CALL FOR PAPERS Ars Effectiva et Methodus: The Body in Early Modern Science and Thought

Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel, 30 June – 1 July 2014

Organised by Karin Friedrich (Aberdeen) with the support of the Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund/Hunter Caldwell Awards and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen (Scotland)

This is a call for papers for a conference that focuses on the influence of Melanchthon’s methodus et ars on the definition and meaning of the body – both real and metaphorical and across the disciplines. It builds on a symposium on the formation of scholarly disciplines and networks spun between Scotland and Northern Europe around the Scottish polymath Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) which was held at the University of Aberdeen 8-10 May 2013. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, it initiated a research project on Liddel’s library (held in Aberdeen) and his time at the University of Helmstedt from 1595-1607.

Following Renaissance medicine’s approach, we see ars medica penetrating all innermost parts of nature and combining all disciplines, from medicine to cosmography to ethics, and employing empirical observation. Triggered first by epidemics such as the Black Death and, in the sixteenth century, the ‘French Disease’, trust in Aristotelian and Galenic medical traditions suffered a setback in favour of the rise of broadly Neo-Platonist occult concepts, reflected in the work of Paracelsus, Fracastoro, Fernel and other innovators. Alongside this shift, empirical approaches began to flourish, especially in relation to anatomy and the physical body, just as Aristotelianism began to give way to the new philosophy. In Liber de anima (1540), for example, Melanchthon insisted that knowledge of our bodies’ anatomy gave us self-knowledge about our souls and revealed God’s workmanship within us. Anatomy became a natural philosophical endeavour that could help to maintain doctrinal coherence in the church.

As Humanist scholars of medicine and related disciplines explored the possibilities of new epistemologies and methodologies, a growing European republic of letters gained significance. With a particular interest in the role of polymathic networks and their discourses, particularly Lutheran and humanist networks, we need to ask how, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, new concepts of the human body contributed to the development and differentiation of scientific disciplines in the post-medieval world, right up to what was later labelled the ‘Scientific Revolution’.

Themes for exploration are:
Bodies physical and metaphysical
Knowledge of bodies and bodies of knowledge: the development of disciplines
Teaching the Body: didactic scholarship
Heavenly bodies and down to earth: From astronomy to astrology and alchemy
The ‘Body Politic’ as an epistemological resource
‘Body of Proof’: Medicine, Method and Humanist discourses

Proposals (not longer than 350 words, or one page A4, stating the address from which you will travel) for papers addressing the themes of the conference (papers are limited to 20 minutes) are accepted in German, English or French and should be sent by 7 March (preferably via email) to:
Professor Dr Karin Friedrich
Chair of Early Modern History
Deputy Head of School (Divinity, History and Philosophy) for History
Co-director Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS)

University of Aberdeen
Crombie Annexe 207
Meston Walk
Aberdeen AB24 3FX
Tel. +44- (0) 1224-272451

Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy

Dublin, 27-28 June, 2014

2014 marks the 350th anniversary of a key year in English-language women's literary history. 1664 witnessed not only the publication of Katherine Philips's supposedly unauthorised Poems but also her untimely death at the age of 32. 'Katherine Philips 350: Writing, Reputation, Legacy' - an international conference to be held at Marsh's Library, Dublin - will celebrate this important anniversary in a city where Philips spent the most productive and high-profile year of her literary career. It will offer the opportunity not only to re-evaluate Philips's literary achievements, but also to reassess her influence on later seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century women's writing.

The conference programme will include plenary lectures by Professor Elizabeth Hageman (University of New Hampshire) and Professor Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University). It will also include a visit to the site of Smock Alley Theatre, where Philips's play Pompey was performed in 1663.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Texts, canon and circulation
  • Philips's life and afterlife
  • Language and form
  • Letter-writing
  • Drama
  • Translation
  • Philips as reader and critic
  • Archipelagic contexts
  • Politics and religion
  • Friendship and sexualities
  • Literary networks
Titles and abstracts (of up to 250 words) for papers should be sent to
by 31 August 2013. Please also include your name, institutional affiliation (where applicable), and email address.

A selection of essays based on papers from the conference will be published in a special issue of Women's Writing in 2015.

Further information about the conference will be posted at

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin in 2014!

Marie-Louise Coolahan and Gillian Wright, conference organisers

CALL FOR PAPERS: Garrick and Shakespeare

An International Conference

Kingston University at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames with Garrick's Shakespeare Temple
June 25th - June 27th 2014

Plenary Speakers:

Simon Callow (2014 Garrick Lecture)
Normal Clarke
Michael Dobson
Peter Holland

David Garrick’s Kingston connections date from 1754, when he bought the house beside the Thames known ever after as Garrick’s Villa, and built his Shakespeare Temple, where he would be famously painted by Zoffany. So, as part of the 2014 ‘Kingston Connections’ programme, Kingston University and the Rose Theatre will jointly host an academic conference to celebrate the great Shakespearean and commemorate his legacy to the Royal Borough.

Actor, manager, playwright, versifier, philosophical correspondent: Garrick excelled in many parts, and was possibly both the most praised and vilified cultural celebrity of his age. Authors whose plays he rejected and performers he did not employ were certainly not sparing in their attacks. ‘Garrick and Shakespeare’ therefore seeks to focus on his achievements as a Shakespeare interpreter and impresario, but also to re-examine Garrick’s controversial reputation.

Papers are invited on any aspect of Garrick’s life and work, but topics it is hoped to open for new consideration include his career as a Shakespearean actor, correspondence, celebrity status, and influence as an arts administrator. Please send a 300-word abstract together with brief cv. by March 31 2014 to:

Professor Richard Wilson
The Rose Theatre, 124-6 High Street
Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1HL

Research, Teaching and Learning: Poems, Emblems and The Unfortunate Florinda, edited by Alice Eardley

Research, Teaching and Learning
Monday 23rd June 2014
2pm – 6pm

The Postgraduate Hub, Senate House

University of Warwick

An afternoon conference to celebrate the launch of Poems, Emblems and The Unfortunate Florinda,
edited by Alice Eardley.

Refreshments will be provided.

Alice Eardley - Southampton, Victoria Burke – Ottawa, Sarah Ross –Victoria University of Wellington, Marie-Louise Coolahan – Galway, Elizabeth Clarke – Warwick, Rebekah King – Warwick, Sophie Shoreland – King’s College London

Do let us know if you are coming:

Persistence of the Past in Nineteenth Century Scholarship

CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 19-20 June 2014.

Registration is now open for the conference 'Persistence of the Past in Nineteenth-century Scholarship' taking place at CRASSH on 19-20 June.

This workshop proposes a new approach to the intellectual life of nineteenth-century Britain. It will investigate the surprising persistence of early modern learning in the rhetoric and practice of scholarly disciplines, ranging from biblical criticism to anthropology and the writing of history.

It is free to attend but you must register.

Speakers include:
Lori Anne Ferrell, Claremont Graduate University
Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
Colin Kidd, University of St. Andrews
James Kirby, University of Oxford
Walter Stephens, Johns Hopkins University
Rosemary Sweet, University of Leicester
Martha Vandrei, King's College London
Brian Young, University of Oxford

Emma Hacking
ERC research project administrator
CRASSH, University of Cambridge
Alison Richard Building
7 West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DT
+44 (0)1223 760483

Working hours: Monday - Thursday, 8.30am-5pm

Stereotyping in Early Modern British Public Spheres: History as Fieldwork

Event Date: 16 Jun 2014 to 17 Jun 2014

Day 1: Bloomsbury Room G35 (starts at 9:30am) ; Day 2: Woburn Room G22 (ends by 3pm), Institute of Historical Research, University of London

This two-day conference seeks to explore patterns of stereotyping in early modern British public spheres and how they influenced the negotiation of power across different spheres of life. To do this, the conference invites you to think of early modern research as a form of ‘fieldwork’, which could benefit from – and in turn enhance – more contemporary forms of ‘fieldworks’ conducted across the social sciences. The conference accordingly brings together early modernists, C20 historians and psychologists, all interested from different angles in how representations shaped meaning and social relationships. The meeting thus pushes interdisciplinary dialogue to a new, exciting, direction.

Conference Organisers: Koji Yamamoto (History, King’s College London) and Vlad Glaveanu (Psychology, Aalborg, Denmark)

Plenary Lecture: Mark Knights (History, Warwick), ‘Stereotypes and History’

Confirmed early modern participants: William Bulman (Lehigh); Will Cavert (Cambridge); Justin Champion (Royal Holloway, London); Tim Harris (Brown); Rob Iliffe (Sussex); Brodie Waddell (Birkbeck); Andy Wood (Durham)

Confirmed commentators: Susan Condor (Social Psychology, Loughborough); Lucy Delap (C20 History, King’s College London); Denis Hilton (Psychology, Toulouse II); Sandra Jovchelovitch (Psychology, LSE); Becky Taylor (C20 History, Birkbeck); Wolfgang Wagner (Psychology, Linz); Brady Wagoner (Psychology, Aalborg); Abigail Woods (History of Science, King’s College London)

Registration is now open via the conference website.

N.B. If registered before the end of April, student rate is just £10 including lunch and refreshments.

Dr Koji Yamamoto
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2015)
Department of History
King's College London

Enlightenment senses? Eighteenth-Century Sensorium(s), Theory and Experience

June 13th-14th 2014, King’s College London

Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s

The senses mattered a great deal in the eighteenth-century. Sensibility, sympathy, and Lockean subject theory were all overwhelming concerned with the senses, and ‘The Enlightenment’ is often seen as a crucial breaking point in how we have historically understood and used our senses. Historical narratives that stress the increased value placed on the rationality of vision and the primacy of touch over the eighteenth-century - gaining prominence over the sense of smell as a method of evaluation - are much contested today. Scholars such as Foucault, Horkheimer and Adorno, and Lucien Febvre have emphasized the manifold changes in the way the senses were thought about and used during the Enlightenment. At a broader level Mark Smith has stated that

‘In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the senses informed the emergence of social classes, race and gender conventions, industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, imperialism, nationalism, ideas concerning selfhood and “other,” to list the most obvious developments typically associated with the “modern” era’. (Mark Smith, Sensing The Past, Berg, 2007, p.1)

This two-day conference aims to bring together those concerned with the social and cultural history of the senses in the period from 1650-1790 as well as those working on literary or intellectual histories of the senses in an attempt to encourage a more active dialogue between these areas. The conference aims to link ‘sensory histories’, concerned with embodied sensory experience and representation, with ‘histories of the senses’ in which the intellectual and medical understandings of the senses are foregrounded. Papers are invited that reflect on the wide variety of issues described above and their connections with notions of ‘Enlightenment’. We particularly welcome papers that seek to critique the utility of the ‘Enlightenment’ for the understanding of the senses in the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries.

Proposals are invited from across disciplines for papers of 20 minutes in length. Proposals of up to 300 words should be sent to with a brief biography attached. The deadline for proposals is 08/03/2014.

The conference is being organised by William Tullett, Alice Marples & Marlee Newman.

Dan Geffrey with the New Poete: Reading and Rereading Chaucer and Spenser

11th-13th July 2014, Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol

Confirmed plenary speakers

Professor Judith H. Anderson, Indiana University, Bloomington
Dr Helen Barr, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Professor Helen Cooper, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Registration is now open. Please follow the link to access the conference website:

The deadline for registration is June 12th 2014.
To contact the organisers please email

There is a persistent discussion between scholars of the medieval and early modern periods about how both periods are conceptualised and about the interrelations between them. How can reading, or rereading, the connections between these two poets contribute to this discussion? Chaucer is customarily read as a poet of the High Middle Ages, whose valorization of the vernacular had a profound influence on the poetry of subsequent centuries. Spenser is often read as a poet of the High Renaissance for whom continuity with the past (literary and historical) was a paramount issue. What are the connections between these poets and how can they help to shape revisionist discussions about the periodization of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance? This conference aims to reread the connections between Chaucer and Spenser, in the light of recent critical methodologies and reformulations of historical continuity and difference. The organisers hope to publish a selection of the resultant papers as a single volume, and that the conference will address some of the following questions:

  • How has the relationship between Chaucer and Spenser been read and how can it be reread?
  • How do these two poets together help us periodize / deperiodize / reperiodize the medieval and the early modern?
  • What kind of continuum do they share? Is their relationship continuous, radically other, both or neither? Can we reconceptualise descriptions of poetic similarity or difference through discussing Chaucer and Spenser together?
  • Can we think of their connection in terms of anticipation as well as influence?
  • What can we learn about the phenomenon of intertextuality by rereading the connections between these two poets?
  • Does Spenser present us with one Chaucer or many? How has this affected later versions of Chaucer?
  • Do these two poets take analogous approaches to the task of making poetry?
  • How do earlier fifteenth- and sixteenth-century readings and adaptations of the Chaucerian canon affect Spenser’s readings of it?
  • How might a greater variety of critical approaches reveal new connections between the poets? (e.g. ecocriticism, posthumanism, studies of material cultures, studies of the digital humanities, cognitive approaches, histories of the emotions, disability studies).
  • How does Chaucer imagine his poetic followers? What would Chaucer think of Spenser?

The conference is supported by the Modern Humanities Research Association, The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA), and the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bristol.

Dramatizing Penshurst: Site, Scripts, Sidneys

A conference at Penshurst Place 8-9 June 2014

Registration is now open:

This conference, held at Penshurst Place, and featuring a Globe Education ‘Read not Dead’ staged reading of Lady Mary Wroth’s Love’s Victory, offers a unique opportunity to explore how site and writing connect in the work of the Sidney-Herbert family. How does the architecture of the great house, the gardens and the estate function as a symbolic site of community for this literary coterie? How, in turn, do the plays, poems, letters and stories recreate the site, dramatizing it in fictive scenes?

The conference will explore how Penshurst Place operates as a repository of memories and tradition and simultaneously as a place of literary innovation (in sonnet sequences, lyrics, female-authored drama and pastoral romance.)

Proposals for 20 minute papers which engage with these topics are invited to complement talks by literary scholars including: Professors Michael Brennan, Margaret Hannay and Mary Ellen Lamb, Alison Findlay, Paul Salzman, Akiko Kusunoki, Naomi Miller, Ilona D. Bell, Dr Katie Larson, and architectural historian of Penshurst Place, Dr Susie West.

In addition to sharing ideas through papers and discussion, delegates will be invited to comment on the performance with the aim of moving planning a full on-site production in the future.

Bursaries A limited number of bursaries to support conference attendance by postgraduate students will be available, thanks to generous funding by the Society for Renaissance Studies.

All proposals (by 15 April at the latest) and enquiries should be directed to:

Professor Alison Findlay at Lancaster University rather than to staff at Penshurst Place or the Globe. Early registration and submission of initial proposals is recommended as space will be limited.

International Symposium on Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of the Three Estates,

Registration is now open for the International Symposium on Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of the Three Estates, which will take place at Pollock Halls of Residence, Edinburgh, on 6-8th June 2014.

The symposium is sponsored by the AHRC-funded ‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Renaissance Court’ project, led by Professor Greg Walker (Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh), Professor Thomas Betteridge (Chair of Theatre, Brunel University), and Dr Eleanor Rycroft (University of Bristol) in collaboration with Historic Scotland.

In June 2013, the project was responsible for the staging in Linlithgow of the first full-length professional production of The Three Estates since the original performances in 1552 and 1554, and for the recreation of Lyndsay’s 1540 Interlude in Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle. The project website ( contains more information along with film of the performances.

The full symposium programme along with links to registration can be found here.

The conference fee is £82 for the three days, or £35 for Saturday only; B&B accommodation at the venue is an additional £42 per night. In addition, a small number of full bursaries for registered postgraduate students are available. If you wish to be considered for one, please write directly, with a short description of your situation, to

Please note that registration will be open until the conference itself, but if you are booking accommodation, we ask that you do so by 30 May.

You can find us on Twitter @Satire3Estates.

CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Reforming Shakespeare: 1593 and After'

3 June 2014, De Montfort University, Leicester, England

This is a one-day scholarly symposium on the kinds of alteration that have occurred to Shakespeare's writing as it has made its journey from author to readers and playgoers. 'Reforming' may take the sense of being given new shape as authorial or non-authorial adaptation, rewriting, borrowing or allusion and arguments about any of these processes in connection with Shakespeare fall within our purview. 'Reforming' can also suggest correction and improvement, including censorship, editing, and tidying up of text to make it conform to new conditions of reception, and contributions on those topics are also welcome. Send proposals for 15-minute papers to Prof Deborah Cartmell and Prof Gabriel Egan.

Prof Graham Holderness (University of Hertfordshire) and Prof Richard Wilson (Kingston University) are confirmed keynote speakers. The rest will be chosen from submitted proposals.