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BAA Annual Conference 2018: Cambridge: College, Church and City – Call For Papers

Cambridge: College, Church and City
British Archaeological Association Annual Conference 2018
Cambridge, UK
1-5 September, 2018

The Association holds an annual conference at a centre of established importance in the medieval period, usually in the British Isles and occasionally in mainland Europe.

The annual conferences focus on the medieval art, architecture and archaeology of one location, and visit all the city’s or areas most important medieval sites, including some not usually accessible to the public.

All our conferences welcome professional scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike who are members of the association.

More information: http://thebaa.org/meetings-events/conferences/annual-conferences.

Abstracts Due: 1 February, 2018

Shakespeare and Science Fiction – Call For Papers

Shakespeare and Science Fiction
The Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF)
Anglia Ruskin University
28 April, 2018

Despite science fiction’s associations with modernity and popular culture, it seems haunted by the literary canon. Shakespeare, in particular, has had a significant influence on the genre. Many texts and films rework or allude to Shakespeare’s plays. A well known example is Forbidden Planet (1956) which reimagines The Tempest in space. More recently, Iain Pears wove plot strands from As You Like It into the complex triple narrative of his novel Arcadia (2015).

Shakespeare has appeared as a character in many science fiction texts. Often in these he becomes a kind of touchstone for humanity – In the Doctor Who episode ‘The Shakespeare Code’ (2007) the Doctor refers to him as ‘the most human human there’s ever been.’ His plays sometimes have the power to prove that the earth should be spared from alien wrath – at other times they represent a consolation for the scattered remnants of humanity after a terrible catastrophe.

Over the decades writers have repeatedly been drawn to encounters between Shakespeare and non-humans – robots, aliens, post-humans – imagining their possible responses to his work. Science fiction has also had an impact on the way Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted and performed. In his 2016 BBC production of the play, Russell T. Davies transplanted A Midsummer Night’s Dream from ancient Athens to a dystopian future.

Papers are invited for a one-day conference on all aspects of the intersection between Shakespeare and science fiction. Proposals are welcomed from researchers at all stages of their career, including postgraduate students, independent scholars and creative writers.

Please send a 300 word abstract and a CV to sarah.brown@anglia.ac.uk by Friday 6 October 2017.

Gender and Medieval Studies Group and Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Joint Conference – Call For Papers

A Gender and Medieval Studies Group and Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Joint Conference
Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
8-10 January, 2018

The glittering beauty of the Alfred Jewel, the rich illustration of the Lindisfarne Gospels, the dominating Great West Window of York Minster, the intricate embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry, the luminous Maestà of Duccio, the opulent Oseberg ship burial, and the sophisticated imagery of the Ruthwell cross are all testament to the centrality of the visual to our understanding of a range of medieval cultures.

Constructed at and across the intersections of race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national identity, age, social class, and economic status, gendered medieval identities are multiple, mobile, and multivalent. Iconography – both religious and secular – plays a key role in the representation of such multifaceted identities. But visual symbols do not merely represent personhood. Across the range of medieval media, visual symbolism is used actively to produce, inscribe, and express the gendered identities of both individuals and groups.

The 2018 Gender and Medieval Studies Conference welcomes papers on all aspects of gender, identity and iconography from those working on medieval subjects in any discipline.

Papers may address, but are not limited to:

  • Sight and Blindness
  • Visible and Invisible Identities
  • Visual Languages
  • Colour and Shade
  • Icons and Iconoclasm
  • Light and Darkness
  • Collective and Individual Identities
  • Orthodox and Heretical imagery
  • Aesthetics
  • Subject and Motif
  • Convention and Innovation

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Please email proposals of approx. 200 words to gmsconference2018@gmail.com by Monday 4 September 2017. We will also consider proposals for alternative kinds of presentation, including full panel proposals, performance and art; please contact the organisers to discuss.

A conference for everyone

Corpus Christi College’s auditorium is fully wheelchair accessible, has accessible toilets, and features a hearing loop for those using hearing aids. Please contact us if you have specific accessibility needs you would like to discuss. We plan to provide a private lactation space.

It is hoped that the Kate Westoby Fund will be able to offer a modest contribution towards (but not the full costs of) as many postgraduate student travel expenses as possible. We are exploring other avenues to make the conference financially feasible for postgraduates and early career scholars to attend.

Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity – Call for Papers

Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity 

University of Auckland, New Zealand 

July 11-13 2018

 

The Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity would like to invite proposals for papers at a conference to be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, July 11-13 2018.

Proposals can be for papers in any area of late antique, early medieval, or Byzantine studies, and the conference is intended to provide a venue for scholars in these fields around the Pacific Rim.

Abstracts for 20 min papers should be 250-300 words in length and submitted to Lisa Bailey (lk.bailey@auckland.ac.nz) by 1 October 2017.

Registration for the conference will be $65 for academic staff, but will be free for graduate students thanks to a generous subsidy from the Australasian Society for Classical Studies. Details on registration will follow at a later point.

Please contact Lisa if you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity. 

 

Conversions In Early Modern British Literature and Culture – Call For Papers

Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
The IASEMS Graduate Conference at the British Institute of Florence

Conversions In Early Modern British Literature and Culture
Florence,
20 April, 2018

The 2018 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of conversion, a fascinating phenomenon, a promise of newness that blends elements of individual experience with larger problems of historical change.

The ideological and spiritual life of early modern Britain finds a special interpretative key in the notion of conversion, whether perceived as an individual response to a religious and political challenge, a community reaction to political upheaval, or a social change brought about by the innovations of modernity.

The goal of this Conference is to develop an understanding of conversion that will address epistemological, psychological, political, spiritual and technological kinds of transformation, perceived both as subjective and collective change. Therefore conversion is to be understood in its broadest possible sense, and nor merely as a religious phenomenon.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

forms of conversion, sacred and secular, i.e., awakening to a new faith, an intensification of existing beliefs, an embracing of a (radical) political movement, etc.

  • conversional thinking and practice
  • early modern textual ‘conversions’, i.e., from manuscript to print, from one format to another, from one genre to another
  • relationships among transformation, freedom and power
  • forms of religious dissent in early modern British culture
  • religious change and gender
  • how early modern English theatre and other theatrical practices represent, adopt, transform, relocate forms of conversion
  • conversion narratives
  • the phenomenon of forced conversion
  • authenticity and pretense in conversion
  • religious conversion as catalyst of other transformations (e.g., translation, alchemy, enthusiasm, etc.)
  • technologies of transformation

Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:

  • the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography;
  • abstracts are to be submitted by Sunday 29 October 2017 by email to ilaria.natali@unifi.it;
  • all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2017;
  • each finished contribution should not exceed 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can give their papers in Italian);
  • Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker
  • participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper ten days before the Conference.
  • Selected speakers who are IASEMS members can apply for a small grant
    (http://www.maldura.unipd.it/iasems/iasems_about.html)

For further information please contact Ilaria Natali (ilaria.natali@unifi.it)

Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics – Call For Papers

Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics
Asian Shakespeare Association Conference
Manila
May 28-30, 2018

Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics is the 3rd biennial conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association jointly hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines Diliman. It features leading Shakespearean scholars and theatre practitioners from around the globe with a keen interest in Shakespeare as produced in and by Asia and a mini-festival of Shakespearean performances from Japan and the Philippines.

The conference is scheduled on May 28-30, 2018 at the Arete, the new creative and innovation hub of the Ateneo de Manila University and at the College of Arts and Letters of UP Diliman. Prof. Peter Holland, Chairman of the International Shakespeare Association, will deliver the keynote address. A second keynote speaker is also under consideration. The conference will include plenary, panel, and seminar sessions on several aspects of Shakespearean pedagogy, publication, translation, adaptation, and theatrical histories in various Asian locations.

Performances to be staged include:

  • The Tempest by the Yamanote Jijoshe company of Tokyo directed by Masahiro Yasuda
  • Taming of the Shrew by an Ateneo theater group to be directed by Prof. Ian McClennan (Thornloe University, Canada),
  • Rdu3, a contemporary Philippine take on Shakespeare’s Richard III to be co-directed by Anton Juan (University of Notre Dame, USA) and Ricardo Abad (Ateneo de Manila)

Spread out over 7, 641 tropical islands speaking 78 languages, the Philippines has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. It is no stranger to traffic, in various forms, and negotiating this vibrant, colorful, and sometimes chaotic mix, often entails giving in to an easygoing way of life and enjoying oneself along the way. Quezon City, the conference site, is the most populous city of Metropolitan Manila that acts as the country’s political, social, economic, cultural, and educational center. The adjacent university campuses of the Ateneo and UP are sprawling green spaces that offer a respite from the flurry of life in one of the world’s largest cities.

CALL FOR PAPER AND SEMINAR PROPOSALS

Traffic is both a product of robust movements but can also refer to points of entanglements, both flows and disruptions that arise from global exchanges in goods, people, and even, Shakespeare. The Conference welcomes papers that use the idea of traffic whether construed as mobility, immobility, trade, enterprise, translation, exchange –- licit or illicit — as a key concept to contemporize Shakespeare and his place in today’s world. It seeks to explore Shakespeare as both purveyor and product, as either agent or victim of commodification, as subject and object of a wide array of linguistic, theatrical, economic, political, and social transactions. Papers may also take off from the prologue in Romeo and Juliet—“the two-hours traffic of the stage” – and revolve around performance and intercultural movements implied in Asian Shakespearean performances. A secondary theme, Shakespearean Tropics, is not only a nod to the conference location but also seeks to explore tropical Asian Shakespeare as a potentially distinct body of work with unique connections to tropical worlds elsewhere.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The Shakespearean Trade
  • Shakespearean Entrepreneurs Shakespeare and Cultural Exchange
  • Shakespeare and the Global Popular
  • Shakespeare and/as Commodity Transactional Shakespeare
  • Archives and Inventories
  • Shakespearean stocks in global markets
  • Shakespeare and Exploitation
  • Theatrical Trades, Human Trafficking, and Migration
  • Materialist Approaches to Shakespeare
  • Shakespearean Performance Economies in Asia
  • Shakespeare and the Book Trade
  • The Travelling Theatre
  • Shakespeare in the Tropics
  • Hot Shakespeare

Selected papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of Kritika Kultura, a Thomson-Reuters-indexed and Scopus-listed internationally refereed online journal on literary, language and cultural studies published by the Ateneo de Manila University.

Submission Guidelines:

The conference includes both paper sessions and seminars. Graduate students are welcome.

  1. Paper: please submit a 250-word abstract, plus a short, 100-word bio.
  2. Seminar: please submit a 250-word description of the seminar, plus a short bio including a summary of your previous seminar experience.
  3. Deadline: Deadline for submission is 15 September, 2017. Results will be announced in October 2017. A second call for seminar papers will also be released.

Contact:

Submissions and queries should be sent to asa2018@ateneo.edu or admin@AsianShakespeare.org.

For conference updates, please visit AsianShakespeare.org or the conference website at asianshakespeare2018.com.

Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity – Call For Papers

The Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity
University of Auckland, New Zealand
11-13 July, 2018

The Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity would like to invite proposals for papers at a conference to be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, July 11-13 2018.

Proposals can be for papers in any area of late antique, early medieval, or Byzantine studies, and the conference is intended to provide a venue for scholars in these fields around the Pacific Rim.

Abstracts for 20 min papers should be 250-300 words in length and submitted to Lisa Bailey (lk.bailey@auckland.ac.nz) by 1 October, 2017.

Registration for the conference will be NZ$65 for academic staff, but will be free for graduate students thanks to a generous subsidy from the Australasian Society for Classical Studies. Details on registration will follow at a later point.

Please contact Lisa if you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity.

EASA Biennial Conference: Nationalism Old and New: Europe, Australia and Their Others – Call For Papers

EASA Biennial Conference: Nationalism Old and New: Europe, Australia and Their Others
University of Barcelona, Spain
17-19 January, 2018

We invite you to submit papers for the EASA Biennial Conference “Nationalism Old and New: Europe, Australia and Their Others”, organised by the Observatory: Australian Studies Centre (ASC) for the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Barcelona, Spain, Wed 17 to Fri 19 January 2018.

We are very pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers: Baden Offord, Suvendrini Perera, Tabish Khair, Dolores Herrero, Bill Ashcroft and Shirley Steinberg

Please send your 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers and 100-word bio notes in two separate Word files to easa2018bcn@gmail.com by 1 September, 2017 (2nd extended deadline). We also encourage panel proposals, which should be accompanied by a 100-word overall abstract and title in addition to the 250-word abstracts for a panel?s individual papers. Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts will be sent by 1 October 2017.

For more detailed information on the conference, see our full CFP at the conference webpage: https://easa2018barcelona.wordpress.com.

Leeds 2018 Panel: Memories of Empire – Call For Papers

Call for Papers:  ‘Memories of Empire’
International Medieval Congress 2018, Leeds

Cerae is sourcing submissions to participate in a panel focused on ‘Memories of Empire’ for the IMC Conference at the University of Leeds (2-5 July, 2018). The focus of our panel is on the ways in which individuals or collectives used, or were influenced by, recollections and remnants of the Roman Empire.

Medieval ideas about education and civic duty were heavily influenced by Roman authors, for example, while Roman ruins were continuously used in Medieval buildings. Medieval theologians constantly grappled with the legacy of their ancient pagan forebears, while poets and playwrights sought to establish authority and prestige by placing themselves in the classical tradition through emulation and imitation. In Medieval memories and imaginations, the Roman Empire served as not only a past point of reference, but as an aspirational destination. In our panel, we would like to explore the relationship between memory, imagination and destiny. Submissions might focus on – but are not limited to:

  • studies in the visual, literary and material culture of the Carolingian empire
  • the birth of Renaissance humanism with its focus on classical notions of civic duty
  • religious appropriations of the imperial claim to political supremacy
  • medieval romance and epic as genres innovating on classical styles and themes
  • the imperialist legacy in early colonial propaganda

Cerae is aiming to gather together panellists with varied disciplinary approaches, and submissions from scholars working in art history, literature, politics, intellectual history, social studies and beyond are encouraged.

Submissions by participants willing to write up their paper as an article for review and publication in 2018 as part of Cerae Volume 5 (of the same theme) will be prioritised. We can offer bursaries of $100 towards travel costs for postgraduates and ECRs travelling from Australia and New Zealand.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract along with a brief biography/publication list to  ceraejournal@gmail.com by 31 August, 2017.

The Past and the Curious: Re(viewing) History – Call For Papers Extended

The Past and the Curious: Re(viewing) History
The University of Sydney Postgraduate History Conference
Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
30 November-1 December, 2017

Some people call historians the detectives of the past. At the University of Sydney’s 2017 postgraduate history conference, we want to know: what are the mysteries you’re uncovering? What are you curiously (and furiously) researching? How are you re-framing our understanding of the established, and seemingly ordinary, past? This two-day conference will allow postgraduate historians from across Australia, and beyond, to share their investigations of the past — and to share in the spirit of historical curiosity.

Possible themes, covering the ancient to the twenty-first century, include (but are not limited to):

  • (Re)viewing history through a transnational lens;
  • Investigations through Oral History;
  • (Re)viewing Race
  • Delving into Digital Histories
  • (Re)viewing Histories of Sexuality
  • (Re)viewing Gender
  • (Re)viewing Indigenous Histories
  • Public Histories
  • Histories of Emotion
  • History and (Auto)Biography
  • (Re)viewing Labor Histories

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers exploring any of the above themes.

We welcome abstracts from honours students, postgraduates and early-career researchers involved in history, although they may take an interdisciplinary approach. Applicants from other states and universities are also encouraged to apply. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words accompanied by a 100 word bio, and are to be submitted via our website: http://usydhistoryconference.wordpress.com.

The deadline for submissions is by the extended deadline of the close of business on 15 August, 2017.

Please note that we have some funds available for travel bursaries for honours and Masters students travelling from outside the Sydney area. More information is available on our website.

We also warmly welcome those who simply wish to attend but ask that you go to the website and register for catering purposes. There is no registration fee levied.

Please direct any related inquiries to historypgconference@gmail.com.