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“Artists, Activists, and Manuscript Evidence”

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 1:29pm
Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

“Artists, Activists, and Manuscript Evidence”

The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, in keeping with the M-MLA conference’s theme of “Artists and Activists,” is sponsoring panels on manuscripts and printed books and the illuminators, scribes, editors, and other artists who created them and the scholars and readers who used them. The session invites all approaches, including textual, art historical, codicological, and paleographical.

The conference will be held at Cincinnati, Ohio 09-12 November 2017. 

Possible foci include but are by no means limited to:

New Directions in the History of Rhetoric

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:43am
National Communication Association / American Society for the History of Rhetoric
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 27, 2017

What are some new directions in the history of rhetoric? What avenues of rhetorical history remain unexplored or underexplored? What new methodologies or theories should historians of rhetoric make special use of? This panel solicits papers that address these and related questions, and particularly papers that address how new directions in the history of rhetoric speak to the relevance of rhetorical studies. This is a proposed ASHR session for NCA 2017, which will be held in Dallas on November 16-19, 2017. Please send a cv and a 250-word abstract to Brandon Katzir ( by March 27. 

MLA 2018: Renaissance and Medieval Terms of Endearment

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:11pm
Pamela Kirkpatrick, University of Arkansas
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 20, 2017


MLA, January 2018, New York: Seeking proposals to a non-guaranteed session about kinship terminology or terms of endearment used for friends and foes. For example, in The Song of Roland, characters use sarcasm to describe enemies as friends, and interestingly, demeaning monikers are used to chastise friends. What do these epithets say about the cultural boundaries between friends and enemies in medieval and renaissance literature? Please send 500 word proposal and CV by 20 March 2017 to Pamela Kirkpatrick ( ). Also, please email questions or comments. If proposal is accepted, attendant must be an MLA member by 7 April 2017, per MLA guidelines.


2017 ELLAK International Conference

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:28pm
The English Language and Literature Association of Korea
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The 2017 ELLAK International Conference

Seoul National University, South Korea

December 13th–15th, 2017

 “Narrating Rights: Literary Texts and Human, Nonhuman, and Inhuman Demands”

Special Issue: Visual poetics

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:20am
Nordic Journal of English Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 31, 2017

Article proposals are sought for the the special issue of NJES on visual poetics, edited by Jakub Lipski, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz.

Papers on any aspect of the visual in English literature are welcome, though preference will be given to those covering the medieval period, the long nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. 

Send in 200-word abstracts as well as your short bio to by 31 March 2017. Complete papers will be due in December 2017.

Mythcon 48: All That Is Gold, 29-31 July 2018

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:32pm
Mythopoeic Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Mythopoeic Society is launching into a series of 50th anniversaries—of the founding of the Society in 2017, of the conception and launch of our scholarly journal Mythlore in 2018, and of our first society conference in 2019. For the fiftieth anniversary of our Society, we would like to see papers and panels relating to gold, and to celebrate the work of our Guests of Honor, to the gold that can be found through library and archival research. As always, papers on any topic relating to J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic fantasy in general, not just our theme, are welcome as well.


Gold in fantasy:

Shakespeare: Now and Then

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:26pm
Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 8, 2017

The 41st Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

October 19-21, 2017

Baldwin Wallace University

Berea, Ohio

Shakespeare: Now and Then

with plenary speaker

 Professor Hugh Grady

Professor Emeritus, Arcadia University

How do time, and the times, figure in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? What is Shakespeare’s time? Was it then? It is now? Will it be in the future?

Old and Middle English Language and Literature

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:03pm
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Anglo Saxon and medieval writers spilled considerable ink considering the concept and nature of truth, how to find it and/or represent it, and how to interpret it or use it. Often this search involved conducting an exploration of two different, often opposing, perspectives, such as Christian-secular, right-wrong, art-logic, auctor-compilator, etc.

In keeping with the conference theme of “Artists and Activists”, this panel invites papers that address any and all approaches taken in the name of the search for truth or the exploration of binaries in service to the truth in any Old English or Middle English text or author.

CfP: The Shape of Return. Progress, Process, and Repetition in Medieval Culture (ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, 29-30 September 2017)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 2:13pm
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Shape of Return

Progress, Process, and Repetition in Medieval Culture

International Conference

ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
29-30 September 2017

Organized by
Francesco Giusti and Daniel Reeve

Keynote speaker
Elizabeth Eva Leach (University of Oxford)