Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference, February 19-21, 2015 at the University of Florida

Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across the disciplines. Every conference features thirty papers on any aspect of medieval studies, allowing for exciting interdisciplinary conversation and the creation of new professional relationships between future colleagues. Vagantes travels to a new university every year, highlighting the unique resources of the host institution through keynote lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Out of consideration for graduate students’ limited budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee.

The 2015 conference will feature exciting keynotes. Dr. Linda Neagley, of Rice University, will open the conference with: ‘Architectural counterpoint: Juxtaposition & opposition as a visual strategy in the Late Middle Ages.’ Dr. Nina Caputo of the University of Florida will close with a discussion of the unique challenge of transforming medieval history into a graphic novel. The conference will also feature an exhibition of medieval bestiaries: ‘The Beast in the Book,’ presented by Dr. Rebecca Jefferson of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, and a roundtable session with University of Florida faculty on teaching the middle ages from a global perspective.

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Delaware Valley Medieval Association Meeting, Haverford College February 21, 2015

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Register directly with:
Thomas Izbicki, Treasurer
215 South Chester Road
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Members $10
Non members $15
Students free
- lunch included

Mid-America Medieval Association, 2015 Annual Conference , The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, February 28, 2015

Theme: Collectivity and Exchange
Keynote Address: Dr. Pamela Sheingorn

Medieval Academy of America, Annual Meeting, 12-14 March 2015, University of Notre Dame

Contact: Roberta Baranowski (

Click here for the Call for Papers.

The Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 26-28 March 2015, Berlin

Online registration and rates will be available in the fall.

Shakespeare Association of America, 43rd Annual Meeting, 1-4 April 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia

This year’s seminar and workshop registrations open on 1 June, when they are announced in the SAA’s June Bulletin. Conference registration opens on 1 January, when the schedule of events is announced in the SAA’s January Bulletin. To register for the Annual Meeting, you must be a member in good standing of the Shakespeare Association. Registration reserves your place at the Annual Reception on the Thursday evening of conference week, the Annual Luncheon on Friday, and other meeting activities.

The conference registration deadline is 1 March 2015.

Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015

The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Attending to Early Modern Women 2015, “It’s About Time,” June 18-20, Milwaukee 

The program for Attending to Early Modern Women 2015, “It’s About Time” has been set and registration is open. The conference, to be held June 18-20 in Milwaukee, features a keynote address by Prof. Fran Dolan, UC-Davis, “It’s about Time and Terroir: Gender and the Story of English Wine,” plus 12 plenary talks and 44 workshops. There will also be a special pre-conference workshop at the Newberry Library, Wednesday June 17.
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John Fletcher: A Critical Reappraisal, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June 2015, Canterbury Christ Church University

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Gordon McMullan (King’s College London)
Dr Lucy Munro (King’s College London)
Professor Sandra Clark (Professor Emerita, Institute of English Studies, University of London)
Professor Clare McManus (University of Roehampton)

It is fair to say that John Fletcher remains an understudied and underappreciated writer in recent early modern scholarship. Even the very recent success of non-Shakespearean drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and the Swan Theatre’s commitment to staging Shakespeare’s contemporaries, has proved fruitless so far in introducing Fletcher to a new generation of academics and theatre-goers. In the near 390 years since his death, it is now time for a complete re-evaluation of the work of a man who made a considerable impact on Jacobean theatre and society by producing a vast corpus of about 53 plays that challenged, commented on, and critiqued Renaissance England. By investigating Fletcher’s ideas and ideals, apparent in his work, we can gain a significant understanding of Jacobean theatre practices and politics: his career virtually encompassed the entirety of the reign of James I, under whose patronage he worked as Shakespeare’s successor as the resident dramatist of the King’s Men. In short, to study Fletcher is to study the soul of the age.

The conference seeks to bring together leading experts, early career researchers, and postgraduate students working on John Fletcher to reassess his engagement with the ideas, culture, politics, and society of Renaissance England.

After the sessions in Canterbury, the conference will reconvene for a one day event at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Shakespeare Institute Players will perform an unabridged script-in-hand production of one of Fletcher’s plays. The performance will take place on Saturday 25th July 2015. A conference website will be set up in the next few weeks where delegates and members of the public will be able to vote, from a list of 5 Fletcher plays, for which one they would like to see staged. The play with the most votes will be performed by the Players! We invite people to use the Twitter hashtag #TeamJohnFletcher or to get in touch with us at the email address below to cast a vote. One vote per Twitter account or email address, please!

Early Book Society Conference 2015: Telling Tales: MSS, Books and the Making of Narrative, 1350 to 1550, July 2-5, 2025, Oxford

The next biennial conference of the EBS will take placeat the University of Oxford, England, from lunchtime on Thursday 2 July to mid afternoon on Saturday 5 July, 2015.  For enquiries, contact Daniel Wakelin on

The Twenty-second International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 6-9 July 2015. 

The 2015 theme is ‘Reform and Renewal’. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

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Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology,  10-12 July 2015

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

The International Christopher Marlowe, University of Exeter
7th – 8th September 2015

Much current and historical scholarship has tended to consider Marlowe’s plays, poems and translations from an English cultural and literary perspective. With one or two exceptions, his connections to the thought and literature of non-English cultures have been less thoroughly explored, even as scholars have begun to examine the highly cosmopolitan, multi-lingual character of English literary production and consumption during the 1580s and 1590s.  To what extent was Marlowe an ‘international’ writer? In what ways did his work absorb, respond to, imitate or challenge literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in France, Spain, Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, Turkey or further afield? What role, if any, has the reception of his work played in non-English-speaking cultures?