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RSA 2018 The Bard's Bookshelf: Shakespeare's Use of Sources

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:38am
Claire Sommers/The Graduate Center, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

William Shakespeare’s oeuvre is comprised of multiple forms, including the play, the sonnet, and the narrative poem and spans a wide variety of genres, including comedy, tragedy, history, epic, and romance. Because of his contributions to the western canon, modern scholarship tends to focus on Shakespeare the writer. Yet, we often forget another aspect of his literary life: Shakespeare the reader. In crafting his work, Shakespeare borrows heavily from Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance literature of all genres, including poetry, epic, drama, and prose fiction, and incorporates references to mythological, religious, rhetorical and philosophical texts throughout his works.

European Humanism and Its Challenges (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 8–9 September 2017)

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:00pm
David Movrin / Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dear all, 

Please find below the invitation to the interdisciplinary conference on European Humanism and Its Challenges, organised by Department of Classical Philology, University of Ljubljana; Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw; Department of Medieval Studies of the Central European University of Budapest (CEU); Slovenian Comparative Literature Association; Slovenian Book Agency; and Vilenica International Literary Festival. 

Shakespeare: Visions of Rome

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 2:38pm
Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 30, 2017


Call for Papers

Shakespeare: Visions of Rome


We invite essay submissions (c. 6000 words including notes) for a special issue of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association, on the topic of Shakespeare: Visions of Rome, planned for publication in 2019.


CFP (Extended Deadline 6/26/17): Blindness and Vision, Hidden and Revealed: Interpretations of Sight in Ancient Religious Texts for PAMLA Conference 2017 Honolulu, Hawaii (11/10-12/2017)

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 3:46pm
Pete Steiger, Chaminade University of Honolulu
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 26, 2017

This session will examine how the notion of seeing and not seeing common in many classical religious texts was interpreted by ancient commentators to elaborate certain epistemological theories. We will consider why ancient interpreters from various religious traditions frequently applied the sense of sight analogously to the act of understanding. 

This session is also interested in papers that specifically focus on this year's theme of sight, visuality, and ways of seeing.

Ekphrasis and Persuasion: The Dialectic of Eye and Mind in the Psyche of the Literary Text.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 2:06pm
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 21, 2017


Call for Papers: PAMLA 2017 Annual Conference Special Session


Title of Session:

“Ekphrasis and Persuasion:  The Dialectic of Eye and Mind in the Psyche of the Literary Text.”


This session will explore how history, philosophy, rhetoric and poetics interact in literary texts through the trope of ekphrasis.  It will explore not only ekphraseis that advance poetic and rhetorical arguments across disciplines, but also examine the ongoing dialogue of poet, painter and thinker in our literary traditions.


Authority and Transgression

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 1:28pm
Modern Horizons
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 31, 2017

 Authority & Transgression (October 2017)


Modern Horizons invites proposals for papers (25-30 minutes long) for our seventh annual conference on ‘Authority & Transgression’ to be held 27-28 October, 2017 at UC Berkeley. Proposals are to be sent to by 31 July, 2017.

UPDATE: Animals in Literature and Film

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 3:57pm
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 14, 2017

This year’s MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging in tensions of “human” and “animal” found within a variety of ancient textualities related to the broad field of animal studies. In ancient Greek and Roman society, animals serve important roles, often as a medium in religion, as symbolic function in Greco-Roman mythology, and as poetic symbol in ancient oral tradition and later written literature. Often, animals are given titular roles, and they carry strong symbolic function in the narrative, whether the narrative is oral, written, or artistic.

Classics & Children's Literature Working Group: A Call for Participants

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:16pm
Pegasus: The Reception of Greek & Roman Antiquity in Children's & YA Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Are you interested in writing an article or essay about any aspect of the reception of Greek and Roman antiquity in children’s literature, sharing your ideas, learning about other people’s work, and giving and receiving suggestions as you write?

Members of the Pegasus working group will exchange ideas and drafts electronically between June 2017 and April 2018, and each participant’s piece will ultimately be posted and archived on the Pegasus website (

The Second International Conference on Current Issues of Literature, Translation and Teaching and Learning of Languages

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm
Pazoheshgaran Andishmand Institute
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The conference will be dedicated to current issues of literature, translation and teaching and learning of different languages.

Academics and university lecturers are cordially invited to present their research regarding current issues of literature, translation and teaching and learning of different languages and dialects in English, Arabic or Persian. Such an approach suggests that a study is no longer limited within a certain field; knowledge from different fields cultivates diversity in a study. Recognizing this trend, the conference organizing committee aims to provide a platform for researchers and scholars from various fields to exchange ideas.

Date: 1-2 February, 2018

Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXXI, Sept. 21-23 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 4:40pm
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

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Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXXI


The University of Virginia’s College at Wise


September 21-23, 2017


Keynote Address


Elizabeth J. Bryan, Brown University


Historiated Bruts: How Manuscript Illustration Twisted History in the fifteenth-Century English Chronicle