Greetings and thanks for reading The Scrivener! Some great new calls for papers and conferences have made their way across my desk this week, so let’s get to it!
Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
The 2016 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the themes of prophecy and conspiracy in early modern texts.
A number of texts written in Tudor and Stuart England feature sibyls, prophets, holy men and women or magicians; on the other hand, conspiracy is often at the heart of early modern narratives and dramatic actions. Such themes are to be understood in their wider connotations: they can be investigated in the political, religious, social, or literary context, taking into account all literary genres. The relation with classical antiquity is of obvious interest, as is a comparative analysis with contemporary non-English texts. Proposals can therefore address, from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, the impact and the implications of prophecy and conspiracy in any early modern English text.
For more information, please see the full call here.
Play’s the Thing
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, “Play’s the Thing: Phenomenology and Play in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1800,” to be held on March 4 and 5, 2016. We are happy to announce our three keynote speakers: Laura Engel (Duquesne University), James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago), and Bruce Smith (University of Southern California).
In his Essais, Montaigne suggests that “Childrens playes are not sportes, and should be deemed as their most serious actions” (Florio translation, 1603). Three hundred years later, Sigmund Freud maintains that “it would be wrong to think” that a child at play does not take his imagined “world seriously . . . The opposite of play is not what is serious but what is real” (“Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming,” 1907). We are seeking papers that take up notions of play (broadly construed) in early modern literature from a phenomenological perspective: how can we understand play as lived experience or lived experience as play in early modern texts? Taking our cue from recent scholarly developments in historical phenomenology and in the study of affect, emotion, cognition, and design, we are looking for papers that attend seriously to play in various early modern manifestations. If play and seriousness are conjoined, as Montaigne and Freud write, what serious work does play perform, and how do play and playfulness reflect, distort, shape or create the realities they resist, enjoy, or inhabit?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
the world of the imagination and “playing pretend”
imagined worlds and places of play
play, sensation, and the senses
acting and embodied play
cognition and play
empathy, sympathy, and projection
playing with: community and the intersubjectivity of play
playing with oneself
flirtation and amatory or erotic play
gaming, competing, sport
diversion and entertainment
hospitality and the play of entertaining
play and discovery, emergence, disclosure
play, imitation, repetition (with a difference)
phenomenology and play in natural philosophy
counterfactual thinking and thought experiments
serious, earnest, or deep play
For more suggested topics, please visit the website here.
Exploring the Premodern World
The Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium (IMGC) welcomes submissions for its annual symposium to be held at Purdue University March 4-5, 2016. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the classical, medieval, and early modern worlds. We encourage proposals approaching the premodern world from a diverse set of methodologies and disciplines; presentations might engage literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, linguistics, manuscript studies, art history, music studies, and so on.
The committee encourages scholarship that challenges periodization and hopes to promote cross-curricular conversation among participants; however, all submissions should be geared toward scholarly investigation of the thinking, cultures, and works of the classical, medieval, and/or early modern worlds.
Please find more information here.
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