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Newsletter 61

By Alexander Samson, on 27 June 2016

Conference Notices

 

The Importance of Being Earnest. Ethics, Politics and Law in Relation to Dante

Common Ground Room, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, London,

9th July 2016, 09.00-18.30

A Plenary Conference, Marking the 140th Anniversary of the Barlow Bequest for Dante Studies at UCL (Henry Clark Barlow † 1876)

Further Details about Venue and Registration: UCL Online Store http://tinyurl.com/zfzwovp

 

Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship

Keynes Lecture Theatre, no. 4 (KLT 4), Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury.

1-2 July 2016

A conference to celebrate the drawing to an end of the HERA project on ‘Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship’ will be held at the University of Kent on Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2, 2016. It will bring together all the scholars, from several European Universities, who have been engaged on the project, and who will present some of the results of their research over the last three years. Their number will be augmented by further scholars who have made valuable contributions to the fields covered by the project.

www.kent.ac.uk/ewto/projects/Final%20Conference/final_conference.html

“Life of the Muses’ day, their morning star!” The Cultural Influence of Lucy Harington Russell, Countess of Bedford

11–12 August 2016, Lincoln College, Oxford

Please see https://ladybedford.wordpress.com/ for conference information, a draft schedule, and full registration details. Please direct any enquiries to daniel.smith@ell.ox.ac.uk

 

Early Modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement

An interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the National Library of Wales, 7 July 2016

For further information, please contact the symposium organisers, Bryn Williams and Rachel Willie (emwales@bangor.ac.uk) Registration for the symposium is free, to include beverages during the coffee breaks, but delegates are asked to purchase their own lunch. Please register online at http://bit.ly/1Tjuqf5

 

Representing Sovereignty, 1485-1714: Interdisciplinary Early Career Symposium at Warwick.

Warwick, Wednesday 13th July 2016

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick is delighted to welcome two Institute for Advanced Studies Visiting Fellows this summer. Professor Carole Levin and Dr Elizabeth Goldring will participate in a variety of events from 7th July until 14th August. Early career scholars are invited to apply to take part in the symposium Representing Sovereignty, 1485-1714. All details, including the booking form, can be found here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/news_and_events/conferencesannouncements/carolelevin/representingsovereignty/

 

 

Calls for Papers

 

CfP: Space, Place and Image in Early Modern English Literature

Lausanne, Switzerland, 11-13 May 2017

In the wake of the recent visual and spatial turns in literary criticism, we would like to explore how revolutions in social, political and religious practice in the Renaissance have translated into new uses and understandings of space and images in the poetry and prose of the period. We welcome abstracts for 20 minute-papers addressing ways in which early modern English authors engage with the spatial and visual paradigms of their times. We warmly invite you to send your paper title along with a 300-word proposal (in Word format) and a short biography (100 words) containing your academic affiliation to both conference organisers, Sonia.Pernet@unil.ch and Kader.Hegedus@unil.ch, by Monday 19 September 2016

http://wp.unil.ch/johndonne-space/2017-conference/call-for-papers/

 

CfP: Early Modern Rome 3 (1341-1667)

5-7 October 2017, University of California, Rome, Italy

Early modern Rome was contradictory and complex; its vernacular and high culture animated and rich. From Petrarch’s crowning as Poet Laureate on the Capitoline in 1341 to the pontificate of Alexander VII Chigi in 1667, this conference aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to investigate the city proper as well as the campagna romana through a variety of different approaches and methods. The resounding response to both previous Early Modern Rome conferences in May 2010 and October 2013—76 papers from 9 different countries and 119 papers from 12 countries, respectively—mirrored the complex mix of the city itself and the changing face of early modern studies. We encourage papers from a range of disciplines—history, art and architectural history, literature, music, dance, religious studies, philosophy, history of medicine or science, diplomacy, gender, or others—to bring together in a single venue those whose research focuses on the city of Rome and the Roman countryside.

 

Given that the organizers wish to foster dialogue with other researchers, we encourage the submission of single papers rather than complete sessions. Complete sessions will be accepted, although we reserve the right to reconfigure them on the basis of other proposals. Please send a one-page CV and an abstract of 150 words to Julia L. Hairston (jlhairston@eapitaly.it) by August 30, 2016. Participants will be notified by September 30, 2016. Conference papers should be 20-minutes (approximately 10 double-spaced pages) and may be in either English or Italian.

 

CfP: Shakespeare and the Jews

University College London, 28-30 March, 2017

The relationship between Shakespeare and the Jews is a rich and multifaceted one with an extensive history dating back to the Elizabethan era. Attitudes to Jews in Shakespeare’s England comprise a complex topic with religious, racial, and cultural components that has been explored in detail in James Shapiro’s seminal 1996 work Shakespeare and the Jews. Jewish elements within Shakespeare’s work extend far beyond the infamous and well-studied figure of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and the history of critical and interpretative approaches to such elements is extremely variegated, including shifting perceptions of Shylock on the page and stage over the centuries, different ways of addressing Jewish themes within the plays in writing and performance, and the various representations of Jews and Judaism in translations of Shakespeare into other languages, both in Europe and globally.

 

The conference will be interdisciplinary and will explore issues relating to Shakespeare and the Jews from numerous perspectives, including those of literary criticism, translation studies, history, drama, and cultural studies. The conference aims to bring together a diverse range of researchers and to serve as a unique and fruitful platform for discussion and exchange on Shakespeare and the Jews between established scholars and early career researchers, as well as to help shape the future research agenda on the topic. The conference will include a keynote address by Professor Avraham Oz (University of Haifa) and will coincide with a UCL student-staff performance of Isaac Salkinson’s Ram and Jael, the first Hebrew translation of Romeo and Juliet (Vienna, 1878), which conference participants will be invited to attend.

Proposals are invited for papers of approximately 20 minutes. Please submit abstracts (300 words) together with a brief CV (and, for PhD students, indication of whether you would like to be considered for a bursary) by 15 September 2016 to Lily Kahn (l.kahn@ucl.ac.uk).

 

CfP: a new series from Medieval Institute Publications, Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture

This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods (c. 1550–1650). The editors invite proposals for book-length studies engaging in the material vitality of the dramatic text, political culture, theatre and performance history, theatrical design, performance spaces, gendering court entertainments, child- and adult-actors, music, dance, and audiences in London and on tour. We are also interested in the discursive production of gender, sex, and race in early modern England in relation to material historical, social, cultural, and political structures; changes to and effects of law; monarchy and the republic in dramatic texts; theatre and performance, including performance spaces that are not in theatres. Further topics might include the production and consumption of things and ideas; costumes, props, theatre records and accounts, gendering of spaces and geographies (court, tavern, street, and household, rural or urban), cross-dressing, military or naval excursions, gendered pastimes, games, behaviours, rituals, fashions, and encounters with the exotic, the non-European, the disabled, and the demonic and their reflection in text and performance. To submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at Erika.Gaffney@arc-humanities.org

 

CfP: Shakespeare & Counterfeiting, SAA Atlanta, 2017

Registration now open via the SAA website – No abstract necessary

“Counterfeit” Shakespeare is the inverse of the First Folio’s claim to be “published according to the true original copies.” This seminar examines counterfeiting as cultural practice, literary motif, and theoretical framework in relation to Shakespeare. In early modern England, “counterfeiting” had both positive and negative connotations, inflecting how people understood artistic creation. Meanwhile, discourses of counterfeiting and authenticity have been central to the policing of Shakespeare’s canon. For more information please contact Derek Dunne (dunnede@gmail.com) and Harry Newman (harry.newman@rhul.ac.uk)

 

CfP: Special Issue of http://episteme.revues.org, Profane Shakespeare: Perfection, Pollution, and the Truth of Performance

For its 33rd issue (Spring 2018), the online peer-reviewed journal Etudes Epistémè seeks articles examining Shakespeare’s treatment of the notions of perfection (or “purity”) and pollution (or “impurity”), understood not only along traditional moral and religious lines, but also, more “profanely”, in aesthetic and hermeneutic terms. Etudes Epistémè is DOAJ- and MLA- listed.

In recent years, much attention has been devoted to the question of Shakespeare’s religious beliefs, leading to a polarization of opinions. Though Shakespeare belonged to a deeply Christian culture and though his language is in part shaped by all-pervasive Christian texts, evidence of Shakespeare’s “true faith” remains necessarily inconclusive. The playwright and poet situates his own truth elsewhere, in his art of poetry and drama, and in the time and act of performance, rather than in any sort of religious canon or eschatological horizon, implying the notions of completion and perfection. If Shakespeare so broadly and keenly “speaks to us” to this day, it is perhaps because of how profane his art is. Detailed abstracts of 600 to 1000 words of proposed articles are to be sent to the editors of the issue, Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Karen Britland and Line Cottegnies by December 15th, 2016: anne-marie.miller-blaise@univ-paris3.fr, britland@startmail.com and line.cottegnies@univ-paris3.fr. Notifications of acceptance: March 31, 2017. Full articles due September 1st, 2017. The articles will then be peer-reviewed before publication in Spring 2018.

 

CfP: 5th London Summer School in Intellectual History

5-8 September 2016 at Queen Mary, University of London

Organised by UCL and Queen Mary, the event is aimed at graduate students (current MA and PhD candidates) working in intellectual history and related disciplines: history of philosophy, literature, politics, law, science, and classics. Keynote lectures will be delivered by David Armitage (Harvard) and Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary). The deadline for applications is 30 June.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/history-events-publication/intellectual-history-summer-school

 

Other Events

 

Civilisation in Time & Space: The City in the Early Islamic World

1 and 2 July 2016

Institute of Advanced Studies Common Ground Space, , University College London

Using the perspective of the longue durée, this two-day workshop will explore the impact of religious and secular administration, and cultural traditions, on early Islamic urban planning. Debate is framed over the latter half of the first millennium and early second millennium CE: a period that encompasses Late Antiquity, the rapidly expanding Islamic world, and its subsequent fractious division into multiple polities, all set within the context of interactions with empire systems beyond its boundaries. The workshop thus seeks to re-establish a civilisational scale for the analysis of Islamic urbanism.

View the programme and abstracts at www.ucl.ac.uk/research-frontiers/civilisation/events/index

Register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/early-islamic-urbanism-the-shaping-of-a-civilization-tickets-24833823635

 

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature and Drama

Location               Canterbury, University of Kent

Contract Type    For fixed term maternity cover to 30 June 2017

Salary (£)             £32,600 – £46,414 per annum pro rata

Closing date       28 June 2016

Interviews          18 July 2016

 

You will teach and convene first and second year undergraduate core modules in Early Modern Literature, and be in a position to teach one of a range of final-year special modules such as EN668 Discovery Space: New Theatres in Early Modern England (2016/17 modules to be confirmed). You will also be expected to teach postgraduate modules in the area and to contribute to the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. With a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject area, you will be able to demonstrate successful teaching of relevant literature and/or drama modules at all undergraduate levels, evidence of interdisciplinary interests and a willingness to play a full and active part in the development of Early Modern Literature and Drama at Kent.

Further Info: https://jobs.kent.ac.uk/fe/tpl_kent01.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=40157,6140127269&key=47702191&c=357671572599&pagestamp=seajwbhjvqdchuikog

 

Shakespeare: Metamorphosis

Senate House, London. Variety of dates

William Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616. Four hundred years later, he is revered around the world as a literary superstar. The metamorphosis of Shakespearean text and scholarship over seven ages is showcased in our exhibition and programme of events. A range of events throughout July, August and September: http://shakespeare.senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/events

 

Society for Renaissance Studies – Major Conference Grant

The Society for Renaissance Studies intends to make a grant of up to £1,500 support a conference or colloquium within the field of Renaissance studies, planned for calendar year 1 January – 31 December, following the June 30 deadline and held in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. The awards will be made to the conference organizers to provide assistance with organizational support and/or the travel and subsistence costs of certain participants, including postgraduate students. Please note the eligibility criteria, at: www.rensoc.org.uk/funding-and-prizes/major-conference-grants

 

End of year lecture by Professor Marina Warner

Birkbeck, London

15 July, 6.30 – 8pm

We are thrilled that Professor Marina Warner has agreed to give our end of year lecture on the topic of Sanctuary. Title and venue tbc. For more information about Professor Marina Warner please see http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-staff/full-time-academic-staff/marina-warner

 

Three new 5-year full-time post-doctoral positions

European Research Council funded ‘Travel, Transculturality and Identity in England, c. 1550-1700’ (TIDE) project. The advert is www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANW525/3-postdoctoral-research-associates/

Colleagues in the UK may also want to point suitable applicants towards the 0.5fte 5-year lectureship www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANW519/lecturer-in-english-literature-grade-7-05-fte/

 

A PhD Studentship Bursary (3 years) in Renaissance Studies

Roehampton English and Creative Writing

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), English and Creative Writing were ranked 15th in their panel for the strength of the research outputs produced during the assessment period. The department, and the university, continue on an ambitious trajectory, providing a fully funded PhD studentship to work alongside the Before Shakespeare project, engaging in PhD study full time and integrating into the life of Roehampton’s School of English and Creative Writing working with academic colleagues. This fully funded PhD studentship also provides you with the opportunity to work with our project partners, Dolphin’s Back, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Museum of London Archaeology, to develop important networks and develop the impact of your own research. Details of the Before Shakespeare project can be found at beforeshakespeare.com

 

This fully funded scholarship will cover home/EU fees of £4,121 for Home/EU students and maintenance of £16,296 p.a. in 2016/17 for 3 years full-time subject to satisfactory progress. Accommodation will be available at Spring Mews. If you take up this accommodation, the cost of the rent will be deducted from the stipend. The rent rate for 2016-17 is £175 per week. Your research study will be supervised by Dr Andy Kesson and Prof Clare McManus.

 

Applications are invited from bold, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a project on a subject of their choice within the field of dramatic, literary or theatre history between the years 1565 and 1595. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Andy Kesson (andy.kesson@roehampton.ac.uk) for informal discussion of potential projects before applying. The closing date for completed applications is 25 July 2016

www.roehampton.ac.uk/uploadedFiles/Pages_Assets/PDFs_and_Word_Docs/Graduate_School/ECW%20Studentship%20advert.docx

 

Teaching Associate (Fixed Term)

Cambridge, UK

The Faculty of English wishes to appoint a Teaching Associate in Renaissance Literature from 1 October 2016. Teaching Associates are expected to conduct small-group teaching of undergraduates and taught postgraduate students and to examine for the English Tripos. The successful candidate may also be asked to undertake supervision of Tripos students by some colleges in addition to these University duties, although this is not guaranteed. Applicants should have a good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area. It is also expected that applicants will have experience of successfully delivering and developing teaching at University level, including lectures, seminars and small group teaching, and the ability to work as part of a team. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance. Further particulars and how to apply at http://ww.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/10398/

 

Exhibition: ‘O rare Ben Jonson!’

Bodleian Libraries, 18 June–4 September 2016. A display of Jonson material from the Bodleian’s collections to celebrate the anniversary of Ben Jonson’s Workes. Please see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whats-on/upcoming-events/2016/jun/ben-jonson

Enquiries to daniel.smith@ell.ox.ac.uk

 

Intertextual Shakespeare Seminar

British Shakespeare Association conference, Hull

8 to 11 September 2016

Central to both early modern critical study and the theory of intertextuality are concepts such as the plurality of discourse, the mutually informing relationship between cultural ideologies and texts, and the instability of texts. The employment of intertextuality as critical methodology in analysing early modern texts has great potential, not yet fully explored. The theory of intertextuality can be applied to early modern literature in a variety of specific ways that surpass the identification of references: in the exploration of mythology as a system of meaning; in allegory; in the manipulation and imitation of narrative models and forms; and in satire and parody. The proposed seminar will be an opportunity to explore some of the potential areas of applying intertextual theory to Shakespearean or early modern texts and facilitate discussion of the benefits and possible limitations of this methodology. Please email 200-word abstracts / proposals to sarah.carter@ntu.ac.uk and peter.smith@ntu.ac.uk. Deadline for abstracts: 10 July 2016. Deadline for complete papers: 15 August 2016. NB – all conference participants are required to be members of the BSA. Please see the BSA conference website for further details.

Newsletter 60

By Alexander Samson, on 7 June 2016

Conference Notices

Iberian Literature and Culture in Early Modern England

14-16 July, Newcastle, UK

Registration is now open: https://iberian-tudorconference2016.com/

Registration is free, but please make sure that you do register/ book your place at the conference dinner by July 12th. Travel bursaries are available.

 

‘The idea of a life, 1500-1700’

17th June 2016, MBI Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College, 9am-5pm

A one-day conference organised by the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Oxford University

Niall Allsopp, Merridee L. Bailey, Kate Bennett, Laura Casella, Lotte Fikkers, Felicity Heal, Lucy Munro, Lori Humphrey Newcomb, Olivia Smith, Will Tosh, Victoria Van Hyning, Steven Zwicker

‘Rituals of Transition’ – ‘The Meek Life’ – ‘Brief lives and eccentricity’ – ‘Individual and family life in the diary of Venere Bosina’ – ‘Finding lives in legal records’ – ‘The diaries of Richard Stonley, Teller in the Elizabethan Exchequer’ – ‘Beaumont and Fletcher in the Archive’ – ‘A Book Collector Writing Her Life’ – ‘Controlling experience? Early modern science writing’ – ‘A hidden romance in Elizabethan public life’ – ‘Convent autobiography’ – ‘Dryden Dwells Among the Ancients’

£35 (£20 students / unwaged), including coffee, lunch and wine reception

Book a place at http://tinyurl.com/jugseg8 Questions to adam.smyth@balliol.ox.ac.uk

 

“Life of the Muses’ day, their morning star!” The Cultural Influence of Lucy Harington Russell, Countess of Bedford

11–12 August 2016, Lincoln College, Oxford

Conference registration now open. Please see https://ladybedford.wordpress.com/ for conference information, a draft schedule, and full registration details. Please direct any enquiries to daniel.smith@ell.ox.ac.uk

 

‘Italy and the Classics’ conference

10 June, from 9.45am to 5pm, Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’, Oxford

Please register for the conference online at: http://tinyurl.com/Italy-and-Classics

Registration is £25 (or £20 for students), including refreshments and lunch as well as confirming your place at the evening’s drinks reception and Bellissima Maria event. We will relocate to the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, at St Hilda’s, for 6pm for the drinks reception and a talk (chaired by Marina Warner, with playwright Roberto Cavosi, translator Jane House, and the actors Marco Gambino and Sasha Waddell), before the rehearsed-reading of Bellissima Maria. Please note: You do not need to attend the conference in order to attend the evening’s events at St Hilda’s; the evening’s events are free and open to all, but please do book your free place at: http://tinyurl.com/BellissimaMaria-Oxford

 

Early Modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement

7 July 2016, National Library of Wales

The symposium will be followed by the Society for Renaissance Studies 5th Annual Welsh Lecture, in the Drwm, National Library of Wales 17:45-18:45: Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), William Thomas (d. 1554): A Welsh Traitor in Italy. For further information, please contact the symposium organisers, Bryn Williams and Rachel Willie (emwales@bangor.ac.uk). Registration for the symposium is free, to include beverages during the coffee breaks, but delegates are asked to purchase their own lunch. Please register online at http://bit.ly/1Tjuqf5

 

Representing Sovereignty Interdisciplinary Early Career Symposium at Warwick.

13th July 2016, Warwick, UK

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick is delighted to welcome two Institute for Advanced Studies Visiting Fellows this summer. Professor Carole Levin and Dr Elizabeth Goldring will participate in a variety of events from 7th July until 14th August. Early career scholars are invited to apply to take part in the symposium Representing Sovereignty, 1485-1714 which will take place at. All details, including the booking form, can be found here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/news_and_events/conferencesannouncements/carolelevin/representingsovereignty/

 

“Cultural Encounters through Reading and Writing: New Approaches to the History of Literary Culture”, 9-11 June, Glasgow Women’s Library

To mark the closure of the collaborative research project “Travelling Texts, 1790-1914: The Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain)” (Sept 2013-Aug 2016). The conference will look at women’s writing from a broad European and comparative perspective but there are several interesting papers about Spain, and Andrew Ginger will give one of the keynotes. If you want to attend the event, please register through the website of Glasgow Women’s Library: http://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/cultural-encounters-through-reading-and-writing-day-1/

 

Remapping Centre and Periphery: Asymmetrical Encounters in European and Global Context, 1500–2000

UCL, 23–24 June 2016

Organised jointly by the HERA-funded research project Asymmetrical Encounters (UCL Dutch) and the UCL Centre for Transnational History, this two-day symposium examines historical mechanisms of cultural and intellectual exchange across the globe. Historians often assume a one-directional transmission of knowledge, leading to the establishment of intellectual and political hierarchies between centers and peripheries. Instead, this workshop investigates the asymmetrical and multi-directional structure of these encounters within Europe as well as in global context.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/asymmetrical-encounters/events/remapping-centre-and-periphery

 

Calls for Papers

CfP: ‘Networks and Connections’ – The British Legal History Conference 2017

In tracing the way that legal ideas emerge and expand, historians have become increasingly interested in exploring the way that networks are developed and connections made. Legal history is full of connections – between people and places, jurisdictions and ideas. The way that the law develops may be influenced by particular social, professional or political groups, or by wider national, imperial or transnational networks. The law may change direction because of new connections made, whether in the form of the transplantation of legal concepts from one forum to another, or in the form of the influence of new ways of thinking or acting. These connections or networks may be simple or complex, transitory or enduring, ad hoc or accidental. The aim of this conference is to explore the wide range of networks and connections which influence the development of law and legal ideas over time, in a variety of different scholarly contexts. We welcome proposals from historians interested in exploring these themes in all fields of legal history, whether doctrinal or contextual, domestic or transnational. Proposals concerning any epoch or part of the world are welcome and proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers are encouraged. Proposals for papers (maximum 300 words) should be sent to blhc2017@ucl.ac.uk by 26 August 2016 http://www.laws.ucl.ac.uk/event/british-legal-history-conference/

 

CfP: a new series from Medieval Institute Publications

Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture

Series Editors: Cristina León Alfar, Hunter College, CUNY, and Helen Ostovich, McMaster University

This series provides a forum for monographs and essay collections that investigate the material culture, broadly conceived, of theatre and performance in England from the late Tudor to the pre-Restoration Stuart periods (c. 1550–1650). The editors invite proposals for book-length studies engaging in the material vitality of the dramatic text, political culture, theatre and performance history, theatrical design, performance spaces, gendering court entertainments, child- and adult-actors, music, dance, and audiences in London and on tour. We are also interested in the discursive production of gender, sex, and race in early modern England in relation to material historical, social, cultural, and political structures; changes to and effects of law; monarchy and the republic in dramatic texts; theatre and performance, including performance spaces that are not in theatres. To submit a proposal, please contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at Erika.Gaffney@arc-humanities.org

 

CFP: Shakespeare & Counterfeiting, SAA Atlanta, 2017

Registration now open via the SAA website – No abstract necessary

“Counterfeit” Shakespeare is the inverse of the First Folio’s claim to be “published according to the true original copies.” This seminar examines counterfeiting as cultural practice, literary motif, and theoretical framework in relation to Shakespeare. In early modern England, “counterfeiting” had both positive and negative connotations, inflecting how people understood artistic creation. Meanwhile, discourses of counterfeiting and authenticity have been central to the policing of Shakespeare’s canon. We encourage papers on the following topics: How do Shakespeare and contemporaries such as Jonson and Middleton engage with the idea of the counterfeit? What is the value of considering Shakespeare as a counterfeiter (imitator/plagiarist/actor, etc.)? How was the concept of counterfeiting used to construct/contest notions of authorship and publication in the early modern period? How productive/misleading is counterfeiting as a critical idiom in Shakespeare studies today? To what extent is Shakespeare’s cultural value predicated on the exclusion of reproductions that are ‘counterfeit’, ‘debased’ or ‘spurious’? Is there such a thing as a counterfeit Renaissance? For more information please contact Derek Dunne (dunnede@gmail.com) and Harry Newman (harry.newman@rhul.ac.uk)

 

CfP: “First Impressions”: Faces, Clothes, and bodies, 1600-1800′, PG & ECR Symposium.

10th November, University of York, York Medical Society.

This one-day interdisciplinary symposium takes ‘first impressions’ as a starting point, focusing on the many different ways in which appearances were understood, described, or depicted in early modern Europe, 1600-1800. We welcome submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers working within any discipline. Proposals are for 20 minute individual papers. Proposed topics may include, but are certainly not limited to: Appearance and the social hierarchy – establishment or confusion of social hierarchy, regulation; Disseminating appearances – altered appearances, clothing, fashion, cosmetics, appearance as a social or political tool; Disguise and deception; Criminal appearances – criminals, prostitutes, the ‘lower sort’, the criminal body, trials; Health and medicine – appearance of health, physical marks of illness, complexion, posture, the body; Appearing different – social, racial, national, gender; Public and private appearances – domestic sphere, public sphere, gender; Beauty – ideal beauty, ugliness, representations; ‘First impressions’ – first meetings, friendship, love, attraction. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words in length and an accompanying 100 word biography to firstimpressionsconference@gmail.com by Monday 29th August. www.york.ac.uk/eighteenth-century-studies/events/firstimpressionsconfnov2016/

 

Call for Articles: Special Issue of http://episteme.revues.org

Profane Shakespeare: Perfection, Pollution, and the Truth of Performance

For its 33rd issue (Spring 2018), the online peer-reviewed journal Etudes Epistémè (www.episteme.revues.org) seeks articles examining Shakespeare’s treatment of the notions of perfection (or “purity”) and pollution (or “impurity”), understood not only along traditional moral and religious lines, but also, more “profanely”, in aesthetic and hermeneutic terms. Etudes Epistémè is DOAJ- and MLA- listed. We welcome papers focusing on the different ways in which Shakespeare recounts and stages the failure of purity (or perfection), embracing the impure (or the polluted) as a lively, creative material. This special Shakespeare issue of Etudes Epistémè is open to essays adopting a variety of methodological approaches, whether more materially- or philosophically-oriented. In all cases the issue especially invites proposals that attempt to “re-textualize” Shakespeare by favoring close examination of the text over religious or biographical speculation, to bring out the complex interplay between the notions of perfection, pollution and performance. Detailed abstracts of 600 to 1000 words of proposed articles are to be sent to the editors of the issue, Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise, Karen Britland and Line Cottegnies by December 15th, 2016: anne-marie.miller-blaise@univ-paris3.fr, britland@startmail.com and line.cottegnies@univ-paris3.fr

 

CfP: Protestantism and Political Rebellion in Early Modernity

http://congresos.ugr.es/protestantismrebellion/

This international conference explores theoretical notions on rebellion as understood in early modernity, as well as case-studies of actual uprisings and revolts either encouraged and justified or suffocated and crushed by Protestant authorities. Further suggested topics for discussion include Catholic discourses that understand Protestantism as a rebellious and subversive religious and political ideology (and the policies ensuing from this belief), as well as the representation in early modern literature of the connections between political rebellion and Protestantism. The conference welcomes scholars and doctoral students working in the fields of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Literature and Translation in early modernity. The languages of the conference are English and French. The organisers intend to publish an edited volume with a selection of papers.

Please submit 200-word abstracts for twenty-minute presentations in English to Dr. Rocío G. Sumillera (sumillera@ugr.es), or in French to Dr. Águeda García-Garrido (manuela-agueda.garcia-garrido@unicaen.fr), by 31 July, 2016. Notification of acceptance: 7 August, 2016. Registration

More details on the conference and on how to register will soon be posted on

http://congresos.ugr.es/protestantismrebellion/

 

Proposals for reviews of websites that focus on early modern women: for example, WWP, BIESES, SIEFAR, The Recipes Project, etc. The spring 2017 (11.2) issue of Early Modern Women will feature a cluster of reviews of websites, following our earlier clusters of performance reviews and film reviews. Deana Shemek’s SSEMW keynote at the 2015 SCSC on her website on Isabella d’Este will head the cluster. If you are interested, please write to us as soon as possible, but no later than June 30. Completed reviews will be due on September 1. The fall 2018 issue (12.1) will feature a forum on play, games, and performance (see attached cfp). Please send abstracts of 350 words to the editors by June 30. Completed essays of 3000-3500 words will be due on January 30.

 

CfP: “Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures”: NORTH VS SOUTH?

Gender, law and economy in early modern and modern Europe (15th-19th century).

The aim of the 8th conference of the network Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures will be to analyse the consequences of different European juridical systems on the development of specific economic roles for men and women. At the core of the comparative analysis, at the European scale, there will be the different economic evolutions of European regions in the early modern and modern times. Customary laws characterized Northern Europe and Roman law characterized Southern Europe, but at the local level there were many differences, depending on urban statutes, craft rules, family structures, political and economic systems. Please, send suggestions for contributions in the form of an abstract in English or in French (3000 characters max) by July 30th 2016 to : anna.bellavitis@univ-rouen.fr and to beatrice.zucca@gmail.com

 

CfP: Expanding Visions: Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World

University of Miami, March 2-4, 2017

The keynote speaker will be Merry Wiesner-Hanks. The Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Symposium at the University of Miami and Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal invite papers and three-paper sessions on new research on women’s activities—their literary, cultural, social, and/or political interventions in the medieval and early modern world. We encourage papers with interdisciplinary approaches that focus on the period 1400–1750. The presentations, in English, should not exceed twenty minutes. Please send 350-word abstracts and a scholarly biography of 200 words by October 15, 2016 to emwj@miami.edu

 

Shakespeare’s Londons/London’s Shakespeares

To tie in with the forthcoming Literary London Conference (6-8 July 2016) on the theme of ‘London and the Globe’, The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on Shakespeare’s Londons/London’s Shakespeares’. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016 and articles (between 5-7,000 words) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions: How are ‘Londoners’ (Henry VIII, 1.2.155) constructed in Shakespeare’s plays? What role did – or do – London audiences play in constructing Shakespeare? In what ways can we rethink Shakespeare’s anatopism, i.e. his staging of London as other cities? Can we see evidence of ‘Global Shakespeares’ in the refracted Londons he represented? What urban locations – in London or beyond – matter in

Shakespeare’s plays, and our current understanding of them? What contributions can contemporary spatial theory make to understanding Shakespeare’s staging of cities such as London? Do Shakespeare’s staged cities cultivate or curtail the ambiguities (linguistic, spatial, sexual and social) of urban life? In what ways can we see The Globe Theatre – past and present – as a microcosm of a changing and conflicted London? How does the reconstructed Globe Theatre offer a venue for staging modern urban experience? What role does the reconstructed Globe Theatre play in

(re)conceptualising Shakespeare’s relationship with London? All submissions should be sent to either Adam Hansen (adam.hansen@northumbria.ac.uk) or Adele Lee (a.lee@gre.ac.uk)

 

Other Events

Workshop: Working with a list of books

15 June, 15:30-17:00, ArtsOne 3:17

In this practical workshop Line Cottegnies and Joad Raymond will look at the usefulness of a particular list of books, and how we can extrapolate significance from its content and organisation. There’s a Shakespeare angle. It should be interesting and useful to all early-modern students and scholars. All are welcome.

 

Lecture: « Katherine Philips and French Poetry: Experimenting with Epicureanism and pastoral »

15 June, 18:00-20:00, ArtsTwo 3:20

Wine will be served.

 

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Lecture 2016

“The Shakespeare First Folio of Saint-Omer and the Jesuits: the Bibliographical Evidence” and “Shakespeare, the London Theater, and the Origins of Globalization”

7 June 2016, 18:15 – 20:30, 3.20, ArtsTwo (Queen Mary University of London)

 

Dr Paul Taylor, ‘Den gheest leert het maken: painting after life, from the spirit’

Friday 10 June 2016, 6.30pm, Birkbeck Malet Street room 541

Members free (membership £7) non members £4.

For more information about the art historian, Dr Taylor, please see http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/home/staff-contacts/academic-staff/paul-taylor/

 

Exhibition: ‘O rare Ben Jonson!’

Bodleian Libraries, 18 June–4 September 2016

A display of Jonson material from the Bodleian’s collections to celebrate the anniversary of Ben Jonson’s Workes. Please see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whats-on/upcoming-events/2016/jun/ben-jonson Enquiries to daniel.smith@ell.ox.ac.uk

 

Postdoctoral Researcher for ‘The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700 (RECIRC) School of Humanities / Moore Institute NUI Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway is seeking to fill 1 full-time, fixed-term Postdoctoral Researcher position for the project “The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700‟ (RECIRC), led by Prof. Marie-Louise Coolahan, Principal Investigator (School of Humanities). The position is a 13-month contract, funded by the European Research Council, under the Consolidator Grant Scheme, 2013. The position is allocated to Work Package 1: Transnational Religious Networks, and will be expected to start by October 2016. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm Friday 17th June 2016. Interviews are planned for early July 2016.For further details on the RECIRC project, see www.recirc.nuigalway.ie

 

SHAKESPEARE’S SISTERS: SHORT FILMS SCREENING + PANEL DISCUSSION

12 June at 2.30pm, Curzon Soho

It’s a very affordable £7 and will include a screening + a panel discussion on Shakespeare, film and women with Prof Carol Rutter, two young female filmmakers and a programmer from the female-centric film festival Bechdel Test Fest.

Booking link: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/qas/shakespearessistersshorts

More info: http://www.curzonblog.com/all-posts/2016/5/13/shakespeares-sisters

 

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) is calling for submissions for its travel grant program for graduate students whose proposals for conference papers have been accepted either at the upcoming annual conference of the Sixteenth Century Society or at other conferences.

The information needed for the application may be found here:

http://ssemw.org/opportunities/graduate-student-travel-funds/

Although applicants need not be members of the SSEMW at the time of application, if the application is successful, the candidate would be expected to join the Society

 

Women’s Studies Group, 1558-1837, Speaker Sessions 2016-17

Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. 1-4 pm

**Saturday 17th September, 2016. Chair: Angela Escott Brianna Robertson-Kirkland: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746 – 1810) and his female operatic students. Judith Page: Austen and Shakespeare: Mansfield Park, Shylock, and the “exquisite acting” of Edmund Kean. Lucy Gent: What is becoming in Mansfield Park? Jane Austen and Cicero’s De Officiis.

**Saturday 19th November, 2016. Chair: Miriam Al Jamil Valerie Schutte: Celebrating the 500th Birthday of Queen Mary I in Manuscript Images. Emma Newport: Interplay and Interpretation: Lady Banks’s “Dairy Book” and the collection and collation of Chinese Porcelain. Chrisy Dennis: “We were born to grace society: but not to be its slaves”: Chivalry and Revolution in Mary Robinson’s Hubert de Sevrac, A Romance of the Eighteenth Century (1796).

**Saturday 21st January, 2017.C hair: Lois Chaber Charlotte Young: “Our Wives you find at Goldsmiths Hall”: Women and sequestration during the English Civil War. Helen Draper: Mary Beale and the Performance of Friendship. Mascha Hansen: Beyond Marriage: Envisioning the Future in Women’s Writings, 1660-1830.

**Saturday 18th March, 2017 (work in progress invited for this session). Chair: Gillian Williamson Madeleine Pelling: “That Noble Possessor”: The Pursuit of Virtuous Knowledge and its Materials in the Collection of Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-1785). Erica Buurman: Dancing the Waterloo Waltz: Responses to the Napoleonic Wars in Regency Social Dance. Angela Escott: Hannah Cowley’s “dramatic talents” employed in her epic poem of the Napoleonic Wars, The Siege of Acre (1801).

Find out more www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk/ or Carolyn D. Williams on cdwilliamslyle@aol.com

 

The 5th London Summer School in Intellectual History

5-8 September 2016 at Queen Mary, University of London

Organised by UCL and Queen Mary, the event is aimed at graduate students (current MA and PhD candidates) working in intellectual history and related disciplines: history of philosophy, literature, politics, law, science, and classics. Keynote lectures will be delivered by David Armitage (Harvard) and Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary). We would be grateful if you could circulate the call for applications among potential participants: www.ucl.ac.uk/history/history-events-publication/intellectual-history-summer-school The deadline for applications is 30 June.

 

The James Plays Debates, June 10, University of Nottingham

On June 11th and 12th, the National Theatre of Scotland brings Rona Munro’s The James Plays to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. To celebrate, the School of English at the University of Nottingham is hosting a day of conversations about the staging of Scottish history. This event brings together academics, historians and theatre professionals, as well as members of the James Plays creative team, with the aim of unpacking the unique achievement of the trilogy and the broader questions it raises for performing Scotland’s history today. The day begins with a buffet lunch and round-table discussions at the University, followed in the evening by a special event featuring Rona Munro in conversation at the Theatre Royal. All events are free, but please reserve a place at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/events/events/2015-2016/the-james-plays-debates.aspx

Please contact peter.kirwan@nottingham.ac.uk or Nicola.royan@nottingham.ac.uk for more information, or visit the event page.

 

Van Dyck in London

1–1.45pm, 7 July, Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery

Karen Hearn. During the 1630s, the Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck lived and worked in London. Supported by his studio, he produced many remarkable portraits. This lecture considers some of Van Dyck’s British works, and examines the influence of his art collection on them.

 

Samuel Pepys and the Remains of Restoration Collecting

7 June, Warburg Institute (Lecture room) – Dr. Kate Loveman, University of Leicester

Lecture, 5.30 pm. History of Libraries seminar series. Free; registration not required.

 

Renaissance Latin Course

12-23 September: Warburg Institute (Lecture room)

Course leader: Guido Giglioni. 3 hours per weekday, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 – 3.00 pm

http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/research/research-training/reading-classes/arabic-philosophy/warburg-renaissance-latin-course

 

New scholarly book series, Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World.

The General Editors of this series editors are Victoria Burke, University of Ottawa; James Daybell, Plymouth University; Svante Norrhem, Lund University; and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. This series provides a forum for studies that investigate the themes of women and gender in the late medieval and early modern world. The editors invite proposals for book-length studies of an interdisciplinary nature, including but not exclusively, from the fields of history, literature, art and architectural history, and visual and material culture. Consideration will be given to both monographs and collections of essays. Chronologically, we welcome studies that look at the period between 1400 and 1700, with a focus on Britain, Europe and Global transnational histories. We invite proposals including, but not limited to, the following broad themes: methodologies, theories and meanings of gender; gender, power and political culture; monarchs, courts and power; construction of femininity and masculinities; gift-giving, diplomacy and the politics of exchange; gender and the politics of early modern archives and architectural spaces (court, salons, household); consumption and material culture; objects and gendered power; women’s writing; gendered patronage and power; gendered activities, behaviours, rituals and fashions. For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit http://en.aup.nl/series/gendering-thelate-medieval-and-early-modern-world or contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at Erika.Gaffney@arc-humanities.org

 

Blogging Before Shakespeare

beforeshakespeare.com

The Before Shakespeare website is now live and we would be pleased to hear of any proposals for 500-1000 word blog posts on the early years of the playhouses (up to around 1595). Inquiries or proposals can be sent to andy.kesson@roehampton.ac.uk

 

Newsletter 59

By Alexander Samson, on 7 June 2016

Conference Notices

 

  1. Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: in Honour of Anne Laurence

4th June 2016 at the Institute of Historical Research in London. Speakers include Amy Erickson, James Daybell, Gemma Allen, Mary O’Dowd, Frances Nolan, Rosalind Carr, Jane Humphries, Judith Spicksley and Amanda Capern. Please follow this link for the complete programme and for registration details: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/history/

 

  1. ‘The Making of a Female Memory – Texts, Rituals’

University of Basel, May 20-21 2016. ‘The Making of a Female Memory – Texts, Rituals’ will discuss a variety of ways in which medieval and early modern nuns created, constructed and, at times, even fabricated memory. https://ordensgeschichte.hypotheses.org/10585

 

  1. Ariosto, the Orlando Furioso and English Culture, 1516-2016

Thursday 28 & Friday 29 April 2016, 9.30am – 5.00pm, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. Translated into English in the 1590s by Sir John Harington, godson of Elizabeth I, the influence of Ariosto’s poem can be traced in literature, music and the visual arts, from Spenser and Milton to modern media adaptations. To celebrate this landmark centenary, the conference aims to celebrate the influence of this text on English culture, and to appraise its current position in the English-speaking world. http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2016/Ariosto_the_Orlando_Furioso_and_English_culture.cfm

 

  1. 2016 World Shakespeare Congress: Creating and Recreating Shakespeare

31 July and 6 August, 2016. This year’s Congress marks 400 years of popular, artistic and scholarly enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s life and works through events in both Stratford-Upon-Avon and London. The week is co-hosted by Shakespeare’s Globe, King’s College London, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

It will celebrate Shakespeare as a creator of plays and poems, characters and ideas, words and worlds as well as the ways in which scholars, thinkers, writers, artists and performers from around the globe have recreated him. Deadline for registration is Sunday 1 May. http://www.wsc2016.info/

 

  1. In the Age of Giorgione

Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London; 10 May 2016 – 12-7pm

Organised in connection with the Royal Academy’s exhibition ‘In the Age of Giorgione’, this study day will focus on the revolution that took place in Venetian art in the early sixteenth century when a new type of painting was developed by the elusive artist, Giorgione.

http://courtauld.ac.uk/event/in-the-age-of-giorgione

 

  1. Alcoran: The idea of an Early Modern English Qur’an

A Symposium at The Keep, University of Sussex, 14 June, 2016, from midday.

The first complete translation of the Qur’an into English, The Alcoran of Mahomet, appeared in the immediate aftermath of the execution of King Charles I in early 1649. Derided by George Sale and subsequent translators it is nonetheless ‘one of the most extraordinary documents of the entire period’ and initiates a long, colourful and contentious sequence of English Qur’ans that continues into the twenty-first century. Building on recent developments, this afternoon symposium will explore the contexts in which the Qur’an was understood in early modern England (from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries), with particular emphasis placed on the idea of an English Qur’an. There is no charge for attendance but numbers are limited. If you would like to take part, email Professor Matthew Dimmock at m.dimmock@sussex.ac.uk  before 27 May.

  1. James Shirley And Caroline Comedy: A One-Day Symposium

Saturday 11 June 2016, 10-4.30, Dept Of Theatre, Film And Television, University Of York

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television, and Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, at the University of York, are joining with the general editorial team of the OUP Complete Works of James Shirley, to hold a symposium to explore the riches of Shirley’s playwriting achievements. The symposium offers an opportunity to analyse and celebrate Shirley’s distinctive achievements, on the occasion of a production of Hyde Park, on the state-of-the-art main stage of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Shirley’s death. (This is the latest in a series of productions there of early modern comic masterpieces by Michael Cordner, the Department’s founding head of theatre. Its predecessor – Vanbrugh’s The Provoked Wife – can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXnHB5d5lXI.)

Those attending the conference will thus also have the rare opportunity to see one of Shirley’s greatest plays in performance, either on the Friday or Saturday evening. We are interested in hearing from colleagues who would like to offer a paper or wish to attend the symposium (there is no fee). Please contact t.grant@warwick.ac.uk by the deadline of Monday 2nd May 2016.

 

Calls for Papers

 

  1. CfP: “Translation Theory and Practice during the Renaissance: A Medium, a Genre, a Risk”

Sessions sponsored by the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium at the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Chicago, 30 March-1 April 2017. The proposed sessions seek to explore the different ways translations affirmed their status in the languages and literatures of Renaissance Europe. Possible topics include both the theoretical reflections of early modern authors and their concrete works (c. 1300-1700): to wit, versions of classical texts and Holy Scriptures as well as of contemporary texts into Latin, Hebrew, Arab, and the various European vernaculars. Please send an abstract (150 words maximum) with relevant keywords and a 300-word maximum curriculum vitae to johnny.bertolio@mail.utoronto.ca by 1 June 2016. Please note: once the sessions will have been approved, presenters will need to be members in good standing of the RSA, and will need to pay the conference fee through the RSA website. For more information, please consult the RSA submission guidelines at: http://www.rsa.org/?page=submissionguidelines#prop

 

  1. CfP: The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women – RSA Chicago 2017

www.ssemw.org/ extends sponsorship to as many as five panels of 3 papers each at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (2017 in Chicago, 30 March – 1 April). The Society promotes study and scholarly exchange in all disciplinary fields, with a focus on women/female gender/women’s sexuality in the early modern period. Sponsorship of panels by the SSEMW signifies that the panels are pre-approved and automatically accepted for the RSA annual meeting. Proposals are due by 24 May 2015 to Molly Bourne, SSEMW liaison with the Renaissance Society of America: mhbourne@syr.edu The SSEMW requires that scholars whose panels are accepted for sponsorship be/become members of the Society. Please note that there are only few travel grants available to members of the Renaissance Society of America (visit www.rsa.org/). As in most North American conferences, participants are expected to be members of the Society, and to fund their own travel and lodging.

 

  1. CfP:    Cultural Encounters: Tensions and Polarities of Transmission from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

Proposals for papers should be sent to warburg.postgrad@gmail.com by 31 May 2016. Maximum 300-word abstract, in English, for a 20-minute paper, in PDF or Word format, plus one-page CV, including full name, affiliation, contact information. All candidates will be notified by 31 July 2016. Limited funding to help cover travel expenses is available. Attendance is free of charge. For more information and news visit https://warburgpostgrad.wordpress.com/ or  http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/events/colloquia-2016-17/cultural-encounters/

 

  1. CfP: Reception, Reputation and Circulation in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800

Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, 22-25 March 2017

This international conference will bring together scholars working on the reception of texts, the reputations of authors and individuals, and the circulation of people and things in the early modern world. We invite proposals (max. 200 words) for 20-minute papers. To submit an abstract, complete the webform at http://recirc.nuigalway.ie/conference2017/ by Monday 18 September 2016.

 

  1. CfP 2016-2017 Womens Studies Group seminar series

Due to popular demand, we have extended our seminar series for 2016/17 to include a fourth date! This is scheduled for March 18 2017.  All sessions will take place once again at The Foundling Museum. Work in progress is encouraged for the March session.  A revised CFP can be found online http://www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk/cfp-wsg-seminars-2016-2017/  Only a few spaces are left on next year’s programme, so please contact Carolyn if you wish to offer a paper or work in progress: cdwilliamslyle@aol.com

 

  1. CfP: Strangeness in Early Stuart Performances, 1603-1649

Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, 3-5 Nov. 2016

This conference proposes to discuss how performative practices explore notions of strangeness in and for early Stuart society. We invite papers of 30 minutes that engage with any aspect of strangeness across the range of performative practices from 1603 to 1649. Papers could deal with, but are by no means limited to, the following topics: How is strangeness constructed in various early Stuart performative practices such as plays, masques, closet drama, ballads, and pamphlet plays?  What are the ideological functions of settings and characters that are marked as strange? How do strange characters, objects, locales, and spaces serve to express and contain the cultural anxieties of early Stuart England? Which other categories beyond the established trinity of class, ethnicity and gender lend themselves to the negotiation of strangeness? If you are interested in giving a paper at our conference, please send an abstract of no more than 200 words and a short biographical note to Joachim Frenk, Christine Moyrer, and Lena Steveker at strangeness-conference@uni-saarland.de The deadline for abstracts is 17 May 2016. Information about the conference can be found online at www.uni-saarland.de/strangeness

 

  1. CfP: The Language of Reform, Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, 2017

The sessions that the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies will sponsor in at the 2017 meeting of the RSA in Chicago will create a broad, interdisciplinary umbrella under which to gather papers that take up “language” and “reform,” broadly conceived.

The organizers of these sessions solicit proposals for papers from every discipline represented at the Renaissance Society of America. Scholars of history, literature, art history, translation, musicology, church history, and others are invited to submit 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers that take up the question, “What is the language of reform?” At least five interdisciplinary sessions will be

organized around this question. Please submit abstracts to Andrew Fleck (ajfleck@utep.edu) and Mark Rankin (rankinmc@jmu.edu) by May 9 2016.

 

  1. CfP: Early Modern Women: Texts and Objects (Renaissance Society of America, 30 March-1 April 2017 in Chicago

Proposals are invited for presentations on early modern women as writers and creators of objects, texts, and artifacts, such as glass engravings, paper cuttings, calligraphy, decorated letters, and alba amicorum. Those who explore texts should take into account the materiality of the textual object; conversely, those who look at aesthetic objects should investigate their textuality. Questions to be addressed may include the following: how did pastime offer opportunities for women to express themselves as authors and artists? Under what circumstances did pastime cross the boundaries between amateurism and professionalism? How are objects made as paid labor different from those made as products of leisure time? How did textual and non-textual objects made by women function as gifts, to announce social status, or to enhance networks? How does the materiality of objects and texts relate to their purpose or content? Please send proposals to martine.vanelk@csulb.edu Include in your proposal: name and affiliation, paper title (max. 15 words), abstract (max. 150 words), and a brief CV (max. 300 words; in ordinary CV format). Email proposals as soon as possible, but no later than May 20, 2016. This session will be sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

 

  1. The Before Shakespeare website is now live and we would be pleased to hear of any proposals for 500-1000 word blog posts on the early years of the playhouses (up to around 1595). Inquiries or proposals can be sent to kesson@roehampton.ac.uk

 

  1. Shakespeare’s Londons/London’s Shakespeares

To tie in with the forthcoming Literary London Conference (6-8 July 2016) on the theme of ‘London and the Globe’, The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on Shakespeare’s Londons/London’s Shakespeares’. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016 and articles (between 5-7,000 words) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions: How are ‘Londoners’ (Henry VIII, 1.2.155) constructed in Shakespeare’s plays? What role did – or do – London audiences play in constructing Shakespeare? In what ways can we rethink Shakespeare’s anatopism, i.e. his staging of London as other cities? Can we see evidence of ‘Global Shakespeares’ in the refracted Londons he represented? What urban locations – in London or beyond – matter in Shakespeare’s plays, and our current understanding of them? What contributions can contemporary spatial theory make to understanding Shakespeare’s staging of cities such as London? Do Shakespeare’s staged cities cultivate or curtail the ambiguities (linguistic, spatial, sexual and social) of urban life? In what ways can we see The Globe Theatre – past and present – as a microcosm of a changing and conflicted London? How does the reconstructed Globe Theatre offer a venue for staging modern urban experience? What role does the reconstructed Globe Theatre play in (re)conceptualising Shakespeare’s relationship with London?

 

All submissions should be sent to either Adam Hansen (adam.hansen@northumbria.ac.uk) or Adele Lee (a.lee@gre.ac.uk) The Literary London Journal is fully peer-reviewed. It is published twice a year, and is indexed by the MLA International Bibliography and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

For further details, including the style guide, please visit http://www.literarylondon.org/london-journal/submission.html

 

  1. ‘Indigenous Languages and Cultures: Then and Now’. Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 12 and 13 September 2016

This two-day conference will bring together researchers with diverse interests in indigenous cultures, languages and histories from a range disciplinary backgrounds with the aim of exploring research findings, concepts and methodologies. Proposals are welcome for 20-minute papers, or panels of three speakers, exploring indigenous cultures and languages from a range of methodological approaches and geographical contexts. As the name suggests, our conference welcomes submissions across a range of time periods, from historical to contemporary times.

https://indigenousculturesconference.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

 

Other Events and Notices

 

  1. London Renaissance Seminar: Animal Lives in Early Modern Culture

Saturday April 30th, 2016

12-5pm, Room 114, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

How can we understand the intersection of human and animal lives in early modern culture? Examining literary, archaeological and archival evidence of human relationships with wild and domestic animals, our five speakers explore the politics of the hunt, bear-pit, and farmyard.

 

  1. John Dee late: inside Dee’s miraculous mind

Monday 9 May 2016, 6pm

Join the Royal College of Physicians for a special late evening event exploring the world of Tudor polymath John Dee. Experts Bill Sherman, Deborah Harkness and Katie Birkwood discuss Dee’s extraordinary life and times, his book collecting and annotations as part of our exhibition season ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee’.

Tickets £10 per person. Book online: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/events/dee-late-inside-dees-miraculous-mind

 

  1. Workshop: Early Modern Experimental Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Religion

10-11 May 2016, University of Warwick

http://bit.ly/EMExper

 

  1. Dacre Lecture 2016: Susan Brigden, ‘Reformation Diplomacy: Henry VIII and the Ambassadors’.

Friday 13 May, 5 p.m., Corpus Christi College Oxford.

 

  1. WSG Workshop: Women and the Bible, with a keynote by Emma Major

11 June 2016, Senate House, http://www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk/annual-workshop/

Please register early, as places will be limited.  The keynote will be followed by lively discussion and sharing of contributions: all delegates are asked to bring a 5 minute presentation on the workshop themes: Gender, the public and the private * Women, publication and anonymity * Women and religion * Women, violence and revolution * Gender and genre * Women and the nation * Preaching women * Women and the Bible * Dissent. Contributions can be from any discipline or period covered by the group.

 

  1. WSG Outing

Wednesday June 15th, Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, East London, http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/ The museum comprises 11 ‘family’ rooms, each furnished in the style of a different period, from 1600 to the present. There are also period gardens, a museum shop and 18th-century almshouses which show how the poor and elderly lived in the 1780s and 1880s. Our visit will include time for coffee on arrival and lunch and a visit to the museum galleries. Material from their archives will be made available for us to view, as well as a rare portrait of Mary Beale, which one of our members will briefly introduce. The visit will take place between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Cost £4 (cash on the day) and lunch and coffee costs. Additional small donations will be welcome for viewing archive material, on a voluntary basis. Please reply by 1st June to Angela Escott: angelaescott@virginmedia.com

 

  1. Shakespeare in Shoreditch Walk

Saturday 30th April, 17.00 – 18.15, Starting at BL-NK, 27 Curtain Road, EC2A 3LT

Back in the 1570s Shoreditch was London’s first theatre district. The sites of those first theatres can still be glimpsed under the modern city. This walk follows in the footsteps of Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, the Burbages, and William Shakespeare. The walk is led by Jeremy Mortimer, a radio producer who has made a special study of Shoreditch’s theatre history.

 

  1. Shoreditch: Shakespeare’s Hidden London

Wednesday 27th April 2016, 21.00, A post show discussion at BL-NK, 27 Curtain Road, EC2A 3LT

A first glimpse of a forthcoming documentary about sixteenth-century and present-day Shoreditch. We’ll be screening selected scenes from the documentary interspersed with discussion led by Julian Bowsher (Senior Archaeologist, Museum of London; author of ‘Shakespeare’s London Theatreland) and Robert Stagg (Wolfson Scholar in the Humanities).

 

  1. Quixotic translation ‘joust’

On 9 May the British Library is staging a stupendous contest between two fearless translators, who will do battle over a fearsomely difficult extract from the Quijote. Margaret Jull Costa and Peter Bush will engage in (friendly) competition.   Daniel Hahn will preside. For more information and to book place, go to http://www.bl.uk/events/don-quixote-translation-joust

 

  1. Lecturer in Spanish and / or Latin American History required

Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University College London

Salary £37,524 to £40, 716 per annum (Grade 7) and £41,844 to £49,362 per annum (Grade 8)

UCL invites applications for a Lectureship in Spanish and / or Latin American History. The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 September, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter. The postholder will be expected to contribute to the Department’s and Faculty’s teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to contribute to the running of the Department, the School and the University generally. The postholder will be encouraged to develop their individual research interests and to lead or participate in collaborative research projects. Applicants who have recently completed their PhDs as well as established scholars are equally welcome to apply.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ANK756/lecturer-in-spanish-and-or-latin-american-history/

Closing date: 13 May 2016

 

  1. New MA in Renaissance Latin Culture

University College Cork, a constituent of the National University of Ireland, is offering a new one-year MA in Renaissance Latin Culture, which will be commencing for the first time in September 2016. Grounded in the research and pedagogy at the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies in Cork, the new programme is specifically focused upon the revival of Classical Latin language and culture during the Renaissance (c.1300-1600). The MA programme is ideal for students who wish to pursue research into renaissance history and literature while gaining a thorough grounding in the Latin language and the cultural issues pertaining to it in the early-modern period. The programme is also designed to cater for students with advanced prior knowledge of Latin who wish to pursue specific studies in Neo-Latin language, literature and scholarship. The MA is available both full-time and part-time (i.e. over one or two years. https://www.ucc.ie/en/history/graduatestudies/mainrenaissancelatinculture/

 

  1. guitarrísimo: Cervantes and his Bigüela

A precursor of the classical guitar, the vihuela rose to prominence in 16th-century Spain to become one of the most popular classical instruments of its day. It also features conspicuously in the work of the great Spanish Golden Age writer, Miguel de Cervantes, whose father is reported to have been an avid fan of the instrument.In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, the eminent vihuelist, Alfredo Fernández, will perform a choice selection of 16th-century Spanish vihuela music by its greatest composers, Luis de Milán, Luis de Narváez, Enríquez de Valderrábano, Diego Pisador, Miguel de Fuenllana, and Esteban Daza, interspersed with selected readings from Cervantes Sonnets and Epitaphs. PLUS Join us after the concert for a complimentary glass of Spanish wine! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2511989

 

  1. ‘Let me slip into something less comfortable’: Gothic Textualis by Accident and by Design. The John Coffin Memorial Lecture in Palaeography 2016

11/05/2016 – 17:30 – 19:00, The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, London WC1E 7HU

Professor Daniel Wakelin (Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography, University of Oxford) is a leading expert in the palaeography and reading culture of the later Middle Ages. He is the author of numerous studies, among them Humanism, Reading and English Literature 1430-1530 (2007) and Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510 (2014), which was joint winner of the DeLong Prize for book history in 2015. His John Coffin Memorial lecture concerns the supposed ‘decadence’ of late gothic textualis. It considers whether the more formal grades entailed effort or conscious design and also examines instances where individuals misunderstood or misread the script. http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/public-events/2016/john-coffin-memorial-lecture-palaeography-2016

 

  1. Illustrating Love Poetry in the Italian Renaissance: From Miniatures to Portraits

Wed 4 May 2016, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

Moving from the practical and theoretical issues involved in the process of ‘illustrating’ lyric poetry as opposed to narrative poetry or prose, this talk will focus on the evolution of visual paratexts from miniatures in Medieval chansonniers to woodcuts and engravings in printed editions of Petrarch and 15th-century poets such as Antonio Tebaldeo and Olimpo da Sassoferrato. These images will be discussed alongside a relevant selection of poems and a number of early 16th-century paintings that are sometimes identified as ‘lyric portraits’ (Koos 2006; Macola 2007). The ambiguous and highly debated status of the latter will be explored in the light of poetic tropes and motifs.

http://courtauld.ac.uk/event/illustrating-love-poetry-italian-renaissance

 

  1. Art and Anatomy in the 15th and 16th Centuries

Fri 13 May 2016, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

The developments in art in the 15th and 16th centuries brought with them a new interest in proportion, perspective and the accurate depiction of the human body. How did this affect the science of anatomy? This talk discusses the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Vesalius and Fabricius and looks at how the nature of the new art inspired and shaped a new wave of research into the structure of the human body and how such knowledge was transmitted in visual form. This ultimately led to a revolution in our understanding of anatomy in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. http://courtauld.ac.uk/event/art-and-anatomy-in-the-15th-and-16th-centuries

 

  1. KCL Centre for Early Modern Studies, Launch Party: The Early Modern Everyday: Ballads and Street Life

Wednesday 18 May, 6-8pm, Anatomy Lecture Theatre and Museum, KCL, Strand

Speakers: Angela McShane and Catherine Richardson, with singers from the KCL Music Department

Wine reception

 

  1. 16th century family portraits at risk of leaving UK

 

A group of the earliest non-royal family portraits is at risk of leaving the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £350,000. To provide an opportunity to keep the 16th century paintings in the UK , Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a set of nine portraits of the Smythe Family by Cornelis Ketel. Experts believe this group of paintings is the earliest surviving British example of a collection of family portraits who are not members of the royal or aristocratic family. The father of the group, Thomas Smythe, was part of the merchant elite and served as collector of the customs on all goods imported into London, helping to expand English international trade. Experts say the set of portraits are an important example of the power of merchants and the influence of Dutch artists at the time. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/16th-century-family-portraits-at-risk-of-leaving-uk

 

  1. Senior Fellows Programme 2017-2018 at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel

 

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research centre offering a wide range of scholarly and cultural programmes http://www.hab.de/en/home.html . The library has rich resources of books manuscripts and is able to award fellowships to promote research in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history. Applications for the years 2017-2018 should be sent by June 1st 2016 by letter, including a short project description, to the Director: Professor Peter Burschel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 1364, 38299 Wolfenbuttel, or to: forschung@hab.de

 

Newsletter 58

By Alexander Samson, on 24 March 2016

Conference Notices

  1. Registration for the major international conference ‘Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy’, organised by the European Society for Earlmy Modern Philosophy and the British Society for the History of Philosophy, co-hosted by King’s College, is now open. Please, note that conference fees will be waived for King’s students and academics wishing to attend only the opening plenary lecture to be held in the Great Hall on Thursday 14th April, 4pm. Do come along! All welcome. https://lifeanddeathinearlymodernphilosophy.wordpress.com/full-programme/
  2. CEMS Exeter: ‘Centre for Early Modern Studies Postgraduate Conference 2016’, https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/postgraduateresearch/liveconferences/centre_for_early_modern_studies/
  3. “Life of the Muses’ day, their morning star!”. The Cultural Influence of Lucy Harington Russell, Countess of Bedford. 11–12 August 2016, Lincoln College, Oxford. Conference dedicated to the cultural influence of Lucy Harington Russell (1580–1627), Countess of Bedford. Lady Bedford was the pre-eminent woman patron of early seventeenth-century England, and a key figure behind the artistic achievements of such luminaries as John Donne, John Dowland, Ben Jonson, Michael Drayton, Samuel Daniel, and Aemilia Lanyer. She commissioned John Florio to make the first English translation of Montaigne’s Essais, and herself wrote poetry praised by Donne. Grand full-length portraits and exquisite miniatures testify to her patronage of artists including Nicholas Hilliard, and she worked with architects and landscape designers to produce pioneering estate designs. She participated in the most sumptuous court masques of the Jacobean era, managed her husband’s estates, intervened in politically sensitive marriages, and served as Queen Anna’s most trusted confidant. In an age when women’s voices were suppressed in politics and culture Lady Bedford exerted considerable influence in both arenas. Yet she is almost always discussed in relation to the men whom she enabled and inspired. This conference seeks to place her at the centre of critical enquiry, asking questions about power, politics, patronage, culture, literature, performance, art, architecture, religion, and the body.
  4. «Propter magnare creatus», Lingua, literatura e gastronomía entre Italia e a Península Ibérica Congreso Internacional Santiago de Compostela, 21-23 de setembro de 2016. Envío de propostas de comunicación: título e resumo inferior a 10 liñas, do 15 de febreiro ao 20 de abril. Enderezo: segreteria@proptermagnarecreatus.com. Prazo límite de entrega das propostas de comunicación: 20 de abril de 2016. Todas as propostas de comunicación serán avaliadas por tres membros do Comité científico e polos coordinadores; informarase aos interesados antes do 2 de maio. Prazo límite de entrega do texto completo para a súa publicación: 30 de novembro de 2016. Enderezo: segreteria@proptermagnarecreatus.com. Inscrición ao congreso: do 2 de maio ao 15 xullo de 2016.

 

Calls for Papers

  1. Dressing the Early Modern Network Conference: ‘The Economy of Dress and Textiles: Avenues of Trade, Production and Consumption in the Early Modern Period’: http://www.dressingtheearlymodern.com/PDF/Call_for_Papers_2016.pdf.
  1. Medieval and Early Modern Studies Summer Festival 17th-18th June 2016. MEMS Summer Festival is a two-day celebration of all research in the medieval and early modern periods, including the study of religion, politics, history, art, drama, literature, and everyday culture of different nations from c.400-1800. The festival, hosted at the University of Kent, is designed to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, academic schools and institutions in order to foster conversations, build a greater sense of community, and develop a research network for postgraduate students and academic staff working in these areas within the South-East of England. Abstracts of c.250 words for individual research papers of 20 minutes in length on any subject contained with Medieval and Early Modern studies. Work in its early stages is as welcome as more advanced projects, as are less traditional paper formats. Abstracts of c.700 words for a three-person panel to present on a particular subject or theme relevant to Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Ideas from CHASE students include medieval patronage, drama, and early modern written cultures. Please see our call for panels for more details. If you have an idea but no fellow panellists, we are happy to publicise it for you through our channels and under our Festival banner, but with your own contact details. Please contact us at the email below. Please submit all paper and panel applications to: memsfestival@gmail.com by 15th April 2016.
  2. Postgraduate students are cordially invited to submit abstracts for papers for this year’s Centre for Early Modern Studies Postgraduate Conference. This will be taking place at the University of Exeter, on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May 2016. Submissions are encouraged from masters and Ph.D students from all relevant disciplines, included but not limited to history, English, drama, history of art, music and languages. Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Steven Gunn of Merton College, Oxford and Professor Tiffany Stern of University College, Oxford. The conference will take place in Reed Hall, a stunning Italianate mansion in the grounds of the university, with a conference dinner in the historic city centre. The broad theme is ‘Fate, chance and happenstance in the early modern period’. If you are interested in presenting a twenty minute paper, please email Imogene Dudley at id243@exeter.ac.uk with a 200 word abstract and a short biography by 5pm on Thursday 24 March 2016. There will be some travel bursaries available via application to the committee.
  3. College Art Association Annual Meeting in New York City, February 15-18, 2017. “Material Culture and New Approaches to the Arts of the Early Modern Hispanic World”. The Early Modern Hispanic world encompassed vast and diverse territories in which objects circulated, were shared and exchanged, collected, displayed, altered, and appropriated to communicate diverse ideologies and to fashion multifaceted identities. In recent decades, the interdisciplinary study of material culture—broadly defined to include all objects and things modified by humans—has significantly expanded the field of art history by prompting art historians to reconsider the materiality of traditional art forms and by drawing their attention to the circulation and consumption of goods, the history of science and technology, and the configuration of domestic, natural, and urban spaces. This session welcomes papers that examine the relationship between art history and material culture in the Hispanic world and that offer innovative readings of Hispanic art rooted in the study of material culture. What can we learn by considering artworks produced in the Hispanic world as material objects, and how does the study of material culture enhance our understanding of the arts produced within its diverse territories? How did visual artists working in the Early Modern Hispanic world reflect, represent, and reinterpret the material objects that surrounded them? And what do those objects tell us about the people who used them, adapted them, and gave them value? Please send a 200 word abstract and CV to Carmen Ripollés (ripolles@pdx.edu) and Amanda Wunder (ajwunder@gmail.com) by April 1.
  4. Food, Drink and Civilization’, International Conference to be held at UCL 21-22 September 2016. Eating and drinking are frequently described as ‘habits’ or forms of etiquette indicating a sense of what it means to be civilised or uncivilised. The preparation and serving of food and drink figure prominently in Norbert Elias’s understanding of civilisation as a process. Archaeologists have focused on the origins of food production and domestication. Anthropologists since Frazer’s Golden Bough have focused on cooking, cuisine, feasting and sacrifice as a key to cultural comparison. Scholars in different disciplines have explored notions of commensality, position, inclusion and exclusion as markers of status and individual and collective (self-) identity. The conference will adopt a cross-cultural, inclusive and multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing in scholars from sociology, anthropology, history, theatre, philosophy, literature and art, in order to enhance our understanding of the ways in which human engagement with food and drink, in terms of production and consumption, use and abuse, aesthetics and ethics, rhetoric and politics, shape their sense of self and other, and order and define their world. In exploring points of convergence and divergence across different times and cultures it will raise questions about what we mean by civilisation and whether there can ever be a single core model. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to d.alabaster@ucl.ac.uk before 31 March 2016.
  5. European Shakespeare Research Association. Shakespeare and European Theatrical Cultures: AnAtomizing Text and Stage, 27 – 30 July 2017, University of Gdańsk and The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Poland. This conference will convene Shakespeare scholars at a theatre that proudly stands in the place where English players regularly performed 400 years ago. We would like to invite papers and talks on the uses of Shakespeare in theatrical cultures across Europe and beyond, with a focus on textual/performative practices, on the educational dimension of Shakespeare in theatre, on the interface between text, film and stage productions, on his impact on popular culture, on Shakespearean traces in European collective and individual memory, and on his broader cultural legacy. We particularly welcome contributions to a debate about deploying Shakespeare in the local and more globally-oriented theatrical cultures, and in cross-cultural exchanges and negotiations. Members of ESRA are invited to propose a panel and/or a seminar that they would be interested in convening. Proposals of 300-500 words (stating topic, relevance and approach) should be submitted by a panel convenor (with the names of the panellists) and 2-3 potential seminar convenors from different countries who have agreed to work together. Please submit your proposals by 31 May 2016 to: Dr. Aleksandra Sakowska, the Gdańsk conference secretarygdansk@esra2017.eu. Slow mail should be addressed to: Prof. Jerzy Limon, University of Gdańsk, Institute of English and American Studies, ul. Wita Stwosza 51, 80-308 Gdańsk, Poland.
  6. Medieval Sexualities. Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 11-12 June 2016. The Northern/Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series is pleased to invite proposals for papers on medieval sexualities. This interdisciplinary event will explore how different forms and concepts of sexuality are represented and produced in the medieval context though textual, material, archaeological, visual and musical sources. This conference will explore the significance of these varied (re)presentations of sexualities in literature and visual art looking at agency and voice, power and satire. We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes each on any aspect of sexuality, from researchers in any discipline, and considering any medieval culture. Abstracts of 250 words are invited for submission by 20 April 2016. Please email abstracts to the conference committee at NEmics2016@gmail.com.
  7. Teaching and Learning in Early Modern England: Skills and Knowledge in Practice. A conference to be held at the University of Cambridge, 1 st-2nd September 2016. Organisers: Jennifer Bishop & John Gallagher. From the workshop to the schoolroom, teaching and learning were everyday activities in early modern England. But who learnt what, from whom, and where? How did knowledge transmission work in practice? And what did it mean to be educated, to be skilful, in a rapidly changing society? This conference aims to bring together scholars working on the transmission of knowledge and skills in order to ask new questions about the educational cultures of early modern England. The deadline for abstracts is 1 st April 2016. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to teachingandlearning2016@gmail.com.
  8. Newcastle University School of Modern Languages Translation and Interpreting Section will host a Drama Translation Colloquium on 28-29 June. Registration is free. Please see the link below for details: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sml/about/events/item/drama-translation-colloquium.
  1. What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies. Fifth Biennial Conference, Zurich, 9-11th September 2016. It has been argued that we live in a world saturated by visual images, that culture has undergone a ‘pictorial turn’. This premise has prompted researchers in the humanities and social sciences to theorize the visual image, documenting its function and status relative to other media, tracing the history of its power and the attempts to disempower it. We might think of the work of David Freedberg (The Power of Images, 1989), Bruno Latour (Iconoclash, 2002), W.J.T. Mitchell (What do pictures want? 2004), or James Elkins (What is an image? 2011). This conference aims to extend this scholarship in two interrelated ways, firstly by focusing on the image in a particular period and location, namely in medieval and early modern England, and secondly by exploring the status of the visual image in relation to texts. Call for papers and panels. We invite 20-minute papers. Deadline: 30th April 2016. Please send abstracts (c. 200-400 words) and a short bio (max. 100 words) to bevan.zlatar@es.uzh.ch.
  2. The George Herbert Society announces the Fifth Triennial Conference George Herbert in Paris “Bee Covetous, then, of all good which you see in Frenchmen”, May 18-May 21, 2017. We are seeking proposals on aspects of George Herbert studies, focusing on his poetry or prose. Papers may consider historical, cultural, and discursive contexts for his works, examine rhetorical or lyric strategies afresh, or explore previously unknown or overlooked facets of Herbert’s work and his relationship to both people and topics in the seventeenth century. We welcome proposals from both established scholars in the field as well as newcomers to the George Herbert Society and graduate students. Abstracts in English or in French of no more than 300 words accompanied by a brief CV should be sent to the conference organizers at herbertinparis@gmail.com, by July 15, 2016. Notifications of acceptance: September 15, 2016. Early submissions are welcome! Anyone may submit an abstract, but only members of the Society may deliver a paper. Information regarding accommodation and registration will follow in the fall.
  3. Mary I (1516-1558). A Conference in her 500th Anniversary Year. Sep 30-Oct 01 2016, Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building. England’s first Queen regnant, Mary I, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, was born on 18 February 1516, at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars doing new work on Queen Mary herself, her joint reign with her husband, King Philip of Spain (1554-1558), and on England’s place in Europe and the rest of the world during her reign. The organisers (Gonzalo Berenguer, John Edwards and Alexander Samson) invite papers on any aspect of Mary herself or her reign. Abstracts, c. 200 words, should be sent to velascoberenguer@bristol.ac.uk. To register, please visit our Eventbrite page.
  4. Ascham Conference : Quincentenary of Roger Ascham (1516-1568) Two day conference (9-10 September 2016) at St John’s College, Cambridge. Roger Ascham is a figure familiar to early modernists in the fields of English Literature and History. Often classified as ‘a great mid-Tudor humanist’, he is best known for his role as tutor to Elizabeth I. His most famous works, the Scholemaster and Toxophilus, have been extensively quarried and quoted in studies on prose style and English humanism. His letters (usually cited in translation) are treated by many as a standard primary resource. However, to excerpt and to categorize is not necessarily to understand, and it is arguable that we have lost sight of Ascham the individual, his interests, concerns, and achievements. The 500th anniversary of his birth offers an inviting opportunity to take a fresh look at Ascham and his writing. The conference organisers will be happy to consider any proposals that aspire to cast new light on Ascham and his context. We hope to publish a volume of accepted papers following the conference. Please email abstracts of c.200 words (and any queries) to: rogerascham2016@gmail.com no later than 15 May 2016. Convenors: Dr Lucy Nicholas (King’s College London) and Dr Ceri Law (Queen Mary University, London).

 

Other Events

  1. New Centre for Early Modern Studies, King’s College London. Visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/ahri/centres/cems/home.aspx to be updated on our events, to discover which modules offered by King’s have early modern components, and to browse the directory of CEMS members in order to discover the exciting research going on in our faculty.
  2. Amazing ‘By Me, William Shakespeare’ exhibition is still in full swing in the Inigo Rooms of Somerset House.
  3. Shakespeare’s Friends and Rivals, 9th April, 10-4pm, London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB, Curator and leader: Dr. Eva Griffith. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the day will contextualise Shakespeare and his life with reference to documents of other players and a theatre in Clerkenwell. The focus will be on the Jacobean Red Bull playhouse and the theatrical people who lived in the area, many one-time associates of Shakespeare, then rivals. Those attending will explore the history of Queen Anna of Denmark’s men at the Red Bull through talks, document viewings, performance and an afternoon walking tour. The Society for Renaissance Studies have offered some funding to aid post-graduates and post-docs to attend this event. Please visitevagriffith.com to book and follow the instructions on the homepage to apply for these bursaries.
  4. Ariosto, the Orlando Furiosoand English Culture, 1516-2016. http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2016/Ariosto_the_Orlando_Furioso_and_English_culture.cfm. Thursday 28 & Friday 29 April 2016, 9.30am – 5.00pm. Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH. Convenors: Professor Jane Everson, Royal Holloway University of London, Professor Andrew Hiscock, Bangor University, Dr Stefano Jossa, Royal Holloway University of London. April 2016 marks the fifth centenary of the publication of the first edition of Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso. Translated into English in the 1590s by Sir John Harington, godson of Elizabeth I, the influence of Ariosto’s poem can be traced in literature, music and the visual arts, from Spenser and Milton to modern media adaptations. To celebrate this landmark centenary, and assess the impact of the poem on English culture over 500 years, a team of international scholars will discuss Ariosto’s poem through a consideration of editions and translations; critical reception; rewritings and adaptations in different media, in particular opera.
  1. Early Modern Literary Geographies. Oxford University Press. Series Editors: Julie Sanders, Newcastle University and Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr, Pennsylvania State University. Influenced by the work of cultural and human geographers, literary scholars have started to attend to the ways in which early modern people constructed their senses of the world out of interactions among places, spaces, and embodied practices. Early Modern Literary Geographies will feature innovative research monographs and agenda-setting essay collections that partake of this “spatial turn.” The term “literary geographies” is to be understood capaciously: we invite submissions on any form of early modern writing that engages with the topics of space, place, landscape and environment. Although English literature is at its centre, Early Modern Literary Geographies will feature scholarship that abuts a range of disciplines, including geography, history, performance studies, art history, musicology, archaeology and cognitive science. Subjects of inquiry might include cartography or chorography; historical phenomenology and sensory geographies; body and environment; mobility studies; histories of travel or perambulation; regional and provincial literatures; urban studies; performance environments; sites of memory and cognition; ecocriticism; and oceanic or new blue studies.
  2. The Department of History at King’s College London is proud to present its 11th annual Medieval Latin Play. HECASTUS (Everyman), by Georgius Macropedius (Joris van Lanckvelt), in the original Latin (with English surtitles). Performance: Thursday 31st March 2016, 7.30 pm. College Chapel, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS. All are welcome; no reservations necessary.
  3. Call for Participation: 12 junior scholars to join the research group “Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas”. Deadline: Mar 31, 2016. A Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Project co-directed by Michael Cole and Alessandra Russo, Columbia University. Recent PhDs to junior faculty members working on early modern Italian or Latin American art are eligible to apply though preference will be given to those who did degrees or are working in Italian and Latin American universities. Candidates should submit a statement (maximum
    three pages) explaining their interest in participating; a description (maximum two pages) of a current project; a CV; two letters of recommendation; and a writing sample. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF, clearly labeled, toconnectingarthistories@columbia.edu  by March 31st, 2016. An abridged version of this call for application has been published on: http://www.collegeart.org/opportunities/listing/13130/
  4. To tie in with the forthcoming Literary London Conference (6-8 July 2016) on the theme of ‘London and the Globe’, The Literary London Journal invites contributions for a special issue on ‘Shakespeare’s Londons/London’s Shakespeares’. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016 and articles (between 5-7,000 words) might broadly address one or more of the following topics or questions: How are ‘Londoners’ (Henry VIII, 1.2.155) constructed in Shakespeare’s plays? What role did – or do – London audiences play in constructing Shakespeare? In what ways can we rethink Shakespeare’s anatopism, i.e. his staging of London as other cities? Can we see evidence of ‘Global Shakespeares’ in the refracted Londons he represented? What urban locations – in London or beyond – matter in Shakespeare’s plays, and our current understanding of them? What contributions can contemporary spatial theory make to understanding Shakespeare’s staging of cities such as London? Do Shakespeare’s staged cities cultivate or curtail the ambiguities (linguistic, spatial, sexual and social) of urban life? In what ways can we see The Globe Theatre – past and present – as a microcosm of a changing and conflicted London? How does the reconstructed Globe Theatre offer a venue for staging modern urban experience? What role does the reconstructed Globe Theatre play in (re)conceptualising Shakespeare’s relationship with London? All submissions should be sent to either Adam Hansen (adam.hansen@northumbria.ac.uk) or Adele Lee (lee@gre.ac.uk). For further details, including the style guide, please visit http://www.literarylondon.org/london-journal/submission.html

Newsletter 57

By Alexander Samson, on 5 February 2016

Conference Notices

  1. The Spanish Book in London during the 16th to 19th Centuries. A one-day conference, 13 May 2016 in the British Library, Conference Centre, Eliot Room. Attendance is free, but please register with taylor@bl.uk.

 

Calls for Papers

  1. Call for Papers: Europa delle Corti, Mantua, Italy, 22-24 September 2016. The conference will explore the political role of the Gonzaga women as well as their influence on the political agenda, their government styles and personalities. Anyone interested is invited to submit a synopsis of the paper proposal (min. 1000 – max. 2500 characters) to continisio@unicatt.it by February 28, 2016.
  2. The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (ssemw.org) invites proposals for a sponsored roundtable at the Modern Language Association in Philadelphia, PA, January 5-8, 2017. The session approved by SSEMW (as an Affiliated Organization) is automatically accepted for the MLA convention. All participants must be members of both MLA and SSEMW by April 1, 2016. We invite proposals on the topic of early modern women and “inheritances,” broadly conceived. Topics might include wills and legacies; literary transmissions and intertextuality; commemorative texts and artifacts; or visual and artistic traditions. Contributions from a variety of disciplines and national literatures are encouraged. Please send proposals by Tuesday, March 15, 2016, to Patricia Phillippy, SSEMW liaison with the Modern Language Association, at phillippy@kingston.ac.uk.
  3. Call for Proposals: Pre-modern Radicalisms/ Radical Pre-modernisms, Radical History Review. This CFP invites paper proposals that open-up self-reflexive, politically engaged dialogue                about the usefulness and necessity of imagining pre-modernity through the framework of radical history. Procedures for submission       of articles: By April 1, 2016, please        submit   a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish to            submit as an attachment to contactrhr@gmail.com with “Issue 130 Abstract Submission” in              the subject line.
  4. Call for proposals: Globe Education invites proposals for collaborative workshop experiments in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. We now invite scholars who wish to collaborate with Globe Education to apply for anopportunity to participate in one of three workshops in spring and summer 2016 in which they can work with us to test an idea related to the drama of Shakespeare or his contemporaries in performance indoors. The successful applicants will be post-doctoral fellows, mid-career academics or established scholars in a relevant field, and have proven research interests in early modern drama in performance. They will work in close collaboration with Globe Education academics to develop a practice-led research experiment that responds to the Globe’s research priorities. Globe Education will cover the cost of staff support, candle illumination (if required), workshop production, space hire and publicity. The external partner will bring with them funding of approximately £1,000 for the hire of actors and a director as necessary. Applicants should consult the Research Priorities and Call Specification below and send the following to Dr Will Tosh (t@shakespearesglobe.com) by Monday 14 March 2016.
  5. Call for Papers: We invite delegates from around the world to join us for the 11th biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The conference theme is Mobility and Exchange and we invite papers that engage with this theme from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines. See our Call for Papers: https://anzamems2017.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
  6. Othello’s Island Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus 6 – 8 April 2017. A collaborative event organised by academics from Sheffield Hallam University, SOAS University of London University of Kent, University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds. www.tiny.cc/othello2017

 

Job opportunities

  1. Applications are invited for two Postdoc Research Associateships in the English Department at the University of Geneva. The aim of the Associateships is to contribute to a research project, led by Lukas Erne and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, on early modern German versions of plays by Shakespeare. To apply email erne@unige.ch, and for more information visit http://www.unige.ch/lettres/angle/en/emplois/. Closing date 15 March.
  2. The job ad for the post doc attached to the Before Shakespeare project is now available. This is a two-year, full-time position involving archival research in and performance approaches to the early London playhouses. The deadline to apply is 22 February. http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AMW957/research-fellow-english-and-creative-writing
  3. The University of Hull is offering ONE Postdoctoral Research Assistant Post & TWO full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships or International Fees Bursaries to join a Research Team working on Gender, Place and Memory 1400-1900. Closing date: 29th February 2016.

POSTDOCTORAL RESARCH ASSISTANT: (Band 7) for the duration of 3 years. Project Title: Women, Property and Place in the World. TO APPLY: https://jobs.hull.ac.uk/

PHD PROJECT 1: Women Walking the World: Emotions, Place and Memory in English Court Records, 1400-1800. TO APPLY: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/pgmi2/s/women-world-emotion.aspx

PHD PROJECT 2: Women, Property and the Law: Mapping Sexual Inequality in the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1708-1974. TO APPLY: http://www2.hull.ac.uk/pgmi2/s.aspx

 

Other Events

  1. Opening weekend of What You Will: King’s Shakespeare Festival. Taking place 11-14 February, this weekend of exciting events marks the start of our Shakespeare Festival, which runs throughout 2016. For more information visit http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/centres/lsc/events/index.aspx
  2. Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Through a connected series of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities in the capital and beyond, partners will celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare during the quatercentenary year. http://www.shakespeare400.org/
  3. Lecture: Nathan Wachtel (Collège de France), The ‘Jewish Indian Theory’: the Problem of the Origin of the American Populations (XVIth-XVIIth Centuries), UCL Centre for Transnational History, in cooperation with UCL Institute of the Americas and the Institute of Jewish Studies, Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 05:30 PM, UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required. Please register here: http://jewish-indian-theory.eventbrite.co.uk. A drinks reception will be served after the lecture at the South Cloisters, Wilkins Building.
  4. Society for Neo-Latin Studies, Postgraduate Student Event, Thursday 10 March. This year’s postgraduate event will be held at Merton College, Oxford. 20 places available, first come first served. There will be no fee involved, please just bring £3.30 in cash with you for a massive lunch. Free tea, coffee, and biscuits. There are opportunities to present short papers (10-15 minutes) at this event, in a friendly and relaxed environment. If you would like to speak about your research or suggest a topic for discussion, please email elizabeth.sandis@merton.ox.ac.uk by Monday 22 February. There is no deadline for registering to attend.
  5. Domestic Shakespeare Lecture by Lena Cowen Orlin on ‘The Second-Best Bed’, and Performance Workshop with Laura Gowing 1pm, Sat 13 February, The Great Hall, King’s College London (Strand Campus), as part of King’s Shakespeare Festival: ‘What You Will’. Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance; you can book your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kings-shakespeare-festival-domestic-shakespeare-a-lecture-by-lena-cowen-orlin-followed-by-a-tickets-20420818217

Newsletter 56

By Alexander Samson, on 17 December 2015

Newsletter 56

By Alexander Samson, on 17 December 2015

Conference Notices

  1. April 2016 will mark the fifth centenary of the publication of Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, a seminal work of European literature. To mark this centenary and to draw attention to the continuing presence of the Orlando Furioso in English culture from the 16th century to the present, a conference will be held at the British Academy in London on April 28th and 29th 2016. For all details of the conference programme and how to register please see: http://rensoc.org.uk/news/ariosto-orlando-furioso-and-english-culture-1516-2016.
  2. A Conference to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Sir Herbert Grierson, 15-17 January 2016, hosted by the Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History, in association with the Centre for Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies, University of Aberdeen. The conference commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Herbert Grierson (1866-1960), Inaugural Chalmers Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, who was also a Classicist. The Subversions of Classical Learning project as a whole comprises a series of events (in 2015 and 2016) to consider some of the most dynamic and exciting transformations and subversions of Classical themes.
  3. Register now for ‘Cervantes and Shakespeare: A Transnational Conversation’ symposium. Thursday, April 14, 2016 – Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Newberry Library​. For more details visit: https://www.newberry.org/04142016-cervantes-and-shakespeare-transnational-conversation.
  4. 5th Scientiae Conference on ‘Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World (approx. 1400-1800)’. Scientiae Oxford 2016, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 5-7 July 2016. http://scientiae.co.uk/oxford-2016/.
  5. Joint Annual Renaissance Early Modern Postgraduate Symposium: Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Print, 1400-1800 ­ which will take place on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2016 at The Courtauld Institute of Art. More information: http://courtauld.ac.uk/event/placing-prints-new-developments-in-the-study-of-early-modern-print.
  6. Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science Conference on 21-23 March 2016, University of Groningen. http://www.rug.nl/ggw/news/events/2016/early-modern-women-on-metaphysics-religion-and-science.
  7. The research group Places of Amnesia at the University of Cambridge is pleased to announce the interdisciplinary conference Places of Amnesia: Interdisciplinary perspectives on forgotten pasts, Cambridge (UK), April 5-6, 2016. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Places-of-Amnesia/.
  8. Registration open for the 6th New Insights into 16th-and 17th-Century British Architecture, organised by Dr Claire Gapper and Dr Paula Henderson. The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Saturday, January 23, 2016.
  9. ‘Religion and Medicine: Healing the Body and Soul From the Middle Ages to the Modern Day’, Birkbeck, University of London, 15-16 July 2016. https://religionandmedicine.wordpress.com/.
  10. Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation and Sociability in Early Modernity (c. 1500-1800). German Historical Institute, London, 19-21 May 2016. https://networks.h-net.org/node/GROUP_NID/announcements/82169/spaces-and-places-leisure-recreation-and-sociability-early.
  11. The Spanish Book in London from the 16th to 19th centuries, 13 May 2016, British Library, Conference Centre, Eliot Room.
  12. Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain (Leuven, 4-6 Feb 16)‏. https://netherlandishartinspain.wordpress.com/.
  13. Women and the Canon Conference to be held at Christ Church (University of Oxford) on 22-23 January 2016. https://womenandthecanon.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/.

 

Research Seminars, Training, and Workshops

  1. Registration is now open for a one day workshop entitled ‘The Neapolitan Phoenix: Heritage and Renewal in Renaissance and Early Modern Naples (1442-1647)’. The one-day workshop is being held at Compton Verney, the very beautiful art gallery in Warwickshire, from approximately 10am – 6pm on the 26th May 2016. We currently have eight confirmed speakers, minibus travel is being arranged from campus, and there will also be a tour of the gallery after lunch.   More details, programme etc will be added to the website in due course. Costs for the workshop are £40 (external), £35 (Warwick staff), £30 (students) and numbers are very limited, so early registration is essential, by sending your enquiry to renaissance@warwick.ac.uk.
  2. London Renaissance Seminar: Forests and Gardens in Early Modern Culture. Organiser: Dr Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Saturday 9 January 12-5, Room 114, 43 Gordon Square tbc. The School of Arts, Birkbeck College.
  3. London Renaissance Seminar: Authorship and Attribution in Early Modern Drama; John Marston and others. Organisers: Prof. Martin Butler, Prof M.Steggle, Saturday 23 January Room 114. The School of Arts, Birkbeck College.
  4. London Renaissance Seminar: Early Modern Vengeance; In and Out of Time. Organiser: Dr Kate Graham, Saturday 30th January 2016, Room: G10/112tbc. The School of Arts, Birkbeck College. This half-day symposium will interrogate the relationship between revenge and time in Early Modern drama, while also considering the performances of Early Modern revenge plays in our own time. Confirmed speakers include Will Tosh (Globe Theatre), Sarah Lewis (King¹s), Catherine Silverstone (QMUL), and Katherine M. Graham (University of Westminster).
  5. Shakespeare/Cervantes Centenary Event, A Centre for Translating Cultures seminar, 16 March 2016, 15:30, Raymond Calcraft (University of Exeter), Web link here: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=4879.
  6. Seminar on Printed Books, manuscripts and Material Studies, ESSE Galway, August 22-26, 2016. For more information contact: Carlo Bajetta, Università della Valle d¹Aosta, Italy, bajetta@univda.it, and Guillaume Coatalen, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France, guillaumecoatalen@hotmail.com

 

Calls for Papers

  1. Call for papers: Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium to be held at Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, on Wednesday 20th April 2016. This symposium draws together growing research interest in disability studies and Shakespearean theatre. Please email an abstract of up to 300 words and a short bio to the symposium organisers (disabilityandshakespeare@gmail.com) by Friday 15th January 2016. Please indicate if your proposal is for a position paper. There are two small travel bursaries available for postgraduate/early career presenters; the recipients of these grants will be asked to write a short reflection on the symposium, which will be published on the BSA website, the Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog, and the symposium website.
  2. Call for papers: The editorial board of Shakespeare Jahrbuch invites submissions for its 2017 issue, which will devoted to Shakespeare’s Green Worlds. Please send your manuscripts to the editor of Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Sabine Schülting (email: sabine.schuelting@fu-berlin.de), by 15 April 2016. The length of articles should not exceed 6,000 words. Articles should be formatted according to our style sheet, which can be downloaded from http://shakespeare-gesellschaft.de/en/jahrbuch/note-on-submission.html.
  3. Call for papers: Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce its 9th annual student conference on the theme of Sensing the Early Modern to take place on 20th February 2016. We invite proposals for papers that explore perceptions of the senses during the early modern period, 1500-1800 and we welcome proposals from post-graduate students from all institutions. Conference papers might address the five traditional senses ­ sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch ­ or those less defined areas, such as the sense of time or place; of common sense, pain or pleasure. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for a paper lasting 20-25 minutes (about 2,000-2,500 words) to Sue Jones, President, Birkbeck Early Modern Society, bbkems@gmail.com by 5pm on 11th December 2015. The abstract should be in the Microsoft word document headed with your name, programme of study and institution.
  4. Call for papers: Translating Petrarch’s sonnets (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, February 19, 2015). Please send proposals (up to 300 words) to carole.birkan-berz@univ-paris3.fr and sonnetintranslation@gmail.com before December 15, 2015. Our first study day will take place on Friday February 19 at the Sorbonne Nouvelle. We will focus on translations, re-translations and adaptations of Petrarch’s Canzoniere in a transhistorical perspective. The 19 February study day will aim at exploring the various modalities, meanings and scope of translations, adaptations and imitations of Petrarch, especially in English and French language poetries but also in other languages.
  5. Call for papers: Intimacy in Early Modern Art, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), August 18-20, 2016, in Bruges, Belgium. This session will explore the social implications of intimacy in the production, reception, and circulation of early modern art. Deadline for submission: Monday, February 8, 2016. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a CV with contact information to Andrea Pearson at pearson@american.edu.
  6. Call for papers: Cervantes+Shakespeare2016. Coinciding with the quatercentenary of the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes, SEDERI (Spanish and Portuguese Association for English Renaissance Studies) is organising its annual conference in collaboration with the English and Spanish departments of the University of Valladolid. The organisers invite proposals for contributions that critically explore questions related to early modern Spanish and English literature, history and culture, language, Restoration English Studies, Early Modern Anglo-Spanish cross-cultural studies, and any aspect of the literary and cultural links between Cervantes and Shakespeare from their time to our own. Abstracts should be 200-300 words and can be in English or Spanish. Both languages will be used in the conference. Submit your proposal for 20-min papers, 90-min sessions or round tables using the web platform: Cervantes+Shakespeare2016. Deadline for submission of proposals: 10th January 2016. For further information, contact sederi2016@gmail.com.
  7. Call for papers: John Rylands Research Institute Conference 2016: ‘The Other Within’ – The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of The John Rylands Library. Monday 27-Wednesday 29 June 2016 at The John Rylands Library, Manchester. Deadline 29 January 2016. For more details visit: http://www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/conference-2016/.
  8. Call for papers: Utopia for 500 Years’ A Conference on Thomas More’s Utopia to be held at St. Thomas More College, University Of Saskatchewan, 22-24 September 2016, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the work’s publication. Deadline 8th January 2016. For further information: http://words.usask.ca/cmrsblog/2015/10/22/utopia-for-500-years-a-call-for-papers/.
  9. Call for papers: ‘Dare to Tell’: Silence and Saying in Ben Jonson. 1st – 3rd April 2016, School of English, University of St Andrews.   A conference in the 400th anniversary year of the publication of Jonson’s 1616 first Folio of Works. Deadline: 26 February 2016. https://jonson16.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/jonson_1616_cfp_zoesutherland.pdf.
  10. Call for papers for ‘Paratheatrical Entertainments in Shakespeare’s London and London’s Shakespeare’ ­ seminar at the World Shakespeare Congress 2016. Donald Hedrick (Kansas State University) and Edel Semple (University College Cork). Registration for this seminar can be found online at the World Shakespeare Congress 2016 website. Seminar places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Registration closes on 1st February 2016.
  11. Call for papers: The Spring 2016 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held on Saturday 12 March 2016. Venue: The Birmingham and Midland Institute on 12 March 2016. Please send proposals to Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk) and/or Dr Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) by no later than 15 January 2016. For more information visit: https://britishmiltonseminar.wordpress.com/.
  12. Call for papers: ‘Transverberations: Iberian Mysticism in a Global Context’. 5th and 6th February, 2016, University of Manchester. Proposals for 20-minute papers in English by December 14th, 2015. Full details: https://transverberations.wordpress.com/.
  13. Call for papers: ‘Texts & Contexts VII, The Influence of Vernacular Discourses on Neo-Latin Literature’. 21st – 23rd April 2016, Innsbruck, Austria. http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/news/texts-contexts-vii-influence-vernacular-discourses-neo-latin-literature.
  14. Call for papers: ‘The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy’. A University of Warwick Conference to be held at Warwick in Venice (the Palazzo Papafava), Venice. 2-4 June 2016. In collaboration with the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group. Please submit titles (along with an abstract of no more than 300 words) for 20-minute papers to the conference convener, Jacomien Prins (j.w.prins@warwick.ac.uk), by 15 December 2015. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/about_us/centrestaff/researchfellows/prins/musicalrenaissanceconf/musicalhumanismconferencecallforpapersdef.pdf.
  15. Call for papers: La Corónica invites scholars to submit a paper for a cluster entitled “Redes Petristas: Networks and Memory of Pedro I of Castile”. This cluster will explore the persistence over the years and across Europe of Petrism, whose traces can be uncovered in historiographical, literary and artistic production. Those intending to submit articles should send an abstract and preliminary bibliography to the guest editors of the cluster, Rosa Rodríguez Porto (rosa.rodriguezporto@york.ac.uk) and Sacramento Roselló Martínez (srm@sdu.dk) by Feb 1st, 2016. For more information see: http://www.lacoronica.org/normas.htm.
  16. Call for papers: Contributions are invited towards a volume of essays on the German friar, priest and professor of theology, Martin Luther. The book will reconsider Luther’s pivotal contribution to the Protestant Reformation, advancing the debate on the source of his theological opposition to the traditional beliefs and practices of the medieval church. Chapter proposals of c. 250 words on any literary or biographical aspect of Luther should be emailed to the editor, Philip Major, by 30 December 2015. Birkbeck, University of London.
  17. Call for papers: ‘The Pre-Modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality and Visuality’. October 21-22, 2016, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, CEMERS conference, Binghamton University, The state University of New York. https://www.binghamton.edu/cemers/.
  18. Call for papers: ‘Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age’, 13th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson. April 28­May 1, 2016. http://medievalartresearch.com/2015/09/29/magic-and-magicians-in-the-middle-ages-and-the-early-modern-age-the-university-of-arizona-tucson-april-28-may-1-2016/.
  19. Call for papers: Northern Renaissance Seminar, ‘Communication, Correspondence and Transmission in the Early Modern World’. 12-13 May, 2016, Leeds. Dr Sara Barker (University of Leeds) is the event¹s keynote speaker. https://nrsleeds2016.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/.
  20. Call for papers: 3-day conference on Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe 1500-1800¹, Plymouth University, 7-9 Apr 2016; http://www.slideshare.net/NadineAkkerman1/call-for-papers-a-3day-conference-79-april-2016-plymouth-university.
  21. Call for papers: Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference, University of Liverpool, UK, between 13th and 15th July 2016. The theme is Thinking about the Past, Thinking about the future. http://www.vahs.org.uk/events/upcoming-events/.
  22. Call for papers: Othello’s Island 2016, the 4th Annual Multidisciplinary Conference on Medieval and Renaissance art, literature, history, culture and society. Deadline: 4 January 2016, othellosisland.org.
  23. Call for papers: The next forum for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal volume 11, issue 1, to be published October, 2016, will be on women and science. Topics to be considered may include any subject that addresses the activity of women in science (including medicine), natural philosophy, or natural history broadly conceived. Forum pieces may consider, for example, women as scientists in any field, the influence of women as patrons of scientists and academies, or the scientific study of gender. Proposals on other related topics are welcome. Please send us an abstract of 300 words to msuzuki@miami.edu. We will respond promptly. The completed forum essays, of 3000-3500 words, will be due January 15, 2016.

 

Announcements of Projects / Publications

  1. Bainton Book Prizes for Warwick colleagues: four members of the CSR – past and present – were recognised by the international Sixteenth Century Society for their outstanding contributions to early modern studies. Dr Elizabeth Goldring was awarded the 2015 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for Art History for Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art (Yale University Press, 2014). Congratulations are also due to the CSR-based John Nichols Research Project, the primary output of which, John Nichols’s The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth I: A New Edition of the Early Modern Sources (Oxford University Press, 2014), was awarded the 2015 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for Reference. For more details: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/145landmark_publication146_and/.
  2. Brian Cummings and Alex Walsham have been awarded a grant by the AHRC to fund a collaborative and interdisciplinary project on ‘Remembering the Reformation’. The project will run for three years from 1 January 2016 and will involve the appointment of two postdoctoral research assistants, one based in the Department of English and Related Literature at York and the other at the Faculty of History in Cambridge.
  3. Jeanne Shami is pleased to announce a database of early modern sermon manuscripts (1530-1715): GEMMS (Gateway to Early Modern Sermon Manuscripts) the blogpost address http://www.gemmsproject.blogspot.com/

 

Other Events

  1. Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. 12 March – 5 June 2016, ‘In the Age of Giorgione’. Trace the development of ideas that changed the course of art in this highly original exploration of the Venetian Renaissance. Bringing together iconic paintings by masters such as Titian and Giorgione, we shed new light on a pivotal yet little-understood moment in the history of art. https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/in-the-age-of-giorgione.
  2. Postgrads working on Library and Information history, and wishing to receive funding for relevant research or conferences, may be interested in the James Ollé Awards. Deadline: 31 December 2015. http://www.cilip.org.uk/library-information-history-group/james-oll-awards.
  3. UCL Renaissance Latin Reading Group, from Thursday 14 January 2016, at 5.00 p.m. in the UCL Italian Seminar Room, Foster Court 351. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mars/seminars-lectures/latin-reading.
  4. Dr Johnson’s Reading Circle, An intimate after-hours reading group led by a prominent 18th-century academic in the former home of Dr Samuel Johnson. http://www.drjohnsonshouse.org/ReadingCircle.html.
  5. A visiting fellowship worth £1,500 is available to scholars working on women’s lives, identities and representations in the humanities (broadly defined). The fellowship is intended to cover some of the costs associated with undertaking research in Oxford and can be taken up at any time between 25 April 2016 until 21 June 2018. For more information: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/women-humanities-visiting-fellowship.
  6. Globe Research Internships accepting applications until 4 January, all details here: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/opportunities/internships.

Newsletter 55

By Alexander Samson, on 8 September 2015

Conference Notices

  1. ‘Scandal, Controversy, Persecution: Shaping Dissenting Identities’, Saturday, 14 November 2015, Dr Williams¹s Library ­ 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR. As usual, the conference is free of charge but prior registration is essential either by mail (anne.page@univ-amu.fr) or by post: Dr Michael Davies Department of English 19-23 Abercromby Sq University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZG. For more information:  http://www.dissent.hypotheses.org
  2. Conference “Femmes a la cour de France: Charges et fonctions” in Paris, October 8-9. Programme and registration information at http://cour-de-france.fr/article3761.html?lang=fr
  3. ‘Poets of the New World: Literary and Cultural Transmission in Early Modern Spanish America’. 19th-20th November 2015, Clare College, University of Cambridge. Full details of the programme and free registration are available on the conference website: http://newworldpoets.wix.com/cambridge
    The deadline for registration is 10th November 2015. For more information, please contact Imogen Choi ics26@cam.ac.uk
  4. Registration is open for Centres of Diplomacy, Centres of Culture 1: The
    Habsburg and Papal Courts c.1450-1630 (21 and 22 September 2015 at TORCH,
    Oxford). Attendance at the conference is free, but registration is required.
    For details of the programme and information about how to register please
    visit http://torch.ox.ac.uk/centres-diplomacy-centres-culture-i-0
  5. A one-day conference looking at various cultural aspects of the reign of James V – titled ‘The Presence of Majestie: James V and Sir David Lindsay’. The conference is being held on Saturday 19 September at St Augustine’s Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL​ and costs just £15 to attend. The event is sponsored by the Heraldic Society of Scotland and can be booked through the HSS shop http://www.heraldry-scotland.co.uk/conference.html or by contacting Alex Maxwell Findlater alex@findlater.org.uk
  6. ‘Reimagining the Cavalier’: A One-Day Symposium at Newcastle University, 11 September 2015, Percy Building, Room G.10. The symposium is free, but please email ruth.connolly@ncl.ac.uk to register your attendance. Further information available here: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/reimaginingthecavalier/http://research.ncl.ac.uk/mems/reimaginingthecavalier/

 

Research Seminars, Training, and Workshops

  1. Upcoming Birkbeck Early Modern Society Events: on 23 October Dr Stephen Brogan will talk about  ‘Rivals to Charles II?  Valentine Greatrakes, the duke of Monmouth and the royal touch in Restoration England, 1660-85’.  On 13 November, Dr Susan North of the V&A will speak to us about ‘Dress and hygiene in early modern England. For more information: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/about-us/societies-student-groups/early-modern-society Or visit our blog http://www.emintelligencer.org.uk
  1. The 4th London Summer School in Intellectual History. Both lectures are free and colleagues are very welcome, but we would kindly ask them to register beforehand at the relevant event webpages. In case of any practical queries, they can contact the event administrator, Ms Lucy Dow, at elspeth.dow.09@ucl.ac.uk Opening keynote lecture by Prof. Anthony La Vopa (North Carolina): “Specialization run amok? Contextualizing Denis Diderot” (Monday 7 September 2015, 5:00pm, Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, UCL) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/specialization-run-amok-making-sense-of-denis-diderot-tickets-18286569622 Concluding keynote lecture by Prof. Quentin Skinner (QMUL): “Thomas Hobbes and the iconography of the state” (Thursday 10 September 2015, 2:30pm, Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, UCL)  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thomas-hobbes-and-the-iconography-of-the-state-tickets-18286622781
  2. The 2015 Fifteenth Century Conference will be hosted at the University of Kent on 10-12 September this year, a conference with two major themes, Lancastrian political culture and social and economic history in the later Middle Ages. For more information, please visit: https://kenthospitality.kent.ac.uk/Register/Registration/Welcome.aspx?e=076160A7EA8AFA2B1E20EFBA06A1E773
  3. The Early Modern Line: A Symposium on Friday 18th September 2015 at Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. Free Registration  & Postgraduate Travel Bursaries Available. Keynote presentations from Dr Matthew Eddy (Durham University), Matthias Garn, Master Mason, and carver Kibby Schaefer, alongside an exhibition of items from the Library’s Special Collections. To register, please email earlymodernlines@york.ac.ukbefore Monday 14th September. Please indicate if you are a postgraduate student and would like to be considered for a travel bursary.
  4. ESSE Galway  August 22-26, 2016. Seminar on Printed Books, Manuscripts and Material Studies. Convenors:Carlo Bajetta, Università della Valle d’Aosta, Italy, carlo.bajetta@univda.it Guillaume Coatalen, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France, guillaumecoatalen@hotmail.com. The focus is on the physicality of English printed books and manuscripts, whether they be strictly literary or not.
  5. Online Paleography Course and Onsite Archival Studies Seminar in Florence, Italy. Part of the Medici Archive Project. For further details: www.medici.org/educational-programmes

 

 

Calls for Papers

  1. Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Early Modern Print ­ which will take place on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2016  at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Click here for more information. Abstracts for 20-minute papers, not exceeding 250 words should be sent with a brief academic CV (100 words) by 22 November to: placingprints@courtauld.ac.uk
  2. Call for papers: Royal Studies Network at Kalamazoo, May 2016. ‘A Queen is Born: Celebrating the 500th Birthday of Queen Mary I of England. A Successor is Born: Contested Births and Unexpected Heirs.’ If you would like to participate in one of our sessions, please send a 250 word abstract for a 20 minute paper to the session coordinator, Valerie Schutte (veschutte@gmail.com) by 15 September. Please include a participant information form with your abstract.
  3. Call for papers for a two-day conference on ‘Women and the Canon’ to be held at Christ Church (University of Oxford) on 22-23 January 2016. Please send an abstract of 250 words with a brief biography by 15th September to the following email address: womencanonconference@gmail.com.
  4. Call for Papers: ‘The Opportune Moment and the Early Modern Theatre of Politics.’ An initiative of the Grasping Kairos Research Network on Thursday 12th November 2015, 13.00-20.00, Room 112, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London. To attend the seminar, please send an abstract of max. 300 words, accompanied by a one-page CV by 30thSeptember 2015 to the seminar organisers Dr Joanne Paul, Dr Kristine Johanson, and Dr Sarah Lewis at graspingkairos@gmail.com. We welcome abstracts from both established scholars and postgraduates. If you would like to audit the seminar, please email the network and hopefully we will be able to accommodate you. To attend the keynote address, please email graspingkairos@gmail.comto be added to the list of attendees. For more information, please visit the Grasping Kairos website: graspingkairos.wix.com/network
  5. Society for Neo-Latin Studies SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize. Submissions for the inaugural SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize are now invited. All PhD students and post-docs up to two years after their viva by the deadline (who are also members) are eligible to submit an essay of up to 7,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography and any appendixes (e.g. part of a chapter or a draft of an article or a  written version of a conference paper) by 1 September 2015 (as an email attachment to g.manuwald@ucl.ac.uk). All submissions will be judged by members of the Executive Committee, who may ask other experts to join them. The winner will be announced at the AGM in November and will receive a certificate, a small financial award and publication advice if required.
  6. Call for papers for ‘Paratheatrical Entertainments in Shakespeare¹s London and London¹s Shakespeare’ seminar at the World Shakespeare Congress 2016. For more info http://www.wsc2016.info/
  7. Call for papers for ‘Othello’s Island 2016’ The 4th Annual Multidisciplinary Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Art, Literature, History, Culture and Society. Please refer to the website before submitting for further information: www.othellosisland.org
  8. Call for papers for the session “Labyrinth as Paradigm in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cultures” we are organizing for the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (Harvard University, March 17-20). 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers are due September 23, 2015. Click here for more information.
  9. Call for papers: ‘Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature’ will be held at Durham University (UK) on 26-27 February 2016. For more info: https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/conferences/?eventno=25738
  10. Call for papers for a 3-day conference on ‘Gender, Power and Materiality in Early Modern Europe 1500-1800’, Plymouth Uni, 7-9 Apr 2016. http://www.slideshare.net/NadineAkkerman1/call-for-papers-a-3day-conference-79-april-2016-plymouth-university
  11. Call for papers: Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference. University of Liverpool, UK,  between 13th and 15th July 2016. The theme is ‘Thinking about the past, thinking about the future.’ Papers are invited which explore subjects in a range of time periods, from the Middle Ages (or earlier) to the near-history of the twenty-first century. For more details see the call for papers here: http://www.vahs.org.uk/events/upcoming-events/ The organisers will welcome speakers and attendees working in women’s studies.
  12. Call for papers: EAUH 2016: Natural Disasters and Relocation of Cities in Spanish America, 16th ­-18th centuries. 13th International Conference on Urban History, Helsinki, 24th – 27th August 2016. For more information: https://eauh2016.net/programme/sessions/#session-content-25513. The next forum for Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal volume 11, issue 1, to be published October, 2016, will be on women and science. Topics to be considered may include any subject that addresses the activity of women in science (including medicine), natural philosophy, or natural history broadly conceived. Forum pieces may consider, for example, women as scientists in any field, the influence of women as patrons of scientists and academies, or the scientific study of gender. Proposals on other related topics welcome. Please send us an abstract of 300 words to msuzuki@miami.edu. We will respond promptly. The completed forum essays, of 3000-3500 words, will be due January 15, 2016.
  13. The launch of the new book series titled “Spanish Golden Age Studies” http://www.peterlang.com/?SGAS welcomes proposals in English and Spanish, and are interested in both single-authored monographs and edited collections.

 

Jobs and Studentships

  1. Two PhD candidates in Renaissance and Golden Age Literature. Faculty of Humanities – Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies. For more information and applications, please visit: http://www.uva.nl/en/about-the-uva/working-at-the-uva/vacancies/content/2015/07/15-268_two-phd-candidates-in-renaissance-and-golden-age-literature.html

 

Announcements of Projects / Publications

  1. JournalLists, a free subscription service for reading historical fiction, periodicals, and diaries in e-instalments. It’s designed to be both an educational resource for undergraduates, to facilitate reading historical works in small doses, as well as a fun experiment in reading for graduates, academics, and anyone interested in early modern literature. The first JournalList went live on 14 August with James Boswell¹s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson: sign upand receive each entry of Boswell’s diary on the anniversary of the day it was written. Upcoming JournalLists include The Spectator, and Lord Byron’s Ravenna journal. Go to  www.journalists.wordpress.comto find out more.

 

Other Events

  1. A guided walk: Very Able Statuaries – Early Modern Sculptors in the City of London. Exploring the lives and works of the many talented ‘carvers’ and craftsmen working in the Early Modern City after the Great Fire of 1666. The walk looks at examples from such stars as Frances Bird, Gaius Gabriel Cibber, Grinling Gibbons, John Bushnell, Thomas Strong, Robert Bird and Edward Pearce. As usual, we will visit a pub or two en route. Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Meet for a 6:30pm start at the statue of Queen Anne in front of the main entrance/west steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. £10 per person payable on the evening of the tour. £8 for people on the Early Modern Society mailing list, who’ve booked their place in advance with Laura Jacobs by September 21 at bbkems@gmail.com.
  2. Maya-on-the-Thames workshop – UCL Institute of Archaeology. September 11-13, 2015. Attendance is free of charge and open to all, no prior knowledge necessary. Attend the lecture and the workshops or just the activity of your preference. More details on the event’s website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mayaglyphs
  3. Special Events at the Foundling Museum: Including two talks on Jane Austen’s Emma on the 11th and 13th September.  Please visit here for full details: http://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/whats-on/special-events/

 

 

Newsletter 54

By Alexander Samson, on 18 June 2015

Conference Notices

  1. Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Aberystwyth/Bangor) Biennial Conference. Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World, 3rd-5th September 2015, Bangor University. Registration is now open: http://travelandconflict.bangor.ac.uk/register.php.en
  2. Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare. The 2016 World Shakespeare Congress – four hundred years after the playwright’s death – will celebrate Shakespeare’s memory and the global cultural legacy of his works. For more information, or to register for the event, please visit: www.wsc2016.info
  3. Women, Land and the Making of the British Landscape, 1300-1900. A two-day interdisciplinary conference, 29th-30th June 2015, University of Hull. Please book via the University of Hull’s online shop  http://shop.hull.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&catid=90&prodid=204 Further details are available via the Women and Land blog: https://womenandland.wordpress.com/
  1. Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess (1624). A symposium and script-in-hand performance of the play. Canterbury Christ Church University, Saturday 4th July 2015. Please register through the CCCU online shop: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/shop/Thomas-Middleton-Symposium
  2. National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies. Early Career Symposium, supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA), at Queen Mary University of London on Friday 18 September 2015. Expressions of interest in speaking at the event (including giving a 15-20 minute paper) are welcome; see website for more details. For more information about the event and how to register please visit http://www.earlymodernboundaries.com.
  3. Piero della Francesca and disegno, will take place on Friday 19 June 2015, 12.45 – 19.30 (with registration from 12.15) and Saturday 20 June 2015, 10.00 – 17.30 (with registration from 9.30) in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and at the Sainsbury Wing Theatre, The National Gallery, London. BOOK ONLINE: http://courtauld-institute.digitalmuseum.co.ukFor further information, email ResearchForum@courtauld.ac.uk.
  4. Emblems in Everyday Life, 2 – 4 September 2015, Glasgow University Library. A two day conference on emblems to mark the launch of the Great Britain and Ireland Branch of the Society for Emblem Studies, including a round table on the recent important acquisition to the Stirling Maxwell Collection in the University Library from the Yates Tompson and Bright sale. For more information and to register for this event, contact Alison Adams alison.rawles@btinternet.com or http://www.emblemstudies.org/gbi-ses-2015meeting/
  5. Johnson and Shakespeare, 7–9 August 2015, Pembroke College Oxford. A Conference to Mark the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Publication of Samuel Johnson’s The Plays of William Shakespeare. For more information, and to book places please visit https://johnsonandshakespeare2015.wordpress.com
  6. WEMLO is a British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project created to support researchers of early modern women letter writers. This site provides a scholarly meeting place for such researchers and offers an array of resources, including bibliographies, links to related resources, an image gallery of female letter writers, calls for papers, news, and a blog where scholars can communicate with each other about their work. The project also holds workshopsthat encourage scholarship in the area of early modern women’s epistolary culture. They are organising a colloquium on “New Directions in Early Modern Women’s Letters”, taking place on 14-15 August 2014.  Please see the events page on their website for further details: http://blogs.plymouth.ac.uk/wemlo/

 

Research Seminars, Training, and Workshops

  1. Drayton in London London Renaissance Seminar at The Royal Geographical Society. For further information, contact Mandy Bedford University of Exeter hums-conferences@ex.ac.uk
  2. The Performance and Experience of Domestic Service. Saturday 18th July 2015, 2pm-6.30pm. Room 538, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX. Please email emma.whipday@magd.ox.ac.uk with any queries.
  3. Lope and the European Theatre of his Time. 8th Lope de Vega Conference. December 10th , 11th and 12th, 2015. Prolope Research Group. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Real Academia de Buenas Letras de Barcelona. For more info: lopeeuropeo@hotmail.com
  4. Centres of Diplomacy, Centres of Culture I: The Habsburg and Papal Courts c.1450 to c.1630. The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities 21-22 September 2015. A conference exploring the role of diplomatic processes and personal in cultural exchanges at early modern courts. Early career academics are particularly welcome. For more details see: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/centres-diplomacy-centres-culture-i

 

Calls for Papers

  1. Call for papers from the Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837 (London). The group will be meeting at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. WSG  membership is open to men and women, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars. Our website on www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk provides more information. All meetings are on Saturdays: in the 2015-2016 sessions, the dates are as follows: Saturday 26th  September, 2015; Saturday 28th November, 2015; Saturday 30th January, 2016. Please reply to Carolyn D. Williams on cdwilliamslyle@aol.com
  2. In response to the lively conversation on EMW-L last spring on films, EMWJ is soliciting proposals for reviews of films that highlight the historical presence of early modern women. Please send us abstracts of 200 words by July 1 that include the names of the films to be reviewed and the theme(s) that connect them. We will respond promptly. The completed essays will be due October 1, 2015. The cluster of reviews will be published in volume 10, issue 2 in April, 2016. Our next forum for volume 11, issue 1, to be published October, 2016, will be on women and science.
    Topics to be considered may include any subject that addresses the activity of women in science (including medicine), natural philosophy, or natural history broadly conceived. Forum pieces may consider, for example, women as scientists in any field, the influence of women as patrons of scientists and academies, or the scientific study of gender. Proposals on other related topics welcome. Please send us an abstract of 300 words by July 1. We will respond promptly. The completed forum essays, of 3000-3500 words, will be due January 15, 2016. For more info: http://www.humanities.miami.edu/humanities/about/staff/msuzuki/
  3. Authority Revisited: Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516. Lectio International Conference. 30 November to 3 December 2016. University of Leuven (Belgium). Papers may be given in English or French and the presentation should take 20 minutes. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to lectio@kuleuven.be by January 15, 2016. For more info: www.ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio
  1. Call for Papers for the First Interdisciplinary Historical Fictions Research Network Conference. Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge, 27th and 28th February 2016. This is a key moment for the study of historical fictions: there is a rising critical recognition of the texts and the convergence of lines of theory in the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past. Paper proposals consisting of a title and abstract of no more than 250 words should be submitted to: historicalfictionsresearch@gmail.com by September 1st 2015. Follow us: Twitter: @HistoricalFic http://historicalfictionsresearch.org
  2. News, Secrecy and Foreign Policy in Early Modern England, Bath Spa University, 24th October 2015, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. Paper proposals should be sent to d.coast@bathspa.ac.uk by 31st July 2015.

 

Jobs and Studentships

  1. One Year Post at University of Strathclyde. Following the award of an AHRC Research Fellowship to Professor Erica Fudge, the School of Humanities at the University of Strathclyde invites applications for the post of Teaching Associate in English Studies. We are looking to appoint an individual at an early stage of their career with experience in undergraduate teaching. The potential to contribute to research activities would be advantageous along with a PhD in a related subject.
    The appointment is for twelve months, beginning 1 September 2015. English Studies at the University of Strathclyde covers all areas of the literary curriculum from the Renaissance to the present, and we would welcome applications from candidates who could contribute to existing core or optional classes in Renaissance Literature as well as to dissertation supervision in a range of areas. Further details can be found on www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ATV970/teaching-associate-19611/
  2. Fully-funded PhD studentships are available at Leeds Beckett University, including one prospectively in History, Heritage and Sexuality. Please follow the following link for details: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/research-studentships-and-fees-only-bursaries/ Scroll down to the Faculty of Art, Environment and Technology, then click on History, and it’s the second project. Closing date for applications is 30 June. Please don’t hesitate to email Alison Oram if you’d like to discuss it further: a.oram@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
  3. Lectureship in Early Modern History, University of Liverpool. For further details see: http://www.liv.ac.uk/working/jobvacancies/currentvacancies/academic/a-588119/

 

Announcements of Projects / Publications

  1. In the English-speaking world, the history of modern philosophy—roughly, the period from 1600 to 1800—has traditionally been focused on a few great canonical figures, especially the “rationalists” Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz, and the “empiricists” Locke, Berkeley and Hume. For generations, students have learned about these figures, but have very rarely heard about any philosophical achievements of early modern women. This website helps us to transcend traditional narratives shaping the canon. The website will be the virtual hub for an international network of scholars to work together in expanding our research and teaching beyond the traditional philosophical “canon” and beyond traditional narratives of modern philosophy’s history. Members may be interested in the following link, which was posted on C18-List yesterday – an interesting and important initiative: http://projectvox.library.duke.edu/pg/

 

Other Events

  1. Two Noble Kinsmen: Script in Hand performance. Saturday, 27 June 2015 from 16:00 to 19:00 (BST) Canterbury, United Kingdom. Come and see one of Shakespeare’s rarely performed plays, The Two Noble Kinsmen in one of Canterbury’s hidden medieval gems, St Mildred’s Church. Co-written with John Fletcher, this story of a love triangle and unrequited love is based on ‘The Knight’s Tale’ from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which makes it the perfect play to bring to Canterbury! The play will last for 2 hours, after which there will be a Q&A session with the director, actors, and the editor of the Arden edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen, Professor Lois Potter. Reserve your ticket here! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/two-noble-kinsmen-script-in-hand-performance-tickets-17004557088
  2. Script-in-Hand Performance of The Scornful Lady (Saturday 25th July 2015, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon). As the final event of John Fletcher: A Critical Reappraisal, co-convened by Steve Orman and José A. Pérez Díez, the Shakespeare Institute Players will be presenting a script-in-hand performance of one of Beaumont and Fletcher’s funniest collaborations: The Scornful Lady (1610). Elder Loveless has made a big mistake. He’s forced his mistress to kiss him in public. For penance, she orders him to travel abroad for one year. Elder Loveless must leave his house and goods in the possession of his brother, Young Loveless, who sets about spending his elder brother’s money on wine and women, much to the disgust of the faithful steward, Savil. But tragedy strikes – it is reported that Elder Loveless has died. Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-scornful-lady-by-francis-beaumont-and-john-fletcher-tickets-16811416399
  3. Music in the Early Modern Indoor Playhouse. Thursday 2 July, 6pm. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. With Dr Simon Smith (The Queen’s College, Oxford) and Dr Will Tosh. Join the Globe’s Early Modern Music Research Associate Simon Smith as he explores music and space in the early modern indoor playhouse. We might assume that seventeenth-century musicians kept to the gallery as the action unfolded below, but as Simon will reveal, early musicians were much more mobile than we have thought. This workshop will feature excerpts from plays including the little-staged The Insatiate Countess, and live musical performances by Globe musicians including a lutenist, cornett- and sackbut-players. To book tickets, please visit https://tickets.shakespearesglobe.com/eventlist.asp?shoid=603

Newsletter 53

By Alexander Samson, on 29 April 2015

Conference Notices

  1. Berlin Remixed: Papers on Italian Art and Architecture from the RSA Conference (30 April) Giotto’s Circle presents: Berlin Remixed: Papers on Italian Art and Architecture from the RSA Conference ­ which will take place on Thursday 30 April at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission. No booking required.  More information.
  2. The English Legal Imaginary, Part II. School of English at the University of St Andrews on 1-2 May, 2015. The conference papers will contribute to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of English Law and Literature, 1500-1700. Topics include: Roman law and common law, law and drama; law and education; equity, legal reform and literary censorship. For more info: http://cmemll.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/2015/03/02/english-legal-imaginary-part-ii/
  3. UCL History of Art conference ‘Know Thyself: A Conference on Early Modern Images’ that will take place on Saturday 2 May 2015.
    https://www.ucl.ac.uk/art-history/events/know-thyself/know-thyself-programme
    Please register by emailing: sophie.morris@ucl.ac.uk and n.price.12@ucl.ac.uk
  4. Register now for ‘Beyond Leeches and Lepers: Medieval & Early Modern Medicine’. Saturday, 2 May 2015.  Details here.
  5. Registration open for Conference: ‘History Books in the Anglo-Norman World’, Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 May 2015. Cost: €25.00 (€15.00 concessions and/or one-day attendance; TCD staff and students free). Programme and registration details here.
  6. Registration open for conference: ‘Experiencing Death in Byzantium’. Newcastle University, 29th May 2015.  Full details here.
  7. Thomas Middleton’s A Game at Chess (1624). A symposium and script-in-hand performance of the play. Canterbury Christ Church University, Saturday 4th July 2015. Please register through the CCCU online shop:  http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/shop/Thomas-Middleton-Symposium Registration closes: Friday 8th May. Please see the conference website for further details: https://checkmatemiddleton.wordpress.com/or get in touch with Steve Orman at the following email address: checkmatemiddleton@gmail.com.
  8. Registration now open for ‘Ruling Climate: The theory and practice of environmental governmentality, 1500-1800’. University of Warwick, Saturday 16 May 2015. A one-day interdisciplinary conference, which aims to explore the relationship between cultural perceptions of the environment and practical attempts at environmental regulation and change between 1500 and 1800.  On-line registration http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/hrc/confs/rc/
  9. Attending to Early Modern Women 2015, “It’s About Time”will be held June 18-20 in Milwaukee. The conference features a keynote address by Prof. Fran Dolan, UC-Davis, “It’s about Time and Terroir: Gender and the Story of English Wine,” plus 12 plenary talks and 44 workshops.  There will also be a special pre-conference workshop at the Newberry Library, Wednesday June 17. The conference program, registration form, hotel reservation information, and materials for most of the workshops can all be found at http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/conferences/atw2015/registration.cfm
  10. Piero della Francesca and Disegno. Friday, 19 June 2015, 13.15 ­ 19.30 and Saturday, 20 June 2015, all day. Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London. Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, London. Ticket/entry details: £26, £16 concessions BOOK ONLINE.For more information and updates on the conference, please see the website: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2015/summer/PierodellaFrancesca.shtml
  11. John Fletcher: A Critical Reappraisal – Conference. Canterbury Christ Church University 26-27th June 2015. Please go to the following link to register for the conference through the Canterbury Christ Church University online shop: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/shop/john-fletcher-conference. Registration closes on Thursday April 30th.
  12. Voices and Books, 1500-1800. July 16th-18th 2015. Newcastle University and City Library, Newcastle. https://research.ncl.ac.uk/voicesandbooks/newcastleconference/
  13. “The Saint-Omer Shakespeare Folio in Context” 26-27 June 2015.  http://www.bibliotheque-agglo-stomer.fr/bibliotheque-agglo-stomer.fr/userfiles/file/PDF_patrimoine/programme_colloque.pdf. Contacts: line.cottegnies@univ-paris3.frjean-christophe.mayer@univ-montpellier3.frf.ducroquet@bibliotheque-agglo-stomer.fr.
  14. Professor Ingrid de Smet (Warwick) at the Renaissance Society Annual Lecture 2015. Her lecture ‘Politics, Letters and Religion: The Networks of Paul Choart de Buzanval (1551-1607), the First French Ambassador to the Netherlands’ will take place on Friday 1st May at 5.30pm in the Warburg Institute. The lecture will be follwe by a reception in the Warburg Institute Common Room to which all are welcome. http://www.rensoc.org.uk/news/srs-annual-lecture-2015
  15. Crisis of politics: Early modern studies & political criticism today: the way forward. A postgraduate conference with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted by the London Shakespeare Centre. 09:00-18:00, Friday 8 May 2015 S0.13, Strand Building, Strand Campus. Further information: http://tinyurl.com/crisisofpoliticsinfo. The conference is free to attend but booking is required: http://crisisofpoliticstickets.eventbrite.co.uk
  16. On 19-20 June Roehampton University will be hosting a conference, After Margaret Spufford: English Local History Now. For more info: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Research-Centres/Centre-for-Hearth-Tax-Research/After-Margaret-Spufford/
  17. Knowledge, Belief and Literature in Early Modern England, 7-8 of May, Cambridge University. For more info: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/26089
  18. Forthcoming conference on Hiob Ludolf and Johann Michael Wansleben in Gotha. Further details here: www.uni-erfurt.de/forschungszentrum-gotha.
  19. Between Heaven and Earth: Ecclesiastical Patronage in Europe, 1400-1600 – to be held on Saturday 9 May at The Courtauld Institute of Art.  Further information and PROGRAMME here: http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2015/summer/may15_RenaissancePostgradSymp_BetweenHeavenandEarth.shtm
  20. One-day conference Nature and Knowledge in Latin America: New Historical Perspectives, Senate House, University of London22 May 2015. Full programme and registration: https://natureandknowledge.wordpress.com/

 

 

Research Seminars, Training, and Workshops

  1. Renaissance Events in Birkbeck Arts Week 18-22 May 2015. See http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/about-us/events/arts-week
  2. 2015 Research Seminars summer term programme: All seminars are free/open to all and will be take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Further information:  http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/calendar.shtml
  3. An introduction to Greek and Latin palaeography at the University of Warwick. Friday, 19 June 2015. The very provisional programme is available hereand in order to confirm the programme details/content/date etc, we need to gauge participant interest.  As soon as possible, please register your interest in attending at: renaissance@warwick.ac.uk
  4. Registration now open for the Warwick/Warburg Doctoral Training Programme, 11-14th May 2015 at the Warburg, London. Full details here.
  5. ‘Food and Drink Excess’: Summer University of the European Institute for the History and Culture of Food 30 August – 6 September 2015 at Tours / France. The deadline for submission of applications is 15 May 2015. For the full programme and registration form click here.  Further information on academic aspects is available from the co-director Beat Kümin: b.kumin@warwick.ac.uk; for all organizational/administrative queries please contact Olivier Rollin at the IEHCA: olivier.rollin@iehca.eu.
  6. Women’s Studies Group Annual workshop: Saturday 9th May 2015 Senate House, University of London 11:30 am – 4.30 pm (Registration: 11:am) ‘What is the Place of Aphra Behn in Restoration Culture?’ For more info: http://www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk/annual-workshop/
  7. Society for Neo-Latin Studies Graduate Student Forum: Early-Modern Texts and Digital Resources Friday, 29 May 2015, 1.30–6.30 pm http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/snls/news/snlsgradforum2015/
  8. 12th Annual Workshop on #earlymodernGerman History, London, 8th May. Programme: http://bit.ly/1NDC1iR 
  9. The Warburg Institute Summer Colloquia Programme:  http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/events/colloquia-2014-15/. The Warburg Institute’s Annual Programme: http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/fileadmin/images/events/AnnualProgramme2014_15_Jan_to_June.pdf. Further details about all our events, including seminars and reading classes, are available at: http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/nc/events/
  10. Tudor & Stuart Seminars, summer term 2015: Meetings at the Institute of Historical Research at 5.15pm, unless otherwise stated: 11th of May: Andrew Thrush (History of Parliament Trust), The political ambitions of Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton, and the 1608-9 commission of inquiry into the Navy; 18th of May: Rachel Winchcombe (Manchester), The formation, transmission and rationalisation of an early modern idea: Sir Walter Raleigh and the search for El Dorado and Misha Ewen (UCL), ‘The freedom of the subject’: Virginia and the English tobacco trade, c.1607-1642; 1st of June: Simon Thurley (English Heritage), The early Stuart Court at home (joint meeting with the Society for Court Studies). NB This seminar will take place at 5.30pm at the Queen’s House, Greenwich. It is free of charge, but please notify us (tudorstuart.seminar@gmail.com) if you would like to attend, as the organisers need to know what facilities to provide; 8th of June: Tim Wales (IHR), The politics of poor relief in Norfolk, 1586-1662; 22nd of June: Malcolm Smuts (University of Massachusetts, Boston), How the monarchical republic failed to build a republican monarchy: Leicester and the Netherlands, 1585-1588.
  11. 8 May 2015, Dr Linda Grant, From pornographic sparrows to Nashe’s dildo: exploring the erotic in early modern literature, Birkbeck, Room 101, 30 Russell Square 6.30 pm, members free (membership £7), non members £4. For details of our aims and events please see http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/about-us/societies-student-groups/early-modern-society. Our Blog http://www.emintelligencer.org.uk
  12. Research in Action: Performing gender on the indoor stage, Thursday 7 May 6pm. £12/£7 concessions. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/research-in-action

 

 

 

Calls for Papers

  1. BSECS Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars’ Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 15-16 July 2015. ‘Connections.’ The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference provides a forum for researchers working on all aspects of the history, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. Proposals should be submitted by email to postgrad@bsecs.org.ukon or before 30th April 2015. For further information please contact the organisers at postgrad@bsecs.org.ukor visit our website www.bsecs.org.uk.
  2. “The Charm of the Unfamiliar”: Myth and Alterity in Early Modern Literature. Friday June 19th 2015, St Mary’s College, Durham. Proposals for papers of 20 minutes on any aspect of myth and alterity in the early modern period (c.1500-1700) are warmly invited, to be sent to myth.alterity.durham@gmail.com by 5pm, Friday 1st May. We recognise and wish to foster the interdisciplinary nature of this topic and welcome contributions from areas of philosophy, politics, anthropology and translation as well as English studies. Abstracts should be 300 words.
  3. Workshop on Gender and Status Competition in Premodern History: November 26-27, 2015 Venue: Umeå University, HUMLab X Organizers: UGPS Jonas Liliequist & Anna Foka. Please submit an abstract (c.300 words) and a brief bio to jonas.liliequis@umu.se or anna.foka@umu.se before May 1.
  4. The Centre de recherche du chateau de Versailles has announced a call for articles that might be of interest for members of this International Network for Early Modern Festival Study. Full details can be found here: http://crcv.revues.org/12664
  5. New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England: Literature, Politics and Religion. 1-3 December, 2016. Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH). Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief bio-biblio to Sophie Chiari and Isabelle Fernandes: sophie.chiari@orange.fr and isabelle.fernandes@gmail.com. Deadline for proposal submission: 20 July 2015.
  6. Magic and the Supernatural in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. Cardiff University Postgraduate Conference, July 21st 2015.  Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to supernatural@cardiff.ac.uk for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Monday 25th May, 2015.  Full details here. 
  7. Visual Print Culture in Europe 1500-1850: techniques, genres, imagery and markets in a comparative perspective.  University of Warwick at: Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy. December 5-6, 2015.  Call for Papers closing date June 1, 2015.  Full call information here.
  8. Queen Mary Digital Humanities Lecture 2015 to be given by Professor Jonathan Hope on 29 April 2015, 5.30pm in Arts Two Lecture Theatre. He will be speaking about ‘Books in Space: Hyper-Dimensional Reading’. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception. Book your seat now here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/annual-digital-humanities-lecture-books-in-space-hyper-dimensional-reading-tickets-15757054775
  9. Shakespeare and Waste: Please submit abstracts and brief CVs, or register as an auditor, by emailing the organizers kingstonshakespeareintheory@gmail.combefore 1 May, 2015. Please indicate whether you would like to book a ticket for King Lear in your mail. See also the KiSS website for news:  https://kingstonshakespeareseminar.wordpress.com/
  10. The University of York is pleased to announce Epistolary cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe, a two-day conference (Humanities Research Centre, 18-19 March 2016). Applications: please send a 250-500 word abstract and short c.v. to: Kevin Killeen kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk and Freya Sierhuis freya.sierhuis@york.ac.uk before 27 April 2015. We welcome applications from early and mid-career researchers, as well as established scholars.
  11. Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre. University of Kent. 13-14 June 2015. Paper proposals of up to 300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement, should be submitted to Harry Newman h.r.newman@kent.ac.uk and Sarah Dustagheer s.dustagheer-463@kent.ac.uk by Monday 4 May. There are three postgraduate bursaries available. Please specify in your proposal if you would like one of these. Early submissions will be preferred.
  12. Shakespeare & Education, 29th Apr 2016 9:00am – 30th Apr 2016 6:00pm
    Grand Parade. For more information and call for papers, please see: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/190312/CfP-Shakespeare-and-Education.pdf
  13. Latin and Vernacular in Renaissance Iberia VI: Brief Forms. Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House University of London, 4 March 2016. Up to nine papers of twenty minutes, in English, Spanish or Catalan, are invited on the development by vernacular and Latin authors of the Iberian Peninsula of what André Jolles in his monograph of 1930 called Einfache Formen: folktales, fairy tales, wonder tales, fables, anecdotes, riddles, aphorisms, witticisms and inscriptions. The period of reception will be from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Submissions from postgraduate students will be welcomed. Proposals for papers should be sent to Dr Alejandro Coroleu by 15 November 2015: alejandro.coroleu@icrea.cat
  14. Transforming the Male Body: Etched and Engraved Arms, Armour and Personal Objects in Early Modern Europe, Friday 16 October 2015. This conference is part of a project on Objects of Early Modern Literature (c. 1550 – 1660). Please send a 300-word abstract (in English or in French) and a short biography or CV with a list of recent publications to the organisers, Juliette Allix j-allix@hotmail.fr and Anne-Valérie Dulac anne-valerie.dulac@univ-paris13.fr by 29th May 2015.
  15. ‘Female piety and visual culture in the late Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic World,’ the College Art Association Conference in Washington, DC, 3-6 February 2016. For details about the conference see http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2016CallforParticipation.pdf
  16. ‘Texts in times of conflict’, a postgraduate conference. 7, 8 or 9 September 2015, De Montfort University. We welcome papers on: textual, visual and verbal representations of conflict; adaptations which respond to past and present conflicts; conflictual relationships between artistic, critical and intellectual movements; conflicts surrounding the emergence of new media; censorship and prohibited textual production; and the evolution of media forms and their impact on conflict-based studies. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 online at https://gradcats.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/or email them to gradcats@outlook.comby 5 June. More details are available at https://gradcats.wordpress.com/.
  17. Tudor & Stuart seminar call for papers: deadline: 20 June 2015. We invite offers of papers in several formats: (a) the customary format of a 50 minute research paper; (b) a 25 minute paper, usually delivered with another 25 minute paper on a related topic; (c) a roundtable discussion, perhaps with papers circulated in advance; (d) presentations by multiple speakers on the work of a research project or institution. If there are any suggestions for other formats, they will be considered on their potential academic merits. Graduate students are often asked to give a 25 minute paper, as this allows us to offer more opportunities to speak (we have at least 6 post-grad speakers each year); but this format is open to all. Please email tudorstuart.seminar@gmail.com for more information.
  18. Women and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe: Open Session. College Art Association, Washington, DC, February 3-6, 2016. The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women welcomes proposals for an open session that explores women’s engagement with the visual arts between 1400 and 1700. Please submit an abstract of one to two double-spaced pages, and a two-page c.v., by June 1, 2015, to Andrea Pearson at pearson@american.edu. Information about the CAA annual conference can be found at www.collegeart.org.
  19. Women on Trial CFP – Deadline May 15 (Proposed Roundtable for RSA Boston, 2016). We invite proposals for papers considering how various treatments of ‘women on trial’ can help us better understand the legal, social, and emotional position of early modern women. Please email a 150-word abstract and 1-page CV to panel organisers Dr Derek Dunne and Dr Toria Johnson at rsawomenontrial@gmail.com, by May 15, 2015.

 

Jobs

  1. School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, seeks to make an appointment in Early Modern European History, understood to include broadly the period from the Renaissance to the mid-19th Century and potentially including Atlantic history and European expansion. Only candidates with distinguished scholarly accomplishments will be considered. Applications and nominations, including bibliography and curriculum vitae, should be sent by July 15, 2015 by email to HSsearch@ias.edu or by mail to: Administrative Officer, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. All communications will be held in strict confidence. The Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
  2. Research Associateship in Early Modern English Literature, University of Geneva – Department of English. Applications are invited for a research associateship in the English Department at the University of Geneva. The aim of the associateship is to contribute to a research project on early modern printed commonplace books, led by Lukas Erne and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Professor Erne, to whom informal enquires may be made on lukas.erne@unige.ch. The post is part-time (ca. 70%), initially for 12 months, renewable twice (so a maximum of three years) available from 1 September 2015. The post holder will be responsible to Professor Lukas Erne for carrying out work in relation to the research project. In addition, the successful candidate may be offered the opportunity to contribute to the teaching in the English Department. Closing date: 29 April 2015. Interviews are scheduled to take place between 8 and 19 May. To Apply: By email to lukas.erne@unige.ch, with covering letter and curriculum vitae, including the names and (email) addresses of two referees.
  3. RA post: Crossroads of Knowledge in Early Modern England, Cambridge http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AKT777/research-assistant-research-associate-in-law-crossroads-of-knowledge-in-early-modern-england-the-place-of-literature/
  4. Lecturer in English – British Literature from 1350 to 1600, University of Southampton ­ English. See https://www.jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=535715F4
  5. Early Modern Research Assistant, King’s College London: We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant to support the work of two specialists in Early Modern Literature in the English Department at King’s: Dr Hannah Crawforth and Dr Elizabeth Scott-Baumann. S/he will assist Drs Crawforth and Scott-Baumann in preparing various publications for the press, and carrying out new research at the cutting edge of their field. Tasks will include work with early printed books (including some resources in Latin, ideally), editing, collating, indexing and proofing work, as well as organizing research symposia and public events (including outreach). This fixed-term appointment will run during preparations for Shakespeare400, a major cultural festival taking place across London in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and the post-holder will be a member of the dynamic and high-profile London Shakespeare Centre, which is curating this season of events. This is the ideal opportunity for an early career researcher to gain valuable skills in a varied and stimulating position. Please see advert and application information here: https://www.hirewire.co.uk/HE/1061247/MS_JobDetails.aspx?JobID=60804
  6. Sheffield will be appointing a 3-year teaching fellow in Renaissance Literature. The deadline for applications is 27th May further information can be found at: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALA197/teaching-associate-in-renaissance-literature/

 

Research Projects and Opportunities

  1. Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships: Roehampton is pleased to offer 50 VC Scholarships for PhD research areas across the university. We are seeking bold, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and cross-disciplinary projects. You will be supervised by experienced teams of internationally renowned scholars, enjoying extensive opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of partners and to work within one of our highly acclaimed research networks. The Department of English and Creative Writing is seeking applications for two projects in early modern literature, culture and performance. Further information and details of how to apply can be found at http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/vcscholarships/
    Deadline for applications: midnight 5 May 2015.
  2. Roehampton University is advertising a funded PhD studentship to study a sample of the Elizabethan Close Rolls (C54) at the Public Record Office (National Archives). Please forward the following link to any current MA students who might be interested: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/uploadedFiles/Pages_Assets/PDFs_and_Word_Docs/Graduate_School/HUM_VCScholarships.pdf
  3. There are still some places available for 2015/16 on the Warburg Institute’s two MA courses, the MA in Cultural and Intellectual History 1300-1650 and the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture offered in conjunction with the National Gallery, London. For more info: http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/graduate-studies/

 

Announcements of Projects / Publications

  1. Contributions are invited towards the first volume of essays on Edward Hyde, 1st earl of Clarendon (1609­1674), statesman, exile, grandfather of monarchs, and the author of works including The History of the Rebellion and The Life of Edward, Earl of Clarendon. As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Chancellor and, at the Restoration, Chief Minister, Clarendon was an influential figure at the courts of Charles I and Charles II. His downfall, following his impeachment in 1667, was sudden and permanent, compelled as he was to live the last seven years of his life in exile in France. At a time when the study of royalists and royalism is flourishing, this interdisciplinary collection aims to provide the modern critical attention Clarendon¹s life and writings merit. Chapter proposals of c. 250 words on any literary or biographical aspect of Clarendon should be emailed to the editor, Philip Major, by 30 June 2015. Email address: philip.major@bbk.ac.uk
  2. Call for Contributors: Queenship, Colonization, Piracy, and Trade during the Early Modern Period (1500-1800). Please submit chapter proposals of 400-500 words and a short biography, including research interests and not exceeding 250 words, to queenshipcolonypiracytrade@gmail.comby 1 July 2015. Accepted authors will be notified by 1 October 2015 and first drafts will be due 1 July 2016. Completed essays will be in the 6000-8000 word range.
  3. The Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO)project of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is happy to announce that a complete inventory of the correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609) is now part of their growing number of online catalogues of early modern correspondences. For an up-to- date listing of these inventories, including Scaliger’s, see http://emlo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/blog/?page_id=480
  4. Living and working together: England’s immigrants in the Middle Ages.  A major new research database revealing extraordinary data on immigration in England in the late medieval period is launched today by the University of York, in partnership with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and The National Archives. http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2015/research/immigrants-middle-ages/
  5. New publication on Cornelius Johnson as well as a display at the National Portrait Gallery in London: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2015/cornelius-johnson-charles-is-forgotten-painter.php and the book is available here: http://www.paul-holberton.net/cornelius-johnson,product,view,290,16,,.html
  6. J. Sears McGee (UC Santa Barbara) has recently published his biography of Sir Simonds D’Ewes, a diarist, puritan, Long Parliament MP and so much more: An industrious mind: the worlds of Sir Simonds D’Ewes (Stanford UP, 2015). For more info: http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=22962

 

Newsletter 52

By Alexander Samson, on 13 March 2015

  1. The new WSG website is now live and includes a dedicated page for this year’s workshop event: http://www.womensstudiesgroup.org.uk/annual-workshop/ Registration documents can be accessed via the website. This year’s workshop theme is ‘What is the Place of Aphra Behn in Restoration Culture?’ and our keynote speaker is Professor Elaine Hobby. Date: Saturday 9 May at Senate House, University of London.
  2. Call for Submissions: “After Iconophobia.” Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2-3 July 2015. We would like to invite proposals for short papers, and are particularly keen to hear from postgraduate students and early career scholars.  Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to aftericonophobia@gmail.com. The deadline for abstracts is Friday 17 April. https://aftericonophobia.wordpress.com/call-for-submissions/
  3. The next Early Modern Movies at the University of Warwick will be L’Œuvre au Noiron Monday 16 March at 4.30pm in H450.  All welcome. Drinks and nibbles provided.
  4. Registration now open for the Warwick/Warburg Doctoral Training Programme, 11-14th May 2015 at the Warburg, London. Full details here
  5. Registration now open for ‘Ruling Climate:  The theory and practice of environmental governmentality, 1500-1800’.  University of Warwick, Saturday 16 May 2015.   A one-day interdisciplinary conference, which aims to explore the relationship between cultural perceptions of the environment and practical attempts at environmental regulation and change between 1500 and 1800.   On-line registration onthis website.
  6. Registration now open for ‘Reassessing Courtliness in Medieval Literature‘.  International Courtly Literature Society Conference, British Branch.  14th – 15th April 2015, University of Warwick. Conference programme here. Conference registration here.
  7. Registration / call for project presentations now open for the Thirteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research, co-organized with the Warwickshire Local History Society, on the theme of ‘Warwickshire Parishes: History and Legacy’. It will be held in the Humanities Building, University of Warwick on Saturday 16 May 2015 – application forms should reach Sue Dibben at the Humanities Research Centre by 17 April. Further details appear on My-Parish.org
  8. Call for Papers: BAA Romanesque conference 2016: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage. Oxford, 4-6 April 2016. Deadline May 15. Details here
  9. FISIER are sponsoring 5 sessions on ‘Renaissance Feasts and Festivals‘ at the upcoming RSA conference, Berlin, 26-28th March. List available here
  10. Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present“, published online by Cambridge University Press at orlando.cambridge.org/is now on free access for March 2015 (Women’s History Month). The user id is womenshistory2015; the password is orlando2015
  11. The Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) project of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, is happy to announce that a complete inventory of the correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609) is now part of their growing number of online catalogues of early modern correspondences. For an up-to-date listing of these inventories, including Scaliger’s, see website
  12. The Council of Constance: Europe in Conversation, Queen Mary, University of London. 13 May 2015.  The Council of Constance (1414–1418) was a momentous event which witnessed far-reaching debates about the reform of the Church. The colloquium will also address the literary influence of the council, evaluating its place in the European imagination and sixteenth-century political thought. Programme and registration (essential) accessible on website
  13. Microhistories: Social and Cultural Relations in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (1387-1795). An international conference at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW. Friday 20 March 2015: 2 pm-5.45 pm – Saturday 21 March 2015: 9 am-6.30 pm. Further details: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ssees/centenary/centenary-events/microhistories-lithuania-conference Registration: http://onlinestore.ucl.ac.uk/browse/department.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=135
  14. The next meeting of EARLY MODERN FORUM at KCL will be Wednesday, 18 March 2015 at 1.00 pm, in VWB 6.01. Gendered & Unruly Bodies: Miranda Fay Thomas (PhD Candidate, English, KCL) ‘Reading the Spaniard’s Thumb: The Fig Gesture from Henry V to Othello’ and Sarah Anne Bendall (PhD Candidate, History, University of Sydney) ‘”What use are these farthingales, If not to generate scandal?”: The Farthingale, Women, and Sexual (In)discretion in England and France, 1550-1620’. Come and meet your Early Modernist colleagues! Everyone welcome, especially postgraduate students.
  15. The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830 is pleased to announce its 2015 biannual conference ‘Women in the Global Eighteenth Century’ November 5-6, 2015. Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. Please upload 1-2 page abstracts or panels to http://blogs.shu.edu/abs2015/by May 15, 2015. For more information, please see the conference website or contact the conference organizers, Dr. Kirsten Schultz at Kirsten.schultz@shu.eduor Dr. Karen Gevirtz at Karen.gevirtz@shu.edu.
  16. Attending to Early Modern Women 2015, “It’s About Time” will be held June 18-20 in Milwaukee. The conference features a keynote address by Prof. Fran Dolan, UC-Davis, “It’s about Time and Terroir: Gender and the Story of English Wine,” plus 12 plenary talks and 44 workshops.  There will also be a special pre-conference workshop at the Newberry Library, Wednesday June 17. The conference program, registration form, hotel reservation information, and materials for most of the workshops can all be found at http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/conferences/atw2015/registration.cfm
  17. Job opportunity: Digital Project Manager, Cultures of Knowledge. We are excited to announce that we are seeking a full-time project manager for Cultures of Knowledge, currently tenable for two years from April 2015. Please click here for further details and to apply: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=117413 The deadline for applications is noon on Wednesday 8th April. Project blog post: http://www.culturesofknowledge.org/?page_id=6
  18. CFP Anglo-French Information Exchange in the Long Sixteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Workshop. Friday 26 June 2015, IHR, London. We invite papers, discussion sessions and work-in-progress reports. Deadline: Friday, March 20th, 2015.  To submit a proposal or for more information, please contact the organisers at anglofrenchsymposium@gmail.com
  19. Call for papers: ‘Texts in times of conflict‘, a postgraduate conference. 7, 8 and 9 September 2015 (TBC), De Montfort University. We welcome papers on: textual, visual and verbal representations of conflict; adaptations which respond to past and present conflicts; conflictual relationships between artistic, critical and intellectual movements; conflicts surrounding the emergence of new media; censorship and prohibited textual production; and the evolution of media forms and their impact on conflict-based studies. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 online at https://gradcats.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/or email them to gradcats@outlook.comby 5 June. More details are available at https://gradcats.wordpress.com/.
  20. Scrutinizing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought, The Second Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar, 8–9 May 2015 at the University of Lancaster. There is no registration fee but places are limited. Please contact Liz Oakley-Brown (e.oakley-brown@lancaster.ac.uk) to book. Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (University of York): http://www.york.ac.uk/crems/ The Northern Renaissance Seminar: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/northern-renaissance-seminar/events/
  21. Call for Papers: Collective Identities: Stability and Change, Friday 26 June, 2015. Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, London, NW4 4BT. Please send abstracts (150 words) to L.Smyth@qub.ac.ukby 20th March 2015.
  22. Call for Papers: Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre. University of Kent. 13-14 June 2015. Paper proposals of up to 300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement, should be submitted to Harry Newman (h.r.newman@kent.ac.uk) and Sarah Dustagheer (s.dustagheer-463@kent.ac.uk) by Monday 4 May. There are three postgraduate bursaries available. Please specify in your proposal if you would like one of these. Early submissions will be preferred.
  23. Call for Papers: Consecrated Women and Their Archives: Towards the History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland. 13 May 2015 Maynooth University. We welcome submissions from all disciplines with an interest in the topic. Please send abstracts of 200 words by Friday, 13 March 2015 to: Dr Jacinta Prunty, Department of History, Maynooth University <jacinta.prunty@nuim.ie>
  24. The fifth Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conferencewill take place at Maynooth University on 28 and 29 August 2015. Proposals for papers and panels on any aspect of society in the Tudor and Stuart eras are now welcome. Postgraduates are particularly encouraged to offer papers. The closing date for proposals is Monday, 20 April 2015. Please find attached the Call for Papers and see our website www.tudorstuartireland.comor contact the organisers at 2015@tudorstuartireland.com for further information.
  25. Lecturer in English Literature 1660-1780, Department of English. This is a full-time and permanent post, available from September 2015. This post is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Tim Armstrong at t.armstrong@rhul.ac.ukor +44 (0)1784 443747. Please quote the reference: 0215-066. Closing Date:  Midnight, 25th March 2015. Interview Date: Expected to take place in April 2015. https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=0215-066
  26. Topographies: Places to Find Something –interdisciplinary conference addressing literary and visual topographies, May 14th, 2015. This conference approaches the meaning and importance of topography or topographies in response to the in’ creased usage of this primarily geographic term in a variety of disciplines, ranging from the arts and humanities, to modern languages, to social, neurological and physical sciences. Contact course conveners Emily Derbyshire (emily.derbyshfre@bristol.ac.uk) and Andrew Giles (ag12981@bristol.ac.uk) with abstracts of no more than 200 words before 28 March 2015. https://placestofindsomething2015.wordpress.com/
  27. The Halved Heart: Shakespeare and Friendship’, 17-18 April 2015. Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe hosts ‘The Halved Heart: Shakespeare and Friendship’, an international conference featuring keynote addresses by Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University) and Cedric Brown (University of Reading). For information and tickets, please visit http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/education/events/symposia-conferences/halved-heart
  28. Piero della Francesca and Disegno. Friday, 19 June 2015, 13.15 – 19.30 (with registration from 12.45) and Saturday, 20 June 2015, all day. Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London. Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, London. Ticket/entry details: £26, £16 concessions BOOK ONLINEA limited number of complimentary places will be available for research students: if you wish to apply for one, please email a brief description of your work (no more than 250 words) to Jocelyn.anderson@courtauld.ac.ukby 15 April 2015. For more information and updates on the conference, please see the website:  http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2015/summer/PierodellaFrancesca.shtml
  29. £10,000 bursaries available for 2015-16 PGT Study at the University of Warwick (all departments).  100+ Warwick Taught Masters Scholarships of £10,000 available for 2015 entrants and £1,200 from Warwick’s Renaissance Centre (Renaissance Taught Masters only). Further details available at bit.ly/1z7468B]bit.ly/1z7468B
  30.  Call for Papers:  ‘Visual Print Culture in Europe 1500-1850: techniques, genres, imagery and markets in a comparative perspective’. University of Warwick at: Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy. December 5-6, 2015.  The conference may be able to provide some financial assistance to those whose home institutions are unable to support their attendance, especially postgraduate students.  Closing date June 1, 2015.  Full details on website
  31. Call for Papers: ‘The Making of Measurement’. University of Cambridge, 23-4 July 2015. Proposals for individual papers and sessions are both welcome. The deadline for proposals is 28th February 2015. Full details on website
  32. Call for Papers: ‘Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700’.  The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at the University of Sussex is pleased to announce its forthcoming Postgraduate Conference, which will take place on the 14th-16th July 2015.  Deadline has been extended to 2nd March 2015.  Full details on website
  33. Call for Papers: BritGrad 2015, 4-6 June 2015, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.  Graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies, are invited to submit 200-word paper proposals for the Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. Full details onwebsite 
  34. Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography. June 22 – July 16, 2015, at the Newberry Library, Chicago, Led by Marc Smith, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris. Deadline for applications March 1. Details here
  35. The archives of Humanistica Lovaniensia: Journal of Neo-Latin Studies are now available at JSTOR. All volumes since 1969 (Vol. XVIII) are digitized and can be accessed via jstor.orgwith a moving wall of three years.  See website
  36. Living and working together: England’s immigrants in the Middle Ages.  A major new research database revealing extraordinary data on immigration in England in the late medieval period is launched today by the University of York, in partnership with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield and The National Archives.  Details
  37. Religious Matters: Women, Worship and Artefacts.” The Society for Early Modern Women (www.ssemw.org/) invites proposals for a sponsored session at the Modern Language Association in Austin, Texas, January 7-10, 2016. This session approved by SSEMW (as an Affiliated Organization) is automatically accepted for the MLA convention. All participants must be members of both MLA and SSEMW by April 7, 2015. Please send proposals for the roundtable or the panel by March 15, 2015, to Patricia Phillippy, SSEMW liaison with the Modern Language Association, at p.phillippy@kingston.ac.uk.
  38. SSEMW Call for Panel Proposals – RSA Boston 2016. The Society for Early Modern Women http://www.ssemw.org/ extends sponsorship for as many as five panels of 3 papers each at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. The Society promotes study and scholarly exchange in all disciplinary fields with a focus on women/female gender/women’s sexuality in the Renaissance/early modern period. Sponsorship signifies that sessions pre-approved by the SSEMW are automatically accepted for the RSA annual meeting. Proposals due by 28 May 2015 to Sara Matthews-Grieco, SSEMW liaison with the Renaissance Society of America:  smatth01@syr.edu
  39. Shakespeare Teachers’ Conversations take place once a term at Birkbeck. They provide a space for teachers and lecturers to meet one another, discuss their methods, and share ideas and practical classroom/seminar tasks.  On Wednesday 18th March we will meet to talk about using critical sources. Lilla Grindlay (Sutton Valence School) and Sarah Dustagheer (University of Kent) will start the conversation by exploring examples of how they have engaged students with critical material on Shakespeare. Time: 6pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 18th March 2015. Place: Keynes Library (room 114), 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck College, London WC1H 0PD. If you have any questions, please contact Gill Woods g.woods@bbk.ac.uk
  40. The IHR hosts a wide variety of stipendiary postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships, publication awards, and small prizes and bursaries for historians and postgraduate history students. Competition for all 2015-16 fellowships has now opened, as have competitions for some of the awards and prizes. For closing dates and further information please see http://www.history.ac.uk/fellowships.
  41. Opportunity: PhD Student Research Assistant: The Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons Project. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2015. We anticipate hiring to be completed by May and work to begin in July. For more information, please contact: jeanne.shami@uregina.caor anne.james@uregina.ca.
  42. The Catholic Record Society are delighted to announce a call for papers for their fifty-eighth annual conference, to be held at Downing College, Cambridge, 20-22 July 2015. The Society invites proposals on any topic relating to Reformation and post-Reformation Catholic History in the British Isles. Two types of paper are welcomed, either a Research Paper, expected to last approximately forty-five minutes, or a Short Communications paper, a fifteen minute paper to discuss ongoing research. To propose a paper, fill in the application form, including an abstract of 300 words, and submit to catholicrecordsociety@gmail.comno later than Friday 27 March 2015. 
  43. The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation proposals and complete panels for its 2014 annual conference, to be held 22-25 October 2015 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words, along with brief biographical information (no more than 3 to 4 sentences, including affiliation, rank and one or two important publications or other evidence of scholarship) to Kathleen Comerford kcomerfo@georgiasouthern.edu, no later than March 16, 2015. For more information about this year’s conference, please see the SCSC web site: http://www.sixteenthcentury.org/conference/
  44. Call for Contributors: Queenship, Colonization, Piracy, and Trade during the Early Modern Period (1500-1800). Please submit chapter proposals of 400-500 words and a short biography, including research interests and not exceeding 250 words, to queenshipcolonypiracytrade@gmail.comby 1 July 2015. Accepted authors will be notified by 1 October 2015 and first drafts will be due 1 July 2016. Completed essays will be in the 6000-8000 word range.
  45. The Beaumont and Fletcher Project. If you would like to reserve a ticket for ‘THE MAID’S TRAGEDY’, please email thebeaumontandfletcherproject@gmail.com Tickets costs £10. Cash on the day, please. See posters on website for details: https://thebeaumontandfletcherproject.wordpress.com/
  46. The next meeting of the neo-Latin reading group is: 17 March 2015 Maya Feile Tomes (Cambridge). 5.15pm in the Strand Campus at King’s College, London. Refreshments will be served, and all are very welcome to join the speaker for dinner afterwards.
  47. Scholarship, Print, and Polemics in Seventeenth-Century Germany. Call for Abstracts: abstracts or extracts of book chapters that explore scholarly practice in the Holy Roman German Empire of the seventeenth century. Abstracts may be up to one page in length, and final chapters should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including notes. Please submit abstracts, extracts, or drafts to the editor, Christian Thorsten Callisen, via email (christian@callisen.net.au) by 31 March 2015. Successful submissions will inform a book proposal for consideration in Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History. It is anticipated that completed drafts of chapters will be required by the end of February 2016, with revisions to be completed thereafter, though final deadlines will be confirmed.
  48. Early books released by the Bodleian: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/news/2015/jan-27
  49. Durham is looking for an enthusiastic post-doc to work with James Kelly on prosopographical study of the English and Welsh Benedictines in exile. Information below and more info on: https://ig5.igrasp.com/fe/tpl_durham01.asp?newms=jj&id=90713
  50. Women Writers Online will be freely available during the month of March, in celebration of Women’s History Month. We invite you to explore the collection at: 
    http://wwo.wwp.northeastern.edu/WWO Women Writers Online now contains more than 350 texts published between 1526 and 1850, including new works by Aphra Behn, Charlotte Turner Smith, and Mercy Otis Warren.
  51. Entangled Trajectories: Integrating Native American and European Histories, Washington DC, April 9 – 10, 2015. This interdisciplinary symposium at George Washington University and the Mexican Cultural Institute will explore how the encounters between European and Amerindian cultures after 1492 contributed to the first age of globalization. Program details and free registration:  http://www.gwmemsi.com/2015/02/entangled-trajectories.html
  52. London Shakespeare Seminar, Monday 16 March, 17:15-19:00, Senate Room, Senate House. Sarah Ross and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann will speak on stanza forms in Shakespeare’s narrative poems and the complaint genre. Sarah C. Ross (Victoria University of Wellington) will discuss the complaint tradition, from A Lover’s Complaint and Richard III to its adoption by the civil war poet Hester Pulter. Elizabeth Scott-Baumann (KCL) will be discussing the history of the Venus and Adonis stanza and critical traditions of labelling poetic forms. The seminar will be charied by Russ McDonald. Wine will be served, and there will be an opportunity to continue the conversation over dinner afterwards.
  53. Greenwich University Literature and Drama Research Group,Wednesday 1 April, 18:00, Greenwich Maritime Campus, Stephen Lawrence Building, room 007. Dr Paul Frazer (Northumbria University) will deliver a paper entitled “Devotional Direction in Romeo and Juliet and its Source Texts: Pilgrimage, Persecution and Exile, c.1562-1594/5.”
  54. Epistolary cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe. Call for Papers. The University of York is pleased to announce Epistolary cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe, a two-day conference (Humanities Research Centre, 18-19 March 2016).  Applications: please send a 250-500 word abstract and short c.v. to: Kevin Killeen (kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk) and Freya Sierhuis (freya.sierhuis@york.ac.uk) before 27 April 2015. We welcome applications from early and mid-career researchers, as well as established scholars.