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.

Scrutinizing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought, The Second Northern Renaissance Roses Seminar,  Lancaster University, 8–9 May 2015

Keynote Speakers
Helen Smith (University of York)
Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music, London)

Run jointly by the universities of Lancaster and York (and funded by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University) this interdisciplinary conference takes up and develops Joseph Amato’s trans-historical investigation of how ‘humans, ourselves a body of surfaces, meet and interact with a world dressed in surfaces’ (2013: xv) in the early modern period.
The conference will take place in the Storey, Lancaster City Centre and the Regimental Chapel, Lancaster Priory, and will feature a recital of early-modern music by Lancaster Priory’s Choir.
There is no registration fee but places are limited.
Please contact Liz Oakley-Brown ( to book.

Organised by Kevin Killeen (York) and Liz Oakley-Brown (Lancaster)

Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (University of York):
The Northern Renaissance Seminar:

Friday 8 May 2015
The Storey, Lancaster
9:00am Registration

Paranoia, Plains and Paper
Hilary Hinds (Lancaster University)
Editing Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea: Paranoid and Reparative Readings of the Textual Surface
Eleanor Chan (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge)
Fantasizing the Plain, Plot and Surface: Mathematical Visualizations in Early Modern England and the Low Countries
Anna Reynolds (University of York)
‘‘Such dispersive scattredness’: Early Modern Paper Encounters

Tea/Coffee Break

Patchworks, Polychromatics and Playtexts
Stuart Farley (University of St Andrews)
Robert Burton’s Intertextual Mosaic
Stephen Curtis (Lancaster University)
Scrutinizing the Chameleon: Ways of Seeing Surfaces in Early Modern Thought
Mareile Pfannebecker (Lancaster University)
Travel Apes: Dissimulation in Fynes Moryson’s Itinerary
Stephen Watkins (University of Southampton)
‘Now, Friend, we must still supposed Our selves at Peru’: Stage Scenery and the Theatrical Imagination in William Davenant’s Playhouse to be Let

Lunch Break

The Priory (Regimental Chapel), Lancaster
Titles, Pages and Poetry
Stewart Mottram (University of Hull)
‘A landskip drawn in looking-glass’: Ruins and the Self-Reflective Gaze in Andrew Marvell’s Upon Appleton House (1651)
Lucy Razzall (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
‘The other syde of the lefe’: Titles, Pages, Surfaces and the Early Modern Material Text
Craig Farrell (University of York)
The Poetics of Page-Turning: Interactive Surfaces in Early Modern Poetry

Helen Smith (University of York)
Folds, Pleats, Creases, and Rolls: The Proliferating Surfaces of Early Modern Paper

Respondent: Julie Crawford (Columbia University, New York)

Concert of 16th-century English sacred music

The Storey, Lancaster

Saturday 9 May 2015
The Storey, Lancaster


Ornaments and Prosthetics
Maria-Anna Aristova (University of York)
Freud and Architectural Ornament in the Early Seventeenth Century
Claire Canavan (University of York)
Framing the text: Making Meaning in Early Modern Embroidered Bookbindings
Rebecca Unsworth (Queen Mary University of London and The Victoria and Albert Museum)

‘Lyned vndernethe’: Unpicking Surfaces and Layers in Early Modern Dress

Katie Walter (University of Sussex)
Skin’s Surface: Charity, Community and Ethics in some Late Medieval Writings

Tea/Coffee Break

Shakespeare’s Surfaces
Ursula Clayton (Royal Holloway University of London)
Skin as the ‘Exquisite Sense’ in Hamlet
Emily Jennings (Merton College, Oxford)
Speaking about Surfaces: Deep Ambivalence and the Anatomical Impulse in Shakespeare’s King Lear
Jennifer Edwards (Royal Holloway University of London)
‘Where lies your text?’: Shakespeare’s Textual Bodies
Lawrence Green (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick)
“This loam, this rough-cast and this stone”: Walls Both ‘Wicked’ and ‘Courteous’ in Shakespeare’s Plays

Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music, London)
“Inclosed in this tabernacle of flesh”: Voice, Singing, and the Surface of Sound

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.
The registration form, hotel reservation information, and provisional program can all be found at

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.

For more info go here:

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

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London

The XV International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, 17-23 July, 2016 at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).

CFPs due: September 30, 2015.  More info here:

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?

19th Comité International de Paléographie Latine (CIPL) Colloquium (Berlin, 16-19 September 2015)

Please note that the program is in a provisional state: the schedule may undergo changes.
Abstracts of the papers are also available on the website.
You are invited to register from now on by contacting the organizers: