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 – Call for Papers


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;

– 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 (

For further information please contact Ilaria Natali (

17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies – Call for Papers

CFP for Vagantes Conference 2018:

The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies is currently seeking paper abstracts on any topic related to the Middle Ages. The conference will take place from March 22nd-24th, 2018 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate-student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across all disciplines. The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will feature thirty graduate-student papers and three distinguished keynote speakers. Out of consideration for graduate students’ budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee. The organizers of Vagantes believe that a diverse and inclusive view of the medieval period is essential. As such, graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 300 words on any topic relating to the Middle Ages.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The online CFP is live and accessible here –

Questions? Contact the organizers at



‘Sangalli Institute Award for the Religious History 2017’ – Call for publications

‘Sangalli Institute Award for the Religious History 2017’ – Call for publications

Here is the third edition of the ‘Sangalli Institute Award for the Religious History’, in collaboration with the Department of University and Research of the Municipality of Florence and under the auspices of the same Municipality. Also this year, our award is joining the ‘Premio Ricerca Città di Firenze’ and it is addressed to young Italian and Foreign researchers, offering them the possibility of publishing two books concerning the religious history  from Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era, in an inter-disciplinary and inter-religious perspective. The essays will appear in a dedicated book series of the Firenze University Press. This year, on the judging panel also some renowned Foreign scholars. Deadline: 1st November 2017.

A CITY. A FAMILY. A COLLECTION OF MAGNIFICENCE. – The Art Gallery of Western Australia


Introducing the private collection of one of Florence’s most eminent families, the Corsini family.

Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these extraordinary works of art have been preserved over centuries, surviving the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

This personal collection includes portraits, landscapes, mythological and religious paintings, plus fascinating decorative objects and furniture from the Palazzo Corsini.

Leaving the city it’s called home for 600 years, this is the first time this collection has toured outside of Italy and will be the only showing in Australia.

Experience for yourself this uniquely visual history of passion, fortune, and survival.

Become an AGWA Member and receive one adult ticket as part of your membership.
You will also have access to special members events and exclusive offers.

$15 Adult | $12 AGWA Member /Concession/Senior

Members see it once for free

$55 Two adult tickets and a catalogue
$37 Adult Season Pass | $30 Concession Season Pass
$37 Family Pass (2 Adults plus 3 Children) | $7 Children (5-17)
Children 4 and under, free

Tickets are dated, but can be changed ahead of time without penalty.


Call for Papers – Confusion

CFP: Confusion

Glossolalia, Yale Divinity School’s peer-reviewed graduate journal, is pleased to announce its call for papers for inclusion in the Fall 2017 edition, on the theme of “Confusion.” The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2017.

Please find the full CFP at the following link:

All inquiries may be addressed to the editor in chief, Alexander D’Alisera, at

About the Journal:
Re-established in the summer of 2016, Glossolalia is an open-access, peer-reviewed graduate journal of religion that publishes biannually out of Yale Divinity School. Grounded in a strong belief in the need for further collective academic utterance at the graduate level, this new incarnation of Glossolalia exists as a multidisciplinary space for academic papers and analysis. Though initially founded (and subsequently re-founded) by Yale graduate students, Glossolalia welcomes submissions from the worldwide community of scholars and academics.

For more information, please visit:

Curator of Medieval Art and Design – Job Opportunity

Curator of Medieval Art and Design

Expiry date:
23:59, 29 September 2017
South Kensington
£26,940.00 – £38,542.00 Per Annum
Group Personal Pension, Life Assurance Scheme, and other great benefits
We are seeking to appoint a Curator of Medieval Art and Design to join the Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass.

The post-holder will be responsible for the development, care, research, display and interpretation of medieval art and design (excluding manuscripts, which are held in the National Art Library) in the Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass Department. The extensive European medieval collections are of national and international importance, and the post-holder will serve a wider role within the Department and the Museum as one of the medieval specialists, and will be expected to play an active role in the field of medieval studies and collecting, both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will have practical experience of collections management, excellent organisational, interpersonal and writing skills and experience in research and publication. They will be comfortable working across decorative arts collections, contributing to the V&A FuturePlan and exhibition projects, and cultivating and cementing good relations with external organisations and communities.

Please note that candidates who are invited for an interview will be asked for an example of the written/published work.

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Open Opportunities


Administered from the University of Western Australia, Cerae is an open-access, peer reviewed journal directed by a committee of interstate and international graduate students and early career researchers. We are united in our commitment to open access publishing, the possibilities of the digital humanities, and to forging a strong community of medieval and early modern scholars.

Volunteering for Cerae will give you invaluable experience in operating a journal – from drafting calls for papers, to the review process, through to copyediting – all skills which will make you more competitive in the academic job market. It will also give you the chance to make a difference and work with a very passionate and dedicated team.
To nominate yourself for a role, please email by 25th September 2017.

We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to work closely with the Editor to prepare each volume for publication. The Deputy Editor will:
– Arrange the provisional screening and peer review of articles.
– Liaise between reviewers and authors to finalise articles for publication.
– Organise the typesetting and copyediting of articles.
This role requires <2 hours per week.

We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer, ideally based at the University of Western Australia, to take care of the administrative tasks involved in running the journal. The Secretary:
– Monitors our main email account
– Organises meetings, writes agendas, and takes minutes as needed
– Oversees our ‘virtual office’
– Maintains contact lists
– Is the central hub of information management
This role requires a minimum of 2 hours per week.

We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer, ideally based at the University of Western Australia, to take care of the accounting tasks involved in running the journal. The Treasurer:
– Keeps records of incoming/outgoing funds
– Organises payments and receipts as necessary
– Generates a basic financial report annually
– Disburses prizes to our winners
– Works closely with the Fundraising Officer
This role requires <1 hr weekly, especially between the EOFY and our AGM.

We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to identify sources of funding to support the journal’s running costs. The Fundraising Officer will:
– Find and apply for prizes or grants aimed at graduate student organizations.
– Send fundraising letters to heads of departments/organizations soliciting sponsorship.
– Consider creative methods of raising funds.
This role requires <1 hour per week.

We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to work alongside the Reviews Editor. The Deputy Reviews Editor will:
– Assist the Reviews Editor to identify publications, including digital works, for review.
– Work with the Reviews Editor to approach and liaise with reviewers.
– Perform other tasks as required, including assisting with the preparation of reviews for
submission to the Editor.
This role requires 1-2 hours per week.

Call for Papers – Ceræ ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’


Volume 5

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites essay submissions for Volume Five on the theme of ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’.

In its broadest sense, empire as a term is used to describe a state or cluster of lands and states ruled by a monarch or emperor. With its implications of wide and far reaching dominion, empire as a concept also lends itself to a broad range of subject areas that may consider a number of cultural groups and historical periods, concepts of power and dominance, influence and control. Topics may include but are not limited to:

– representations of cultural legacy and achievement in claims to power

– studies in the visual, literary and material culture of 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

As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions across the fields of art history, literature, politics, intellectual history, social studies and beyond.

Articles should be approximately 5000-7000 words. Further details regarding submission and author guidelines including the journal style sheet can be found online at The deadline for themed submissions is 30 November 2017. Non-themed submissions are welcome at any point throughout the year.


Ceræ is delighted to offer two prizes each for Volume 5:

The first prize, of $200 (AUD), will be awarded to the best article submitted by a graduate student, and is sponsored by the University of Western Australia Graduate Research School. This award may be given to either a themed or non-themed submission.

The second prize, also of $200 (AUD), will be awarded to the best essay on the theme of ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’ by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Further enquiries are welcome and can be directed to the editor at


Call for Papers- 2018 Literary Studies Convention

The Literary Interface
2018 Literary Studies Convention
July 4-7, 2018
Australian National University, Canberra

The Australian National University (ANU) is proud to host the 2018 Literary Studies Convention. The convention will be held on the ANU campus in Canberra between Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7.

An interface describes a surface or plane that lies between or joins two points in space, but it also refers to ‘a means or place of interaction between two systems’ and ‘an apparatus designed to connect two scientific instruments so that they can be operated jointly’ (OED).

This convention will bring together scholars working across the broad field of literary studies to discuss the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade. By placing the concept of the literary centre-stage while at the same time interrogating its role as an interface, we wish to open up for discussion questions about the role, dynamism, and value of the literary in a time of institutional change and ongoing disciplinary formation. We would also like to debate the role of the literary text – and literary studies as a discipline – as a site of encounter between diverse languages and potentially alien modes of reading and writing.

Invoking the possibility of melding, soldering, and/or merging different elements, the literary interface suggests the resilience as well as the suppleness of disciplinary boundaries. It conjures the possibility of new meeting points; zones of contact and interaction but also sites of contention and disruption that might challenge received platitudes yet help us to bring to the surface new meanings.

Confirmed keynotes include Johanna Drucker, Lauren Goodlad and Brigitta Olubas.

We invite papers and panel proposals, including but not limited to the following topics: 

Mediation, remediation, and transmediation  
Literary Formalism – its past, present and/or future  
Multimedia forms as interfaces  
The relationship between forms, networks, and hierarchies  
Encounters between readers and modes of reading  
The relationship between literary studies and other disciplines, e.g., environmental studies, maths, ethnography, science  
The interface between academic and public critical cultures  
Spaces of reading (online and otherwise)  
The negotiation of literary value  
The classroom as literary interface  
Literary objects as interfaces: circulation, reception, paratexts  
The stage and other spaces of performance as interface between temporalities, bodies, performers, writers and audiences  
Cultural interfaces  
Languages of colonialists/postcoloniality  
Transnationalism and minor transnationalism.

Postgraduate Breakfast and Workout: Research Toning Circuit Session on Wednesday 1 July 2018 

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Jointly held by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Australasian Association for Literature, the Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association, and the Australian University Heads of English.

Follow us on Twitter @LitInterface and Facebook @Literaryinterface2018

Convention Registration
For further information please contact the Conference Convenor, Dr Julieanne Lamond:
Tel: +61 2 6125 4786

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
A.D. Hope Building 14
The Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

13th Australasian Rare Books Summer School – Applications Now Open

Applications are now open!

State Library Victoria are thrilled to be hosting the 13th Australasian Rare Books Summer School from 29 January to 2 February 2018.

Immerse yourself in the world of rare books at one of three intensive courses presented by leading experts.

Applications are to be completed online by Thursday 30 November 2017.

All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt and all applicants will be notified of their selection or otherwise in December 2017.

For course outlines, costs and further information on how to apply, please visit our website