Recent work in such fields as disability studies, book history, affect studies, the history of emotions, and cultural studies has raised provocative questions about the writings of Thomas Hoccleve, the fifteenth-century Privy Seal clerk and friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. Hoccleve's autobiographical accounts of his struggles with mental illness, social disaffection, and the physical strain of writing have offered modern scholars fruitful sites for re-examining the body, its textual representations, and its affects in ways analogous to current work in these emergent interdisciplinary fields.
Proteus: A Journal of Ideas seeks submissions for our upcoming issue, "Privacy and Freedom in the Digital Age." We are soliciting articles and creative works from a wide range of disciplines that reflect upon the issue's theme. We are looking for broad theoretical inquiries, individual case studies, and traditional scholarly articles related to the theme. Additionally, we strongly encourage submissions of theme-related photographs, poetry, and creative writing. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
"Women and Manuscript Culture in the Digital Age"
Once thought to embody a central cause of cultural anxiety, the New Woman was more common than she was strange in Victorian culture. Scholarship, here, has been slow to adjust. This panel traces the readings and interpretations of New Women texts that are made available if the New Woman is no longer seen as the novel's main antagonist. Observing this infamous literary figure in a more complex light, this panel will push for a wider appreciation of the dynamic motivations of New Women authors and their characters in the Victorian novel.
Please find below a CfP for the International Medieval Congress, University of Leed, July 2016; 'The Animal Turn in Medieval Health Studies'
I'm hoping to encourage an exciting, interdisciplinary discussion on the relative positions of animals and humans in medieval health and medicine.
Papers are warmly encouraged from researchers working not just in philology and medical history but any discipline touching on the intersection of animals and health in any medieval geography and chronology.