Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn and Other Early Modern Women Writers

deadline for submissions: 
December 22, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
CVAR and Othello's Island
contact email: 


at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus, 25 to 27 March 2019

Full information at

Lead Convenors:

Professor James Fitzmaurice, (Northern Arizona University)
Professor Lisa Hopkins, (Sheffield Hallam University)
Dr Sarah James, (University of Kent)
Dr Michael Paraskos, (Imperial College London)

About the Conference: 

The Early Modern Women Writers strand the 6th Annual Othello's Island Conference is dedicated to women writers from the period 1500 to 1700 (approximate dates). 

The strand was held informally at the fourth Othello's Island conference in 2015, and became a formal feature in 2016 at the fifth Othello's Island in 2016. This developing tradition continues at the sixth Othello's Island Conference in 2018, where we will again welcome papers on women writers in all languages of the early modern period, with a particular emphasis on the writers Mary Wroth, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn and their contemporaries.

The strand includes papers on women writers themselves, but also associated topics, such as the representation of women and women writers in work by male writers of the period, women publishers, and also the popular round table discussion, held outside under the olive trees, as a true academia, in the courtyard garden at CVAR.

If you would like to submit a paper to the Early Modern Women Writers strand of Othello's Island, please follow the instructions below. If you have any questions, please do contact us.

Participants in the Early Modern Women Writers strand can, of course, attend all the other papers and events of the Othello's Island Conference, and we encourage participants to do so.

The Early Modern Women Writers strand is held in association with the International Margaret Cavendish Society.

Full Papers (20 minutes plus questions)

If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Standard papers are 20 minutes long, followed by 5 or 10 minutes for questions.

​Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing: 
1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name 
2. Your institutional affiliation (if any) 
3. Your postal address, e'mail address and telephone number 
4. The title of your proposed paper 
With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 300 words and a copy of your CV/resume to with the subject line EMWW 2018. 

All papers must be delivered in English and in person by the author of the paper. We cannot accommodate speakers wishing to present using Skype (or similar), or proxy presentations.​

Deadlines for submissions: 22 December 2017. Please visit our website at before submitting your proposal.