Everything Early Modern Women

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

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: SCSC: Queens’ Speech Crossing Borders (4/10/18)

From Karen Nelson:
“We seek a third paper to support a panel at SCSC: Queens’ Speech Crossing Borders
Panel Organizers: Carrie Klaus, DePauw University, cklaus@depauw.edu, and Karen Nelson, University of Maryland, knelson@umd.edu
How and why did early modern authors report or invent queens’ speech within their own discourses? We seek a paper or papers to complete a panel on the ways that politicians, propagandists, polemicists, and other writers in the sixteenth and seventeenth century used queens’ voices, both real and imagined, to further their own ends. We are especially interested in the ways these voices circulate between and among England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Continent.
Send a proposal of no more than 250 words, including a sentence that highlights your research question, by 10 April to knelson@umd.edu and cklaus@depauw.edu. Include a 300-word cv and specification of a/v needs.”

CFP: Consumption and Culture in English Literature before 1800 (4/5/18; 11/15-18/18 MMLA)

Building off the 2018 MMLA themes of consumption and culture, this section invites papers that explore representations of food, its production, and/or its consumption in works of English literature before 1800. Possible questions to explore might include the following:

  • What is the relation between consumption and humoralism? Does food offer another approach to early modern materialism?
  • What are the connections between eating, food, and class in 18thcentury novels?
  • How do pre-modern or early modern writers use aspects of culinary culture to understand other elements of human society?
  • How does language of hunger and consumption intersect with gender, sexuality, and erotic desire?
  • Does language having to do with the universal categories of food and consumption have an especially trans-historical resonance?
  • How might discourses related to consumption offer a unique understanding of pre-modern subjectivity?
  • What are the links between discourses of consumption, economic production, and colonialism?
  • In what ways do literary discourses related to food and consumption speak to religious concerns in early modern England?

Please email 250-word abstracts with a brief bio to fb1941@wayne.edu by April 5, 2018.

The 2018 conference is meeting November 15-18 in Kansas City, Missouri. You can learn more about MMLA here: https://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/callforpapers/

via https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/03/09/consumption-and-culture-in-english-literature-before-1800

CFP: “Shakespeare and the Consumption of Culture” (4/5/18 or 4/15/18; MMLA)

Shakespeare’s plays and the critical conversations around them are deeply concerned with questions of culture.  Many of the plays are set in cultures different than Shakespeare’s own early modern England, from Denmark to Italy to Ancient Rome, often using those cultures to examine his own.  Productions of his plays have been set in a dizzying array of cultures, in order make comments on yet other cultures.  The culture of Imperial Britain made use of Shakespeare in order to dominate (and often consume) the cultures which they colonized.

Following the theme of this year’s conference, “Consuming Cultures,” this permanent session invites papers which consider questions of cultural difference, contact, or conflict within Shakespeare’s plays, productions of the plays, or within Shakespearean criticism.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words to rgilbert1@luc.edu by April 5, 2018

CFP: Edited Collection: Renaissance Literature and Modern Sociopolitical Applications: Leadership, Power, and Literary Legacies (5/15/2018)

Editors Tony Perrello and C. Anne Engert welcome proposals for individual and co-authored chapters for a volume entitled Renaissance Literature and Modern Sociopolitical Applications: Leadership, Power, and Literary Legacies. We are in the process of assembling a collection of essays that explores the current American crises of leadership through the dramatic literature of the English Renaissance or vice versa. We believe that many of our colleagues are already talking about the intersection between these two topics, and we envision this edited volume as an opportunity to further such exploration in a scholarly venue. Palgrave MacMillan has shown interest in the project, which we aim to complete by March of 2019.

Visit https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/03/23/renaissance-literature-and-modern-sociopolitical-applications-leadership-power-and for more information

CFP: Southeastern Renaissance Conference (6/22/18; 10/19-20/18)

Call for Papers 2018

The Southeastern Renaissance Conference invites submissions for our 75th annual conference, which will be hosted jointly by UNC-Charlotte and Queens University and will be held October 19-20 in Charlotte, NC.

Papers can be on any aspect of Renaissance literature, history, philosophy, music, art, or culture. Please submit your full essay (20-minute reading time maximum, or no more than 2,500 words) here:  SRC Paper Submission Module.

For consideration for the 2018 Conference, papers must be submitted by: June 22, 2018

Those submitting papers for the 2018 Conference will receive a response from the SRC by: August 3, 2018

Submission of your work to the SRC is also an automatic submission to Renaissance Papers, the journal of the Conference. Articles not accepted for delivery at the meeting may still be considered for publication in the journal.

Membership in the SRC is required for conference attendance.  Please join or renew your membership via our Membership Portal.

CFP: SCMLA Renaissance Literature excluding Drama (3/31/18; 10/11-14/18)

We are currently accepting submissions for the Renaissance Literature excluding Drama panel of the South Central Modern Language Association conference, October 11-14, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. http://www.southcentralmla.org/conference/

The topic is open. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Jessica C. Murphy & Nicholas Brush (jessica.c.murphy@gmail.com) by March 31, 2018.

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

Source: cfp | call for papers

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.



Opportunity to become a pedagogical partner: Pedagogical Development Consultant Program


“Pedagogical development consultants work with the WWP to pilot assignments that use our Women Writers in Review (WWiR) and Women Writers Online(WWO) collections—or that involve teaching with TEI and XML. The goal of the program is to develop sample sets of assignments to be published with our teaching materials and shared on the sites for each collection. The WWP provides support to consultants in developing and implementing teaching materials; this might include suggesting relevant texts and reviews, setting up trial access to WWO, and collaborating on assignment development.

If you are interested in getting involved with this program, please email wwp@neu.edu with a brief expression of interest—a short paragraph on the classes you will be teaching and some initial thoughts on how you’d like to use the collections. If you have questions or would like further information about this project, please email us at the above address.

The WWP initiated this program in the fall of 2016; to see our first cohort of pedagogical development consultants, please visit the WWP’s People page. The assignments developed during the pilot phases of this program are below and we will continue to add to this list as we have new materials.

Pilot Teaching Materials

These materials are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license; copyright for all materials remains with their authors.”

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.