What is real and what is fake? And why does it matter? As soon as objects, texts and utterances (be they pragmatic or artistic) become imbued with a sense of authority or authenticity, there is a potential to produce other objects, texts and utterances which mimic and attempt to siphon off that authority and authenticity. In late medieval and early modern European culture (1400-1750), this potential was realized in new and unprecedented ways. Social, technological, and intellectual developments forever altered many activities which fall under the remit of forgery and fabrication, spurring lively debate about truth and falsity. The printing press transformed the production, distribution and marketing of texts and images.
This survey panel aims to establish dialogues between experts in early literatures. The confluence of epochs facilitates cross-historical discussion and provides a means for thinking about ways to teach early survey courses in university or college classrooms. This panel focuses on identities (racial, gendered, sexual, or mediatized, etc.). In recent years, scholars have labelled efforts to locate early forms of contemporary identity in early literature as presentist, an approach that tends to overlook differences between historical eras by prioritizing current concerns. However, are presentist methods actually flawed? And does any effort to trace earlier forms of current interests automatically constitute presentism?
Shakespeare and Tourism
Call FOR PAPERS/ABSTRACTS
Deadline for Submission: November 15, 2018
Editors: Robert Ormsby and Valerie Clayman Pye
The editors of the essay collection, Shakespeare and Tourism, are seeking two further contributions for the volume, which is under contract with Routledge.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Conference Date: February 22-23, 2019
Abstracts Due: November 20, 2018
The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, “World-Making, 1500-1800,” to be held on February 22 and 23, 2019. We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: Su Fang Ng (Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor and Associate
Professor of English, Virginia Tech) and Daniel O’Quinn (Professor in the School of English and
Theatre Studies, University of Guelph).
Western civilization is deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition and ideology, which goes a long way in explaining why the Bible is a shadow text on nearly every college literature syllabus. The heritage of the so-called “the book of books” spans the full historical spectrum of English writing, from its earliest specimens up to its most recent. For centuries, the bible offered up a common vocabulary and shared lens through which American college professors and their students could think and talk about literary history and culture.
This session of the Comparative Drama Conference explores the ways in which this year’s conference locale—Orlando, Florida—crosses paths with the culture of medieval and early modern drama. Included among Central Florida’s most notable and popular theatrical productions are theme park stage adaptations of animated films and cinematic blockbusters (think Finding Nemo-The Musical etc.). How do medieval and early modern dramatic works similarly appropriate, convert and dramatize other types of scripted or choreographed performances (oral legends; religious rituals and practices; courtroom dramas; political spectacles etc.) —and to what practical and ideological ends?
We Run This Town: Dynastic Literature
in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Cities
CfP: NeMLA’s 50th Anniversary Convention
Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019
Call for Papers The Gestures of Diplomacy: Gifts, Ceremony, Body Language (1400-1750)
Toulouse, France, 30th May - 1st June 2019.
Confirmed Keynote speaker: Ellen R. Welch (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), author of A Theatre of Diplomacy (Penn, 2017)
The International Sidney Society invites proposals for two Sponsored Sessions at the Interational Congress on Medieval Studies focused on the life and work of Philip and Mary Sidney and/or the life and work of 16th and 17th century writers within their literary, religious, and political spheres of affiliation and influence. We welcome both traditional and innovative imaginings of "the Sidney Circle."
The Congress is the site of the International Sidney Society's annual meeting, bringing together leading scholars in the field with emerging voices. The conference will be held May 9-12, 2019 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Travel fellowships for graduate students are available on a competitive basis.
Call for Papers: “Envisioning the Renaissance” at CEA, March 28-30, 2019
| CEA 50th Annual Conference: “Visons and Revisions”
| Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans, 739 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
| Phone: (504) 962-0500
“See better” --Shakespeare
This call for papers is meant to solicit wide-ranging abstracts on the possibilities of “vision” in British literature of the 16th and 17th centuries for the annual conference of the College English Association, a collegial gathering of scholars and teachers in English studies. CEA celebrates its 50th anniversary with its 2019 national conference, to be held in the heart of the French Quarter.