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Women Writers Online Free for Women’s History Month!

February 25, 2015

From Julia Flanders:

“We’re happy to announce that Women Writers Online will be freely available during the month of March, in celebration of Women’s History Month. We invite you to explore the collection starting March 1 at:

Women Writers Online now contains more than 350 texts published between 1526 and 1850, including new works by Aphra Behn, Charlotte Turner Smith, and Mercy Otis Warren. We hope you enjoy the collection!”

Call For Papers: “Shakespeare and Dance” essay cluster 5/15/15 |

February 21, 2015

Borrowers & Lenders, The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation, is soliciting contributions to its “Appropriations in Performance” section. B&L is a peer-reviewed, online, multimedia scholarly journal and winner of the CELJ’s “Best New Journal” award for 2007. We publish two issues each year. In addition to the main section, which features articles and article clusters, we regularly run three dedicated sections: Appropriations in Performance, Digital Appropriations, and Book Reviews.

For the “Appropriations in Performance” section, we prefer thesis-driven reviews focused on arguments and observations over more traditional, archival reviews geared primarily to making descriptive or evaluative records.

We are soliciting contributions to a cluster of short essays on the topic of “Shakespeare and Dance.” Potential contributors may interpret this topic in a number of ways, including, but not limited to:

Adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays for the dance stage, across a variety of dance types, including ballet, modern, hip-hop, and others.

Dancing within performances of Shakespeare’s plays, in theatre, film, television, etc.

Dance and movement theories and Shakespearean performance.

Dance as metaphor within Shakespeare’s plays, and its implications for performance.

Essays should typically run 1,000 – 3,000 words, but may be longer. All contributions are subject to editing for length and content. Please send submissions, or any questions, to the cluster editor, Dr. Elizabeth Klett, by May 15, 2015.

via Call For Papers: “Shakespeare and Dance” essay cluster 5/15/15 |

SCMLA Renaissance Literature, Nashville, TN 10/31-11/3/2015, Due 3/31/2015 |

February 21, 2015

SCMLA Renaissance Literature, Nashville, TN 10/31-11/3/2015, Due 3/31/2015 |

We are currently accepting submissions for the Renaissance Literature Excluding Drama panel of the South Central Modern Language Association conference, October 31-November 3, 2015, in Nashville, TN.

The topic is open, but we encourage paper proposals to engage meaningfully with some aspect of the conference theme, “Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language.” Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Kris McAbee ( by March 31, 2015.

For more information on the SCMLA and the conference location, visit

Attending to Early Modern Women Workshop: Sex and Marriage: Then and Now

January 29, 2015

Katharine Cleland, Katie Kalpin Smith, Sara Keeth, and I will be leading a workshop at ATW this year ( Taking “Taxonomies of Time” as its primary theme, this workshop will explore the similarities and differences between the topics of gender, sexuality, and marriage in the early modern and modern worlds. In particular, the workshop will focus on the regulation and representation of female bodies in relationship to marriage. We are interested in looking at the early modern period alongside our own as well as how ideas about women’s bodies compare when outside of marriage (before and after) or within marriage. Workshop participants will put excerpts from early modern texts, including The Duchess of Malfi, in conversation with relevant current events, including the heated public debates over gay marriage and birth control. Our hope is that workshop discussion will encourage participants to think comparatively about issues of sex and marriage across time and across the boundaries of the institution itself (before, during, and after marriage).

I thought I would share our readings with you all as we get them together for the conference organizers. So far, we have:
Liptak, Adam. “Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby.” The New York Times 30 June 2014.
—. “Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide.” The New York Times 16 Jan. 2015.
Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet (excerpts: selections from Act 3, scene 5) from Greenblatt, Stephen et al., eds. The Norton Shakespeare: Based on the Oxford Edition, 2nd Edition. 2nd edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008.
Webster, John, The Duchess of Malfi (excerpts: selections from Act 2 and Act 5) from Greenblatt, Stephen et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006.

I am also working on a brief description of greensickness to share with workshop participants (and you).

Happy reading! Jessica

UGrad/Grad CFP: _Feminist Spaces_: Women and Technology |

December 3, 2014

_Feminist Spaces_ invites undergraduate and graduate students from universities worldwide to submit academic essays, creative writings, or multimodal/artistic pieces that adhere to this issue’s theme of women and technology throughout history and across cultures. These pieces may investigate, but are not limited to, the following topics:

–The professional presence of women in technology-driven enterprises
–Women’s role in the advancement of emergent technologies
–Women’s scholarly participation in technology-related discourses within and outside of the academy
–Technologies that have aided or further complicated women’s health in a variety of contexts (i.e. physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, etc.)
–Digital feminisms and the social impacts of trending hashtags that concern women
–Technological mediations of race and/or class specific to women’s experiences
–Medical and recreational technologies that concern LGBTQI communities
–Creative works that explore women’s relationship to advancing technological theories, media, or devices

Please ensure that all written submissions adhere to the guidelines and conventions set forth by the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition. Standard essays must be emailed in .rtf, .doc, or .docx form, and should not exceed 3,000 words, single-spaced at a 12 pt font. All artistic submissions must be submitted electronically in universally compatible formats.

Deadline for submission is Friday, February 6th, 2015, with a tentative release date scheduled for early March.

Please forward all works and inquires to, or

via _Feminist Spaces_: Women and Technology |

The Third Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again | Euroacademia

December 3, 2014

The Third EuroacademiaForum of Critical StudiesAsking Big Questions Again


6 – 7 February 2015

Villa Vittoria – Palazzo dei CongressiFlorence, Italy

via The Third Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again | Euroacademia.

Deadline extended! Attending to Early Modern Women Conference 2015

September 22, 2014

UW-Milwaukee – Attending to Early Modern Women Conference 2015.

Good news! The deadline for ATW proposals has been extended to November 15, 2014, according to an email sent by Merry Wiesner-Hanks this morning.

I have heard a number of stories of people who lost collaborators on workshops proposals along the way, and this is a great chance to revive proposals by seeking out new collaborators. ATW has a place for “workshop ideas” where you can share your ideas and seek out collaborators:



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