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Welcome back to The Scrivener. It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest news in early modern scholarship. Read on for full details!

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“Vanitas” Still Life (ca. 1665), Adam Bernaert [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL] via Wikimedia Commons

Calls for Papers

In the twenty-first century, the principles and practices of ethical investment and fair trade, the politics of boycott as well as corporate ‘greenwashing’ are well established in the repertoire of corporate and individual action and public debate. The history of transatlantic slavery and its opponents in the eighteenth century, and of the opposition against colonial exploitation in the nineteenth century, remind us that this repertoire has a history; neither moral indifference nor ethical engagement is ‘natural’ or self-evident. When and how do (and did) people with a measurable material interest, but who are not already embedded in long-standing maritime-mercantile networks, come to see themselves as participants in global businesses? How and when does (and did) awareness of one’s material stake in an aspect of global trade prompt awareness of ethical implication and/or moral-political engagement? How and when have those who benefited from business enterprises with human or environmental costs indirectly, at second hand, or as subaltern agents come to reflect on the nature of the business? A conference on ‘Moralising Commerce in a Globalising World: Multidisciplinary Approaches to a History of Economic Conscience, 1600-1900’ will take place at the German Historical Institute London from 22-24 June 2017. This conference aims to provide a focus for discussion of how we might historicise economic conscience, investigating the means and processes by which individuals and collective actors have learned to see their own economic choices as contributing to a global system and to reflect on the impacts of their choices on other people and places, both near and far. More details can be found here, and the deadline for submitting a proposal is 15 November 2016.

Historians, philosophers, economists, scholars of art, literature and theatre have begun to attend more closely to the role of debt in early modern culture. It has become clear that private debt, nebulously conceived as credit, was involved in the production and reproduction of social relations, political ideology, even subjectivity. The history of debt has become an object of serious interdisciplinary interest, but the question of how apparently distinct forms of debt co-developed is often suspended. A conference entitled ‘Early Modern Debts: Obligation & Cancellation in European Culture, 1550-1700’ will take place at Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg, Bavaria from 21-22 September 2017. Abstracts are due by 1 November 2016, and more information is available here.

In recent years the home has come to be the focus of multidisciplinary and cross-period enquiry, yet the kitchen, although seen as the ‘heart’ of the home in some places and periods, is still a relatively underexplored space. Studies of material culture, technology and domestic work all point to the kitchen’s wider social and cultural importance.  Since the early modern period, kitchens have been a nexus of class interaction, and the place of domestic food production. Subsequently, studies of the kitchen have the potential to contribute to social and cultural histories of everyday life. This one-day workshop aims to bring together historians of the early modern and modern periods studying any aspect of kitchens and kitchen gardens, including kitchen technologies, material culture, work and personnel. 10 November 2016 is the deadline to submit an abstract for a workshop on ‘Kitchens and Kitchen Gardens in Britain and Europe, 1500-1950’. This workshop will take place on  18 January 2017, Senate House, University of London. More details can be found here.

A four-day international conference on ‘Bibliography Among the Disciplines’ will be held in Philadelphia from 12-15 October 2017. This event will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. Proposals are due by 25 October 2016, and fuller details can be found here.

The Early Book Society, conjointly with the John Gower Society, is pleased to announce that the fifteenth biennial conference of the Early Book Society and the IV International Congress of the John Gower Society will be hosted by the University of Durham from 9-15 July 2017. The Congress theme is ‘Gower, His Contemporaries, and Their Legacy in MSS and Early Printed Books, 1350-1550’. The Congress welcomes proposals that discuss the work of Gower or related authors. 1 November 2016 is the deadline for submitting an abstract, and the full call is online here.

What habits, practices, or routines, made up day-to-day life in Europe between 1500-1750? At what point was habitual behaviour, such as excessive drinking, considered problematic? And how did ideas about habitual practice fit into early modern concepts of body and self? A two-day interdisciplinary conference on ‘Habitual Behaviour in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1750’ aims to draw together scholars working on material culture, digital humanities, medicine, consumption, daily routine, practice, theory, and more, and invites them to consider their research under the heading of ‘habit’. Proposals are due by 16 November 2016 for those hoping to take part in this conference, which will run from 1–2 June 2017 at the University of Sheffield. The call for papers can be viewed here.

Calls for Manuscripts

SEDERI, a peer-reviewed journal produced by the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies,  welcomes articles, notes, and reviews for its next issue to be published in autumn 2017. Submissions are due no later than 15 November 2016, and more details can be found here.

Contributions are sought for a peer-reviewed essay collection on ‘Shakespeare’s Things: Agency, Materiality, and Performance’ on the liveliness, actual or apparent sentience, and uncanny autonomy of objects in Shakespeare’s plays. The surge of new materialisms across disciplines, including thing theory, actor-network theory, speculative realism, and object-oriented ontology, opens up new possibilities for understanding the latent forcefulness of things—from stage props to statues to dead bodies to coastlines—and the social, economic, and ecological assemblages of human and non-human matter that collude in the creation of Shakespeare’s theatrical worlds. Chapter abstracts are due by 15 November 2016, and full information can be found here.


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Lindsay Ann Reid is a regular contributor to The Scrivener and Early Modern and Open Access. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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