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Calls for Manuscripts1 October 2016 is the deadline to submit completed essays to The Journal of Early Modern Studies for a special issue on ‘Gardens as Laboratories. The History of Botany through the History of Gardens’. After having undergone the undeserved condition of third excluded during the Middle Ages, the studies of flora experienced a new crucial consideration during the Renaissance, when the discovery of the New World brought in Europe an amount of new items (and especially anomalies and ambiguities), which undermined the accepted systematization of nature. Along the development of a crisis in the traditional systems of classifications, a new effort in collecting and disseminating knowledge flourished, resulting in a few important cultural achievements. Botanical practices developed as a central subject through both the request of collecting and the reproduction of plants, ultimately contributing in the epistemological ferments of the Renaissance and early modernity for reconstructing the ontological frontiers of nature under a new light – and sometimes reorganizing nature from a vegetal point of view, or using plants as literary model to portray human societies. The full call is available here.
Gardens have been a crucial part of mythology and literature. The idea of a garden is a recurrent image; these images largely stem from the story of the Garden of Eden as found in Genesis. If gardens reveal the relationship between culture and nature—the garden can be seen as civilized and ‘shaped’ and therefore domesticated nature—in the vast library of garden literature few books focus on what the garden means—on the ecology of garden as idea, place, and action. Proposals are currently being sought for an edited volume provisionally entitled Enchanted, Stereotyped, Civilized: Garden Narratives in Literature, Art, and Film that will discuss the topic of the garden in different theoretical contexts such as ecological, botanical, literary, filmic, art historical, and cultural ones. The proposal deadline is 15 October 2015, and more information can be found here.
Proposals are sought for an edited anthology entitled Crossing Borders: Delineations of Space in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. This anthology seeks to bring together various explorations of the theoretical and literary significance of geographical boundaries, cartographical nuances in texts, literary and historical representations of ‘setting,’ the spatial compartmentalization of otherness, and the use of space to shape individual or collective ritual behavior. Additionally, contributions may consider the juxtaposition of the urban and rural, representations of conflict in ‘close quarters’ or public venues, the spatial qualities of the martyring of saints, the farcical humiliation of foolish husbands, the qualifications of domestic space, the marketplace, places of worship, localized food riots, public dancing, or processions. Abstracts are due by 30 September 2016, and full information is available here.
Revenant, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to the study of the supernatural, the uncanny and the weird, is looking for submissions for a special theme issue dedicated to the ‘Transatlantic Renaissance Supernatural’. Work is sought that addresses the scholarly, academic and creative exploration of the supernatural during the Renaissance across literature, history, folklore, philosophy, science, religion, sociology, and popular culture. Proposals for critical studies and creative pieces alike are due by 1 October 2016. Read more here.
Calls for Papers
The relationship between Shakespeare and the Jews is a rich and multifaceted one with an extensive history dating back to the Elizabethan era. Jewish elements within Shakespeare’s work extend far beyond the infamous and well-studied figure of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and the history of critical and interpretative approaches to such elements is extremely variegated, including shifting perceptions of Shylock on the page and stage over the centuries, different ways of addressing Jewish themes within the plays in writing and performance, and the various representations of Jews and Judaism in translations of Shakespeare into other languages, both in Europe and globally. Likewise, Shakespeare’s reception among the Jews has a dynamic history of its own, including translation, performance, and criticism. Jewish engagement with Shakespeare is traceable to the early decades of the Jewish Enlightenment in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when Hebrew authors in Central Europe first began looking to Shakespeare as a literary role model and candidate for translation. An international conference on ‘Shakespeare and the Jews’ will take place at University College London, UK from 28-30 March 2017. Abstracts are due by 15 September 2016, and full details are available here.A conference on ‘Understanding Material Loss across Time and Space’ will take place at the University of Birmingham, UK from 17–18 February 2017. Proposals due by 14 October 2016, and the conference seeks to consider the methodological and historical insights that might be revealed by utilising loss as significant analytical framework across time and space, particularly when examining the material world. More details can be found here.
The Reformation is deeply embedded in scholarly and popular consciousness as a critical watershed and turning point in Western history. The assumption that it constituted a decisive juncture has laid the foundation of enduring models of periodisation. Yet, even as the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses approaches, the manner in which the Reformation came to be remembered as a chronological landmark has never been the subject of detailed scrutiny. A conference dedicated to ‘Remembering the Reformation’ will take place from 7–9 September 2017 at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UK. Full information is available here, and the deadline for abstracts is 1 October 2016
A conference entitled ‘Reception, Reputation and Circulation in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800’ will take place at the National University of Ireland, Galway from 22-25 March 2017. This international conference will bring together scholars working on the reception of texts, the reputations of authors and individuals, and the circulation of people and things in the early modern world. More details can be found here, and 19 September 2016 is the abstract submission deadline.
‘Expanding Visions: Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World’ will take place at the University of Miami from 2-4 March 2017. Papers and three-paper sessions are invited on new research on women’s activities—their literary, cultural, social, and/or political interventions in the medieval and early modern world. Papers with interdisciplinary approaches that focus on the period 1400–1750 are particularly encouraged. 15 October 2016 is the abstract submission deadline, and the full call is available here.