Diplomacy and Culture in the Early Modern World

The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities 31 July to 2 August.

This conference is dedicated to diplomacy in the early modern world. It will build upon the recent ‘cultural turn’ in diplomatic studies that has seen more innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to a subject that was once viewed in heavily bureaucratic and constitutional terms. Scholars are increasingly appreciating the importance of ritual and other forms of symbolic communication in diplomatic practices and the role of diplomatic processes in cultural exchanges. Diplomats were important political brokers whose actions could have profound implications for international relations, but they played an equally important role in the transfer and adaptation of cultural ideas and artefacts through their activities as cultural agents, authors and brokers. The profound impact of diplomacy on culture in this period is, moreover, seen in the increasing prominence of representations of diplomacy in literature and a range of other media. The aim of this conference is to further our understanding of early modern diplomatic practices, of the dynamics of diplomatic exchanges both within and without Europe, and how diplomatic ideas and practices interacted with other cultural and political processes. The keynote address will be given by Professor Christian Windler (University of Bern). The conference will feature two extended panel discussions. One, led by Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota), will be dedicated to new approaches to diplomatic studies. A second will examine Professor Timothy Hampton’s idea of a ‘diplomatic moment’ in Renaissance literature.

The conference marks the culmination of the AHRC-funded international research network ‘Textual Ambassadors’ (www.textualambassadors.org) and aims to set its findings in broader cultural context.

We will consider proposals for papers and panel on any aspect of early modern diplomacy, but we will particularly welcome proposals for papers that take innovative approaches or address the following topics:
  • The impact of literary developments on, and use of literary texts in, diplomatic practice
  • The role of diplomatic processes and channels in the circulation of texts and literary ideas
  • Diplomacy and translation
  • Representations of diplomacy in literary texts and art
  • The wider cultural reception of diplomacy and evolving diplomatic practices
  • The material culture of early modern diplomacy
  • Ritual and protocol in diplomatic encounters
  • Diplomatic personnel, training, and careers
  • Diplomacy and cross-cultural exchange
  • Cultures of diplomatic practice
  • Gender and diplomacy
  • Early modern legal and philosophical attitudes to, and influences on, diplomacy

Proposals for 20 minute papers or panels of 3-4 papers should be sent to Tracey Sowerby tracey.sowerby@history.ox.ac.uk and Jo Craigwood jeie2@cam.ac.uk by 21 March 2014. Individual paper proposals should be no more than 300 words. Panel proposals should include abstracts of all papers (max 300 words) and a brief rationale (max 100 words) for the panel. All proposals should be accompanied by a short statement of affiliation and career. Delegates will be notified by 15 April 2014. All enquiries should be addressed to tracey.sowerby@history.ox.ac.uk.

Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print

Registration is now open for the Edinburgh Centre for the History of the Book's one-day conference titled "Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print"!

Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh
Saturday, 26 July 2014 from 09:00 to 19:00 (BST)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The programme includes a range of papers from a very diverse group of postgraduates and early-career researchers on topics including authorship, publishing, and professionalisation from the Early Modern period to today, as well as keynotes by Dr. Jason Scott-Warren (Director of the Centre for Material Texts, University of Cambridge) and Professor Iain Stevenson (Centre for Publishing, UCL).

Full programme information can be found at our Eventbrite page, where you can register to attend:

Thanks to generous funding, attendance is free (including lunch and wine reception), but spaces are limited.

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print"

University of Edinburgh (26 July 2014)

‘What an insane thing it is to make literature one's only means of support!... 
To make a trade of an art! I am rightly served for attempting such a brutal folly.’
- George Gissing, New Grub Street (1891)

Hosted by the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the sometimes-fraught connections between the ‘art’ and ‘trade’ of books from the Western invention of printing to today. Are the interests of authors and publishers always opposed, or can they lead to productive forms of collaboration? Does work undertaken for the marketplace necessarily compromise its moral and cultural standing? How does literature become property, and how has authorship evolved between the starving writer of ‘Grub Street’ and the modern book festival circuit? Can the requirements of the printing and bookselling industries constitute a form of de-facto censorship, determining the types of work that are published and circulated?

We are currently seeking papers from postgraduate and early career researchers interested in questions such as these, with potential topics including (but not limited to):
  • Authorship and other creative professions
  • The printing and bookselling industries
  • Author-publishers relationships
  • Dissemination networks
  • Subscription and patronage
  • Book advertising, illustration
  • Serial publication
  • ‘Tie-ins’, merchandise, and material culture
  • Libraries and book collecting
  • Commerce and censorship
  • Originality, copyright, and intellectual property
  • Book piracy and its national boundaries
  • Creative work and gender
  • The impact of new technologies for production and dissemination
  • The ‘rise’ or ‘death’ of print.

Proposals in all relevant subject areas and historical periods post-1450 are welcome. Please send a 200-word abstract to Natasha by 5 May 2014. Limited travel bursaries may be available; indicate if you would require one to attend. The conference will take place in Edinburgh on 26 July 2014, with registration opening in June.

Dr. Natasha Simonova
4.03, 18 Buccleuch Place
Career Development Fellow
Department of English Literature
University of Edinburgh

CALL FOR PAPERS: Eleventh International Milton Symposium

The Eleventh International Milton Symposium will be held at the University of Exeter, England, 20-24 July, 2015. The Symposium, normally held every three years, brings together scholars from across the world for five days of lively discussion and convivial exchanges about all things Miltonic.

Plenary speakers include: Maggie Kilgour (McGill), Mary Nyquist (Toronto),
David Quint (Yale), and Paul Stevens (Toronto).

Located in the beautiful Devon countryside, close to the sea and to Dartmoor National Park, the cathedral city of Exeter (founded by the Romans) is among those English cities most dramatically affected by the Civil War. Supporters of Parliament secured the city in 1642, and from early in 1643 it served as the western headquarters of the Parliamentary Army. After a determined and prolonged siege, it fell to Royalist forces in the autumn, who so strongly fortified the city that it was re-taken by the Parliamentary Army only in 1646. The rich Civil War History of Exeter will be a feature of the Symposium.

The Programme Committee warmly invites proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Milton studies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The Civil War Milton and his (near) contemporaries
  • Paces – geographical, symbolic, textual Families, children, generation(s)
  • Harmony, music, dancing, soundscapes The emotions, the passions, the senses
  • Drama, dialogue, soliloquy Controversy, polemic, satire
  • Biblical, classical, humanist scholarship Death, mortalism, memory
  • Soul/Body Historiography

Proposals for papers (500 words maximum, preferably in the form of an email attachment) should be submitted by 10 June 2014 to Karen Edwards (k.l.edwards@exeter.ac.uk) and Philip Schwyzer (p.a.schwyzer@exeter.ac.uk), English Department, Queen’s Building, Exeter University, Exeter EX4 4QH, UK.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to hire an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities for a two-year appointment commencing Fall 2015.

The Fellow will spend the two-year term in residence at Illinois, conduct research on the proposed project, and teach two courses per year in the appropriate academic department.

The Fellow will participate in activities related to his or her research at the IPRH, in the teaching department, and on the Illinois campus. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also give a public lecture on his or her research.

The search is open to scholars in all humanities disciplines, but we seek applicants whose work falls into one of the following broad subject areas:
  • Race and Diaspora Studies
  • History of Science/Technology
  • Empire and Colonial Studies
  • Memory Studies

The fellowship carries a $45,000 annual stipend, a $2,000 research account, and a comprehensive benefits package.

To be eligible, applicants should have received their Ph.D. in a humanities discipline between January 1, 2012 and no later than May 31, 2015.

Scholars who cannot legitimately anticipate the conferral of their degrees by May 31, 2015, should not apply.

Only untenured scholars who have not held the title of “assistant professor” are eligible.

PhDs are the only terminal degree accepted.

Application Deadline: October 27, 2014

Detailed eligibility requirements and application guidelines can be found at www.iprh.illinois.edu.

Applications must be submitted through the online application system. No paper or e-mailed applications (or letters of support) will be accepted.

The submission period opens September 1, 2014. Please do not contact IPRH about the status of an application; we are unable to answer questions about individual applications.


Nancy Castro, Associate Director
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


CALL FOR PAPERS: Sir John Cheke and the Cambridge Connection in Tudor England

St John’s College, Cambridge
19-20 July 2014

Confirmed Speakers: Stephen Alford (Leeds), Alan Bryson (Sheffield), Norman Jones (Utah State), Scott Lucas (The Citadel), John McDiarmid (New College of Florida), Ceri Law (Cambridge), Anne Overell (Durham), Aysha Pollnitz (Rice), Richard Rex (Cambridge), Fred Schurink (Northumbria), Cathy Shrank (Sheffield), Jeremy Smith (Glasgow), Tracey Sowerby (Oxford), Andrew Taylor (Cambridge).

2014 marks the quincentenary of the birth of one of the most significant, but neglected, scholars of Renaissance England, Sir John Cheke (1514-57), fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and the first Regius Professor of Greek in the University. This conference offers a timely re-assessment of Cheke and of the important group of colleagues who coalesced around him at Cambridge in the 1530s. The conference title derives from Winthrop S. Hudson’s 1980 study The Cambridge Connection and the Elizabethan Settlement of 1559, which assigned members of the group a leading role in Elizabeth’s religious settlement. Roger Ascham’s The Scholemaster (1570) memorializes the beginnings of the group at Cambridge, which centred on ‘those two worthy starres’, Cheke and Thomas Smith, but also included Cheke’s brother-in-law William Cecil, Smith’s student John Ponet, John Aylmer, the future rhetorician Thomas Wilson and others. In the 1540s, Cheke’s appointment as tutor to Prince Edward began the movement of the whole group into leadership roles at court and in the church. Smith and Cecil were major figures in government during Edward’s reign, and (unlike Cheke) survived Mary I to serve Elizabeth I, Cecil of course as her famous chief minister. Other members of the group, such as Wilson and Nicholas Bacon, were also Elizabethan statesmen. Some not only practiced politics but wrote about it, including Cheke, Aylmer, and Ponet in his remarkable Shorte Treatise of Politike Power (1556), which defended tyrannicide. Texts by Smith and Wilson explored perceived socioeconomic problems of the commonwealth. Members of the group also provided leadership in the church, Cheke as an eager aid to both Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and the reformer Martin Bucer, Ponet in his catechism, both Ponet and Aylmer as bishops. Cheke, Smith and Cecil gave important encouragement to mid-Tudor students and practitioners of mathematics and the natural sciences. The Cambridge connection was a major presence in English intellectual, political and religious life into the first half of Elizabeth’s reign and had a shaping influence well into the seventeenth century.

We invite proposals for papers that consider any aspect of the life, writings, and activities of Cheke and the other members of the group surrounding him at Cambridge and their impact on Tudor England. Topics might include (but are not limited to): art and architecture, communities and networks, education and universities, gender and society, government and political reform, humanism and scholarship, ancient and vernacular languages, mathematics and the natural sciences, religious controversy and reform, translation and rhetoric. We especially welcome proposals from PhD students and other early career academics and expect to have bursaries available to cover some of the expenses of attending the conference.

Please send proposals (250 words) by 1 May 2014 to Alan Bryson (a.bryson@sheffield.ac.uk), John McDiarmid (diarmid@starpower.net), or Fred Schurink (fred.schurink@northumbria.ac.uk).

CALL FOR PAPERS: Middle Ages in the Modern World (MAMO) 2015

Following the success of MAMO 2013, held at St Andrews last year, we are proud to announce that a follow-up conference will be held from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2015 at the University of Lincoln. It will also be held in conjunction with Lincoln’s celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, where Lincoln’s own copy of the Magna Carta will have returned and be back proudly on display in the castle.

As the title suggests, MAMO aims to explore the continued return to, and relevance of, the Middle Ages in the modern world, and why the period continues to attract audiences and scholars. Particularly, its interdisciplinary focus is designed to explore a range of areas, from popular culture to public history, from science to advertising, and even legal frameworks and political rhetoric. Given the popularity of medievalism as a growing discipline, and given the fantastic reception of the last conference, we are expecting a wide audience from a range of fields and disciplines including History, Literature, Film & Television, Video Games, Performing Arts, Drama, Languages, Museum Curation and more besides.

Specific themes include, but are by no means limited to:
  • The reception of the Middle Ages in the arts, music, film, politics & popular culture
  • The significance and relevance of Magna Carta to the modern world
  • Medievalism and Orientalism
  • Translating and interpreting medieval texts
  • Re-enactment and revival
  • Fantasy and the Middle Ages
  • Eco-Medievalism and postmodern approaches to medieval studies
  • The Middle Ages in Film, Television, Comic Books and Graphic Novels
  • Medievalism and video games
  • Science and the Middle Ages
  • The Middle Ages and documentary programming

In this first round we welcome both proposals for complete panels as well as individual proposals for papers. There’s also a PDF version for download, so please do spread the word to your networks; click here for the Call for Papers poster.

For individual papers, abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to themamoconference@gmail.com, by 15 September 2014.

We will be keeping all of the details and information up to date through the Facebook group, through the Twitter hashtag #MAMO2015 or on our conference website, located at www.themamo.org. Details of keynotes will be released shortly, and later in the year we will post further information on accommodation, registration and other details. For specific enquiries or details about the conference themes and logistics please contact Andrew Elliott directly on aelliott@lincoln.ac.uk.

Panel proposals should include abstracts, names and contact details of presenters and a short (c. 200 word) description of the panel itself with the organiser’s contact details; these should be sent by Sunday 31 August 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS: NeMLA 2015 - Unexpected Affect in Shakespearean Drama

This panel will explore the ways in which Shakespearean drama delivers emotional intensity (passions, affectations, embodiment, etc.) in unexpected places. When might certain emotional reactions be surprising in Shakespeare's plays? Are there particular characters that share their feelings unexpectedly, yet with astonishing resonance?

The significance of this session is to explore whether, after four centuries of exposure, these can still be capable of emotionally shocking. In today’s academic climate, do Shakespeare's words have the potential to be so emotionally disturbing that students might/can/should expect a “trigger warning” on syllabi?

This panel will explore unexpected representations of affect in Shakespeare's works, including:
  • affect in the comedies, including “comedies of humour”
  • affect in unnamed characters
  • affect in allusions
  • affect through wordplay (punning, homonyms, and so forth)
  • affect in prologues or epilogues
  • affect as communicated by servants or children
  • reviews of unexpectedly affective productions of Shakespeare on stage and screen
  • exploring Shakespearean emotions in the classroom and online

This year applicants will be submitting their abstracts directly to the NeMLA site, so please allow time to familiarize yourself with the new format. Please send in abstracts for 20-minute presentations by September 15, 2014. Email erin.weinberg@queensu.ca with any and all questions.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: 'Shakespeare and Dance'

A new edited volume: Shakespeare and Dance
Editors: Dr Lynsey McCulloch (Coventry University) and Dr Brandon Shaw (Brown University)

We are seeking potential contributors to an edited volume of essays on the subject of Shakespeare and Dance. Despite much academic interest in movement, materiality and the body – and the growth of dance studies as a disciplinary field – Shakespeare’s employment of dancing as both theatrical device and thematic marker remains under-studied. The reimagining of his plays as dance works is also neglected as a subject for research. This volume looks to examine Shakespearean dance in all its variety, with the objectives of stimulating interest in and producing conceptual schema relevant to this growing area of study.

The proposed volume will feature essays not only from literary scholars but also from dance historians, choreographers and practitioners, historical dance reenactors; music specialists, dance critics and performance theorists. Topics might include the following: early modern choreography; masque culture and influence; the jig, and dance as resolution; Shakespeare’s dance sequences; the early modern dancing body; music and dance; movement direction in Shakespearean performance; Shakespeare as dance within balletic and contemporary choreographies. We also welcome co-authored works, particularly those in partnership with dance practitioners.

After discussions with a prominent academic press, we aim to submit a full proposal in September this year. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words, alongside a short biography, to Dr Brandon Shaw at brandon_shaw@brown.edu and Dr Lynsey McCulloch at lynsey.mcculloch@coventry.ac.uk by August 15th, 2014. Selected authors will be notified by August 31st, 2014. Completed essays of approx. 8000 words will be due mid-2015, subject to contract.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory in the Long Middle Ages

10th Annual Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Graduate Student Conference
CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, November 7, 2014

The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, the CUNY Graduate Center’s student-run organization for medieval studies, announces its tenth annual Graduate Student Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, November 7, 2014. This year's theme, Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory, is designed to address a number of methodological, historical, and theoretical issues within the diverse fields of medieval studies ranging from late antiquity to the early modern period. We invite grad students to submit proposals.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Origins and uses of persecution
  • The result of religious and ethnic pogroms
  • Forced conversions and expulsions
  • Persecution as a method of socio-cultural nation and identity formation
  • The character of legal and extra-legal punishment,
  • Punishment as a form of discipline
  • Self-inflicted punishment
  • The role of punishment in the family
  • The variations of punishment based on class, status, and gender
  • Punishment as social control
  • Concepts of the afterlife
  • The relationship between sin/punishment and the afterlife
  • Liminal spaces
  • Peripheries

Please send 200-word abstracts by Friday, August 15th, 2014 to medievalstudy@gmail.com

The Edition as Argument, 1550-1750

16-17 July 2014, Queen Mary University of London

From the philology of Lorenzo Valla to twentieth-century debates over copy-text to the new frontier of digital humanities, textual scholars have always argued over the making of meaning. Indeed, argument is integral to the practice of editing: to privilege one reading is to demote another. Bibliographical, historical, and textual choices: these ineluctably and often invisibly inform our larger understanding of the text, the author, and the culture from which they emerge. They can destabilise or confirm our most basic assumptions, from a single word – what is "blew"? – to the nature of the book: what is a text? what is an author? what is an edition?

This landmark two-day conference will draw together experienced and new editors, to analyse and to celebrate editions in progress and to inspire a new generation of editors and editions. Hosted by the AHRC-funded Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne (forthcoming, OUP), the event will explore the future of editing in universities and offer perspectives from curators and publishers. Confirmed speakers include Cathy Shrank, Leah Marcus, Jessica Wolfe, David Colclough, Kate Bennett, Christopher Burlinson, Daniel Carey, Richard Serjeantson, Alice Eardley, Valerie Rumbold, Nicholas McDowell, and Henry Woudhuysen.

2 days £85/£65 (postgraduate students/unwaged)
1 day £43/£33 (postgraduate students/unwaged)

This includes tea/coffee, lunch on both days and a drinks reception on the evening of Wednesday 16th July. There will also be a conference dinner, charged separately.

Book your place at here.  If you have any questions, please contact h.phillips@qmul.ac.uk or c.b.williams@qmul.ac.uk


Day 1

8.45-9.15 Registration

9.15-9.30 Welcome

9.30-10.30 Keynote 1 Professor Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield)

10.30-10.45 BREAK

10.45-12.30 Panel 1
  • Leah Marcus (Vanderbilt University), 'A Man Who Needs No Introduction'
  • Jessica Wolfe (UNC), 'Annotating Browne's
  • Pseudodoxia: sources versus conversations'
  • David Colclough (QMUL), 'A Well Wrought Urn? Editing John Donne's final sermon'
  • Joe Moshenska (University of Cambridge), 'Insignificant space in manuscript letters: the case of Kenelm Digby'

12.30-13.30 LUNCH

13.30-15.00 Panel 2
  • Kate Bennett, (University of Oxford), '"My original minutes": Editing Aubrey's Brief Lives'
  • Ruth Connolly (University of Newcastle), 'Agency versus Authority: Editing Herrick's poems from print and manuscript'
  • Tom Charlton (University of Stirling), 'A faith 'kindled' or 'sharpened'? Editing Richard Baxter's life'

15.00-15.15 BREAK

15.15-17.00 Panel 3
  • Megan Heffernan (DePaul University), 'Elizabethan Metaphors, Victorian Miscellanies: Editing Sixteenth-Century Poetry Collections'
  • Joel Grossman (QMUL), 'Unediting Tottel: Editorial mythologies and the Tudor miscellany'
  • Christopher Burlinson (University of Cambridge), 'Poems and News: Textual Editions and Information Networks'
  • Alison Searle (University of Sydney), ''...a Connaturality of Spirit in the Saints that will work by Sympathy': Constructing Richard Baxter as a Letter Writer in the Context of His Correspondence Networks'




9.00-10.45 Panel 4
  • Daniel Carey (NUI Galway), 'To Edit the Editor: Protocols and Possibilities for an Edition of Richard Hakluyt's Principal Navigations...of the English Nation (1598-1600)'
  • David Atkinson, 'Editing without Authority: Representing the Ephemeral in a Folklore Collection'
  • Dianne Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania), 'A Forest of Variants: the strange case of Dudley North'
  • Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge), 'Editing manuscript drafts of early modern philosophical texts: problems of principle and practice'

10.45-11.00 BREAK

11.00-12.30 Panel 5
  • Alice Eardley (University of Southampton), 'Making the "Unreadable" Readable: A Digital Edition of Henry Cogan's Translation of Madeleine de Scudéry's Ibrahim (1652)'
  • Sukanta Chaudhuri (Jadavpur University), 'Renaissance drama as a very large textual object: the possibilities of a full-text database'
  • Rebecca Barr and Justin Tonra (NUI Galway), 'For the sake of argument: crowdsourcing annotation of Macpherson's Ossian'

12.30-13.15 LUNCH

13.15-14.45 Panel 6
  • Valerie Rumbold (University of Birmingham), 'Textual apparatus and reader engagement'
  • Nicholas McDowell (University of Exeter), 'Revising Republicanism? Political Argument and Copy Text in Milton's Regicide Writings'
  • Jeffrey Miller (Montclair State University) and Tom Roebuck (University of East Anglia), 'Editing the Table Talk of John Selden'

14.45-15.00 BREAK

15.00-16.00 Roundtable: Pitching and planning an edition

16.00-17.00 Keynote 2 Professor Henry Woudhuysen (University of Oxford)

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Moveable Types: People, Ideas and Objects: Cultural exchanges in Early Modern Europe’

University of Kent, 27th-29th November

'Moveable Types' is a three-day conference, held at the University of Kent, which aims to re-examine the processes of cultural exchange in early modern Europe. Traditional historiography has tended to focus on a bilateral transfer of cultures, which, however meaningful, also lift out individual moments of cultural exchange from the environment which made such encounters not only possible, but also significant. By considering cultural exchange in discrete, isolated moments, one runs the risk of oversimplifying the complex networks of cultural exchange in Europe, and thereby skewing European history into a nation-centred perspective.

Recent scholarship such as histoire croisée, entangled histories, cultural translation and actor network theory (ANT) are, meanwhile, looking at such processes in their entirety, as a noisy hubbub rather than a dialogue between binaries (writer and reader, buyer and seller, one nation and another). These approaches explore a network of different elements and characters, all of which are given equal agency in shaping each others' views of the world.

This conference will explore the implications of these recent developments in scholarship by inviting papers with an interdisciplinary approach to cultural exchange in the early modern period. The objective is thus to question the binaries of traditional scholarship, and to suggest new ways of considering the cultural connections that were being formed, broken and reformed in this period.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews);
Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford);
Gilles Bertrand (Université Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble);
Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary, University of London).

We invite papers on the following topics:
  • literary translation and adaptation;
  • exchange of ideas (scientific, humanist, technological, artistic);
  • epistolary networks;
  • theory of cultural exchange or cultural networks;
  • paths of ambassadors, sailors, traders, book pedlars and other travellers;
  • news, gossip and news books;
  • spaces of cultural exchange: cities, fairs, universities, theatres;
  • the making, trading, and consumption of consumer items;
  • any other paper relating to early modern cultural exchange.

Abstracts should be sent to moveabletypesconference@gmail.com before 1st of August 2014 and should not be longer than 300 words. Please include affiliation and contact information, as well as a short biographical note, on a separate document. For more information please visit http://moveabletypes.wordpress.com/ or e-mail moveabletypesconference@gmail.com.

Conference Sponsors:
'Moveable Types' is supported by The Royal Historical Society, The University of Kent's School of History, The Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities (KIASH), and Text and Event in Early Modern Europe (TEEME).

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Edition as Argument, 1550-1750

Queen Mary, University of London, 16-17 July 2014

Keynote Speakers: Professor Cathy Shrank (University of Sheffield) and Professor Henry Woudhuysen (Oxford University)

Confirmed speakers: Kate Bennett, Christopher Burlinson, Dan Carey, David Colclough, Alice Eardley, Nick McDowell, Leah Marcus, Valerie Rumbold; Richard Serjeantson, Gary Stringer

From the philology of Lorenzo Valla to twentieth-century debates over copy-text to the new frontier of digital humanities, textual scholars have always argued over the making of meaning. Indeed, argument is integral to the practice of editing: to privilege one reading is to discard another. Bibliographical, historical, and textual choices: these ineluctably and often invisibly inform our larger understanding of the text, the author, and the culture from which they emerge. They can destabilise or confirm our most basic assumptions, from a single word – what is “blew”? – to the nature of the book: what is a text? what is an author? what is an edition?

This landmark two-day conference will draw together experienced and new editors, to analyse and to celebrate editions in progress and to inspire a new generation of editors and editions. Hosted by the AHRC-funded Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne (forthcoming, OUP), the event will explore the future of editing in universities and offer perspectives from curators and publishers. One direct print outcome will be a handbook on editing sixteenth and seventeenth-century documents.

We invite proposals for 20-25 minute papers on these and other arguments. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
  • establishing copy-text
  • representing multiplicity: texts, states, revisions
  • error and the problem of authorial intention
  • non-author-centric editions
  • composing editorial mise-en-page
  • the role of annotation
  • editorial theory
  • the case for new editions and the future of editing
  • digital humanities
  • the impact of editing and textual scholarship
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words long and should be sent to Harriet Phillips and Claire Bryony Williams by 1st December 2013.

Greek Texts and the Early Modern Stage

Monday 14 July 2014, University of York, UK

Keynote Speakers: Gordon Braden (University of Virginia), Yves Peyré (IRCL ­ Montpellier III)

Roundtable discussion: Fiona Macintosh (Oxford), Charles Martindale (York), Richard Rowland (York)

This colloquium will explore the impact of Greek texts on the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Although recent criticism has revitalised discussions of early modern engagement with Latin literature, there has been little attention to the way English playwrights responded to Greek writers. Yet Greek texts circulated at this time, in the original language as well as in translations and adaptations, and critics are beginning to explore their consequences for the period's literary production. Greek provoked strong responses for a number of reasons: its controversial associations with Erasmus, Protestantism, and heresy; the spectre of democratic governance; the rebirth of interest in Galenic medicine; the pervasive influence of Greek culture on Latin literature; and the identification of Greece with the origins of theatre. Excavating the influence of Greek texts in this period comes with a set of challenges that require new approaches to classical reception. The distinctive complications surrounding the transmission of Greek texts give a new role to history of the book in such work. The texts¹ simultaneous availability in original and mediated versions calls for new approaches to reading and intertextuality. The context of the early professional theatre, and therefore of viewers and readers lacking reliable familiarity with Greek texts, poses anew the question of the audience of classical reception.

Programme and details at http://www.york.ac.uk/crems/events/events/2013-14/greek-texts/
Co-organisers: Tania Demetriou (York) and Tanya Pollard (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS: Maps, Spaces, Cultures

Edited by Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University) and Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico). Editorial board: Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University) and Dan Terkla (Illinois Wesleyan University). Publisher: Arjan van Dijk (Brill).

This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures. While the history of cartography has traditionally focused on internal developments in European mapping conventions and technologies, pre-modern scribes, illuminators, and printers of maps tended to work in multiple genres. Spatial thinking informed and was informed by multiple epistemologies and perceptions of the order of nature. Maps, Spaces, Cultures therefore integrates the study of cartography and geography within cultural history. It puts genres that reflected and constituted spatial thinking into dialogue with the cultures that produced and consumed them, as well as with those they represented.

The editors welcome submissions from scholars of the histories of art, material culture, colonialism, exploration, ethnography (including that of peoples described as monsters), encounters, literature, philosophy, religion, science and knowledge, as well as of the history of cartography and related disciplines. They encourage interdisciplinary submissions that cross traditional historical, geographical, or methodological boundaries, that include works from outside Western Europe and outside the Christian tradition, and that develop new analytical approaches to pre-modern spatial thinking, cartography, and the geographical imagination.

Authors are cordially invited to write to either of the series editors, Surekha Davies (surekha.davies@gmail.com) and Asa Simon Mittman (asmittman@mail.csuchico.edu), or to the publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk (dijk@brill.com), to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.

For Brill's peer review process see here:

Publication of the Proceedings of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference - Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: The Notion of Conflict (2012), The Italian Connection (2013)

The British Institute of Florence is pleased to announce the online publication of the second volume of the Proceedings of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference on the theme Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: The Notion of Conflict (2012), The Italian Connection (2013).

The volume, edited by the Coordinator of the Cultural Programme, Mark Roberts, is a selection of contributions of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Graduate Conference. The volume can be read here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Theatres of Conversion workshop: Early Modern Cities, Courts, and Playhouses

Toronto: 24-25 October, 2014
Deadline for application: 1 August 2014

The Theatres of Conversion workshop, co-hosted by the Early Modern Conversions Project and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, will study how early modern cities, courts, and playhouses became sites of performative transformation (religious, social, sexual, cultural, human-animal, material). In London, Madrid, Paris, and Lima/Cuzco, among other cities, urban, courtly, and theatrical spatiality and culture attracted people to the metropolis from within national boundaries and across borders between nations, religions, and ethnic identities and afforded migrants the chance to change themselves or be changed in radical ways. Indeed the boundary-crossing movements themselves became the central agents and means of transformation.

In addition to the members of the Early Modern Conversions project, the workshop invites work-in-progress from scholars from the Toronto academic community at all stages of their careers, and especially welcomes the participation of graduate students and recent graduates. The workshop will also feature working sessions that focus on particular texts, works of visual art, music, and artifacts.

To apply to participate, please send a one-page abstract and a short (2-page) CV to conversions@mcgill.ca by 1 August 2014.

Book Launch: Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642

Please join us to celebrate the launch of this new two-volume Cambridge University Press edition prepared by Thomas L. Berger and Sonia Massai.

Professor Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania) and Professor Tiffany Stern (University of Oxford) have kindly agreed to say a few words about how this edition may facilitate future research in the fields of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama Studies.

Venue: Anatomy Museum, King's College London, Strand Campus
Date and Time: 27th June, 18:00-19:30

Online registration at:

Dr Sonia Massai
Reader in Shakespeare Studies,
The London Shakespeare Centre

Global Shakespeare: two Research Fellows required

Led by Professor David Schalkwyk this unique partnership between Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick will shape the future research agenda in Shakespeare studies across criticism, performance, history and media; from television to digital reproduction. 

By building on the strength of the Shakespeare scholarship of both universities, bringing them together with academics and practitioners from across other disciplines and cultural institutions, an exceptional interdisciplinary approach is being developed to the world's most celebrated writer as a global multimedia cultural phenomenon.

To find out more about Global Shakespeare and its postgraduate opportunities and to get in touch please visit: www.globalshakespeare.ac.uk

Global Shakespeare is currently recruiting two Research Fellows to help this exciting venture build its research agenda and academic networks. Apply through Warwick University. Deadline 23 July 14. Please see here for details.

Non-Stipendiary Visiting Fellowships at The University of Leeds Centre for History and Philosophy of Science

The University of Leeds Centre for History and Philosophy of Science invites applications to its Non-Stipendiary Visiting Fellowships scheme for the academic year 2014-15.

Visiting Fellows will be provided with full library and information systems access, and with office space where possible. There are no formal duties. Fellows will be expected to pursue their research and to participate in seminars, reading groups and other aspects of the research life of the Centre for HPS.

Fellowship periods can be from 3 months to 1 year. Junior and senior applicants are equally welcome, although applicants must hold a PhD.

The fellowships are non-stipendiary.

Proposed research projects should clearly mesh with the research interests of members of the Centre for HPS.

To apply, please send

-- a CV, plus
-- a letter indicating (a) the research project you would pursue during
the fellowship period, and (b) your preferred start and end dates

to Dominic Berry (D.Berry@leeds.ac.uk) by Sunday 13 July 2014.

For more on the Leeds HPS Centre, please see the Centre website at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/40006/. For more on the Visiting Fellowships programme, please contact the centre director, Dr Jon Topham (j.r.topham@leeds.ac.uk).

Dr Jon Topham
Senior Lecturer in History of Science,
Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, & Director
of the Centre for the Comparative History of Print

School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science University of
Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0)113 34 32526
Fax: +44 (0)113 34 33265

Centre for HPS: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/40006/
Centre for the Comparative History of Print:

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy

Fifth Edition: 28-29 November 2014

Keynote speakers:
John Henry (University of Edinburgh)
Arianna Borrelli (Technical University of Berlin)

The Center for Logic and History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Bucharest is organising its fifth graduate conference for advanced master and PhD students working on early modern philosophy. The event will be held on November 28-29, 2014 at the University of Bucharest, Romania.

We cordially invite graduate students to submit abstracts on any topic related to early modern philosophy at bucharest.graduate.conference@gmail.com by August 20, 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be prepared for blind review. Papers will be given 40 minutes (30 minutes talk, 10 minutes open discussion). The Program Committee will notify authors of its decision by September 10.

Conference fee: € 40.

For any further questions, you can get in touch with us via email or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/BucharestGradConference.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Marginalisation of Astrology

Utrecht, 19-20 March 2015; Deadline 30 September 2014

The Descartes Centrum for history of science of the University of Utrecht, in collaboaration with the department of philosophy of the Radboud University at Nijmegen, will host an international conference on the problem of the marginalization of astrology in the early modern period.

Astrology has been a well-established and respected part of scholarship for centuries, practiced in many cultural and geographical settings. However, in the modern world, astrology, though still very much present, has lost its scientific status and is relegated to the fringes of serious learning. In the history of the sciences, this must be regarded as a momentous shift. The definite step in the “marginalization” of astrology appears to have been taken in the seventeenth century and should therefore be regarded as an important element (rather than as a consequence) of the so-called Scientific Revolution.

The reasons for this development are far from clear. Actually, even the development itself (when, where and by whom did astrology become disavowed) has so far been only poorly documented. The conference therefore aims at bringing together specialists from various fields to throw light on this intruiging question.

It is the aim of the conference to study the subject from various different angles:
  • History of astrology. Although the project is about people NOT practising astrology rather than about astrologers, the history of astrology proper remains of course central. At the very least, an attempt should be made to compare differences in astrological practice (and their marginalization) between various local, cultural and religious contexts. Other relevant questions concern criticisms and apologies of astrology and attempts at astrological reform.
  • History of science. The idea that astrology was discredited directly because of new scientific discoveries is no longer regarded as credible; on the other hand, it does not appears believable that there was no connection at all. The dismissal of astrology implied a transformation of the work and the identity of astronomers. In natural philosophy, it implied a rejection of the idea of celestial influence, which had become an integral part of scholastic philosophy.
  • History of medicine. Medicine was a major application of astrology. Medieval physicians would routinely cast horoscopes for diagnostic and other purposes. The question is when and how this changed. Obviously, both the supply and the demand sides have to be taken into account.
  • Court culture. Important on the side of demand were princely and noble courts. In the sixteenth century, princes would regularly employ court mathematicians/astronomers, whose task it was to cast horoscopes. In the seventeenth century, on the other hand, Louis XIV spent a fortune on the Paris Observatory, while casting horoscopes was not among the tasks of this institution. Again, the reasons behind this change are not clear.
  • Print culture. Almanacs, ephemerides, and prognostics, in conjunction with information on their makers, editions, and distribution, should enable us (at least) to get some idea of the popularity, or lack of popularity, of astrological ideas and practices. This is a field wherein some work has already been done.
  • History of religion. The era of the Reformation and Counter Reformation saw important developments in the field of theology, Church discipline and organization, which may have affected the status of astrology. One should also look to what one might call religious anthropology: shifting attitudes toward the supernatural and a changing definition of “superstition”, more or less identifiable with Weber’s “disenchantment of the world”. It is not clear to what extent astrology (as a learned practice) was placed in the same category as other superstitions, but the question should be asked.
  • Finally, the question to what extent this development remained limited to Western Europe, and whether similar things happened elsewhere (and when), should not be forgotten, even if it is probably hard to answer at this stage.

People who are interested to give a paper at this conference are invited to send a title and abstract (300 words maximum) by the end of September to the organizers:

Rienk Vermij, history of science, University of Oklahoma (rienk.vermij@ou.edu)
Hiro Hirai, department of philosophy, University of Nijmegen (hhirai2@gmail.com)

For all other information, please also contact the organizers mentioned above.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Research workshop: Mathematical readers in the early modern world

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 December 2014
All Souls College, Oxford

How was mathematical writing consumed – read, used, responded to, and otherwise engaged with – in the early modern period? What was distinctive about mathematical reading, compared with the reading of other kinds of technical writing, or with the reading of prose more generally? Were mathematical books handled or annotated in distinctive ways? Was mathematical reading associated with a distinctive set of locations? How, where and when did readers learn the (presumptively specialized) skills of mathematical reading? These questions will be the subject of this two-day workshop, to be held in All Souls College, Oxford.

Confirmed speakers:
Ken Clements, Illinois State University
Nerida Ellerton, Illinois State University
Kathryn James, Yale University
Yelda Nasifoglu, McGill University
Benjamin Wardhaugh, University of Oxford

Proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of reading and consuming mathematics in the early modern world. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to benjamin.wardhaugh@all-souls.ox.ac.uk by 1 September 2014. The conference can contribute to travel costs for speakers.

Vacancy: Full-time Professeur-e Associé-e / Professor of Modern English Literature

Department of English, Faculty of Letters, University of Lausanne

Start date: 1 August 2015
Reference: Offer n°3334

The Department of English at the University of Lausanne is seeking to appoint a Professor (Professeur-e Associé-e) of Modern English Literature, with expertise in any area of English Literature from 1550 to the present. Preference may be given to candidates specialising in pre-nineteenth century literature and/or drama and/or interdisciplinary studies.

The successful candidate will be a scholar of international standing, with an excellent record of research and publication and at least one monograph published by a widely respected press. She or he will also be a versatile and inspiring teacher, with experience of lecturing, teaching and supervising at undergraduate and postgraduate level. At Lausanne, the new Professor will be expected to teach six hours within the BA and MA programme, and additionally to supervise MA and PhD theses.

He or she will also be expected to play an active role in senior administration, to develop research of international standing in his or her field of expertise, and to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Department, and in the Faculty of Arts more generally. A reasonable proficiency in French is expected for this post, and a high level of proficiency is required within two years.

Applications should include: a cover letter, CV with complete list of publications and the names of three referees, as well as a copy of the highest degree obtained. All applicants must hold a PhD (or corresponding title) in English Literature.

Applications should be sent electronically, in one Word-doc attachment file, to Eva Suarato <eva.suarato@unil.ch>

Further information about the Department of English is available at:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Rachel Falconer, email:

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2014.

Seeking to promote an equitable representation of men and women among its staff, the University encourages applications from women.

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

An international conference at the University of Bristol, Friday 11th – Sunday 13th July 2014. Supported by the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

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

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 valorisation 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 periodisation 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, so the following questions seek to elicit contributions that collectively have a sense of coherence, without constraining what contributors wish to discuss.

  • How has the relationship between Chaucer and Spenser been read and how can it be re-read?
  • 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?

Please send 300 word proposals for 20 minute papers to chaucerspenser@gmail.com, including 5-10 keywords highlighting the content of the paper. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, 28thOctober 2013.

For updates and further information, please see the conference website Dan Geffrey with the New Poete

or, follow us on twitter @chaucerspenser

Error and Print Culture, 1500-1800

A one-day conference at the Centre for the Study of the Book, Oxford University
Saturday 5 July 2014

'Pag. 8. lin. 7. for laughing, reade, languishing.'
Richard Bellings, A Sixth Booke to the Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (1624), ‘Errata’

Recent histories of the book have replaced earlier narratives of technological triumph and revolutionary change with a more tentative story of continuities with manuscript culture and the instability of print. An abstract sense of technological agency has given way to a messier world of collaboration, muddle, money, and imperfection. Less a confident stride towards modernity, the early modern book now looks stranger: not quite yet a thing of our world.

What role might error have in these new histories of the hand-press book? What kinds of error are characteristic of print, and what can error tell us about print culture? Are particular forms of publication prone to particular mistakes? How effective were mechanisms of correction (cancel-slips; errata lists; over-printing; and so on), and what roles did the printing house corrector perform? Did readers care about mistakes? Did authors have a sense of print as an error-prone, fallen medium, and if so, how did this inform their writing? What links might we draw between representations of error in literary works (like Spenser's Faerie Queene), and the presence of error in print? How might we think about error and retouching or correcting rolling-press plates? What is the relationship between engraving historians' continuum of difference, and letter-press bibliographers' binary of variant/invariant? Was there a relationship between bibliographical error and sin, particularly in the context of the Reformation? How might modern editors of early modern texts respond to errors: are errors things to correct, or to dutifully transcribe? Is the history of the book a story of the gradual elimination of error, or might we propose a more productive role for slips and blunders?

Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcome on any aspect of error and print, in Anglophone or non-Anglophone cultures. Please email a 300-word abstract and a short CV to Dr Adam Smyth (adam.smyth@balliol.ox.ac.uk) by 14 April 2014.

Scholarship, Science and Religion in the Age of Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) and Henry Savile (1549-1622)

Oxford's Centre for Early Modern Studies 6th Annual Conference

T.S. Eliot Theatre, Merton College
Tuesday 1st - Thursday 3rd July 2014

Plenary speaker: Anthony Grafton (Princeton)

Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Philip Beeley (Oxford), Paul Botley (Warwick), Matteo Campagnolo (Geneva), Andrea Ceccarelli (Padua), Ingrid de Smet (Warwick), Mordechai Feingold (Caltech), Robert Goulding (Notre Dame), Nick Hardy (Cambridge), Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge), Jean-Louis Quantin (Paris), Paul Quarrie (Maggs Bros.), André-Louis Rey (Geneva), Thomas Roebuck (UEA), Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge), Robin Sowerby (Stirling), Gilbert Tournoy (Leuven), Benjamin Wardhaugh (Oxford), Joanna Weinberg (Oxford).

The conference is co-organized by the University of Oxford (David Norbrook), the University of East Anglia (Tom Roebuck), and the California Institute of Technology (Mordechai Feingold).

Henry Savile (1549-1622) and Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) were two contrasting giants of late humanism. Savile, Warden of Merton College, Oxford, was a key figure in the history of English science and a formidable presence on the English scholarly and political scene, whose translation of Tacitus led to political controversy and whose editio princeps of Chrysostom in Greek won admiration across Europe. Casaubon, perhaps the leading Greek classical scholar of his generation and a great correspondent within the intellectual exchanges of the Republic of Letters, used his scholarship to become a formidable Protestant polemicist, publishing a vast philological critique of the authorized Catholic ecclesiastical history of Cesare Baronio.

Their lives and works, when considered together, raise vital questions about the history of early-modern knowledge and erudition, the relationship between the histories of science and the humanities, the networks of early-modern intellectual communication, the history of books and archives, the importance of Hebraic scholarship, and the impact of scholarship upon literature. Our conference, timed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Casaubon's death and the 750th anniversary of Merton College's foundation (the institution Savile shaped), brings together leading scholars from across the disciplines to answer these questions.

To encourage early registration, we are offering reduced registration rates until the 1st of May 2014:

Full: £100 for three days / £50 per individual day
Graduate: £75 for three days / £40 per individual day

Final conference registration closes on the 19th June 2014. Graduate bursaries are available upon application.