Hello, scholars! It’s Lindsay here this week letting you know what’s new in Shakespeare scholarship. As usual, there’s a lot going on right now, including some scholarly society news as well as a multitude of upcoming calls for papers and manuscripts.
TAKE A SURVEY FOR EMMO
Work with early modern manuscripts? The Folger Shakespeare Library is in the process of developing Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO), a searchable database of transcriptions of all Folger manuscripts, 1500-1700. For more information on this project, see Heather Wolfe’s blog post here. Planning is currently underway regarding EMMO’s shape and scope. Participate in this short survey to help create a resource that addresses your research needs.
SCHOLARLY SOCIETY NEWS
In the wake of their recent (and dare I say groundbreaking) revelation that all of their members will now be provided with Early English Books Online (EEBO) access, the Renaissance Society of America has just added another interesting membership benefit: following the example recently set by the MLA, the RSA is now offering a special, discounted fee for JPASS, a JSTOR access plan designed for individuals without institutional access to the JSTOR archival collections. RSA members can now avail of JPASS for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate.
The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from on 2-4 April 2015 (I know, I know–it looks like I’m getting ahead of myself here since St. Louis hasn’t even happened yet!). I mention this because the submission deadline for proposing seminars, workshops, roundtables, panels, etc. for the 2015 meeting is coming up shortly on 15 February 2014.
The British Shakespeare Association recently notified its members that its former email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, has become corrupted. Any emails sent to that address in recent weeks will not have been received. This also applies to any messages sent through the ‘Contact the BSA’ form on the BSA website, which uses the same email account. The BSA’s new (working!) email address is email@example.com.
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CALLS FOR MANUSCRIPTS
The biannual journal Horti Hesperidum has announced an upcoming special issue on ‘Living Images’, devoted to the exploration of images perceived as living beings, capable of talking, acting and interacting with us. Special attention will be paid to: the relationship between believers and devotional images; ekphrastic descriptions of living, talking, ‘real’ images; and iconoclasm. Abstracts must be received by 28 February 2014. You can read more particulars here.
The editors of the peer-reviewed Memoria di Shakespeare are currently preparing the journal’s tenth issue, which focuses on the subject of ‘Shakespearean biographies’. Proposals on this subject are invited to be sent no later than 28 February to Luciana Piré (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maria Valentini (email@example.com).
Contributions are sought for a special issue of Dance Chronicle devoted to the theme ‘Dance and Literature: Interwoven and Untangled’. Submissions will be accepted at any time before 1 March 2014, and you can read the full call here.
Postgraduate English, a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate/graduate students is currently accepting submissions for its twenty-eighth issue. Contributors are not confined to a particular theme, and papers must be received no later than 28 February 2014. Book reviews are also sought for this issue, though you are asked to contact the editors in advance with details of the book you wish to review. More details can be found here.
Undergraduate readers take note: Anemoi, a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of pre-modern (i.e. classical, medieval, and early modern) studies, is currently looking for submissions and team members. You can read more specifics here. The deadline for submissions is 14 February 2014.
CALLS FOR PAPERS
A conference called ‘Geographies of Man: Environmental Influence from Antiquity to the Enlightenment’ will be held on 16 May 2014 at the University of Warwick. While scholarly attention has traditionally focused on the development of environmental ideas from the eighteenth century to the present, there is still great scope for further investigation of ancient, medieval, and early modern attitudes to the environment, and the goal of this conference is to historicise contemporary ecological discourse by exploring how this dynamic interaction between human beings and their lived environments was conceived of from antiquity to the Enlightenment. Read more details here, and submit your abstract by 15 February 2014.
An interdisciplinary international conference dedicated to the study of Shakespeare’s international impact will be held at Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia (the country, not the state!) from 23-26 April 2014. The conference will explore how Shakespeare’s work influenced and inspired other works of literature, art, and music. The event hopes to unite academics, teachers and students, theatre practitioners, and critics in a series of presentations, roundtables, and performances. Proposals should be submitted by 15 March 2014. Read more about this event here.
A symposium on ‘Adapting, Performing and Reviewing Shakespearean Comedy in a European Context’ will be held at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, London from 12-13 June 2014. This two-day symposium brings together practitioners, reviewers and academics to generate a focused debate on the transnational and regional aspects of humour and its manifestation in Shakespeare’s texts and adaptations. 15 February 2014 is the deadline for abstracts, and you’ll find the full call here.
28 February 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Process and Practice: Adaptation Considered as a Collaborative Art’. This conference, which invites contributions that focus on the creative processes and practices involved in adaptation across the entire spectrum of genres and media, will take place from 3-4 October 2014 at University College Cork in Ireland. You can read more about it here.
Abstracts are due by 28 February 2014 for ‘Literature and Affect’, the annual conference of the Australasian Association of Literature held in conjunction with the Centre for the History of the Emotions. This conference will be held at the University of Melbourne from 2-4 July 2014, and papers are invited that engage with any aspect of literature and affect. You can read more about it here.
On 4-5 April 2014, St. Cloud State University in Minnesota will host the annual Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature. The organizers invite papers on literary-critical, theoretical, and pedagogical subjects concerning texts written in Britain from the Middle Ages through the early nineteenth century. Abstracts are due by 21 February 2014, and more details are available here.
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara will be hosting a conference on ‘Transatlantic Ecologies: Utopia to Zoonomia’ on 17 May 2014. Proposals are sought for readings of the complex and developing connections between ecological and global thought in the early modern period. More information is available here, and abstracts are due by 31 January 2014.
The Printing Historical Society will host a conference called ‘Landmarks in Printing: From Origins to the Digital Age’ at St Bride Library, London on 13-14 November 2014. The Society invites papers that cover all aspects of the printing arts and industry, including the cultural, practical and technical achievements of the craft, and proposals are due by 28 February 2014. More information on the event can be found here.
‘Beyond Authorship’ is a symposium planned by the University of Newcastle, Australia from 24-27 June 2014. This symposium seeks to move beyond authorship as the primary focus of corpus-based studies in early modern literature, to consider broader questions of language and style, genre and form, influence and adaptation; to interrogate the new literary histories enabled by electronic text corpora, and the new methods of analysis they make possible. Abstracts for long and short papers and poster presentations are invited by 1 February 2014, and you can read more about it here.
A session on ‘Gender and Early Modern Drama’ seeks papers for the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain MLA to be held in Boise, Idaho from 9-11 October 2014. 1 March 2014 is the deadline to submit abstract, and you can find more information here.
‘Ritual and Ceremony in the Urban World of Pre-Modern Europe, c.1300-c.1700′ is a conference scheduled to take place at Northumbria University on 29 May 2014. More details can be found here, and abstracts are due by 18 February 2014.
From 15-18 September 2014, the 6th Global Conference on Fashion will be held at Mansfield College, University of Oxford. abstracts are due by 21 February 2014, and more details can be found here.
A conference entitled ‘Performing Identities: Embodying Knowledge’ will be held at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland on 20-22 June 2014. Read the call here, and submit your abstract by 7 February 2014.
What on earth is ‘Early Modern’? 1 February 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Periodisation: Pleasures and Pitfalls’, a conference to be held at All Souls College, University of Oxford on 3 June 2014. Read more about it here.
On 28-29 March 2014, the University at Albany English Graduate Student Organization will hold its 12th annual conference. Graduate/postgraduate students of all disciplines are invited to submit critical papers and creative works that address transaction as a broad concept, considering both its ubiquity and its discipline-specific areas of study. Submissions are due by 31 January 2014, and you can find more details here.
‘Strangely Familiar: Reading and Recognition in English Studies’ is the organizing theme for Endnotes, the annual graduate/postgraduate student conference of the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. This conference will take place from 16-17 May 2014, and proposals are due by 31 January 2014. More information can be found here.
The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects. LRBS 2014 will take place from 23-27 June (week one) and 30 June-4 July (week two). Read more about this year’s offerings online here.
That’s all for this week’s Scrivener. As always, thanks for reading! Got a conference, a call for papers, or other scholarship news? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.