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Vulnerability, Shakespeare at the ASTR, and Other CFPs | The Scrivener

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Welcome to The Scrivener! It’s Lindsay here this week with the latest in early modern scholarship. This week, we have several interesting calls for papers, a couple of calls for manuscripts, and a notice of a job opportunity with the OED. Read on for details!

Calls for Papers

Etymologically, vulnerability refers to a “wound” (from the Latin vulnus, vulmeris). Somebody is said to be vulnerable when they have been wounded, injured, hurt or harmed. Or indeed when they are in a state of greater weakness, more fragile, and therefore more easily wounded, injured, hurt or harmed.  Vulnerability can be physical, moral and social. A conference to be held at Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France from 8-9 October 2015 will examine vulnerability from a variety of perspectives, as specifically formulated in English-speaking countries in the fields of literature and the arts, or in the social and political sphere. You’ll find the full call here, and proposals are due by 15 June 2015.

The next American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference will take place in Portland, Oregon from 5-8 November 2015. The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the ASTR provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance. 31 May 2015 is the deadline to submit a proposal to join this year’s working group. Full details can be found here.

22 June 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Transforming Male Devotional Practices from the Medieval to the Early Modern’, a conference to be held at the University of Huddersfield, UK from 16-17 2015. This conference aims to explore the social, economic and spatial factors underpinning the changing way ordinary men demonstrated their commitment to God and the church(es) in a period of significant turmoil. Papers that address English male devotional experience from historical, literary, gender studies and material culture perspectives are welcomed. You’ll find the full call here.

The 4th Annual International Conference in Paragone Studies will take place in Flint, Michigan from 17-19 September 2015, and abstracts from potential participants are due by 30 June 2015. The event is dedicated to the study of the history of artistic rivalry from all eras and artistic media. The call is available here.

Should we apprehend illustrations to Shakespeare’s history plays differently from engravings in Walter Scott’s or Charles Dickens’s novels? A one-day symposium on ‘Illustrating History’ will be held at the Université de Valenciennes on 4 December 2015. This event aims to explore the relationship between history, the visual arts and the act of illustrating. The call is available here, and abstracts are due by 30 June 2015.

30 June 2015 is the deadline to submit an abstract for ‘Intense Immobility: The Poetics and Aesthetics of the Moment’. This conference will take place at Université de Poitiers, France from 22-24 October 2015, and you can read the full call here.

Proposals are sought for a panel dedicated to ‘Shakespeare in the Second Language Classroom’, which is being formed as part of the ‘Shakespeare and Scandinavia’ conference scheduled to take place at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK from 8-11 October 2015. The full call can be found here. Submit your abstract no later than 31 May 2015.

Finally, don’t forget that the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) will be meeting in Boston from 31 March–2 April 2016. 10 June 2015 is the deadline to submit individual paper proposals as well as proposals for pre-organised sessions. In order to facilitate panel formation, blogs have been set up on the RSA website, and calls are being posted there. You’ll find the Literature CFP blog here and the Interdisciplinary/Other CFP blog here.

Calls for Manuscripts

Chapters are being sought for an edited book provisionally titled Shakespeare: New Critical Perspectives. Topics might include (but are not limited to): new critical perspectives on individual plays and non-dramatic works; contemporary theoretical approaches to studying Shakespeare’s oeuvre;- textual scholarship; Shakespeare on stage and on film; Shakespeare’s philosophical views; ambiguities and paradoxes; linguistic criticism; Shakespeare on creation, procreation and death; power, ideology and religion; conventionality and tradition; Shakespeare in translation; reception studies; sexuality, violence and censorship. Abstracts for proposed chapters are due by 1 June 2015, and you’ll find more information online here.

Chapters are also sought for an edited volume entitled Shakespeare’s ‘Mortal Living Ghost(s)’: Supernatural
Appropriations and Afterlives. The collection will take a broad approach to rethinking Shakespeare’s use of the
supernatural as well as how subsequent authors and artists have interpreted Shakespeare’s image and/or works vis-à-vis the supernatural. The full call is here, and abstracts for proposed submissions are due by 12 June 2015.

Shakespeare continues to feature in the construction and refashioning of national cultures and identities in a variety of original forms. Recent discussions about originality, now and then, have forced us to re-assess what we mean by Shakespeare, for originality not only travels backwards in time to a (perhaps mythologized) point of an “origin” but also refers to the “original” interpretation of Shakespeare today, one that–by definition of its newness–disrupts the continuity of tradition, and provides a transversal glimpse of a differential perspective. 1 July 2015 is the (extended) deadline to submit a manuscript for consideration in a special issue of Multicultural Shakespeare dedicated to the theme of ‘Shakespeare, National Origins, and Originality’.  You’ll find the full call here.

Job Opportunity

The Oxford English Dictionary, the largest and most comprehensive English dictionary in the world and the premier reference work in its field, is hiring! A new role has been created within the OED bibliography and
library research team for an assistant bibliographer. This is a varied role with the opportunity to specialize in a number of different areas. The greatest part of the work will involve assessing and improving OED quotation evidence from 1510 to the present day. The jobholder will also contribute to the OED’s bibliographical database by creating and updating records. The application deadline is 27 May 2015, and you’ll find full information here.


Author Lindsay

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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