Everything Early Modern Women

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

Category: CFP

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

Early Modern Nasty Women: Shrews, Scolds, and Whores

Members of the National Women’s Studies Association Early Modern Women Interest Group seek paper proposals for a panel on “Early Modern Nasty Women: Shrews, Scolds, and Whores” for the NWSA annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov 16-19 2017.

The Early Modern Women Interest group aims to propose a sponsored panel under the conference subtheme of “engaging, questioning, and transcending the state.”

We seek papers that address:

  • Canonical early modern women writers’ support of state power
  • Early modern representations of disruptive, unruly, or innovative women
  • How early modern women’s negotiations of power prefigure contemporary politics
  • 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 jessica.c.murphy@gmail.com by January 10, 2017.

The NWSA annual conference regularly draws more than 1,700 attendees and is the only annual meeting exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship. The 2017 conference theme is “40 Years After Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.” For more information about the National Women’s Studies Association visit www.nwsa.org.

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