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Rewriting and Adapting Classical Women in the Italian Renaissance (RSA 2019)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:41am
Victoria Fanti
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

From compendia of “illustrious women” modelled on Boccaccio’s De mulieribus claris, to Machiavelli’s Lucrezia in the Mandragola, to Giambattista Gelli’s (male-driven) philosophical dialogue La Circe, women from the classical tradition are resurrected in many forms and to many ends over the course of the Italian Renaissance. This panel seeks to investigate how authors and intellectuals rewrote, revised, and (in some cases) reclaimed classical women in Renaissance Italian discourse and literature. 

Topics, authors, and questions that papers might address include, but are not limited to:

Free Will and the Subjective Agency of Women in Dante's Commedia

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 11:42am
NeMLA 2019, Washington DC
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Free Will, defined by Dante's Virgilio as the noble power to guide and constrain the soul's natural inclination and desires (Purg 18.73),  holds a place of central concern in the Commedia. Elaborating on Marco Lombardo's discourse, the roman poet asserts that it is Free Will that accounts for the justice in feeling joy for doing good and misery for doing ill. While offering a general outline of the fundamental importance of Free Will in the ethical and moral rationale for the fate of departed souls, the pilgrim's first guide promises that Beatrice will provide clarity on this and other topics of particular complexity beyond the purview of his Classical pagan understanding.

Greco-Roman Myth in Literature and/or the Arts

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 10:55am
Ronnie Ancona
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) has recently added Classics as a secondary area of inquiry under Comparative Literature.  Please consider submitting an abstract for a panel on Greco-Roman Myth in Literature and/or the Arts, which I will be chairing, for the 50th anniversary convention to be held in Washington DC March 21-24, 2019.


Since Classics is a new secondary area of inquiry for NeMLA, this session attempts to cast its net quite broadly. The intention is to appeal to classicists or others dealing with Greco-Roman literature, history, archaeology, and culture and its later reception for abstracts that will have wide appeal to the NeMLA audience.

1818-2018 – the silent revolution: of fears, folly & the female

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:34pm
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, July 30, 2018

1818-2018 – the silent revolution: of fears, folly & the female

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon

5-6 November 2018


In 2018 we celebrate events which took place two hundred years ago: the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the birth of Emily Brontë. While the two events are markedly different, as the former is a tangible work of art and the latter more of a promise of what was to come, both have contributed to challenge and change the conceptions and perceptions of the time, thus performing a silent, subtle revolution in the world of letters.


Women Who Made History

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:30am
International Centre for Studies of Arts and Humanities (ICSAH)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Women Who Made History

 3rd International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 4-7 June 2019, Nicosia, Cyprus

Northern Osmosis: Literary Viscosity as Material Solidarity

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 3:30pm
Early Medieval Studies on the Islands of the North Atlantic (IONA)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ic þa wiht geseah

heo wæs wrætlice

Wundor wearð on wege

on weg feran

wundrū gegierwed

wæter wearð to bane


I saw the wight

It was splendidly,

The wonder was on the wave;


going on its way.

wonderfully arrayed

water became bone.

— Exeter Book, Riddle #7 (Baum)


14. Meeting on Spanish Humanists

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:28am
University of Santiago de Compostela - Spain
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 15, 2018

14. Meeting on Spanish Humanists

«Distinctive Traits of Humanism in the Iberian Peninsula and Spanish and Portuguese America (16th and 17th Centuries)»


Santiago de Compostela. School of Philology

27th – 28th (thursday / friday) September 2018


Folklore/Mythology: CFP for the PAMLA Annual Conference (Bellingham, Washington)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 9:13am
PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

PAMLA's Folklore and Mythology session is open to all papers that explore some aspect of ancient or modern folklore or mythology, but we are particularly interested in papers attuned to some facet of the conference theme, "Acting, Roles, Stages."

The 116th Annual PAMLA conference will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Please submit your proposal to the PAMLA website, at

Pleas contact Charles Hoge (at if you have any questions.