014. Colloquy publishes material in the areas of critical theory, philosophy, cultural studies, film and television, communications and media studies, and performance. It also accepts translations, creative writing, and book reviews which can also be peer reviewed. The deadline for submissions for the next issue is 30 June 2014. More information can be found here.

29 June 2014 is the deadline for graduate/postgraduate students and early-career researchers to submit material (full-length of short articles, book reviews, or review essays) to Kaleidoscope, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by postgraduates at Durham University. Light is the theme of the current issues, and more details are available here.

HARTS & Minds invites submissions from graduates/postgraduates or early career researchers on topics relating to the topic ‘Food and Eating: From the Literal to the Metaphorical’. More details are available here. 1 July 2014 is the deadline for articles, and 31 August 2014 is the due date for Creative Writing and Reviews.

News from the SAA

The Shakespeare Association’s 43rd Annual Meeting takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia between 1 and 4 April 2015, and the seminar and workshop registrations are  now open (as of today)! The line-up for 2015 sounds fantastic. You can take a look at what’s on offer here.

Anthropomorphism, Collage, Linguistic Hierarchies, and Golden Epochs | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Calls for Papers

From 20-22 October 2014 ‘Emotional Bodies: A Workshop on the Historical Performativity of Emotions’ will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. More details are available here, and abstracts are due by 1 July 2014.

An interdisciplinary literature and cultural studies conference on the topic of ‘Myth-Making Across Boundaries’ will take place from 22-24 October 2014 at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. Read more here, and submit your abstract by 27 June 2014.

This year’s Northeast Regional Conference of Christianity and Literature will be  held from 7-8 November 2014 at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. This year’s theme is ‘The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature’. More details can be found here, and abstracts are due by 1 July 2014.

Eberhard Karls Universität  in Tübingen, Germany will host a conference addressing ‘ Christian Prophecies as a Reflex to Competing Concepts of Order (ca. 1500-1800)’ from 8-10 April  2015.  Submit your abstract by 1 July 2014, and read more about the event here.

Any undergraduate readers? If so, you might be interested to hear that the University of Virginia at Wise is accepting abstracts for its upcoming student conference. Papers by undergraduates covering any area of medieval and/or Renaissance studies—including literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts—are welcome. This event will take place from 25-27 September 2014, and 17 June 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract. More details are available here.

A conference called ‘Shakespearean Code in the Global Cultural Space: Between Call and Challenge’ is (so far as I can gather) still planned to be held in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine from 25-27 September 2014. 1 July 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract. You can find more information here.

Essay Prize

The Review of English Studies is inviting entries for its 2014 Essay Prize. The RES Essay Prize aims to encourage scholarship amongst graduate/postgraduate research students in Britain and abroad. The essay can be on any topic of English literature or the English language from the earliest period to the present. The winner will receive: publication of the winning essay in the June 2015 issue of RES; a cash prize of £250; £250 worth of OUP books; a free year’s subscription to RES. Read more about how to enter here.

Publishing Job

Brepols Publishers, an international academic publisher in the humanities, is currently advertising for a Publishing Manager to work in its Nottingham, UK office. This position is meant to strengthen the company’s editorial programme of publications related to classical, medieval, and early modern studies, Read the full details here, and apply by 10 June 2014.Anthropomorphism, Collage, Linguistic Hierarchies, and Golden Epochs | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare


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