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CFP: Early Modern Women’s Mobilities (9/30/18)

Early Modern Women:

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Volume 14.1 (Fall 2019) will feature a forum on

“Early Modern Women’s Mobilities”


The scholarship on early modern women has moved far beyond the long-held notion that women remained in the home. Indeed, mobility was a defining feature of many women’s lives.  For this forum, we are interested not only in examples of women’s mobility, but also research that interrogates the far-reaching implications of that mobility for women and considers how it informs our understanding of gender in the early modern world.


We seek essays that examine but are not limited to:

  • Migration and settlement (actual and imagined, internal and external)
  • Travel (actual and imagined, local and global, voluntary and involuntary)
  • Gendered understandings of distance and space
  • Movement and the body
  • Modes of transportation
  • Intersectionality and mobility


Please send abstracts of 500 words to the editors (emwj@umw.edu) by September 30, 2018. Completed essays of 3500 words will be due on January 30, 2019.


CFP: Special Issue “Regulation and Resistance: Gender and Coercive Power in Early Modern Literature” (11/15/18)

via http://www.mdpi.com/journal/humanities/special_issues/gender_early_modern_literature

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Early modern English culture consistently imagines the regulation of feminine bodies, whether through virtuous exempla, cautionary tales, education and conduct books, medical diagnosis and advice, literary plots or tropes, fashion, or physical disciplines such as needlework, dance, or music lessons. Prescriptions for early modern gender include the watchful regulation of fathers, husbands, doctors, and teachers over women’s intellectual and moral education as well as over their physical activity. Representations of the internalized practice of self-regulation reveal that early modern women writers and female characters frequently recognize and weigh these gendered cultural expectations and prescriptions for their bodies. Fictions of such external and internalized containment of the female body’s sexuality, speaking, and social movements appear repeatedly in early modern texts.

This special issue seeks essays that engage with the complexities of how prescriptive limitations and rebellious evasions can be mutually constitutive in early modern culture. We welcome essays that confront the historical social forces at work in confining, restraining, and marginalizing disruptively gendered bodies that are seen as transgressive to the powers of colonizing and capitalistic states and their proxies. For example, how do capitalism and colonial expropriation methodically subjugate women and appropriate their labor? What are the intellectual, creative, and cultural gains contributed by the resistant physical, racial, and sexual diversity of early modern regulatory states?

This special issue’s interrogation of the regulation of gender and the body hopes to position early modern transgressive acts in the legacy of the intersectional feminist questioning of coercive state power.

Dr. Jessica C. Murphy
Dr. Kris McAbee
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charges(APCs) of 350 CHF (Swiss Francs) per published paper are fully funded by institutions through the Knowledge Unlatched initiative, resulting in no direct charge to authors. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • early modern
  • literature
  • gender
  • women
  • power

CFP: Books and Bodies in Early Modern England (7/15/18; RSA 2019)

via http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/06/05/books-and-bodies-in-early-modern-england-rsa-2019

Organizers: Jillian Linster (University of South Dakota) and Harry Newman (Royal Holloway, University of London)

For a proposed panel at RSA 2019 (Toronto, March 17-19)

This panel investigates links between literary and medical culture in early modern England (c. 1500-1700), focusing on the intersections of book history and medical humanities. Scholarship has started to address the physiology of reading, the role of the book trade in disseminating and shaping medical knowledge, and the mutually influential relationship between literary and medical texts. Building on this work, we seek papers focused on the physical and conceptual relationships between books and bodies in early modernity. Papers might consider the following:

  • How did changing technologies, laws, reading habits, and/or the rise of print culture affect the interaction of bodies and books in this period?
  • How did specific books come to represent individual people, and vice versa?
  • How were the bodies of books shaped and reshaped by physical encounters with human bodies (e.g. printers, book binders, readers)?
  • Does the relationship between books and bodies help us to understand power and agency in early modernity?
  • Why is it important to investigate the material lives and textual histories of medical books (anatomical works, midwifery manuals, dietaries, casebooks, herbals, medical receipt books, etc.)?
  • How is the relationship between books and bodies depicted in literary works, artistic renderings, and historical documents from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?
  • How useful are distinctions between ‘literary’ and ‘medical’ texts when considering the book-body relationship?
  • What was the influence of other cultures (European or non-Western) on English perceptions of books and bodies?

Approaches might include or combine book history, medical humanities, ecocriticism, new materialism, sociological or anthropological theory, social and cultural history, and biblical studies. Non-traditional or experimental lines of inquiry are encouraged. Proposals are welcome from scholars working in any discipline.

Please submit your paper proposal by 15th July 2018, to Jillian Linster and Harry Newman at booksandbodies.panel@gmail.com. The proposal should include the following information in a single document:

  • Name, affiliation and email address
  • Paper title (15 words max)
  • Abstract (150 words max)
  • Keywords

CFP: The Female Body as Text in Renaissance Literature (7/13/18; RSA 2019)

via http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/06/14/rsa-panel-the-female-body-as-text-in-renaissance-literature

As the Renaissance saw a rise in female literacy and texts addressed to women readers, the relationship between gender and genre was foregrounded in debates about the appropriate texts for women to read – or if it was appropriate for women to read at all.  These conversations particularly centered on the genre of romance, simultaneously a genre classed as feminine and a genre deemed morally inappropriate for women to read. While these debates raged outside literary texts, within the texts themselves, we see women reading and women as objects to be read – both by the reader of the text and by other characters within the text. How does the female body serve as a text within a text? What unique possibilities does the female body offer for allegory, for interpretation, or for generic symbolism? How is the female body productively linked to literary meaning in the Renaissance? This session, sponsored by UCLA’s CMRS, proposes to explore these issues through interdisciplinary papers and discussion.

If interested in submitting a proposal for this panel, please send a paper title, a 150 word abstract, and a CV to Allison Collins (abcollins@ucla.edu) by 13 July 2018.

CFP: Transforming Bodies in Early Modern Drama (7/16/18; RSA 2019)

via http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/06/17/rsa-2019-transforming-bodies-in-early-modern-drama-july-16th-2018

Transforming Bodies in Early Modern Drama

How are bodies–of people, plants, or animals–transformed on the early modern stage? What are the agents of transformation, and is there something about drama in particular that allows for bodily transformation? How is transformation represented (or not represented) dramatically? What constitutes a “body” on stage, and is a body still the same if parts of it transform? What does the transformation of the body tell us about corporeal unity, identity, transformation, or the instability of the body or identity? How can bodily transformation intersect with theoretic frameworks such as materialism, historicism, ecocriticism, animal studies, or the post-human? Topics may include (but are not limited to) the way violence (physical, sexual, verbal), ritual, disguise, death, love, the natural world, disease, wounds, language, power, fear, etc have a transforming effect on the early modern human and non-human bodies that populate early modern drama, through any theoretical lens. Please send 150-word abstracts and brief CV to Christina M. Squitieri (cms531@nyu.edu) and Penelope Meyers Usher (pfm250@nyu.edu) by Monday, July 16th, 2018. This panel will be sponsored by the Early Modern and Renaissance Society at New York University.

CFP: The Past is Female: Early Modern Sisterhoods and Visions of Justice, NWSA 2018 (2/9/18; 11/8-11/18)

The Past is Female: Early Modern Sisterhoods and Visions of Justice
The National Women’s Studies Association Early Modern Women Interest
Group seeks paper proposals addressing the theme of the NWSA 2018
Annual Conference: “Just Imagine. Imagining Justice: Feminist visions of
freedom, dream making and the radical politics of futurism.” The interest
group aims to propose several panels, roundtables, and / or workshops
based on the proposals we receive.
We seek presentations that address:
• Early modern rethinking of gender, sexuality, family, and / or disability
• Early modern explorations of bio-politics and the limits of the human
• Early modern representations of revolutionary or utopian projects
• Early modern women’s negotiations of possibility and impossibility
• Early modern women and race vis-a-vis the proto-capitalist state

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a list of major primary and
secondary sources to Kris McAbee at kxmcabee@ualr.edu by Friday February
9, 2018.
The NWSA annual conference regularly draws more than 1,900 attendees
and is the only annual meeting exclusively dedicated to showcasing the
latest feminist scholarship. The 2018 conference will be held in Atlanta
November 8-11, 2018. For more information about the National Women’s
Studies Association visit http://www.nwsa.org.



CFP: Attending to Early Modern Women 2018: Action and Agency (11/15/17; 6/14-17/18)


June 14-17, 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Call for Proposals (pdf)

Over its time in Milwaukee, Attending to Early Modern Women first asked “where?” (Remapping Routes and Spaces, 2012). Then we asked “when?” (It’s About Time, 2015). Now we ask “how?” For both our subjects and ourselves, the answer is the same: action and agency. The conference will address these themes, posing such questions as: How do we understand the sites and modes of gendered confrontations in the early modern period? What collectivities were possible, then and now, and how and why do they form and fade? How do women imagine choice, and what role does choice or the illusion of choice play in their lives? How can our work as scholars and teachers of a distant period become action?

The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, within easy walking distance of the lakeshore, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Amtrak station. Conference attendees will stay in the near-by Doubletree Hotel. The conference will retain its innovative format, using a workshop model for most of its sessions to promote dialogue, augmented by a keynote lecture, and a plenary panel on each of the four conference topics: confrontation, collectivity, choice, and pedagogy.

Start thinking now about organizing workshop sessions. These are 90-minute sessions organized by a group of two to four leaders who circulate readings, questions, and other materials in advance through the conference website. Leaders spend no more than twenty minutes framing the issues and opening up the conversation, then facilitate active participation and focused discussion. The best workshops are often comparative and interdisciplinary, and all allow participants to share information and ignorance, pass on knowledge, ask advice, and learn something new. All workshop organizers are expected to register for, attend, and participate in the entire conference, not just their workshop.

CFP: Between Word and Image: Multiform Arguments in the Historiography of Early Modern Women (5/17/2017; RSA 2018)

This panel explores historians’ arguments that combine verbal and visual means in their published work. These ‘multiform arguments’ create and communicate historical knowledge through verbal and visual evidence. As such, they represent a methodology or rhetorical device in historical research and writing. Focusing on the history of early modern women, the main questions of the panel are: Reading and observing the arguments, what are the techniques that historians use to lead their readers between the verbal and the visual components of their arguments? Do the connections between the verbal and the visual components enhance a particular understanding of early modern women? Considering the words, images and the transitions between them as parts of a unified grammatical sequence, can we identify typical challenges or potentials in constructing ‘multiform arguments’? And finally, can the study of early modern women be an insightful path to better understand the turn to hybrid epistemologies?

If you have published a study on early modern women that combines verbal and visual evidence and means, and would like to share your experience and insights at the RSA 2018 meeting, please email paper proposals, including files or scans of your publication/s, which you will discuss in your paper, to:

Noa Yaari (noayaari@yorku.ca) by Wednesday, 17 May 2017. I will serve as a respondent at the panel.

The proposals must include:
* paper title (15 words max)
* abstract (150 words max)
* keywords
* short curriculum vitae
(300 words max, NOT in prose form)
* audiovisual requirements

The submissions must conform to RSA guidelines:


CFP: SSEMW Sponsored Panels (5/24/2017; RSA 2018)

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women 
Call for Panel Proposals
Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting
New Orleans, 22-24 March 2018
The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) will sponsor up to three panels at the 2018 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held in New Orleans, 22-24 March. Panels typically consist of three 20-minute papers. Organizers of a panel (or linked panels) in any discipline that explores women and their contributions to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period are invited to apply for SSEMW sponsorship by submitting their panel proposals to Molly Bourne (mhbourne@syr.edu), SSEMW liaison for RSA, by no later than 24 May 2017 with the following materials:
–        Abstract (max 150 words) describing the objective of the panel (for SSEMW use only)
–        Panel Organizer(s) + Chair + Speakers and any eventual respondent(s), with institutional affiliations + emails
–        One-page CV (for Organizers/Speakers only, max 300 words, NOT in prose)
–        For each paper: title (max 15 words) + abstract (max 150 words)
–        Specification of any audio/visual needs
Sponsorship of panels by the SSEMW signifies that panels are pre-approved and automatically accepted for the RSA annual meeting.*
Please note that panels must include at least one scholar who is postdoctoral, and that graduate student participants should be within one or two years of defending their dissertations. Decisions regarding SSEMW panel sponsorship will be sent out at least seven days prior to the regular RSA deadline (7 June 2017) for submission of panel or paper proposals.
The SSEMW requires that scholars whose panels are accepted for sponsorship be/become members of the Society (www.ssemw.org).
*There are only a few travel grants available to members of the Renaissance Society of America (visit www.rsa.org/). As in most North American conferences, participants are expected to be members of the RSA, and are responsible for covering their own travel and lodging.​

CFP: Publics and Genre (5/20/2017; RSA 2018); Note: Panel organizer must be based at a Texas institution

Title: Publics and Genre

Organizers: Matt Hunter and Jeffrey Doty

This panel invites papers that consider the interactions between genres, publics, and publicity in early modern England. In the past decade scholars have drawn upon the concept of “the public”—variously defined as networks of association, as self-organized discourses, as social imaginaries—in order to examine anew the intersections between the literature, politics, and social histories of early modern England. What is the relationship between early modern literary genres and the publics they address? How do new publics generate new literary genres (or vice versa)? How do literary genres—from prose romances to history plays, from printed satires to handwritten lyrics, from tragedies and comedies to epic poems—alter in response to the publics through which they circulate? How do genres endow the experience of public-ness with affective resonances? How do paratexts, marginalia, and other material conditions of texts help us to understand their public, social life? By asking these and other questions, this panel hopes to extend recent scholarship on early modern publics and the social dimensions of genre. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome.

This panel is sponsored by an RSA associated organization, the Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium (MRC) at the University of North Texas.

Please submit your paper proposal no later than 20 May 2017 to Jeffrey Doty at Jeffrey.Doty@unt.edu and Matt Hunter matt.m.hunter@gmail.com. Each proposal must include the following:

• Name, university, email address

• Paper title (15-word maximum)

• Abstract (150-word maximum)

• Keywords

• A very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum)