Call for Proposals: Digital Manuscripts Toolkit, Bodleian Libraries

Due: 24 April

The Bodleian Libraries are seeking proposals for small projects to test the functionality of the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit, a project generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Digital Manuscripts Toolkit is based on the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and seeks to develop tools that enable scholars to use, develop and repurpose digitized manuscript images in exciting and innovative ways. IIIF is an international collaborative initiative, which aims to make image-based cultural heritage materials easily accessible and interoperable.
The Bodleian invites members (Faculty and students) and staff of the collegiate University of Oxford to submit proposals that explore important research questions related to their work. Awards of up to £5000 will be given to fund digitization and other associated project costs. Projects are expected to be of around 6 months’ duration and to begin as near as possible to 1 September 2015.
More information about the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit project can be found on the project website:
More detailed information about the Call for Proposals, including how to apply, can be found at
The closing date for applications is Friday 24 April 2015.
Notification of awards will be no later than 1 June 2015.
Projects are required to begin as near as possible to 1 September 2015.

Epistolary cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe, The University of York, 18-19 March 2016

Due: before 27 April 2015

The University of York is pleased to announce Epistolary cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe, a two-day conference (Humanities Research Centre, 18-19 March 2016).

From the place of Cicero’s intimate letters in the development of Renaissance humanism, to the knowledge networks of merchants, collectors and scientists, to the role of women in the republic of letters, recent years have seen a flowering of studies on the practice of letter-writing in Early Modern Europe, as well as major editing projects of early modern letters – Hartlib, Comenius, Scaliger, Casaubon, Browne, Greville, and the EMLO and Cultures of Knowledge projects. This conference will explore the manifold aspects of early modern letter-writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth century in its Latin and vernacular forms. It will consider topics such as the intellectual geographies of letter-writing, the connections between vernacular and Latin letter cultures, questions of genre, rhetoric and style, as well as the political, religious, and scientific uses of letters. Keynote speakers include Henry Woudhuysen and Andrew Zurcher.

Other speakers include: Tom Charlton James Daybell, Johanna Harris Joe Moshenska, Alison Searle, Richard Serjeantson

Papers might explore:
Rhetoric and letter writing.
Humanism and the republic of letters.
The early modern secretary.
Women and the republic of letters.
The classical and the biblical letter in early modern thought.
Letters and the professions – law, trade, war and diplomacy.
Materials of letter writing: paper, pen, parchment, seals.
The personal letter: friends and family
Love letters.
Writing disaster: plague and war letters.
Geographies of letter writing.
Scientific letters.
Petition letters.
Royal letters.
Prison letters.
Collections and the publishing of letters.
Verse epistles.
Epistolary fiction.
Dedicatory and prefatory letters.
Case studies.

Applications: please send a 250-500 word abstract and short c.v. to: Kevin Killeen ( and Freya Sierhuis ( before 27 April 2015. We welcome applications from early and mid-career researchers, as well as established scholars

“Reading Copy-Specific Features: Producers, Readers and Owners of Incunabula, “Conference on 30 June-1 July 2015 at the CTS, De Montfort University, Leicester

Due: 30 April

Printing technology spread all over Europe shortly after its invention in the 1450s, and yet manuscript culture continued to thrive in the incunabula period and beyond. Scribes and printers both used manuscripts and printed books in order to produce new copies, while early book owners often assembled and bound manuscript and print material together, resulting in the production of hybrid books. The incunabulum was a product of hand-craftsmen at various stages, and each copy, even of the same edition, has its own unique history of over 500 years. Recent studies of copy-specific information in incunabula have revealed the close relationship among producers, readers and owners.

The objective of this conference is two-fold: to disseminate advanced research of copy-specific features and to facilitate further collaboration of scholarship and integration of data. In this conference, copy specifics are broadly defined as all the ‘marks’ found in individual copies: the collation, the distribution of paper-stock, stop-press correction variants, hand-decorations, binding, unintentional damages such as worm-holes, traces of censorship, and intentional marks left by readers and both individual and institutional owners.

We invite proposals for short papers (15 minutes) on any aspect of copy-specific features of incunabula. Papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers are particularly welcome, and there will be bursaries available for postgraduate students and early career researches to present their papers.

Please send proposal abstracts of 300-500 words with contact details and affiliation to Takako Kato <> by 30 April 2015.

“Pecia. Le livre et l’écrit”, Vol 17

Due: 30 April

“Pecia. Le livre et l’écrit”, (ISSN 1761-4961), published by Brepols, is now accepting submissions for volume 17, which will be published in 2016. We are interested in all topics related to the study of medieval manuscripts. Deadline for titles/abstracts: 30 April 2015; full texts due 31 January 2016. Articles may be written in English or French.

Le volume 17 de “PECIA. LE LIVRE ET L’ECRIT” (ISSN 1761-4961), publié par les éditions Brepols, à paraitre en 2016, fait appel à contributions et recevra toutes études relatives aux manuscrits sur la période médiévale. Date limite des sujets : 30 avril 2015 ; des textes : 31 janvier 2016. Langues utilisées : Français, Anglais.

Contact : Jean-Luc Deuffic ,

“The Worlds of William Penn (1644-1718),” November 19-20, 2015, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Due: 30 April

The Rutgers British Studies Center invites proposals for “The Worlds of William Penn,” a two-day conference that will revisit the contexts and controversies that made Penn’s life and times so compelling and offer new perspectives on the early modern Atlantic world that shaped him and that he in turn did so much to shape.

Although we are interested in Penn as a figure who participated in a wide array of events in the early modern world, we especially hope to use his life and career as a window onto broader contexts for the making of the British Atlantic world. At the height of his public career, between 1685 and 1688, William Penn was one of the best-known Dissenters in England, confidante of King James II, and governor of a bustling American colony. At its depths, he was imprisoned on suspicion of Jacobite plotting, and served time in debtors’ prison. But between the late 1660s, when he burst onto the public scene as a young agitator for popular liberties, and the second decade of the eighteenth century, when declining health removed him from political life, William Penn played an outsized role in English politics, the development of Quakerism, the articulation of religious liberty as a fundamental component of legitimate government, and the launching and governance of a major American colony.

We welcome proposals for papers that take up the complex world in which Penn operated,and that reflect on the ongoing legacies of the early modern world to broader questions and concerns across a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary domains. Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
• Anglo-American political thought
• Quakerism and Dissent
• Gender, law, religion, and society
• Literature and the Restoration stage
• Colonization and plantation: Ireland and America
• Immigration, trade, and the flow of people and goods
• Science and natural philosophy
• Cities and urban life
• Empire, enslavement, and encounters with indigenous populations
• Conflict, violence, persecution, martyrdom
• Material and visual culture and the folkways of early modern life

Proposals should include a one-page abstract describing the paper as well as a short curriculum vitae, and should be submitted as email attachments (PDF or MSWord, please) to no later than April 30, 2015. Please direct any questions to Andrew Murphy, the conference’s convenor, at

Funds may be available to help defray costs for graduate student presenters.

Call for papers: Compassion in Early Modern Culture (1550-1700), VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 18-19 September 2015

Due: 1 May

This two-day international conference aims to bring together literary scholars, art historians, musicologists, and cultural historians to explore thinking about the experience as well as the social and political impact of compassion in early modern European culture. It seeks to combine two current approaches to the early modern passions: historical phenomenology on the one hand and the analysis of the role of compassion in the public sphere on the other. Sir Philip Sidney famously claimed political impact for the experience of compassion when he wrote that that the feelings of pity and fear aroused by tragedy could mollify the hearts of tyrants. Participants are invited to discuss which views on the experience of compassion existed in early modern Europe, and how the arousal of compassion in literature, theatres, art, sermons, music, and elsewhere was thought to impact – or did impact – the public sphere.

Keynote speakers: Katherine Ibbett (University College London)
Bruce R. Smith (University of Southern California)

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers that explore questions such as:

* What did it feel like to experience compassion in the early modern period?
* What is the relation between passion and reason, body and mind, body and self in the experience of compassion?
* What is the relation between compassion and other passions in early modern culture?
* Which techniques existed for rousing compassion in art, sermons, or everyday encounters?
* How was the experience of compassion thought to impact the public sphere?
* Which historical sources can we use to explore the social roles of compassion?
* How did the terms used to refer to compassion shift in the early modern period, and how do these shifts relate to changes in the historical phenomenology and/or the social roles of compassion?
* How did compassion function to shape communities through shared suffering in different European countries?
* Where can we see early modern limits of compassion: who or which groups were (on the verge of being) excluded from compassion?
* How was the experience and practice of compassion impacted by cultural-historical faultlines such as the Reformation, and how did these changes affect the social roles of compassion?
* How do early modern ideas on the experience and role of compassion contribute to a critical assessment of current theories of empathy, compassion and social emotions?

Please submit an abstract (c. 300 words) and a brief bio to the conference organizer, Kristine Steenbergh, , before 1 May 2015.

One of the aims of the seminar is to submit a proposal for a volume on compassion in early modern culture with Palgrave’s book series Studies in the History of Emotions.

The seminar is part of a research project on early modern compassion funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and is co-hosted by ACCESS, the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotion and Sensory Studies and the Faculty of Humanities of VU University, Amsterdam.

“The Charm of the Unfamiliar”: Myth and Alterity in Early Modern Literature, Friday June 19TH 2015, St Mary’s College, Durham

Due: 1 May

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Michael Pincombe (Newcastle), Dr Leon Burnett (Essex)

Postgraduate Conference of the Department of English Studies,
University of Durham

A hint of the far reaching and rich symbolic potential of the word “exotic” resides in one twentieth-century dictionary’s definition of the term as “the charm of the unfamiliar”. Haunted as it is by the spectre of nineteenth-century Orientalism, this potential has been largely left untapped by twenty first-century scholarship. Yet the word “exotic” was current as early as 1600, and bears significantly upon the genre, or genres, of early modern mythic literature. Returning to this period, this one day postgraduate conference aims to interrogate the importance of literary exoticism in its loose, “unfamiliar” sense, with a view to rehabilitate the term in light of a modern historical consciousness and ethics.

The focus of this endeavour will be the study of myth through alterity, a term that gestures towards the broader identity politics inseparable from modern ideas of the exotic. Alterity proves fundamental to an era where a humanist renaissance of classical myths, often appropriated by political or “national” narratives, coincided with the philosophical and geographical necessity of negotiating new and old worlds. If for psychologist Jacob Arlow myth “is a particular kind of communal experience…it serves to bring the individual into relationship with members of his cultural group on the basis of certain common needs”, theorists since Levi-Strauss have shown that this fostering of communality is underpinned by a structure or metaphysics of myth that is primarily oppositional. Inclusion depends on exclusion, self upon other. Such “otherness” takes many forms, and for the purposes of this conference questions of sexual, religious or animal alterity, for example, are of no less importance than those of race or nationality.

Proposals for papers of 20 minutes on any aspect of myth and alterity in the early modern period (c.1500-1700) are warmly invited, to be sent to by 5pm, Friday 1st May. We recognise and wish to foster the interdisciplinary nature of this topic and welcome contributions from areas of philosophy, politics, anthropology and translation as well as English studies. Abstracts should be 300 words and may treat, but are not limited to:

Travel writing and colonial encounters; hermeneutics and mythic exegesis; classics and the bible; ecology and the natural world; gender and hybridity; myth and memory; humanism and science; metaphysical debate; the supernatural; magic and the occult; animality; national borders and transgressions; migration and translation; language and metamorphosis; monstrosity; folklores and fables; intertextuality; culture and history; creation narratives and founding myths; subject and state

All contributors will be invited to submit their paper to be considered for publication in “Postgraduate English”, an online, peer-reivewed journal sponsored by the English department at the University of Durham.

Conveners: Abigail Richards (Durham) and Sherihan Al-Akhras (Durham),

‘Representation and Reality in the Medieval Church’, Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 31 July – 1 August 2015, Rowan University, Glassboro NJ

Due: 1 May 2015

Last year’s inaugural symposium was a great success, bringing in scholars from multiple states and from as far afield as England, Australia, and the Ukraine, and a collection of selected essays presented at the conference is currently under negotiation with Ashgate.

This year’s symposium is entitled ‘Representation and Reality in the Medieval Church’, and we are welcoming interdisciplinary papers from professional scholars and postgraduate researchers alike. This will be a two-day symposium, from 31 July – 1 August 2015, on the main campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ; this year, the event is being co-sponsored by both Rowan and the University of Kent. There will be multiple sessions and plenary presentations by Dr. Barbara Bombi and Dr. Sarah James, both of the University of Kent. In addition, last year’s undergraduate panel was so well received that we will be continuing that tradition with four undergraduate students presenting 15-minute papers. We would especially like to encourage submissions from undergraduates outside of Rowan, as well, as this is an excellent chance for students to receive conference experience in a constructive, non-threatening environment.

Submissions should be emailed to by 1 May 2015. Any questions can be directed to myself, Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer (, and further information can be found on our website:


Due: 1 May 2015

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2014 or 2015; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Location: Boston is home to numerous universities, art museums, and performing arts companies. Hosted by several Boston-area institutions, the meeting will convene at the Hyatt, across the street from the renovated Opera House and in the heart of Boston’s theater district. The final reception will be held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2016 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the sessions below, a full panel of papers and speakers for a listed session, a full panel of papers and speakers for a session they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific session. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines, and organizers is available here.

Please contact the Program Committee at with any questions.


“Contacts with Islam”
“Transformations, 877-987″

“The 1000th Anniversary of Cnut the Great (1016/2016)”
“Art and Architecture in the Eleventh Century: An Age of Experiments”
“Creative Liturgies in the Eleventh Century”

“Monastic Visual Cultures”
“Monastic Identities”
“Ascetic Bodies in the Late Middle Ages”

“The ‘Lyric’ Dante”
“Poetic Form”
“Petrarch between the Vernacular and Latin”

“Garden, Park, Wasteland”
“Material Ecologies”
“Medieval Anthropocenes”
“Water Worlds and Seascapes”
“Mediterranean Landscapes”

“Unfinished Books, Incomplete Texts”
“Medieval Art and Architecture as Work(s) in Progress”

Papers are invited for a thread devoted to the exciting new ways in which medieval studies and digital humanities intersect. Topics might include (but are not limited to) issues of visualization and the re-presentation of medieval spaces, soundscapes, the implications of digital archives for the editing of medieval texts, the digital (re)construction of medieval collections and libraries, GIS and mapping projects, social network analysis, text encoding, and computational approaches to texts and scribal behaviors.

“800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order”
“800th Anniversary of Pope Innocent III’s Death”
“Mortality / Facing Death”
“Margins of War”
“Images of Coercion and Dissent”
“Dangerous, Deviant, and Disobedient Women in the Middle Ages”
“Vernacular Exegesis”
“Literature of Pastoral Care”
“Boston Area Medieval Manuscripts”

“The Functions and Dysfunctions of the Medieval and Renaissance Family,” 2015 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, in conjunction with the Wooden O Symposium, Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 3-5.

Due: 1 May, 2015

The 2015 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association will be held in conjunction with the Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 3-5. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, is a cross-disciplinary conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays, and is held in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S. Both the RMMRA and Wooden O Symposium will organize sessions in this year’s joint conference.

The RMMRA invites all approaches to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, welcoming scholars in a broad range of disciplines including history, literature, art history, music, and gender studies, with special consideration given to paper and panel proposals that investigate this year’s theme, “The Functions and Dysfunctions of the Medieval and Renaissance Family.” Abstracts for consideration for the RMMRA sessions should be sent to Program Chair Jen McNabb at Participants in RMMRA sessions must be members of the association; RMMRA graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged to apply for the $250 Walton Travel Grants; see details at

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference also seeks papers/panels that investigate how his works reflect or intersect with early modern life and culture.

This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 summer season: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Part Two, and King Lear. Abstracts for consideration for the Wooden O sessions and individual presentations should be sent to

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. Included with 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should be the following information:

• name of presenter(s)
• participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar)
• college/university affiliation
• mailing address
• email address
• audio/visual requirements and any other special requests.

Call for Papers: Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre, University of Kent, 13-14 June 2015
Due: 4 May 2015

Now that over half a century has passed since Lionel Abel coined the term ‘metatheatre’ with particular reference to the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and even identified a new genre, the ‘metaplay’, it is time for a conference that will bring together academics and theatre practitioners to re-assess the place of metatheatre in early modern drama studies. This interdisciplinary conference will invite literary scholars and theatre historians as well as actors and directors to consider metatheatre’s hugely influential role in critical theories, methodologies and lexicons, exploring its conceptual significance both in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and our own historical period.

In light of recent work in areas such as gender and cross-dressing, props and the materiality of the stage, and new character criticism, the term ‘metatheatre’ and its application need re-evaluating. The conference will initiate discussions on early modern metatheatre as a literary or dramatic effect, a critical paradigm, a historically contingent concept, a materially-manifested phenomenon, and even as a philosophical approach to drama. It will be an opportunity to address gaps in the field by focusing on metatheatre’s place in and between theory and practice, enabling scholars, actors and directors not only to engage productively with early modern examples of what Abel would call metaplays, but also to play with the meta- as a critical tool.

The conference’s focus on performance and theatrical practice will build on the strong development in recent years of interest in practice-based research into early modern drama. The reconstruction of early modern theatres, such as the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London (opened in early 2014), has created new resources and enthusiasm for this kind of research. The conference will facilitate new work through panels and plenaries, but also two creative sessions involving actors and directors of early modern theatre.

Paper proposals of up to 300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement, should be submitted to Harry Newman ( and Sarah Dustagheer ( by Monday 4 May. There are three postgraduate bursaries available. Please specify in your proposal if you would like one of these. Early submissions will be preferred.

Papers might address the following:

·         Play within a play
·         Dumb shows
·         Asides, Prologues, inductions, Epilogues, soliloquies
·         Parody, imitation, iteration
·         Reconstructed theatres and metatheatre
·         Actor – audience interaction
·         Cross-dressing and the performance of gender
·         Lexicon/semantics of metatheatre
·         Metatheatre as a philosophical approach to drama
·         Metatheatre as methodology
·         Character post-Harold Bloom
·         Materiality of the stage
·         Boundaries between real world and play world
·         Metatheatre and genre
·         Performance and self-consciousness
·         Theatre and actor as subject matter
·         Metatheatre in modern Shakespeare/early modern performances
·         Relevance/value of ‘fourth-wall’
·         Levels of metatheatricality across genre, repertory and canon
·         Metatheatre  in print culture


Due: 15 May

The British Archaeological Association will hold the fourth in its biennial International Romanesque conference series in Oxford on 4-6 April, 2016. The theme is Romanesque: Saints, Shrines and Pilgrimage, and the aim is to examine the material culture of sanctity over the period c.950-c.1200. The Conference will be held at Rewley House in Oxford from 4-6 April, 2016, with the opportunity to stay on for two days of visits to Romanesque buildings on 7-8 April.

We wish to encourage contributions on a number of broad themes, which we have provisionally grouped under three headings.

The Geographies of Sanctity. This covers architecture and archaeology, but in addition to the development of spaces for reliquary display, and papers on individual sites, we would be interested in papers concerned with the provision of accommodation for pilgrims, saints as protectors of cities, and the phenomenon of substitute holy places and vicarious pilgrimage.

Cults and Reliquaries. How were cults promoted through reliquaries, and how might reliquaries be designed to draw attention to the particular attributes, virtues or miracle-working character of individual saints? We would be interested in papers on sites where objects help to define a cult, and papers that touch on how the promotion of a cult through manuscripts, monumental painting or sculpture may have changed during the period.

New Saints and New Orders. We would welcome papers on the new saints of the 11th and 12th centuries, and papers that touch on the attitudes of the new monastic orders towards saints and pilgrimage, as well as the infrastructure that these provide (particularly the Templars and Hospitallers), the sanctification of their founders, and, notably with regard to the Augustinians, the revival of earlier cults.

Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes in length should be sent to the conference convenors, John McNeill and Richard Plant, at, by 15 May. Decisions on acceptance will be made in June 2015. Papers should be given in English.

“Religion and (the Master) Narrative,” 2nd Annual CMEMS Conference, UC Boulder, October 22-24, 2015

Due: 15 May

Recent scholarship on medieval and early modern religion has begun to question fundamental categories and to destabilize the meaning and chronological divisions between medieval Europe and Reformation Europe, the pre-Christian and the Christianized. A more complex and nuanced portrait of belief and practice has emerged. Where there was once a monolith – the homogeneity of medieval and Catholic Christianity – now we have a sense of the vitality of popular movements (cults of saints, poverty, Apostolic, and women’s movements) interfaith exchanges (among Jews, Muslims, Christians), and heresies (Wycliffites and Cathars).  In addition, the Reformation has come to be seen less as an end to the Middle Ages than inextricably connected to it, another manifestation of religious reform. This conference seeks to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to ask how we might best understand medieval and early modern religion and the narratives generated to explain re!
ligious change and continuity. Given that the legacy of the Middle Ages and Reformation persists in our own time, this topic is pressing and particularly timely.   To this end, bringing medieval and early modern ideas about religion into conversation with twenty-first century accounts of secularity and religiosity, globalization, and religious plurality is one of the overarching goals of this conference.

Plenary Speakers Include:
Sarah Beckwith (English, Duke University), Kenneth Mills (History, University of Toronto/University of Michigan), Nina Rowe (Art History, Fordham University) and John Van Engen (History, University of Notre Dame)

We invite abstracts for papers (20-minutes in length). Potential lines of inquiry may include: the language(s) and categories of belief and practice (including visual languages); changing narratives of religious reform; the translation and/ or interpretation of religious texts; the creation and proliferation of images and material objects; drama, ritual, and performance; defining or redefining the Reformation; the relationship between gender and religious practice; the relationship between Jews, Muslims, and Christians; the dissemination of doctrine and theology among elites and non-elites; narratives about individuals or groups in text and image (one thinks of saints’ lives and foundation narratives as well as art concerning these); narratives that define or defy heresy; images and structures that index religious skepticism or heterodoxy; the printed image and religious dissent; religion in the early modern New World. We also welcome papers that address how narratives about!
medieval/ early modern religion have informed and continue to inform our contemporary moment.

Submission Deadline for Abstracts:  May 15, 2015
Abstracts (of 300 words) accompanied by a brief biographical paragraph should be sent to: Anne E. Lester, Department of History, OR Katie Little, Department of English, More information can be found at

See attached CFP here:  CFP – Religion_Master Narrative 11x17HR

Sovereignty and Metaphor, NYU English Grad Student Conference, September 24-25, 2015

Due: 15 May 2015

The graduate students of the Department of English and MARC and NYU invite proposals for papers that explore the reciprocity between sovereignty and metaphor in English and continental (Latin and vernacular) writing from the medieval to early modern period.

Victoria Kahn (University of California, Berkeley)
Paul Strohm (Columbia University)
John Rogers (Yale University)
Kathleen Davis (University of Rhode Island)
Brandon Chua (University of Queensland)
Jacques Lezra (NYU)

This conference seeks to understand the work of metaphor in the creation of sovereignties during the medieval and early modern periods. We are calling for papers that integrate literary and political readings of metaphor as a way of exploring how metaphors both represent and shape new realities. From the medieval period’s investment in the King’s two bodies to Hobbes’ Leviathan, metaphors were employed in political prose, drama and poetry to express, deny and produce sovereignty. This conference will also address how issues of sovereignty and metaphor are implicated in the act of periodization, both within these periods of interest, and in our own historical analyses.

Key Terms:

Sovereignty, Metaphor, Monarchy, Consent, Religion, Political Theology, Secularization, Feudalism, Slavery, Colonialism, Sexuality, Violence, Translation, Materialism, Periodization

This conference is designed to promote engagement between graduate students and professors across periods and disciplines. In addition to six guest speakers, a NYU faculty respondent will follow each small graduate student panel. All presenters are invited to the conference dinner, hosted by NYU. Also, a small number of graduate student bursaries will be available for students traveling long distances to attend the conference.

Please submit 250 word proposals for 20 min papers to by May 15, 2015.

All papers must be submitted in full by August 24 to allow time for faculty responses.

This conference is funded by the Department of English, MARC, and the Humanities Initiative at NYU. This conference is convened by Gina Dominick and Ruby Lowe.

Call for Contributions: The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness, Editors: Jen Boyle (Coastal Carolina University) and Wan-Chuan Kao (Washington and Lee University)

Due: 1 June

Publisher: Punctum Books ( — UNDER CONTRACT
(“punctum books is an open-access and print-on-demand independent publisher dedicated to radically creative modes of intellectual inquiry and writing across a whimsical para-humanities assemblage.”)

The OED dates the first reference to “cute” in the sense of “attractive, pretty, charming” to 1834. In 2005 and 2012, Sianne Ngai, channeling Takashi Murakami and Andy Warhol, offered a critical overview of the cuteness of the twentieth-century avant-garde. But was there ever a medieval or early modern history or historiography of cuteness? Is it possible to conceive of a Hello Kitty Middle Ages or a Tickle Me Elmo Renaissance? Has the humanities, or the university, ever been cute? The history of aesthetics, of course, did not begin with Kant and Burke. Albertus Magnus, in De Pulcho et Bono, defines universal beauty as one that demands “mutual proportions among all things and their elements and principles . . . with the clarity of form.” And while there are elements of what could be called an “impure” aesthetics throughout the early modern period, sublime affects and proportionaltiy continue to be the markers of aesthetic robustness. Cuteness is neither the sublime nor the well-proportioned. It is a bastard child of the dainty and the dumpy; what’s beautiful may not be cute, but what’s ugly and monstrous may be. Cute cues and affects: softness, roundness, infancy, femininity, helplessness, vulnerability, harmlessness, play, enjoyment, awkwardness, neediness, intimacy, homeliness, and simplicity. At the same time, cuteness is cheapness, manipulation, delay, repetition, hierarchy, immaturity, frivolity, refusal, tantrum, and dependence. Cuteness is perhaps the aesthetic threshold: “too cute” is a backhanded compliment. And more than the pop cultural kawaii (literally, “acceptable love”), “cute”—the aphetic form of “acute”—also carries the sense of “clever, keen-witted, sharp.” The Latin acutus embraces the sharpened, the pointed, the nimble, the discriminating, and the piercing. To be cute is to be in pain. Cuteness is therefore a figure of Roland Barthes’s punctum or Georges Bataille’s point of ecstasy.

We welcome a diverse range of approaches (including but not limited to): aesthetics, material culture, affect, gender, queerness, childhood, youth, disability, camp, Sado-Cute, and Superflat. In addition to a peer-reviewd and edited collection in print, a multimedia companion volume will be published via Scalar (

Word length: 5,000 words

June 1, 2015: Paper proposal
July 1, 2015: Notification of paper acceptance
September 30, 2015: Full manuscript of paper; peer reviews begin
September 1, 2016: Anticipated publication of print volume
September 1, 2016: Anticipated publication of Scalar multimedia companion volume

Please send queries and proposals to both editors: Jen Boyle ( and Wan-Chuan Kao (

Call for Essays: Emotional and Affective Narratives in pre-Modern Europe/ Late-Medieval and Renaissance France

Due: 1 June

In contemporary thought, the field of emotion studies represents a very potent framework that allows anthropologists, historians, neuroscientists and philosophers to think of the possible ways in which subjects engage with their own sensory experience and with larger practices that enable them to articulate such experiences in in meaningful ways. Nevertheless, “How do I feel?” is a question that was equally quintessential in the pre-modern Western system of thought even if the contemporary significations of the word “emotion” did not become concrete until the 17th century. In their attempt to capture pre-modern emotional modes and systems of feelings, contemporary medievalists, especially under the influence of poststructuralism, considered emotions primarily as discursive entities that shape collective and individual subjectivities. Barbara Rosenwein’s influential notion of “emotional communities,” which inaugurates this trajectory in medieval studies, turns away from the Cartesian split between mind and body and, instead, presents emotions as discursive regimes consisting of strategies, tactics and the conscious ways in which subjects engage with these. However, while emotions are indeed discursive cultural constructs producing collective subjectivities they also possess a sensorial aspect that simultaneously escapes being captured by the social while being constitutive of it. This was the special contribution of the affective “turn” in contemporary theory: the epistemological need to distinguish between emotions as discursive constructs, and affects as flashes of sensory experience and feelings.

This volume aims at complicating Rosenwein’s existing notion of emotion as discursive practice and, at the same time, investigating how medieval subjects talked about their somatic, sensorial and affective practices. If emotions belong to the complexities of social dynamics, we ask how are they incorporated in textual artifacts and cultural productions stemming from often conflicting social events, groups and discourses? How do they act as facilitators between the author and its audience, between the period and its meaning, between the genre and its writing? The emotional and affective dimension of a text cannot be rationalized as either its objective or its point of origin. It is more a textual and factual paradigm around which the author develops her intellectual environment, creating the cultural and political dimension for the text. However, it is within this territory of the text, as a socio-cultural entity orchestrated by the auctorial persona, that a whole archive of emotions and affects is disseminated.

We are interested in essays that investigate the constituency of such “archives of feelings” (Cvetkovich) through the study of the affectivity and emotionality of both literary and non-literary texts, such as political and theological treatises, mystical texts, medical works, scientific tracts and pamphlets, hagiographies and encyclopedic compendiums. While we welcome submissions of articles dealing with such topics in different geographic areas, we are particularly interested in late-medieval and Renaissance French texts.

Articles may examine, but are not limited to questions related to:

- discourses and practices of emotions and affect
- the somatization of the emotional act
- affect and emotions in poetry
- emotions, affect and gender
- queer emotions and affects
- emotions, affect and race
- psychogeographies of emotions and affect
- rhetorics of affect or emotions
- emotional rewritings of historical events

Please send 300-word abstracts in English, as well as a short biography with university affiliation and email address, to Andreea Marculescu ( or and Charles-Louis Morand Métivier ( before 1 June 2015. Selected abstracts will be notified on July 1st, and the complete papers will be due on November 1st.

“The Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique”, The University of Texas at El Paso in October 21 to October 25 of 2015
Due: 1 June 2015

The first international academic conference specifically dedicated to the mester de clerecía broadly defined. Top scholars from Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. will gather to discuss a variety of themes and engage in myriad activities related to 13th- and 14th-century Spanish literature, culture, and history. Several events (including exhibits and performances) will be free and open to the public.

For more details about the conference or the call for papers please visit:

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Twenty-Ninth Medieval-Renaissance Conference, September 24-26, 2015

Due: 19 June 2015

Keynote Address
E. Michael Gerli, University of Virginia
The Gathering Storm: Literature and Politics in Córdoba and Seville, 1350-1420

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines of Medieval and Renaissance studies. The conference welcomes proposals for papers and panels on Medieval or Renaissance literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts. Abstracts for papers should be 250 or fewer words. Proposals for panels should include: a) title of the panel; b) names and institutional affiliations of the chair and all panelists; c) abstracts for papers to be presented (250 or fewer words). A branch campus of the University of Virginia, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public four-year liberal arts college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. For more information, please visit our website:

Please direct submissions on English Language and Literature and requests for general information to:
Kenneth J. Tiller
Department of Language and Literature
Wise, VA 24293
(276) 376-4587

Submissions on History or Philosophy:
Donald Leech
Department of History and Philosophy
Wise, VA 24293
(276) 376-4573

Submissions on Art, Music, and Continental Literature:
Amelia J. Harris
Academic Dean
UVAa-at Wise
Wise, VA 24293
(276) 376-4557

Special Issue Renaissance Studies -NIS

Due: 30 June

Volume XXXVIII of NIS is an interdisciplinary issue that aims at discussing the intersections and cultural interactions of a range of fields including philosophy, religion, history, art, architecture, literature, astronomy, politics, medicine, archeology, and music, during the early modern period in Italy.

The volume searches for contributions that investigate the vast and multifaceted scenario of the culture of the Renaissance in Italy in all its contradictions from Late Antiquity to the middle of the seventeenth century, with a special focus on the complex set of negotiations between innovative production and its tension with the past. We welcome essays that rethink, through a multidisciplinary perspective, the on going dialogue among disciplines, as well as illuminate the role of intellectuals in forging changes in the dynamic relationship between continuity and plurality of positions in the cultural field.

Submissions readdressing unstudied/understudied artists and non-canonical themes /works are especially welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to: the rhetoric of marginalization, diversity, popular culture, vernacularization versus Latin authoring, private testimony, the use of dialect as anti-classical production, parody, authorship, anti-intellectual life, women’s studies. Submissions can be authored in English or Italian. Authors must comply with MLA standards for citation and documentation of sources.

Articles may not exceed 10,000 words. Book reviews should not exceed 1,200 words.

Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word). Attachments should be marked with the last name of the contributor, followed by the name/subject of the paper (Dunne/Boccaccio — Dunne/Postmodern). All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter/message that includes the author’s relevant affiliations, a U.S. or international postal address, and an e-mail address. Contributors need to submit, in order, their name and work affiliation at the end of the article. NeMLA Italian Studies has a blind reader policy and the editorial staff will erase the personal information from the copy sent for evaluation to each of the readers.

Interested authors should contact the editors by e-mail:
Roberta Ricci
Bryn Mawr College (

Simona Wright
The College of New Jersey (

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically no later than 30 June 2015. Editorial communications should be addressed to the editors, preferably via e-mail, or mailed to Simona Wright, Dept. of Modern Languages, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, NJ 08628-0718.

McGill Centre for Research on Religion Graduate Conference, “Religious Ideas and Scientific Thought,” September 25-26, 2015, McGill University, Montreal – QC, Canada

Due: 30 June

The conference seeks to explore the interaction between religious ideas and scientific thought. What role and influence have religious views had in the history of scientific thought? What are the theological and philosophical aspects of the study of nature? How has the relationship between science and religion been portrayed in historical, literary and philosophical writings? We invite paper proposals exploring any of the following themes:

History of science and religion
Theological and philosophical aspects of natural sciences
Theology and philosophy of science
Science and philosophy
Esoteric traditions and ‘occult sciences’
Sociology of scientific knowledge
Science and religion in literature
Cosmology and metaphysics

KEYNOTE: Dr. Ian Stewart (King’s College, Halifax, NS)

Abstracts deadline: June 30, 2015
Submission guidelines and info:
For further information email:

Call for Contributors: EDWARD HYDE, 1st EARL OF CLARENDON (1609–1674): A VOLUME OF ESSAYS

Due: 30 June

Contributions are invited towards the first volume of essays on Edward Hyde, 1st earl of Clarendon (1609–1674), statesman, exile, grandfather of monarchs, and the author of works including The History of the Rebellion and The Life of Edward, Earl of Clarendon. As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Chancellor and, at the Restoration, Chief Minister, Clarendon was an influential figure at the courts of Charles I and Charles II. His downfall, following his impeachment in 1667, was sudden and permanent, compelled as he was to live the last seven years of his life in exile in France. At a time when the study of royalists and royalism is flourishing, this interdisciplinary collection aims to provide the modern critical attention Clarendon’s life and writings merit. Chapter proposals of c. 250 words on any literary or biographical aspect of Clarendon should be emailed to the editor, Philip Major, by 30 June 2015.

Dr Philip Major
Birkbeck, University of London
Email address:

Compilations and excerpt collections of historiographical material: A workshop; Ghent University, 24-25 March 2016

Due: 1 July

Compilations and excerpt collections are a common genre in late antique and medieval literature. Practices of excerpting have often been situated in the context of tenth-century ‘encyclopaedism’ (P. Lemerle, A. Dain), but that image may be misleading. The practice of gathering and excerpting starts much earlier than the 10th century and ‘encyclopaedism’ is a modern term that may distort our understanding of ‘culture of sylloge’ (P. Odorico). For a long time, compilations and collections only received attention as sources for the works they rely on and not as works of literature in their own right. Recently, scholars have suggested to take them seriously as a literary phenomenon and study them as texts in their own right. This workshop adopts this perspective by focusing on historiographical texts. We are in particular interested in the following aspects of the compilation and collection: a. The workshop will aim at tracing the origins of the practice of ‘copying and pasting’. Are excerpt collections and compilations a typically medieval phenomenon or do they have a classical ancestry, possibly now hidden from sight? b. The workshop will focus on the format, working methods and formal characteristics of compilations and collections: Are they stable entities or can they be considered as ‘living texts’ that are changed in transmission? What is the relationship, if any, between compilations (such as Cassiodorus’ Historia Tripertita) and excerpt collections? To what extent was the selection of excerptors influenced by contemporary cultural and political ideas? c. The workshop will aim at exploring the role played by specific social contexts in the practices of organising historical material. What view on history do they presuppose? What do compilations and collections teach us about their author, patron, and intention? What conception of knowledge do compilations and collections presuppose? Do they aim at structuring and providing complete, exhaustive knowledge? The workshop will focus primarily on the study of historiographical collections and compilations produced between Late Antiquity and the twelfth century, composed in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Armenian, Arabic, and other languages. We welcome papers dealing with specific collections and compilations, as well as more general contributions and comparative studies. Scholars who wish to attend the workshop can send their proposal to both Emerance Delacenserie ( and Panagiotis Manafis (, before July 1, 2015. Participants should submit a title and a 500 words abstract. Each paper will last approximately 25 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. The available languages for both the abstracts and lectures are English, French, German, and Italian.

2016 issue of ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama (volume 55)

Due: 1 October 2015

The journal will appear in both print and electronic versions.

ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, is seeking articles for its 2016 issue. ROMARD is committed to publishing current and compelling research on Medieval and Renaissance drama and to expanding the ways in which we think about and study performance histories. Although the journal publishes work that examines any topic related to Medieval and Renaissance performance, articles that consider under-represented geographies, genres, and language traditions are particularly welcome. We especially invite work that explores how early drama, theatre, and performance resists, complicates, acknowledges, and/or challenges boundaries—be they chronological (e.g. Medieval/Renaissance), generic, geographic, communal, disciplinary, religious, etc.

Please submit your article as a double-spaced MS Word file email attachment. Articles should be written in English and 5,000 to 9,000 words in length (including notes), although shorter pieces will be considered. Do not include the author’s name on or within the article. A separate file attachment should contain a cover letter with the author’s name, e-mail address, mailing address, telephone number, and professional affiliation. Please contact the Managing Editor regarding non-English-language submissions. Submissions should be e-mailed to the Managing Editor, Mario Longtin, at

To be considered for the 2016 issue, please submit your article by October 1st.

Call for Book Manuscripts: Maps, Spaces, Cultures

Edited by Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University) and Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico). Editorial board: Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University) and Dan Terkla (Illinois Wesleyan University). Publisher: Arjan van Dijk (Brill).

This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures. While the history of cartography has traditionally focused on internal developments in European mapping conventions and technologies, pre-modern scribes, illuminators, and printers of maps tended to work in multiple genres. Spatial thinking informed and was informed by multiple epistemologies and perceptions of the order of nature. Maps, Spaces, Cultures therefore integrates the study of cartography and geography within cultural history. It puts genres that reflected and constituted spatial thinking into dialogue with the cultures that produced and consumed them, as well as with those they represented.

The editors welcome submissions from scholars of the histories of art, material culture, colonialism, exploration, ethnography (including that of peoples described as monsters), encounters, literature, philosophy, religion, science and knowledge, as well as of the history of cartography and related disciplines. They encourage interdisciplinary submissions that cross traditional historical, geographical, or methodological boundaries, that include works from outside Western Europe and outside the Christian tradition, and that develop new analytical approaches to pre-modern spatial thinking, cartography, and the geographical imagination.

Authors are cordially invited to write to either of the series editors, Surekha Davies ( and Asa Simon Mittman (, or to the publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk (, to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.

For Brill’s peer review process see here:

The XV International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, 17-23 July, 2016 at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).
Due: September 30, 2015

Info here: