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Mad, Bad, and Dangerous Texts: Controversies in Reading, Writing, Editing, and Printing

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4:38pm
Book History and Print Culture Graduate Student Colloquium
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 14, 2018

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous Texts:

Controversies in Reading, Writing, Editing, and Printing


Please circulate widely.


In addition to conveying controversial ideas, books themselves have both committed and inspired mad, bad, and dangerous behaviour. The production and consumption of printed matter can be subversive, destructive, or downright criminal. Studying books as material objects reveals controversies that are fascinating in their own right, regardless of the subject matter between their covers.

Seminar: From Life to Afterlives: Creative Re-presentation in the Premodern World

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4:01pm
Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Organizer: Alison Frazier, University of Texas, Austin


Across the pre-modern world, biography in all media focused largely on rulers, warrior heroes, and spiritual adepts. Such figures, historical or not, were understood to embody virtues worth preserving, admiring and, on occasion, imitating. Thus, the global phenomena of afterlives: creative re-presentations that aimed to secure the posthumous life, or life-effect, of the hero. The topic of afterlives encourages pursuit of a global and comparative pre-modernity that remains generously local, conceptually and theoretically astute, and disciplinarily diverse.

Postgraduate Essay Prize

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4:12pm
English: The Journal of the English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 22, 2018

The editors of English: The Journal of the English Association are pleased to invite submissions to the journal's annual essay prize competition exclusive to postgraduates.

The competition is open to any postgraduate student who is registered on a doctoral programme at any institution anywhere in the world, by, or within three months of, the submission deadline.

The deadline for submissions is October 22nd, 2018 with the winner being announced in January 2019.

Find out more.

Journal of the Northern Renaissance: Call for Papers

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1:50pm
Journal of the Northern Renaissance
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 16, 2018

The Journal of the Northern Renaissance invites submissions on any aspect of cultural practice in Northern Europe in the period 1430-1650, including but not limited to the following disciplines:

  • literature
  • art and architectural history
  • musicology
  • philosophy
  • theology
  • politics
  • history of science

We are particularly interested in studies exploring alternative cultural geographieschallenging existing conceptualizations and periodizations of the Renaissance in the North, and/or establishing continuities and ruptures with earlier and later epochs.

CFP: The Rule(s) of Exception(s) in Early Modern Culture (16th-17thc.): Literary and Historical Perspectives on Exception and Exceptionality

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:54am
ociété Française Shakespeare et de la Société d'Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 30, 2018


 CFP Early Modern Studies Seminar, "The Rule(s) of Exception(s) in Early Modern Culture (16th-17thc.): Literary and Historical Perspectives on Exception and Exceptionality", SAES Congress, 6-8 June 2019, Aix-en-Provence, France.


Faking it. Forgery and Fabrication in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 7:13am
The Early Modern Seminar, The University of Gothenburg
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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.

Presentist, Historical, and Unveiled Identities from Beowulf to the Eighteenth Century

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 9:24am
Mark Kaethler / Medicine Hat College
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 2:32pm
Valerie Clayman Pye and Robert Ormsby
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shakespeare and Tourism


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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: World-Making, 1500-1800 -February 22-23, 2019

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 5:25pm
Early Modern Center, UC Santa Barbara Department of English
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 7, 2018

World-Making, 1500-1800

University of California, Santa Barbara

Conference Date: February 22-23, 2019

Abstracts Due: December 7, 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).


Teaching Christian Drama to Biblically Illiterate (and Semi-Literate) Audiences

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 4:05pm
Comparative Drama Conference-Orlando, Florida
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 15, 2018

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.