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The Place of the Preternatural | The Scrivener

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Scrivener where we aim to bring you the latest in Shakespearean and early modern scholarship. This week we have a range of call for manuscripts, papers and events that you should not miss!

Call for Manuscripts:

The Place of the Preternatural

For issue 5.1, the journal Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural (Penn State Press) welcomes a variety of topics that represent original research on any topic relating to the appearance of the preternatural or closely related topics (magic, esotericism, demonology, the occult), from any academic discipline and theoretical approach. We are especially interested on essays that touch on the appearance of magic, prophecy, demonology, monstrophy, the occult, and related topics that stand in the liminal space between the natural world and the preternatural in any cultural context.

Contributions should usually be 8,000 – 12,000 words, including all documentation and critical apparatus. If accepted for publication, manuscripts will be required to adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (style 1, employing endnotes).

Preternature also welcomes original editions or translations of texts related to the topic that have not otherwise been made available in recent editions or in English.

Complete papers must be submitted through Preternature’s Content Management System at by 1 December 2014. 

For more information visit their website.

Discourse of Madness

Contributions on any aspect of madness in (of, and) textuality are welcome for consideration. Possible areas of focus, among a plethora of other options: literary representations of the alienated mind; mad protagonists or mad writers; madness as a vehicle of exile, as a form of marginalization, of dissipation, of disintegration, of revelation or self-revelation; interpretations of madness as a manifestation of structure, style, rhetoric, narrative; madness as a reflection of cultural assumptions, values, prohibitions; madness, as prophetic or dionysiac, poetic, or other; the esthetics of madness; philosophical, ethical, ontological, epistemological, hermeneutic and esthetic implications of the discourse/narrative of madness.

Manuscripts in English, French German or Italian — not to exceed twenty (25) double-spaced pages, including notes, bibliography and appendices, where applicable — are welcome. Contributions written in any but one’s first (or native) language must be scrupulously reviewed, edited and proofed by a “native” specialist prior to submission.

Submit via email in the form of a Word document (attachment) to: R.-L. Etienne Barnett (Guest-Editor) at: (primary submission address) with a second copy to (secondary submission address).

For further details please visit their website.

Call for Papers

Social Networks 1450-1850.

16/17 July 2015, University of Sheffield.

Proposals for 20-minute papers or panels of three speakers are welcome from a wide chronological and geographical reach, exploring social network concepts, methodologies and findings. Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 January 2015. For individual paper proposals, please submit a title and 200-word abstract, along with contact details. For panel proposals, please include a title and 200-word abstract for each paper and contact details for one speaker on the panel. For more information, please contact the conference organizer, Kate Davison (

CFP for the fifth RefoRC.

Leuven, 7-9 May 2015, and deadline for paper proposals is 15 February 2015. The overall theme of plenary lectures is transregional reformations, and communications are encouraged to think about this topic, but not confined to it. The line-up of plenary speakers is spectacular, with amongst others Barbara Diefendorf talking about her current research project on religious orders, Alex Walsham talking about translations, and Grazyna Jurkowlaniec discussing international circulation of printed images. For more information, see here.

Young Shakespeare

As Emily mentioned back in May, the 2015 Annual Conference of the French Shakespeare Society will take place in Paris in March 19-21, 2015. Deadline for abstracts is Monday 10th November. See here for more details. 

Twelfth Workshop on Early Modern German History
8 May 2015
Venue: German Historical Institute London

This one day workshop bring together scholars to discuss work-in-progress as well as theoretical and methodological approaches. Previous themes have included artistic and literary representations, medicine and musicology, as well as political, social, economic and religious history. Contributions are also welcome from those wishing to range outside the period generally considered as ‘early modern’ and those engaged in comparative research on other parts of early modern Europe. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a short synopsis and a CV by 11 January 2015 to Dr Angela Schattner (, German Historical Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square London, WC1A 2NJ.


Seventeenth-Century Journalism in the Digital Age.

Saturday 22nd November, 10AM – 5.30 PM, University of Sheffield, Jessop West Building.

This one-day conference brings together scholars from the Digital Humanities, English Literature, History and Linguistics to reflect upon their research into early printed news (their results, their methods and search practices) and interrogate the ways in which current digital search interfaces might be thought to shape, enhance or constrain research in this area. This conference is part of Sheffield’s ‘Participating in Search Design’ AHRC project. Places at this conference can be reserved online.

Dissenting Experience

Registration is now open for the second conference of the ‘Dissenting Experience’ programme at Dr Williams’s Library, on Saturday 8th November 2014. The 2014 conference focuses on the forms of dissenting expression available to dissenters and their congregations, on both sides of the Atlantic, throughout the seventeenth century, and examines the wealth and variety of written materials, both in print and from archival sources, related to the experience of dissent across a wide spectrum of genres. More information and registration here.

That’s all for this week – thank you for reading and don’t forget to join us again next week for your weekly dosage of Shakespearean scholarly news!

Shani Bans

Author Shani Bans

Shani Bans is an assistant editor at TSS and a PhD candidate at University College London. Her thesis, 'Optics in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries' - explores the relationship between optics and literature in early modern Europe, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her other interests include: the culture of dissection in early modern drama, representation of ugly women; early modern science, medicine and technology; the history of Shakespearean criticism; Sidney circle; Miguel de Cervantes, Michel de Montaigne; Virginia Woolf; Hergé; Derrida and epistolarity.

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