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CFP: Remembering Rulers: Reputation, Reinterpretation, and Reincarnation (2/15/17)

From Valerie Schutte and Estelle Paranque:

“We are seeking essay proposals for an edited volume focused on memory and the creation of posthumous reputations of medieval and early modern rulers. The collection will be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan to be part of both the Handbook series and the Queenship and Power series (edited by Charles Beem and Carole Levin), with planned publication for 2019. As this collection will be part of the Handbook series, we aim to solicit several contributors and cover medieval and early modern rulers from anywhere in the world, from kings and queens to lesser royals and dynasties who ruled principalities and regents who ruled in the name of others.

We are interested in essays that will reveal how rulers were remembered after their deaths in any kind of sources, such as chronicles, correspondence, diaries, mémoires, ballads, poems, songs but there is no limitation. We also aim to have a particular section on popular culture and we are interested in how medieval and early modern dynasties and monarchs are portrayed in films and popular tv shows and how it has affected our visions of these rulers. At times, these works played an important role in reincarnating a historical character.

This volume seeks proposals from scholars at any state of their career. We are especially interested in essays focused on the memory of rulers after they ruled, how posthumous reputations were formed, how a ruler or dynasty was represented by successor rulers, and popular culture depictions of rulers, but essays on any aspect of remembering rulership and memory are welcome. If you have any question please get in touch and let’s discuss your idea.

Chapter proposals should be 250-300 words, accompanied by a brief biography (100 words), for essays of 6,000 to 8,000 words including notes and bibliography. Please email proposals and bios to both veschutte@gmail.com and estelle.paranque@gmail.com before 15 February 2017. Accepted authors will be notified in March 2017, and complete essays will be due by 15 January 2018.”

CFP: Unreasonable, Speculative, Fantastic: Women’s Parapolitical Creativity During the English Civil Wars (5/20/16; 3/30-4/1/17)

Call for Papers for RSA Chicago 2017 (March 30 – April 1)

Unreasonable, Speculative, Fantastic: 

Women’s Parapolitical Creativity During the English Civil Wars

Panel Organizers: Jantina Ellens (McMaster University) and Chantelle Thauvette (Siena College)

This panel proposes to explore English Civil War writing outside of its traditionally historical and male-focused frames. Research by Diane Purkiss, Mihoko Suzuki, and Susan Wiseman draws attention to gendered ways of understanding history and politics in the literatures of the Civil Wars, but there remain many more “areas of excess and gaps and silences where unreason flourishes” (Purkiss 4) that have yet to be explored.

This panel invites abstracts that attend to this flourishing in gendered works that encompass the imaginative, speculative, and fantasy-based aspects of parapolitical cultural productions. Just as Patricia Demers’s work considers the way eschatological discourses harmonize with the political, this panel also asks how do the “circumambient conditions” of the Civil War infuse women’s writing from this period and “what connections exist between private and public, domestic and political realities in [women’s] work” (161)?

We hope to explore literatures of the mid-seventeenth century which extend beyond the boundaries of the immediate conflicts and find in the Wars opportunities to re-imagine the scope of the real and the possible, involving re-thinkings of gender, class, race, religion, etc.  Interests include, but are not limited to the literature of the 1630-1660 period and might focus on:

– women’s cultural production

– apocalyptic or predictive literature

– closet dramas of the Civil Wars

– pamphlet culture

– re-imaginings of the Civil War periods after the fact

– or other speculative Civil Wars figures, phenomenon, or texts which fall into the gaps of our reasoned historical and political analyses of the period.

Please send abstracts of 150 words and a short CV (300 words or less) to cthauvette@siena.edu and ellensjc@mcmaster.ca by Friday, May 20th, 2016.


CFP: Gender and Textual Mobility, ANZAMEMS (Australian and New Zealand Medieval and Early Modern Society conference) Wellington, New Zealand (8/1/16; 2/7-10/17)

The Early Modern Women’s Research Network (EMWRN) is convening panels on Gender and Textual Mobility at the upcoming ANZAMEMS conference in Wellington, 7-10 February, 2017.

This is the 11th biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and three keynote speakers have an interest in gender in the medieval and early modern world: Professor Lorna Hutson (English, St Andrews, sponsored by EMWRN), Professor Martha Howell (History, Columbia), and Dr Erin Griffey (Art History, Auckland).

EMWRN invites proposals for papers engaging with gender and textual mobility, for a dedicated stream of panels. Potential topics might include but are not limited to:

  • gender and textual transmission, including coteries, circles, and networks of readers, writers, and performers;
  • gendered histories of reading and writing, including markings, marginalia, excerpting and commonplacing;
  • women as writers and readers at the royal court, the country house, in the city, and in exile;
  • women as patrons, facilitators, interpreters, and transmitters of texts;
  • the mobility of genre(s), literary and non-literary, ‘high’ and ‘low’;
  • theories and practices of gender and editing, the archive and digital technologies.

We welcome proposals from PhD students and early career researchers.

Please send any enquiries and paper proposals by 1 August 2016 to both Trisha Pender (patricia.j.pender@newcastle.edu.au) and Amy Dewar (amy.dewar@newcastle.edu.au).

Proposals should include:

  1. Paper title
  2. Abstract (up to 150 words)
  3. Your name, affiliation, and email address
  4. A brief CV (2 pages maximum)
  5. An indication of AV requirements

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: 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: 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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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/

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

Call For Papers: “Shakespeare and Dance” essay cluster 5/15/15 | cfp.english.upenn.edu

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 | cfp.english.upenn.edu.