Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
New Materialist approaches to premodern literature and culture offer exciting avenues of scholastic engagement through refocusing debates around materiality and exploring what lies beyond the material. By emphasising a departure from conventional textual analysis, New Materialism provides a vocabulary and framework for approaching texts which have previously been marginalised. A conference on ‘Embodiment and New Materialism in Premodern Literature and Culture (1350-1700)’ will take place at Lancaster University from 25–26 February 2017. This conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines including philosophy, literature, history and cultural studies, and will offer a unique space to explore the potentialities of New Materialist approaches to premodern literature and culture. The full call is available here, and abstracts are due by 18 November 2016.
‘Constitutions of Hamlet: Afterlives and Political Theologies of Trauerspiel‘ will take place at the University of Split, Croatia on 16 December 2016. This one-day symposium will explore how Shakespeare reworks early modern political theologies, and why modernity finds itself speaking of politics and subjectivites so frequently with and through Hamlet. In the context of Britain’s melancholic contemporary quest for political isolation, a quest arguably bound to an updated form of the very failure of political absolutism that Benjamin identifies as the heart of trauerspiel, it is perhaps more timely than ever to consider the political theologies constituted by Shakespeare’s sorrowful Danish play. Proposals are due by 20 November 2016, and more details can be found here.
Our knowledge about premodern bodies is mediated by cultural production and historical distance. We see (and don’t see) sex in pornographic images, libertine literature, and court records; we encounter racialized bodies through anatomy tracts, maps, and travel narratives; we come into contact with historical bodies through reliquaries, medieval manuscripts, and performance. But although we can’t fully recover what lies beyond or beneath these intervening forms, we can find both pleasure and knowledge in the traces of the archive. Abstracts are being solicited by 1 December 2016 for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference, ‘Body Language, Bawdy Talk: Sex and Form in Medieval and Early Modern Culture’. This event will take place at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor from March 9-11, 2016. This conference is an opportunity to consider how thinking about embodiment through form, language, visual art, and material objects might open new avenues for understanding both cultural production and historical experience, and more details can be found here.
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held from February 9-11, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Papers may explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Especially encouraged are proposals that focus on the general conference theme of ‘Paradigm Shifts during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance’. 2 December 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and more information can be found here.
Designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 and completed in 1639, the Queen’s House, Greenwich is an acknowledged masterpiece of British architecture and the only remaining building of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century palace complex. Royal Museums Greenwich and the Society for Court Studies are pleased to announce this call for papers, for a major international conference to mark the 400th anniversary year of this building. The conference will be held on the 20-22 April 2017 in the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House, and abstracts sue due by 1 December 2016. More information is available online 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, such as Merlin, The Game of Thrones, The Tudors and Wolf Hall. A conference on ‘Adapting Medieval and Early Modern Culture’ will be hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester, UK on 3 March 2017. Proposals are invited no later than 15 December 2016 that discuss the adaptation of the medieval and early modern periods in film, television, animation, plays, novels and poetry. The full call can be found here.
Calls for Manuscripts
How does the city in literature change the experience of time? How does literature represent the layered or hidden ‘time’ of an urban space? Does the experience of time change in different cities or for different subjects? Proposals are currently being solicited for a collection of essays investigating the ways in which the ‘city’ intersects with conceptions of ‘time’ in literary narratives. The proposal deadline is 30 November 2016, and more information can be found here.
From early modern riots at Shakespeare’s theatres and beyond, to depictions of the angry mob in Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, to the Old Price theatre riots in London (1809), and the fatal Astor Place riot in New York (1849), to the production of Ing K’s Shakespeare Must Die (2012) in the midst of Thai riots, Shakespeare’s plays have been produced within, represent and have invoked riotous behaviour. A special issue of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, on ‘Shakespeare and Riot’ aims to explore connections between Shakespeare and riot throughout history. Expressions of interest are due by 1 December 2016. You’ll find full details here.