Conferences

List of forthcoming conferences.

Ceiling detail, Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral
Ceiling detail
Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral
(Photograph: Andrew Stephenson)

SHAKESPEARE, TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA, PERFORMANCE

University of Exeter, Saturday 24 June 2017

This conference will examine the recent significant changes in how Shakespeare’s plays are performed and disseminated through old and new technologies and media.

At one end of the spectrum, through performances in reconstructed early modern theatres, early modern performance technologies have re-entered mainstream culture. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is only the most recent example of how early modern technologies and the plays written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and successors have returned to the cutting edge of present-day theatre.

At the other end of the spectrum, the current production of The Tempest by the RSC in partnership with Intel exemplifies how mainstream theatre companies have, in the wake of productions by smaller companies experimenting with digital and virtual theatre, embraced digital media. The digital revolution has generated new ways of creating characters, moving them across physical and conceptual spaces and reimagining the spectacular technologies of the Jacobean masque. This Tempest is the latest in a string of productions that have made use not only of complex backstage technology but also of social media to reach out to new physical and virtual audiences. Moreover, with the increased use of theatre broadcast technologies, productions of early modern drama can now reach global audiences and be disseminated in a multitude of formats: screened in cinemas or on television, re-edited for educational use, streamed online, sold as DVDs or Blu-Ray discs, extracted on company websites and in promotional tweets, and staged live.

Meanwhile, changes in technology have also affected how early modern drama is remediated on television, in feature films and on our computer screens. We can now find a dizzying range of appropriations and mash-ups of Shakespeare and early modern drama across a variety of online platforms and social media sites, with individuals able to use digital technologies as an entry-point into participating in performance. Technology is thus affecting the production and dissemination of early modern drama along with access to the productions, modes of spectatorship and participation in fan cultures.

This conference is organised and sponsored by Shakespeare Bulletin to mark the end of Pascale Aebischer’s term as General Editor of the journal. It responds to the technological turn in performance studies evident in a significant part of the work submitted to the journal between 2012 and 2017 and aims to bring together a range of scholarly approaches to the technologies of performance that shape the production of Shakespeare and his contemporaries today.

Keynote speakers:

  • Courtney Lehmann (University of the Pacific)
  • Ramona Wray (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter)

We call for papers on any of the following or related topics in relation to the performance of Shakespeare and/or early modern drama:

  • Re-imagined performance technologies in reconstructed playhouses and Practice-as-Research
  • Intermedial performance practices
  • Social media performance
  • Theatre broadcast technology and spectatorship
  • Television and feature film adaptation
  • Digital objects and digital media
  • Technology of the classroom

Paper proposals of up to 300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement, should be submitted to Emma Bessent (E.Bessent@exeter.ac.uk) by Monday 27 February. Up to 6 postgraduate bursaries covering the conference attendance fee plus a standard contribution of £50 to assist with travel expenses are available to encourage contributions to the debate by a new generation of scholars. Please specify in your proposal if you wish to apply for one of these. Early submissions will be preferred.

DEVOTIONAL WRITING IN PRINT AND MANUSCRIPT IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND, 1558-1700

Ramphal Building, University of Warwick, Monday 26 June 2017

Plenary Speakers:

  • Professor Bernard Capp (Emeritus, Warwick)
  • Dr Johanna Harris (Exeter)

Devotions in early modern England, public or private, were central to the everyday lives of clergy and laity alike. Yet such practises were routinely transformed by men and women who did not just record but reconfigured their piety through writing. From accounts of fasts, feasts, and thanksgiving days; prayers and sacred songs; covenants and confessing of sins; narratives of conversion, baptism or burial; biblical graffiti; repetition of sermons; conferencing and conventicles. English citizens, individually and communally, and on either side of the confessional divide had a regimen of acts that were to be performed and perfected during their lifetimes. This one day conference aims to investigate how print and manuscript cultures coalesced and collided in their re-presentation of post-Reformation devoutness.

‘Devotional Writing in Print and Manuscript’ is a major one day multi-disciplinary conference, hosted by the University of Warwick’s English Department in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the Early Modern Forum. Contributions are invited from established scholars and postgraduate students alike. Publication of a selection of papers is envisioned. Themes for papers may include (but are not limited to): literary, visual. political, theological, historical, material, musical, polemical or any other treatments of the topics of devotional writing in print or manuscript in the context of reformation-era England.

These may include:

  • Piety of the Household/Neighbourhood
  • Schools, Education and Memory
  • Temptation/Possession/Conversion Narratives
  • Fasts/Feasts/Thanksgiving Days
  • Prayer Books/Church Books/Book of Sports
  • Psalmody versus Hymnody
  • Playhouses, the Pulpit, and the Theatre of the Word
  • Sick-bed/Death-bed Accounts (ars moriendi)
  • Godly Missives and Communal Correspondences
  • Martyrology/Hagiography
  • Religious Iconography/Graffiti/Objects
  • Biblicism versus Fanaticism
  • Spiritual Manuals and/or Cases of Conscience

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words for 20-minute papers by 30 April 2017 to Professor Elizabeth Clarke (E.R.Clarke@warwick.ac.uk); or Robert W. Daniel (Robert.Daniel@warwick.ac.uk).

POWERFUL EMOTIONS/EMOTIONS & POWER C. 400-1850

Humanities Research Centre, University of York, 28-30 June 2017

Conference Website

Plenary Speakers:

‘Emotional control is the real site of the exercise of power’ (William Reddy, 1997)

Scholars across the humanities and social sciences are increasingly turning their attention to the affective dimension of power, and the way in which emotions are implicit in the exercise of power in all its forms. The language of power has long been used to calibrate the impact of emotions – feelings ‘shake’ and ‘grip’ us; we read of and recall moments when passions convulsed communities and animated violent actions. Strategic displays of emotion have regularly been used for the exercise and negotiation of power.

This conference will draw on a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise to address the relationships between two fundamental concepts in social and historical inquiry: power and emotion. How are historical forms of cultural, social, religious, political and soft power linked with the expression, performance and control of emotions? How has power been negotiated and resisted through expressions of emotions? How have emotional cultures sustained or been produced by particular structures of power? How have understandings and expressions of emotion played out within cross-cultural encounters and conflicts? What has been the relationship between intimate, personal feeling and its public, collective manifestations?

Literary and artistic works as well as objects of diverse kinds are often said to produce or to have elicited powerful emotions. Yet how has this varied across time, space, cultures and gender? What visual, verbal and gestural rhetorics have been considered to act most potently upon the emotions in different periods? How have these conventions related to ideas of the inexpressibility of powerful or traumatic emotional experience, its resistance to aesthetic articulation? What are the implications of this for the recoverability of past emotional experience? And how does the study of the power of feeling relate to more traditionally social conceptions of hierarchy, society, and power? What new understandings of the workings of power do we gain through the perspective of a history of emotions?

This interdisciplinary conference is jointly organized by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Centres for Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. It invites papers that address the above issues from disciplines including, but not restricted to: history, religion, literature, art, music, politics, archaeology, philosophy and anthropology.

Papers and panels might focus on the following questions and themes:

  • Emotion and political and social action: How have emotions been used by various political, religious and other groups to reinforce or to undermine social and political hierarchies? What role did gender play in these processes?
  • Dynasty, rule and emotional display.
  • The affective dimensions of war, protest, revolution and nation building
  • Diplomacy and the negotiation of cross-cultural emotions
  • Religious change, power and emotions
  • How has the relationship between emotions / passions and power been understood and theorized across time?
  • The micro-politics of intimate relationships and gendered power
  • The role of ritual, object and liturgy in managing, intensifying, or disciplining political, religious or other emotions
  • What techniques and venues have been used to construct and amplify collective emotions? Papers might consider mass meetings, crowds, congregations, theatres, assemblies and clubs.

The organisers welcome proposals for individual 20-minute papers, for panels (which may adopt a more innovative format, including round-tables, a larger number of short presentations), or for postgraduate poster presentations.

Proposals should be sent to Pam Bond, Administrative Officer at the Centre for the History of Emotions, The University of Western Australia. Email: emotions@uwa.edu.au by Friday 27 January, 2017.

RELIGIOUS ORDERS AND BRITISH AND IRISH CATHOLICISM

University of Notre Dame’s London Gateway, London, UK, 28–30 June 2017

Speakers include:

  • Caroline Bowden (QMUL)
  • John McCafferty (UCD)
  • Thomas McCoog (Fordham)
  • Susannah Monta (Notre Dame)
  • Thomas O’Connor (Maynooth)
  • Michael Questier (QMUL)
  • Alison Shell (UCL)

The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly hosted by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between religious orders and British and Irish Catholicism. A wealth of recent scholarship has focussed on the activities of both male and female religious following the upheavals of the sixteenth century. This conference will consider the relationship between religious orders and those on the western peripheries of Catholic Europe. These relationships are to be explored in the widest possible framework, including through the religious orders as links between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, and the global Church; British and Irish religious in exile; the presence of members of religious orders in Britain and Ireland; memories of pre-Reformation religious orders such as in the landscape; religious orders in the non-Catholic imagination; the views of Britain and Ireland held by religious orders and their international membership. The time frame being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.

The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

We invite proposals for 20 minute communications on any related theme from any field. Panel proposals consisting of three speakers are also encouraged.

Please send proposals (c. 200 words) by email to Cormac Begadon (cormac.begadon@durham.ac.uk) by 27 January, 2017 at the latest.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas (hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk).

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly (james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk).

EARLY MODERN ORDERS AND DISORDERS: RELIGIOUS ORDERS AND BRITISH AND IRISH CATHOLICISM

University of Notre Dame’s London Gateway, London, UK., 28–30 June 2017

The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly hosted by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between religious orders and British and Irish Catholicism. A wealth of recent scholarship has focussed on the activities of both male and female religious following the upheavals of the sixteenth century. This conference will consider the relationship between religious orders and those on the western peripheries of Catholic Europe. These relationships are to be explored in the widest possible framework, including through the religious orders as links between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, and the global Church; British and Irish religious in exile; the presence of members of religious orders in Britain and Ireland; memories of pre-Reformation religious orders such as in the landscape; religious orders in the non-Catholic imagination; the views of Britain and Ireland held by religious orders and their international membership. The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.

The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

We invite proposals for 20 minute communications on any related theme from any field. Panel proposals consisting of three speakers are also encouraged.

Please send proposals (c. 200 words) by email to Cormac Begadon (cormac.begadon@durham.ac.uk) by 27 January, 2017 at the latest.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas (hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk).

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly (james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk).

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2017

Conference Website

The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 3-6 July 2017.

ENTANGLED HISTORIES: AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017

Newcastle, Australia, 3-7 July 2017

The AHA is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for its annual conference at the University of Newcastle. This year’s theme is ‘Entangled Histories’ in reference to the growing use of ‘entanglements’ as a key theoretical term in the humanities and social sciences. It reflects the increasing move away from narrowly defined ‘national’ histories towards an understanding of History as an interlinked whole where identities and places are the products of mobilities and connections. The conference theme will explore the ways in which peoples, ideas and goods circulated across the boundaries of empires and nations. ‘Entangled History’ views all cultures and societies as connected. We welcome submissions that consider the value of entangled frameworks for historical analysis from all historical periods, themes and research areas. We especially encourage proposals for panel sessions of three papers.

Keynote Speakers:

Conference Themes: Indigenous histories; histories of violence; migration and refugee histories; Mobilities, transnational spaces and borders in history; histories of sexuality; digital histories; histories of health, illness and disability; intimate histories of families and localities; public histories and cultural heritage.

If your abstract does not fit into any of the above themes, please submit to the General Conference Program theme.

Affiliated Conferences and Special Strands: the conference will include a number of strands:

1. The Australian Women’s History Network Symposium, “Symbiotic Histories.” For at least forty years, feminist historians in Australia and elsewhere have documented intimate histories, guided by a belief in the personal as political, a desire to challenge grand narratives, traditions and borders, and a commitment to acknowledging the dynamics of intersectionality. Feminist historian Mrinalini Sinha has emphasised the importance of contextualising intimate histories, noting how gendered discourses have a “symbiotic” relationship to local and global histories of dispossession, colonisation and nation building. We see this conference as an opportunity to build on her analysis. If historians are asked to consider how gender has been historically articulated in the local and the transnational – as well as the national – then, much like “entanglements,” we might uncover the underlying connections, contradictions, and interdependencies between and among our subjects. For this symposium we invite speakers – individually or on panels – to contribute papers that speak to symbiotic histories of women and gender. We especially invite papers that explore the potential for symbiotic histories of women and gender. For more information contact the conveners: Dr Chelsea Barnett, Isobelle Barrett Meyering, James Keating and Sophie Robinson: auswhn@gmail.com

2. Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network, “Green Stream.” We invite submissions of papers and panels in what has become a broad interdisciplinary field since Roderick Nash coined the term in 1972. We welcome submissions across a wide range of research topics as well as in environmental historiography. We are especially interested in looking at the intersection of histories of technology and the environment. For inquiries contact: Dr Nancy Cushing (Nancy.Cushing@newcastle.edu.au).

3. Religious History Association Conference. The RHA invites papers and panel proposals that address religious history from any time period and geographical location. In addition to this broad call, we would like to invite papers or panel proposals in three specific areas: critical engagement with missionary activity; Moravian missions; and papers which engage questions of sexuality and/or marriage and religion. For further information and inquiries contact: Dr Christina Petterson (christina.petterson@gmail.com), or Dr Laura Rademaker (Laura.Rademaker@acu.edu.au).

4. Oral History Australia and the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ), “Working with Memories”. This strand will bring together presenters and papers that explore the opportunities and challenges of working with memories as sources for historical research and production. Presenters in this strand will be invited to submit their papers to the Oral History Australia Journal. For inquiries contact: Professor Alistair Thomson (alistair.thomson@monash.edu), or Dr Nepia Mahuika (nmahuika@waikato.ac.nz).

Submission and Presentation Guidelines

Each presenter will have 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion time. Delegates can present only one paper across the AHA and affiliate conference streams. Conference registration is open to everyone, but all presenters must be members of the AHA or its affiliate organizations.

Each author may only submit ONE presentation proposal.

Presentation proposals must be submitted by the 1 March, 2017.

You may submit one of two presentation types:

1. Single paper proposal

OR

2. Panel or Roundtable paper proposals

1. Single paper proposal must follow the guidelines below:

  • Title: Maximum of 10 words
  • Biography: No more than 50 words
  • Summary of Abstract: Maximum of 30 words. This will be the only description of your paper in the conference program, so please choose your words carefully.
  • Abstract: No more than 250 words. This abstract will be posted on the conference website in a PDF file with all other abstracts, but will not be published in the conference program.

2. Panel or Roundtable paper proposals must follow the guidelines below:

The panel chair or one of the panellists must submit each paper individually in the name of the author of each paper.

Within the submission process please indicate the following:

  • The name of the panel chair
  • The email of the panel chair
  • The title of the panel session
  • Affiliated conferences strand (if relevant)

Please note the above details must be the same for each paper on the panel.

The following must be included for each paper:

  • Title: Maximum of 10 words
  • Biography: No more than 50 words
  • Summary of Abstract: Maximum of 30 words. This will be the only description of your paper in the conference program, so please choose your words carefully.
  • Abstract: No more than 250 words. This abstract will be posted on the conference website in a PDF file with all other abstracts, but will not be published in the conference program.

Enquiries:

Professor Philip Dwyer
Email: aha2017@newcastle.edu.au
Tel. 61 (0)439426218

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS: ROMAN EMPERORS AND WESTERN POLITICAL CULTURE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the international conference, ‘The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present’, which is being held from July 5-7, 2017, at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus in Brisbane.

We are pleased to host Prof. Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Prof. David Scourfield (Maynooth) and Dr Penelope Goodman (Leeds) as our keynote speakers. The conference will open on the evening of Wednesday, July 5, with a public lecture by Prof. Ash on ‘Emperors in Space’, followed by a full two-day programme featuring speakers from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. The conference dinner will be held on Thursday, July 6, at Saint Lucy Caffé e Cucina on the St Lucia Campus.

Delegates coming from outside Brisbane may be interested to know that the exhibition ‘Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum’ will be on at the Queensland Museum in July. We have secured a limited number of tickets at a discount rate for an excursion on Saturday, July 8.

The conference web site, including a full programme, is available here: https://hapi.uq.edu.au/once-and-future-kings-conference

Registration closes on May 31, 2017.

We are grateful to the R. D. Milns Perpetual Endowment Fund and to the Australasian Society for Classical Studies for their financial support of this conference.

Best wishes,
Caillan Davenport and Shushma Malik
c.davenport@uq.edu.au
s.malik@uq.edu.au

TANGIBLE CITIES: MATERIALITY AND IDENTITY IN SOUTHERN ITALY (1100 – 1800)

Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome, Italy, 6-7 July 2017

A two-day workshop organized by: Stefano D’Ovidio, Joris van Gastel, and Tanja Michalsky

“Materiality conveys meaning. It provides the means by which social relations are visualized, for it is through materiality that we articulate meaning and thus it is the frame through which people communicate identities.” (Sofaer, Material Identities, 2007) Whereas in recent research in art and architectural history, materials have gained currency, the significance of the specific materiality of the world we inhabit still remains largely uncharted territory. Yet, a focus on materials may draw attention to unexpected continuities and discontinuities between different art forms, epochs, and geographical areas. Moreover, as Georges Didi-Huberman (1998) has shown, such a focus is pertinent to historiography as well, revealing the implicit hang-ups and taboos of our discipline.

Taking its key from these recent debates, this workshop seeks to explore the ways in which, between the Middle Ages and Early Modernity, different artistic materials create meanings and identities in the context of the Southern Italian city. In doing so, it hopes to draw attention to the role materials might have played in creating the specific narrative of Southern Italy in art history and to how, conversely, a focus on materiality might lead to a different story. To what extent did materials carry associations of a local geological and natural context? How do they relate to the city’s past? And how do these contribute to the creation of local identities? Here one can think of particular local materials, such as the versatile pietra leccese in Lecce or the colored marbles of Sicily, spolia that make materially present a city’s Greek or Roman past, but also materials that travelled from afar and carried traces of their far-away origins, such as the costly lapis lazuli. Along with the connections between materiality and identity, the workshop aims to lay bare the reception of specific materials in various textual sources, including art literature, contracts, travel guides, but also scientific treatises.

We invite proposals for both case studies and more theoretically informed papers. Possible perspectives include (but are not confined to):

  • The use of spolia and the role of a Greco-Roman past in local identities;
  • The relationship between materials and discourses of center and periphery;
  • Marginalized local traditions related to a specific material;
  • The reception of materials in art literature and whether or not art criticism has favored or prevented the use of specific materials;
  • The relationship between materials and colonial issues;
  • The manner in which the availability of specific materials has favored the development of local artistic traditions and debates.

Please send an abstract (300 words max.), a paper title, and a short CV to Stefano D’Ovidio (dovidio@biblhertz.it) and Joris van Gastel (gastel@biblhertz.it). The deadline for submissions is 29 January, 2017. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the Bibliotheca Hertziana in accordance with the provisions of the German Travel Expenses Act (Bundesreisekostengesetz).

“SHOW THY QUEERE SUBSTANCE”: THE QUEER, THE EARLY MODERN AND THE NOW

Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster, Friday 7 July (evening) and Saturday 8 July, 2017

A 2015 episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race saw the work of Shakespeare make a perhaps rather surprising appearance on the show. In the episode, titled ‘Shakesqueer’, the season eight queens performed in rewritten Shakespeare plays – Romeo and Juliet became ‘Romy and Juliet’ and Macbeth became ‘Macbitch’. In 2016, the Globe gave us a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Helenus (played by male actor Ankur Bahl) rather than Helena, transforming the relationship with Demetrius (and indeed Lysander) into an overtly queer one. At exactly the same moment, Russell T. Davies inserted a lesbian kiss into his BBC adaptation of the same play – a kiss which prompted Katie Hopkins to declare “I don’t want Shakespeare queered-up so you feel more at home”.

This queer cultural exploration of the Early Modern is happening at the same time that academic scholarship continues to use queer theoretical frames as a way of illuminating and interrogating Early Modern texts and contexts. Notably, this can be seen in John S. Garrison’s Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England (2013); Simone Chess’ Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations(2016); and Will Stockton’s forthcoming Members of His Body (2017), amongst many, many others.

This one-day symposium seeks to ask two questions: firstly, what can queer frames tell us about Early Modern texts and contexts? Secondly, in what ways can the Early Modern (be it literature, culture or politics) speak to queer cultures in the present? Or, what do queer reiterations of Early Modern texts and contexts achieve in the present?

Topics may include but not be limited to:

  • the intersections between queerness and race in both Early Modern texts/contexts; and contemporary reiterations of Early Modern cultural artefacts;
  • queer uses of Early Modern texts in the contemporary;
  • queer readings of Early Modern texts or contexts;
  • what it means to suggest that a “queered-up” Shakespeare (for example) might make one feel “more at home”;
  • consideration of contemporary productions of Early Modern plays which draw out queerness or which introduce queerness;
  • queer history/histories.

Abstract of 250 words, accompanied by a short bio, should be submitted to Kate Graham at k.graham1@westminster.ac.uk by March 3, 2017.

Further details can be found at: www.showthyqueeresubstance.com

The symposium is supported by the Queer London Research Forum and the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster.

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES, 1500-1750

Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies, Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading, 10-11 July 2017

The theme of the 2017 Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies is ‘Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750’. Proposals for individual papers and panels are invited on research relating to this theme in any area of early modern literature and theatre, history, politics, art, music and culture across Britain, Europe and the wider world. Suggested topics for papers and panels include, although are not confined to:

Literary Complaint:

  • Material cultures of complaint: production, transmission, reception
  • Erotic complaint: narratives of abandonment, grief and loss
  • Early modern women writers and complaint
  • Voicing others: complaint as prosopopoeia
  • Religious complaint: satire and exhortation

Medical Complaints and Grievances:

  • Experiencing or witnessing suffering and pain
  • Learning to live with disease and disability
  • Painful or pain-relieving medical/surgical treatments
  • Sensory aspects of medicine and surgery: sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and tactile sensations
  • Complaints about medical practitioners, nurses, or patients

Political and Religious Complaints and Grievances:

  • Petitioning and pamphleteering
  • From grievances to politics: the personal, the local, and the national
  • The popular and elite politics of complaint
  • Complaint, crime and the law
  • Travellers’ complaints: religion, politics and the lived experience of travel

Each panel proposal (minimum of two and a maximum of four papers) should contain the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and 200 word abstracts of the papers together with email contacts for all participants. A proposal for an individual paper (20 minutes) should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper with brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email by Friday 16 December, 2016, with the subject heading ‘2017 Conference’, to the Conference Committee, emrc@reading.ac.uk.

IMITATION AND INNOVATION: USES OF THE PAST IN THE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN WORLD

The Eleventh MEMSA Conference, 11–12 July 2017, Durham University

The use of the past is a theme which transcends disciplinary boundaries, and has contemporary as well as historical resonance. This is manifested in a physical sense through the moulding of and engagement with landscapes, the manufacture and (re)use of material culture, and in a more abstract sense through the creation and manipulation of memory and identity which form the core of social ideas and mentalities about the world.

This year’s MEMSA Conference will focus on how people in the Medieval and Early Modern World engaged with, understood, and interpreted the past, in order to explore the ways in which they perceived and sought to shape their own world. In doing so, we will also be able to gain a greater awareness of how past worlds still contribute to shaping our own present perceptions.

We welcome abstract submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers from any discipline engaged in the study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including History, Literature, Archaeology, Theology, Art, Music, Languages, and Culture. Possible presentation themes may include, but are not limited to:
·       (Re)use of landscape, architecture, artefacts, and art

·       Myths, legends and oral tradition

·       Memory, remembering and memorials

·       Perceptions of truth and authority

·       Creation and reworking of historical narratives

·       Translation and adaptation of literary texts

·       Religious and political reform

·       Reform, restoration and revolution

·       Progression, improvement and enlightenment

· The production of knowledge and networks of learning

·       Links to the ancient world

·       Technological developments

·       Destruction of peoples / suppression of ideas

·       Later interpretations of the period, e.g. in film, literature and education

In addition to the panels, the conference will include two keynote addresses, by Dr Helen Smith (University of York, CREMS), and Dr Len Scales (Durham University, Department of History). There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of Durham Cathedral and Castle for any interested delegates.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to memsaconference2017@gmail.com for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Friday 14th April 2017.

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Arranged with the support of Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

RELIGION AND CONFLICT IN THE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN PERIODS

Nottingham Trent University, 11-13 July 2017

This conference is the inaugural event for the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods at NTU. The centre aims to increase understanding of the origins, ideology, implementation, impact and historiography of religion and conflict in the medieval and early modern periods. Conflicts with religious elements incorporate not just military engagements but also social, political, cultural and economic events, forming a common strand between Medieval and Early Modern worlds. The conference will both launch the centre and highlight new subjects and strategies for its future development.

Current members have expertise in the Crusades and the Military Orders; Reformations and Confessional societies; the Conquest of the New World and Seventeenth Century Britain, but we are keen to establish networking links with scholars and students who investigate the role of religion and conflicts with different faiths, confessions and heterodox groups, so that comparisons may contribute towards the development of new definitions and paradigms for understanding the roles played by belief in national, communal and inter-personal conflict.

The conference will incorporate a broad chronological spectrum from medieval to early modern with a view to developing current research, sharing techniques, investigating new approaches and enhancing study in the wider field. It will consist of keynote and public lectures, and academic papers presented in a workshop format. Postgraduate and early career applicants are particularly welcome.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit 200 word abstracts which broadly relate to the following themes from any period in the medieval to early modern range, and comparative approaches are particularly welcomed:

  • Religious discourse and dissent
  • Religion and warfare/military conflict
  • Conflict relating to religious property or objects
  • Gender and religious conflict
  • Confessional conflict
  • Conversion and conflict
  • Religion and family conflicts: marital violence, divorce, separation, property disputes
  • Religion and conflict in social environments, communities and networks
  • Religious sources in conflict

There will be an opportunity to publish conference proceedings in a special volume for the Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History Series for Routledge.

Abstracts should be sent to: Natasha.Hodgson@ntu.ac.uk by Friday 7 April 2017.

AMPHORAE XI

University of Sydney, 12-14 July 2017

Amphorae is a forum for postgraduate students in Classical Studies from throughout Australasia to interact with one another. Students eligible to participate include all those studying at Honours, Masters, and Ph.D. level. Papers may broadly cover topics inclusive of literature, history, archaeology, art, or reception studies.

The theme of this year’s Amphorae conference is ‘Immortal Words: Classical Antiquity Then and Now’. The theme is inspired by Mary Barnard’s translation of a fragment of the Greek lyric poet, Sappho, and celebrates the enduring relevance of the ancient world and Classical Studies.

The call for papers is now open.

If you wish to submit an abstract, simply send an e-mail to abstracts@ascs.org.au by 5pm EST on 31 March with your completed abstract form. Please note that this is a dedicated e-mail for abstracts, and submissions sent to the other conference email address will NOT be accepted.

The link to the abstract form is here: https://amphoraesydney.com/submit-an-abstract/

Other things to note:

1. Your presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes in order to allow for 10 minutes of question time following. Papers running overtime throw off the entire conference schedule, so please keep this in mind as you prepare.

2. If you are currently studying at Honours level, there are a few things to consider before submitting an abstract. Presenting a paper at Amphorae is a considerable time commitment, so you are well-advised to confer with your supervisor before submitting an abstract. If you wish to present your research, but are unable to manage a full 20-minute presentation, you might consider presenting a poster instead.

3. If you wish to present a poster rather than a paper, there are a few things to consider. Posters must be A0 in size and will be displayed in the foyer of the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (in which much of the conference will take place). Although you are not required to give a formal presentation, please ensure that you are regularly available to speak about your research in an informal setting. You should also clearly display your contact details on the poster so that attendees who were unable to speak to you about your research during the conference can contact you at a later date.

4. Access to computers, projectors, and internet will be provided. If you have a PowerPoint presentation accompanying your paper, upload it to a USB drive and bring it along. Alternatively, we are able to connect your personal computer directly with a VGA Cable (Mac adapter also available).

5. Access to a dedicated Classics library in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia will be available. Those wishing to use this facility during the conference must send an e-mail to amphorae@ascs.org.au with a completed Readers Form attached.

More information can be found on our conference website: http://www.amphoraesydney.com/.

A DONDE NEPTUNO REINA: WATER, GODS AND THE ICONOGRAPHY OF EARLY MODERN POWER (16TH–18TH CENTURIES)

CHAM Conference - Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environments, Lisbon, 12–15 July 2017

Since Antiquity, the personification of water—rivers or seas—has been a recurrent elements in the iconography related to power. From the Tigris to the Ganges, from the Mare Nostrum to the Atlantic Sea, water seems to have been an essential element in the visual display of powerful monarchies and empires. After the European discovery of the Americas, oceans started also to play an extraordinary role in allegorical representations, especially in Spain and Portugal, though elsewhere, too. This panel approaches water iconography, especially as related to oceans, as a mode of representation of power during the early modern period, addressing its role in politics and culture. We are interested in arts, music, and literature, and how they relate to the iconography of water and its relationship with power. Especially welcome are cross-disciplinary contributions, proposals that address different cases studies in a comparative way, and studies focused on ephemeral architecture and theatrical contexts. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ephemeral art: Celebrations of victories, kings’ birthdays, or even religious events were the perfect context for the representation of water as the image of rulers.
  • Prints, emblems, and propaganda: How does the topic relate to rulers’ propaganda?
  • European powers and the new geography: How did sovereigns employ discoveries into their own images of power?
  • Odes, poetry, and epic: How did literature use the image of oceans and rivers to glorify rulers, and what were the implications for the visual arts?

More information is available at the CHAM conference website, and please direct any questions to Dr. Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira, diezdelcorralcorredoira@tu-berlin.de. Proposals are due by 1 February, 2017

“FRATER, MAGISTER, MINISTER ET EPISCOPUS”: THE WORKS AND WORLDS OF SAINT BONAVENTURE

The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, July 12-15 2017

The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University will host a major international conference dedicated to the intellectual heritage and contemporary significance of Saint Bonaventure.

Individual papers, panels, and workshop proposals are sought that engage the academic, pastoral, and socio-political aspects of this topic. Possible themes include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Bonaventure’s Theological Legacy and Contemporary Theology
  • Bonaventure’s Use of Philosophical and Theological Sources
  • Aesthetics, Art, and Bonaventure
  • The Franciscan Order under Bonaventure’s Leadership
  • Bonaventure as Preacher
  • Ecology, Pope Francis, and Bonaventure
  • The Image and Role of Women in Bonaventure’s Writings
  • Bonaventure, Franciscan Ministry, and Spirituality
  • Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas
  • Bonaventure, Paris, and Medieval France

Proposals are due by November 18, 2016. Notifications of acceptance, rejection or need for alterations will be sent to authors by January 13, 2017. Please send a paper proposal/ draft of your text via email no later than November 18, 2016, directly to:

Fr. David Couturier, OFM Cap.
Franciscan Institute St. Bonaventure University
Murphy Building – Room 100
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
dcouturi@sbu.edu

Organizing Committee:

  • Joshua Benson (Catholic University)
  • Timothy J. Johnson (Flagler College)
  • Dominic Monti OFM (St. Bonaventure University)
  • Katherine Wrisley-Shelby (Boston College)
  • Marie Kolbe Zamora OSF (Silver Lake College)

HE DO SHAKESPEARE IN DIFFERENT VOICES: THE USE OF REGIONAL ACCENTS AND DIALECTS

European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) Conference, Gdansk, 27-30 July 2017

Conference website

Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University
Domenico Lovascio, University of Genoa

Lisa Hopkins and Domenico Lovascio invite proposals for papers for their seminar ‘He Do Shakespeare in Different Voices: The Use of Regional Accents and Dialects’. Shakespeare has helped shape English and has been translated into many European languages. What happens, though, when he or his contemporaries are performed in dialect or in regional accents? In England, Northern Broadsides deliberately eschew Received Pronunciation in favour of northern accents; in Italy, Cesare Deve Morire used Neapolitan rather than standard Italian. Sometimes particular accents become synonymous with particular meanings or approaches, as with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rooted conviction that a Scots accent is funny. This seminar is interested in any production, film, or theatre company, in or from any European country, which (to paraphrase Pound’s proposed title for The Waste Land) does Shakespeare or any of his contemporaries in different voices. Possible approaches may include (but are not limited to):

  • use of accent or dialect in a film or stage production of Shakespeare
  • use of accent or dialect in a film or stage production of any of Shakespeare’s contemporaries
  • comparison of approaches to Shakespeare with approaches to one or more of his contemporaries
  • use of a particular accent or dialect across several productions
  • particular companies which specialise in the use of dialect or accent, e.g. Northern Broadsides
  • political implications of the use of accent or dialect
  • is there such a thing as a non-accented production?
  • the relationship between Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries and the history of any particular accent or dialect

Abstracts (250-300 words) and biographies (150 words) by Friday 27 January 2017; papers (8-10 pages, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spacing, 2.5cm margins) by Friday 26 May 2017. Please send proposals and enquiries to both seminar leaders:

XXVTH CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ARTHURIAN SOCIETY

Würzburg University, Germany, July 24-29 2017

Würzburg is a city rich in tradition, famous for its picturesque medieval city centre and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Würzburger Residenz. Idyllically located between vineyards in the valley of the Main River, the city is a perfect starting point for various excursions into the surrounding area of Franconia.

We highly welcome contributions covering the following topics:

a. Voice(s), Sounds and the Rhetoric of Performance
b. Postmedieval Arthur: Print and Other Media
c. Translation, Adaption and the Movement of texts
d. Current State of Arthurian Editions: Problems and Perspectives
e. Sacred and Profane in Arthurian Romance
f. Critical Modes and Arthurian Literature: Past, Present and Future

If you would like to organize a paper session or panel discussion concerning one of those topics or if you wish to present a 25-minute paper, please use the form below to direct your proposal (max. 250 words) including a short CV to artuskongress2017@uni-wuerzburg.de by October 1, 2016.

Speakers must be members of the Society at the time of the conference.

Sessions comprise three papers of 25 minutes each (90 minutes in total). If you wish to submit a session proposal, please fill in the form located at the congress website (https://www.romanistik.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/artuskongress2017/home) with your contact details, details of the other members you wish to participate in your session and the papers’ abstracts.

In case you would like to propose a panel discussion, please fill in your contact details and those of at least two other participating members of the Arthurian Society giving short initial speeches.

For paper proposals please use the form located at the congress website (https://www.romanistik.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/artuskongress2017/home) as well.

Note: For the sessions arrangement it would be of great help if you listed the languages you understand (English, French, German).

Travel grants are available for undergraduates and graduate students presenting a paper. Please contact the president of IAS Professor Dr. Cora Dietl (cora.dietl@germanistik.uni-giessen.de) for further information.

SHAKESPEARE AND EUROPEAN THEATRICAL CULTURES: ANATOMIZING TEXT AND STAGE

European Shakespeare Research Association, University of Gdańsk and The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Poland, 27–30 July 2017

This conference will convene Shakespeare scholars at a theatre that proudly stands in the place where English players regularly performed 400 years ago. This makes us ponder with renewed interest the relation between theatre and Shakespeare. The urge to do so may sound like a commonplace, but it comes to us enhanced by the fact that in the popular and learned imagination alike Shakespeare is inseparable from theatre while the theatre, for four centuries now, first in England, then on the continent (Europe) and eventually in the world, has been more and more strongly defined and shaped by Shakespeare. Shakespeare has become the theatrical icon, a constant point of reference, the litmus paper for the formal, technological and ideological development of the theatre, and for the impact of adaptation and appropriation on theatrical cultures. Shakespeare has served as one of the major sources for the development of European culture, both high and low. His presence permeates the fine shades and fissures of a multifarious European identity. His work has informed educational traditions, and, through forms of textual transmit such as translation and appropriation, has actively contributed to the process of building national distinctiveness. Shakespeare has been one of the master keys and, at the same time, a picklock granting easier access to the complex and challenging space of European and universal values.

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.

Potential topics to be addressed:

  • theatre in education/education in theatre, teaching (drama/theatre) through Shakespeare
  • theatrical cultures across the centuries – from the Early Modern period till today
  • Shakespeare in translation (interlingual, intralingual and intersemiotic)
  • textual performances/performative texts
  • Shakespeare in performance in European cultures
  • re-defining identities through Shakespeare on stage/theatrical transits across borders
  • Shakespeare on European screens
  • theatrical culture Shakespearean screen and stage productions
  • (European) popular traditions and Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare in (European) Academia and beyond
  • European Shakespeare theatre networks
  • Shakespeare, theatre and the new media
  • commemorating Shakespeare in Europe
  • theorising (Shakespearean) theatre practice
  • performance theory in Shakespearean context
  • Shakespeare criticism in daily press and popular media
  • Shakespeare and the dramaturg in today’s theatre
  • digital Shakespeare in European theatre/performance databases

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 secretary gdansk@esra2017.eu.

Slow mail should be addressed to:

Professor Jerzy Limon, University of Gdańsk, Institute of English and American Studies, ul. Wita Stwosza 51, 80-308 Gdańsk, Poland.

The conference organisers and the Board of ESRA will confirm their final choice of panels and seminars at the beginning of July 2016. All convenors will be personally informed of the choices made and the list of seminars will be made available on the ESRA and the conference websites.

Organising committee, ESRA 2017:

  • Professor Jerzy Limon (convenor) (University of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre)
  • Professor Jacek Fabiszak (co-convenor) (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Polish Shakespeare Society)
  • Professor Olga Kubińska (University of Gdańsk and the Polish Shakespeare Society)
  • Dr Aleksandra Sakowska (University of Worcester)

DEVOTION, GENDER AND THE BODY IN THE RELIGIOUS CULTURES OF EUROPE 1100-1800

Religious History Association

A Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS) and Symposium

  • Friday 18 August 2017 at Monash University (Clayton Campus) 11am-5pm
  • Saturday 19 August 2017 at Pilgrim Theological College, College Crescent, Parkville

The Religious History Association is keen to promote the study of religious history across a wide range of chronological periods and religious traditions. To this end, it is hosting a postgraduate advanced training seminar (PATS) and symposium, held on Friday 18 August under the auspices of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash University, at its Clayton Campus, and on Saturday 19 August at Pilgrim Theological College (part of the University of Divinity), College Crescent, Parkville.

Religious devotion has always been profoundly shaped by broader assumptions in society about gender and the body, involving access to the divine through the senses, the emotions and materiality. While the practice of theology and preaching has often been perceived as an exercise dominated by men, devotional practices have often been pursued by both men and women, providing a possibility to examine the impact of both gender and materiality in shaping religious culture. In many different religious traditions, the body provides a frequently contested site for competing ideas about gender and sexuality to be considered as well as ideals of religious devotion. This PATS and symposium provides an opportunity for postgraduates and early career researchers to share their research in any aspect of religious history in the medieval, early modern or modern periods, that touches on devotion, gender and the body, whether in Jewish, Christian or Islamic contexts between the medieval and modern periods.

The PATS (which begins with a presentation by Prof Clare Waters on Friday at 11.00 am-12.00 noon) will provide an opportunity in the afternoon for student focused workshop sessions, where graduates can discuss their research with established scholars. On the Saturday, there will be speaker presentations and round table discussion about the theme of devotion, gender and the body in the medieval and early modern periods.

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Lisa Beaven (Centre for the History of the Emotions, University of Melbourne)
  • Assoc. Professor Erin Griffey (Dept of Art History, University of Auckland)
  • Dr Claire Walker (Dept of History, University of Adelaide)
  • Prof. Claire Waters (Dept of English, University of California at Davis)
  • Prof. Constant Mews (Centre for Religious Studies, Monash University)

Submissions

Interested postgraduate students are invited to apply for a place at the PATS by end of Wednesday 7 June 2017, addressed to The Secretary, Religious History Association, katharine.massam@ctm.uca.edu.au

  1. Name, affiliation, research degree and title of research project
  2. A statement (up to 500 words) detailing the benefit of the PATS to your research
  3. One academic reference, normally from your research supervisor. This can be brief (up to 500 words), and should be included in your application.

The PATS is intended primarily for postgraduate students, but applications from early career researchers (within two years of completion of a doctoral degree) will also be considered.

A limited number of bursaries are available from the Religious History Association to postgraduates wishing to participate in this PATS and symposium, to assist in covering travel and overnight accommodation costs. See http://ctm.uca.edu.au/support-services/accommodation.

Applications for these bursaries can be submitted with your application for the PATS, and should include a copy of a quotation for travel to and from the PATS, and for accommodation expenses.

BEFORE SHAKESPEARE

University of Roehampton, London, 24-27 August,2017

The Before Shakespeare conference explores the first three decades of the London playhouses (c. 1565-95). We encourage papers from a rich variety of approaches, interests, and methodologies, including but not limited to:

  • Popular culture of the period
  • Literary developments of the mid to late sixteenth century social history
  • Archaeology
  • Theatre history
  • Performance criticism

We encourage proposals for different kinds of presentations: traditional papers, panels, performance workshops, shorter speculations or provocations into the state of the discipline, or roundtables. On the third day of the conference, we will be working closely with the theatre company attached to the project, The Dolphin’s Back, and welcome proposals to work with them. If you are interested in different forms of presentation or in putting together a panel, you are welcome to contact us to discuss.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words and a short biography to beforeshakespeare@gmail.com by 30 March, 2017.

The conference features workshops and performances in collaboration with The Dolphin’s Back (director and actor James Wallace); theatremaker Emma Frankland; and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Keynotes: Nandini Das, William Ingram, Heather Knight, Cathy Shrank, Holger Syme, and Emma Whipday.

The conference ends with the final Before Shakespeare Read Not Dead at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, on Sunday 27 August. (The Read Not Dead staged reading of Sapho and Phao is a conference event, but tickets must be booked separately via the Globe website.)

Full price: £115; with accommodation (incl. breakfast): £315

PhD/ECR subsidised price: £35; with accommodation (incl. breakfast): £125

We also offer two UK travel grants (£50) and one international travel grant (£180), including fee waivers, for PhD/ECR delegates thanks to a Small Conference Grant from the Society for Renaissance Studies. Please apply by email to the above address with a short CV and 250-word statement in addition to your abstract.

FORMS OF THE SUPERNATURAL ON STAGE: EVOLUTION, MUTATIONS

Université François-Rabelais de Tours, France, 7-8 September 2017

The subject presents an obvious specific interest in the English context, given the impact of the religious reforms (and counter-reforms) over the sixteenth century. On the one hand, the medieval biblical plays, miracles and moralities disappeared (though in chronologically and geographically uneven fashion), while, despite sporadic upsurges of a theatre of Protestant propaganda, the dramatic representation of sacred personages and explicitly religious themes became progressively more difficult, to the point of near-impossibility. On the other hand, from the development of the Elizabethan public theatre in the 1570s, playwrights found indirect and innovative means of dramatising spiritual issues and entities. With respect to dramatic works ranging from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century, contributors to the Round Table will attempt to identify points of rupture and continuity in evolving dramaturgical practices, taking into account the operations of censorship, as well as questions of genre, the mentality of spectators, and staging techniques.

Proposals (200-300 words) for 30-minute papers in English should be directed to Richard Hillman (rhillman@free.fr) by 15 December, 2016.

ALL THAT GLITTERS”: DRESSING THE EARLY MODERN NETWORK CONFERENCE

Kunstgewerbemuseum & Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek, Kulturforum, Berlin, Germany, 14–15 September 2017

Since few garments survive from the early modern period, especially pre-1700, reliance on depictions of early modern dress in art is unavoidable. Dress and textile representations in paintings, drawings, prints, costume books, album amicorum, and sculptures form some of the main visual sources, which in addition to possibilities have various limitations with regards to reliability and interpretation.

From fantasy draperies and studio props to true to life portrayals of the sitter’s real garments, the implications of what pictorial representations can offer to dress historians are innumerable and complex. While in some cases depictions of dress and textiles can act as tools for interpretations of paintings, in others, such as some depictions of dress and fabric worn in the overseas colonies, these are merely akin to fantasy dress in art. Portrayals of the elite largely survive providing information about the dress worn by the upper echelons in society. However, do such portrayals depict innovations in dress style and textile patterns accurately or do they merely portray a traditional form of dress that conforms to the specific genres of the various visual mediums? Furthermore, such portrayals are scarce in regard to clothing worn by other classes of society and in many cases the context in which they were depicted may have affected the representation. The conference aims to generate a discussion about the extent to which visual sources can be reliable in providing an accurate representation and understanding of the changes and innovations in dress, textiles, fur, haberdashery and jewellery with regards to the context in which they are depicted and used.

PhD students and early career researchers are invited to speak using case studies about the reliability of visual representations in relation to mapping fashion in the early modern. We invite potential speakers to submit as a single document to the Dressing the Early Modern Network at info@dressingtheearlymodern.com:

  1. A 300-word paper abstract, which should include the main question of the research project or paper
  2. A paper title
  3. A brief curriculum vitae and a short biography of 150 words maximum
  4. Institutional affiliations
  5. Contact information

Each speaker will be allotted twenty minutes. The deadline for submissions is 30 May, 2017. Notification of the outcome will be advised by e-mail on or before 15 June, 2017. Please note that funding is not provided for this event, so participants will be required to fund and arrange their own travel and accommodations.

PEACE, EMPATHY AND CONCILIATION THROUGH MUSIC: A COLLABORATORY

The University of Melbourne, 21-22 September 2017

More info: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/peace-empathy-and-conciliation-through-music-a-collaboratory

Enquiries: Samantha Dieckmann (samantha.dieckmann@unimelb.edu.au)

Organised by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne, in collaboration with the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and Multicultural Arts Victoria, this collaboratory will bring together researchers, practitioners (musicians including performers, community musicians, music educators, music therapists; community development workers; social service workers; arts organisation delegates), and arts and community policymakers to share ideas around the ways that music is used to develop peace, empathy and conciliation. We invite submissions from local, national and international researchers and practitioners, and hope that the symposium will produce thought-provoking discussion and fruitful partnerships between industry, community and education sectors.

Organised around the United Nations International Day of Peace, this collaboratory will include a keynote address by Laura Hassler, founder and director of ‘Musicians Without Borders’.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The emotional, social, cultural, psychological and/or political mechanisms underlying the use of music in peace building, empathy development and/or conflict transformation.
  • The characteristics of effective and ineffective musical practices and programs aimed at peace building, empathy development and/or conflict transformation.
  • The ways in which various stakeholders involved in this work engage with one another, and the implications of their collaboration.
  • The frameworks within which such music programs and practices are supported, and how these structures affect the work itself.
  • The ways in which schools and universities engage with music practices and programs aimed a peace building, empathy development and/or conflict transformation, and the ways this engagement can be improved upon

Accepted presentation formats:

Academic papers (20 mins); fieldwork reports (20 mins); thematic panels of 3-4 speakers (45 mins); workshops (60 mins or 90 mins); poster presentations (A0 size).

Call for Papers

Submission guidelines:

Submissions should include the title of presentation, presentation format, 250-word abstract, and short professional biography of presenter/s (approx. 50 words).

Email submissions as Microsoft Word files to samantha.dieckmann@unimelb.edu.au

Deadline for submissions is 1 June, 2017, and notification of acceptance/rejection provided within two weeks, with instructions on how to register. Deadline for registration is 1 July 2017.

PIRATE FICTION IN THE MIDDLE AGES, 500-1500 AD: THE IMAGE OF THE SEA-WARRIOR IN MEDIEVAL TEXTS FROM THE FACTUAL TO THE FANTASTIC

University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 21-22 September 2017

Keynote Speakers: Sebastian Sobecki (University of Groningen) & Emily Sohmer Tai (CUNY)

In the recent years the study of plunder at sea in the Middle Ages, more popularly known as piracy, has received increased interest in medieval studies. Most research up to now on medieval piracy has so far approached the subject from a politico-legal point of view. This has yielded important insights into the legal status of piracy and its practice in the Middle Ages. However, investigations into the perception of pirates and piracy in medieval Europe, and possible changes in this perception over time, are mostly lacking. This is an unfortunate state of affairs. Although pirates and piracy in legal terms denote criminals and crime, these terms in much literature and popular fiction designate rebellious heroes against tyranny and injustice. While law and state power are most certainly vital to the study of piracy and plunder at sea by neglecting the image, perception and contemporary discussion of this maritime culture only half the story is told.

Inspired by the works on “fiction” in the archives by Natalie Zemon Davis and Claude Gauvard this conference seeks to address this lacuna by bringing historians and scholars of literature and art together to explore ‘pirate narratives’ not only in historiography and law but also in medieval romances and novels, hagiography, chronicles, diplomatic correspondences and iconography. We therefore invite scholars to contribute to the discussion of medieval sea warriors, pirates and piracy by the study of the various narratives of illustrious and/or infamous persons such as Ragnar Lothbrok, the Jomsvikings, Eustace the Monk, William Smale and John Hawley, Don Pero Niño, Gadifer de la Salle, Klaus Störtebeker, and Benedetto Zaccaria. This list is by no means exhaustive and we welcome papers on any men, women (factual or fictive) or themes of war and plunder at sea in the medieval Atlantic, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean in the ‘long’ Middle Ages.

Deadline for paper proposals (max. 200 words including paper title) should be send to Thomas Heebøll-Holm thee@sdu.dk no later than 31 January, 2017. There will be no registration fee.

This conference is a collaboration between Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark and the Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), Odense & York.

EARLY MODERN DEBTS: OBLIGATION & CANCELLATION IN EUROPEAN CULTURE, 1550-1700

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Bavaria, 21-22 September 2017

Symposium Website

Historians, philosophers, economists, scholars of art, literature and theatre have begun to attend more closely to the role of debt in early modern culture. It has become clear that private debt, nebulously conceived as credit, was involved in the production and reproduction of social relations, political ideology, even subjectivity. The history of debt has become an object of serious interdisciplinary interest, but the question of how apparently distinct forms of debt co-developed is often suspended.

Early Modern Debts will stimulate rigorous interdisciplinary work on debt and credit in early modern culture. It addresses the relationship between general theories of debt and particular experiences or operations of debt, and explores how different sorts of credit interacted.

The organizers call for papers that take, as their central theme, debt and the interrelationship of different kinds of debt in early modern culture. Papers of a comparative and/or multilingual nature will be preferred.

Please provide a title and an abstract of approximately 300 words. The deadline for proposals is 1 November, 2016. To submit a proposal, please visit the Symposium’s website: http://early-modern-debts.space

THE MODERN INVENTION OF DYNASTY: A GLOBAL INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, 1500-2000

University of Birmingham, 21-23 September 2017

What is dynasty? Historians rarely ask this question. It is automatically assumed that the word corresponds to some real institution(s) that played an extremely important role in pre-modern politics. At this conference, we intend to overturn this uncritical assumption, and, instead, interrogate ‘dynasty’ as a modern conceptual construct, which has been projected onto both the past and the present.

The conference is inspired by the publications of late Cliff Davies, the ongoing work on the Jagiellonians Project at Oxford, as well as the ‘Nationising the Dynasty’ project at Heidelberg. These researches have shown that the Latin word dynastia was rarely used in the Middle Ages and was infrequently deployed even in sixteenth century Europe, while, in many other regions of the world too, including in South Asia, the construction of the concept of ‘dynasty’ was, in part, the result of modern interventions. Terms which were used to articulate genealogical and familial identity in premodern societies often do not necessarily map well on to the modern historiographical concept of ‘dynasty’. Collective ‘dynastic’ names, such as ‘the Tudors’, ‘the Plantagenets’ or ‘the Jagiellonians’ were late or retrospective inventions, rarely, if at all, mentioned in contemporary sources. If ‘dynasty’ and ‘dynastic’ identity are so difficult to locate in medieval and early modern sources, this begs a question: how has ‘dynasty’ become one of the key concepts for narrating and explaining pre-modern political history, as well as for defining modern monarchical regimes?

In existing scholarship on intellectual history, particularly those emanating from Anglophone and German scholarly worlds, concepts such as ‘kingship’ or ‘sovereignty’ have received detailed attention, but not the related notion of ‘dynasty’. We hope to address this scholarly gap, while also engaging with the newly emergent field of global intellectual history. We believe that the modern construction of ‘dynasty’ as an encompassing concept can be understood only in resolutely transborder, transcontinental, or even global terms. It was the result of reflections by actors not only about polities in one’s own region, but also about other polities, including spatially or temporally distant ones. The increasing interconnectedness of the early modern and modern world resulted in growing European awareness about political regimes in other societies, while extra-European actors often hybridized (and thereby radically transformed) their regional political categories by bringing them into dialogue with European political vocabulary. Imperial encounters often lay at the heart of such ‘transcultural’ exchanges, leading ultimately, by the nineteenth century, to the crystallization of ‘dynasty’ as a globalized category of historical narration.

The conference invites paper proposals from prospective speakers who bring specific case studies from around the world (focusing on the period of ca. 1500-2000) into dialogue with these broader theoretical questions. In line with recent discussions about global intellectual history, we welcome papers that explore issues of multi-scalarity, bringing regional scales of transformation into conversation with translocal shifts in regimes of power. We are especially looking for papers that use intellectual history as a vantage point to tackle broader questions of material and ideological power and see transformations in concepts as not just rarefied academic shifts, but as the result of changes in political economies (including relating to colonialism), arrangements in gender relations, religious and cultural formations, and in the (often, revolutionary) reorganization of political/state power. The conference seeks to understand how the globalized construction of the concept of ‘dynasty’ was ultimately a matter of importance not just for scholars, or even for ruling elites, but for wider publics as well, including for various subaltern actors and groups: issues of class, gender, or race which structured conceptual formations lie at the heart of our investigation.

We are delighted to announce that keynote lectures at the conference will be delivered by Julia Adams (Yale), Pamela Crossley (Dartmouth College), Faisal Devji (Oxford), and Richard Wortman (Columbia).

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation, and contact details. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 30 January, 2017. For more information about the conference, or to submit an abstract, please email the organising committee at I.Afanasyev@bham.ac.uk and milindabanerjee1@gmail.com.

THE SHAPE OF RETURN: PROGRESS, PROCESS AND REPETITION IN MEDIEVAL CULTURE

ICI Berlin, 29-30 September 2017

Organized by: Francesco Giusti and Daniel Reeve

Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford)

In his Convivio, Dante claims that ‘the supreme desire of each thing, and the one that is first given to it by nature, is to return to its first cause.’ Yet this formulation is marked by a tension: return is both a destination and a process. To put it in terms of an Augustinian distinction: does each thing simply desire to arrive in/at its patria (homeland, destination, telos), or is its desire also directed towards the via (way, process, journey)? On the one hand, the desire for return is teleological and singular; on the other, it is meandering, self-prolonging, perhaps even non-progressive. And return itself can also be errant, even when successful: to take one important example, medieval theology frequently conceptualizes the sins of heresy and sodomy as self-generating returns to unproductive sites of pleasure or obstinacy.

Return, then, is an uncanny thing, with a distinctive temporality that conjoins recollection, satisfaction, and frustration. It plays an important role in shaping many kinds of medieval cultural artifact. Return is a basic component of pseudo-Dionysian (and later, Thomistic) theories of intellection; for Boethius, it is inherent to the process of spiritual transcendence. Return also shapes literary texts: for instance, romance heroes desire to return to their homeland, but the obstacles placed in their path, or the digressions they undertake, are the basic preconditions of the stories in which they find themselves. In such cases, only a deferred return can satisfy; and even a return is not inevitably satisfying — it can also be a frustrating repetition of a well-trodden path. This is true of lyric texts as much as narrative ones: medieval lyric poems are often concerned with the human inclination to go back to an unfruitful site of pain, loss, or even dangerous enjoyment.

Return is also embedded in the very texture of medieval poetic and musical forms: the sestina, the refrain, and the terza rima all embody different kinds of recursivity. Dante’s re-use of rhyme sounds in the unfolding of the Divine Comedy — a poem that, at various crucial points, thematizes return as a transcendent symbol — performs a spiraling movement that combines repetition and progressive ascent. Reiteration can disrupt linear and teleological progress, but also empower it. How does medieval culture cope with this ambivalence?

The conference will explore the ways in which medieval literary, artistic, musical, philosophical, and theological texts perform, interrogate, and generate value from the complexities of return, with particular reference to its formal and temporal qualities. Reconsidering the practical and theoretical implications of return — a movement in time and space that seems to shape medieval culture in a fundamental sense — we will investigate the following questions:

  • What shapes does return take, and how does it shape cultural artifacts of the Middle Ages?
  • How does return (as fact or possibility) regulate the flow of time and the experience of human life?
  • How can return as a final goal and return as a problematic repetition coexist?
  • Is repetition simply identified with a state of sin, or can it lead somewhere?

The conference will provide a forum for an interdisciplinary discussion of medieval temporality: we welcome participants working in any academic discipline. Areas of investigation might include:

  • Neoplatonic emanation and return to the self / God; the temporality and shape of religious self-perfection
  • Refrain and/or repetition in musical and literary forms such as lyric, lyric collections or narrative verse incorporating refrains or concatenation
  • Ulyssean return in romance, theology, hagiography; return as resolution and/or disruption
  • The processes of return inherent in the use and experience of literary topoi and loci classici; exegetical return; the tension between innovation and tradition in biblical commentary
  • Religious conversion as return: teleology, retrospection, spatial metaphors
  • Return as related to medieval conceptions of originality and reproduction
  • The experience of return in daily life: liturgy, ritual, diurnal and seasonal cycles, the mechanical clock
  • Return in medieval temporal theory: for example, the medieval reception of circular time in Stoic philosophy or the book of Ecclesiastes
  • The geometry of return in (for instance) mystical writing
  • The queerness and/or conservatism of return
  • Return from digression; return as a regulatory mechanism
  • Return theorized as a constitutive process of subjectivity and/or intellection
  • Return as a psychoanalytic concept related to obsession, repression, Nachträglichkeit

Papers will be given in English, and will be limited to 30 minutes. Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short bio-bibliographical profile (100 words maximum) to theshapeofreturn@ici-berlin.org by 15 April, 2017. An answer will be given before 1 May 2017. A full programme will be published on the ICI Berlin website (www.ici-berlin.org) in due course. As with all events at the ICI Berlin, there is no registration fee. We can provide assistance in securing discounted accommodation for the conference period.

PAMPHLETEERING CULTURE, 1558–1702

Edinburgh, 30 September 2017

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This one-day conference, held jointly by the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, will explore different approaches to early modern pamphleteering. Bringing together scholars from a range of disciplines, it will discuss the literary and historical aspects of pamphleteering. By uniting dedicated scholars of pamphleteering with researchers who use pamphlets as part of a wider project, the conference will create new understandings of the subject. We aim to examine both the construction of a culture of pamphleteering, and the ways in which pamphleteering shaped early modern cultures more broadly.

The conference will include a keynote address by Professor Joad Raymond (Queen Mary University of London).

The organisers are pleased to invite proposals from established scholars, early career researchers, and particularly PhD students for papers of 20 minutes in length. Papers may address pamphlets produced in the British Isles or elsewhere in Europe during any part of the period from 1558 to 1702. We welcome proposals from scholars approaching pamphlets and pamphleteering in relation to subjects including:

  • Literary Criticism
  • History of the Book
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Social History
  • Cultural History
  • Material Culture
  • Visual Culture

We are especially interested in proposals regarding the relationship between pamphleteering and popular opinion, or that discuss pamphleteering in connection with other forms of media (e.g. printed, manuscript, or oral). We would also like to hear from scholars whose research challenges conventional narratives surrounding geography, gender, and race within the culture of pamphleteering.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words, along with a 150-word biography, to pamphleteering2017@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is 30 June, 2017.

THE FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL BYZANTINE STUDIES CONFERENCE

University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, October 5-8 2017

The Byzantine Studies Association welcomes submissions by March 1, 2017 using its online system for the 2017 BSC to be hosted by the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Papers from a wide range of medieval disciplines, and on diverse topics related to Byzantine Studies are encouraged. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by email by March 15. For inquiries, please contact the 2017 BSC Program Chair, Sarah Brooks (brooksst@jmu.edu).

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies and related disciplines, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA).

Full CFP instructions: http://www.bsana.net/conference/index.html.

Proposals are submitted as individual abstracts. Proposals consist of:

  1. Your contact information; a proposed title; and, if part of a panel proposal, proposed panel information (see below).
  2. A single PDF copy of the 500-word or less, blind abstract (title only, no name), formatted and submitted according to the detailed instructions.

THE NATURAL AND THE SUPERNATURAL IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN WORLDS

Annual PMRG/CMEMS Conference, The University of Western Australia, 7 October 2017

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Today, the natural and the supernatural are often viewed in stark opposition. In the medieval and early modern period, however, the supernatural infused every aspect of daily life. Prayers and rites punctuated everyday routines, and natural phenomena – such as earthquakes and eclipses – were often viewed with both suspicion and wonder or as divine portents. Miracle stories, rumours of witchcraft, and accounts of relic veneration all indicate that magic shaped medieval and early modern imaginations. The early modern period was also an era of European exploration, invasion and colonisation, which saw the increase of scientific knowledge though encounters with a number of societies around the globe. Natural histories, travel narratives, and objects circulated widely, creating new connections and shaping existing belief systems. As these sources demonstrate, however, persecution also abounded, and was often prompted by perceived differences in culture or beliefs about the (super)natural.

This conference will examine the numerous and various intersections of the natural and the supernatural. What qualified as natural and supernatural in diverse medieval and early modern societies? When was the world categorised in terms of a natural/supernatural binary? When was this not the case? How did people in medieval and early modern societies perceive and experience these phenomena? How and why did beliefs and structures based on understandings of the natural and the supernatural change in this period? What prompted persecution? How are these events represented and experienced through heritage today?

The conference organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers on the following (or related) themes:

  • Witchcraft, magic, superstition
  • Miracle stories: belief, doubt, and civic pride
  • Religious Reformations; religious change
  • Understandings of nature and natural law
  • Travel, exploration, and natural history
  • Ghosts, fairies, spirits
  • Relics, charms, and objects believed to harness supernatural power
  • Sacred landscapes, journeys, and practices
  • Cross-cultural understandings of the natural and the supernatural
  • Heritage sites and the supernatural
  • Crossing or breaking boundaries, lived and imaginary
  • The natural and the supernatural in medieval and early modern literature or performance
  • Modern recollections of medieval and early modern (super)natural history

Please send a paper title, 250-word abstract and a short (no more than 100-word) biography to pmrg.cmems.conference2017@gmail.com by 31 July, 2017.

CHARLEMAGNE’S GHOST: LEGACIES, LEFTOVERS AND LEGENDS OF THE CAROLINGIAN EMPIRE

44th Annual New England Medieval Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, October 7 2017

Keynote Speaker: Simon MacLean, University of St. Andrews, “What Was Post-Carolingian about Post-Carolingian Europe?”

It is well known that the Frankish emperor Charlemagne (768-814) and his dynasty – the Carolingians – played an important role in the formation of Europe. Yet scholars still debate the long-term consequences of the collapse of the Carolingian empire in 888 and the diverse ways in which Charlemagne’s family shaped subsequent medieval civilization. This conference invites medievalists of all disciplines and specializations to investigate the legacies, leftovers, and legends of the Carolingian empire in the central and later Middle Ages. We welcome papers that consider a wide array of Carolingian legacies in the realms of kingship and political culture, literature and art, manuscripts and material artifacts, the Church and monasticism, as well as Europe’s relations with the wider world. We urge participants to reflect on the ways in which later medieval rulers, writers, artists, and communities remembered Charlemagne and the Frankish empire and adapted Carolingian inheritances to fit new circumstances. In short, this conference will explore the ways in which Charlemagne’s ghost haunted the medieval world.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Eric Goldberg (egoldber@mit.edu) via email attachment. On your abstract provide your name, institution, the title of your proposal, and email address. Abstracts are due July 1, 2017.

2017 MEETING OF RELACS (REGIONAL LATE ANTIQUITY CONSORTIUM SOUTHEAST)

October 19-20 2017, Vanderbilt University

ReLACS, now in its fifth year, is a regional workshop of scholars of Late Antiquity held on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.

The 2017 meeting will be hosted by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Participation is open to all scholars interested in Late Antiquity broadly defined. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged.

The workshop kicks off with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday, October 19th given by Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, on “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria.” This lecture presents a reassessment of what we know (and how we know what we know) about the archaeological evidence for Christian monasticism in the first millennium CE. Assessing the current state of the field, Prof. Davis will first address problems we face in both the identification and the dating of “monastic” sites and then discuss criteria by which we can engage more critically with the material evidence available to us.

On Friday, October 20th, the workshop will host several sessions. Phillip I. Lieberman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law at Vanderbilt University, will lead a pro-seminar on “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza” designed to introduce non-specialists to resources for using the Geniza in teaching and research. The Cairo Geniza comprises the largest collection of documentary materials from the premodern Islamic world and is a critical resource for the social, economic, legal, and political history of the reception of antiquity into the medieval Mediterranean.

In addition we invite proposals from regional participants for work-in-progress papers on any topic broadly related to Late Antiquity or the early middle ages in any geographic region. Papers will be given 30-minute sessions and may be read aloud or pre-circulated to allow more time for discussion.

Please send a short description of the paper (approximately 200 words) including mention of its context (conference paper, part of a book manuscript, etc.) to David Michelson (david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu). Paper proposals will be considered by a steering committee (faculty from UT, VU, and UK) and selections will be made on the basis of maximizing regional participation from a diverse group of presenters. Proposals are due by August 1 2017.

RENAISSANCE BORDER CROSSINGS: DOCUMENTED AND UNDOCUMENTED

Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 19-22 2017

Plenary speakers:

  • Fran Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English, UC Davis
  • Daniel Vitkus, Professor of Literature, UC San Diego

In an era of rising nationalism manifested in contentious plans to ban immigration and erect walls, it is fitting that the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society, which spans a region encompassing two countries and is devoted to a historical period of always-contested boundaries, should devote a conference to the theme of border crossings.

This year’s meeting, hosted by Portland State University and co-sponsored by Marylhurst University, invites papers that engage borders – disciplinary, ideological, formal, national/ethnic, textual, etc. – and that consider, in the broadest sense, how we encounter the in-between spaces of contact, conflict, and possibility in the Renaissance. Some possible topics could be (but are not limited to):

  • Historicizing the categories of “East” and “West”
  • Nationality before the nation state
  • Migrants, nomads, vagrants, refugees
  • Borders, crossings, and early modern space/place
  • Xenophobia amidst globalization
  • Hospitality and the stranger
  • Periodization and queer temporalities
  • Genre crossings
  • Global Shakespeares, “Ethnic” Shakespeares
  • Intertextual Crossings
  • Corporeal boundaries, gender crossings, trans studies
  • Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality
  • Empathy and intersubjectivity
  • Reputation, rumor, censorship, “fake news”
  • Allegiance and alliance across difference

The PNRS treats “Renaissance” more generously than merely British Literary Studies 1500-1660 and seeks to work actively with all Northwest scholars of European and transatlantic culture and society from 1300-1700, including art historians, economists, historians, scholars of religion, historians and practitioners of the performing arts, scholars in the history of science and medicine, political scientists, and comparatists.

Deadline for submission of abstracts, session, and roundtable proposals: June 1, 2017.

Please send proposals via email to: Eliza Greenstadt, Associate Professor of Theater + Film, Portland State University, at greens@pdx.edu, Subject line: PNRS Submission, Word Count: 250 words.

Please be sure to include: Name, professional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address with each abstract, whether submitted individually or as part of a session/roundtable proposal.

Papers must be kept to a twenty-minute reading time, including any technical and electronic support. All papers are to be essentially new and never before presented in public.

TEXTS AND CONTEXTS CONFERENCE

Ohio State University, 20-21 October 2017

Conference Website

Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages.

The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years. We also welcome proposals for sessions of two to three papers which might treat a more focused topic.

Please send abstracts to epig@osu.edu. Deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2017.

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture 2017: James Hankins, Harvard University

POVERTY AND WEALTH

32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa, Pretoria, 26-29 October 2017

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) and the Classics Section of the Dept of Biblical & Ancient Studies, University of South Africa invite proposals for papers that focus on (but are not limited to) the conference theme “Poverty and Wealth”.

ἅπαντα τῷ πλουτεῖν γάρ ἐσθ᾽ ὑπήκοα.  [Aristoph. Wealth 146]

Across the world today there is much discourse around relative wealth and poverty, particularly relating to issues of privilege, class and inequality. Studies on wealth and poverty in antiquity are often centred on the transitional period towards Christianity, but Graeco-Roman antiquity as a whole has much to offer in terms of material for study.  Although we are to some extent hampered by the fact that ancient literature, and even material remains, favour the views and lives of the wealthy, there are still many fruitful areas for exploration:

- Representations of poverty and wealth in literature and art

- Links between poverty, patronage and wealth

- Land ownership and wealth

- Transitions: wealth to poverty and poverty to wealth

- Images and metaphors of poverty and wealth

- The role of fate or fortune in views on poverty and wealth

- Actions and motivations towards alleviating poverty

- Material wealth and spiritual poverty

- Idealised poverty

- Differentiations between urban poverty/wealth, and rural situations

- Inequality and social tension

- Political theory and property distribution

- War and conquest and their effects on poverty/wealth.

In addition to the main theme of the conference, we also welcome individual or panel proposals on other aspects of the Classical World and Classical Reception.

Dr Martine De Marre – dmarrmea@unisa.ac.zaThe deadline for proposals is 1 February 2017.  Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words) and author affiliation to either Dr Liana Lamprecht  - lamprjc@unisa.ac.za - or Dr Martine De Marre – dmarrmea@unisa.ac.za.

Details of the conference venue, accommodation and other important conference information will be made available on the conference website, which we hope to have up-and-running soon.

INTERDISCIPLINARY SHAKESPEARE BEYOND THEORY

The Shakespeare Association of Korea International Conference, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, South Korea, 27-28 October 2017

Well before the beginning of the new century the New Historicism, which had dominated Shakespeare studies and, by extension, the English literary criticism since the 1980s, had been criticized for its methodological discontents or limitations as theory-based criticism. Now Shakespeare studies is being re-energized by the explorations from various interdisciplinary perspectives beyond theory. To invigorate this trend in Shakespeare studies, The Shakespeare Association of Korea will host its international conference on Oct. 27-28, 2017 at Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, South Korea. The conference, the title of which is “Interdisciplinary Shakespeare Beyond Theory,” will explore new directions for research in Shakespeare studies by opening conversations between disciplines such as history, art history & archeology, philosophy, political science, religious studies, ethics, etc. with reference to Shakespearean texts/contexts and production/reproduction. Pedagogical methods, translations, and issues related to new media, and the history of performance will be also included in the conference discussions.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Brian Cummings (The University of York, U.K.)

Invited Speakers: Prof. Diana Henderson (MIT, U.S.A.); Prof. Tom Bishop (The Univ. of Auckland, New Zealand); Prof. Jason Gleckman (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Topics of discussion may include (but not restricted to):

  • Legitimacy and Authority
  • Nation and Nationalism
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Apocalypse and Redemption
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Law and Justice
  • Rhetoric and Ethics
  • Representation of Self
  • Renaissance Humanism and Skepticism
  • Memory, Historiography, and the Use of History
  • Visual Representations
  • New Media and Digital Culture
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Cross-Cultural Adaptations
  • Political Appropriations
  • Problems and Methods of Translation
  • Shakespeare on Stage and Screen

Please send a 250 word proposal and a brief curriculum vitae with contact information to Prof. Hyosik Hwang (Chungbuk National Univ.) or Prof. Sujin Oh (Seowon Univ.) at sakorea2013info@gmail.com by May 31, 2017.

EARLY MODERN SATIRE: THEMES, RE-EVALUATIONS AND PRACTICES

University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2–4 November 2017

Keynote speakers: Howard Weinbrot & Ola Sigurdson

Early modern satire – broadly, from c. 1500 to c. 1800 – is a vast but still underexamined field of representation. Although flourishing in certain periods and certain places, satire can be said to be integral to the European project, often challenging the limits of tolerance and evoking hostility but also associated, increasingly in this period, with notions of freedom and enlightenment. This conference, hosted by Gothenburg University, seeks to position satire as a mode of representation throughout early modern Europe and clarify its role in politics, culture and religion. We seek proposals from scholars in all fields who work on aspects of satire in the period. Especially welcome are contributions that explore satire as a form of representation existing across boundaries – of territories, of genres and/or periods. We also welcome proposals that situate satire in a wider aesthetic context, including cross-disciplinary work that seeks to address satire
as a mode of for example visual representation.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The mediation of satire. Described variously as a “genre” and a “mode”, satire often transgresses medial and generic boundaries during the early modern period. Is satire more of an “intermedial” phenomenon in certain periods and places?
  • The gendering of satire. Early modern satire in has been characterized as very much a male enterprise. Are there variations over time and between places, as regards for example female authorship, and in terms of form and theme, how does satire depict aspects of femininity and masculinity?
  • Satire and censorship. Always having had a complex relationship with authority, satire in the early modern period also saw the rise of the print medium and various attempts at regulating published output. How do censorship and other forms of regulative interventions shape satirical texts (in a wide sense)?
  • Perspectives on the classical heritage. Although a thoroughly investigated field, the relationship between early modern satire and its classical predecessors is still relevant as a field of inquiry. Just how dependent was early modern satire on its Horatian, Juvenalian and other role models?
  • Satire and religion. While relating to classical forms and themes, satire also has a complex relation to Christian religion as both a target and a formative system of belief. In what ways do changes in religious institutions and norms affect the production of early modern satire?
  • Satire and medical discourse. The frequent description of satire as “melancholy”, for example, suggests links to humoral theory and other aspects of physiology. To what extent can satire be understood in such terms?
  • Satire and the canon. While for example literary history has ascribed a central role to satire in the 18th century, scholarly discussions are often based on select examples and relegate others to the margin. What are the social and historical determinants of the “lasting appeal” of certain satirical texts?

Presentations are strictly limited to 20 minutes in length. A 250-word abstract, a title, and a 50- word biographical statement should be submitted to earlymodernsatire@lir.gu.se by 4 January, 2017.

Enquiries may be directed to this address, to Dr. Per Sivefors at per.sivefors@lnu.se or Dr. Rikard Wingård rikard.wingard@lir.gu.se. Website: http://lir.gu.se/forskning/forskningssamverkan/tidigmoderna-seminariet/early-modern-satire

DEVIANT THINKING: EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT

Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, The University of Sydney, 15-17 November 2017

More info: https://wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/844/15770/.

What the Enlightenment stands for has been subject to much discussion in recent years, and many valuable contributions have been made that help us to understand better the significance of this period. This conference takes this discussion further by connecting up the Enlightenment with the early modern period and the “rebellious” ideas that were already formulated and passed around during this time. We seek papers that bring into focus the many challenges philosophers of the 17th and 18th century posed to established intellectual, political, religious and social norms. These challenges touch on a diverse range of topics, spanning from fundamental questions concerning the status of the human being in the natural world, and the prospect of gaining knowledge of that world, to the redefinition of sentiment and affect as defining features of the moral potential of humanity. Reflections on the foundations of the state, self-governance and the rights of individuals and groups often followed on from these questions and thereby led to a novel engagement with the conditions that structure and shape human life.

SIHN’s Enlightenment Thinking Project will be hosting this conference, a central aim of which is to use the wider discussion of 17th- and 18th-century thought to launch a new series, the Australasian Seminar in Early Modern in Philosophy (ASEMP). In future years, ASEMP will be held at rotating locations at universities in the Australasian region. By establishing this conference series, we seek to provide a regular opportunity for high-quality discussions of research presentations in early modern philosophy, while encouraging closer collaboration and network opportunities between Asia-Pacific and Australian universities. Each conference will have a mentoring stream that teams up PhD students and early career researchers with senior scholars to prepare conference submissions for publication.

We are interested in receiving abstract submissions on the following subjects:

  • Early modern and enlightenment ideas that in some important respects deviated from the norms established in 17th and 18th century thought.
  • Philosophical thought that questioned or challenged ideas that are today understood as central ideals of the Enlightenment.
  • Interpretations of early modern and enlightenment ideas/figures that deviate from standard interpretations of those ideas/figures.

We also welcome submissions (for both papers and panels) on early modern topics that fall outside the main conference theme.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (max 800-1000 words) for conference papers (30 minutes presentation time) is 30 June, 2017. Please prepare your submission for anonymous review and add a separate cover sheet with your details.

Please email your submission to Anik Waldow.

5th INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM "DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I"

Special Thematic Strand for 2017: “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”, Skopje, 17-18 November 2017

Organised by “EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Italy,
in partnership with the Institute of National History - Skopje.

With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and the City of Skopje.

The International scientific symposium “Days of Justinian I” is an annual interdisciplinary scholarly forum aimed at the presentation of the latest research followed by discussions on various aspects of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, that include the treatment and interpretation of cultural, historical and spiritual heritage in contemporary Europe. The Symposium is dedicated to Emperor Justinian I with the aim to address a broad range of issues related to Byzantium and the European Middle Ages, comprising the exploration of the cultural and historical legacy as an integrative component of the diversities and commonalities of Unified Europe.

This year the International Symposium “Days of Justinian I” chose a special thematic strand “Byzantium and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern Perceptions and Receptions”, with the aim of discussing various aspects of the Slavic world and its legacy, from the Medieval and Modern perspective. The Symposium will address many issues concerning the Origins, Ethnicity, Identity, the State Formation of the Slavs and the relationships with Byzantium and Western Europe. The reception of the Slavic legacy in post-medieval Europe will also be explored and compared with the divergent visions of the Byzantine heritage, with the aim of defining their place within the frame of the European civilizational concept.

Тhe Symposium will embrace broader issues, geographical areas and chronological scope addressing the diverse aspects of religion, politics, ideology, identity, ethnicity, literary and artistic expression, political and cultural memory reflected in the historical and cultural legacy of the Slavia Orthodoxa, Slavia Romana and Byzantium.
Papers are welcomed on various topics that may include, but are not limited to the following areas of discussion:

- The origin of the Slavs reconsidered

- The emergence of the Slavs in Europe: Between migration and construction

- Slavic Ethnicity and identity: A reinterpretation

- Antiquity and the Slavs: Medieval and Modern receptions

- Byzantine and Western perceptions of the Slavic World

- Christianization of the Slavs and the concept of barbarism

- Slavia Orthodoxa and Slavia Romana: Political and ideological contexts

- State formation in the Middle Ages: Slavs, Byzantium and Western Europe

- Sharing the traditions in Europe: The reception of the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius

- Projecting the Middle Ages in the ideologies of Pan-Slavism and Yugoslavism

- Appropriation of the medieval past in 19th century Europe

- Imagining the Byzantine-Slavs rivalry in the 19th and 20th century Balkans

- The Slavic identity and the nationalism in Europe

- Literary Receptions of the Middle Ages

- Reinterpreting the archaeological evidence

- Reconstructing the messages of medieval visual narratives

- Language and folklore

- Music and liturgical practices

- Heritage politics and the perception of the Past
- Preserving the cultural heritage: Restoration and protection
PAPER SUBMISSION

First Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 10 August, 2017

Second Deadline for submitting the abstract of the papers: 20 October, 2016

Notification of acceptance for early applicants: 15 August, 2017

Notification of acceptance for other applicants: 25 October, 2017

Deadline for submitting the full papers for publication: 1 March, 2018

Please send the application form to the address: contact@euba.edu.mk; romaion@gmail.com

EURO-BALKAN UNIVERSITY, Blvd. Aleksandar Makedonski 24, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia / Tel: 00389 2 3075570

Presentation of the papers will be limited to 10 minutes.

Working languages: Macedonian, Italian and English.

No participation fee is required.

Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the participants themselves.

The full papers will be peer-reviewed.

Papers delivered at the Symposium will be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium.

For further inquires please contact the Secretary of the Symposium: Dr. Dragan Gjalevski:

Please check the Euro-Balkan website: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/drx4BDilQ49MI8?domain=euba.edu.mk for news on the Symposium, the agenda, special events and the online application form.

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Symposiarch: Professor Mitko B. Panov

EDITING LATE-ANTIQUE AND EARLY MEDIEVAL TEXTS: PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES

International Workshop, University of Lisbon, 23-24 November 2017

This workshop aims at fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas on how to edit Late-Antique and Early-Medieval texts. By presenting case-studies, participants will be encouraged to share the editorial problems and methodological challenges that they had to face in order to fulfil their research or critical editions. Troublesome issues will be addressed like how to edit, for instance,
- an 'open' text or a 'fluid' one (as in the case of some glossaries, grammatical texts, chronicles or scientific treatises),
- a Latin text translated from another language, like Greek, or bilingual texts (like some hagiographic texts, hermeneumata, Latin translations of Greek medical treatises, etc.),
- a text with variants by the author or in double recensions,
- a text with linguistic instability,
- a collection of extracts,
- a lost text recoverable from scanty remnants or fragments,
- a text transmitted by a codex unicus or, on the contrary, a text transmitted by a huge number of manuscripts,
- a text with a relevant indirect tradition,
- homiliaries and passionaires as collections of selected texts.

Attention will be devoted as well to different aspects of editorial practice and textual criticism.

Keynote speakers:
Carmen Codoñer (U. Salamanca), Paolo Chiesa (U. Milano), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute).

The papers should be 30 minutes in length and will focus on the edition of late-antique and early Medieval texts, in particular on editions currently in preparation, forthcoming or recently concluded. The scientific committee will select a number of proposals to be presented and discussed during the workshop. The papers can be presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

An abstract of around 200 words, including the name, institution and email, should be sent before May 30, 2017 to: Lisbonworshop17@letras.ulisboa.pt.
Acceptance of the papers will be communicated until June 30, 2017.

Inscription fees
70 € for participating with paper.
50 € for Ph.D. students presenting a paper.

Organizing Committee: Paulo F. Alberto (Univ. Lisboa), David Paniagua (Univ. Salamanca), Rossana Guglielmetti (Univ. Milano).
Centro de Estudos Clássicos
Faculdade de Letras
Cidade Universitária
1600-214 LISBOA
TEL (351) 21 792 00 05 (Secretariado)
FAX (351)21 792 00 80
E-mail: centro.classicos@fl.ul.pt / centro.classicos@letras.ulisboa.pt
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UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO CENTRE FOR THE BOOK 2017 SYMPOSIUM: BOOKS AND USERS

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 28–29 November and 30 November–1 December 2017

The University of Otago Centre for the Book is pleased to announce our sixth annual research symposium. In 2017, we are teaming up with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature to offer a 3-day extravaganza engagement with books and culture.

The Centre for the Book Symposium will start on Tuesday evening, November 28th, with our usual public lecture at the Dunedin City Library. The lecture will feature Warwick Jordan, proprietor of Hard to Find Books, talking about his wide experience as a bookseller and the variety of book users that he supplies.

The symposium proper will take place on the University campus all day Wednesday, November 29th, at the College of Education and will feature a slate of presentations on the theme “Books and Users.”

The two-day UNESCO Creative Cities symposium will follow, with international and local keynote speakers on Thursday November 30th, followed on Friday by facilitated workshops at the Dunedin Athenaeum in the Octagon.

Please note: Thanks to generous support from the University of Otago Centre for the Book, the NZ National Commission for UNESCO and the Dunedin City Council, both of these events will be free to attend, with delegates responsible for providing their own lunch. Delegates are welcome to register for specific days or all three days.

The theme for the Centre for the Book 2017 Symposium is “Books and Users.”

Before the advent of electronic text storage, a whole realm of print existed to record and store information. From instruction manuals to phone books and encyclopedias, these publications were to be consulted rather than read. Today, increasingly, many of these works are no longer printed on paper. They are instead disseminated to users in electronic formats, often only when they are requested. This shift in media has made readers more conscious of how they use books. It also raises questions about which sort of books work well in electronic format and which do not.

This symposium seeks to investigate all the ways people use books, not just consciously or as intended, but for any purpose. Some may be propping up an item of furniture in the corner; some used for artistic design; some for elegant wallpaper. Even those books that are actually read are used in many different ways: for self-exploration; for escape; for gifts to others; for inspiration. And there are the readers, an equally diverse lot: some fold down corners; some write in books (some even in ink); some insert all sorts of items such as bookmarks or for storage; others handle a book so delicately that a second reader cannot tell the book has ever been opened. Indeed, in medical contexts, ‘users’ may refer to those in control of their habit or to those harmfully addicted. Is this also true in the book world?

Traditionally, libraries recorded the frequency with which books were used. Today, especially because of increased privacy concerns, such information is less publicly available, but is still being used. Indeed, publishers often place restrictions on how many times an e-text may be loaned. Institutions face pressure, often having to buy another copy after the set number of loans has been reached.

The variety of uses for books and of users of books creates areas both of mutual benefit and of potential conflict. The codex is a superbly efficient and highly evolved technology with a well-established set of design conventions that permit quite distinctive uses. Change is in the wind, and the book beyond the codex is evolving in new directions, some of which will no doubt succeed and others of which are bound to fail.

Call For Papers

All of these topics are of potential interest for the Centre for the Book symposium. Whether you are an adept or an addict, whether books for you are primarily physical, spiritual or cerebral, and whether you prefer to look up information online or in print, you undoubtedly have thoughts on this topic. So please email a 250-300 word abstract of your ideas to books@otago.ac.nz and set aside the end of November for a thought-provoking few days of reflection and engagement with books and users of books. In short – sharpen those pencils!

Abstracts must be received by 1 October 2017, with a final programme announced by mid-October. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Donald Kerr (donald.kerr@otago.ac.nz) or Dr. Shef Rogers (shef.rogers@otago.ac.nz).

EARLY MODERN DISCOURSES ON EUROPE: REPRESENTATIONS OF COMMUNITY AND COMMON IDENTITY (1450-1750)

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck, November 30-December 2 2017

Organised by: Nicolas Detering (Freiburg i. Br.), Clementina Marsico (Innsbruck), Isabella Walser (Innsbruck)

Starting in the post-war decades of the 20th century, the history, the concept, and the identity of Europe as a geographical, cultural, political, religious and ideological entity has become a popular field of investigation in many different disciplines. Historians, political scientists, and philologists have come to examine the meaning of Europe in the face of contemporary developments and problems, which the European integration is facing. Their research shows that while ancient and medieval writers may have already ‘sensed’ some sort of European identity, a proper discourse on the continent’s political significance, cultural meaning, historical fate and contemporary crisis – based, for example, on the use of a shared vocabulary (the term ‘Europe’ among it) and of specific rhetorical strategies (like the personification of Europe) –, only evolved during the 15th and 16th century and proliferated in the 17th and 18th century.

But even though the existing studies have shed some light on the concept of Europe in the works of ‘great thinkers’ like Piccolomini, Richelieu, or Leibniz, its wide distribution across languages and genres, as well as its influence on the actual shaping of Europe in political, cultural and other related aspects have only recently received more attention. This holds especially true for texts written in Neo-Latin, as is shown by the project entitled Europe and European Identity in Neo-Latin Literature conducted at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin studies in Innsbruck, the organiser of this conference. This project attempts for the first time to take into consideration the vast amount of Neo-Latin literature processing the discourse on Europe and European identity, for most of what we know so far about the early modern process of the formation of Europe relies almost exclusively on vernacular sources. The dispersion of discourses on Europe across the continent – be it in Latin or in the vernaculars –, however, is difficult to grasp, since they are not restricted to one specific genre. In fact, the discourses span a variety of text types, such as political treatises, poems, novels, commentaries, periodic journals, grammar books, private letters etc. The early modern discourses of Europe rely on an immense communicative network, the contours of which are challenging to decipher.

Conference Aim and Research Questions

To this end, the conference will dive into the early modern days of the notion of Europe. Assuming that discourses on Europe tend to transcend linguistic, historic, and generic boundaries, we invite participants from different fields to examine vernacular and Latin negotiations of Europe from the late 15th to the early 18th century. This multi-angled approach will serve to identify both similarities and differences in the constructions of Europe within its different national and cultural communities. Comparing the results from Neo-Latin studies with the findings of other disciplines, the conference’s main purpose is to investigate the discursive representations of Europe from a contrastive and interdisciplinary pan-European perspective: papers should concern questions of how the term Europe was defined and evaluated, which concepts were attached to Europe, and in which way texts were trying to create or propagate a common European identity in the various languages, disciplines and genres of Early Modernity.

Accordingly, papers regarding the following topics are particularly (but not exclusively) welcome:

  • ideas, definitions, interpretations as well as discourses on Europe in texts and media of any given genre (e.g. the geographical concept; the religious idea of Christianitas; the intellectual notion of the res publica litteraria; the cultural image of Europe as the heir of values derived from the ancient past; the political concept of a ‘balance of power’);
  • the ‘rhetorics’ of Europe, i.e. in which way discourses on Europe are performed and promoted, which metaphors and narratives are employed to describe Europe or to convey the interactions between Europe and its parts (e.g. eroticism of lovers and rivals in allegories);
  • the interplay between language and identity, i.e. the role language plays ideologically and politically in shaping identity in connection with the notion of Europe (e.g. Latinitas against the vernaculars);
  • relationships between nations and Europe, i.e. the way texts sharpen national identities with regard to the supra-national (e.g. Europe as a plurality of nations following the principle of unity in diversity).

Practicalities

We welcome papers of a maximum of 30 minutes length. Each paper will be followed by c.10 minutes of discussion. English will serve as the main conference language. The publication of the papers in a collective conference volume is planned for 2018, the deadline for article submission will be April 30, 2018. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of your paper (max. 150 words) and a brief curriculum vitae (max. half a page) to isabella.walser@neolatin.lbg.ac.at or clementina.marsico@neolatin.lbg.ac.at before April 30, 2017.

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies will reimburse the travel expenses and compensate for the conference hotel in Innsbruck, max. three nights (arrival Wednesday, November 29, departure Saturday, December 2, 2017).

Further information about the conference can be found at http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at.

HOMER AND THE EPIC TRADITION IX

The 9th Homer Seminar, to be held at ANU,will take place from 4–5 December 2017. The seminar is intended to give Australasian scholars interested in the epic tradition the chance to test out ideas, methodologies and findings in a supportive environment, and is particularly (but not exclusively) open to postgraduates and early career researchers. Please submit your abstract to Fiona Sweet Formiatti (fiona.sweet-formiatti@anu.edu.au) by 30 September. Further information.

AAANZ 2017 CONFERENCE: ART AND ITS DIRECTIONS

The University of Western Australia, Perth, 6-8 December 2017

Conference Website

This year’s conference theme Art and its Directions is broadly conceived against the backdrop of debates relating to national sovereignty and globalisation. Rather than purely a focus on politically based art in this context, we turn to the question of directions in art, where directions refer both to geography and chronology. The aim is to investigate artistic production and exchange in relation to the geographical, conceptual and imaginative relationships between north, south, east and west, so as to encompass discussion of transnational and global art histories; and the binaries of centre and periphery, modern and traditional. The theme takes account of the conference location in Western Australia – ranging from perceptions of the west to its distinct collections, and history.

There is also focus upon how art objects and art practices exist in different spatial and temporal contexts. This may include discussion of the mobility of objects and the materials of art, and of curatorial practices relating to the display of works of art.

  • Convenors of panel sessions might consider subject areas such as:
  • The theorising of geographies in relation to art
  • Art and the changing history of place
  • Landscapes, travel and the sensory dimension of place
  • Heritage, nostalgia and anachronism in art
  • Contemporary curatorial practice and its global aspects
  • Indigenous art and cultural objects in their original settings and in the museum
  • The legacy of colonialism in historical and contemporary art practice
  • Emigré and refugee artists, and cross-cultural exchange
  • Representations of the cosmos, and the mapping of sea and land in Aboriginal art
  • Aboriginal rock art and cross-cultural encounters
  • Art and cartography, navigation, travel and trade
  • The translocation of art through commercial forces and war
  • The mobility of images in the digital age, including the role of photography
  • The space of the studio and its relation to the outer world

Session Format

  • Conference sessions are timetabled for three 20 minute papers plus 10 minute questions, totalling 90 minutes
  • Alternative formats may be proposed, such as round table or open discussions providing that they can be accommodated by the timetable structure
  • On Wednesday 6 December there will be a dedicated Postgraduate Day for presentation of papers from current postgraduate students and those who have completed postgraduate study within the last eighteen months. These papers do not need to relate to the conference theme. The call for postgraduate papers will open on 17 June 2017
  • Postgraduate students are also eligible to propose conference sessions and papers in other sessions

Submission Process

  • Panel session proposals are to include: name and email address of the session convenor(s); institutional affiliation; session title; a brief abstract (of no more than 250 words) that describes the session and how it fits with the conference theme
  • Email session proposals to conf@aaanz.info, attention Conference Administrator
  • The deadline for session proposals is COB Monday 22 May 2017
  • Session convenors are required to be active members of AAANZ at the time of the conference and will be asked to renew or register for membership upon acceptance of their panel proposal
  • Session convenors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposed session on or before 13 June 2017
  • Call for papers for sessions will open on 17 June 2017
  • Session convenors are expected to administer all enquiries and correspondence relating to their session in consultation with the conference committee

Contact

Please address all correspondence to the Conference Administrator, Vyonne Walker, conf@aaanz.info

Website: http://aaanz.info/aaanz-home/conferences/2017-conference/art-and-its-directions-call-for-sessions

NATURES AND SPACES OF ENLIGHTENMENT

The Sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Griffith University and the University of Queensland, Brisbane, 13-15 December 2017

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is pleased to announce that the sixteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar, Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, will be held in Brisbane, Australia, at Griffith University and the University of Queensland on the 13th to 15th December 2017.

The following keynote speakers will be presenting at the conference:

  • Deidre Lynch (Harvard University)
  • Jan Golinski (University of New Hampshire)
  • Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)

We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed. In the inclusive spirit of the David Nichol Smith Seminar, proposals may address any aspect of the long eighteenth century. Especially relevant topics include:

  • Enlightenment and religion or science
  • Enlightenment and empire or gender
  • Popular, moderate and radical enlightenments
  • Regional, national and global enlightenments
  • Climate, the environment and the Anthropocene
  • Emotion, sentimentalism and feeling
  • Theories of human nature and civil society
  • Trade, commerce and improvement
  • Travel, exploration and discovery
  • Philanthropy and the culture of reform
  • Spaces of sociability
  • Urban and rural spaces
  • Ideas of landscape and forms of land use
  • Nature in art, literature and music
  • Natural history, natural philosophy, natural law
  • Nature in economic and political writing
  • Medicine, sexuality and the body
  • Botany, geology and geography
  • Representations and uses of animals
  • Work, leisure, technology and industrialisation

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers and panels comprising 3 x papers. Please submit an abstract of 250 words (maximum) and a 2-page CV via email as a pdf attachment to dnsconferenceqld@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions: 1 August, 2017.

Website: https://anzsecs.com/conference/dnsxvi.

Email: dnsconferenceqld@gmail.com

THE ART OF PRAISE: PANEGYRIC AND ENCOMIUM IN LATE ANTIQUITY

Organizer: Paul Kimball, Bilkent University

Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity

Near the turn of the last millennium two collections of essays appeared which called our attention to late antique panegyric.The Propaganda of Power: The Role of Panegyric in Late Antiquity, ed. Mary Whitby (1998) underlined the genre's public and political contexts, whileGreek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity, edd.Thomas Hägg and Philip Rousseau (2000) explored its links with the forms and practices of biography and hagiography. The contributions to both volumes made it clear that from origins in the fourth century BCE to the end of antiquity (and beyond), panegyric proved a long-lived and highly adaptable platform for the articulation of social relations and the values that supported them. At the meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston, Massachusetts from 4-7 January 2018, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session to revisit the significance of the rhetoric of praise in late antiquity. We are especially interested in proposals that examine what, if anything, was distinctively "late antique" about late antique panegyric and encomium. In addition to papers addressing this specific question, we also welcome submissions on all aspects of these genres in late antiquity: theory and practice, political and private contexts, literary and declamatory presentations, prose and verse, parodic and ironic, etc.

Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of twenty minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 15, 2017by email attachment to Paul Kimball at pkimball@bilkent.edu.tr. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission and must include their membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts:https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-abstracts. The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2018 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be readin absentiaand the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to Boston.

GENDER, IDENTITY, ICONOGRAPHY

Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, 8-10 January 2018

The glittering beauty of the Alfred Jewel, the rich illustration of the Lindisfarne Gospels, the dominating Great West Window of York Minster, the intricate embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry, the luminous Maestà of Duccio, the opulent Oseberg ship burial, and the sophisticated imagery of the Ruthwell cross are all testament to the centrality of the visual to our understanding of a range of medieval cultures.

Constructed at and across the intersections of race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national identity, age, social class, and economic status, gendered medieval identities are multiple, mobile, and multivalent. Iconography – both religious and secular – plays a key role in the representation of such multifaceted identities. But visual symbols do not merely represent personhood. Across the range of medieval media, visual symbolism is used actively to produce, inscribe, and express the gendered identities of both individuals and groups.

The 2018 Gender and Medieval Studies Conference welcomes papers on all aspects of gender, identity and iconography from those working on medieval subjects in any discipline.
Papers may address, but are not limited to:

  • Sight and Blindness
  • Visible and Invisible Identities
  • Visual Languages
  • Colour and Shade
  • Icons and Iconoclasm
  • Light and Darkness
  • Collective and Individual Identities
  • Orthodox and Heretical imagery
  • Aesthetics
  • Subject and Motif
  • Convention and Innovation

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Please email proposals of approx. 200 words to gmsconference2018@gmail.com by Monday 4 September, 2017. We will also consider proposals for alternative kinds of presentation, including full panel proposals, performance and art; please contact the organisers to discuss.

A conference for everyone

Corpus Christi College’s auditorium is fully wheelchair accessible, has accessible toilets, and features a hearing loop for those using hearing aids. Please contact us if you have specific accessibility needs you would like to discuss. We plan to provide a private lactation space.

It is hoped that the Kate Westoby Fund will be able to offer a modest contribution towards (but not the full costs of) as many postgraduate student travel expenses as possible. We are exploring other avenues to make the conference financially feasible for postgraduates and early career scholars to attend.

LAW AND LEGAL AGREEMENTS 600-1250

The Faculty of English, Cambridge University, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CD3 9DP, 12-13 January 2018

Following on from the Law and Language Colloquium in 2015 and the Law and Ritual Colloquium in 2016, the final Colloquium in the Voices of Law series, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, will be Law and Legal Agreements 600-1250. This conference aims to draw together scholars working on various geographical areas to identify points of similarity and contrast in language, text and legal practice.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Robin Chapman Stacey

The making of legal agreements opens a window onto various aspects of the medieval world, from trade to marriage to the treatment of ‘outsiders’, and this conference aims to chart the development of these agreements from the period c.600 to c.1250.
Papers covering the following strands are encouraged, but not limited to:

  • Agreement and Disagreement – including aspects of judgments and arbitration; conflict resolution; the material and visual culture of legal disputes; violence
  • Inheritance, Kinship and Marriage – including topics on dower and dowry; family relationships defined through legal action; divorce and annulment of marriage; fostering and the process of adoption; wardship and inheritance, including will making
  • Status, ‘Others’ and Gender – including free and unfree; female agency; queer cases before the courts; sexual deviancy and the intersectionality of status and gender in the making of legal agreements. This strand can also consider the legal status of aliens and strangers; exclusion, expulsion and displacement; and issues surrounding community and identity, including different faith identities and heretical identities in secular and canon law
  • The Spoken vs the Written Word – including performance; witnesses and jurors; the use of liturgy and religious texts; satire
  • Written versus Material Evidence – including the materiality of legal spaces; archaeology and architecture; the interaction between written and material evidence

Email abstracts of no more than 300 words to voicesoflaw@gmail.com by no later than 17:00 Wednesday 15 February, 2017. Abstracts and papers must be in English. Registration and bursary application forms will be available to download from the Events page of the Voices of Law website at www.voicesoflaw.wordpress.com/events, and are also available on request – just email voicesoflaw@gmail.com to request a form, and find out more.

AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR CLASSICAL STUDIES 2018

The 39th conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be held at the University of Queensland from 30 January to 2 February 2018.  Full details and the call for papers are available on the conference website.

Submission of abstracts closes 28 July 2017.

SHAKESPEARE AT PLAY

ANZSA 2018, The University of Melbourne,  8-10 February 2018

Conference Website

Confirmed keynotes:

  • Gina Bloom, UC Davis
  • Claire M. L. Bourne, Penn State U
  • Roslyn L. Knutson, U Arkansas, Little Rock

20 minute papers are now invited for the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) biennial conference. Papers might consider (but are not restricted to) these or any related topics:

  • plays
  • players
  • swordplay
  • early modern plays
  • Shakespeare in plays
  • playfulness
  • playwriting
  • play on words
  • play-based learning
  • playing tricks
  • playwrights
  • playbooks
  • playback theatre
  • Melbourne: capital of cultural and sporting play
  • improvisational play
  • getting played
  • game-playing
  • pop up playground

Inquiries and proposals (200 words + 50 word bio) should be sent to David McInnis (mcinnisd@unimelb.edu.au) by Friday 4 August, 2017.

LEND THY SERIOUS HEARING”: IRREVERENCE AND PLAY IN SHAKESPEARE ADAPTATIONS

ANZSA 2018 Panel

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his work continues to not only fill playhouses around the world, but be adapted for various forms of popular culture, including film, television, online video, and comics/graphic novels. These adaptations introduce a whole new generation of audiences to the work of Shakespeare, and are often fun, playful, engaging, and “irreverent, broadly allusive, and richly reimagined takes on their source material” (Cartelli and Rowe, New Wave Shakespeare on Screen, 2007, 1).

Proposals are invited for papers engaging with the various ways irreverence and play are used in Shakespearean adaptations in order to draw out existing humour in Shakespeare works and/or, and as a pedagogical aid used to help explain complex language, themes, and emotions found in Shakespeare’s works, and more generally make Shakespeare relatable, and entertaining for twenty-first century audiences.

This panel will convene at the 2018 Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) Biennial Conference at The University of Melbourne, on the 8-10 February, 2018.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Irreverence and play in media related to the “Shakespeare 400” celebrations in 2016: e.g. Shakespeare Live! “To Be, or Not to Be” skit; Horrible Histories: Sensational Shakespeare.
  • Irreverence and play in “biographical” Shakespeare adaptations on stage and screen: e.g. Shakespeare in Love (1998); Bill (2015); Something Rotten! (2015); Upstart Crow (2016).
  • Irreverence and play in Shakespearean adaptations for the theatre: e.g. Andy Griffith’s, Just Macbeth!; The Listies’, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark; Reduced Shakespeare Company; Shit Faced Shakespeare; Something Rotten!
  • Irreverence and play in Shakespeare adaptations in children’s and YA literature: e.g. Marcia Williams’ Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays; Andy Griffith’s Just Macbeth!; John Marsden’s Hamlet, A Novel; Kim Askew’s Twisted Lit series, Molly Booth’s Saving Hamlet; Ryan North’s To Be or Not To Be and Romeo And/Or Juliet.
  • Irreverence and play Shakespeare adaptations in comics and graphic novels: e.g. Kill Shakespeare; Manga Shakespeare; Nicki Greenberg’s Hamlet; Ronald Wimberley’s Prince of Cats.
  • Irreverence and play in Shakespeare adaptations on screen: e.g. A Midwinter’s Tale (1995); 10 Things I Hate About You (1999); Scotland, PA (2001); Hamlet 2 (2008); Were the World Mine (2008); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (2009); Shakespeare Sassy Gay Friend! series (2010); Gnomeo and Juliet (2011); Messina High (2015); BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016).

Please send a 200-word abstract and 50-word bios to Dr Marina Gerzic at: mgerzic@gmail.com by Monday 3 July, 2017 with the topic “ANZSA18 Panel”. I aim to submit a proposal for an edited collection from panel proceedings.

THE 24TH ANNUAL ACMRS CONFERENCE

Scottsdale, AZ, February 8–10 2018

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 8-10, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).

Keynote Speaker: TBD

Pre-Conference Workshop: ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Professor Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, February 10, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Email acmrs@acmrs.org with “Pre-Conference Workshop” in the subject line to be added to the list. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.

Les Enfans Sans Abri: Since 1989, the ad hoc medieval/Renaissance drama troupe Les enfans sans abri (LESA) has been performing comedies all over the country and even in Europe. To learn more about Les enfans sans abri, visit their website at: www.lesenfanssansabri.com.

Deadlines: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

Visit our web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.

TWENTY-FIRST BIENNIAL NEW COLLEGE CONFERENCE ON MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES

Sarasota, Florida, 8–10 March 2018

Conference Website

The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. More details: http://www.newcollegeconference.org/snyderprize.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

If you are considering submitting an abstract or session proposal, please be aware of the following:

1) So that we can accommodate as many scholars as possible, no one may present a paper in more than one session of the conference. Furthermore, no one should commit to more than two out of the following three activities: 1) presenting a paper; 2) chairing a session; and 3) participating in a roundtable. Organizing sessions does not count in these calculations, but session organizers are subject to them along with everyone else (i.e. you may organize as many sessions as you like, but you may only present one paper, and chair a separate session).

2) Session chairs should not also present in the panel they are chairing. Session organizers may either chair or present in a panel that they have arranged, but not both. If you are organizing a planned session, you may either arrange for a chair and include him/her in your proposal, or submit your panel without a chair and conference organizers will assign one. (The acceptance of your panel will not depend on whether or not your planned session already has a chair.)

3) Those organizing planned sessions should also know that the organizing committee strongly prefers sessions that include participants from more than one institution.

Please submit abstracts online: http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.

The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September, 2017.

Please email info@newcollegeconference.org with any questions.

INSIDE OUT: DRESS AND IDENTITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES

38th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York, 24-25 March 2018

Dress was a primary expression of identity in the European middle ages, when individuals made strategic choices about clothing and bodily adornment (including hairstyle, jewelry, and other accessories) in order to communicate gender, ethnicity, status, occupation, and other personal and group identities. Because outward appearances were often interpreted as a reliable reflection of inner selves, medieval dress, in its material embodiment as well as in literary and artistic representations, carried extraordinary moral and social meaning, as well as offering seductive possibilities for self-presentation.

This conference aims to bring together recent research on the material culture and social meanings of dress in the Middle Ages to explore the following or related questions:

  • Given that very little actual clothing survives from the Middle Ages, how does our reliance on artistic, documentary, and literary representations affect the study of dress and its meaning?
  • What aspects of medieval dress were most effective in communicating identity and what messages did they send? What strategies were served by dress, either embodied or in representation?
  • How did religious, cultural, and economic factors, such as cross-cultural contact and trade and/or technology influence dress and its uses?
  • Did ‘fashion’ or the so-called ‘Western fashion system’ actually begin in the Middle Ages? If so, what social and cultural changes did it inspire or reflect?

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2017 to Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to medievals@fordham.edu, or by fax to 718-817-3987

SIXTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE HUMANITIES

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 5–7 July 2018

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, held 5–7 July 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

First held at the University of the Aegean on the island of Rhodes in Greece in 2003, the conference has moved its location each year to different countries and continents, each offering its own perspectives on the human condition and the current state of studies of the human. This research network is brought together by a shared commitment to the humanities and a concern for their future.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

  1. Theme 1: Critical Cultural Studies
  2. Theme 2: Communications and Linguistics Studies
  3. Theme 3: Literary Humanities
  4. Theme 4: Civic, Political, and Community Studies
  5. Theme 5: Humanities Education

Proposal submission deadline: 30 June, 2017.

For more information regarding the conference, please visit the conference website: http://thehumanities.com/2018-conference.

THE MARLOWE SOCIETY OF AMERICA’S 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Wittenberg, Germany,  10-13 July 2018

Hosted by MSA President Kirk Melnikoff, the conference will feature keynote presentations by Lukas Erne (University of Geneva), Kristen Poole (University of Delaware), and Holger Syme (University of Toronto). Tours of the Luther House, the Melanchthon House, the Castle Church, and Cranach Studios will complement special events, workshops, screenings, and productions designed specially for conference attendees. We hope you will join us—and participate.

Papers should be no more than fifteen minutes in length and present original research on any topic concerning the works of Christopher Marlowe. We welcome proposals for individual papers and complete panels. Please send the following by email to the conference Program Chair, Lucy Munro, University of London, King’s College: lucy.munro@kcl.ac.uk.

For individual papers, an abstract of 300–500 words;

For complete panels, an overview of the panel and abstracts of the individual papers, totalling 1200–1500 words.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, July 28, 2017.