Scrutinizing Surfaces | The Scrivener

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Welcome to The Scrivener where we aim to bring you all the latest in the world of Shakespearean scholarship. This week we have a great line up: from call for papers to conferences, from job opportunities to prizes. Read on to find out more!

Call for Papers

Scrutinizing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought

May 8th and 9th, 2015. Run jointly by the universities of Lancaster and York, this interdisciplinary seminar takes up and develops Joseph Amato’s trans-historical investigation of how ‘humans, ourselves a body of surfaces, meet and interact with a world dressed in surfaces’ (2013: xv) in the early modern period. Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) and a brief CV to Kevin Killeen ( and Liz Oakley-Brown ( Deadline for this is 30th November 2014. For more details please see here.

Mediating the Sacred and Secular in the Medieval and Early Modern Period

This conference will engage with issues of periodicity through questions of secular versus sacred authority both during and between these eras. More specifically, it will investigate particular literary representations that negotiate and mediate the divide of the sacred and the secular in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Please send 250-300 word proposals to Maia Farrar at by 15th November 2014. for details see here.

The Emergence of a Maritime Nation: Britain in the Tudor and Stuart Age, 1485-1714

The Tudor and Stuart Age saw England, and later Britain, emerge as one of Europe’s major maritime and naval powers, in the process transforming its trade, culture, politics, financial structures, society and self-image. this conference aims to bring together scholars from the broadest possible range of perspectives to consider Britain’s relationship with the sea in the early modern era. The conference will take place on 24-25 July 2015 at the National Maritime Museum. Please submit proposals of 300 words for individual papers, along with a short CV to Deadline for submissions is 1st December 2014. For more details see their website.

The Roots of Nationalism: National Identity Formation in Early Modern Europe, 1600-1815

This two day conference, held in the Netherlands, will discuss the notion of nationalism and national identity in early modern Europe. If you would like to be there and have an abstract in mind, please do register. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15th December.

Missing, presumed dead: absent mothers in the cultural imagination

The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Shakespeare’s plays. From Hermione to Thaisa, from Miranda’s mother to Ophelia’s, from Cordelia’s to Desdemona ‘s – the absence of mother’s in Shakespeare’s work has a great presence. This two-day international conference aims to explore the many functions and meanings of the trope of the absent mother, both as products of the time and culture that produced the narratives, and as part of an ongoing cultural conversation that spans the centuries. If you are interested, please submit a 50-word CV and a 300-word abstract to by 1 February 2015. 

Events, Prizes and Job Opportunities

‘Voices and Books 1500-1800’ Public Workshop

Tuesday 11th November, 2014 at The Conference Centre at the British Library. This event is free and open to anyone who would like to come. If you are interested in attending, however, please contact the Network Co-ordinator: For more details see here.

Hakluyt Society Essay Prize

From 2015, the Hakluyt Society will award an annual essay prize (or more than one, if the judges so decide) of up to a total of £750. Winners will be invited to publish their essays in the online Journal of the Hakluyt Society if they wish to do so. Deadline for submissions is  1st November 2014. For more information visit their website. 

Managing Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly 
The Folger Shakespeare Library is seeking a Managing Editor to assume a key role in our Digital Media and Publications department.  Focused primarily on Shakespeare Quarterly (SQ).  To find out the job specification, requirement and application submission process as well as contact details, please see here.
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Shani Bans

Author Shani Bans

Shani Bans is an assistant editor at TSS and a PhD candidate at University College London. Her thesis, 'Optics in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries' - explores the relationship between optics and literature in early modern Europe, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her other interests include: the culture of dissection in early modern drama, representation of ugly women; early modern science, medicine and technology; the history of Shakespearean criticism; Sidney circle; Miguel de Cervantes, Michel de Montaigne; Virginia Woolf; Hergé; Derrida and epistolarity.

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