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.

Science Museum Group Journal Prize

The Science Museum Group Journal has now launched a new prize to encourage and reward research articles by talented young scholars. The Journal itself aims to provide open access to peer-reviewed research by international scholars, bringing together ideas across the broad areas of study that inform our work and fascinate our wide readership. This ambition can only be fuelled by the quality and originality of our contributors, now and in the future and the Journal is proud to take a role in encouraging and developing academic excellence.

The SMGJ writing prize of £500 will be awarded annually to the author of the best original research article which addresses research questions around science history, heritage, exhibitions, communications and public engagement.

Submission is open to all researchers in the early stages of their career and it is expected that the winning article will be published in the Journal. We warmly welcome submissions (in English) from international scholars which will deal with previously unpublished research, and the judges (our eminent Editorial Board) will especially look for work which takes advantage of the Journal’s capacity to feature rich imagery and multi-media.

The prize will be launched at the opening of our new Research Centre on 31st March 2016 and the deadline for the inaugural prize is 1st March 2017. For more information, contact the editorial team:

The rules are as follows:
  • Articles submitted for the prize must be previously unpublished and it is expected that the winning article will be published in the Journal[1].
  • The prize will be judged by the Journal’s Editorial Board, and the judges will look particularly favourably on articles which make good use of the Journal’s capacity to include images, film and audio as an integral part of the content. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Submission is open to all researchers in the early stages of their career. Eligibility will be taken to cease after five years in relevant employment (for example a curatorial or other professional position in a museum) or, where relevant, five years after the completion of a PhD. Allowance can be made for periods devoted to family obligations or extended illness, at the discretion of the board.
  • Authors are invited to nominate their own papers and all articles that meet the criteria will be judged entirely on their own merit. Only one submission per author will be considered each year.
  • Submitted articles should be not less than 3000 words and not more than 10,000 words long.
  • Submissions from authors from all countries are warmly welcomed, though all articles must be written in English.
  • The submission deadline is 1 September of each year and articles submitted for the prize will be accepted at any time in the preceding year. The prize will normally be judged by the end of September and announced in October
  • The competition is closed to all staff and fellows from within the SMG Group. However, Collaborative Doctoral Students are not considered as coming from the group and are eligible to apply for the prize.
[1] Although submissions are accepted on the understanding that the author will publish the paper in the Science Museum Group Journal, this is at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor may also accept other excellent papers submitted for the prize as submissions to the Journal and put them forward for publication with the author’s agreement.

Lisa Jardine Doctoral Studentship

Queen Mary University of London

Qualification type: PhD
Location: London
Funding amount: Not specified
Hours: Full Time

Placed on: 16th June 2016
Closes: 18th July 2016

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London is seeking applicants for this new PhD studentship, which has been established to recognise the late Professor Lisa Jardine’s many contributions to the university and to disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research.

Applications must be in the area of Early-Modern Studies, and can be held in any one or more (via joint supervision) of the Faculty’s academic Schools. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with relevant members of academic staff prior to submitting an application.

Applicants should complete a QMUL application form, attaching a 1500 word (max) research proposal, 1 side A4 statement of interest outlining why they wish to pursue their research at Queen Mary, and two academic references. Candidates are advised to discuss their application with their proposed supervisor before submitting their formal application. Application forms, and more details on the application process, can be found at:

Deadline: Monday 18 July

JOBS: Assistant Professor, English Literature and Culture, 15th-18th century

Tenure-track position open in the Department of English Literature, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Area of Specialization: English Literature and Culture, 15th-18th century.

Rank: Assistant Professor.

Job Description

The person who will occupy the position will be called upon to teach courses on various aspects of English Literature and Culture from the late medieval period, through the Renaissance, to the mid-18th century. Although the research interests of the prospective candidates may be concentrated in any area of this chronological spectrum, primary consideration will be given to the one who can evidently cover a wide range of topics/authors in teaching and research. 

Citizens of member states of the European Union outside Greece must provide proof of knowledge of the Greek language at the level of G1. The official declaration of the opening (specifying deadlines and required supporting documents) will be published in the Greek press during the first half of September and will be posted at

Interested individuals may visit the English School’s website to acquaint themselves with the Department of English Literature. Further enquiries may be addressed to Dr Tina Krontiris at and Dr Katerina Kitsi at

CALL FOR PAPERS: “New Scholarship in British Art History: Discoveries at the NCMA”

A two-day symposium held at the North Carolina Museum of Art hosted alongside the upcoming exhibition “History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection.”

Date: Friday, January 27th & Saturday, January 28th, 2017.

The question of what makes the British Isles “British” is particularly relevant given recent political events, such as the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

Using the North Carolina Museum of Art’s British collections as inspiration, this New Scholars Conference explores the ways in which we can examine “English” and “British” works of art. Particularly, this topic raises questions about the ways Britain can be viewed, either as inward looking and/or in dialogue with the wider world.

We encourage topics ranging from traditional categories of British art, such as portraiture, to new investigations into the mobility of artists and styles, as well as issues of race, class, and gender. The aim of this conference is to explore how innovative scholarship and new narratives can help expand the larger discipline of British studies. This conference is intended for graduate students, recent doctoral graduates, and postdoctoral scholars. We strongly suggest that speakers consider their papers in relation to the British collections at the NCMA, whose works of art range from 1580-1850.

We invite 20-minute papers on topics including (but not limited to) the following:
  • British Notions of Territory
  • Architecture in the English Context
  • Race, Gender, & Class in Art
  • Formation of the British Academy
  • The Immigrant Artist
  • The British Family in Art
  • Foreign Influences in British Art
  • Imagery of Travel and Exchange

Deadline: September 15th 2016 (Speakers will be informed via email by October 1st, 2016)

Please send an abstract (250 words) and a CV to Miranda Elston, with the email heading “NCMA New Scholarship in British Art History” and your Name, Affiliated Institution, and Paper Title in the email.

Explore our website (New Scholarship in British Art) for more information about the conference, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s British collections, and the upcoming installation of “History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection.”

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

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.

  • 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.

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 ( 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 They can also contact the project PI Matthieu Husson (

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.

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.
Please direct enquiries to
Booking for this event is required via our e-store.Registration URL

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:

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

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 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

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 ( 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 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

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,

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:

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
Giorgio Riello, Department of History and Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick

For further information please refer to

CALL FOR PAPERS: Early Modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement

Cymru Fodern Gynnar: Gofod, Lle a Symudiad

An interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the National Library of Wales, 6-7 July 2016, organised by Bryn Williams and Rachel Willie (Bangor University)

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University)
Professor Philip Schwyzer (University of Exeter)

[Henry VIII] deliuered [the Welsh] wholy from all seruitude, and made them in all poynets equall to the Englishmen. Wherby it commeth to passe, that laying aside their old manners, they, who before were wonte to liue most sparingly: are now enritched and do imitate the Englishmen in diet, & apparell, howbeit, they be somedeale impatient of labour, and ouermuch boastying of the Nobilitie of their stocke, applying them selues rather to the seruice of noble men, then geuynge them selues to the learnyng of handycraftes.
                          Humphrey Llwyd, The Breviary of Britain trans. Thomas Twyne (1573)

In The Breviary of Britain, Humphrey Llwyd laments the acculturalisation processes that he perceives to have led to the anglicisation of the Welsh gentry. The Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542 formally annexed Wales to the Kingdom of England and thus changed the relationship between the English and the Welsh. Tudor kingship used the space of Wales to claim a right to the English throne and some Welsh gentry held prominent places at court, but what was Wales and how does the space of Wales connect to England? The ‘geographic turn’ in early modern studies has led to renewed interest in space and place and perennial concerns regarding national identity, memory and language have drawn attention to the landscape of Wales. This interdisciplinary symposium, organised in partnership between the National Library of Wales, the Society for Renaissance Studies and the School of English Literature, Bangor University, brings together scholars working in the fields of Welsh History, Literature, Philosophy, Art History and Musicology to interrogate what we understand by Wales in the early modern period.

Topics addressed may include (but are not limited) to:
  • Space or place
  • Wales and the cartographic imagination
  • Topography
  • Language and rhetoric
  • Politics
  • Identity
  • Migration
  • Exile
  • Memory and remembering the past
  • Welsh landscape
  • Liminality
  • Wales and visual culture 

We welcome abstracts of no more than 250 words for twenty-minute papers, to be sent to by 29 February 2016.

The symposium will be followed by the Society for Renaissance Studies’ Annual Welsh Lecture: Professor Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex), 'William Thomas (d.1554): A Welsh Traitor in Italy'

CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th Scientiae Conference on Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World (approx. 1400-1800)

Second Call for Papers, Scientiae Oxford 2016, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 5-7 July 2016

Keynote Speakers: Martin Kemp (Oxford), Wouter Hanegraaff (Amsterdam), Tara Nummedal (Brown)

Convenor: Georgiana Hedesan (Oxford), Senior Adviser: Howard Hotson (Oxford), Organising Team: Karen Hollewand (Oxford), Cornelis Schilt (Sussex), Luca Guariento (Glasgow)

Proposals are invited for the fifth annual Scientiae conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800). The major premise of this conference series is that knowledge during this period was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of theories, practices and objects, which had yet to be separated into their modern ‘scientific’ configurations. Although centred on attempts to understand and control the natural world, Scientiaeaddresses natural philosophy, natural history, and the scientiae mixtae within a wide range of related fields, including but not restricted to Biblical exegesis, medicine, artisan practice and theory, logic, humanism, alchemy, magic, witchcraft, demonology, divinatory practices, astronomy, astrology, music, antiquarianism, experimentation and commerce. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities.

Scientiae Oxford 2016 welcomes proposals from researchers studying the early modern cultures and disciplines of knowing at any stage in their career. The proposals can be for individual papers, complete panels, roundtables or workshops, according to the following guidelines:

Individual paper: A 300-word abstract for papers of maximum 20 minutes.

Panel Proposal: Each panel will be 1 hour 30 minutes and must include three speakers. The panel organiser should send a proposal containing three 200-word abstracts for papers of 20 minutes each together with an overall account of the panel (max. 300 words).

Roundtable: Each roundtable will also last 1 hour 30 minutes, must include at the very least one chair and one or two respondents, and must engage the audience. The roundtable proposal should formulate a clear question and provide a rationale for it of c. 400-600 words.

Workshop (new at Scientiae 2016): A workshop is an opportunity for teaching and learning in some area of early modern intellectual and/or material culture. Examples might include period instruments, laboratory practices, pedagogic or art techniques, digital humanities and print culture. A proposal of 400-800 words should be provided by the organiser(s), together with details about the organisation, duration, and presenters. Workshop leaders will also need to work out logistical issues well in advance, with limited assistance from on-site conference convenors. Advance sign-up by participants will be required.

Please submit your proposal together with a brief bio (up to 300 words) by using the online form All submissions should be made by 15 November 2015.

For more information, please also see the Oxford Scientiae website at

Dr Georgiana D. Hedesan
Wellcome Trust Fellow
University of Oxford
History Faculty
George Street
Oxford, OX1 2R

@acadscientiae #Scientiae2016

CALL FOR PAPERS: IARHS and the IMC 2016: "Food, Feast, and Famine."

Leeds, 4-7 July 2016

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies is proposing two sessions for next year's Leeds, whose conference theme is "Food, Feast, and Famine."

Leeds will only consider fully formed sessions. Please send 300-word abstracts for either proposed session by 15 September 2015 to Lesley A. Coote ( AND Kristin Bovaird-Abbo (

"Food and Feast in Medieval Outlaw Texts"
The romances of medieval England are full of scenes of feasting and eating. Food, its preparation, and its consumption are present as central points of human interaction, community, and fellowship, providing opportunities to examine and analyze agricultural and mercantile practices as well as trade, economics, and the social standing of its producers and consumers; and feast scenes perform a wide variety of functions, serving as a cultural repository of manners and behaviors, a catalyst for the adventure, a “cute-meet” for the lovers, a moment of regrouping and redirecting the narrative, a testing ground for the chivalric and courteous skills of the attendees, an occasion on which some important revelation is made, and a culminating moment of narrative resolution, for instance. But what about in medieval outlaw tales? How important are food and feasting in the tales of Robin Hood, Gamelyn, Hereward the Wake, Eustache the Monk, and Fouke le Fitz Waryn, for example? This session will consider the presence and function of food and feast in medieval outlaw tales, with an eye to considering whether and how instances of food preparation and eating in these tales can be said to display, to develop, or to subvert the conventional ideas of community and fellowship most commonly associated with foods and feasts in secular medieval literature.

"Ecocritical Outlaws"
At an ICMS session in 2015, a panel posed the question "What Can Medieval Studies Bring to Ecocriticism?" Although the responses were diverse, none touched on the specific subgenre of outlaw literature, and this absence is reflected in much of the published ecocriticism scholarship. This panel seeks to initiate conversations about ecocritical issues in various outlaw tales, including but not limited to Robin Hood, Gamelyn, Fouke Fitz Waryn, and Án Bow-Bender. Given the liminal spaces which these tales occupy, as well as their frequent movements from greenwood into urban spaces, these tales are rich for ecological study. What do these stories reveal about medieval forest practices or perspectives towards animals (and their relationships and/or kinships to humans)? To what extent do these tales critique medieval ecological beliefs or offer alternative perspectives (that is, do they reveal a plurality of attitudes towards nature co-existing during the medieval period)? Given that Rebecca Douglass, in “Ecocriticism and Middle English Literature,” argues that “[E]cocriticism is . . . informed by a desire to understand past and present connections between literature and human attitudes regarding the earth,” what does the study of medieval outlaw tales offer to ecocritical studies? This panel welcomes a variety of approaches, including ecofeminist perspectives, cultural ecology, deep ecology, animal studies, ecolinguistics, and other innovative approaches.

MA Funding in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (PRHS) at University of Leeds is pleased to announce it has available several full and partial funding opportunities for taught Masters and MA by Research students for 2016-17 entry.

For more information about postgraduate study in Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at Leeds see the postgraduate section of the PRHS website.

For full, regularly updated information on upcoming awards and deadlines, including application procedures, see the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships site.

Funding opportunities for full-time or part-time MA study include the following:

  • Up to two PRHS Taught Masters Scholarships – full UK/EU fees (partial fees at the UK/EU rate for international students). Further information and application form.
  • A limited number of International Fee Bursaries – partial fee scholarship, bringing international fees down to Home/EU rate. Further information and application form.
  • One Bilbrough Scholarship – full UK/EU fees (partial fees at the UK/EU rate for international students) for applicants to any taught Masters programme in the area of Theology and Religious Studies. Further information and application form.

  • One Mangoletsi Scholarship - full UK/EU fees (partial fees at the UK/EU rate for international students) for research in the subject area of Theoretical Philosophy. Further information and application form.
  • One Aesthetics MA by Research Bursary – £2,000 bursary towards fees for Home/EU or international rated students undertaking research in the area of Philosophical Aesthetics. Further information and application form.
University of Leeds graduates may also be eligible for a 10% alumni bursary.

Correspondence regarding the application procedure may be directed to

Questions relating to the course structure and content of the taught Masters programmes should be directed to the relevant MA Director:
  • Dr Heather Logue ( - MA Philosophy
  • Prof. Steven French ( - MA History and Philosophy of Science; MA Science, Technology and Medicine; and MA Philosophy of Science
  • Dr Stefan Skrimshire ( – MA Religion and Public Life; MA Religious Studies and Global Development; and MA Theology and Religious Studies

Those interested in applying for the MA by Research programme are advised to contact potential supervisors at an early stage. You should contact them by email, either directly or through the postgraduate research tutor, Prof. Pekka Vayrynen (

The closing date for all the scholarships listed above is 23:59 UK time on Monday 25th July 2016.

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


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