Everything Early Modern Women

All things to do with the study of early modern women.

CFP: Expanding Visions: Women in the Medieval and Early Modern World (10/15/16; 3/2-4/17)

Keynote Speaker: Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Please see the following for CFP information:

Expanding Visions CFP

New Scholarly Book Series Seeking Proposals: “Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World” Amsterdam University Press

Amsterdam University Press is pleased to announce a new scholarly book series, Gendering the Late Medieval and Early Modern World. The General Editors of this series editors are Victoria Burke, University of Ottawa; James Daybell, Plymouth University; Svante Norrhem, Lund University; and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

This series provides a forum for studies that investigate the themes of women and gender in the late medieval and early modern world.  The editors invite proposals for book-length studies of an interdisciplinary nature, including but not exclusively, from the fields of history, literature, art and architectural history, and visual and material culture.  Consideration will be given to both monographs and collections of essays. Chronologically, we welcome studies that look at the period between 1400 and 1700, with a focus on Britain, Europe and Global transnational histories. We invite proposals including, but not limited to, the following broad themes: methodologies, theories and meanings of gender; gender, power and political culture; monarchs, courts and power; construction of femininity and masculinities; gift-giving, diplomacy and the politics of exchange; gender and the politics of early modern archives and architectural spaces (court, salons, household); consumption and material culture; objects and gendered power; women’s writing; gendered patronage and power; gendered activities, behaviours, rituals and fashions.


For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit http://en.aup.nl/series/gendering-the-late-medieval-and-early-modern-world or contact Erika Gaffney, Senior Acquisitions Editor, at Erika.Gaffney@arc-humanities.org.


You can also view the series flyer at



CFP: Early Modern Women: Texts and Objects (5/20/16; 3/30-4/1/17) | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Early Modern Women: Texts and Objects

A session at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 30 March-1 April 2017 in Chicago

Proposals are invited for presentations on early modern women as writers and creators of objects, texts, and artifacts, such as glass engravings, paper cuttings, calligraphy, decorated letters, and alba amicorum. Those who explore texts should take into account the materiality of the textual object; conversely, those who look at aesthetic objects should investigate their textuality. Questions to be addressed may include the following: how did pastime offer opportunities for women to express themselves as authors and artists? Under what circumstances did pastime cross the boundaries between amateurism and professionalism? How are objects made as paid labor different from those made as products of leisure time? How did textual and non-textual objects made by women function as gifts, to announce social status, or to enhance networks? How does the materiality of objects and texts relate to their purpose or content?

Papers that cross disciplinary and/or national boundaries are especially welcome.

Please send proposals to martine.vanelk@csulb.edu. Include in your proposal: name and affiliation, paper title (max. 15 words), abstract (max. 150 words), and a brief CV (max. 300 words; in ordinary CV format).

Email proposals as soon as possible, but no later than May 20, 2016.

This session will be sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

Martine van Elk
Professor of English
California State University, Long Beach
Department of English

Source: Renaissance Society of America, 30 March-1 April 2017 in Chicago | cfp.english.upenn.edu

CFP: Women’s writings in Renaissance time (5/20/16; 3/30-4/1/17)

Call for papers
RSA Chicago 2017 (30 March-1 April 2017)

PANEL: «Di tentar fama io mai non sarò stanca»: Women’s writings in Renaissance time

Di tentar fama io mai non sarò stanca

perché ’l mio nome invido oblìo non copra;
benché m’avveggia che sudando a l’opra

divien pallido il volto, e ’l crin s’imbianca.
(Isabella Andreini, canz. mor. A Gabriello Chiabrera,

Vago di posseder, vv. 37-40)


Organizers: Stefano Santosuosso (University of Reading)
This panel, or series of panels, aims at gathering papers focusing on texts written by the notable number of women in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The purpose is to contribute to the re-evaluation of female writers within the broader context of the ‘canonical’ writings, from which women had been deliberately marginalised, when not ignored, by male counterparts (both authors and critics) for long time. This misconduct has caused a real shortage, to date, of critical and annotated editions of texts as well as a lack of specific investigations from different perspectives (such as historical, critical and linguistic). As the necessity of further debates on this issue emerges from the current state of scholarship on the topic, in order to bring into focus the specific share of female figures and their written works, we welcome proposals on, but not limited to, the following subjects:
– Women’s authorship, definition and case studies;

– Printed or manuscript ‘female’ works: critical and/or philological analysis (forms, themes, sources, linguistic features, author’s intention and addressed audience, censorial impact and the authorial rewriting);

– Oral diffusion of ‘female works’;

– The influence of the Holy Scripture and religious institutions on ‘female’ poetry;

– Networks and relationships between authors and/or works;

– Link of ‘female’ poetry with other Arts (Painting, Music, Theatre);

– Transnational connections between Italian writers/works and European ones.


Please send a short abstract (max 150 words), a title (max 15 words), keywords (max 4) and Cv (max 300 words) to Stefano Santosuosso (s.santosuosso@reading.ac.uk) by 20th May 2016.

CFP: Aphra Behn Europe 2016 (5/1/16; 10/5-7/2016)

6th Conference of the Aphra Behn Europe Society

“Gender Cartographies: Histories, Texts & Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830”

Source: Aphra Behn Europe 2016

CFP: Trespassing on Boundaries with Women’s Archives (MLA 2017) | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Call for Papers for a proposed special session at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Over the past decade and a half, a diverse array of materials related to women and women’s movements have inspired the creation of new archival collections and archives in university, grassroots, and digital spaces—from the founding of the Feminist Theory Collection at Brown University (2003) to the launch of Chicana Por Mi Raza (2009) and Independent Voices (2013) in digital spaces. In The Archival Turn in Feminism (2013), Kate Eichhorn explores how the rapid collection of third-wave feminist materials highlights a changing notion of the boundaries and possibilities of archives: “For a younger generation of feminists, the archive is not necessarily either a destination or an impenetrable barrier to be breached, but rather a site and practice integral to knowledge making, cultural production, and activism” (3). How do women’s archives—both long-standing and new—trespass on archival boundaries? What role do archivists and researchers play in this process?

This MLA special session seeks to consider the multifaceted ways in which scholars blur, bust, expand, or trespass on boundaries while working in and recovering materials from women’s archives. We will open a conversation exploring the numerous modalities of radicalized archival endeavors, theorizing how gender, women’s studies, and feminism play a role in the archival space and the ensuing research.

Presentations might focus on how explorations in women’s archives:
blur the boundaries between archivist, researcher, and archives
bust boundaries between the public and private realms
trespass on national boundaries
cross and subvert gender boundaries
encourage a different relationship to the archival and research processes
intersect with feminist theories that push cultural boundaries
blend temporal boundaries, thus bringing the past into the present

We also welcome papers that interrogate how the digitization process or disciplinary boundaries reinforce or complicate any of these considerations.

Please email your 250-word abstracts and short bios to Ashley Foster at ashleyfoster@icloud.com and Margaret Galvan at mgalvan@gradcenter.cuny.edu by March 15. Submitters will receive notification of results by no later than April 1.

PLEASE NOTE: This CFP is for a proposed, not a guaranteed, session at MLA 2017, meaning it is contingent on approval by the MLA Program Committee (which will make its decisions after April 1). All prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than April 7, 2016.

Source: Trespassing on Boundaries with Women’s Archives (MLA 2017) | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For by Brenda K. Marshall

It’s a little outside of the early modern period, but I wanted to bring this novel to your attention:

The lives and schemes of frontier politicians, Northern Pacific Railroad executives, bonanza farmers, and homesteaders converge in the story of Frances Houghton Bingham, who marries the son of a Red River Valley bonanza farmer in order to remain near her new husband’s sister. Emotionally complex, willful and resourceful, Frances is seduced by the myths of opportunity driving the settlement of Dakota Territory, and dares to dream of a new world in which to realize her unconventional desires. Providing a counterpoint to the dramatic risks taken by Frances is the generous voice of Kirsten Knudson, the daughter of Norwegian homesteaders. As Kirsten grows from a voluble girl to a formidable woman, her observations (equal parts absurdity and insight) reveal the heart of the novel.

Price: $12.50

Source: Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For

SCMLA Renaissance Literature, Dallas, TX 11/03-11/05/2016, Due 3/31/2016 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

We are currently accepting submissions for the Renaissance Literature Exclude Drama panel of the South Central Modern Language Association conference, November 3-5, 2016, in Dallas, TX.
The topic is open, but we encourage paper proposals to engage meaningfully with some aspect of the conference theme, “The Spectacular City: Glamour, Decadence, and Celebrity in Literature and Culture” Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Melissa Bagaglio (mhbgglio@memphis.edu) by March 31, 2016.
For more information on the SCMLA and the conference location, visithttp://www.southcentralmla.org/

Source: SCMLA Renaissance Literature, Dallas, TX 11/03-11/05/2016, Due 3/31/2016 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

“Gender Cartographies: Histories, Texts and Cultures, 1660-1830” (5-7 October, 2016) | cfp.english.upenn.edu

The Aphra Behn Europe Society invites submissions of papers for its biennial conference, “Gender Cartographies: Histories, Texts & Cultures in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1660-1830”, to be held at the University of Huelva, Spain, from 5-7 October 2016. This conference encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the fields of historical writing and historiography, textual studies, and the analysis of culture(s) with especial emphasis on women’s writing of the long eighteenth century.

Follow link for more info: “Gender Cartographies: Histories, Texts and Cultures, 1660-1830” (5-7 October, 2016) | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Gender in Art: Production, Collection, Display (AAH Summer Symposium) (8–9 June 2016, Loughborough) (CfP 23 March 2016) | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Association of Art Historians (AAH) Summer Symposium 2016

Gender in art: production, collection, display

Loughborough University8-9 June 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Marsha Meskimmon (Loughborough University), more tba.

Follow link for more info: Gender in Art: Production, Collection, Display (AAH Summer Symposium) (8–9 June 2016, Loughborough) (CfP 23 March 2016) | cfp.english.upenn.edu


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