Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Read on for full details–and do note the very close deadlines for many of the conferences mentioned below!
Calls for Papers
A conference on ‘Telling Tales Out of School: Latin education and European Literary Production’ is scheduled for 14-16 September 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. The main focus of this conference will be the dynamic interaction between European literary production and Latin education as its undercurrent. At the two extremes, this relation can, on the one hand, be defined as one in which education only functioned as a transmitter of knowledge and literary attitudes; on the other hand, education can also be seen as a full part of the intellectual environment in which literary techniques, values and texts were not only transferred, but also evaluated and (re-)created. From the latter perspective, Latin literature and education were involved in a constant negotiation about (changing) aesthetic, social and historical elements. More details can be found here, and abstracts are due by 1 February 2017.
A conference dedicated to ‘Bedchamber Scenes/Scènes de lit in European Early Modern Drama’ will take place in Athens, Georgia on 12-13 April 2017. Proposals might consider bedchamber scenes in European drama from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment. Such scenes appear in, for example, Edward II; A Woman Killed with Kindness; The Revenger’s Tragedy; Volpone; The Maid’s Tragedy; The White Devil; ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore; All’s Lost by Lust; Monsieur Thomas; Romeo and Juliet; Othello; Cymbeline; The Man of Mode; The Country Wife; Le Malade Imaginaire; and so on. Abstracts for contributions in either French and English are invited by 31 January 2017. The full call is available here.
From Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler expurgating ‘inappropriate’ passages from their Family Shakespeare, through Jewish campaigns in the early 20th century to remove The Merchant of Venice from American classrooms, to this latest ‘outrage’, people have been offended by what Shakespeare wrote or by the uses to which others have put him. But what is it that offends us and how do we deal with it? What makes Shakespeare and his appropriations such a sensitive issue? The one-day ‘Offensive Shakespeare Conference’ will take place at Northumbria University, UK on 24 May 2017. More information can be found here, and abstracts are due by 15 February 2017.
Proposals are invited for ‘Shakespeare 401: What’s Next?’, the second Shakespearean Theatre Conference to be held in Stratford, Canada from 22-24 June 2017. All approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama and its afterlives are welcome. However, in the wake of the Shakespeare quatercentenary, especially encouraged are papers that think broadly and creatively about the future of this drama. How can old plays best speak to the diversity of contemporary identities? What new critical and creative directions seem particularly promising? Which established practices remained indispensable? What–or who–is due for a revival? The call can be viewed here, and proposals are due by 31 January 2017.
The next meeting of ERSA (the European Shakespeare Research Association) will take place in Gdańsk, Poland from 27-30 July 2017. The conference themes is ‘Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage’. For those interested in joining one of the conference’s nineteen seminar sessions, abstracts are due by 31 January 2017. You’ll find the full seminar listing here.
The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, ‘Early Modern Orders and Disorders: Religious Orders and British and Irish Catholicism’, will take place in London, UK from 28–30 June, 2017. The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800. The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History. Proposals are invited by 27 January 2017, and more details can be found online here.
27 January 2017 is also the deadline to submit an abstract for an international collaborative conference on the theme of ‘Powerful Emotions / Emotions and Power c.400-1850’, to be held in York, UK from 28-30 June 2017. The call for papers is available here.
From the 1960s when Robert Bolt wrote A Man for All Seasons to the 2010s when Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall was adapted to the stage and then for television, the past several decades have witnessed a renewed interest in medieval and early modern England among contemporary writers and audiences. Centring on contemporary theatre in the English-speaking world, an international conference to be held in Montpellier, France aims to understand why playwrights find this particular past appealing. More precisely, ‘The Past is Back on Stage’ aims to shed light on the political and cultural significance of medieval and early modern England for twentieth- and twenty-first century writers and audiences. Proposals are due by 31 January 2017, and more information can be found here.
What is dynasty? Historians rarely ask this question. It is automatically assumed that the word corresponds to some real institution(s) that played an extremely important role in pre-modern politics. ‘The Modern Invention of Dynasty: A Global Intellectual History, 1500-2000’ is a conference scheduled to take place at the University of Birmingham, UK from 21-23 September 2017. This conference aims to interrogate ‘dynasty’ as a modern conceptual construct, which has been projected onto both the past and the present. Full information is available here, and 30 January 2017 is the deadline for submitting an abstract.
1 February 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe’. The application of spatial paradigms to the study of late medieval and early modern societies is now well underway. In contrast, the so-called ‘mobility turn’ has struggled to find its way from the social sciences to the humanities and, in particular, to history. This conference proposes to bring the two together by exploring how everyday mobility contributed to the shaping of late medieval and early modern spaces, and how spatial frameworks affected the movement of people in pre-modern Europe. This conference will be held in Oxford, UK on 23 June 2017, and more details are available here.
A conference entitled ‘Territory, Politics and Performance in Tudor England’ will take place at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK on 22-23 June 2017. It seeks to address questions relating to territory and politics at the dawn of the British Empire, and to explore how those questions were unpacked through the medium of dramatic performance. The tumultuous reigns of the Tudors saw English dramaturgy assume a heightened political focus, and notions of local, territorial identity brought into dialogue with perspectives on the nation’s place within an emerging imperial framework. From Norton and Sackville’s Gorboduc to Shakespeare’s history plays, Tudor drama interrogated relationships between civil divisions and international connections in embodied forms–repeatedly shadowing questions of the body politic with semantics of dismemberment, disability, and malfunction. More details can be viewed here, and abstracts are due by 1 February 2017.
A one-day conference to be held in London, UK on 17 June 2017 will explore the memory of the major revolutions of the early modern period (England 1649 & 1688/9; North America 1776, France 1789 and Haiti 1791-1804). By addressing these events collectively, the conference will explore the interconnectedness of these revolutions in the contemporary mind. It will highlight the importance of invoking the memory of prior revolutions in order both to warn of the dangers of revolution and to legitimate radical political change. The conference will also unpick the different ways in which these events were presented and their memory utilised, uncovering the importance of geographical and temporal contexts to the processes of remembering and forgetting. 1 February 2017 is the deadline for submitting an abstract, and further information is available here.
Early modern satire – broadly, from c. 1500 to c. 1800 – is a vast but still underexamined field of representation. The deadline for submitting an abstract to ‘Early Modern Satire: Themes, Re-Evaluations and Practices’ has been extended to 15 February 2017. This conference will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden from 2-4 November 2017. More details are available here.
Calls for Manuscripts
Shakespeare scholars regularly encounter social justice issues in the material that we study and teach. Most often in the classroom our engagement with such issues takes the form of thematic identification and critical parsing. Yet we struggle to form more direct, material connections between coursework and social justice work. Contributions are currently being sought for a book collection aimed at instructors of early modern literature who want to heighten the intellectual impact of their courses by thoughtfully using their classrooms as laboratories for social formation and action. Potential chapter abstracts are due by 27 January 2017, and the full call can be found here.
Proposals are being sought by 1 February 2017 for a projected collection of essays on the rhetoric and representation of professionalism in early modern and eighteenth-century England. The collection will explore the rise of professional discourse and professional authority during the pre-industrial period. It will consider how certain forms of specialized labour came to be seen as the purview of professionals, that is, of self-regulating bodies of free practitioners who could claim a monopoly of knowledge and competence over their activity. More details are available here.
10 February 2017 is the deadline to submit a proposal to contribute to a volume of essays provisionally entitled Shakespeare, Storytelling and Narrative Theory. Contributions should explore the productive dialogue between Shakespeare’s work and the field of narrative, and aim to make a dual contribution to both areas of study. Further particulars can be found here.
Proposals are invited for an edited volume focused on memory and the creation of posthumous reputations of medieval and early modern rulers. The editors are especially interested in essays focused on the memory of rulers after they ruled, how posthumous reputations were formed, how a ruler or dynasty was represented by successor rulers, and popular culture depictions of rulers, but essays on any aspect of remembering rulership and memory are welcome. Chapter proposals are due by 15 February 2017, and more information can be found here.