Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. This week, we have several calls for papers, a call for RSA 2016 panel proposals, two calls for manuscripts, news of ODNB research bursaries, and a note about a job in Switzerland. Read on for details!
Calls for Papers
Kingston Shakespeare Seminar, part of the London Graduate School, has announced the launch of Kingston Shakespeare Seminar in Theory (KiSSiT): a series of seminars and conferences for postgraduate students and early career scholars with an interest in Shakespeare, philosophy, and theory. It is intended that KiSSiT conferences will be held three times a year at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. The inaugural conference will take place on 23 May, 2015. Papers are sought for this event on the theme of ‘Shakespeare and Waste’. Abstracts are due by 1 May 2015, and you can find the full call here.
The next annual conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) will be held at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK from 19-21 November, 2015. This year’s theme is ‘Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting’. You’ll find the full call here, and abstracts are due by 15 May 2015.
An interdisciplinary conference on the Holy Spirit, history, and Protestant spirituality will be held at St John’s College, University of Oxford, UK from 23–25 September, 2015. This conference will explore the Holy Spirit and pneumatology as core theological and practical concerns in historical Protestantism, from the Reformation to the eve of Pentecostalism. More details can be found here, and abstracts are due by 1 May 2015.
Now that over half a century has passed since Lionel Abel coined the term ‘metatheatre’ with particular reference to the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, a new conference will bring together academics and theatre practitioners to re-assess the place of metatheatre in early modern drama studies. 4 May 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre’, which will be be held at the University of Kent, UK from 13-14 June, 2015. You can find more information here.
Postgraduate/graduate students may be interested in contributing to a conference on ‘Magic and the Supernatural in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods’. Set to take place on 21 July 2015, this conference will be held at Cardiff University in Wales. You’ll find full details here, and abstracts are due by 25 May 2015.
‘Voicing Dissent in the Long Reformation’ (the 8th triennial conference of the International John Bunyan Society) will be held in Aix-en-Provence, France from 6–9 July 2016. The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2015, and further information can be found here.
The Christian Literary Studies Group will be hosting a conference on the dual topics of ‘Homiletics / The Game of the Name’ on 7 November, 2015 at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, UK. Shakespeareans are perhaps most likely to find the onomastic half of this call to be of the most interest: names are often translated or explained in Biblical texts, many carrying latent significance, and the fundamental leverage of names in allegories may give way in later writing to connotative or ludic effects. Paper proposals are due by 31 May 2015, and the full call can be found here.
Call for Panel Proposals
The Society for Early Modern Women extends sponsorship for as many as five panels at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (to next be held in Boston from 31 March–2 April, 2016). The Society promotes study and scholarly exchange in all disciplinary fields with a focus on women/female gender/women’s sexuality in the Renaissance/early modern period. Proposals for panels sponsored by the Society for Early Modern Women are due by 28 May 2015, and more details can be found here.
Call for Manuscripts
How are questions of gender and sexuality related to the question of the animal? An upcoming issue of gender forum intends to approach existing and potential interconnections between the study of gender and/or sexuality and what has emerged in recent years as the vibrant interdisciplinary field of Human-Animal Studies. If you wish to contribute a paper, proposals are due by 15 May 2015. You’ll find the full call here.
Essays are sought for a collection on ‘Phantom Grief, Prosthetic Mourning: Amputation and the Semiotics of Loss’. This collection will engage with the theme of amputation in literature from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Open to discussions of texts from any era, language tradition, or geographical region, the collection seeks to be a repository of new, original scholarship that explores the many roles the figure of the amputee plays in literature. Full details can be found here, and abstracts are due by 1 June 2015.
In the 2015-16 academic year, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography will make available two research bursaries of £750. The bursaries are intended, via a defined research project, to promote further imaginative investigation of the Dictionary’s content in ways that add to our understanding of the British past. The successful candidate will work on a defined research project that draws on an aspect of the Oxford DNB’s content. The application deadline is 31 May 2015, and you can find the full details of this scheme here.
Applications are invited for a research associateship (renewable up to three years) in the English Department at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. The aim of the associateship is to contribute to a research project on early modern printed commonplace books. Full details can be found here, and the deadline for applications is 29 April 2015.