Welcome to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have CFPs on a wide variety of topics including Shakespeare’s uses of the colour green, courtly pastimes in medieval and Renaissance Europe, the dynamics of wordplay, cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare in India, and more. There are also calls circulating for chapter proposals on both ‘Shakespeare through adaptation’ and being ‘post-Hamlet‘, and a reminder about an upcoming research grant deadline for RSA members. Read on for full details!
Calls for Papers
In Shakespeare’s colourful world, green, arguably, holds a special place. It is the colour that pre-eminently connects the human sphere to the natural world. At the same time, Shakespeare uses green metaphorically to refer to a range of human conditions whose relation to natural processes is more oblique. In some cases the metaphor evokes the notion of immature, juvenile or foolish behaviour, for example when ‘orators are too green’. In other cases, like the ‘green sickness’, the meaning is more technical. There are, however, also semantic fields that are more elusive, and in which the colour green is less clearly defined. A seminar on ‘Shades of Green – Shakespeare’s Green Wor(l)ds’ is planned for the next annual conference of the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft (German Shakespeare Society), to be held in Bochum, Germany from 22-24 April 2016. This seminar intends to address Shakespeare’s green wor(l)ds through a panel of six papers. Read the full call here, and submit your abstract by 30 November 2015.
The next triennial meeting of the International Courtly Literature Society will be held at the University of Kentucky, Lexington from 24-29 July 2016. The central congress topic will be ‘Courtly Pastimes’, but additional topics concerning medieval or Renaissance era courts of any country are welcomed. 1 December 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract, and you’ll find further particulars here.
Indian Shakespeare on stage has garnered the increasing attention of academics both Western and Eastern, yet local and regional screen versions continue to be largely overlooked within the scope of Shakespeare on film. 25 November 2015 is the abstract submission deadline for an interdisciplinary symposium on ‘Shakespeare and Indian Cinema’. This event will take place from 27-30 April 2016 in London, and the full call for papers is available here.
Wordplay appears in a broad range of situations of communicative exchange, including spontaneous manifestations in everyday communication, strategic uses in advertising messages, and argumentative texts, as well as literary texts from different authors, cultures and historical periods. At the same time, wordplay is to a certain extent ephemeral: the ludic character of utterances can get lost over time as they become reused in other contexts, and, in many instances, ludic language use can merely function as momentary pauses inserted in a communicative exchange that pursues different aims. A conference on ‘The Dynamics of Wordplay’ aims at bringing together papers that deal with different aspects of the theory and practice of wordplay, studying cases of wordplay from different historical periods, languages, and discourse traditions. This event will take place from 29 September–1 October 2016 at Universität Trier in Germany, and abstracts are due by 1 December 2015. More information is available here.
Traditionally, the history of printmaking has fallen in the space between art history and the history of the book. The inherent complexities in the manufacture and sale of print, often involving multi-faceted networks of specialist craftsmen, artists, publishers and sellers, has also led to much confusion. However, recent scholarship has opened up new avenues for placing prints in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. From the techniques applied in the making of prints to the individuals involved in their production, distribution and use, current research is continuing to shape our understanding of this complex field. 22 November 2015 is the deadline to submit a proposal for ‘Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Print, 1400–1800’. This two-day conference will be hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art, London from 12–13 February 2016, and you can read more about it here.
Proposals are invited for the 5th annual Scientiae conference, dedicated to disciplines of knowing c. 1400-1800. This event will take place at the University of Oxford from 5-7 July 2016. The major premise of the Scientiae conference series is that knowledge during the early modern period was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of theories, practices and objects, which had yet to be separated into their modern ‘scientific’ configurations. Although centred on attempts to understand and control the natural world, Scientiae addresses the scientiae mixtae within a wide range of related fields, including but not restricted to Biblical exegesis, medicine, artisan practice and theory, logic, humanism, alchemy, magic, witchcraft, demonology, divinatory practices, astronomy, astrology, music, antiquarianism, experimentation and commerce. Full details can be found here, and 15 November 2015 is the submission deadline for abstracts.
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) is currently seeking session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 4-6, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Papers may explore topics related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; especially welcomed are pieces that focus on this year’s theme of ‘Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance’. More details can be found here, and abstracts are due no later than 4 December 2015.
‘Ad Fontes, Ad Futura: Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture’ is scheduled to take place from 25-27 February 2016 at Houston Baptist University in Texas. More details can be found here, and the deadline to submit an abstract is 9 December 2015.
Calls for Manuscripts
As the most frequently performed, written about, and taught play in the Shakespearean canon, Hamlet has acquired both a place of indisputable power as an icon defining ‘literature’ in our culture and a jaded sense of scholarly (and sometimes not-so-scholarly) ennui or exasperation. An edited collection on ‘Post-Hamlet: Shakespeare in an Era of Textual Exhaustion’ proposes to explore the ways in which our culture is ‘finished with’ the Dane (the ways in which recent reiterations and homages to Shakespeare’s play have moved beyond Hamlet in its ‘original’ textual context and interpretative history) and also those ways in which we may not be finished with him yet (the various ways in which we have kept Shakespeare’s text alive by remaking it). Using adaptation theory to approach that most adapted and performed of all English plays—the ur-text of Western theatrical adaptation—the essays in this volume approach the death of Hamlet, the idea of being post-Hamlet (or perhaps even the ultimate impossibility of envisioning English literature without Hamlet) through a variety of lenses, including performance, pedagogy, and theory. Abstracts are due by 15 December 2015, and the full call can be found here.
The history of Shakespeare in adaptation may also uncover the history of assumptions about what Shakespeare constitutes–as a playwright, poet, cultural icon, or otherwise. Chapter proposals are invited for a collection of essays provisionally entitled Contending with Shakespeare through Adaptation that will explore Shakespearean adaptations as statements, often assertions about the nature of the work they engage. The collection will take up adaptations and appropriations with a focus on what these new products reveal about Shakespeare’s parameters or limits. Accordingly, essays are sought that explore cases of appropriation that help bring these limitations to light and confront the implications of transposing Shakespeare to a particular situation or audience. More details can be found here, and proposals (or draft chapters) should be submitted by 1 December 2015.
Are you a member of the Renaissance Society of America? If so, do note that the 2016 RSA Research Grant competition is now open and that the deadline is 1 December 2015. Further details concerning eligibility, the application process, etc. are available here.