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NeMLA 2018: (Im)possible Bodies: Spaces and the Body in Early Modern Europe

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 4:59pm
Stephanie Shiflett (BU) and Ashley M. Voeks (UT Austin)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 29, 2017

This panel explores the spatial limits of bodies in early modern Europe. The spatial limits of bodies, broadly conceived, refer to the determinant role that real or abstract boundaries play on the physical and/or imagined body. These limits can take many forms, including aesthetic conventions, battlefields, domestic confines, geographic boundaries, and religious sites. Notions of the body may be equally diverse, extending to animals, communities, environments, and genders. Panel discussion will provide a rich examination of intersections between spatial perspectives and studies of early modern bodies.


Imagining Other Worlds: Setting in Early Modern English Drama

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 6:42pm
Philip Goldfarb Styrt/Northeast MLA
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Every play imagines its own world—but the worlds they imagine must in some way connect with their audience. This panel invites perspectives on early modern English drama that considers the balance between these two poles: the imagined world of the setting and its connection to the surrounding culture in early modern England. This balance is particularly important in early modern English drama for both historical reasons—an increased awareness of other worlds and their different reality within the expanding cultural purview of the early modern English—and literary ones—since so much criticism of these plays has focused on their relation to early modern England itself to the exclusion of their frequently quite disparate settings.

CFP for Medieval and Renaissance Area, MAPACA (formerly "Beowulf to Shakespeare")

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 1:18pm
Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAPACA)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 30, 2017

MAPACA (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association) 2017

28th Annual Conference

Philadelphia, PA

November 9-11, 2017


Medieval and Renaissance (formerly called “Beowulf to Shakespeare”)


The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works that make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representations in popular culture.  Topics for this area include, but are not limited to:


SAMLA89 Fashioning Beauty

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:53pm
Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

SAMLA 89 will be held in Atlanta, GA, November 3-5. 

Special session panel.

Possible Times: Alternative Temporalities in Early Modern Europe

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 1:58pm
Emily King / RSA 2018 (New Orleans)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

This panel investigates early modern coping strategies that engage both possibility and temporality. Specifically, how do early modern texts model alternative temporalities that evoke revised histories, alternative presents, or potential futures? How might intertextuality, grammatical structures, wordplay, and visual or other paratextual elements signal possibility? And how might alternative temporalities revise early modern subjectivity?

Topics of interest might include:

Book Reviews

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 1:47pm
English: The Journal of the English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 31, 2018

English: The Journal of the English Association (Oxford UP) seeks reliable book reviewers.  Please email the Reviews Editor, Dr Adam Hansen ( with your CV (2 pages maximum) and a brief (100 words) statement of areas of interest or expertise.

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.

Early Modern English Domestic Tragedy

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 2:31pm
A special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 1, 2017

Essays of c. 7000 words are invited for a special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies on domestic tragedy.  Possible topics might include individual plays (e.g. Arden of Faversham, A Warning for Fair Women, The English Traveller, A Woman Killed with Kindness, The Miseries of Enforced Marriage, Two Lamentable Tragedies); lost domestic tragedies (e.g.