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Calls for Papers
‘Before Shakespeare’ is a conference that will explore the first three decades of the London playhouses (c. 1565-95). Papers may represent a rich variety of approaches, interests, and methodologies. Abstracts are due by 30 March 2017. The conference–which will be held from 24-27 August 2017 at the University of Roehampton, London–will feature workshops and performances in collaboration with The Dolphin’s Back (director and actor James Wallace); theatremaker Emma Frankland; and Shakespeare’s Globe. Fuller information is available here.
The next MLA Annual Convention will be held in New York City from 4–7 January 2018. A number of calls for papers are currently open that will be of interest to Shakespeareans and early modernists, including: this; this; this; this; this; this; this; this; this; this; this; this; this; this; and this. Panel deadlines vary, but many of the dates are quite close (e.g. 15 March 2017).
What is the connection between verisimilitude as a literary device and its legal use in the credible narration of facts? How do we construe the relation between the marvellous and the probable? What do early modern notions of likelihood and verisimilitude look like, if accounts of real-life criminal trials cite miracles and divine interventions as discoverers of the truth? The Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Oxford invites proposals for papers on topics that engage with the literary-critical history of mimesis, and/or with questions of likelihood, verisimilitude, proof and probability in literary or legal texts of the early modern period. This event will take place on 20 May 2017. Proposals are due by 15 March 2017 and may focus on English or European materials, on prose fiction, on drama, on legal cases, and from all disciplinary perspectives. More details can be found here.
15 March 2017 is also the deadline to submit a proposal for the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association’s next conference, to take place on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction from 22-24 June 2017. The RMMRA conference theme is ‘Reformations during the Middle Ages and Renaissance’ (in honor of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Luther’s Ninety-five Theses). The program organisers invite proposals that consider the idea of reform, broadly conceived, during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Proposals may consider religious reform during the medieval and Renaissance periods but may also investigate continuity and change with regard to various aspects of the history and historiography of the periods as well as changes in literary culture, style, patronage, criticism, and subjects. More information is available here.
The Association of Adaptation Studies will hold its 12th Annual Conference at De Montfort University, Leicester from 18-19 September 2017. The focus will be on ‘returns’. Papers are invited on all aspects of adaptations; those with an emphasis on homecomings, returns, remakes and re-fashioning will be especially welcome. More information can be found here, and 30 March 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract.
‘Ovid Across Europe: Vernacular Translations of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages & Renaissance’ will take place at the University of Bristol from 28–29 September 2017. This conference aims to bring together scholars working on medieval and early modern translations of the Metamorphoses in Europe in order to shed light on the various ways in which Ovid’s poem was re-purposed and received, as well as to trace connections between different literary traditions. When was the Metamorphoses first translated into European vernaculars? How many Ovids can we talk about? Were there interferences between translations in the different vernaculars? Abstracts are due by 30 March 2017, and the full call can be found here.
The ruin and the fragment have enduring, interconnected, yet also distinct legacies, as historical realities, material and/or aesthetic objects, and as categories of thought. The ruin predominantly recalls a classical or distant past, and is valued as a silent yet privileged ground for the reconstruction of the past. On the other hand, the fragment is primarily a conceptual category and a stylistic form, a metonymy of nostalgic wholeness, and a metaphor of and for a modernity that contemplates wholeness as irreversibly lost. A conference to take place at the University of Athens in Greece from 23-25 November 2017 invites reflection on the histories, theorisations, and representations of fragments and ruins in Anglophone literatures and cultures. More information can be found here, and abstracts are due by 31 March 2017.
A one-day workshop to be held at the University of Oxford on 21 April 2017 aims to explore collaborative book production from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is the aim of the workshop to shed light on the practicalities, purposes and thought processes behind collaborative working methods. We invite speakers to consider bibliographical, palaeographical, codicological, art historical and historical approaches to the topic. Proposals are due no later than 31 March 2017, and more details are available here.
The next Sixteenth Century Studies Conference will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 26–29 October 2017. Proposals are now being accepted (both for individual presentation submissions and complete panels) on any topic within the ‘long sixteenth century’. More information can be found here. Submit by 15 April 2017.
The AHRC-funded project ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’ invites applications from UK and EU researchers (including PhD students in their second year or beyond) to participate in a scholar-artist workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe in July 2017. For this collaborative and practice-based event, 10 researchers will be drawn from the disciplines of theatre history, musicology, and Shakespeare studies. Selected participants will receive accommodation in London for 3 nights, subsistence, and up to £120 for travel expenses. The selected researchers will work with performing artists (actors, instrumentalists, singers) in a 4-day workshop on Restoration versions of The Tempest, to be held in the Globe’s rehearsal space and in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 10-13 July 2017. Applications are due by 1 April 2017, and full details can be found here.