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Shakespeare and the Closure of Theatres

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:48pm
De Montfort University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021

De Montfort University in Leicester, England, will be hosting on 22 April 2021 a virtual conference reflecting on the closure of theatres in Shakespeare's time and our own. We welcome papers on a range of responses to the closures, including those by writers (Shakespeare and others), playgoers, patrons, and civil and state authorities, some of whom welcomed and some lamented the loss of public theatre.

Reminder: CFP - Edited Book on "Theatre-fiction"

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:31pm
Dr. Graham Wolfe / National University of Singapore
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, November 1, 2020

CFP: “Theatre-Fiction”

Abstracts: November 1, 2020

Seeking proposals for an edited book of chapters on “theatre-fiction”, i.e. novels and stories about theatre.

Stranger Forms: Translating the Unusual and Minor of Early Modernity (ACLA 2021)

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 11:38am
Laura Francis and Sara Stamatiades - Cornell University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

While canonical works like Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote have enjoyed rich histories of translation, minor texts rarely see as much activity. Even for famous authors, unusual forms may not see the light of day at all. Take Cervantes’ own entremeses, for example: a kind of theatrical interlude prevalent in Golden Age Spain, these short texts have attracted only a handful of translations compared to the Quixote’s hundreds. Carrying out the author’s own biting remark that he wrote dramatic pieces never to be dramatized, the lack of translation only reinforces the already problematic centering of canonical texts. Unavailability across languages ingrains the marginal status of other works and, with them, the marginal figures they represent.

OA Journal Translat Library is Accepting Submissions

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 10:00am
Translat Library - University of Massachusetts Amherst
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 1, 2021

Call for Papers -- Translat Library is accepting submissions.

Translat Library is a new open access journal devoted to the literary culture of Europe (1200-1600), with an emphasis on vernacular translations, the Romance letters, and the Latin tradition. Translat Library publishes short rigorous essays contributing new documentation and editions of unpublished texts.

Scent and Fragrance: Medieval and Renaissance Form 2021 CFP

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 11:15am
Medieval and Renaissance Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum: VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Keene State College
Friday and Saturday April 16-17, 2021

We are delighted to announce that the 41st Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place virtually on Friday, April 16 and Saturday April 17, 2021.

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss smell and fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Papers and sessions, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

Premodern New Materialisms

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 11:12am
Adin Lears and Tekla Bude
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

      In recent decades, critical theory and scholarship have taken up the category of matter and the material in order to renew interrogations of categories such as the “self” and the “human.” But whereas mid-twentieth century scholarship’s Marxist-historicist turn focused on material circumstances of reading and its social and political effects, these more recent theoretical endeavors – loosely aggregated under the framework of “new materialism” – explore and expand the notion of matter itself: what, after all, is matter, and how does it affect society and its discursive practices? How does it have agency or force, and how does it relate to life, broadly understood?

“Shakespeare’s Difficult Pleasures: New Essays on Carnival, Philosophy, and Moral Agency in honor of Michael Bristol”

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 10:54am
J. F. Bernard Champlain College
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 6, 2020

This collection aims to celebrate the work and influence of Michael Bristol by producing new scholarship on Shakespeare, early modern theater, and their enduring and complicated legacy in our modern world. Bristol’s criticism has left a profound impact on the fields on Shakespeare and early modern studies, in particular as it relates to questions of dramatic agency, theory and philosophy, to matters pertaining to the carnivalesque body, as well as to ideas of cultural production.


Call for book reviewers

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 5:23pm
Religion and the Arts, Boston College
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 1, 2021

Religion and the Arts, a peer-reviewed journal edited at Boston College and published by Brill of the Netherlands, is looking for writers with professional experience and an advanced degree to write individual book reviews and combined review-essays in the fields of religion and literature, poetry, music, dance, architecture, film, and art history. Our reviewers are academics, independent scholars, writers, poets, artists, teachers, and clergy. 


Please send a short bio and vita to describing your education, publications, and current interests: as well as any recent books (2019 forward) you might like to review. 

II International Conference From Manuscript to Digital: World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English (Virtual conference)

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:38am
University of Lincoln, Universidade de Lisboa, and Universidad de Jaén
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are glad to share with you the final CFP for the II International Conference From Manuscript to Digital: World Wide English Literature and World Wide Literatures in English, organized by University of Lincoln, Universidade de Lisboa, and Universidad de Jaén. The conference will be held in Jaén (Spain), 1-3 December / 2020. Please note that we have decided to organize the conference in an online format due to the extraordinary situation we are living.


Thematic panels

“Climates of Consciousness” (IMC Leeds 2021)

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 2:05pm
Oecologies Research Cluster
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Call for Papers for Session Proposals
at the International Medieval Congress (IMC 2021)
Sponsored by the Oecologies Research Cluster
05–08 July 2021
University of Leeds

Renaissance Conference of Southern California

Monday, September 28, 2020 - 9:47am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 9, 2020

Renaissance Conference of Southern California

65th Annual Conference

Saturday, 20 March 2021

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for our first virtual or webinar 65th RCSC Annual Conference.

We are honored that our roundtable participants, scheduled originally for last year, have agreed to share their ideas about Interdisciplinary Research and its complexities at RCSC 2021.


Interdisciplinary Research and the Renaissance

The Ancient and Modern Traditions of Introspective Analysis

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 9:50am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In a letter to Lucilius, Seneca distinguishes between a person's being and "the trappings in which he is clothed," urging his interlocutor to "consider [the] soul" in order to distinguish true being from false appearance. In addition to the distinction he makes between being and appearance, Seneca indicates here an analytical tool by which Lucilius can learn to see beyond illusory appearances in order to comprehend the true nature of things (animum intuere). Seneca's instrumental approach to this analysis constitutes a major component of the Ancient tradition of introspective analysis: across genres ancient authors such as Virgil, Propertius, Martial, Horace, Tacitus, Plato, and Aristotle performed similar analyses.

Intersectionalities of Class in Early Modern English Literature

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:43pm
Ronda Arab and Laurie Ellinghausen
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

CFP:  Intersectionalities of Class in Early Modern English Literature


Eds. Ronda Arab (Simon Fraser University) and Laurie Ellinghausen (University of Missouri – Kansas City)



The editors invite essays for an edited volume on intersectionalities of class in early modern English literature. 


Exploring the Renaissance 2021: An International Conference

Monday, September 14, 2020 - 2:06pm
South Central Renaissance Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 18, 2020


The South-Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC) and its affiliate societies

Queen Elizabeth I Society

Andrew Marvell Society

Society for Renaissance Art History


invite 15- to 20-minute conference papers for

Exploring the Renaissance 2021

March 25-27, 2021

This year’s conference will be held remotely through Zoom.



Medieval and Early Modern Literature at CEA (April 8-10, 2021)

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:59am
Lynne Simpson / College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

The College English Association’s 52st national conference, from April 8-10, 2021, will focus on the theme of justice, and will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, where the freedom ensured by civil rights has been contested by the government in both the past and present. Birmingham’s notoriety as a focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, including the Birmingham Campaign, the imprisonment of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the writing of his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is matched by the city’s renown for forging steel, founding Veteran’s Day, and hosting the USA’s second-oldest drag queen pageant.

Italian Theatre and its Publics: 1500-Present

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 1:30pm
Lauren Surovi / NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Panel Session in Italian / Cultural Studies and Media Studies at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention Chairs

Lauren Surovi (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Corie Marshall (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


ICMS Kalamazoo 2021: Treating Animals: Veterinary Science in the Middle Ages

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 9:59am
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo; May 7-10, 2020. Special Session.
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Medieval animal studies has tended to privilege literary and encyclopedic texts, viewing animals within Aristotelian hierarchies of rationality, while research on animals in medieval medicine has focused on their use as ingredients, rather than their potential status as patients. There have been few discussions of animals and humans in relationships of care, or of animals as the recipients of medical treatment. In this panel, we seek to expand these conversations by centering veterinary medicine, including treatment manuals (e.g., hawking handbooks), literary representations of veterinary practices (e.g., romance heroes caring for horses), and other genres that concern the (un)ethical, (il)legal, or (im)proper treatment, training, or keeping of animals.

Seminar on global Shakespeare, Austin, 2021

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 2:43pm
Shakespeare Association of America
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

You are cordially invited to join us at the Shakespeare Association of America's 2021 conference in Austin, Texas, 31 March - 3 April 2021  Seminar: Embodying Differences in Global Shakespearean Performance The ethics of embodied difference intersect with global frames for filming and performing Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. How do categories of race, gender, sexuality, and disability put pressure on artists’ and audiences’ claims about ethical and political gains of global Shakespeare? This seminar invites contributions that examine identity politics in the production and global reception of adaptations. 
Alexa Alice Joubin (George Washington University)
Elizabeth Pentland (York University)

Conference on Hamlet and the Nordic countries, November 12-14, 2021

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:45am
University of Gothenburg
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 30, 2020

Hamlet and the North: Origins, Exchanges and Appropriations The story of Shakespeare’s Nordic play is also, inevitably, one of cultural exchanges before, during and after the early modern period. From its origins in Nordic tradition to its re-introduction in the Nordic countries through Shakespeare’s play, the story of Hamlet from the middle ages to present time is inextricably bound up with Nordic history and culture. This conference, co-hosted by the Nordic Shakespeare Society and the Early Modern Seminar at the University of Gothenburg, is the first to explore the specific Nordic dimensions of Hamlet.

English Theatre Culture 1660-1737 Online Symposium #1: Forms, Genres and Conventions

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 10:41am
Departments of Theatre Studies and English and American Studies, Masaryk University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, August 31, 2020

The Department of Theatre Studies and the Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic are pleased to announce a series of international symposia on English Theatre Culture 1660–1737. The overarching theme of the first symposium is Forms, Genres and Conventions.

Collection on England and/in Europe on the Early Modern Stage

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 11:12am
Matteo Pangallo
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 30, 2020

Dr. Scott Oldenburg and Dr. Matteo Pangallo are seeking essay proposals for a prospective collection of essays tentatively titled None a Stranger There: England and/ in Europe on the Early Modern Stage.

This volume will gather together scholarship (theater history, performance study, literary criticism, literary history, etc.) about early modern English drama, written in response to, reflecting upon, or in light of Brexit and the debates that it has provoked. Some of the themes or topics that the essays might address include:

Siblings on Stage, Page and Screen

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 10:34am
Dr Katie Barnett / University of Chester
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 2, 2020

Siblings on Stage, Page and Screen

Virtual Conference

Date: Saturday 16th January 2021


Though ubiquitous across stage, page and screen, images of siblings remain an under-researched and under-discussed phenomenon. The relationships, rivalries, conflicts and collaborations between brothers and sisters are frequently overlooked, and yet offer the possibility for fascinating discussion and insight into a wide range of cultural texts.