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


Annual Postgraduate Renaissance Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 28 April 2017

In recent years, the analysis of social networks has generated a fruitful field of scholarly enquiry. Research addressing the dynamics that govern personal relationships within and without communities of various kinds has permeated through historical, anthropological, and sociological studies. These investigations have traced the ways in which societies structured according to gender, family bonds, and neighbourhood ties as well as political, professional, and religious associations regulated social interaction. However, the role of art and architecture in cultivating these interpersonal relationships has not been explored comprehensively. Even art historical approaches have frequently given preference to textual rather than visual evidence in elucidating these social networks.

This conference seeks to shed light on the ways in which social networks have been represented visually. Such an approach has great potential to deepen the discussion surrounding the commission, production, and reception of art and architecture between 1400 and 1600. We invite studies that bring into dialogue social connections on the one hand and visual manifestations on the other. Preference will be given to papers that present unpublished material while engaging with methodological frameworks and/or historiographical perspectives.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • how artistic networks affect the construction of identities
  • the mobility of art and artists within networks
  • whether formal, iconographic and/or stylistic features denote adherence to a community
  • the identification of specific individuals in works of art
  • how issues of display influence social bonds
  • the employment of personal, familial, political, ecclesiastical or professional devices

Proposals of no more than 350 words should be submitted together with a short CV to Alexander Röstel ( and Alexander Noelle ( by 31 December, 2016. Successful candidates will be notified in mid-January. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Costs for travel and accommodation cannot be covered but partial funding might become available and catering will be provided for all speakers.


University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 11-13 May 2017

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Dr Mary Morrissey (University of Reading)
  • Professor Andrew McRae (University of Exeter)

Expanding on our ongoing research project on the spatial and visual dimensions of the poetry and prose of John Donne, we are organising a conference seeking to investigate issues of ‘Space, Place and Image in Early Modern English Literature’ (c. 1500-1700). The conference will take place on the beautiful campus of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on 11-13 May 2017.

In the wake of the recent visual and spatial turns in literary criticism, we would like to explore how revolutions in social, political and religious practice in the Renaissance have translated into new uses and understandings of space and images in the poetry and prose of the period.The Reformation implied a new geography of faith, a rearrangement of church space, as well as ambivalent attitudes towards visual arts and representations of the divine. Geographical exploration and colonial expansion redefined what had been until then relatively well-established frontiers, while a growing interest in land surveying increasingly focused on the layout and properties of the natural landscape. The political sphere of the court was clearly marked in contrast with other areas of urban and rural life in terms of place but also in terms personal and professional trajectories. Scientific discoveries distorted the shape and size of the known cosmos and, amidst these large-scale upheavals, questions of intimacy and selfhood became increasingly important as individuals distinguished public spaces from private spheres or more intimate communities. The expansion of print technology in the Renaissance revolutionized textual space, while new techniques in the visual arts, exemplified by the introduction of one-point perspective, similarly led to major developments in the way space was apprehended and pictured.Early modern authors were thus writing at a time in which spaces, places and images significantly evolved in the way they were scientifically and aesthetically recorded.

We welcome abstracts for 20 minute-papers addressing ways in which early modern English authors engage with the spatial and visual paradigms of their times. Potential subjects may include:

  • geography, topography, and travel narratives
  • cartography and astronomy
  • natural landscape and urban environment
  • sacred & profane spaces
  • linear perspective & optics
  • motion, dislocation and confinement
  • visual arts & literary ekphrasis
  • geocriticism and theories of space and place
  • textual space and spatial deixis
  • iconoclasm
  • metaphorical representations of the divine
  • preaching places and spaces

We warmly invite you to send your paper title along with a 300-word proposal (in Word format) and a short biography (100 words) containing your academic affiliation to both conference organisers, and, by Monday 19 September 2016.

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a collection of essays edited by the organisers.


The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 11-14 May 2017 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.


Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14 2017

Debate remains lively concerning the barbarians of late antiquity, their impact on late Roman civilization (and its impact on them), and the manifold continuities and discontinuities within their early medieval kingdoms.  Scholars of all levels are thus invited to submit an abstract for one of three sessions at ICMS 52 that will focus on “Barbarians and Barbarian Kingdoms.”  These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for a disparate range of topics that might focus on a specific region, time, or development; comment on a vast array of written and/or material sources; or treat a particular theme, person, or event.  What they will all have in common is barbarians and/or barbarian kingdoms, c. 350-700.

Please direct inquiries or abstracts with a completed Participant Information Form (here: to Jonathan Arnold ( by September 15.


Papers are being sought for two panels on Late Antique Italy to be held at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo on May 11-14 2017. These panels are sponsored by the Central European University (CEU).

In 2007, the Central European University held a summer program entitled The Birth of Medieval Europe: Interactions of Power Zones and their Cultures in Late Antique and Early Medieval Italy at which an international and interdisciplinary collection of scholars and graduate students convened to discuss and debate the issues associated with the ‘Fall of Rome’ and its aftermath. Focusing on the relationships between different centres of power, authority, and culture in Late Antique Italy, The Birth of Medieval Europe considered new ways of thinking about late Roman imperial administration, the economy, the ‘barbarian’ invasions and the arrival of new ethnic groups into Italy, the nature and evolution of ethnicity and ethnic identity, and ultimately the ‘fall’ of the Roman Empire. These were contentious subjects then, and remain so today.

Organized to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original CEU program, these two sessions will examine new developments in the field and reassess the conclusions of the original 2007 program. More specifically, the organizers invite contributions that (re)consider the relationship between different centres of power, authority, and culture, in Late Antique Italy. These include but are not limited to the cities of Ravenna and Rome, the Roman Church and secular power, the Roman Empire in Italy and its relationship with the East/the Provinces, and the Ostrogothic, Lombard, and ultimately Carolingian successor kingdoms established in Italy. Following the plan of the original program, contributions are welcome from scholars studying ancient and medieval history, Italian studies, Byzantine history, Mediterranean history, archaeology, and church history.

If you wish to participate, please submit a paper title, a short abstract (no more than ~250 words) and a CV to the organizers at by Thursday September 15 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of the organizers: Samuel Cohen (; Laurent Cases (; and Edward M Schoolman (


New College, Edinburgh, 12 May 2017

Parish clergy in early modern Scotland were central figures in communicating religious practice and understanding to their parishioners. As the early modern period progressed, priests and, later, ministers had to respond to a variety of changes in theology, socioeconomic circumstances, and political processes. As early modern studies has embraced a range of different models of religious, social, and political change-from top-down to bottom-up-the role of the minister remains ripe for further investigation.

This one day conference organised by the University of Edinburgh and Newman University, Birmingham, seeks to explore these issues through a range of papers and workshops covering the period from the early sixteenth to the late seventeenth century. The organisers invite proposals for papers (twenty minutes) or panels of three papers on the following themes:

  • Clerical negotiation of key theological and political changes
  • Ministers as agents of reform within the parish
  • Clerical education and teachings
  • Ministerial self-identification
  • Clerical piety
  • Preaching and its impact
  • Pastoral care
  • Ministers and charity
  • Inter- and intra-parish relationships (dissent, concord, indifference)
  • Clerical families

Other topics relevant to the theme of the conference will also be considered.

The conference seeks to attract a range of established and early career scholars as well as doctoral students. The organisers hope to be able to offer postgraduate and unwaged speakers small bursaries to contribute towards travel and conference expenses.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words to by 28 February, 2017. Submissions should include the name of the presenter, their institution and a short profile.


University of Warwick, 18-19 May 2017

Conference Website

When walking through the streets of London, Joseph Addison urged readers of The Spectator to ‘make every face you see give you the satisfaction you now take in beholding that of a friend’. Recent scholarship has drawn attention to the ways early modern people embraced sociability, and created new spaces and ‘languages’ of interaction. Yet, not all strangers who met became ‘friends’. Most remained relative strangers, and others became ‘enemies’. How did people determine who was a potential friend, ally, or enemy? Why, how, and in what ways, were individuals and groups socially ‘excluded’? Did physical appearance and conduct, status, occupation, religion, ethnicity, gender, and place of origin, determine whether one was ‘in’ or ‘out’?

Many early modern historians of social relations, popular print, urban history, gender history, criminality, material culture, and the history of the body, senses and emotions, have recently touched upon these issues. Nevertheless, many fundamental questions about the ways men and women understood and managed their social interactions remain. This timely two-day interdisciplinary collaboratory takes the idea of ‘cultures of exclusion’ as a starting point to explore how social relationships were theorised and constructed, and how and why certain groups and individuals were excluded from particular social interactions and spaces.

We welcome abstracts and/or proposals for panels from postgraduates, early career researchers and faculty staff whose research intersects with these themes, as well scholars from any discipline working on Britain, Europe or the wider world.

Professor Garthine Walker (University of Cardiff) is our confirmed keynote speaker. Her paper (title TBC) will hosted in the Zeeman Building at the University of Warwick on the 18th May 2017, held in conjunction with the University of Warwick’s Early Modern Seminar and Eighteenth Century Seminar.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories of inclusion and exclusion
  • Social relationships and identity formation
  • Sociability and spaces for social encounters
  • ‘First impressions’ – first meetings and encounters
  • Visual and discursive representations of outsiders and social outcasts
  • Exclusionary objects and material artefacts
  • Senses and emotions – smell, touch, sound and sight
  • Disguise and deception
  • Appearance – beauty, ugliness, dirt, disease, and disability
  • Conflict and quarrels
  • Rumour, gossip, slander, libel
  • Regulating and managing friendship
  • Religious affiliation, belief and belonging, inter-denominational conflict and/or cooperation
  • National and Ethnic inclusion and exclusion
  • Gendered representations of inclusion, conflict or ‘otherness’
  • Social deviants, beggars, runaways, slaves and criminals

Publication of a selection of papers is envisioned. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for a 20-minute paper to by 12 December, 2016, along with a brief biography. Panel proposals are also welcome. Please include the full name, affiliation and email address of all participants.

For further details about the conference, including travel and accommodation information please visit our conference website:

The organisers of this event are Naomi Pullin ( and Kathryn Woods (


Fundación BBVA, Madrid, 18-19 May 2017

In recent years, the study of religious otherness has experienced a significant surge. Regarding the perception of Islam in Europe, the Romantic dichotomous vision between the orientalist attraction and the rejection and hatred is being left behind. The purpose of this conference is to analyse, from a pluri-disciplinar perspective, which conceptions or images of Islam were developed, from the end of the Middle Ages to the decline of the Austria dynasty in the Iberian Peninsula and other Mediterranean enclaves closely connected to the Hispanic Crown. The aim of this event is to analyse the stereotypes, which have traditionally limited historical studies; and also, the dissociation between the imaged produced by literature and the visual discourses of several social strata which were in closer contact with Islam.

The topics addressed during the conference will be:

  1. How the (literary and visual) image of Islam was created and developed in the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th to 17th centuries.
  2. What are the convergences and divergences between the spheres of the letters and the arts.
  3. The value of stereotypes in the building of the image and identity of Muslims.
  4. The weight of 19th century literary and artistic historiography in the blurring of the Medieval and Modern images of religious otherness.
  5. The contribution of 16th and 17th orientalist images in the later construction of 19th century orientalism.
  6. Is it possible to elaborate a cartography of the representations of Muslims in the different Hispanic territories?
  7. Was there an invisible Islam? How was it materialized?

Call for papers

Papers submitted must be of maximum 500 words in Spanish, English, Italian or French, together with a brief summary of the research record of the author, and main publications. Deadline is 1 February, 2017. Acceptance of papers will be communicated by February 10. The papers must be submitted to Oral communications will be 15-20 minutes. The registration fee is 50 €. Registration includes both attendance and publication of the texts (once approved by peer review procedure). To participate in the publication it is necessary to attend the conference to present the paper. News related to this conference will be published in


Uppsala University, 18-21 May 2017

Call for papers

The injunction to historicize space has not always been on the agenda of researchers in Byzantine Studies. Traditionally,  philologists, archaeologists, historians and art-historians have been tempted to take space for granted. And yet, within the recent Spatial Turn in the humanities and the social sciences,  research on spatial paradigms and practices has been expanding, gaining great attention across disciplines and vastly different periods. In this context, space has been attributed a complex involvement in historical developments, as a comprehensive concept constituted by the integration of absolute and relative, relational and materially-sensed, physical and social, conceptualized and lived space. An engagement of Byzantinists with these ways of thought and action opens up an entire new set of possibilities for understanding the Byzantine world.

Many cultural aspects speak for the crucial importance of spatialities for the Byzantines. Their bodies and minds are performed as their most personal spaces of social identity and control. These bodies interact with their natural environments in their struggle to survive and create, thus producing their spatial experiences. In that way they construct their own culturally appropriated spaces, producing Byzantine landscapes. These landscapes are dominated by power relations, which divide them into territories, and performed by cultural practices. Passing from the body to the mind, imaginary spaces host moments of a universe of heaven and human passions. How are all these Byzantine spaces relevant to us, today, and in what ways can we understand them? These are the main issues addressed by this conference.

We are welcoming abstracts which interrogate the various understandings of space in Byzantine culture, those which present new methodological approaches to the topic, and case studies which are placed within a wider theoretical context from all fields of Byzantine Studies (history, archaeology, philology, art history, museum studies etc).

The papers should refer to one of the following broad thematic panels:

1. The (most) Private Space: the body as topos
2. Natural Spaces: Byzantine environments
3. Experienced Spaces: human bodies within the natural environment
4. Anthropogenic Spaces: Byzantine landscapes
5. Empowered Spaces: Byzantine territories
6. Performed Spaces: the spatiality of cultural practices
7. Imaginary Spaces: Byzantine story worlds
8. Representations of Byzantine Spaces, now and then

Possible topics may touch upon, but are not limited to, the following areas of research:

  • Byzantinists and Space: methodological and theoretical approaches in history, archaeology, art histroy and philology
  • Representations of space
  • Going Global: linking local, regional, national, transnational Byzantine histories
  • Symbolic geography and cultural spaces: for example ‘Byzantium, ‘Asia Minor’  or the ‘Balkans’, the ‘Levant’, the’West’ and the ‘Orient’, etc.
  • The spatial constitution of politics: the empires and neighbouring states (territoriality, kinship)
  • Economic history: economic systems, ‘core’ and ‘periphery’
  • Spatial dimensions of everyday life: approaching gender, ethnicity, class, religion
  • Urban spaces (morphology, planning; spaces of production, consumption and exchange, urban/rural divides)
  • Geographies of knowledge: production and transfers
  • Space and Memory.

The working languages of the conference will be English and French. If you are interested to attend by oral or poster presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words, the thematic panel to which you would like to contribute and a brief CV to by September 30, 2016. Due to the wide scope of this event, we would like to ask participants to prepare oral presentations of no more than 15 minutes, so as to allow ample time for discussion.

Dr Myrto Veikou
Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University
Department of Linguistics and Philology
Box 635
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone: +46 18 471 7679

Professor Ingela Nilsson
Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University
Department of Linguistics and Philology
Box 635
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone:  +46 18 4711424


EMMA, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, 19-20 May 2017

Keynote speaker: David Edgar, playwright.

From the 1960s when Robert Bolt wrote A Man for All Seasons first for BBC radio, then for television and finally for the stage, to the 2010s when Hilary Mantel’s successful novel Wolf Hall was adapted to the stage and then for television, the past several decades have witnessed a renewed interest in medieval and early modern England among contemporary writers and audiences.

The extended period from the Protestant Reformation to the Glorious Revolution provides novelists, playwrights, and screenwriters with material through which to engage pressing current issues, and the success of their works among diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and generational groups indicates a popular phenomenon that reaches beyond academic and artistic communities.

This international conference, organized by EMMA at University Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, France, aims to understand why contemporary playwrights find this particular past appealing. More precisely, it aims to shed light on the political and cultural significance of medieval and early modern England for twentieth- and twenty-first century writers and audiences.

Centring on contemporary theatre in the English-speaking world, it invites scholars of medieval, early modern, and contemporary drama, performance, and culture to submit papers on any of the following topics:

  • History Plays: what do playwrights deem useful about the past in the creation of politically-committed theatre? Could such a distant period be considered as a valid mirror image of our contemporary world? How are the uses of the past today comparable to the way it was used by medieval and early modern dramatic writers?
  • Medieval Exceptionality: why is this particular period of English history seen as a cultural reference which is understood and appropriated world-wide?
  • The Place of Diversity: how do women, racial and ethnic minorities, writers from nations and national traditions outside England, respond to and use the medieval English past?
  • Rewriting History: what is the cultural, historical and political bias of contemporary writers and audiences?
  • Recreation and Entertainment: the choice of certain historical figures as new heroes may be discussed, as well as the way those historical figures may be depicted as endearing champions of the Good, or loathsome villains, for the entertainment of audiences today.
  • Canonicity and Beyond: to what extent and in what ways do contemporary playwrights allude to, adapt, endorse, expand on and/or critique the canon?
  • Adapting Elizabethan Theatre: how do contemporary playwrights, stage-directors or theatre companies rewrite and renew Elizabethan plays for contemporary audiences? How can they use the assets of site-specific performance?

Our plenary speaker will be British playwright and writer David Edgar, who has had more than sixty of his plays published and performed on stage, radio and television around the world. Edgar has repeatedly looked to other periods and other writers to engage the stage and screen as media for political activism. Most recently, in Written on the Heart, which was produced in 2011 by the Royal Shakespeare Company on the occasion of the four-hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible, Edgar exposed the historical situatedness and composite composition of this “authoritative” text of scripture.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words in English and a brief CV indicating your institutional affiliation to Marianne Drugeon ( by January 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 15, 2017.


University of Warwick, Saturday 20 May 2017

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Miranda Griffin (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge)
  • Dr Robert Mills (UCL)
  • Dr Debra Strickland (University of Glasgow)

What is it to have a body? And to experience change and transformation through that body?

A focus on the material body in critical theory and philosophy has, in recent decades, produced varied and stimulating challenges to the ways that we think about and engage with bodies, particularly in the fields of gender and sexuality, queer theory, posthumanism, disability studies, and the ‘material turn’. Discussion of how bodies interact with, are situated in, or are delineated from social, political, and cultural phenomena illuminates our understanding of the experience of embodiment, and the representation of this experience. Similar debates, discussions, and anxieties were expressed in the Middle Ages.

This interdisciplinary conference asks what the transformation of the body means for the conception of bodies of different kinds: human, nonhuman, animal, material, divine, and how the representation of these changes in different media reflects on and inflects the boundaries conventionally associated with the body. We welcome abstracts from scholars working in any area of medieval studies, including literature, art history, history of medicine, and history of religion; we encourage proposals that engage with critical theory or challenge disciplinary boundaries, as well as those approaching the topic in more historical ways.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • metamorphosis
  • boundaries between species
  • boundaries between materials
  • volatile matter
  • changing forms
  • spiritual bodies
  • transubstantiation
  • transforming saints
  • vulnerable bodies
  • death, illness, injury
  • medical transformations
  • bodily miracles
  • translating bodies
  • bodies in text and image
  • allegory and symbolism
  • transforming meaning

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by 15 December, 2016.

Contact details

Organisers: Liam Lewis Jane Sinnett-Smith (Email:


Northumbria University, 24 May 2017

Sponsored by The British Shakespeare Association

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire)
  • Dr Peter Kirwan (Nottingham University)

Outrage as BBC bosses “use Shakespeare to push pro-immigration agenda”

This was a headline in The Daily Express on 25 April 2016, after the BBC included what has become known as the ‘Immigration Speech’ from Sir Thomas More in a programme celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. From Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler expurgating ‘inappropriate’ passages from their Family Shakespeare, through Jewish campaigns in the early 20th Century to remove The Merchant of Venice from American classrooms, to the recent ‘outrage’, people have been offended by what Shakespeare wrote or by the uses to which others have put him. But what is it that offends us and how do we deal with it? What makes Shakespeare and his appropriations such a sensitive issue?

This conference seeks to answer these questions by examining the following and related areas:

  • Case studies of individuals or groups taking offence at Shakespeare’s texts.
  • Examples of Shakespearean rewritings aimed to address ‘offensive’ issues.
  • Shakespearean plays or performances which have been banned, censored, or campaigned against.
  • Debates around including or removing Shakespeare from educational curricula, and/or making the study of his work mandatory.
  • Appropriations of Shakespeare by anti-democratic, repressive movements (e.g. ‘Nazi Shakespeare’, ‘racist Shakespeare’).
  • Iconoclastic uses of Shakespeare, going against established orthodoxies.
  • Adaptations of Shakespeare into popular genres or idioms (charges of ‘dumbing down’).
  • The ways to tackle plays which include passages offensive to current moral, ethical, or political sensibilities (e.g. The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Merchant of Venice).
  • Issues surrounding studying and teaching Shakespeare without giving offence in the era of ‘trigger warnings’.
  • Uses of Shakespeare in propaganda, inflammatory speeches and/or heated political debates.
  • Authorship controversies.

Online Booking is now available:

  • Full Delegate Fee: £30
  • Postgraduate Student and Unwaged Fee: £15

Thanks to a generous grant from the British Shakespeare Association, we are able to offer two bursaries of £75 each to assist postgraduate students with the costs of attending the conference. Please, email the organisers if you would like to apply for one of these.

If you would like to present a paper, please send a 200-word abstract to Monika Smialkowska ( or Edmund King ( by 15 February 2017.


Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 25-27 May 2017


Keynote speakers: Péter Dávidházi (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary),Nicholas Halmi (The University of Oxford, UK), Ágnes Péter (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary), Tzachi Zamir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel).

We call for papers that address the issue of disbelief between “the Renaissance” (the Early Modern English period) and the end of “Romanticism”, both terms taken in the broadest possible sense. By choosing the negative, rather than the positive attitude as the pivotal notion of our conference, we would like to direct attention to the inner tensions and struggles that have so often characterised processes in which human beings are able to accept that somebody or something is true or real and to have faith in somebody or something. We encourage participants to track down the historical, political, religious, ethical, metaphysical, and aesthetic implications of disbelief as they filter through literary and cultural production in the above period. What are the consequences of disbelief for the real, the imaginary, the fictional, the ordinary, the extraordinary, the uncanny – for what it means to be human?

Conference presentations should take 30 minutes, followed by a 10 minute-long slot for discussions. The language of the conference is English and abstracts sent in through the application menu of the conference website should not exceed 200 words.

After double-blind peer review, a selection of the papers will be published.

More information on registration will be coming soon.

Application Deadline: 20 February, 2017


Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies Congress 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, 27-29 May 2017

The 2017 conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies will be hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto as a part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The theme for Congress 2017, the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial, is “From Far & Wide: The Next 150.” The CSRS invites members to submit proposals that address this theme in relation to the early modern period, or on any Renaissance topic in a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, philosophy, music, art history, history of the book, bibliography, digital humanities, medicine, and cultural studies. Cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome.

Proposals can be submitted in either English or French, and should fall into one of the following categories:

  • a) an individual proposal (maximum 300 words) for a 20-minute paper
  • b) a panel of three proposed 20-minute papers on a shared theme (to be submitted in one file including the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer and participants, the proposed title of the session, and 300-word abstracts of the three papers)
  • c) a workshop or panel discussion (to be submitted in one file including the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer and proposed panelists, the proposed title of the session, and a 300-word paragraph outlining the focus and goals of the session, as well as the anticipated contributions of participants)

Please note that this year the deadline for submitting a proposal is: 15 January, 2017 (for individual proposals and completed panel proposals).

Please submit your proposal or proposed panel to Dr. Katie Larson, 2017 CSRS/SCÉR Program Chair, at this email address, no later than 15 January, 2017:


Cardiff University, 8-9 June 2017

Conference Website

This two-day conference sponsored by Medium Aevum will explore the importance of diplomacy in a bishop’s career. How bishops responded to situations was often crucial to building or destroying their reputations, and, sometimes, their very lives depended on their ability to exercise their diplomatic skills.

This conference aims to explore the common themes regarding the use and development of diplomacy in a bishop’s career; how and when was it deployed, and in what circumstances? What impact did the Gregorian Reforms and Investiture Crisis have on this aspect of a bishop’s skill-set?

Most importantly, how do we see diplomacy expressed? As well as through legal agreements and treaties, we would like to explore the role of diplomacy in other areas, including but not limited to: the architecture of the Cathedrals and Bishop’s Palaces, the various uses of the landscape, the visual elements within manuscripts that bishops patronised, the types of gifts given and exchanged; the choice of special dates and feast days to mark particular events.

Abstracts of 200 words in length, in English, should be emailed to powerofthebishop [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”.

Deadline for Abstracts: 20 February, 2017


Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 1–2 June 2017

Conference Website

‘Habit, n: A settled disposition or tendency to act in a certain way, esp. one acquired by frequent repetition of the same act until it becomes almost or quite involuntary.’
Oxford English Dictionary

‘Habit is Motion made more easy and ready by Custom.’
Thomas Hobbes, 1656, Elements Philos

What habits, practices, or routines, made up day-to-day life in Europe between 1500-1750? At what point was habitual behaviour, such as excessive drinking, considered problematic? And how did ideas about habitual practice fit into early modern concepts of body and self?

This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to draw together scholars working on material culture, digital humanities, medicine, consumption, daily routine, practice, theory, and more, and invites them to consider their research under the heading of ‘habit’. We welcome papers on habitual behaviour, customs and practices, and daily routines, whether mealtimes or medicine, venery or vinosity.

Keynote speakers: Professor Steven Shapin (Harvard University) and Dr Sasha Handley (University of Manchester), both speaking about their forthcoming publications.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers, accompanied by a short speaker biography. We accept proposals for panels of 3 papers, under a session title. Submissions welcome from postgraduate research students as well as established scholars.

Please send abstracts to no later than Wednesday 16 November, 2016.


King’s College, London, 2-3 June 2017

Music was everywhere in early nineteenth-century British politics. Coronations, commemorations, marches, protests, dinners, toasts, rallies, riots, festivals, dances, fundraisers, workplaces, streets—all hummed to the sounds of music. It provided anthems for anointing and songs for sedition, rhythms for rituals and ballads for ballots, chants for charters and melodies for militaries. In all these spaces, media, and fora, radicals, reformers, loyalists, and conservatives all competed for the best tunes. And they did so because of their belief in music’s capacity to affect its listeners—to arouse joy and indignation, sadness and sympathy, merriment, mischief, and mirth—and its ability to bind participants together in new visions of community, nation, and identity.

Yet, for all its omnipresence, music often struggles to be heard in the dusty silence of the archive. Music’s evanescence and impermanence defies established, text-based methods of historical enquiry. Indeed, most historical analysis of music and political culture has focused exclusively on song lyrics. We need a much broader frame of analysis to understand how music connects to the political. Music, text (if present), and the circumstances and social dynamics of performance, all combine to generate a range of meanings for those taking part—one person’s pleasant entertainment might be another’s call for revolution, and for some, both at once. This multiplicity of meanings projected by musical performance is at once challenging and beguiling, precisely for the ways in which it variously circumvents, contradicts, reinforces, or interweaves with the textual elements of political discourse. Bringing music to the centre of analysis has rich potential to offer fresh insight into political traditions, symbols, divisions, and struggles. An explicit aim of this conference is to facilitate this by promoting a deeper interdisciplinary exchange between historians, musicologists, and scholars of visual, literary, and theatrical culture.

To these ends, we invite proposals for papers from scholars in any discipline that address the role of music in political culture in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Chronological boundaries are flexibly conceived, and proposals for papers which address earlier and later periods but which overlap with 1780–1850 are welcome.

The conference will consist of a series of round-table discussions among all participants of pre-circulated papers. Papers will be circulated by 12 May, 2017. Once revised, these will form the basis of a collection of essays on the intersection of music and political culture in this period. The conference is supported by the ERC-funded project ‘Music in London, 1800–1851’ led by Professor Roger Parker. There is no registration fee, accommodation and dinner will be provided, and travel costs will be reimbursed where possible.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) for 5,000 word papers should be sent, with a short biography, to by 1 June, 2016.

For more information please contact the organisers, Drs David Kennerley (Oxford) and Oskar Cox Jensen (King’s College London) at or

Potential themes for papers include:

  • The politics of opera, theatre, melodrama, and concert music
  • Political movements and musical creativity
  • Gender, race, participation and exclusion
  • Occasion and commemoration
  • Music and the politics of space
  • Communities and sociability
  • Political songs and melodies
  • Bands, choirs, ensembles
  • The politics of dance
  • Class and citizenship
  • State/official music
  • Music on trial
  • Nationalism
  • Pedagogy
  • Empire
  • Labour

Contact for more information about this event.


The CEMS Postgraduate Conference 2017, Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Exeter
15-16 June 2017

Keynote Speakers: Dr Lucy Munro (KCL); Dr Amy Erickson (Cambridge)

Following the success of our inaugural conference last year, the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Exeter is pleased to announce our second annual postgraduate conference. This two-day conference will explore the varied aspects of life and death and their representations in art, literature, and culture between 1500 and 1800, and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate students in any humanities discipline.

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Ideas of a good life in the early modern period
  • The economic lives of early modern families
  • Concepts of happiness, satisfaction, or enjoyment
  • Advice on how to ensure a good life or death
  • Class and society
  • Celebrations and memorials (in society, art, music, and drama)
  • Medical, scientific, and other advances which contributed to the quality of life
  • Work and labour
  • Valued relationships, beliefs, or objects
  • Gendered virtue, sociability, or affection
  • Stage representations of living, the life cycle, death, and dying

Proposals should comprise a 200-word abstract and a brief biography. Please email proposals to with the heading ‘2017 conference proposal’ by 31 March, 2017. Any queries can also be emailed to the same address. Some travel grants will be available and will be announced closer to the conference.


Centre for Early Modern Studies: First biennial graduate conference, King’s College London – Strand Campus,
16 June 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Morwenna Carr, University of Roehampton

King’s College London’s Centre for Early Modern Studies is pleased to announce its first biennial postgraduate conference. ‘Bodies in Motion in the Early Modern World’ aims to explore both the politics of physical and spatial movement and its consequences on the geographical and cultural boundaries of the known world between 1500 and 1800. We are inviting proposals for 20-minute papers and posters from graduate students and early career researchers working on early modern European cultures, literature, history, art history, music, and geography. As well as traditional 20-minute papers, we will select from the submissions 4 papers to participate in a end-of-day roundtable. We are particularly interested in papers reflecting on the role that our research has in illuminating our understanding of events of international political relevance, and on our responsibility to discuss these events from the point of view of experts in the humanities. Possible topics include (but are not limited too):

  • Migrations and Identity
  • Urban Space and Topography
  • Ability and Disability
  • Fictional Genres
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Society, Work, and Labour
  • Space in Performance, Performance in Space

Paper proposals of up to 200 words, accompanied by a short biography, should be submitted to by 31 March, 2017. For any queries, please use the same address. A limited number of travel bursaries will be made available.


European Academy of Religion 2017, Bologna, June 18–21 2017

The purpose of the conference—which will precede the first Convention to be held in March 2018—is to test the initiative of a European Academy of Religion as a research platform and as a network of networks. Fscire will host the conference and be in charge of all its organizational aspects.

The Scientific Program

All the academies and associations, departments and research centers, scientific journals and publishers working in the vast area of EU and Mena Countries as well as the Balkans, Caucasus, and Russia who are willing to participate in this conference are kindly asked to submit proposals for panels and disputationes by March 31, 2017.

Scholars and groups of scholars are invited to present individual papers or panels. Societies or groups who want to hold their own meetings and conferences during the “Zero Conference” are also welcome.

Proposal templates are available in the Download Area at and should be sent to

The Marketplace

Publishers may be given a space to display their publications, meet with scholars, and receive proposals from the participants.

Institutional and private donors who want to launch calls and research projects will have the opportunity to meet with scholars and research groups.

Lectiones et Disputationes

Three lectures and three disputationes will be arranged by the hosting institution: while contacts are underway, suggestions and speakers’ CVs are welcome.

Registration and Fees

Registration will open on January 16, 2017 and will close on May 30, 2017.

Fees have been set as follows: senior scholars and professors €60; students, PhD students,

PostDoc, and early-career scholars €30. Travel grants of €200 may be available for scholars who do not have access to their own travel funds.

Special agreements for discounted rates will be concluded with hotels and restaurants. Fscire will organize complimentary artistic events and guided tours for the registered participants, and partially fund the gala dinner.


Saint Louis University, June 19-21 2017

We invite proposals for papers, sessions, or roundtable discussions for an upcoming conference to be held at Saint Louis University on June 19-21, 2017. This mini-conference, held during the Fifth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, aims to bring together scholars from across disciplines to consider questions of chivalric culture and warfare. Conceptions of chivalry tend to lean toward one of two extremes: valorizing and romanticizing knighthood, as chivalric fiction and knights themselves so often did, or the opposite, condemning knights as murderous thugs and dismissing chivalry as a self-deceiving sham. The knightly vocation was in many ways a difficult one – considering not only the physical hardships of war, but also the moral ambiguities and pragmatic hazards of wielding power, dispensing justice and violence, and winning and preserving status and reputation. What was the relationship of chivalry, theoretically the guiding ethos of the professional warrior class, to the actual challenges faced by knights? If it was applicable to knights’ ordinary activities, what kind of guidance did it offer? This conference will consider how chivalric precepts and attitudes intersected with the realities of knightly life.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:

  • How did chivalry interact with warfare, in conception and/or practice?
  • What were the implications of chivalry for gender, for the performance and policing of masculinity, for idealized versus real-life relations with women?
  • How did chivalric notions of honorable conduct in war interact with the more theoretical doctrines of just war and/or the law of arms?
  • In what ways might chivalric fiction have had echoes in knightly real life – e.g. pageantry and social display, military activity, individual ethics and behavior?
  • What were the impacts of politics, society, religion, and culture on chivalry and warfare?

These questions are merely for guidance; applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers or panels addressing the conference’s themes. We encourage submissions for 20 minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars and across disciplines. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Craig M. Nakashian ( by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Craig Nakashian, Anne Romine ( or Sam Claussen (


Saint Louis University, 19-21 June 2017

The Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in conjunction with the Medieval Iberia and North Africa Group at the University of Chicago invite abstracts for an upcoming conference, “Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600-1600),” to be held at the SLU campus on June 19-21, 2017 during the 5th Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The aim of this sub-conference is to build on recent scholarship which has sought to move beyond notions of “the state” as a mode of inquiry in Iberian and North African studies, and to promote instead a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, cultural production, and religious practices of these regions. Toward that end, this conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to facilitate conversations about the relationships between politics, historiography, art, literature, and religion in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:

  • How were kinship and patronage networks forged and negotiated, dismantled and maintained?
  • What (in)formal bonds and socio-religious rituals demonstrated (dis)loyalty, whether within families or between political actors?
  • How were institutions formed and maintained?
  • How were concepts of (il)legitimacy produced, critiqued, and perpetuated during this period?
  • What role did art, architecture and material culture play in the construction of notions of legitimacy and authenticity?
  • How did the transmission or co-production of knowledge and culture across religious boundaries contribute to medieval and early modern genealogies of knowledge? How did these processes bolster or discredit claims to epistemological legitimacy?

These questions are meant to be interpreted broadly, and applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers addressing the conference’s title themes. Possible topics include but are not limited to: royal and noble families; inheritance and succession; marriage; dynastic politics and genealogical narratives; oaths and fealty; jurisprudence and theology; intellectual traditions and networks; textual and artistic production, especially the “co-production” of culture across social, ethnic, and religious boundaries; document authenticity and forgery; administra9tive precedent and innovation.

We encourage submissions for 20-minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars. Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early-career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Edward Holt ( by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Edward Holt or Mohamad Ballan (


2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference, University of Waterloo, Stratford, June 22-24 2017

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops for the second Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 22-24, 2017. All approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama and its afterlives are welcome. In the wake of the Shakespeare quatercentenary, we especially encourage papers that think broadly and creatively about the future of this drama. How can old plays best speak to the diversity of contemporary identities? What new critical and creative directions seem particularly promising? Which established practices remained indispensable? What — or who — is due for a revival?

Plenary speakers:

  • Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)
  • Martha Henry (Stratford Festival)
  • Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
  • Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine)

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The 2017 season at Stratford will include productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, and The Bakkhai.


Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 2017, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
June 22–24 2017

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites paper and panel proposals for its 2017 conference, to take place on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, June 22–24, 2017. The conference theme is “Reformations during the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” in honor of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses. The program organizers invite proposals that consider the idea of reform, broadly conceived, during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Proposals may consider religious reform during the medieval and Renaissance periods but may also investigate continuity and change with regard to various aspects of the history and historiography of the periods as well as changes in literary culture, style, patronage, criticism, and subjects. The Program Committee encourages proposals from scholars and students working in all relevant fields, including but not limited to theology, history, literature, theatre, music, and the visual arts. As always, while paper and panel proposals addressing the conference theme will receive special consideration for inclusion, proposals in any area of medieval and Renaissance studies are welcome.

Graduate student presenters are eligible to compete for the Michael T. and Phyllis J. Walton Graduate Travel Award to help defray expenses associated with travel to and presentation at the annual conference. The RMMRA also awards two annual paper prizes: the Allen DuPont Breck Award for the best paper at the conference presented by a junior scholar, and the Delno C. West Award for the best paper at the conference presented by a senior scholar (at the rank of Associate Professor or higher). For additional information on the RMMRA, please visit

Paper and panel proposals should be directed to the RMMRA Program Committee via email to RMMRA President-Elect Ginger Smoak ( Proposals are due by March 15, 2017. A proposal must include:

  1. Name of presenter
  2. Participant category (faculty/graduate student/independent scholar) and institutional affiliation
  3. One-page CV (in case of panel proposal, include one for each participant)
  4. Preferred mailing and email address (in case of panel proposal, indicate a panel contact person)
  5. An abstract of the proposed paper/panel (250 words)
  6. Audiovisual requirements and any other specific requests

The Program Committee will notify participants if their proposals have been accepted by April 5, 2017. Please note that all presenters at the conference must be active members of RMMRA who have paid their annual dues of $25 by the time of the conference.


University of Bergen, Norway, 22-24 June 2017

This international conference is organized by Professor Diane Watt and Dr Laura Saetveit Miles as part of the Leverhulme International Network, ‘Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon’, led by the University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Universities of Bangor, Bergen, Boston, Durham, Lausanne, Swansea, and Texas A&M. For further information please visit the network website:

Over the last three decades medieval women’s writing has become a significant focus of innovative research. Yet, despite this wealth of ground-breaking scholarship, the established canon of medieval literature has remained fundamentally unchallenged. This conference will explore the importance of considering women’s engagement with textual culture in understanding the medieval literary canon. While the network has hitherto focused largely on English texts and traditions, we welcome papers that focus on European sources.

Themes that will be explored in the conference include:

  • Women as authors
  • Women as patrons
  • Book ownership in the household
  • Anonymous texts
  • Genre and gender
  • Literary reception
  • Women as translators
  • Women readers
  • Book ownership in women’s religious communities
  • Manuscript production
  • Literary influence
  • Collaboration

We anticipate contributors giving papers of 20-30 minutes. Please submit proposed titles and abstracts of 300 words, with a short academic biography, by 15 September, 2016 to Lynette Kerridge:


Lisbon Medieval Culture and War Conference, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, 22–24 June 2017

War shaped the medieval world. It configured all kinds of social models and human processes, including political and economic systems, religious doctrines, cultural transformations and changes of mindsets.

Following a previous meeting held at the University of Leeds in 2016 (Leeds Medieval Culture and War: Ideals, Representations, Realities), this conference, organised by the Centre of History of the University of Lisbon, will pursue the development of new approaches to medieval warfare by discussing spaces, images and mentalities in interdisciplinary perspectives.

We warmly welcome papers that draw on several theoretical backgrounds (e.g. archaeological, art historical, historical, literary or sociological methodologies). Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Theory and doctrine of war
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Organisation, command and logistics
  • Fortifications and weaponry
  • Communication, intelligence and counter-intelligence
  • Bellatores in medieval societies
  • Non-combatants and prisoners of war
  • Literature, art and war
  • Warfare and religion
  • Body and soul: the warriors’ assistance
  • Superstitions, devotions, fears and behaviours
  • War at sea

The conference will be held at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa). On the third day participants are invited to join us for a visit to a museum with a medieval military collection. There will be a registration fee of €25.

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a paper of 20–25 minutes along with a short biographical note of about 150 words, or a joint proposal for a thematic panel of 3 papers, to by 3 March, 2017. The papers will be selected by an independent Scientific Committee, through a blind review. Contributions from postgraduates and early career researchers are especially encouraged.

The working language is English.

The organisers plan to publish selected papers presented during the conference in a peer-reviewed edited collection.

Lisbon Organisation Committee: Inês Meira Araújo and António Martins Costa

Leeds Organisation Committee: Sophie Harwood, Trevor Russell Smith and Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis

Coordinator: José Varandas


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 ( 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.


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 (; or Robert W. Daniel (


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

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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: by Friday 27 January, 2017.


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 ( by 27 January, 2017 at the latest.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas (

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly (


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 ( by 27 January, 2017 at the latest.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas (

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly (


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

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 (

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 (, or Dr Laura Rademaker (

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 (, or Dr Nepia Mahuika (

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


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.


Professor Philip Dwyer
Tel. 61 (0)439426218


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:

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


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 ( and Joris van Gastel ( 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).


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 by March 3, 2017.

Further details can be found at:

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


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,


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 for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Friday 14th April 2017.

For more information, please visit our blog, website, or sponsor’s pages: * *

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


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: by Friday 7 April 2017.


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 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:

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 with a completed Readers Form attached.

More information can be found on our conference website:


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, Proposals are due by 1 February, 2017


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

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)


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:


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 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( for further information.


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

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)


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 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.


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 ( by 15 December, 2016.


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

  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.


The University of Melbourne, 21-22 September 2017

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Enquiries: Samantha Dieckmann (

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

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.


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 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.


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

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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:


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 and


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 by 15 April, 2017. An answer will be given before 1 May 2017. A full programme will be published on the ICI Berlin website ( 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.


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 The deadline for submissions is 30 June, 2017.


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 (

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:

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.


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 ( via email attachment. On your abstract provide your name, institution, the title of your proposal, and email address. Abstracts are due July 1, 2017.


Ohio State University, 20-21 October 2017

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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 Deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2017.

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture 2017: James Hankins, Harvard University


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 – 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  - - or Dr Martine De Marre –

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.


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 by May 31, 2017.


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 by 4 January, 2017.

Enquiries may be directed to this address, to Dr. Per Sivefors at or Dr. Rikard Wingård Website:


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

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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.


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:
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
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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).


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 or 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


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, 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


Please address all correspondence to the Conference Administrator, Vyonne Walker,



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 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: 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.


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 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, and are also available on request – just email to request a form, and find out more.


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.


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 ( by Friday 4 August, 2017.


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: by Monday 3 July, 2017 with the topic “ANZSA18 Panel”. I aim to submit a proposal for an edited collection from panel proceedings.


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, or by fax to 718-817-3987