Calls for Papers
In early modern medical theory, skin was imagined as a porous boundary. The malleability of cutis in early modern artistic, medical, and artisanal discourses called into question not just the healthy, moral individual’s relationship with skin, but the boundaries between medicine, the individual, and their environment as well. An interdisciplinary conference on ‘The Porous Body in Early Modern Europe’ aims to consider the porousness of the early modern body as physiologically, emotionally, and socially constituted, depicted in art, debated in print, and played out in a dizzying array of social practices. Historical focus on skin has often been highly anthropocentric; but bodies were not just human; nor were the porous properties of skin defined by medicine alone. As flesh it was eaten, as fur it was worn, as leather it was worked. We invite papers which consider the relationship of human, animal and matter and investigate the variety of ways porousness was understood. In considering the broad dimensions of porous bodies, and the many reasons these ideas changed, this conference investigates boundaries between nature and culture, animal and artifice, human and otherThis event will take place from 31 November-1 December 2017 at King’s College London. The full call can be found here, and abstracts are due by 30 May 2017.
The 2017 European Reformation Research Group meeting will take place from 31 August–1 September 2017 at the University of Liverpool. The organisers are now calling for paper proposals on topics relating to the European Reformations and their impacts. Given the year, and the 500-year anniversary of Luther’s Reformation, they are especially interested in papers which consider ‘The Reformation: 500 Years On’. The submission deadline is 26 May 2017, and more information can be found here.
Memory as the faculty to keep and recall past states of consciousness and what is associated with them cannot be distinguished from the numerous forms adopted by its expression. If, at first, “marks” and “imprints” can be perceived as synonymous, their interconnections are more subtle and complex. Marks and imprints seem to involve the body rather than the intellect, on the other hand, memories seem more intangible and pertain to a more intellectual sphere. Nevertheless, they rely on the individual’s capacity to register impressions related to the body, in a manner which is more or less perfect or flawed. Despite the enmity between memory and writing pointed out by Plato’s Phaedrus, memory cannot be dissociated from the writing process with its deletions, erasures, drafting and re-writing, which are so many marks of it. 31 May 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Memories, Marks and Imprints’, to be held at Monnet University, Saint-Etienne, France from 20-21 November 2017. Full information can be found here.
A conference on ‘Staging the Truce in Early Modern History and Literature’ will take place at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France on 27 October 2017. The conference will focus on the form and on the agents of truce during historical conflicts as well as the way literature and especially theatre represented the suspension of the actions of war. The conference will emphasise not only the temporal nature of truce, but its practical and concrete aspects; forensic papers on the failure of truce are also welcomed. More details can be found here, and abstracts should be submitted by 1 June 2017.
A conference on ‘Renaissance Border Crossings: Documented and Undocumented’ is being planned by the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society and will take place in Portland, Oregon from 19-22 October 2017. In an era of rising nationalism manifested in contentious plans to ban immigration and erect walls, it is fitting that the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society, which spans a region encompassing two countries and is devoted to a historical period of always-contested boundaries, should devote a conference to the theme of border crossings. This year’s meeting invites papers that engage borders – disciplinary, ideological, formal, national/ethnic, textual, etc. – and that consider, in the broadest sense, the in-between spaces of contact, conflict, and possibility in the Renaissance. 1 June 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and more information is available here.
The Medieval and Early Modern English Studies Association of Korea is planning a conference to be held at Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea on 27 October 2017. More details can be found here, and 30 May 2017 is the deadline to submit an abstract.
Also in Korea, the Shakespeare Association of Korea will be holding a conference on ‘Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Beyond Theory’ at Chungbuk National University in Cheongju on 27-28 October 2017. 31 May 2017 is the submission deadline, and more information can be found here.
The next New England Renaissance Conference will be held on 21 October 2017 at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. It will take the theme of ‘Deceit, Deception, and Dishonesty in the Early Modern Era’. The conference welcomes papers presenting original research on a broad range of areas related to this topic across a variety of national traditions. Abstracts are due by 31 May 2017, and more details are available here.
The Southeastern Renaissance Conference invites submissions for its 74th annual conference, which will be held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia in the fall of 2017. Papers can be on any aspect of Renaissance literature, history, philosophy, music, art, or culture. Full essays (20-minute reading time) should be submitted by 16 June 2017. Note that submission to this conference is also an automatic submission to Renaissance Papers, the journal associated with the conference. Articles not accepted for delivery at the meeting may still be considered for publication in the journal. Full information can be found here.
For centuries, the term epitome did not enjoy great appreciation, intuitively connected as it was to an idea of textual recycling and derivativeness. It is thus no coincidence that a number of ages in which epitomatory works witnessed a widespread diffusion–from Late Antiquity up to the long season of humanistic and late humanistic erudition–were equally doomed to an aesthetical damnatio memoriae. Yet, in more recent years a renovated scholarly enthusiasm has been paving the way for both an aesthetic and heuristic revaluation of these ‘obscure objects’. ‘Epitome: From Fragmentation to Re-composition (and Back Again)’ is a conference that will be hosted by Ghent University in Belgium from 23-25 May 2018. Proposals are dur by 18 June 2017, and more details are available here.
Calls for Manuscripts
Proposals are currently being sought for a special issue of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures. The issue theme is ‘early modern spectacles’ While ‘popular culture’ as such remains a contested category for the early modern age, early modern cultural products and practices have recurrently been interpreted with reference to their ‘popularity’ as well as to their spectacular appeal in recent years. It is this specific angle on the ‘spectacularity’ of early modern popular culture that the editors propose to explore, considering the cultural as well as the ideological impact and functions of the ‘spectacular’ in early modern popular culture. Potential contributors are asked to submit a brief abstract by 31 May 2017. More details can be found here.
The advent of a multicultural and globalised world has triggered a widespread and increasing fascination with all aspects and processes related to mobility and exchange in the humanities and social sciences. Like many disciplines in the humanities, medieval and early modern studies is often challenged about its relevance in the contemporary world. One way to respond to these concerns is to engage not only with the historic medieval and early modern past, but also with the various medievalisms and early modernisms in contemporary popular culture. Recent scholarship has demonstrated the way that the past is constantly being reused and repurposed for the present, but often the focus is on how ‘accurately’ these cinematic and televisual productions depict the events they are re-telling. This reductive engagement with popular culture does not acknowledge the fact that modern depictions of the past often say more about the time in which they were produced than about the event they are depicting. The editors of a collection entitled Mobility and Exchange in Medieval and Early Modern English Afterlives invite proposals for chapters that engage with ideas of mobility and exchange in medieval and early modern afterlives in television and cinema, children’s and young adult literature, comic books and graphic novels, computer gaming, new media and fandom, and other popular contemporary appropriations and re-imaginings. Abstracts are due by 1 June 2017, and the full call can be found here.