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This week at The Scrivener we have a range of topics–from Early Modern Medicine in Ireland, to Shakespeare and Education, and a list of events that should keep you busy this summer—oh, and before I forget, we also bring you a great academic job opportunity!

Calls for Papers

Shakespeare and Education
University of Brighton
29-30th April 2016

2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, provoking renewed interest in his work, his legacy and his contemporary cultural capital. As teaching methods change, pedagogy develops, technologies advance and culture evolves, what role does Shakespeare play now and in the future of teaching and learning? How do we incorporate performance practice in the teaching of Shakespeare in Literature – and vice versa? What part does education play in the construction of our public ‘memory’ of Shakespeare at this time of commemoration?

Proposals for 20 minute papers or practical workshops (c.300 words) are particularly welcome on the following topics:

  • Shakespeare and broadcast media / Digital Shakespeares.
  • Integrating performance practice in teaching Shakespeare in literature courses.
  • Leaving Shakespeare out: the case for not studying Shakespeare.
  • Shakespeare and the educational trip, literary tourism, theatre reconstruction.
  • Re-writing Shakespeare in the classroom: creative writing and dramatic practice.
  • Shakespeare and educational transitions: exploring the challenges and possibilities of Shakespeare as a rare constant in education across levels, widely taught from primary to postgraduate.
  • Shakespeare and education policy: determining the curriculum and the canon?
  • Commemoration and education – approaching anniversaries and the effects of constructions of public memory on student experience of learning.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 10th July 2015. Please email your proposal and short bio to For more details, visit their website.

Virgins, Wives, Mothers: National Personifications in Early Modern Europe
Institut historique allemand
29-30th March 2016

This call for papers is an invitation to researchers to propose topics for the colloquium. Please send your proposal (approx. one page) together with a short curriculum vitae and a few literature references to by 26 July 2015 at the latest. For more details visit their website.

Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837
Foundling Museum, London

Papers can be any length up to 35 minutes, and can be formal or informal, or even work in progress.  The topics can be anything related to any aspect of women’s studies: not only women writers, but any activity of a woman or women in the period of our concern, or anything that affects or is affected by women in this time period, such as the law, religion, etc. Male writers writing about women or male historical figures who have a bearing on the condition of women in this period are also a potential topic. For deadlines and more information please visit their website.

The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland
University of Exeter
3rd September 2015

This conference will feature research papers dealing with a broad range of topics relating to medicine in Ireland between the late medieval period and the eighteenth century. For full details of the conference programme, and to register your attendance, please visit the conference website.

Historical Fictions Research Network Conference
Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge
26-27th February 2016

This is a key moment for the study of historical fictions: there is a rising critical recognition of the texts and the convergence of lines of theory in the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past. Paper proposals consisting of a title and abstract of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: by 1st September 2015.


Music in the Early Modern Indoor Playhouse
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
2nd July 2015 and 6th August 2015

Looking for a Shakespeare summer evening event to go to? Look no further! Join the Globe’s Early Modern Music Research Associate Simon Smith as he explores music and space in the early modern indoor playhouse. To book your tickets and find out more about this rare treat, please visit their website.

Johnson and Shakespeare 2015
Pembroke College Oxford
7-9th August 2015

If you’re in Oxford in August, hurry and book your tickets to this rare treat of a conference! List of speakers, abstracts and more details can be found on their website.

Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World
Bangor University
3-5 September 2015

The meeting points between travel, mobility, and conflict are numerous. Travel can be a conflictual experience; in medieval Europe, movement may be perceived as being restricted to travel motivated by the exigencies of piety, pillage, or trade. It would however be too easy to suggest a clear binary between a medieval state of stasis and the more leisurely travel and exploration in the early modern period.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars working in the fields of medieval and early modern studies to interrogate the relationship between travel and conflict. For more details see here.

Women, Land and the Making of the British Landscape, 1300 -1900
University of Hull
30th June 2015

For all of you who have wondered, ‘why are there not more conferences on Women, their relationship to land and the British Landscape?’ – this one day conference answers your call! For more details visit their website here.

Job Opportunity

Research Associate (3 years) for The Thomas Nashe Project, at Newcastle University

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate to work at Newcastle University on The Thomas Nashe Project, funded by the AHRC. This is an ambitious programme of scholarly editing, contracted by Oxford University Press. The position is full time and is tenable for 36 months from 1 October 2015. The deadline for applications is 10 July 2015. For details, visit their website.

That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and we hope to see you again next week!

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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