'Love & the Word' – AULLA Conference 2016

Hosted by Victoria University, the Australasian Universities Languages & Literature Association Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 7th-9th December 2016.

The conference theme draws on AULLA’s origins as an association of scholars working in fields of philology. Thus we examine both philos (love) and logos (word). How does affection affect words? What do people mean by ‘love’ and its counterparts in the world’s languages? Or perhaps: how does it ‘do’ those meanings?

We encourage papers with a focus on engaged studies and discussions of teaching practice and of critical/exegetical responses to creative practice. Papers that respond to ‘love and the word’ in the fields of languages, the literary study of other languages, and philosophical approaches to cultural expression are expressly welcome. We also expressly welcome interdisciplinary angles on the theme, such as Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and comparative approaches.

The organisers welcome submissions for individual presentations of 20 minutes and panel sessions of 90 minutes. Please note, submissions are due by Monday the 29 February, 2016. Submissions should include: name/s of author/s (including affiliations), title of presentation, an abstract of up to 200 words, and a biographical note of up to 50 words per author. Panel proposals should include the above for each presentation as well as a title and abstract for the session as a whole. If you would like to nominate a chair for your panel session, that would also be welcome. To submit a proposal, please visit: Call for Papers


CALL FOR PAPERS: Cultures of Mortality: Death on the Shakespearean Stage

1-3 December 2016
Shakespeare’s Globe

2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Shakespeare, Francis Beaumont, the theatrical entrepreneur Philip Henslowe and the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Globe Education is marking this memorable year with an international conference that explores death, rituals of dying and the experience of loss on the early modern stage.

This conference invites papers that explores these themes and more. It is particularly interested in:
rituals of death; artistic representation; shifting practices from Medieval to Renaissance/early modern; loss and bereavement; performativity of death- performing death on the early modern stage; commemoration: textual, artistic and dramatic; philosophical, religious and social attitudes to death and dying; wills and legacies.

Please submit a 150 word abstract/proposal tofarah.k@shakespearesglobe.com by 1st of March 2016

Farah Karim-Cooper
Head of Higher Education & Research
Globe Education
020 7902 1439

CALL FOR PAPERS: Authority Revisited: Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516

Lectio International Conference 30th November - 3rd December 2016, University of Leuven, Belgium

In the year 1516, two crucial texts for the cultural history of the West saw the light: Thomas More’s Utopia and Desiderius Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum. Both of these works dealt freely with authoritative sources of western civilization and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes.

Lectio and the University of Leuven, in collaboration with its RefoRC-partners the Johannes a Lasco Library Emden and the Europäische Melanchthon Akademie Bretten as well as other partners, will mark the 500th birthday of both foundational texts by organizing a conference, from November 30 through December 2, 2016. The university city of Leuven is a most appropriate place to have this conference organized, since it was intimately involved in the genesis and the history of both works.

The conference will be devoted to studying not only the reception and influence of Utopia and the Novum Instrumentum in (early) modern times, but also their precursors in classical antiquity, the patristic period, and the middle ages. The conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and it will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of modern western thought.

The conference also explicitly aims at enhancing our understanding of iconographic, book-, and art-historical aspects of the transmission of the texts under consideration, both before and after the publication of the two works.

This multidisciplinary Lectio conference wants to bring together international scholars working in the field of theology, art history, philosophy, history of science and historical linguistics.


Thomas More: Utopia Revisited

More’s colorful description of the allegedly recently discovered island of Utopia was so influential as to lend its name to a literary genre. At the same time, although the name Utopia is a neologism invented in More's circle , the utopian tradition reaches back to antiquity.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

The best known examples from classical antiquity are Plato’s descriptions of the ideal state. Yet there are other instances, such as the myth of the golden age, elaborated in many different ways by numerous ancient writers. In addition, More had a thorough knowledge of the works by Greek and Roman thinkers such as Plutarch, Lucian, Cicero, and Seneca. The conference aims to map these ancient representations of the ideal state and to study the way in which More was influenced by them.

Equally influential is the Christian tradition, most prominently laid down in Augustine’s City of God, a text of central importance that marks the transition from antiquity to the middle ages. Augustine’s eschatological view of the perfect City may, for example, be the subject of contributions to the conference. By extension, the various forms of the mythical account of Cockaigne enter the picture as possible topics.

Also of direct impact on Utopia were reports about the New World (for example in the letters of Amerigo Vespucci, Christopher Columbus, or Peter Martyr of Anghiera) and the images of the New World in Europe. It would be an interesting contribution to the conference to study in which ways the discovery and description of an “unspoiled” world and its inhabitants inspired More’s views.

Renaissance humanists also influenced More’s Utopia. The most renowned example is, of course, Erasmus. But the views of other humanists, like Pico della Mirandola, also shaped More’s thought. Similarly, the scholastic tradition deserves to be studied in at this juncture. Renaissance humanism and scholasticism were difficult to reconcile, according to More, and on more than one occasion he sets one over against the other.

The conference shall also pay due attention to the reception of Utopia in early modern times, both in the vernacular and in Latin. Authors such as Tommaso Campanella, Vasco de Quiroga, Francis Bacon, Johann Eberlin, Kaspar Stiblin, and Johann Valentin Andreae may be investigated in this regard, as well as the genre of the picaresque novel.

Of particular interest are iconographic, book-, and art-historical aspects of the transmission of Utopia as well as the works of More’s predecessors.

Erasmus: The New Testament Revisited 

Erasmus’s revision of the New Testament text was groundbreaking. Obviously, however, Erasmus’s foundational work cannot be properly understood apart from his predecessors’ endeavors to translate the Bible and to comment on it, or to deal with the Bible from a text-critical perspective.

Papers are invited on the following topics:

Papers studying biblical exegesis in Christian antiquity and its reception in the works by Erasmus. More in particular, paper topics may include Jerome’s Vulgata, Origen’s Hexapla, and relevant commentaries on Scripture, such as those of Chrysostom and others. Erasmus’s recourse to classical language and culture in the Annotationes to his New Testament may also be the subject of paper proposals.

Medieval biblical exegesis: Even though self-declared pioneers like Erasmus and the Renaissance humanists were not keen to be associated with medieval biblical exegesis, this aspect of possible influences and sources cannot be neglected. The conference invites contributions on the biblical Renaissance of the twelfth century and later (among others, the Glossa ordinaria, Hugh of St. Victor and the Parisian Victorines, Peter Comestor, Peter Cantor and Stephen Langton, Hugh of St. Cher and Nicholas of Lyra). In sum, the conference aims to explore the extent to which Erasmus and his fellow humanists integrated the progress made by medieval biblical exegesis.

The link between Erasmus and Renaissance humanism, both in northern Europe (Agricola, Cornelius Gerardi Aurelius) and in Italy (Lorenzo Valla, Gianozzo Manetti). The main question is here how Erasmus’s Christian humanism did relate to the broader cultural historical current of renewed textual criticism.

The reception of Erasmus’s text-critical and exegetical work in the early modern era will be explored through the establishment of (new) authoritative version(s) of the New Testament and the debates that accompanied the process (Novum Instrumentum, Vulgata, Textus Receptus) as well as the elaboration of humanist, Protestant, and Catholic exegesis, from Luther and Melanchthon through Beza, from Dorpius, Franciscus Lucas Brugensis and Jansenius Gandavensis, via Estienne, Arias Montanus, through Maldonatus, etc. We further look forward to receiving papers on how Erasmus’ New Testament was used in the development of early modern vernacular versions, on all sides of the confessional spectrum.

Of particular interest are iconographic, book-, and art-historical aspects of the transmission of the texts, both of Erasmus’s predecessors and of Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum.

Papers may be given in English or French and the presentation should take 20 minutes.
To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to lectio@kuleuven.be by January 15, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of March 2016.

The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).

Invited speakers:Gillian Clark (University of Bristol)
Henk Jan De Jonge (Leiden University) 
Günter Frank (Europäische Melanchthon Akademie)
Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame)
Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary University of London)

Venue: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven

Organising Committee:
Erik De Bom, Anthony Dupont, Wim François, Jan Papy, Marleen Reynders, Andrea Robiglio, Violet Soen, Gerd Van Riel 

Scientific Committee:
Rita Beyers (U Antwerpen), Erik De Bom (KU Leuven), Anthony Dupont (KU Leuven), Wim François (KU Leuven), Günter Frank (Europäische Melanchthon Akademie, Bretten), Jan Papy (KU Leuven), Andrea Robiglio (KU Leuven), Herman Selderhuis (Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden), Violet Soen (KU Leuven), Gerd Van Riel (KU Leuven), Wim Verbaal (U Gent)

Contact:
Lectio KU Leuven
Faculties of Arts, Law, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Blijde Inkomststraat 5
3000 Leuven
BELGIUM
+32 16 328778
lectio@kuleuven.be
www.ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio



Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums

University of Reading, 23 September 2016, 9:45 to 17:00

Venue: Special Collections and Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5EX, UK

Website, Programme and Registration at: http://objectlessonsandnaturetables.info/

With the ‘material turn’ in the humanities, historians of science are paying greater and greater attention to collections of all kinds, and to their complex structures and histories. University museum collections in the UK and across Europe form a singular meeting point in humanities discourses for which history of science is highly significant – such as environmental history, histories of colonialism, and information histories.

What exactly does this new landscape of university researchers and their science collections look like now? How do we approach the material culture of science? What are the research projects taking place in this arena, and what is its future potential? How do collaborations between curators and historians of science function – especially inside university contexts? What are the examples of innovative research conjoining university collections and historians of science? When do teaching and research in history of science come together in collections contexts? What public histories of science are being co-produced in university- based science museums? These epistemological and practice-based questions will be the focus of this one-day conference co-sponsored by the Centre for Collections Based Research and the Department of History of the University of Reading, and supported by the British Society for the History of Science.

The morning sessions of the conference are devoted to ‘object animations’, where actual collections objects and their research potential will be explored by speakers who will also be demonstrating their methods and techniques. We have an expert panel with Professor Simon Schaffer and Professor David Gaimster, who will be sharing collaborative research methodologies. The afternoon sessions of 20 minute papers will further deepen our understanding of how to work across collecting institutions and the academy by exploring institutional initiatives, museums as catalysts for sustained interdisciplinarity, and epistemic techniques. Registration open now !


Dr Rohan Deb Roy
Lecturer in South Asian History
Department of History
University of Reading,
United Kingdom
&
Book Reviews Editor,
South Asian History and Culture (Routledge)

http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1947-2498&linktype=145

CALL FOR PAPERS: Utopia for 500 Years

A Conference on Thomas More’s Utopia to be held at St. Thomas More College, University Of Saskatchewan

22-24 September 2016, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the work’s publication

In the five hundred years since Thomas More published his Utopia, the work has had a profound influence on political and philosophical thought. But it has likewise held an important place in modern aesthetic and cultural developments—in literature, in art, in architecture and design—and has inspired political change, social experiments, and radical countercultural movements. This conference seeks to address the varieties of utopia and utopianism that More’s work and those influenced by it have dared imagine. Does the utopian impulse mark a practical response to political, ecological or social crisis? Does utopia reflect a nostalgia for some lost golden age or optimism for a better—if perhaps impossible—future? Do utopian fictions allow us to explore previously unseen possibilities or confine us to the realm of mere imagination? What about dystopias? How are imagined dystopias informed by the tradition begun by More? Are they a straightforward antithesis of the utopian impulse, or could it be that dystopia is somehow a product of utopianism? Finally, what is the place of Utopia and utopias in historical change? Can we identify historical or modern social, economic or ecological experiments that display some utopian vision? In short, how has utopia been used as a tool to think with and how have people translated that thought into action.

We invite proposals on a range of topics that address More’s Utopia, its context, reception and influence, but also those that more broadly address the idea of utopias and utopianism in other political, philosophical, literary, social and historical contexts. We hope this conference will bring together a range of scholars working on Utopia and utopias from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Dr. Anne Prescott, Emerita Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of English at Barnard College, will deliver a keynote address.

St. Thomas More College is a Catholic liberal arts college that is federated with the University of Saskatchewan. The College’s Shannon Library holds one of six extant copies of the 1518 second edition of More’s Utopia. Together with the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Program and the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan, St. Thomas More College invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels that address the conference theme. Applications for funding to cover travel costs will be made available to those whose papers are accepted. Please send proposed titles and abstracts (no longer than 300 words) by email to utopia2016@stmcollege.ca by 8 January 2016.

For conference updates, follow the blog of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies program at the University of Saskatchewan.

On Twitter @CMRSatUSask #Utopia2016

Dr. Brent Nelson, Professor
Director, Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies
Department of English
9 Campus Dr.
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5
ph.: (306) 966-1820
fax.: (306) 966-5951


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Afterlives of Eve

9-11 September 2016 at Newcastle University and Durham University

Keynotes: Sandra M. Gilbert (UC Davis), Wendy Furman-Adams (Whittier), John Bothwell (Durham) 

From Genesis to mitochondrial Eve, the idea of a single common foremother has occupied a crucial space in the Western cultural imaginary. Eve, whether as bringer of sin, as life-giver, as burden, curse or saviour, functions as a commentary on maternity, sexuality, creativity and power. This cross-period and interdisciplinary conference will be an opportunity to explore the impact of her varied representations through the centuries and across different genres and media. 

How has this archetypal figure been revised and revisited by conservative and radical thought? 
What personal, polemical and/or creative uses have been made of the figure of Eve?
What persists and what changes in her depictions across time and geographical space?
How have women and men negotiated their shared and different relationships to Eve?
How has Eve been appropriated, neglected or rejected as a foremother?
How does she speak to fantasies of masculine or feminine self-sufficiency?
What cultural, political, literary and/or theological spaces does she occupy now? 

Topics might include, but need not be limited to: 
  • Origins of/Sources for Eve 
  • Other Eves 
  • The absence of Eve 
  • Representations and Transformations of Eve 
  • Eve as Over-reacher 

We welcome papers from all disciplines in arts, humanities and sciences and covering any historical period. We also welcome panel proposals including PGR panel proposals. Titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words per speaker should be sent to Ruth Connolly (ruth.connolly@ncl.ac.uk) and Mandy Green (mandy.green@durham.ac.uk) by 12 March 2016. 

Panel proposals should also include a title for the panel's programme. Speakers will be notified by March 21st. We gratefully acknowledge support from MEMS at Newcastle, IMEMS Durham and Newcastle University's Academic Conference Fund. A limited number of PGR bursaries may be available. Please indicate when sending your abstract whether you would like to be considered for a bursary.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives

7th Biennial British Shakespeare Association Conference

University of Hull, 8-11 September 2016
www.hull.ac.uk/bsa2016

Keynote speakers:
Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick)
Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex)
Michael Neill (University of Auckland)
Claudia Olk (Free University of Berlin)
Barrie Rutter (Northern Broadsides)
Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford)
Richard Wilson (Kingston University)

‘Remember me!’ commands the ghost of Hamlet’s father at a moment in English history when the very purpose of remembrance of the dead was being transformed. How does the past haunt the present in Shakespeare? What do Shakespeare’s works reveal about the processes of mourning and remembrance? Shakespeare breathed new life into ‘old tales’: how do his acts of literary resuscitation transform the material he revived and what it signifies? This major international conference will investigate the ways in which Shakespeare remembered the past and we remember Shakespeare.

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death offers us a timely opportunity to reflect upon the continuation of his life and art diachronically, spatially from the Globe across the globe, and materially on stage, page, canvas, music score, and screen. How does Shakespeare continue to haunt us? The second strand of the conference focuses on Shakespeare’s literary, dramatic, and transcultural afterlives. The conference thus also seeks to explore the various ways in which Shakespeare’s ghost has been invoked, summoned up, or warded off over the past four centuries.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Shakespearean transformations: borrowing/adaptation/appropriation/intertextuality
  • Shakespeare and death
  • Speaking to/of and impersonating the dead in Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare, religion, and reformations of ritual
  • Shakespeare and memory/remembrance
  • Shakespeare and time: temporality/anachronism/archaism
  • Shakespeare and early modern conceptions of ‘life’
  • Emotion and embodiment in Shakespeare
  • Performing Shakespeare: now and then
  • Transcultural Shakespeare
  • Critical and theoretical conceptions of/engagements through Shakespeare
  • Textual resurrections: editing Shakespeare
  • Rethinking Shakespearean biography
  • Enlivening Shakespeare teaching
  • Shakespeare in a digital age

The conference will be held in the official run-up to Hull’s year as the UK’s City of Culture in 2017. The programme will include plenary lectures, papers, seminars, workshops, and performances at Hull Truck and the Gulbenkian Centre. There will also be special workshops and sessions directed towards pedagogy.

We welcome proposals for papers (20 minutes), panels (90 minutes), or seminars/workshops (90 minutes) on any aspect of the conference theme, broadly interpreted. Abstracts (no more than 200 words) should be sent to bsa2016@hull.ac.uk by 15 December 2015.

Participants must be members of the British Shakespeare Association at the time of the conference. Details of how to join can be found here: www.britishshakespeare.ws

Beyond the PhD: Post-Doctoral Opportunities and Early Career Development for Neo-Latinists

The Society for Neo-Latin Studies is organising a FREE EVENT aimed at researchers with interests in Neo-Latin at the postdoctoral and early-career level, to be held on the 9th September 2016 at King’s College London (Strand Campus). A full schedule for the event is given below, and will include a sponsored lunch and coffee breaks. Each session will include brief presentations on the schemes and opportunities under discussion, with particular consideration of the perspective of neo-Latin researchers. All presenters will have personal experience either of successful applications for, or of assessment of applications for the schemes or positions under discussion.

To sign up for the event please fill in the questionnaire at the following link by the 15th August 2016.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CKXCLC3

The event is open to all who are interested, but should it be over-subscribed, priority will be given to those working wholly or partly on or with neo-Latin material, and who are either PhD students in the final 18 months of their program or post-doctoral researchers within three years of completing their PhD.

Program
10am – Arrival
10.30-11.30 – Introduction and presentation of Junior Research Fellowships and European opportunities. (Victoria Moul and William Barton)
11.30-12.00 – Coffee

12.00-1.00 – Presentation of Leverhulme and British Academy post-docs; and of post-docs attached to specific projects. (Lucy Jackson, Elizabeth Sandis and David McOmish)

1.00-2.00 – Lunch

2.-3.00 - Teaching fellowships, temporary and permanent lectureships, and careers in school-teaching.  (Bobby Xinyue, Ingrid De Smet, John Roberts)

3.00-3.30 – Tea

3.30-5.00pm - Strategies for career development: balancing teaching and research; where and when to publish; REF/TEF; preparing a book proposal; other career options etc. (Victoria Moul, William Barton, Gesine Manuwald)

5.00 onwards - Drinks/dinner at a local venue on a voluntary basis


For any queries not covered by the on-line survey, please contact the organisers at victoria.moul@kcl.ac.uk or william.barton@neolatin.lbg.ac.at.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Cultural Influence of Lucy Harington Russell, Countess of Bedford

“Life of the Muses’ day, their morning star!”
The Cultural Influence of Lucy Harington Russell, Countess of Bedford

11–12 August 2016, Lincoln College, Oxford

Paper proposals are invited for a conference dedicated to the cultural influence of Lucy Harington Russell (1580–1627), Countess of Bedford. Lady Bedford was the pre-eminent woman patron of early seventeenth-century England, and a key figure behind the artistic achievements of such luminaries as John Donne, John Dowland, Ben Jonson, Michael Drayton, Samuel Daniel, and Aemilia Lanyer. She commissioned John Florio to make the first English translation of Montaigne’s Essais, and herself wrote poetry praised by Donne. Grand full-length portraits and exquisite miniatures testify to her patronage of artists including Nicholas Hilliard, and she worked with architects and landscape designers to produce pioneering estate designs. She participated in the most sumptuous court masques of the Jacobean era, managed her husband’s estates, intervened in politically sensitive marriages, and served as Queen Anna’s most trusted confidant. In an age when women’s voices were suppressed in politics and culture Lady Bedford exerted considerable influence in both arenas. Yet she is almost always discussed in relation to the men whom she enabled and inspired. This conference seeks to place her at the centre of critical enquiry, asking questions about power, politics, patronage, culture, literature, performance, art, architecture, religion, and the body.

Keynotes:
Professor Linda Levy Peck (George Washington University)
Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Confirmed speakers include:
Julie Crawford (Columbia); Ariel Franklin-Hudson (Columbia); Karen Hearn (UCL); Erica Longfellow (New College, Oxford); Margaret Maurer (Colgate); Michelle O’Callaghan (Reading); Marion O’Connor (Kent); Barbara Ravelhofer (Durham); Chris Stamatakis (UCL); Jane Stevenson (Aberdeen); Sebastiaan Verweij (Bristol).

The conference organisers are Dr Daniel Starza Smith (Lincoln College, Oxford) and Dr Nadine Akkerman (Leiden/Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study). Please send expressions of interest to daniel.smith@ell.ox.ac.uk by Wednesday, 9 March. Graduate bursaries are available, thanks to generous support from the Society for Renaissance Studies, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Musical Association. Please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for one of these.

The Sharing of Medical Ideas and Information Among Early-Modern Practitioners

A Project Meeting to be held at the Edward Worth Library (1733), in association with UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland

Tuesday 2 August 2016, 2 p.m.-5.30 p. m.

Free Admission – Booking Essential
Venue: The Boardroom, Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ole Peter Grell, MA, Ph.D., FRHS

Programme:

Tuesday 2 August 2016

1.00pm: Registration

1.45pm: Official Opening

2.00pm: Dr Jason Harris (Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, University College Cork)
“The Latinity of Renaissance Physicians”

2.30pm: Dr Benjamin Hazard (School of History, University College Dublin)
“Medical Recipes for Military Chaplains in Spanish Flanders.”

3.30pm: Dr Elizabethanne Boran (Librarian, The Edward Worth Library)
“Buying and Selling Medical Books in Early Modern Ireland”

4.00pm: Keynote Chaired by: Dr Catherine Cox (Director, UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland):

Professor Ole Peter Grell MA PhD FRHistS (Professor in Early Modern History, The Open University)
“The Importance of the Republic of Letters for the Exchange of Medical Knowledge and Ideas in the Early Seventeenth Century: The Physician Ole Worm (1588-1654) and his Correspondents”

3.00pm: Coffee Break

5.00pm: Closing Remarks

For bookings, contact: Ben Hazard

John Lyly’s Galatea at the Jerwood Space, London

We invite scholars to participate in exploring John Lyly’s Galatea at the Jerwood Space this August. The award-winning theatre maker Emma Frankland and Andy Kesson will be working with a company of performers, exploring the play’s representations of non-normative sexuality and its concluding investment in transgender identity. We are grateful to Shakespeare Bulletin, the University of Roehampton and the Before Shakespeare project for funding and supporting this work.

Scholars are invited to participate in this exploration by joining us in the performance space in two- to three-hour slots, available throughout the week (11am-1pm, 2pm-5pm). Scholars are welcome to come as witnesses to the workshop, to document it or to take a more active role and join the performance workshop itself. The workshop is a week-long process of theatrical research and development and is not building towards a final performance at the end of the week.

The workshop will take place 1-5 August. For further information, and to book a slot, please email andy.kesson@roehampton.ac.uk. For anyone interested but unable to attend, we will be documenting the week’s work on the Before Shakespeare website.

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Paratheatrical Entertainments in Shakespeare’s London and London’s Shakespeare” at the World Shakespeare Congress 2016.



Donald Hedrick (Kansas State University) and Edel Semple (University College Cork) Although scholarly interest in available “alternatives” to early modern London theater has recently grown, a focused examination of their relation to Shakespeare has been somewhat absent. Beginning with the position that London’s “entertainment industry” invites a perspective on Shakespeare’s theater which is not dismissive of these entertainments but sees them as integral to and indices of pleasure-production of the time, this seminar aims to redress the existing scholarly gap.

Seminar papers may examine single entertainments (such as bear-baiting, gambling, sports, hearing sermons, drinking, fairs, or other activities), or elements of them in representations or allusions, or they may address the complex theoretical relationship between this culture and Shakespeare’s work. 

Central questions may include these: 
  • What similar or different aesthetics were available in London’s wider entertainment offerings? 
  • In what ways was Shakespeare’s work informed by or even in competition with these entertainments? 
  • What entertainments did Shakespeare depict, how were they inserted, and to what ends? 
  • What was the audience reception of these, either as original recreations or in their secondary representations by Shakespeare? 
  • What is gained or lost in Shakespeare’s “translation” of them? 
  • What sorts of pleasures did they embody for Shakespeare, whether disorderly and “low,” or licit and “higher”? 

Registration for this seminar can be found online at the World Shakespeare Congress 2016 website.

Women and Shakespeare Day Conference

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 at 10:00 - Chawton, United Kingdom

Event Description

Shakespeare is celebrated for having created some of Western theatre’s most iconic female roles, yet characters such as Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew and Isabella in Measure for Measure continue to perplex as much as they fascinate readers, audiences, and theatre practitioners. His works have inspired a rich tradition of women’s writing and in the theatre women such as Ellen Kean, Ellen Terry, and Edy Craig have been influential in shaping Shakespeare in performance. In the year of the 400th anniversary of his death, this event will consider the part women have played in constructing Shakespeare’s reputation and ensuring his ongoing fame.

The event will conclude with a Jubilee Promenade Performance of the most iconic of Shakespeare’s women, directed by Elaine McGirr (Royal Holloway, University of London). This will include both silent tableaux and characteristic speeches from the original plays and from eighteenth-century adaptations. Highlights are Lady Constance’s maternal passion, Cordelia’s triumphant final speech, and Margaret of Anjou, ‘the she-wolf of France’.

Speakers include:

Ailsa Grant Ferguson (University of Brighton): ‘Original’ practice? All-female Shakespeare from suffragettes to Smooth Faced Gentlemen

Gail Marshall (University of Leicester): Women and Shakespeare in 1859

Fiona Ritchie and Peter Sabor (McGill University): Shakespeare in the letters, journals and novels of Frances Burney and Sarah Harriet Burney

Ann Thompson (King’s College London): The Taming of the Shrew: the play we love to hate

Tickets: Delegate £45 Student/Friend £35 WhenSaturday, 23 July 2016 from 10:00 to 18:00 (WhereChawton House Library - Chawton, GU34

Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-and-shakespeare-day-conference-tickets-24958342073


Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums

University of Reading, 23 September 2016, 9:45 to 17:00

Venue: Special Collections and Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5EX, UK

Website, Programme and Registration at: http://objectlessonsandnaturetables.info/

With the ‘material turn’ in the humanities, historians of science are paying greater and greater attention to collections of all kinds, and to their complex structures and histories. University museum collections in the UK and across Europe form a singular meeting point in humanities discourses for which history of science is highly significant – such as environmental history, histories of colonialism, and information histories.

What exactly does this new landscape of university researchers and their science collections look like now? How do we approach the material culture of science? What are the research projects taking place in this arena, and what is its future potential? How do collaborations between curators and historians of science function – especially inside university contexts? What are the examples of innovative research conjoining university collections and historians of science? When do teaching and research in history of science come together in collections contexts? What public histories of science are being co-produced in university- based science museums? These epistemological and practice-based questions will be the focus of this one-day conference co-sponsored by the Centre for Collections Based Research and the Department of History of the University of Reading, and supported by the British Society for the History of Science.

The morning sessions of the conference are devoted to ‘object animations’, where actual collections objects and their research potential will be explored by speakers who will also be demonstrating their methods and techniques. We have an expert panel with Professor Simon Schaffer and Professor David Gaimster, who will be sharing collaborative research methodologies. The afternoon sessions of 20 minute papers will further deepen our understanding of how to work across collecting institutions and the academy by exploring institutional initiatives, museums as catalysts for sustained interdisciplinarity, and epistemic techniques. Registration open now !


Dr Rohan Deb Roy
Lecturer in South Asian History
Department of History
University of Reading,
United Kingdom
&
Book Reviews Editor,
South Asian History and Culture (Routledge)

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POSITION : A 1 year Post Doctoral Researcher in History of Ancient and Medieval Mathematical Astronomy

History of ancient and medieval mathematical astronomy: A 1-year post doc position within the PSL research project TAMAS-Tables Analysis Methods for the History of Astral Sciences

Deadline: September 30, 2016
Notification: November, 1, 2016
Starting dates: between January 1 and June 1, 2017
Observatoire de Paris, SYRTE, Equipe d’histoire.


The postdoctoral researcher will participate in TAMAS a PSL research project that pursues new standards in the edition and analysis of ancient and medieval astronomical tables.

For centuries across Eurasia, astronomical tables were constructed, compiled and copied to meet a wide range of religious, ritualistic and political needs, to make calendars, to predict the future astrologically, and to understand the natural world. Such tables circulated among cultures and were appropriated and transformed by a great diversity of actors. Thus, the numerical data conveyed in these tables provide rich evidence for exchange and ancient scientific practices. For example, from tabular data, we can recover how complex massive numerical computations were handled in the ancient world. Tables also reveal how astral phenomena were modelled and how reasoning and prediction were shaped. As written documents of a special type, falling between computation per se and data storage, astronomical tables expose epistemic writing practices in their layout and their combination into “sets” of tables. Created by complex computation with often-interlinked algorithms, circulating tables generally were adapted to new contexts and purposes rather than recomputed from scratch. Thus in addition to their individual contents, astronomical tables viewed more generally can provide unmatched sources for studying the transmission of computational know-how, writing technologies and layouts, theoretical models, and numerical parameters. With enhanced digital editorial and analytical tools, scholars will be able to chart previously unrecognized paths of circulation, to learn how large collections of tables were shaped, and to track the spread and appropriation of particular computational practices.

A central goal of TAMAS is to bring together emerging and more senior scholars. By working together through carefully selected case studies, such collaboration encourages both the transmission of tacit know-how generally not found in scholarly publications as well as the critical reappraisal of the traditional and fundamental research questions in the discipline.

The project focuses on two sets of questions:
  • What type of database should we design in order to “edit” sources in the ancient astral sciences in the context of the digital humanities? How can a single tool handle diverse tabular layouts, different types of numbers, different kinds of errors and variants between copies, as well as the variety of publishing options in paper and digital formats?
  • What kinds of tools should we create to explore materials within this database and to analyse these sources? How can we employ modern computational power with the necessary attention to the historical computation practices of the actors? How can we describe the algorithms presented in texts and their eventual effective uses in computing tables?

These two groups of questions are obviously closely related and need to be treated together in order to guarantee the compatibility of the analytical tools with the database on which they should operate. For the first group of questions we intend to produce innovative table- and parameter-databases and to develop new ways to publish our research in conjunction with well-established journals in the field such as the Journal for the History of Astronomy and SCIAMVS. For the second set of questions we will create shared, historically based computation routines allowing us to explore in new ways the numerical content of astronomical tables. These efforts will be based on original, individual cases studies from specific sources by each participant in the project. These studies will be published as a book that will be the first exploration, of this breadth, of these methodological issues.

TAMAS is based at the Observatoire de Paris (France) and is bringing together 14 scholars from 9 nations on 4 continents. It cover sources in the major languages of ancient science: cuneiform, Greek, Arabic, Latin, Sankrit and Chinese. Based in Paris the postdoctoral researcher will actively participate in the design of TAMAS digital tools with the two IT specialists associated with the project based in the Observatory. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to the collective book. She/he will cooperate closely with Dr Matthieu Husson (project PI) and be expected to take an active part in the collective events of the project over the course of the year.

Applicants should propose a research project addressing a specific set of ancient or medieval astronomical tables. They must show how this specific set of astronomical tables presents challenges which will help shape the design of various TAMAS digital tools and offer methodological reflections in original and pertinent ways.

Qualifications:
  • A PhD in the history of ancient and medieval sciences, preferably closely connected to the history of Astronomy or a manuscript submitted to the PhD committee.
  • Knowledge of the ancient(s) language(s) related to the sources addressed in the proposed research project are required.
  • Good writing and communication skills in English are required.
  • A demonstrated capacity for creative and independent research.
  • The ability and willingness to work as a member of an international research team.
  • Demonstrated experience in the domain of Digital Humanities would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing in peer reviewed journals is also an asset.
Offer:

We offer a one year post-doctoral position. The proposed salary is according to the Paris Observatory regulation around 2400 euros gross per month on a full time basis. Contract will start at the soonest on January 1, 2017 and at the latest on June, 1 2017.

How to apply:

Applications are to be sent by the September 30, 2016 deadline as a pdf attachment by email to Matthieu Husson (matthieu.husson@obspm.fr). Applications must include the following:
  1. Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
  2. Research track records: publications, invited lectures… (max 2 pages)
  3. Research project (max 3000 words)
  4. Pdf-copy of the doctoral dissertation
  5. Certified copies of the relevant diplomas
  6. Contact details of two referee (name, institutional affiliation and email address) or two letters of reference
Evaluation process

Each application will be reviewed by one of the referees proposed by the applicant and a referee external to the TAMAS project. Based on this, a selection committee from the TAMAS project will establish a ranking of three candidates. The result will be communicated to the applicant by November, 1 2016.

Additional information

Applicant are encouraged to consider additional information on the project at tamas.hypotheses.org. They can also contact the project PI Matthieu Husson (matthieu.husson@obspm.fr).


1616 - The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare

Transatlantyk2 present their acclaimed new one-man play, which dramatically recreates Shakespeare’s, life, loves and works.

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1616 – The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 July, 19.30 - 21.00
Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston Street (Guy's Campus), SE1 3RA

“As you've never seen or heard him before, the famous playwright is caught bare-footed in his private chamber in his hometown in Warwickshire, home to his patient wife and grown up offspring. Under firmly controlled direction from Lucyna Hunter, Gareth Somers gives a fine performance, hugely varied in pace and content, according to the many different characters he conjures, in recollecting Shakespeare's life.”
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Transatlantyk2 present their acclaimed new one-man play, which dramatically recreates Shakespeare’s, life, loves and works.

1616 – The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare, is a poetic and physical show that sees Shakespeare on the last day of his life relive his own dramatic, grimy and humorous life story.

He revisits the passions and politics that formed him. Locked in a room inside his Stratford home, the poet, actor, lover, betrayer, moneylender and “king’s man” conjures a final audience to pick through the “rinds and fruits” of his life.

Described by Radio 4's Samira Ahmed as a "remarkable play full of love" 1616 reveals the passions, rivalries, betrayals, loves and dodgy dealings of our greatest playwright.

This intelligent and fast-paced Transatlantyk2 production, has received ***** audience reviews in Stratford-upon-Avon with audiences saying:

“Excellent production, captivating and a real theatrical experience.”
“Excellent in its range, detailed and magnificently performed.”
“Engaging, totally absorbing and poignant.”
“An astounding performance”

Following a critically acclaimed five Star Reviewed one-man Woyzeck at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, actor/writer and performer Gareth Somers brings the same versatility, skill and energy to play Shakespeare, his friends and adversaries in this lyrical and enlightening new play.

1616 deconstructs and humanises a cultural icon and asks questions about the people and politics which shaped his extraordinary life.
£8-£10
Contact
Please direct enquiries to shakespeare@kcl.ac.uk
Booking for this event is required via our e-store.Registration URL http://bit.ly/1SbbZZx

Call for entries: IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science (deadline: 30 November 2016)

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for the first IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition, planned to continue on a biennial basis, seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline.

Entries in the form of an essay of 5,000–10,000 words in English are invited, addressing this year’s prize question: “What is the value of philosophy of science for history of science?” All entries should contain original work that has not previously been published. For entries written originally in another language, an English translation should be submitted with an indication of the translator.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria, in addition to general academic quality: a direct engagement with this year’s prize question, an effective integration of historical and philosophical perspectives, and the potential to provide methodological guidance for other researchers in the field.

The author of the winning entry will be invited to present the work at the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro (23-29 July 2017), and presenting at the Congress will be a condition of the award. (The presentation of the winning work will be considered a “non-paper-session activity,” and will not interfere with the possibility of the winner also giving a standard paper at the Congress.)

The award will carry a cash prize of 1,000 U.S. dollars and, in addition, the cost of hotel accommodation for attending the Congress, though the Congress registration fee will not be waived.

Other strong entries will also be considered for presentation at the Congress. In order to ensure this consideration, entrants should submit the entry also as an individual paper proposal for the Congress by the deadline of 30 November 2016, following the standard instructions:

http://www.ichst2017.sbhc.org.br/conteudo/view?ID_CONTEUDO=259

Entries for this essay prize are invited from anyone, without restriction of age, nationality or academic status. Co-authored work will be considered, but if the winning entry is a co-authored work the cash prize and accommodation subsidy would need to be shared out among the authors.

This prize is administered by the Joint Commission, whose remit is to make links between the work of the two Divisions of the IUHPST: the DHST (Division of History of Science and Technology) and the DLMPST (Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology). For further information about IUHPST, see http://iuhps.net.

Entries for the prize competition should be submitted in pdf format by e-mail to the Chair of the Joint Commission, Prof. Hasok Chang, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge hc372@cam.ac.uk. Any queries should also be directed to him. The deadline for submission is 30 November 2016.

PhD Studentship Bursary in Renaissance Studies on London theatrical culture and its context, 1565-95

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), English and Creative Writing were ranked 15th in their panel for the strength of the research outputs produced during the assessment period. The department, and the university, continue on an ambitious trajectory, providing a fully funded PhD studentship to work alongside the Before Shakespeare project, engaging in PhD study full time and integrating into the life of Roehampton’s School of English and Creative Writing working with academic colleagues. This fully funded PhD studentship also provides you with the opportunity to work with our project partners, Dolphin’s Back, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Museum of London Archaeology, to develop important networks and develop the impact of your own research. Details of the Before Shakespeare project can be found at beforeshakespeare.com.

The Bursary: Funding is available for UK/EU and International* students at Home/EU rates for three years full-time study. This fully funded scholarship will cover home/EU fees of £4,121 for Home/EU students and maintenance of £16,296 p.a. in 2016/17 for 3 years full-time subject to satisfactory progress.
*(see end note)

Accommodation: will be available at Spring Mews. If you take up this accommodation, the cost of the rent will be deducted from the stipend. The rent rate for 2016-17 is £175 per week.
Your research study will be supervised by Dr Andy Kesson and Prof Clare McManus. Applications are invited from bold, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a project on a subject of their choice within the field of dramatic, literary or theatre history between the years 1565 and 1595. Subjects might include, but are not limited to:

  • Anti-theatrical pamphlets as a literary form 
  • Theatre companies (Queen’s Men, Paul’s Boys, Strange’s Men) 
  • Playhouses (Red Lion, Newington Butts, the Curtain) 
  • Overlooked authorial canons (George Peele, Robert Greene, Robert Wilson) 
  • Relationships between theatrical and non-theatrical culture (for example, poetry, music, prose, fiction or pamphleteering) 
  • Theatre company touring practices during the period of the early playhouses 

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School training programme.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Andy Kesson (andy.kesson@roehampton.ac.uk) for informal discussion of potential projects before applying.

Eligibility and how to apply:

In order to be eligible, applicants should hold a first class or upper second class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualification) and a Master’s degree with distinction (or equivalent) in a related subject.

The successful candidate should be available to start on 1st October 2016.

To apply, please email the following to pgresearch@roehampton.ac.uk with the subject heading ‘Before Shakespeare’:

1) A copy of your CV including copies of your academic qualifications.

2) Contact details of two academic referees.

3) A cover letter outlining your proposed project, a research plan and a potential structure for the thesis. The cover letter also needs to state the reasons you are applying for this studentship and outlining your expertise and relevant skills.

4) Completed Application Form for PhD Study (RDB1b) downloadable at http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Courses/Graduate-School/Degrees/

The closing date for completed applications is: 25 July 2016.

Formal interviews will be held: 15 August 2016.

*Recipients of these studentships will be covered for Home/EU fees, and recipients due to pay overseas fees will be required to pay the difference between Home/EU and overseas tuition fee rates.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Society for Renaissance Studies 7th Biennial Conference

Society for Renaissance Studies 7th Biennial Conference
School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
18-20 July, 2016

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews): ‘Making Common in Sixteenth-Century England’
Professor Willy Maley (University of Glasgow): ‘“Patsy Presbys”, or “Pulling the Wool Off Living Sheep”: Milton’s Observations (1649) and Ulster Presbyterianism’
Professor Evelyn Welch (King’s College, London): ‘Renaissance Skin’

We invite proposals for panels and for individual papers from Renaissance scholars from the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, history of art, history, history of science and medicine, literature, music, philosophy and other fields. Proposals for panels (90 minutes) and individual papers (20 minutes) should engage with one of the following themes:
  • Anachronisms
  • Conflict and Resolution
  • Imaging the Nation
  • Reformations and Recusants
  • Beasts
  • Word and Image

The conference will also feature an open strand for papers which engage with themes other than those suggested.

Proposals (max. 400 words) are welcome from both postgraduates and established scholars. They should be sent by Friday 2 October, 2015 to the conference organizers, Mr Andrew Bradburn & Dr Tom Nichols, arts-rensoc2016@glasgow.ac.uk.

Accompanying events will include: visits to leading Renaissance sites and collections in and around Glasgow (including Stirling Castle) and an exhibition of Renaissance prints at the Hunterian Art Gallery.

Further details (e.g. full programme, registrations forms and information about accommodation) will be posted as they become available.

Please note that the Society is particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers, and we will be able to offer generous bursaries to cover travel, registration and accommodation expenses. Further information about bursary applications will be disseminated in due course.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Dressing Global Bodies

The clothes on our backs...

are intimately connected with bodily experiences, cultural, social and gender portrayals. Economies of fashioning and re-fashioning demonstrate multiple priorities across place and time. The materialities of fashion are shaped by global flows of cloth and beads, furs, ready-made and second-hand apparel, in dynamic processes of exchange.

Pasold Conference 2016 | 7-9 July 2016 | University of Alberta
This international conference will showcase new research on the centrality of dress in global, colonial and post-colonial engagements, emphasizing entangled histories and cross-cultural analyses.

Themes could include, but are not limited to:
  • Cross-cultural practices and patterns of dress and / or body adornment
  • Production and distribution of clothing
  • Gendered and ethnic shaping of dress practice
  • Fashion politics of dress in globalizing contexts
  • Circulation and re-use of dress and dress idioms
  • Design in globalized contexts
  • Representations of clothing cultures
  • Appropriation / acculturation of designs, materials, motifs
  • Dress in colonial / post-colonial contexts

Submission Requirements:

For individual speakers: a 200-word proposal and a 1 page CV

For full panels: a 200-word panel rationale, plus 200 word proposals for each panel participant along with their individual 1 page CVs.

We especially welcome themed panels, maximum three speakers but individuals papers are welcomed as well.

Send all submissions to: dgb.conference@ualberta.ca

Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2015.

Acceptances of papers to be announced: 1 December 2015.

Plenary Speakers:

Fashion in Qing/Early Republican China - Antonia Finnane Professor, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Author of Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, History, Nation

Cultures of Dress within Global Africa - Karen Tranberg HansenProfessor Emerita. Department of Anthropology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University
Author of Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia

Colonial practice, cross-cultural influences in the dress of colonial Spanish America - Dana LeibsohnPriscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art, Department of Art, Smith College

Principal Organizers:
Beverly Lemire, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta lemire@ualberta.ca
Giorgio Riello, Department of History and Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick pasold.research@warwick.ac.uk

For further information please refer to http://www.dressingglobalbodies.com