Everything Early Modern Women

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

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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)

CFP: Women and Translation in the Renaissance (5/22/17; RSA 2018)


This panel intends to explore the part played by women within the multilingual and multicultural contexts of Renaissance Europe by means of translation. In the last few decades an expanding corpus of scholarly works on women’s role in the history and cultures of translation has greatly contributed to expand our knowledge in the field, especially with reference to Early Modern England and, partly, France. Aiming to further extend our understanding of the cultural history of translation during the Renaissance, this panel welcomes papers that focus on women’s contribution, as agents of all kinds (e.g. translations for and by women, translations of women’s writings), to the production and circulation of translations. We particularly encourage proposals that examine linguistic and cultural traditions (e.g. Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish), or specific aspects and issues that have so far received less attention.

Questions to be considered when submitting proposals include, but are not limited to: the multilingual and multicultural contexts in which translations took place and were received; linguistic tools and practices of language learning; the role of translation in women’s education and as means of learning a language to improve one’s cultural literacy; the role of different agents, not only translators, but also patrons, printers, and readers, in the circulation of translations; individual/collaborative translations; translations by means of other languages; translations from (or into) classical languages/from vernacular to vernacular; translation practices and attitudes; modes of production, distribution and reception of translations; ownership and material aspects of translated works; manuscript and print translations; the influence and uses of translations; translations of women’s writings.

Proposals with an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to the topic are particularly welcome. Given the cross-cultural nature of the panel, presentations in English are strongly encouraged. Please send a 150-word abstract, with a title and a list of key words, and a short CV (300-word maximum) in a single Word document to Dr Helena Sanson (hls37@cam.ac.uk), by Monday 22 May 2017. Please see the guidelines for abstracts and CVs on the RSA’s annual meeting page.

CFP: Early Modern Women, Religion, Theology, and Spirituality (4/3/17; 10/26-29/17)

Organizers: Anne Larsen, Julie Campbell, and Diana Robin

We would like to propose panels on women’s participation in the areas of religion, theology, spirituality, and roles of women in the church on the Continent and in England in the early modern period. As more information comes to light about women’s participation in activities involving preaching, prophesying, experimental spirituality, and religious controversies during the early modern era, it is clear that we have much to learn about the women who incorporated such activities into their lives and, in some cases, dedicated their lives to such pursuits.

The questions we would like to ask are: How did these women pursue these activities? Who were their sponsors, mentors, collaborators, and spiritual companions? How were they accepted or rejected in the contexts of their activities? What means of participation did they use—writing, oratory, conversation, or experimentation? What sorts of educations enabled these women to participate in these areas?

Please send abstracts of no more than 150 words and a one-page C.V. by Monday 3 April, by email attachment, to each of the following:

Anne Larsen, French, Hope College alarsen@hope.edu

Julie Campbell, English, Eastern Illinois University jdcampbell@eiu.edu

Diana Robin, Classics and Italian, Newberry Library, Diana.robin@rcn.com

CFP: English Renaissance Literature excluding Drama (SCMLA 3/31/17; 10/5-8/17)

We are currently accepting submissions for the Renaissance Literature excluding Drama panel of the South Central Modern Language Association conference, October 5-8, 2017, in Tulsa, OK.
The topic is open, but we encourage paper proposals to engage meaningfully with some aspect of the conference theme, “Moving Words: Migrations, Translations, and Transformations” Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Jessica C. Murphy & Rebecca Sader (jessica.c.murphy@gmail.com) by March 31, 2017.
For more information on the SCMLA and the conference location, visit http://www.southcentralmla.org/

CFP: “Early Modern Women and the Environment” (4/1/17; MLA 2018)

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (ssemw.org) invites proposals for a sponsored roundtable at the Modern Language Association in New York, January 4-7, 2018. The session approved by SSEMW (as an Affiliated Organization) is automatically accepted for the MLA convention. All participants must be members of both MLA and SSEMW by April 1, 2017.


We invite proposals on the topic of early modern women and the environment. Topics might include women’s management of natural or built environments; theoretical approaches (new materialist, ecofeminist, and others) to gender and place; or evidence of creative ‘authorship’ in women’s environments. Contributions from a variety of disciplines and national literatures are encouraged.


The roundtable will consist of brief (10-minute) opening comments by five speakers followed by general discussion. Although initial comments may be presented formally or informally, each participant should provide an abstract describing his/her contribution.


Proposals for full roundtables must include:

–              names of speakers; institutional affiliations; and email addresses

–              brief biographies for speakers (150 words each)

–              presentation abstracts (10 minutes each) (150 words each)

–              specification of audio/visual needs


Proposals for individual papers, consisting of a 150-word presentation abstract and a brief biography (150 words) are also welcome.


Please send proposals by Wednesday, March 15, 2017, to Patricia Phillippy, SSEMW liaison with the Modern Language Association, atp.phillippy@kingston.ac.uk.

CFP: Writing Women’s Friendship in Early Modern England (1/12/17; 5/27-29/17)

Seeking a third paper to complete a panel on writing women’s friendships in the early modern period to be presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies at Congress 2017, to be held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, May 27-29, 2017.

This panel will consider how women’s friendships inspired them to write in the early modern period. How did women describe their friendships in writing? How are women’s friendships written about in the early modern period? How can we identify and document women’s friendships? Papers might consider:

  • Women writing about friendship or its absence
  • Descriptions of women’s friendships in poetry or drama
  • Historical friendships between women
  • Women’s networks of letters
  • New methods for tracing women’s friendships
  • Impact of women’s friendships on their social networks

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to Jantina Ellens at ellensjc@mcmaster.ca by January 12, 2017.

For the general call for papers for this conference, see the link to the Toronto 2017 Congress at this website:  http://www.csrs-scer.ca/congress.htm