Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. Up this time, we have a reminder about NeMLA 2016, an interesting variety of calls for papers, and a couple of calls for manuscripts.
Thinking of presenting something at next year’s Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) conference? It’s scheduled to take place in Hartford, Connecticut from 17-20 March 2016. Panels and roundtables of particular interest to early modernists include: Shakespeare’s Male and Female: Plays with Two Names; Queer Deviation: Complicating Heteronormative Endings in Early Modern Literature; Footprints of Orpheus: Cult, Topoi, and Character in Medieval and Early Modern Britain; “Within this Wooden O”: Shakespeare, The Globe, And Globalization; Logic & Letters: Reason as Literary Method, from Classicists to Early Modernists; Shakespeare’s Italy; and Unsung Heroines of British Literature. 30 September 2015 is the abstract submission deadline.
Calls for Papers600 years ago, Henry V and his army slaughtered the ‘fine fleur de la chevalerie française’ during one of the most recounted battle in English history. Mythologised by William Shakespeare’s Henry V, the play has become a sounding board for subsequent military conflicts and operations. On 6 November 2015 a conference entitled ‘Azincourt or Agincourt : Remembering and Representing the Hundred Years War’ will take place at the University of Toulouse, France. It aims to explore historical and literary accounts of the battle of Agincourt and of the Hundred Years War. Proposals are due by 28 August 2015, and you’ll find the full call here.
Also in France, the next Andrew Marvell annual conference will be hosted by the Universities of Mulhouse and Strasbourg from 23-25 June 2016. The conference will take Marvell’s relationship with Europe as its particular theme. More details can be found here, and abstracts are due by 1 September 2015.
A conference entitled ‘Celebrating Shakespeare: Memory and the Cultures of Commemoration’ will take place at the University of Murcia in Spain from 4-7 November 2015. This conference aims to explore past and present cultural practices of commemorating Shakespeare in the year that bridges the two major anniversaries of 2014 and 2016. Abstracts are due by 31 August 2015, and full details can be found here.
Along strikingly similar thematic lines, the West University of Timisoara, King’s College London, and the Romanian Cultural Institute London are jointly organising a conference on ‘Shakespeare: Memory and Commemoration’ to take place from 6-7 November 2015. 15 August 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract of 100 words. While I can’t find a copy the full cfp posted online at the moment, one may possibly appear here soon. In the meantime, submissions should be directed to Dr Reghina Dascăl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Evil Spaces, Wicked Places’ is an ongoing interdisciplinary project exploring the relationship between evil, spaces and places, real or imagined. In 2016, the project will focus specifically on London as a locus of evil spaces and places. 14 August 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for the conference, scheduled to take place (in London, of course!) from 18-20 January 2016. More details on this event here.
Calls for ManuscriptsAbstracts are currently being solicited for an edited collection on medieval, early modern, and eighteenth-century cryptography, ciphering, deciphering, coding, or decoding. The goal of this volume is to bring together innovative and interdisciplinary research in the early history of cryptography as a linguistic, mathematical, scientific, and literary discipline that underwent significant change prior to the twentieth century and influenced cognitive and narrative practices across the arts the sciences. 1 September 2015 is the deadline to submit your proposal, and the full cfp is available here.
Another edited collection, ‘Embodied Difference: Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World’, has also issued a call for contributions. Medieval and early modern art and literatures are replete with images of nonnormative bodies. Saints lives valorize physical challenges, fabliaux render them metaphorical, medical texts pathologize them, and marginal images make them subjects of amusement. Divergent bodies are viewed as gifts from God, markers of sin, or manifestations of medical imbalances. This collection aims to examine the intersection of the discourses of disability and monstrosity. More details can be found here, and 1 September 2015 is the deadline for abstract submissions.
And, finally, 1 September 2015 is also the deadline to submit an abstract for an edited collection on ‘The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature’. This collection of essays aims to analyze devilish visions and visions of the devil and the different roles devils have assumed in world literature. What makes devils attractive literary figures? What are the functions of the devils? What are the underlying theologies? How do the literary devils differ from biblical images? Why are we as readers still fascinated by literary manifestations of the devil? You’ll find the full call here.