Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship.
Calls for Manuscripts
Medical language permeated all kinds of texts in premodern Europe, including legal, literary, devotional, political, autobiographical, and philosophical writings; equally medical writings drew on a range of discursive practices, often employing ostentatiously literary narrative techniques. The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is putting together a special issue on ‘Medical Discourse in Premodern Europe’. As a whole, the issue will demonstrate some of the ways in which current work in medieval and early modern studies has an important place in the fields of medical humanities and literature and medicine. The deadline for submission of full manuscripts is 1 November 2014, and you can find more information here.
Submissions are currently being sought for an edited collection provisionally titled Domestic Drama and Political Culture. In the early modern period, the household was commonly perceived as analogical to the state, the head of the household, a king, the servants, his subjects. Towards the end of the sixteenth-century, the domestic received particular attention from political theorists, moralists and writers of household guides alike. Running alongside this extensive public interest in the household, writers for the theatre produced a series of plays that took the domestic, the private and non-elite household as its subject matter. Domestic plays deal with a range of vital political questions: gender relations, resistance theory, active citizenry, and good governance. Read more about this proposed collection and its aims here, and submit your proposal by 1 November 2014.
Is there any use in using the concept of evil in cultural, psychological, or other secular evaluations of the world and its productions, and if there is, what is it? A collection is planned on the topic of ‘Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy’ (inspired by a recent conference on the same topic). This interdisciplinary project seeks papers that take a stand on evil, either exploring it as a linguistic/theoretical concept or looking at the pragmatism of evil as an evaluative tool in everyday moral/ethical situations. 15 November 2014 is the deadline to potential contributors to submit a 10-page draft of their contribution with a 1-2 page accompanying outline for the draft’s extension. More details can be found here.
Calls for Papers
When Polonius, in the second act of Hamlet, announces the theater company as the ‘best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited’, he points to several problems that have pervaded scholarship on poetry and genre. From 1-3 October 2015, a conference will take place at the University of Augsburg in Germany that aims to take up the question of how poetry as a genre is defined and draw renewed attention to conceptions of genre and their role in poetry studies. You can find the full call here, and proposals are due by 12 October 2014.
On 5 March 2015, a one-day symposium will take place at the University of York, UK. This symposium will explore the place of magic in the intellectual culture of early modern England and Europe. It will focus on how magic was perceived and understood in philosophical, religious and scientific thought, and the ambivalence that surrounded it as topics of scholarship. The deadline to submit a proposal is 15 October 2014, and you can read more about this symposium here.
‘Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality, Representation’ is an international, interdisciplinary conference scheduled to take place at the University of Chester, UK from 31 March to 2 April 2015. The full call is available here, and proposals are due by 31 October 2014.
The Tenth Marco Manuscript Workshop, ‘Mind the Gaps’, will be held from 6-7 February 2015 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This year’s workshop seeks to highlight not only studies of marginalia but also erasures, lacunae, palimpsests, and the transformative processes of rebinding and repurposing. After fires, water, rats, cats, early modern editors, contemporary censors, later bookbinders, and other disasters have damaged manuscripts, we nevertheless discover that we can learn much from what is missing from or added to a manuscript. What do we see when we look in the gaps? How can we develop new ways to explore the rich textual interplay of imperfect manuscripts? What meaning and value can we recover from cases of dirt and desecration? Proposals are welcomed on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined, from late antiquity to the boundary of the modern era. Presenters will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation, and the deadline for applications is 15 October 2014. You can read more here.
Poetic justice, as examples from literary texts across the genres illustrate, may be realized in various ways–and sometimes the term may mean much more than the distribution of earthly rewards and punishments. From 26-30 July 2015, a symposium on ‘Poetic Justice: Legal, Ethical, and Aesthetic Judgments in Literary Texts’ is scheduled to take place in Tübingen, Germany. Read more details here, and submit your abstract by 31 October 2014.
How have physical transformations of urban spaces have been negotiated and/or narrated over time? An interdisciplinary conference on this topic is scheduled to take place at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. This conference seeks to gather together academics from a number of disciplines interested in this relationship between material change and discourse and is scheduled for 24-25 June 2015. Proposals are due no later than 31 October 2014. You can find more information online here.
The deadline for paper and panel submissions for the Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) 10th Biennial Conference is 31 October 2014. This open-themed conference will be held at the University of Queensland in Australia from 14-18 July 2015. The full call is available here.
1 November 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for the Seventeenth-Century Studies Conference. Next year’s conference will address the topic of ‘Cities and Citizens’ and will focus on the ways in which urban centres were perceived, experienced, understood and represented in the ‘long seventeenth century’ (c.1580-1720). This event will be held at Durham University, UK from 13-15 July 2015, and you’ll find the call online here.
The 2015 Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (IASEMS) Conference is a one-day interdisciplinary forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference, to be held at The British Institute in Florence, Italy, will focus on the theme of comedy in early modern texts and on how humour is produced in language and plot, what purposes it serves and how it can be related to issues of gender and genre. You’ll find more details here, and abstracts are due by 31 October 2014
The College English Association (CEA), a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for its annual conference, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from 26-28 March 2015. This year’s theme is ‘Imaginations’, and CEA invites papers and panels that will consider the following questions: In what ways can we encourage our institutions, colleagues, students, and even ourselves to find meaning in using our imaginations for self-reflection and creative output? And how can we use those introspective moments, broadly speaking, to help us to become better teachers? Read more here, and submit an abstract by 1 November 2014.
15 October 2014 is the (extended) deadline to submit an abstract for the annual graduate/postgraduate conference at the Centre for Comparative Literature in the University of Toronto. This year’s conference, scheduled for 12-15 March 2015, examines the idea of survival in literary, theoretical, and interdisciplinary contexts. Full details can be found here.
Graduate/postgraduate students may be interested to know that 15 October 2014 is also the deadline to apply for The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual multidisciplinary conference, hosted by the Newberry Library in Chicago. Abstracts are invited from master’s or PhD students from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. This event will take place from 22-24 January 2015, and you can read all about it here.
Rare Book School
The University of Virginia’s Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Applications for the 2014 scholarship cycle are now being accepted; deadlines vary from 15 October 2014 to 7 November 2014. Visit the RBS website here for more details or to begin the application process.
Postdocs and Fellowships
8 October 2014–just a couple of days away now–is the deadline to apply for a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship! The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields. For further details and on how to apply see the Academy’s website.
31 October 2014 is the deadline to apply for the 2015-16 Munby Fellowship in Bibliography at Cambridge.The Munby Fellow will be free to pursue bibliographical research of his/her own choosing. It is, however, expected that the Fellow’s research will be, at least in part, based directly or indirectly on the collections of the University and Colleges of Cambridge and likely to be of benefit, in the broadest sense, to scholars using those collections in the future. More details can be found here.
A research fellowship is currently being advertised at the University of Western Australia in the ‘Passions for Learning’ project team. This project explores the role of emotion in the work and lives of teachers and students, scholars and scientists, in the classroom, in correspondence, at court, in the laboratory, and in the field. The new team member will enhance or complement the project members’ existing strengths, which include: Latin language, erudition and emotion; women and learning; intercultural learning (e.g. by Jesuit missionaries in Asia and the Americas); and history of science and medicine. 24 October 2014 is the application deadline, and full details can be found here.
The State of the (North American) Job Market
Finally, there’s been a lot of chatter online about the state of the North American job market for applicants in MLA fields this year. See, for instance, this and this. If you are an early modernist or Shakespearean specialist currently seeking a tenure-track job, what do you think of the prospects this year?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.