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The Magna Carta Conference, 17-19 June 2015, London

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, 2015, 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

38th Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, 17–21 July 2015

In 2015 the Trustees will be able to award up to 3 bursaries, which will cover all registration costs (including accommodation if required, meals and any excursions); a discretionary contribution towards travel to and from the conference may also be available. The award will be made by assessors chosen by the Trustees. To be eligible, individuals must be registered for a higher degree at a university in Britain or Ireland.  Applications should be made to the Secretary of the Trust, Ms. Caroline Palmer (, by 26 May 2015; early application is encouraged.  Applicants should send a short account (not more than 300 words) of their research topic, explaining its significance in the field of Anglo-Norman Studies. They should also give their:
• Name, postal and email addresses, and telephone number
• thesis title and level (master’s or doctoral), and whether full or part-time
• university and department
• supervisor’s name
The applicant’s supervisor should also provide an endorsement separately, explaining why attendance at the conference would be helpful at this stage in their research. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-June.

Sixth International Piers Plowman Conference U of Washington, Seattle in July (23-26) 

The IPPS meeting will be held in conjunction with a workshop (23 July) of the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive:

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:

“The Provocative Fifteenth Century”October 15-17, 2015, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California

It may be no coincidence that the word “provocative” first appears in English in the fifteenth century, for the term carries within itself all the vibrant multivalence that lies at the heart of the epoch and its literature. For fifteenth-century writers and thinkers, this word spoke to ideas about both worldly and otherworldly kinds of response, arousal, and activity. It was used on the one hand to reference the stimulation of the human body and its sensual appetites, and on the other the stimulation of divine action: the “provocative means,” or methods and modes by which a person might stir God into action on his or her behalf. More broadly, the idea of the provocative fifteenth century characterizes well the aesthetic position taken up by many writers and texts of this era, and upon which this conference will primarily focus: positions from which to provoke and stimulate ideas about, among other things, categories of literary value and technical knowledge, the material and phenomenological world that stimulates the quest for such knowledge, and the sensory experiences that mediate the material world. The four main sessions of this conference—Aesthetic Misbehavior, Evocative Objects, Sensory Displacements, and Technical Exhilarations—will be taken up by twelve scholars, international leaders in the field as well as critical newcomers. The conference will begin with a public reading by British poet and translator Simon Armitage. For additional information, please contact Andrea Denny-Brown (andreadb@ucr.ed) or Lisa H. Cooper (

Religion and (the Master) Narrative: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Belief and Practice, University of Colorado Boulder | Second Annual CMEMS Conference, October 22-24, 2015

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Shakespeare Association of America, 44th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana 23 and 26 March 2016.

The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, 31 March–2 April 2016


Kalamazoo: The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University May 12-15, 2016

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:

 World Shakespeare Congress 2016: Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare, 31 July – 6 August 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon and London, UK