Welcome to The Scrivener! This is Lindsay here to inform you of the latest in scholarship news. This week, we have a number of calls for manuscripts and a variety of conference notifications, as well as a reminder about a book prize.
Calls for Papers
What do St. Augustine, Kafka, Samuel Johnson, William James, Susan Sontag, Douglas Adams, Hitler, and Hamlet all have in common? Procrastination. An interdisciplinary conference called ‘Procrastination: Cultural Explorations’ will take place at the University of Oxford on 2 July 2014. 4 April 2014 is the deadline to submit abstracts–if you ever get around to writing one! You can read the full call here.
‘Perversions of Paper’ is a one-day symposium investigating the outer limits of our interactions with books and with paper. It considers unorthodox engagements with texts, from cherishing or hoarding them to mutilating and desecrating them, from wearing them to chewing them, and from inhaling their scent to erasing their content. This event will be held at the Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, University of London on 28 June 2014. You can find more about it here, and proposals due by 30 March 2014.
Proposals for papers that reflect on how social hierarchy was fundamentally bound to people’s engagement with space, objects, and their fellow human beings in the early modern era are sought for a conference entitled ‘Visualising Difference: Objects, Space and Practice in Early Modern Europe’ to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 10-12 October 2014. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 April 2014, and all expenses (travel and accommodation) will be paid for authors of accepted papers. Read more details here.
What exactly is beauty, and why does it move us? Proposals for presentations, performances, papers, and pre-formed panels should be submitted by 21 March 2014. The conference itself will be held from 20-22 September 2014 at Mansfield College, Oxford. Read more here.
University of Porto, Portugal will be hosting a conference on ‘Law and Performance’ from 3-4 July 2014. Proposals are due by 15 March 2014, and more details are available at the conference website here.
‘The Roots of Nationalism: National Identity Formation in Early Modern Europe, 1600-1815’ will take place at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands from 22-23 January 2015.Paper proposals relating to the forging of national identities in early modern Europe should reach the conference committee by 1 April 2014. More information can be found here.
Papers are invited from postgraduate/graduate students for a two-day, interdisciplinary symposium on to be hosted by the University of Birmingham. This symposium, ‘Seen and Unseen: (De)Constructing Medieval and Early Modern Perceptions’, will take place 22-23 May 2014, and proposals should be submitted no later than 21 March 2014. You can read the full call here.
A symposium called ‘Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks’–intended to bring together pioneer work in the overlap of arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design– will be held in Berkeley at the Clark Kerr Campus of the University of California on 3 June 2014. Papers are sought that address networks in culture, networks in art, networks in the humanities, art about networks, and research in network visualization. Submit an abstract by 28 March 2014, and find more details online here.
17 March 2014 is the deadline to express your interest for participating in a project called ‘Religion, Art and Conflict: Disputes, Destruction and Creation’, to be held at the Courtauld Institute in London. Members are sought for a research group that will examine the role of reform, ideology and conflict in the destruction and preservation of religious art and architecture. The group will also investigate how theological disputes and religious conflicts have been the impetus for new intellectual and creative approaches to the visual and material arts. This project consists of two events: a one-day workshop on 20 June 2014; and 1.5 day conference on 5-6 December 2014. More specifics can be found here.
For those of you interested in affect studies or ecocriticism–and the intersections of these–Australian National University, Canberra will be hosting a conference called ‘Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions’ from 19-21 June 2014. More information is available here, and abstracts should be submitted no later than 30 March 2014.
From 31 July to 2 August 2014, a conference on ‘Diplomacy and Culture in the Early Modern World’ will be held at the University of Oxford in the UK. Proposals for individual papers or panels of 3-4 papers should be submitted no later than 21 March 2014. More information is available online here. Abstract submissions are invited for El’Manuscript-2014, an international conference on the creation and development of information systems for storage, processing, description, analysis, and publication of medieval and early modern handwritten and printed texts and documentary records. This conference is scheduled for 15-20 September 2014 in Varna, Bulgaria.1 April 2014 is the submission deadline, and you can find more particulars here.
16 March 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for the Georgia Philological Association’s annual meeting. This conference will convene at the Waycross Campus of South Georgia State College in Georgia on 16 May 2014. You can find more information here.
A conference on ‘Gender and Love’ is scheduled for 24-26 September at Mansfield College, Oxford. This conference welcomes papers which seek to understand the interaction and interconnection between the concepts of love and gender; and whether, when, how and in what ways the two concepts conceive and construct each other. The full call is online here, and abstracts are due by 4 April 2014.
More MLA Sessions of Interest
A few weeks ago, I reported here at The Scrivener on some Modern Language Association sessions that are currently forming (for Vancouver, British Columbia in 2015) that might be of interest to Shakespeareans. This week, there’s a few more cfps worth noting: ‘Intertextual Memory’ due 14 March 2014; ‘On the Threshold of Modernity’ due 16 March 2014; ‘Renaissance and Baroque Poetics’ due 15 March 2014; ‘The Economics of Renaissance Personhood’ due 15 March 2014; ‘Architecture of Poetry: the Semantics of Structure in Early Modern Literature’ due 15 March 2014; ‘Shakespeare and Psychoanalysis’ due 15 March 2014; ‘Shakespeare and Shota Rustaveli’ due 16 March 2014; ‘Authenticity and Memory in Early Modern England’ due 15 March 2014; ‘Early Modern Reference Works’ due 14 March 2014; ‘Early Modern English Sermons and the Passions’ due 15 March 2014; ‘Affect and Performing Arts’ due 15 March 2014; and ‘Performing the Aging Memory’ due 15 March 2014.
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference is now accepting proposals for individual papers and complete panels for its 2014 annual conference, which will be held from 16-19 October 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The deadline for proposing individual papers or complete panels is 1 April 2014, and you can find more details here. One proposed panel for this conference that’s currently seeking members is ‘Kings of Infinite Space?: Renaissance Literature and the Spatial Turn’. Proposals for this panel are due by 15 March 2014, and you can read more about it here. Another panel being formed (with a very tight deadline of 10 March 2014) is called ‘Epic (and) News in the Renaissance’, and you can find more details here.
In 2015, the Northeast Modern Language Association will meet in Toronto, Ontario for its annual convention. If you’re interested in organizing something for this conference, in mid-March of this year, the association will begin accepting online session proposals (panel, seminar, roundtable, creative session). The deadline for all such session proposals is 22 April 2014.
Calls for Manuscripts
Early Modern Studies Journal is soliciting essays for a special volume whose subject concerns women’s writing and its connection to women’s work, broadly interpreted. You can read the call here, and (full) submissions are due 20 March 2014.
Innovative critical essays (in English or French) on Love’s Labour’s Lost and its stage and screen adaptations are sought for a volume of critical essays to be published by Presses Universitaires de Rennes. Read more details here, and remember that proposals are due by 20 April 2014.
Have you taught or studied Shakespeare in Japan? Taught Japanese students studying Shakespeare outside Japan? Been inspired by Japanese productions, arts, culture, etc. in teaching or staging Shakespeare? Issue 6 of the British Shakespeare Association’s magazine Teaching Shakespeare will focus on Japan. Short articles are invited in a range of formats, including interviews, vox pops, lesson plans, reviews, and storyboards. Read more here, and submit your abstract to email@example.com by 30 April 2014.
Submissions are sought for special issue of Theatre Journal dedicated to the topic of ‘Adaptation’. 15 April 2014 is the deadline for full submissions, and you can find further particulars online here.
20 March 2014 is the deadline for postgraduate/graduate students to submit their work to FORUM, the University of Edinburgh’s peer-reviewed journal for students working in culture and the arts. Submissions should speak to the theme ‘cliché’, as outlined here in the full call.
Philament, a peer-reviewed online journal of arts and culture affiliated with the University of Sydney, invites postgraduate/graduate students and early-career scholars to submit academic papers, opinion pieces, or creative works for a forthcoming issue on the theme of humour. Full submissions are due by 31 March 2014, and you can find more information here.
The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women seeks nominations for awards for scholarly work published/completed in the previous year. Any work on women and gender in the early modern period (ca. 1450-1750) is eligible. Nominations are due by 15 March 2014, and more information can be found here. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ That’s all for this week’s Scrivener. Thanks for reading! Also, please consider making a donation to The Shakespeare Standard. Got a conference or call for papers that you want to publicize? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.