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CPF 2021World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore

The Programme Committee of the 2021 World Shakespeare Congress welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, seminars, and workshops responding to the conference theme ‘Shakespeare Circuits’.

The trope of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Renaissance circuits: socio-cultural economies, ecologies, and performance practices
  • Transmissions: textual transfer, translation, intermediaries
  • Colonial and postcolonial Shakespeares and their intertwining
  • Shakespeare in virtual networks, computing, and the digital humanities
  • Intercultural, transnational, diasporic engagements
  • Media, intermedial and cross-platform circulations
  • Relationships among performances and texts over four centuries of afterlives
  • Tracking and tracing: quotation, allusion, echo, revision, reference
  • Circulations of identity and difference within or between plays and their appropriations
  • Failures, distortions and blockages in transmission
  • Nodal points and their relations: festivals, centres, exhibitions, venues, and archives
  • Relations conducted via Shakespeare among broader historical events, eras, or period

All proposals must be submitted to http://wsc2021.org
The deadline for all proposals is 1 July 2019.

Please see the guidelines (downloadable PDF) for full details on submitting programme proposals.

Registration open for Complaint and Grievance: Literary Traditions Symposium, Wellington, 14-15 February

This two-day symposium explores the literature of complaint and grievance, centring on the texts of the Renaissance but welcoming contributions from related areas. Shakespeare (A Lover’s Complaint) and Spenser (Complaints) are central authors of Renaissance complaint, but who else wrote complaint literature, why, and to what effect? Female-voiced complaint was fashionable in the high poetic culture of the 1590s, but what happens to complaint when it is taken up by early modern women writers? What forms—and what purposes—does the literature of complaint and grievance take on in non-elite or manuscript spheres, in miscellanies, commonplace books, petitions, street satires, ballads and songs? What are the classical and biblical traditions on which Renaissance complaint is based? And what happens to complaint after the Renaissance, in Romantic poetry, in the reading and writing cultures of the British colonial world, in contemporary poetry, and in the #metoo movement?

Keynotes

  • Professor Danielle Clarke (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Kate Lilley (University of Sydney)
  • Professor Rosalind Smith (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Venue

Rutherford House
Victoria University of Wellington Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street
Wellington, New Zealand.

Registration

Symposium attendance is free. For catering purposes, please register your attendance by Friday 8 February with the convenor, Dr Sarah Ross: Sarah.Ross@vuw.ac.nz

For more information, see the full draft programme downloadable here.

CFP Limina conference, UWA July 2019

The call for papers is now open for the 14th annual Limina conference, which will be held at the University of Western Australia on 18-19 July 2019. The theme of this interdisciplinary conference is ‘HUMANIFESTO: Dissecting the Human Experience’. We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations for any topic relating to the intersection of the physical body and the expression of humanity. 

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

– performing bodies / body as spectacle / body art

– social / cultural / political expectations

– identity: race, religion, gender, age, sexuality

– augmented reality / artificial intelligence / genetic manipulation

– rights and rituals / funerary practices

– dysmorphia / alienation

– unembodiment / ghosts / haunting / manifestations

– dehumanisation / othering / objectification

– medicine / public health

– sport / human achievement

Please send submissions with the subject line ‘Humanifesto 2019’ to liminajournal@gmail.com, including a title, abstract (200 words), and short biography (50 words) in a single document.

Deadline for submission is 31 March, 2019.

ANZAMEMS 2019: Register now for special events

If you are joining us for ANZAMEMS 2019 at the University of Sydney next week, please take a few minutes to check the website for a range of special events the conference team has planned. These include:

Manuscript/Early Book Tour of the State Library of New South Wales

Tuesday 5 February, 2:30-4pm 

Join curators from the State Library of New South Wales for a tour of the library, which can trace its history back to 1826. The tour will provide an overview of the different reading rooms in the Library and some of the beautiful spaces and exhibitions in its historic Mitchell Wing. The tour will also include a private viewing of some Renaissance treasures from the Library’s rich and varied collections.

Free, but please register through this EventBrite link

Postgraduate Reception: Let’s Meet and Eat

Thursday 7 February, 6-7pm, Courtyard Restaurant and Bar at the University of Sydney

Per ANZAMEMS conference tradition, the current Postgraduate Representatives to the Executive Committee (Lisa Rolston and Hannah Skipworth) will hold a reception for ANZAMEMS postgraduates. The ambition behind this year’s event is to provide postgraduates with an opportunity to meet their peers from around Australia and New Zealand and establish connections that will carry them into future endeavours. Honours students and ECRs are most welcome to attend.

Free. Please register through this EventBrite link.

Treasures of the Fisher Library

The librarians of the Rare Books and Special Collections in the Fisher Library at the University of Sydney have generously arranged to show some treasures of the library to conference attendees at a number of scheduled times during the conference. The books include manuscripts and early printed books generally related to the conference theme. The numbers in these sessions will be capped so that visitors can examine the books and talk with the librarians about them.

A range of timeslots are available throughout the conference (5-8 February). Please see the ANZAMEMS 2019 conference website to check times and register.

Other special events include a screening of the film The Devil’s Country, a documentary that explores the intersection of the medieval demonic, the colonial experience of the Australian landscape, and the Indigenous experience of invasion and westward expansion through NSW.

There will also be a concert by The Marais Project. This group, founded in 2000 by viola da gambist, Jennifer Eriksson, focuses on the music of the baroque era with a particular emphasis on the works of Marin Marais, a performer and composer at the Court of Louis XIV.

CFP AEMA 14 – Legitimacy and Illegitimacy

This conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association invites papers on the broad theme of legitimacy. In a modern world dominated by deeply polemical counter narratives not afraid to adjust facts to claim dominance and, thereby, legitimacy, we look at the ways in which modern forms of the pursuit of legitimacy evolved in the early Middle Ages. Legitimacy can have several meanings, covering aspects of authenticity, legality, validity, and conformity. While it literally refers to something that meets the requirements of the law, this legal aspect is not inherent: something can be legitimate without being legal, or be legal without being legitimate.

In the context of the early medieval period, who legitimated? What was their reasons for doing so? Conversely, what was set aside in the process of illegitimisation? And what do these dominant and counter narratives mean for the presentation of history? 

Legitimacy implies dominant views on authority, cultural legitimacy, status, and control of the means to ensure dominance, such as publication. It can create hidden communities and counter-narratives. Even though the early medieval period continues to exist in the popular imagination as backward and insular, in many ways it is a period marked by innovations in both the practice and pursuit of legitimacy, innovations which still resonate to this day. This conference aims to challenge the perception that the modern world is particularly modern in the way it contests legitimacy. 

We invite submissions on the following topics: 

·        Politics and Culture

·        Individuals and Institutions

·        Law and Justice 

·        Status and Inheritance

·        Authenticity and Fraud

·        Orthodoxy and Heresy

·        Truth and Propaganda 

·        Dominant and Counter Narratives

·        Objects and Spaces

·        Modern (re)interpretations of the Early Medieval 

AEMA also welcomes papers concerned with all aspects of the Early Medieval period (c. 400–1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings, even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme. We especially encourage submissions from graduate students and early career researchers.

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email to conference@aema.net.au by 5 April 2019.

Limited financial assistance is available to AEMA members on acceptance – please direct all enquiries the conference committee.

Postgraduate reception at ANZAMEMS 2019

Postgraduates (including Honours students) and ECRs are invited to join ANZAMEMS Postgraduate Representatives Hannah Skipworth and Lisa Rolston for this free and friendly reception at ANZAMEMS 2019.

The ambition behind this year’s event is to provide postgraduates with an opportunity to meet their peers from around Australia and New Zealand and establish connections that will carry them into future endeavours. During this event, we encourage students in the final stages of their dissertations to seek out those who may be new to further research. After all, everyone needs a friendly bit of encouragement (but also some real talk) now and then!

Sharing platters and a modest bar tab will be provided.

This event is free but for catering purposes, please RSVP via our event page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/postgraduate-reception-lets-meet-and-eat-tickets-54833459353

CFP Scientiae 2019 deadline extended

In response to inquiries, the organisers are pleased to announce an extended deadline for proposals to the 2019 Scientiae conference (June 12-15th, Queen’s University, Belfast). Proposals will now be accepted until 25 January, 2019.

Scientiae is the interdisciplinary conference on intellectual culture, 1400-1800. It is centred on, but not limited to, developments in the early-modern natural sciences. Philosophers, historians, literary scholars and others are invited to share their perspectives on this vital period. Belfast 2019 will be our 8th annual meeting.

Our plenary speakers at Belfast will be Ingrid Rowland (Notre Dame/Rome) and Rob Iliffe (Oxford).

Scientiae 2019 will also feature two plenary panel sessions: One presented by Subha Mukherji (Cambridge) on “Forms of Knowing,” with Torrance Kirby (McGill), Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest) and Anupam Basu (Washington); and the other co-presented by Marco Sgarbi, Pietro Daniel Omodeo, and Craig Martin (all from Ca’ Foscari, Venice) on “Early-modern Aristotelianisms.”

Other confirmed speakers for Scientiae 2019 include: Raz Chen-Morris, Antonio Clericuzio, Alix Cooper, Peter Hess, Kevin Killeen, W.R. Laird, Nancy McLoughlin, Robert Morrison, Cesare Pastorino, and Vladimir Urbanek.

Proposals are invited for:

  • Individual (20-minute) papers: Please submit a descriptive title, 250-word abstract, and one-page CV.
  • Complete panels: Same as above for each paper, plus 150-word rationale for the panel. Maximum four panellists, plus chair (and/or respondent).
  • Workshops: One-page CV for each workshop leader, plus 250-word plan for the session: topic, techniques, hands-on resources, etc.
  • Seminars: One-page CV for each seminar leader, plus 250-word rationale for the session: its topic, and its suitability for treatment in seminar format.

For more information, and the conference poster, see http://scientiae.co.uk.

All proposals should be sent to pertransibunt@gmail.com.

CFP Britain’s Early Philosophers workshop, Durham

The Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (http://dcamp.uk) is hosting a two-day workshop on Britain’s Early Philosophers on 1-2 April, 2019. The organisers are seeking abstracts for contributed talks on any aspect of philosophy and philosophers born in or living in Britain before 1000.

Who were Britain’s earliest philosophers? What were Alcuin of York’s contributions to philosophy? To what extent can we consider thinkers such as Hild, Bede, Cuthbert, Gildas, and Cædmon philosophers? How did philosophy reach Britain? Who was reading it, who was writing it, who was teaching it, who was learning it? In this seminal exploratory workshop, we will be considering these questions as well as other questions such as: What counts as philosophy in the early medieval British period? What are the boundary/ies between philosophy and
theology? Is there a specifically/uniquely early British philosophical tradition? Just who was reading Alfred’s translation of Boethius?

In this two-day workshop, we will have plenary talks given by:

     Dr. Fred Biggs (Connecticut)
     Dr. Barbara Denison (Shippensburg)
     Dr. Helen Foxhall Forbes (Durham) (tbc)
     Dr. Mary Garrison (York) (tbc)

These talks will set the stage by focusing on some of the intellectual context of early medieval Britain and the contributions of leading figures in early British intellectual history, including Bede, Alcuin, and Hild.

We would like to supplement these invited talks with around 12 contributed talks from scholars (especially junior scholars) from all disciplines, so long as they touch on the matter of philosophy and philosophical writing, teaching, and learning.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Dr. Sara L. Uckelman, s.l.uckelman@durham.ac.uk, by 30 January, 2019. Responses to decisions on abstracts will be communicated by February 15, 2019.

For more information, see http://www.dcamp.uk/britains-early-philosophers/

CFP Fourth Power of the Bishop Conference

The fourth Power of the Bishop conference to be held at Sarum College, Salisbury, May 30-31, 2019. This time, the Power of the Bishop team are joining with the Episcopus Society for the 2019 conference, exploring the theme of Episcopal Patronage from Late Antiquity to c.1500. We want to put together thematic panels that compare and contrast uses, abuses and outcomes of bishops as patrons across time and geographical boundaries

We are looking for papers that explore, but are not limited to:

* Art and architecture

* Music and Liturgy

* Manuscripts and Literary Culture

* Saint Cults and Pilgrimage Routes

* Education and Social Advancement

* Socio-political networks, the advancement of families and individuals

* When episcopal patronage goes wrong – the failures and abuses of episcopal patronage and its results

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words.

This year we are accepting abstracts in English, Italian and French. 

**If selected then papers and book chapters must be in English**

Email abstracts to: powerofthebishop@gmail.com with the subject line ABSTRACT POB4 by no later than 1 February 2019.

For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pob-4-the-medieval-bishop-as-patron-tickets-53543735755

Joint George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Auckland, July 2020

‘France and beyond: the Global World of ‘Ngāti Wīwī’,  7-10 July 2020, Auckland. 
(Tribe ‘Oui Oui’ was the local name for the French in New Zealand.) This first ever Joint George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference will be held in Auckland, hosted by the Universities of Auckland and Massey. Co-presidents Tracy Adams (French) and Kirsty Carpenter, and Treasurer Joe Zizek invite colleagues in History and the Humanities to engage with the themes and the visitors that the conference will bring to New Zealand. Leading scholars from the US, UK and Europe will be keynote guests, and many American and international colleagues have already signalled their intention to attend.

The conference invites panels and papers on any aspect of French History, Medieval to Contemporary (a detailed call for papers will be circulated soon). Areas of traditional French historical research will be featured alongside popular themes: Citizenship in the Medieval and Early Modern European world; the Revolutionary period and its environmental impact in the wider Atlantic world; and changing approaches to French or Franco-British History in the NZ/Australasian and Pacific region – in what the French call Océanie.

Contacts for information:

Tracy Adams t.adams@auckland.ac.nz

Kirsty Carpenter K.Carpenter@massey.ac.nz

Joe Zizek j.zizek@auckland.ac.nz