Everything Early Modern Women

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

“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

CFP: Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, University of Central OK (3/11/16; 9/26-28/16)

The 1st Annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, September 26-28

Deadline for proposals: March 11th 2016

The Center at the University of Central Oklahoma, composed of the Women’s Research Center and the BGLTQ+ Student Center, invites proposals for presentations at the first annual Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, which will take place September 26-28, 2016 in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The organizers of this international interdisciplinary conference welcome proposals for presentations in a variety of formats that address issues of gender and sexuality in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and fine arts. We invite students, faculty, staff, scholars, and activists to propose papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. We also welcome proposals to present or perform creative work including creative writing, drama, music, and visual art.

Send a 250-350 word abstract about your project by March 11th to thecenteratuco@gmail.com


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This Saturday, January 23rd: Networking Women

January 23rd, 2016

The Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (Six Degrees) project, in association with Carnegie Mellon University, the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Digital Humanities Research at Pitt (DHRX), the Digital Media Lab at Pitt, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, invite you to participate in Networking Early Modern Women, a day-long, multi-site event dedicated to incorporating women and their relationships into the social networks of early modern Britain. Taking place both online and in person on Saturday, January 23rd, the event will begin at 10:30 AM EST with a livestreamed, keynote address from Professor Amanda Herbert, author of Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain, a book recently named the best book of 2015 by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Participants in this meetup and add-a-thon will learn how to contribute women and their relationships to SixDegreesofFrancisBacon.com before joining with like-minded participants to help enrich our collaborative picture of Britain’s early modern social network.

Visit for more information: Networking Women

CFP: Renaissance Drama (3/31/16; 11/3-5/2016, Dallas TX)

We are currently accepting submissions for the Renaissance 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 Jessica C. Murphy (jessica.c.murphy_at_gmail.com) by March 31, 2016.

For more information on the SCMLA and the conference location, visit http://www.southcentralmla.org/

Feminist Spaces 2.2 Journal CFW | cfp.english.upenn.edu (4/29/16)

Feminist Spaces is now accepting general submissions for its fourth issue. Feminist Spaces welcomes work across genres and disciplines and invite students, faculty, and independent scholars to submit academic papers, creative writings, and artistic pieces that address topics in feminist, gender, sexuality or women’s studies as a primary focus. Articles may begin or enter into dialogue within feminist discourse or present historical research.

Full CFP: Feminist Spaces 2.2 Journal CFW | cfp.english.upenn.edu

Erika Gaffney becomes Senior Acquisitions Editor in Early Modern Studies at Press Consortium

From: Arc Humanities News

Medieval Institute Publications (MIP) and Arc Medieval Press, together with its partner, Amsterdam University Press (AUP), are delighted to announce the appointment of Erika Gaffney as Senior Acquisitions Editor in Early Modern Studies.

Erika Gaffney established her reputation as an acquisitions editor at Ashgate, where she worked for more than 20 years. Over those two decades, she developed an extensive network of series and authors. Her new role allows her to extend her publishing trajectory in interdisciplinary studies, visual cultures and art history, and in the history of the period from the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth centuries.

Erika’s contribution will perfectly complement AUP’s strengths in medieval studies and the Dutch Golden Age. Her interests dovetail neatly with those of MIP, which is strong in vernacular studies, and of Arc, with its remit in global medieval studies. She is thus well situated not only to support the existing publishing programs of MIP and Arc, but also to undertake to expand significantly their lists in early modern studies.

Jan-Peter Wissink, director of AUP, calls this a “very welcome step in strengthening AUP’s commitment to European History”. Dr. Simon Forde, director of MIP and Arc and also head of acquisitions for AUP’s European history list, is delighted to have helped bring Ms. Gaffney onto the team: “We have constructed an arrangement that allows Erika scope to pursue her ideal publishing remit. It permits Erika to continue her engagement with a community of scholars that she greatly admires and enjoys, and gives her the freedom to acquire books in the fields that are close to her heart.”

Publications produced by AUP, MIP and Arc are all:

  1. evaluated by knowledgeable boards and specialists; each imprint welcomes submissions for volumes of cutting-edge research, while AUP’s series are “interdisciplinary and boundary-breaking” and the MIP and Arc imprints focus on “vernacular” and “global” research respectively. While distinct, AUP, Arc and MIP work in a fully integrated way in acquisitions, production, sales and marketing
  2. fully peer-reviewed to standards recognized by the American Association of University Presses (both AUP and MIP being AAUP members)
  3. monographs, thematic collections and similar volumes written by both emerging and established scholars
  4. turned round in under nine months from an author’s delivery of the definitive manuscript to publication, with full copy-editing and pre-press support
  5. delivered in printed and digital formats at prices affordable to universities, but with half-price discounts for students and scholars via the online bookstore in Kalamazoo
  6. marketed and distributed worldwide (with warehouses in Connecticut and Plymouth UK, marketing offices in the US and the Netherlands, and agents across Asia)
  7. fully Open Access compliant: both AUP and MIP committed to Open Access, and AUP in particular having been in the forefront of OA publishing.

Scholars wishing to renew their working relationship with Erika or new scholars interested in submitting not-yet-contracted volumes (or new series) should email her at erika.gaffney@arc-humanities.org to ask for a Proposal Form.

More information about Amsterdam University Press (AUP) can be found at http://en.aup.nl.  For more information about Medieval Institute Publications (MIP) and Arc Medieval Press, visit http://arc-humanities.org/index.php/authors/submissions/.

Call for Submissions: Early Modern Black Studies: A Critical Anthology

We are seeking submissions for a collection of essays tentatively titled Early Modern Black Studies: A Critical Anthology. Inspired by and modeled after interdisciplinary studies such as Black Queer Studies and Shakesqueer: A Companion to the Works of Shakespeare, this edited volume stages a conversation between two fields—Early Modern Studies and Black Studies—that traditionally have had little to say to each other. This disconnect is the product of current scholarly assumptions about a lack of archival evidence that limits what we can say about those of African descent in earlier historical periods. This proposed volume posits that the limitations are not in the archives but in the methods we have constructed for locating and examining those archives. Our collection, then, seeks to establish productive and provocative conversations about these two seemingly disparate fields. Our goal is to enlist the strategies, methodologies, and insights of Black Studies into the service of Early Modern Studies and vice versa. Ultimately, the overarching scholarly contribution of this critical anthology is to revise current understandings about racial discourse and the cultural contributions of black Africans in early modernity across the globe.

The editors of Early Modern Black Studies seek essays that offer new critical approaches to representations of black Africans and the conceptualization of Blackness in early modern literary works, historical documents, and/or material and visual cultures. We also seek articles that, on the one hand, mobilize corrective interventions to commonly held notions in each of the aforementioned fields and, on the other hand, theorize a synthetic methodology for the Early Modern/Black Studies discursive divide.

Possible paper topics include but are not limited to:

• Black Studies as method and inquiry
• The racial contours of early modern studies methods
• Comparative analysis of Black Studies and Early Modern Studies archives
• Methodologies of Black Africans and Exploration of the Americas
• Imperialism and Colonization
• African slavery across the Sahara and Ocean Studies (Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific)
• Re-conceptualizations of Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic in the 21st century
• Black Lives Matter in contemporary and historical contexts
• Medieval understandings of human difference
• Representations of Africa as a geopolitical and imaginary space, past and present
• Gender and Sexuality; Black Feminists Studies and Early Modernity; the figure of the mulatta
• Queer Studies; the queering of Black Studies and Early Modern Studies
• Critical Race Studies and Early Modernity; Animal Studies and Biopolitics vis-à-vis representations of Blackness

Please send queries and/or an abstract (250-500 words) to clsmith17@ua.edu, miles.grier@qc.cuny.edu, and nick.jones@bucknell.edu by January 31, 2016. The deadline for 5000-7000 word essays from accepted abstracts will be August 15, 2016.

CFP: Chapter needed for volume on dead mothers in the cultural imagination (9/15/15)

Call for a chapter to fill a gap in an edited collection entitled Missing, Presumed Dead: the Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination.

The dead or absent mother is a recurring feature in Western cultural productions, from Greek myths through folktales, Shakespeare and Dickens to contemporary literature such as Miriam Toew’s A Complicated Kindness (2004), television, and films such as Finding Nemo (2003) and The Road (2009). The mother might be dead at the outset, or die during the narrative. Her death might be a disaster, propelling the child into danger; a blessing, saving the child from an abusive or inappropriate parent and making way for a more suitable guardian; or of no consequence.This volume aims to explore the many functions and meanings of the trope of the absent mother, both as products of the time and culture that produced the narratives, and as part of an ongoing cultural conversation that spans the centuries. Are the narratives a response to high numbers of maternal death in childbirth in the Middle Ages, to changes to the early modern family structure, to increased divorce rates after World War II? What concerns are articulated in the narratives and what messages are communicated? What lessons, if any, are they supposed to teach?

I already have strong chapters ranging from the 18th century to the present day, analysing folk tales, novels, children’s literature, photography, film and television. To complement those, I am looking for chapters discussing literature from before 1700.

Palgrave Macmillan have shown an interest, which I would like to capitalize on. Deadline for submission of abstract is thus 15 September 2015.

Chapters should be ca 7 000 words, including notes and references. Deadline for submission of entire chapter 1 February 2016.Please send an abstract of 300 words and a 50 word bio to berit.astrom@umu.se

Source: Chapter needed for volume on dead mothers in the cultural imagination | cfp.english.upenn.edu

CFP: Shakespeare And Our Times Conference (9/15/15; 4/14-16/16)



An interdisciplinary, international conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early twenty-first century Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. April 14-16, 2016

Plenary speakers: Jonathan Dollimore, Ania Loomba, and Leah Marcus

What does William Shakespeare mean to us today, and what traces of his thinking can still be seen in our lives? In the context of a week-long, multi-faceted investigation of Shakespeare’s continued presence in our cultural landscape, this three-day conference will probe contemporary manifestations of the Bard. To mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death we will seek his footprint as we question the legacy of the early colonial mindset in the twenty-first century. Why does this figure among all others endure so persistently? At stake are questions of global imperialism and how it intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, and Shakespeare’s extended influence in what were, for him, newly-emerging colonial locales. How, then, is Shakespeare performed, translated, analyzed today? Abstracts and panel proposals welcome on these and other topics: Shakespeare and Popular Culture Gender/Sexuality in Shakespeare Shakespeare and the Idea of the Posthuman Shakespeare’s Cities Shakespeare and International Relations Shakespeare and the Sciences Why Shakespeare? Shakespeare for Whom? Shakespeare and Disaster Management Shakespeare and Contemporary Censorship Translating Shakespeare The Rhetoric of Shakespeare Shakespeare and America, Shakespeare in America Shakespeare’s Music Staging Shakespeare, Filming Shakespeare, Now Shakespeare and Language Theorizing Shakespeare in the Twenty-First century Event website: https://www.odu.edu/partnerships/community/conferences/shakespeare-400-y…

250-word abstracts for individual 20-minute papers, or 3-paper panel sessions can be submitted online at http://goo.gl/forms/Cd582zZpa1 by August 15, 2015.

* Advanced graduate students welcome to apply.

*NEW DEADLINE: September 15, 2015

Inquiries about the conference can be sent to: Dr. Imtiaz Habib ihabib@odu.edu, Dr. Liz Black eblack@odu.edu, Dr. Delores Phillips dbphilli@odu.edu, Dr. Drew Lopenzina alopenzi@odu.edu

Source: Shakespeare And Our Times Conference | cfp.english.upenn.edu


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