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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 few conference notifications, a couple of calls for manuscripts, a note about the Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program, details about a library fellowship, two postdoc advertisements, and an note about a new Shakespeare-related book series. Read on! Also, please consider donating to our current fundraising campaign here.

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Calls for Papers

Since antiquity, beauty has been regarded as a work of art in which nature plays a role not so much as a holistic model and ideal but as a basic substance and an ‘assembly kit’. This concept of composite beauty bears the reservation that beauty as an entity only exists in an incomplete form in nature. It suggests that work can be performed on the human body, both to improve and to correct it. 31 July 2014 is the deadline to for junior scholars to submit abstracts for a two-part workshop on ‘Made People: The Beauty of the Body in Art and Cosmetics’. ‘Made People I: Make-up’ will be held at the Freie Universität Berlin from 26–27 June 2015, and ‘Made People II: Makeover’ will be held at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut from 20–21 November 2015. Note that participants’ travel and accommodation expenses will be covered, and read more about it here.

On 19 September 2014, Cardiff University will host a postgraduate/graduate student conference addressing the theme of prayer in the medieval and early modern periods. Read more details here, and send your abstract by 9 July 2014.

For those readers working on Shakespeare and philosophy (which seems to be a burgeoning field at the moment, judging from recent cfps), there are a couple of calls out that might interest you. Cosmetics, Prayers, Philosophers, and More | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare The Midwest Early Modern Philosophy Conference will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 26-28 September 2014. Submissions on any topic in early modern philosophy are due no later than 26 June 2014. In addition, the Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will take place from 11-12 October 2014 at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Abstracts  (again, on any topic in early modern philosophy) are due by 1 July 2014. You can find more details on these two conferences here and here.

The hand–the ‘instrument of instruments’–has fascinated artists, scientists and philosophers from Aristotle onwards. Its remarkable dexterity, anatomical complexity, and the ability to manipulate were seen as defining features distinguishing humanity from animality, as well as indicators of the superiority of the former. On 8 November 2014, a research forum called ‘The Intelligent Hand, 1500-1600’ is set to take place at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. This one-day symposium will investigate the hand both as the means and the subject of representation in Early Modern art and visual culture. Participants are invited to explore the hand as the locus where the relations between manual labour and ingenium, workshop and academy, the ‘low’ and the ‘high’ are defined and negotiated in the production of artistic value and new knowledge. More information is can be found here, and 30 June 2014 is the abstract submission deadline.

A two-day interdisciplinary workshop on ‘Northern Visions in the Premodern Era’ will take place from 24-25 November 2014 in Umeå, Sweden. This event will bring together researchers from across the globe interested in exploring the idea of the North before 1800, including prehistoric, ancient, medieval, and early modern periods. Note that accommodation and meals during the workshop will be paid. In addition, travel expenses of up to € 800 will be reimbursed for international participants. More details can be found here, and 15 July 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract.

Calls for Manuscripts

Cosmetics, Prayers, Philosophers, and More | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Republics of Letters is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the study of knowledge, politics, and the arts from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the early modern period. Articles are organized by forum, each of which, unlike special issues in print journals, will continue to accept new material over time. Submissions are welcomed on past forum topics, as well as on other topics relating to the journal’s scope.  More information can be found here.

Submissions of between 300-4000 words are sought no later than 1 July 2014 for a monograph called How to Succeed in College: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Academic Experience. Pieces may discuss: 1) your own personal successes and failures in academic life; or 2) your own classroom or mentoring experiences. You can read the full call here.

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The Bibliographical Society of America each year invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in New York City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of texts as material objects (print or manuscript). New Scholars selected for the panel receive a subvention of $600 toward the cost of attendance at the annual meeting and a complimentary one-year membership in the Bibliographical Society of America. Papers of new scholars are published in the December issue of the  Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Read more details here, and apply by 31 July 2014.

Cosmetics, Prayers, Philosophers, and More | The Scrivener shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Library Fellowship

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for Kluge Fellowships, which allow qualified scholars to conduct research using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of up to eleven months. Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. The application deadline is 15 July 2014. More details can be found here.


The University of Melbourne is seeking to appoint two postdoctoral research fellows. The holder of the first position will develop a project exploring the representation and expression of emotion on the human face, in literature, drama, art, or sculpture, or in early scientific discourses, between 1100 and 1800. The second position will involve developing a project in the field of emotions and visual culture c.1450–1750. You can find full details here and here. The closing date for both positions is 7 July 2014.

New Book Series

Edinburgh University Press has announced a new series: “Edinburgh Critical Studies in Shakespeare and Philosophy” edited by Kevin Curran. This series takes seriously the speculative and world-making properties of Shakespeare’s art. Maintaining a broad view of “philosophy” that accommodates foundational questions of metaphysics, ethics, politics, and aesthetics, the series also expands our understanding of philosophy to include the unique kinds of theoretical work carried out by performance and poetry itself. These scholarly monographs will reinvigorate Shakespeare studies by opening new interdisciplinary conversations among scholars, artists, and students. You can read more here and here.


That’s all for this week. As always, thanks for reading! If you have a cfp or other scholarly news that you think would be of interest to our readership, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach the Scholarship Editors at And feel free to donate to our current fundraising campaign here!

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