Sidney at Kalamazoo 2020

deadline for submissions: 
September 16, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
International Sidney Society
contact email: 

55th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

This year the International Sidney Society is sponsoring open three sessions and is eager to invite papers on any and all topics related to Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert, Lady Mary Wroth, the Sidney Family or the Sidney Circle generally.  That Circle is conceived broadly, and hence we would welcome papers not only about Fulke Greville, Samuel Daniel, and William Herbert,  but also papers about Alberico Gentili,  Veronica Franco, Vittoria Colonna, George Buchanan, Philippe Duplessis-Mornay,  Étienne de La Boétie, Giordano Bruno, Justus Lipsius, and any number of figures in the Circle’s large cosmopolitan network. We would be particularly happy to receive paper proposals on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Ties to the Continent
  • Political Engagements
  • Renaissance Ways of Reading: Allegory, Exemplarity, Pleasure, and Other Modes
  • Identities and Diversities: Inclusionary and Exclusionary Practices

As always, we encourage submissions by newcomers, including graduate students, and by established scholars of all ranks. 

According to rules established by the Congress, those submitting abstracts for one session may not submit abstracts for other sessions in the same year. Because Kalamazoo has traditionally encouraged experiment, preliminary exploration, and discussion, papers submitted should not have been read elsewhere nor be scheduled for publication in the near future.

Please submit abstracts as email attachments. On the abstract, please include your name and email address. Together with the abstract, please attach a Participant Information Form (PIF), which you can download from the conference website: This form is also the place to indicate whether you need equipment and what kind (e.g., a projector for PowerPoint).

Abstracts should be between 150 and 300 words.  Reading time for the completed paper should not exceed 20 minutes. 


  • September 16, 2019 for abstracts
  • Graduate students and independent scholars are invited to apply for the Sir Francis Drake Award, a financial award for papers of merit, if they submit their completed paper by April 15, 2020.

Please direct abstracts and questions to: Kathryn DeZur,

For complete conference Call for Papers, see: