Renaissance Border Crossings: Documented and Undocumented – Call For Papers

Renaissance Border Crossings: Documented and Undocumented
Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society Conference
Portland, Oregon
October 19-22, 2017

Plenary speakers:

  • Fran Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English, UC Davis
  • Daniel Vitkus, Professor of Literature, UC San Diego

In an era of rising nationalism manifested in contentious plans to ban immigration and erect walls, it is fitting that the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society, which spans a region encompassing two countries and is devoted to a historical period of always-contested boundaries, should devote a conference to the theme of border crossings.

This year’s meeting, hosted by Portland State University and co-sponsored by Marylhurst University, invites papers that engage borders – disciplinary, ideological, formal, national/ethnic, textual, etc. – and that consider, in the broadest sense, how we encounter the in-between spaces of contact, conflict, and possibility in the Renaissance. Some possible topics could be (but are not limited to):

  • Historicizing the categories of “East” and “West”
  • Nationality before the nation state
  • Migrants, nomads, vagrants, refugees
  • Borders, crossings, and early modern space/place
  • Xenophobia amidst globalization
  • Hospitality and the stranger
  • Periodization and queer temporalities
  • Genre crossings
  • Global Shakespeares, “Ethnic” Shakespeares
  • Intertextual Crossings
  • Corporeal boundaries, gender crossings, trans studies
  • Interdisciplinarity, intersectionality
  • Empathy and intersubjectivity
  • Reputation, rumor, censorship, “fake news”
  • Allegiance and alliance across difference

The PNRS treats “Renaissance” more generously than merely British Literary Studies 1500-1660 and seeks to work actively with all Northwest scholars of European and transatlantic culture and society from 1300-1700, including art historians, economists, historians, scholars of religion, historians and practitioners of the performing arts, scholars in the history of science and medicine, political scientists, and comparatists.

Deadline for submission of abstracts, session, and roundtable proposals: June 1, 2017.

Please send proposals via email to: Eliza Greenstadt, Associate Professor of Theater + Film, Portland State University, at, Subject line: PNRS Submission, Word Count: 250 words.

Please be sure to include: Name, professional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address with each abstract, whether submitted individually or as part of a session/roundtable proposal.

Papers must be kept to a twenty-minute reading time, including any technical and electronic support. All papers are to be essentially new and never before presented in public.

Oceanic Memory: Islands, Ecologies, Peoples – Call For Papers

Oceanic Memory: Islands, Ecologies, Peoples
Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand
30 November – 2 December, 2017

Hosted by the University of Canterbury College of Arts and the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies in conjunction with Memory Research in Aotearoa Network

Keynote Speakers: Ross Gibson (University of Canberra), Elizabeth Deloughrey (University of California, Los Angeles), Sudesh Mishra (University of the South Pacific), Steven Ratuva (Macmillan Brown Centre, University of Canterbury), Sacha McMeeking (Aotahi Maori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury)

The conference also includes a Postgraduate Workshop DAY, 29 November, as well as performances, readings and screenings (tba)

Memories are complex, selective and evolve over time. Some memories are hegemonic and powerful and some are subordinate and marginalized. The dominant stories of the Pacific are usually told by foreign historians, anthropologists, development economists, political scientists, journalists and travel writers, who often define Pacific societies using very narrow disciplinary and cultural prisms that cast the Pacific in deficit terms. These narratives are often at odds with how Pacific peoples see themselves, live their lives and frame their collective and individual meanings.

This conference seeks to address the complex politics of cultural memory in the Pacific, attending to the range of contexts that shape memory and its articulation.  On the one hand, the threat of climate change is the most recent escalation of a long process of environmental destruction and economic exploitation that includes the effects of colonisation, war, nuclear testing and global tourism.  On the other hand, Pacific societies and cultures display strength, resilience and agency in facing the challenges of the new millennium and developing new visions of the future.  Memory plays a vital role in these processes of survival and transformation.

Questions of memory have been taken up by a wide range of disciplines, including literary, film and media studies, art history and theory, cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, history, law and psychology, and are always inflected by the historical, political and intellectual contexts in which they are posed. This conference asks how can a focus on memory be brought into dialogue with the wider issues facing the region? How might our history and cultural location in the Pacific inform how memory is articulated in both research and in public discourse? How might memory in the Pacific, including the politics, the poetics or aesthetics, the practices, and the technologies of memory, contribute to understandings and interventions that address cultural, social, geopolitical, ecological, and other concerns for the region?

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous cultures of memory
  • Colonial and postcolonial formations of memory
  • Memory, place, landscape, environment
  • Pacific diasporas and globalisation
  • Te Ao Maori and the Pacific
  • Modernity, memory and the Pacific
  • Migration, navigation, exploration, exile
  • Natural history, climate change, and ecological disaster
  • Testimony and catastrophe
  • Species memory, extinction and extermination
  • Remembering nuclear testing
  • War in the Pacific
  • Military bases, Prisons, and Refugee Camps
  • Pacific Time: Alternative Temporalities
  • Cultural amnesia and other forms of memory loss
  • The Arts of memory: literature, film, music, digital media and the visual arts
  • Curating memory: Museum, archive, gallery

Organising Committee: Chris Prentice (University of Otago), Allen Meek (Massey University), Alan Wright (University of Canterbury), Steven Ratuva (University of Canterbury), Paul Millar (University of Canterbury).


Please send a 300 word abstract with short bio to by 1 June, 2017.

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin: Assistant Professor in Early Modern Literature – Call For Applications

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
Assistant Professor in Early Modern Literature

Location: Dublin
Salary: €33,540 to €47,615
£28,807.51 to £40,896.52 converted salary* per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent

The School seeks a scholar with a PhD and a strong research background in any area of Early Modern Literature. A research interest in postcolonial /transnational perspectives may be an advantage. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level; to supervise PhD candidates; and to contribute to the research culture of the School of English.

Applications close 9 June, 2017.

For full information and to apply, please visit:

University of York: Lecturer in Renaissance and Early Modern Literature – Call For Applications

University of York
Lecturer in Renaissance and Early Modern Literature

Hours of work:
Contract status: Open
Salary: £38,183 a year

The Department of English and Related Literature seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Renaissance and Early Modern Literature (within the range c. 1530-1680). Within this broad field, we have no methodological or geographical preference: our primary criteria are excellence in teaching and research, and a willingness to contribute to the University of York’s leading interdisciplinary profile.

You will have a strong commitment to teaching excellence; leading lectures, seminars, tutorials and other forms of graduate and postgraduate teaching. You will contribute to, or otherwise complement, our existing research strengths in this area, which include early modern literature and religion, history of the book, classical reception, Renaissance drama, early modern natural philosophy, and the history of emotions. You will also be developing an outstanding research record by undertaking high-quality, innovative research and seeking to publish in leading venues.

A PhD in English (any period) or related area is essential, together with an appropriate academic teaching qualification or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. You must have extensive knowledge of a research field and be able to use a range of teaching techniques and methodologies. Evidence of a research profile and publishing of articles and papers in academic journals is required.

The post is full-time and available from 1 September 2017.

For full information and to apply, please visit:

Applications close on 14 June, 2017.

Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Center for the History of Emotions): Three Researcher Positions – Call For Applications

The Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, under the direction of Ute Frevert, seeks applicants for:

3 Researcher positions (m/f)
(EG 13 TVöD, full time, 39 hrs/week)

The positions will be available from 1 August 2017 initially for two years (until 31 July 2019).


Applicants should hold a PhD in history or a relevant field, and be fluent in English.

Their projects should be relevant to the research interests of the Center for the History of Emotions, ideally focusing on religion and emotions in modern history, although other research areas will also be considered.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Furthermore the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore particularly encourages women to apply.

Please send your application documents (CV including list of publications and a project proposal) by 31 May, 2017 to the:

Center for the History of Emotions Secretariat:

University of Queensland: Lecturer in Communication and Digital Media – Call For Applications

University of Queensland
Lecturer in Communication and Digital Media
School of Communication and Arts

Full-time, continuing teaching and research appointment with a focus on research in communication and digital media, and teaching in digital media including multi-media production and digital media practice.

For full details, and to apply, please visit:

Applications close 12 June, 2017.

Newcastle University: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship in Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Call For Applications

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) research group at Newcastle University ( invites expressions of interest from eligible researchers seeking to apply to the Individual Fellowships scheme of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions for a European fellowship. These fellowships last 12-24 months and have a research project as their focus, with a strong element of advanced training both in the research area and in transferable skills

Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Newcastle is an interdisciplinary research group. Its members work between the early medieval to the early modern periods, and belong to the disciplines of Literature, Archaeology, History, Classics and Music. Recent projects which exemplify the group’s strengths include the Tudor Partbooks Project (; The Thomas Nashe Project ( and Cultural Heritage through Time (

Past Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship projects include RESTOMO and RES.CO.PART ( Our most recent Fellowship award (beginning September 2017), entitled ‘Sacred Landscapes in Late Byzantium’.

We warmly encourage applications from outstanding scholars eager to work in an interdisciplinary environment for the Individual Fellowship Scheme. Applicants must have a track record – appropriate to career stage – of peer-reviewed publication(s) in internationally recognised outlets.

We specifically welcome applications in three key areas:

Scholarly Editing: MEMS has wide-ranging and world-leading expertise in editing early modern prose, poetry, drama and music. We invite candidates who are developing or conducting scholarly editing projects in medieval or early modern texts (up to c. 1800). Projects that enhance our existing expertise in digital applications and methodologies are of particular interest.

Landscapes: MEMS has significant strengths in the investigation of landscapes as historic, acoustic, ceremonial, social and architectural space. We invite candidates wishing to pursue projects involving one or more of the following: the investigation and analysis of historic landscapes; the development of digital tools (which facilitate scholarly investigation of and public engagement with historic landscapes and buildings); multidisciplinary approaches to understanding historic landscapes; or landscape-based approaches to medieval and early modern cultural heritage.

Voices and Books: MEMS is home to cutting-edge research in literature and music dedicated to exploring the life of text off the page. We invite candidates who are developing or conducting research projects that seek to expand the evidence base of the material history of reading, to explore the sound worlds of early modern books, or the implications of recovering ‘voice’ for the development of literary studies/musicology today.


Please see the website:

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest should be sent to and by 1 June, 2017. Please submit:

  1. A copy of your CV that is a maximum of five (5) pages.
  2. A two (2) page outline of the proposed project which identifies a proposed supervisor from the MEMS membership. (You should contact that supervisor before sending in your Expression of Interest).

These should be sent as PDFs with file names indicating your surname, first name initial, and document (e.g. kingbCV; kingbPROPOSAL).

For full details and to apply, please visit:

Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Discovery and Settlement 1450-1850 – Call For Papers

Call for essay/chapter proposals for an edited collection
Keeping Family in an Age of Long Distance Trade, Discovery and Settlement 1450 – 1850

Family networks transcending national ties and traditional boundaries relating to gender, class, religion, and race, were central to the project of discovery, trade expansion, settlement, and ultimately empire building, in the early modern period. This was a period of flux and roles and relations within and outside households were affected. The aim of this collection is to investigate families where members travelled in order to trade or to maintain the maritime and military infrastructure that enabled that trade to flourish. It will encompass the extended family in its widest sense, encompassing common law husbands and wives, mistresses, children legitimate and illegitimate, apprentices, servants and slaves. Individuals and family units chose to uproot, travel and labour (or manage the labour of others) in unfamiliar surroundings, while others were forced to. While some travelled what we would today consider short distances (for example: from Cordoba to Seville to profit from Castile’s trade with the Indies or from Winchester to London when the wool trade underwent a slump in the west of England), others went much further. While the Atlantic historian, Christopher Bayly, has argued that the term ‘transnational’ is not applicable to an era before the formation of nation states, other scholars have pointed out that there were groups displaying characteristics associated with contemporary transnationalism as early as the fifteenth century. I would expect that some of the families in this collection will demonstrate such characteristics: personal mobility; membership of networks transcending distance; adaptability to a variety of locales and cultures; and a continuing connection to their place of origin. This last point is important for, as Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks has shown, interactions and relationships between mobile individuals affect those within their network who are not and so even fixed locations can be ‘saturated with transnational relationships’.

Since the early 1900s, historians have embraced the idea of the ‘network’ in order to understand how, when and why goods, people and ideas spread. There is really no other concept that embraces the idea of a ‘thick web of relationships’ characterized by the by the circulation of goods, people and ideas. Although the idea of a trading network is commonly associated with economic history, it is increasingly understood that relationships matter – that the efficiency and profitability of a trading network depended on the strength of personal ties between people. In investigating trading networks through the prism of extended family, the aim of this collection is to not only enrich our knowledge of trading communities, but to initiate a rethink of the nature of the family in this early period of European expansion.

Although I welcome topic suggestions, I envisage that the book will cover:

  • Keeping it in the family (for example: how family businesses/family trading networks were set up, maintained and adapted).
  • Maintaining families (for example: how families dealt with change, distance and separation).
  • Making families (for example: how individuals cut off from their relations made new families).
  • Gender (for example: how traditional gender roles could be embedded or challenged by changed circumstances).
  • Race, hybridity and creolization (for example: how individuals adapted to unfamiliar cultures and races, and how families were formed that challenged cultural and racial barriers).
  • Religion (for example: how families adapted to religious change and how families worked to maintain their religious integrity in international trading networks).
  • Communicating family (how the importance of family and warnings about the dangers inherent in leaving family were communicated through ballads, broadsheets, sermons and plays. In some cases, this occurred in direct juxtaposition to communications by companies and nations encouraging individuals to travel).

First stage timeline for contributors:

  • 2 July 2017: Proposal (title, abstract of 300 words and biographical statement) due.
  • 15 July 2018: Essays of 5000 to 8000 words (with confirmed list of images and low-resolution copies if applicable) due. Please note that there is a wide word range until I know the number of contributors. If you feel strongly about the size of your essay, do let me know at this stage.

Contact: Dr Heather Dalton, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Email:

University of Melbourne: Professor in Screen Studies – Call For Applications

University of Melbourne
Professor in Screen Studies

Work type: Continuing
Location: Parkville
Salary: $187,654 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The School of Culture and Communication is a thriving research hub for critical thinking in the humanities. This agenda is led by world-leading scholars whose fields of research include literary and cultural studies, art history, cinema and performance, media and communication and Australian Indigenous studies. The School is also host to a range of funded research concentrations, such as the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the Australian Centre, the Centre for Advancing Journalism, the Research Unit in Public Cultures and the Transformative Technologies Research Unit. More broadly, our academics publish, speak and blog on topics as diverse as romanticism, poetry, Asian popular culture, digital media, climate change, network societies, gender and sexuality, racism, cosmopolitanism, and contemporary arts.

The Professor of Screen Studies will be expected to make major contributions in the areas of research, academic leadership, administration and professional development, and teaching excellence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels including RHD supervision.The appointee will have an established research specialisation in an aspect of Screen Studies, and potential to achieve a high level of research performance through refereed publications and the securing of research grants. A principal duty of the successful appointee will be to foster interdisciplinary activities and engagement activities connected to the discipline.

For full information and to apply, please visit:

Applications close: 20 June, 2017.

Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press: Intercultural, Transnational and Diasporic Contexts – Call For Papers

Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press: Intercultural, Transnational and Diasporic Contexts
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
22-23 November, 2017

This Conference is timed to mark developments in Australia’s migrant and minority printed press since 1967. It has been fifty years since Miriam Gilson and Jerzy Zubrzycki’s ground-breaking study on the foreign-language press in Australia. Australia’s cultural landscape has transformed significantly as a result of increasing understanding of, and services in support of, the diverse multilingual and multicultural communities across Australian society. Analysis of the printed press of such communities has also advanced through multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research from several substantial historiographical influences, including discourses of postcolonialism and methodological developments in cultural history and world history approaches.

The Conference brings together the latest research on Australia’s migrant and minority press from the colonial era to the present day, with an emphasis on themes of belonging, community and conflict. The convenors welcome papers exploring any aspects concerning Indigenous, migrant and/or minority community newspapers (print or digitalised) in Australia, as well as their intercultural, transnational and diasporic contexts. Papers speaking to multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches are also of interest.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Doctor Simon Potter, Reader in Modern History, University of Bristol
  • Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Professor of Media and Director of the Centre for Media Studies, Macquarie University

Call for Abstracts:

We invite abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes’ discussion time. The convenors intend to publish a selection of the best papers from the Conference as a special edition of a high quality, peer-reviewed journal.

Anticipated Streams:

  • Colonial and early Federation newspapers
  • Interwar migrant newspapers
  • Displaced Persons and post-war migrant newspapers
  • More recent refugees and asylum seekers’ newspapers
  • Newspapers of other minority groups (Indigenous, religious, commercial associations, gender, trade union, etc.)
  • National Library of Australia’s current and future digitisation of newspapers (Trove)

Please submit abstracts (250 words) and a short biography (100 words) by Friday, 23 June, 2017 via

Please note that there will be a small registration fee for the Conference. Registrations will open in mid-August 2017.

Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to:
Catherine Dewhirst: | Jayne Persian: | Mark Emmerson: