Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
In the early modern world, ‘first impressions’ played a central role in the establishment and maintenance of individual and group identities; faces, clothes, and bodies provided a number of sensory clues as to a person’s gender, social status, age, and even health. Appearances were described, depicted, and consumed. However, anxiety over the potential for outward appearances to confuse, disguise, or deceive also gained increasing momentum in this period – ‘first impressions’ were not always as they seemed. Emulation and the erosion of the social hierarchy caused particular alarm, and even the most respectable members of society were now understood to be vulnerable to deception. Clothing, cosmetics, and deportment could all alter appearance and render ‘first impressions’ as shifting and uncertain. In addition, the dissemination of images and descriptions of appearances across the social hierarchy markedly increased throughout the period; the explosion of print culture meant that descriptions of felons were now widely circulated in newspapers, for example, whilst satirical prints prompted a familiarity with images of public figures. A one-day interdisciplinary symposium to be held at the University of York, UK on 10 November 2016 takes ‘first impressions’ as a starting point in order to explore these issues, focusing on the many different ways in which appearances were understood, described, or depicted in early modern Europe, 1600-1800. More details can be found here, and 29 August 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract.15 August 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Texts and Contexts’, an annual conference held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. This conference is devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables, and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. Papers are welcomed in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception, and text history. This year’s conference will take place from 21–22 October 2016. Fuller details can be found here.
Also in Ohio, the next annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference (OVSC) will take place from 20-22 October 2016 at Wright State University. This year’s theme, ‘Encountering Shakespeare’, is intended to invite presentations on historical, cultural, textual, and virtual experiences of Shakespeare. More information can be found here, and the deadline to submit an abstract is 15 August 2016.
In recent years the study of childhood and youth has taken on fresh momentum across the humanities and social sciences. ‘Seen but not Heard? The Spatial, Emotional and Material Sites of Childhood and Youth from Antiquity to Modernity’ is a conference that seeks to showcase exciting new research from this fast developing field by exploring the variety of ways in which past experiences of childhood and adolescence can be understood and examined. The organisers are particularly interested in locating the voice of the young person and examining sites of childhood and youth from their perspective. The conference will bring together scholars with an interest in childhood and youth from across disciplines, from antiquity up to the present, and from a range of geographical locations. The boundaries of childhood and youth can be flexibly interpreted. This event will take place at the University of Sussex, Brighton from 18-20 January 2017. Abstracts are due by 12 August 2016, and more details can be found here.
Individual paper and panel proposals are currently being accepted for the 2017 The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) Conference. This conference will be hosted at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand from 7-10 January 2017 and will take the theme ‘mobility and exchange’. Proposals addressing any aspect of this theme are due by 1 September 2016. More information is available here.
Call for Manuscripts
The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on ‘Shakespeare’s Londons/London’s Shakespeares’. The deadline for article submissions is 31 August 2016, and the full call can be found here.