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The Scrivener | Calls for Papers | Shakespeare Scholarship News For the Week of August 18

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Welcome to the Scrivener, where we bring you the latest and greatest in the world of Shakespearean Scholarship! This week we have a great line up, ranging from call for papers on Macbeth to Early modern notions of movement and arrest , and much more. Read on and find out!  

New Approaches to Performing, Teaching, and Analyzing Macbeth  The Scrivener | Calls for Papers | Shakespeare Scholarship News For the Week of August 18 shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare In this week's Scrivener, Shani gives us some calls for papers on Macbeth, Materiallity, and Movement and Arrest in Early Modern Culture.

NeMLA 2014,

This Board-Sponsored session is interested in receiving proposals that discuss new trajectories in analyzing and understanding Macbeth (e.g. nationalism, Scotland’s status within the British Empire, gender issues, tyranny, etc). Papers that examine new approaches to performing and teaching the play are also welcome. Please send 300-350 word proposals, along with name, e-mail and academic affiliation to Sara Gutmann at: by September 30, 2013.




Movement and Arrest in Early Modern Culture
 Stockholm University
November 5-7, 2014

This conference aims to expand the theme of the travelling philosopher, addressing the tense relationship between movement and arrest in Early Modern culture. Certainly, this is a period of great achievements, both in regard to “movement” and “arrest” – and their interaction. The urge to travel and to report is to be found not only among explorers of the New World but among the many humanists and artists who would tour the European courts in search for new patrons and audiences. This desire for new experiences and vistas was also a philosophical issue in itself, crucial to any understanding of the period’s redesigned world picture, expanded cultural networks and cutting-edge aesthetics.

Arranging this conference, sessions or papers on topics such as – but not limited to – the following are welcome:

– The travelling philosopher
– Writings and reflections on the problems and benefits of travelling
– Meditative thinking beyond the monasteries
– The prime mover within philosophy and theology
– Freedom of thought and the development of knowledge
– Issues of aesthetics and representation
– Social mobility and turbulence
– Home, family and education
– Involuntary and forced mobility

Sessions (three papers) and individual papers will be selected depending on their relevance, considering the overall topic of the conference, regardless of discipline. We expect to be able to host around 60 speakers, but the conference will be open for non-presenting participants as well. The accomplishment of the event still depends upon further funding. Papers should be given in English. They should be no longer than 20 minutes, to allow a fruitful discussion after each contribution. If you are interested in participating with a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract to the address before October 2, 2013.

The Early Modern Villa: The Senses and Perceptions versus Materiality
Wilanów Palace Museum, Poland
October 15th and 17th, 2014

Wilanów Palace and the Institute of Art History, Warsaw University, invite presentations for an international conference ‘The Early Modern Villa: The Senses and Perceptions versus Materiality’, to be held at the Wilanów Palace between October 15th and 17th, 2014. They welcome proposals representing diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives, including presentations of primary research on individual works of architecture, as well as broad explorations of the cultural context.

The conventional, Aristotelian five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste) often appeared in the allegorical disguise in decorations of early modern villas, indicating particular significance of these themes for suburban or country residences. Indeed, the contemporary villa and surrounding estate, combining nature and artifice, offered a perfect site for deploying diverse strategies of sensuality. The symposium aims to explore this sense-oriented villa culture from the point of view of the patron, artist/artisan as well as the audience, in their class and gender polarization. The submissions examining how theory and practice of contemporary architectural and landscape design, as well as interior decoration and furnishings, offered ways of engaging sight, touch, or any other sense, by a myriad of means: colour, shape, texture etc. are particularly welcome. Case studies reporting new findings in the area of colour use in the early modern interiors, as well as papers discussing various attempts to bridge the gap between senses in the context of villa architecture and its fittings, facilities, machinery, accessories and garden structures, such as musical fountains, edible sculpture etc. are equally encouraged. The organizers also seek papers demonstrating how the social ritual of the contemporary villeggiatura served as a means of sensual display. Because indulging the senses was a pleasure, as well as a potential threat to virtue – papers exploring the intertwined discourses of sensuality and anti-sensuality in the early modern period will be of significant interest too, together with those setting such debates within broad social, political and economic contexts.

Proposals for 30-minute papers (including a 250-word abstract and brief curriculum vitae, along with a mailing address, telephone number, fax, and e-mail address) should be submitted by October 30, 2013 to Mr. Marek Wasilewicz (Wilanów Palace Museum):, or via post to:

Marek Wasilewicz,
Wilanów Palace Museum,
ul. Stanis³awa Kostki Potockiego 10/16,
02-958 Warszawa/Warsaw,
Fax: +48 22 842 31 16

Proposals may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed (e-mail submission is preferred).
Papers will be selected competitively on the basis of the abstracts. Authors of the successful submissions will be notified during the week of January 13, 2014. Full version of the paper will be due on August 31, 2014.

That is all for this week  from The Scrivener. Thank you for reading and supporting The Shakespeare Standard. See you next week!

Shani Bans

Author Shani Bans

Shani Bans is an assistant editor at TSS and a PhD candidate at University College London. Her thesis, 'Optics in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries' - explores the relationship between optics and literature in early modern Europe, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her other interests include: the culture of dissection in early modern drama, representation of ugly women; early modern science, medicine and technology; the history of Shakespearean criticism; Sidney circle; Miguel de Cervantes, Michel de Montaigne; Virginia Woolf; Hergé; Derrida and epistolarity.

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