Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have a few calls for papers, and calls for manuscripts from both ROMARD and Comparative Drama, as well as a couple of edited collections. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers10 September 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Ritualizing the City: Collective Performances as Aspects of Urban Construction’, a conference to be held in Brno, Czech Republic from 3-4 March 2016. This conference aims to reflect on the ways in which collective liturgies—religious as well as civic and totalitarian—contributed to the construction of urbanism from late Antiquity to the twentieth century and, on the other hand, how urban topography and the layout of the city influenced collective performances. The purpose of the conference is thus to explore the dialectic relationship between the city and collective rituals. More details can be found online here.
The next conference of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) will be held from 17-20 March 2016 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A seminar on ‘Shakespeare’s Things’ welcomes participants interested in the liveliness, actual or apparent sentience, and uncanny autonomy of objects in Shakespeare’s plays. 20-minute presentations (which might be a talk, a performance, or a bit of both) are welcomed that interpret the plays in terms of Renaissance theories of matter and materiality as well as subsequent theorizations of vibrant matter and non-human agency. Proposals are due by 23 September 2015, and you’ll find the full call here. For information on the great variety of other ACLA seminars on offer (which share the same submission deadline), see here.
An early modern studies symposium called ‘Shakespeare Across the Divide’ will explore Shakespeare and his contemporaries across borders and demarcations, including in new and current contexts. Especially welcomed is work on the Spanish Golden Age, England and Spain in contact in the Caribbean, and interrogations of the early modern and the African Atlantic. This event will be held in South Beach, Florida from 15-16 February 2016. Abstracts are due by 31 September 2015, and more information can be found here.
The next biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies is scheduled to take place from 18-20 July 2016 at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Proposals are invited for panels and for individual papers from scholars working within the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, history of art, history, history of science and medicine, literature, music, philosophy and other fields. 2 October 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and more details can be found online here.
Foucault famously defines order as ‘that which is given in things as their inner law, the hidden network that determines the way they confront one another, and also that which has no existence except in the grid created by a glance, an examination, a language; and it is only in the blank spaces of this grid that order manifests itself in depth as though already there, waiting in silence for the moment of its expression’. A (post)graduate student conference on ‘Premodern Disorder’ seeks to assemble scholarship that examines the ruptures and aporias within a divinely ordered cartography: failures of taxonomies, outbreaks of disorder, and manifestations of the incomprehensible. This event is scheduled to take place on 26 February 2016 at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and abstracts are due by 15 October 2015. More details are available here.
Calls for Manuscripts
Comparative Drama will publish a special issue exploring the interval (understood as a space that distinguishes, connects, or performs) between theater and literary studies, with a focus on the actor. Submissions are sought that engage both disciplines, either by combining methodologies or by taking the relationship between fields as a subject. Essays, which may focus on any historical period, geographical region, or type of performance, are due by 1 October 2015. You can view more information online here.ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, is seeking articles for its 2016 issue. ROMARD is committed to publishing current and compelling research on Medieval and Renaissance drama and to expanding the ways in which we think about and study performance histories. To be considered for the 2016 issue, please submit your article by 1 October 2015. Further information is online here.
Shakespeare’s representations of the ages of mankind and senescence in King Lear, Hamlet and As You Like It have been extensively analysed. Proposals are sought for an edited collection on age and aging in British drama (of any period, including though not limited to early modern) intended to broaden and go beyond existing studies on old age as a concept and theme, as well as a performance. 1 October 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and the full call is available here.
The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Western cultural productions, from Greek myths through folktales, Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary literature. A chapter is currently being sought to fill a gap in an edited collection provisionally entitled Missing, Presumed Dead: the Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination. This volume aims to explore the many functions and meanings of the trope of the absent mother, both as products of the time and culture that produced the narratives, and as part of an ongoing cultural conversation that spans the centuries. The editor is currently looking for chapters discussing literature from before 1700. Abstracts are due by 15 September 2015, and the full call can be found here.