Othello's Island 2018 - 6th Interdisciplinary Conference on Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

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


The 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies held at CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus, March 2018

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: 

Othello's Island is now a well-established annual conference that aims to explore Byzantine Medieval, Renaissance and early-modern artistic, literary, social and cultural history, and their subsequent legacies, in a truly multidisciplinary way (it's not just Othello and not just Shakespeare!).

​Now in its six year, this interdisciplinary conference brings together academics, researchers and research students from all over the world, and covers a wide range of topics relating to the Medieval, Renaissance and early modern periods, in a stunning medieval city location.

The keynote speaker for 2018 will be Professor Henri Frances (American University of Beirut)​: "Donor Portraits in Byzantine Art"


Full Papers (20 minutes talk plus questions)

Please also see our sebsite at www.othellosisland.org for full conference and submission details.

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.

We are very open minded on the topic of papers, so if you have an idea for a presentation that is not covered by the suggestions given above please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.

Thematic papers on Art History, Literature, Archaeology, History, Social and Poltical History, Cultural Studies and the Colonial and Post-Colonial legacy and use of medieval and renaissance history are welcome, but we also welcome 'wildcard' papers that do not fit into standard categories, and papers which are highly speculative and formative. 

As our title suggests, we welcome papers on Othello and Shakespeare, but we are a interdisciplinary conference, and welcome papers on topics ranging from Byzantine icon paintings, to the writings of Aphra Behn, or from Medieval manuscripts to the wine trade in Renaissance Europe (and much more besides).

Please visit our website for more information on the focus of the conference at www.othellosisland.org


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 Dr Michael Paraskos at info@othellosisland.org with the subject line OTHELLO 2018.

All papers must be delivered in English. We regret we cannot accept Skype or other distance presentations, although we do welcome proposals for group, round-table or other collective forms of presentation.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 22 December 2017. Early submission is strongly advised. We aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within four weeks of submission.


To encourage early career academics and research students we are able to offer a limited amount of free shared hostel living accommodation in Nicosia for the duration of the conference, for speakers aged 35 or under. Please indicate on your submission if you would like to be considered for this.



Please feel free to contact Dr Michael Paraskos at info@othellosisland.org

Please also see our sebsite at www.othellosisland.org for full conference and submission details.