Medieval Association of the Midwest’s 29th annual conference: A Sense of Place
Due: August 1, 2013
The Medieval Association of the Midwest’s 29th annual conference will be held September 26-28, 2013 at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. Plenary speakers are Ralph Hanna and Richard Firth-Green. The conference theme is “A Sense of Place,” but papers on all topics relating to medieval studies are welcome; abstracts should be submitted by August 1. For additional information, contact Harriet Hudson at email@example.com.
Texts and Contexts: A Conference at the Ohio State University, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies
Due: August 15, 2013
The conference seeks to investigate the textual traditions of various texts and genres, including texts in classical Latin, medieval Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and the vernaculars. Preference will be given to those abstracts which deal with newly discovered texts and their manuscript settings, or which present new perspectives on established textual traditions. We encourage graduate students and newly established scholars to submit their work.
Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture: Julia Haig Gaisser
Eugenia Chase Guild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr
Please send abstracts to Professor Frank Coulson, Director of Palaeography, 190 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210. Email queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at http://epigraphy.osu.edu.
Shakespeare Quarterly: Not Shakespeare
Due: September 1 2013
Call for essays for a special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly
We are seeking essays on Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline drama by theater-poets other than Shakespeare for a special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly entitled “Not Shakespeare,” edited by Lars Engle and David Schalkwyk, which will appear in summer 2014. To be considered for this issue, all essays must be received by 1 September 2013.
Submission guidelines are available here (http://www.folger.edu/Content/About-Us/Publications/Shakespeare-Quarterly/Contributor-Guidelines.cfm
), or contact Mimi Godfrey (email@example.com).
Early Stuart Politics
The Anglo-‐‑Spanish and Anglo-‐‑French marriage negotiations and their aftermath (c. 1604-‐‑1630).
University of Kent, Canterbury, 10-‐‑12 April 2014
This conference investigates the cultural, religious, foreign and domestic politics surrounding the Anglo-‐‑Spanish and Anglo-‐‑French marriage negotiations that dominated early Stuart policy, as James I sought a match with the great Catholic powers of Europe for his sons, Prince Henry and Prince Charles. The negotiations for an Anglo-‐‑Spanish match were first broached during the peace treaty of London in 1604, beginning a long process of protracted consultations between the two powers. Attempts to secure a Spanish bride for Prince Henry were seriously explored in 1611, but faltered two years later, when they were replaced with discussions for a French match (1613-‐‑16) or a Savoyard Match (1613-‐‑15). With Henry’s death, James I looked back to Spain for a marriage alliance for his younger son, Charles, in 1619. However, diplomatic negotiations ended at the close of 1623, when the Spanish match was substituted by one with France. The Anglo-‐‑French marriage treaty of November 1624 between Prince Charles and Henrietta Maria represented then a major shift in international allegiances. Yet, despite the initial hopes for an anti‑Habsburg alliance with France, the Anglo- ‐‑French match marked in fact the beginning of hostilities between the Houses of Stuart and Bourbon. Consequently, in both cases, the Anglo-‐‑Spanish and Anglo-‐‑French marriage negotiations were followed by a breakdown of diplomatic relations, as England found itself at war with both Spain (1624-‐‑1630) and France (1627-‐‑1629) at once.
This conference aims to create opportunities for comparative discussion on the marriage negotiations to draw wider conclusions on questions of Catholic toleration; Jacobean and Caroline foreign policy; dynasticism; the workings of early modern diplomacy; the role of the court; and the wider cultural context in which the marriage negotiations took place.
Proposals are invited for individual papers or panels on the following topics:
• diplomacy and political negotiation
• dynastic marriage
• the Palatinate issue and the marriage negotiations
• Parliament and the crown
• military and strategic considerations
• art, literary and cultural exchange
• Catholic toleration and the papacy
• the court, patronage and the pursuit of office
• spectacle and performance
• popular interpretations of the marriage negotiations
• the aftermath of the marriage negotiations; the peace treaties of 1629 and 1630
Keynotes will be given by Sir John Elliott, Thomas Cogswell, and Malcolm Smuts.
Confirmed speakers include: Karen Britland, Erin Griffey, José Martínez Millán, Michael Questier, Glyn Redworth, Manuel Rivero Rodríguez, and Alexander Samson.
Proposals for panels should consist of three papers and contain the names of the session chair and the speakers, as well as their respective affiliations and biographies. Each panel proposal should include abstracts of 300 words per paper, together with e-‐‑mail contacts for all participants. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of a 300 words abstract and include details of affiliation and career. All proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 September 2013.
We welcome proposals from research postgraduates and hope to offer a partial reimbursement (with proof of expenses). If financial assistance is required, this should be stated clearly on the proposal. The organisers hope to publish a selection of papers from the conference in an edited collection.
Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity
Due: November 1, 2013
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium at Brown University
February 21, 2014
We invite submissions for a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to take place at Brown University on February 21, 2014, hosted by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and sponsored by the Department of French Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Program in Medieval Studies. Our theme will be “Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity.” Professor Adam Kosto (History, Columbia University), author of Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2012), will serve as the keynote speaker.
If, following the thought of Michel Foucault and others, the prison is an essentially modern invention, how can we best conceptualize captivity in the time beforehand? Historical records of the medieval and early modern period (roughly 400-1800 AD) offer countless examples of human bondage, including the capture and detention of prisoners of war and the voluntary submission of hostages, as well as evolving forms of punitive incarceration. During the same time, art and literature are replete with depictions of imprisonment, often employed as a master metaphor for concepts like erotic love or mankind’s enslavement to the Devil and the body. Being held against their will even seems to have been something of a rite of passage for numerous medieval and early modern authors (such as Marco Polo, François Villon, Charles d’Orléans, Thomas Malory, and Cervantes) who found in various forms of captivity the time and inspiration necessary to create some of the most enduring works of western literature.
Submissions are sought from graduate students, faculty members, and other scholars in fields including—but not limited to—history, literature, languages, philosophy, religious studies, art and architectural history, and music. Particularly welcome are submissions which offer new methodological or theoretical approaches to issues of medieval and early modern captivity, or which examine the relationship of captivity to cultural production and/or intercultural exchange. Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length and should be in English. Please send a 250-word abstract, along with brief contact information, to John Moreau, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in French Studies and Comparative Literature, at John_Moreau@Brown.edu. The submission deadline is November 1, 2013.