Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Read on for full details–and do note the very close deadlines for many of the conferences mentioned below!
Calls for Papers
Proposals are invited by 15 December 2016 for papers, sessions, or roundtable discussions for an upcoming mini-conference on ‘Chivalry and its Anxieties: 1000-1600’, to be held at Saint Louis University on June 19-21, 2017. This event, held during the Fifth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, aims to bring together scholars from across disciplines to consider questions of chivalric culture and warfare. This mimi-conference will consider how chivalric precepts and attitudes intersected with the realities of knightly life. Full details can be found here.
The convoluted histories of medieval and early modern monarchs, reformers and rebellions have inspired plays, novels, poems, fairy tales and a recent outpouring of popular medieval and early modern adaptations in novels, film and television. 15 December 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Adapting Medieval and Early Modern Culture’, which will take place at De Montfort University, Leicester on 3 March 2017. Proposals are invited that discuss the adaptation of the medieval and early modern periods in film, television, animation, plays, novels and poetry, and the call can be found here.
The Renaissance Conference of Southern California (a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America) will be holding its 61st Annual Meeting on 4 March 2017 at The Huntington Library in Pasadena, California. Papers or proposals for roundtable panels are particularly welcomed that focus on the Global Renaissance. 15 December 2016 is the deadline for proposals, and more information can be found here.
The South-Central Renaissance Conference welcomes abstracts for papers on any aspect of Renaissance studies (music, art history, history, literature, language, philosophy, science, theology, et al.) for its annual conference, ‘Exploring the Renaissance’, to be held from 20-22 April 2017 at The University of Texas at Austin. The full call is here, and abstracts are due no later than 15 December 2016.
The Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France is organising a bilingual international conference on the inscription of gestures in texts and the visual arts from the early modern period. Submit your abstract by 20 December 2016 for this 20-30 June 2017 conference. More details are available here.
Histories of sexuality and religion are increasingly intertwined. While these two historiographies used to be seen as unrelated and even inimical to each other, they are increasingly spoken of together. Far from being viewed as a force simply restricting, repressing, or attacking sexual desires and identities, religion is now seen as an important historical context for understanding ideas about sexual desire and behaviour, ‘sexuality;, and related questions such as gender, morality, passion, friendship, marriage, family, health, and identity. From the other side, historians of sexuality and gender have increasingly begun to use religious sources to understand moral change, identity, and culture more broadly. A two-day conference on ‘Histories of Religion and Sexuality, c. 1500 to the Present’ to be held at the University of Nottingham from 24-25 April 2017 seeks to showcase exciting new research in this emerging field, by bringing together a wide variety of scholars working on the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality from the early modern period to the present across a range of geographical locations. Abstracts are due by 30 December 2016, and more information is available here.
In recent years, the analysis of social networks has generated a fruitful field of scholarly enquiry. Research addressing the dynamics that govern personal relationships within and without communities of various kinds has permeated through historical, anthropological, and sociological studies.’The Art of the Network: Visualising Social Relationships, 1400-1600′ is the theme of the next upcoming annual Postgraduate Renaissance Symposium at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. This event will take place on 28 April 2017, and abstracts are due by 31 December 2016. Full details can be viewed here.
Early modern satire–broadly, from c. 1500 to c. 1800–is a vast but still underexamined field of representation. Although flourishing in certain periods and certain places, satire can be said to be integral to the European project, often challenging the limits of tolerance and evoking hostility but also associated, increasingly in this period, with notions of freedom and enlightenment. A conference on ‘Early Modern Satire: Themes, Re-Evaluations and Practices’ will be hosted by Gothenburg University, Sweden from 2-4 November 2017. This event seeks to position satire as a mode of representation throughout early modern Europe and clarify its role in politics, culture and religion. Proposals are due by 4 January 2017, and more information is available here.
9 January 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Prison/Exile: Controlled Spaces in Early Modern Europe’, which will take place from 10-11 March 2017 at the University of Oxford. This conference seeks to explore the relationship between space, identity, and religious belief in early modern Europe, through the correlative, yet distinct experiences of imprisonment and exile. The organisers welcome all paper proposals that explore the phenomena of imprisonment and exile in the early modern period, especially those that relate these modalities of control to the complex and evolving religious thought of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. The full call can be found here.
Calls for Manuscripts
Chapter proposals are invited by 1 January 2017 for a collection of essays that will explore the Shakespeare-inspired Canadian television series Slings & Arrows. The full call can be found here.
The years 2016 and 2017 bear witness to a number of landmark quincentenaries in Renaissance and Reformation studies. One is the publication of Desiderius Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum (1516). These years also mark the quincentenary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) and Martin Luther’s posting of 95 Theses on the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg (1517). Reformation, a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal, hopes to publish a special issue to commemorate these books and events. Contributions are invited on any aspect of Erasmus, Luther, and More, including their place within humanist religious and scholarly thought; their theology and creativity; their political commitments; the reading and subsequent editing of their works; their influence upon their contemporaries; and more. 1 January 2017 is the submission deadline, and further specifics can be viewed here.