Thursday, September 28, 2006

Philomela (1607)

Dana Sutton is pleased to announce the addition of the following text to The Philological Museum:

The anonymous tragedy Philomela (1607)

Dana F. Sutton
Professor Emeritus of Classics, The University of California, Irvine
Hon. Fellow, The Shakespeare Institute, The University of Birmingham

Call for Abstracts: Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Sat, 24 Feb 2007, and Sun, 25 Feb 2007
University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA

The second annual meeting of the Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held 24-25 February 2007 at the University of California, San Diego. Following the model of similar seminars around the U.S. and Canada, the Southwest Seminar was formed to foster interaction among scholars who work on various topics in the history of early modern philosophy (a period ranging, roughly, from Montaigne to Kant).

Papers on any subject in early modern philosophy are welcome for presentation at the Southwest Seminar. Reading times should be approximately 45 minutes. The deadline for submitting abstracts (of approximately 750 words) is 1 November 2006. Email submissions are highly encouraged and can be sent to Mary Domski at If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your abstract within a week, please resubmit or contact the organizers.

The program for the Southwest Seminar, along with information about travel and accommodations, will be made available by the end of December. If you have any questions about the meeting, feel free to contact Donald Rutherford at or Mary Domski at

Last date for paper submission: Wed, 01 Nov 2006

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Cultures of War - Research Seminar

Andrew Hiscock writes ...

Dear Colleagues

I am in the process of setting up a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary research seminar group bringing together scholars working on the question of warfare and its representations in the late medieval and early modern periods. Whilst violence of all kinds may be seen as a commonplace in many areas of medieval and early modern society, war clearly had a cultural discourse of its own during these periods. It was frequently expressed through complex and sometimes conflicting codes of theorisation, expectation, conduct and representation. It is envisaged that this network of scholars would seek to address the subject from a variety of different angles, with its members (individually and collaboratively) contributing research to a greater understanding of the narrative of military conflict.

Particular strands might include:

Responses to theorisations of war inherited from antiquity
The treatment of war in pedagogic and scholarly environments and texts
Cultural representations of the soldier and military heroism
War and the court
War in the visual / musical arts
Propaganda and pamphlet culture
Literatures of war (letters, diaries, political instruction etc)
War and reportage
Fictions of war/ War and the Theatre
War, nationhood and identity
War and faith
War, race and imperial projects

Depending on the membership of the group, this research theme could have one or more centres of interest: e.g. Writing War; Anglo-Dutch conflict; War and the Catholic world; cultural representations of the military leader; the civilian experience of war. After an initial period of discussion, targets for this research group could be expressed in terms of an inaugural conference, publication of collected papers and the formulation of collaborative research projects.

For further information or expressions of interest: contact Andrew Hiscock, Department of English, University of Wales Bangor:

Teaching Religion in Early Modern Studies

A multi-disciplinary discussion

Department of English, University of Manchester
10 November 2006
10:30-4:00. Free.

This free event, a collaboration between three Subject Centres (English; History, Classics and Archaeology; Philosophy and Religious Studies) will explore interdisciplinary perspectives in the teaching of early modern religion. Participants will include Michael Brown, Brian Cummings, Alan Ford, Jeremy Gregory, Crawford Gribben, Gerald Hammond, Sandra Hynes, Peter Marshall, Graeme Murdock, Alex Walsham and Lucy Wooding.

To attend this event, you must first register on the English Subject Centre website, at:
For further details, please contact either Crawford Gribben ( or Jonathan Gibson (

Programme (subject to alteration):
10.30: Coffee and registration
11:00: Secularism, fundamentalism and the teaching of early modern religion
(Jeremy Gregory, Michael Brown)
11:30: Teaching the Reformation
(Peter Marshall, Alex Walsham)
12:15: Teaching religious literature
(Brian Cummings, Gerald Hammond)
1:00: Lunch
1:45: Teaching theology and religious ideas
(Alan Ford, Lucy Wooding)
2:40: Teaching religious institutions and communities
(Graeme Murdock, Sandra Hynes)
3:15: Future directions in the teaching of early modern religion
(Michael Brown, Crawford Gribben)
4:00: Close.

Early modern philosophy and history of science

The 2006-7 series of EMPHASIS (a seminar on early modern philosophy and history of science held in the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E) begins on Saturday 30 September 2006. The first paper in this year's series will be

STEPHEN GAUKROGER (University of Sydney), 'Spinoza on Politico-theology and Natural Philosophy'

Venue: Room NG14 (Senate House North). Time: 2-4pm. Refreshments provided. All welcome.

For details of the rest of the 2006-7 series which includes papers by Sarah Hutton, Charles Webster, Sachiko Kusukawa, Rob Iliffe and Simon Schaffer, please see our webpage:

Or contact the organisers:

Dr Stephen Clucas (
Dr Peter J. Forshaw (

NB Most subsequent seminars will be held in rooms ST273/274 in Stewart House.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Columbia Early Modern Seminar

The Columbia Early Modern Seminar meets several times each semester to hear and discuss papers from visiting speakers. Meetings take place on Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8pm in room 408A Philosophy Hall on the Columbia University campus. All are welcome. The Fall 2006 semester schedule is as follows:

3 October
Lukas Erne (Geneva)
'Shakespeare for Readers'

24 October
Tanya Pollard (Montclair State)
'Rethinking Shakespeare's genres and models: Cymbeline's Ironic Greek Romance'

14 November
Anston Bosman (Amherst)
Title to be confirmed

12 December
Zachary Lesser (Pennsylvania)
'Economic Sovereignty and the Form of Tragicomedy in Fletcher's The Sea Voyage'

If you have any queries please contact Alan Stewart on

Rethinking Popular Culture in Midsummer Night’s Dream

Columbia University Shakespeare Seminar (#581)
Meeting at the Columbia University Faculty House
Friday, October 13, 2006, 7pm

Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois University
“Taken By Faieries, Dancing with Hobby–Horses: Rethinking Popular Culture in Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Respondent: Naomi Liebler, Montclair State University

Detais: please email Adam G. Hooks at

Friday, September 22, 2006

Text, Image, and Performance in the Medieval Cloister: Kalamazoo 2007

The interaction of text and image in medieval culture has received astonishing attention in the past fifty years. Indeed, the recognition of literacy’s multiple forms during the Middle Ages – authoring, compiling, reading, vocalizing, editing, performing, comprehending – has arguably proven among the most fruitful revisions of traditional historiography in the discipline. Yet this renewed scrutiny has in many ways focused on royal strata of readers and authors. This session invites papers that explore how cloistered men and women engaged with illustrated texts during the high Middle Ages. The collaborative, performative nature of illustrated books, be they liturgical, devotional, didactic or historical and, crucially, their reception by the larger monastic community that engaged with the manuscript. We encourage papers that draw attention to broader implications of their conclusions outside and beyond the object(s) under immediate scrutiny. Sample topics could include: notions of reception and performance, pedagogy broadly conceived, illustrated texts as sermons, and unusual gender roles (in either production or reception).

Please send abstracts to Holly Flora at or Elizabeth Monroe at by October 15, 2006. The organizers hope to publish the session papers in a forthcoming volume of essays.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Concert Series, 2006-7

The Choir of the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler

4 Thursday evenings at 8 p.m (pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.) at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, NYC

November 16, 2006
A Requiem for the Renaissance
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Missa pro defunctis à 6
Choir, sackbuts and cornets, organ and harp

January 25, 2007
Sonatas on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
Music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1664-1704)
“Rosary” sonatas with violinist Leah Nelson
Mass in B Flat Major

March 15, 2007
St. Matthew Passion
Johann Theile (1646-1724)
with the New York Baroque Players

May 3, 2007
Taverner, Tallis and Tye:
The Glories of the English Renaissance
Featured work: Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas
John Taverner (c.1490-1545)

Subscriptions: $100
Single tickets: $30, $20 students/seniors

* * *
Special Benefit Concert – Thursday, March 1, 2007
Bach and the Italian Influence
David Shuler, organist
Single tickets: $20, $15 students/seniors

For more information: 212-414-9419 or

Renaissance events at the Graduate Center, CUNY

August 23-October 6, 2006: "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend." Talks and exhibits at Lehman College.

Thursday, September 21: Alison Kavey (John Jay, CUNY), "Gendered Desire: Femininity, Masculinity, and Want in Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. "6:00-7:30pm, Room 9207. Sponsored by SSWR.

Thursday, October 19: Katherine Goodland (College of Staten Island, CUNY), "Constance and the Claims of Passion in Shakespeare's King John." 6:00-7:30pm, Room C-197. Sponsored by SSWR.

Friday, October 20, 2006: French Program Graduate Student Conference: "Fortune & Fatality: Performing the Tragic in Early Modern France (1553-1715)." Martin E. Segal Theatre, 8:00am-6:00pm. Keynote speaker: Domna C. Stanton, Distinguished Professor of French (CUNY). The conference website is:

Wednesday, November 15, 2006: Fred Purnell Memorial Lecture: Ernan McMullin (Notre Dame) "Galileo's Challenge to Aristotle's Natural Philosophy" 4:15pm. Room 9204-5. Co-sponsored with PhD Program in Philosophy.

Thursday, November 16: Susan O'Malley (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY), "Fictions of the Italian Renaissance: Giulia Bigolina, Giulia Camposampiero e Tesibaldo Vitalini." 6:00-7:30pm, Room C-197. Sponsored by SSWR.

Friday, March 9, 2007: Renaissance Studies Spring Symposium in Honor of W. Speed Hill: The Culture of the Book. Featured speakers: Seth Lerer (Sanford University) and Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania) Skylight room 3:30p ˆ 7pm.

More information:

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

MEPHISTOS graduate conference 2007, UCLA

DESCRIPTION: MEPHISTOS is an international, interdisciplinary graduate student conference devoted to the History, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Medicine. It is the premier opportunity for young scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations with others across the field of science studies. For many graduate students MEPHISTOS is often their first conference-presenting experience. The tone is therefore a refreshingly supportive one in which participants are remarkably curious and enthusiastic about others’ projects. Contacts and collaborations last long after the conference ends.

GOALS: The Organizing Committee for the MEPHISTOS 2007 conference at the University of California at Los Angeles hopes to maintain and further encourage this collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit. To that aim, we have chosen in the processes of planning the conference to highlight a few features in particular:
1. A geographical array of conference participants. MEPHISTOS is an international conference and we strongly encourage graduate students from universities throughout the world to apply. To this end the MEPHISTOS Organizing Committee will cover travel costs for conference participants.
2. An interdisciplinary array of conference participants. We strongly encourage applicants from all pertinent science studies disciplines. Further, we strongly encourage proposals related to non-Western and pre-modern science.
3. An interdisciplinary array of conference organizers. The Organizing Committee is made up of representatives from all pertinent science studies disciplines and we hope that this exercise of organizing and running an academic conference together will further foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
4. A chance to showcase the University of California at Los Angeles and the accomplishments of the History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Anthropology Departments as well as related research centers and institutes.
The graduate community of the University of California at Los Angeles is proud to host the twenty-fifth annual MEPHISTOS conference this coming spring of 2007 and welcome to opportunity to maintain its great legacy. The MEPHISTOS Organizing Committee thanks you in advance for your consideration.

TOPICS: The MEPHISTOS Organizing Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers from graduate students examining issues related to the History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Applicants should not, however, feel constrained by the above-listed disciplinary approaches. We welcome paper proposals from all disciplinary fields. Further, applicants should not feel restricted to the modern and contemporary time period only as we strongly encourage paper proposals devoted to early modern, medieval and renaissance periods as well.

IDEAS: Past papers and discussions have addressed the following issues: Health and Normalcy; Measurement, Evidence, and Representation in Science and Medicine; Technology and Society; Narrative and Science; Knowledge-Making, Knowledge-Forgetting; Religion and Science; Science in the Media; Science and Gender; Science and Art; Ancient Studies of Science; Sciences for the Environment; Non-Western Science; Information Technology; Philosophy of the Mind and the Body.

The 2006 conference schedule and the 2005 conference schedule provide a sample of topics.

HOW TO APPLY: All interested applicants please submit at Cover Letter and an Abstract (200-300 words, separate attachments preferred) by email to:

DEADLINE: January 1, 2007

ACCEPTANCE: Letters of Acceptance will be emailed to applicants in February 2007. MEPHISTOS presentations are expected to be 20 minutes in length. In accordance with MEPHISTOS traditions, modest travel grants and lodging will be provided to conference speakers.

QUESTIONS: Questions may be directed to Gustavo Garza at

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Princeton University 1-4 November 2006
Invitation to a Conference (free and open to all)

Wednesday 1 November
2:00 welcoming, opening
2:15-3:45- Plenary I: Stephen G. Nichols (Johns Hopkins University) 'The Enigma of Wisdom: "Translating" Philosophy in Medieval Poetry'
3:45-4:15 break for tea/coffee
4:15-6:15 Citation and Lyric Insertion
David Wrisley (American University of Beirut), 'Prosifying Lyrical Insertions in the 15th-century Violette (Gérard de Nevers)'
Julien Abed (Université de Paris-IV), 'Oracular poetry as counterpoint: The inclusion of the Sibyls' knowledge in the French feminist poetry of the 15th century'
Jennifer Saltzstein (University of Pennsylvania), 'Refrains in the Jeu de Robin et Marion: History of a Citation'
6:30 reception hosted by the Department of French and Italian

Thursday 2 November
9:00-10:30 Narrative schemata
Amandine Mussou (École normale supérieure, Paris), 'Fonctions poétique et didactique de la partie d'échecs dans Les Eschés amoureux en vers'
Francesca Braida (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), 'Le songe: une figure et un genre du roman en vers pour transmettre la connaissance de l'ici-bas et de l'au-delà'
10:30-11:00 break
11:00-12:30 Academic knowledge/poetic forms
Lori J. Walters (Florida State University), '"Tout discrete creature cherche a savoir." Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson on Poetry, Knowledge, and Wisdom'
Mishtooni Bose (Christ Church, Oxford), 'Jean Gerson, poet'
12:30-2:30 lunch
2:30-4:00 Knowledge and love
Joyce Coleman (University of Oklahoma), 'Doctors of Love: The Medieval French Love-Poet Depicted as Magister'
Deborah McGrady (Tulane University), 'Voicing Difference: Poetic Intrusions and Degrees of Truth in the Art d'amours en prose'
4:00-4:30 break
4:30-6:00 Plenary II: Nancy Freeman Regalado (New York University), 'Love Lyrics, Moral Wisdom, and the Material Book'
Reception hosted by the Program in Medieval Studies

Friday 3 November
9:00-10:30 Poetry and politics
Thelma Fenster (Fordham University), 'Hearing Voices: Knowledge, Opinion, and the Songe véritable'
Denis Huë (Université de Haute-Bretagne, Rennes-II), 'Le prince chez Meschinot, mise en forme d'un objet poétique/politique'
10:30-11:00 break
11:00-12:30 Plenary III: David F. Hult (University of California, Berkeley), 'Poetry and the Translation of Knowledge in Jean de Meun'
lunch/afternoon break
4:00-4:30 tea
4:30-6:30 Christine de Pizan
Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto), 'The Movement from Verse to Prose in the Allegories of Christine de Pizan'
Julia Simms Holderness (Michigan State University), 'Christine de Pizan on Poetry and Compilation'
Karen Fresco (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), 'The Place of Lyric Poetry in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Manuscript Anthologies Containing Works by Christine de Pizan'
conference dinner

Saturday 4 November
9:00-10:30 Historical knowledge
Kathy M. Krause (University of Missouri-Kansas City), 'Poetic Manuscripts of Genealogy and Power in Picardy'
Dorothea Kullmann (University of Toronto), 'Epic Songs as History Books? Metaliterary Remarks in 14th-Century French chansons de geste'
10:30-11:00 break
11:00-12:30 Plenary IV: Michel Zink (Collège de France), 'Les razos et l'idée de la poésie'
12:30-12:45 closing remarks

Four Shakespeare Scholars to Share Insights at “Shakespeare: Inside and Outside”

Annual Colloquium Scheduled for October 28, 2006, on Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham Campus, Madison, NJ (September 27, 2006). The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The speakers this year are Corrine S. Abate, Celestine Woo, Elizabeth Mazzola and June Schlueter.

Corrine S. Abate will ask, “‘What is Love?’ in Twelfth Night.” She will explore the premise that the entire play is concerned with answering that question, focusing particularly on the power of non-sexual relationships among the characters. Abate edited a collection of essays entitled Privacy, Domesticity, and Women in Early Modern England (Ashgate 2003), and has published articles on Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure. She holds a doctorate from New York University and is on the faculty at the Morristown-Beard School.

Celestine Woo is Assistant Professor of English at Empire State College in Westchester, New York, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare, British Romantics, Bible as Literature and children’s literature. She will lead a session focusing on the cross-dressed performances of Hamlet by 18th Century British actress Sarah Siddons—who played the role nine times over thirty years in a manner that was neither conventionally male nor female—and will discuss the gender implications of her choosing the role. Woo holds a doctorate from New York University and is a dancer, choreographer and published poet.

Elizabeth Mazzola will speak on “Women’s Wealth and Shakespeare’s Women,” exploring the peculiar nature and transmission of women’s wealth. She will focus on what women might share with or among themselves, arguing that maternal legacies not only enrich daughters, but also drive Shakespeare’s stories about them. Mazzola is author of The Pathology of the English Renaissance (Brill 1998), a study of Reformation Poetics, and Favorite Sons (Palgrave 2003), a study of the Sidney family. She has published essays on Milton, Mary Stuart, Edmund Spenser and Shakespeare and teaches at City College-CUNY.

June Schlueter, Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Lafayette College, will lead a session on “Facing Shakespeare,” a discussion about the image of Shakespeare. While most people think they recognize images of Shakespeare when they see them in books or on t-shirts, Schlueter notes that our actual evidence about his appearance is limited. Examining six portraits, an engraving, a funeral bust and a death mask, all created during his lifetime or shortly after, she sifts through the evidence. Schlueter is author or editor of 14 books on Shakespeare, the Renaissance and modern drama. She most recently co-edited (with Paul Nelsen) Acts of Criticism: Performance Matters in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, a festschrift for James P. Lusardi.

The colloquium will be held in room S-11 of the Science Building on FDU’s College at Florham campus, 285 Madison Avenue in Madison, NJ. Registration is not required but is strongly encouraged.

For more information contact the project director, Harry Keyishian, at 973-443-8714 or Donations for these free programs are welcome. Checks made out to FDU-Shakespeare may be sent to Dr. Harry Keyishian, M-MS03-01, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Digital Humanities 2007

Call for Papers
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Digital Humanities 2007

Hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), in cooperation with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, 4-7 June, 2007
Abstract Deadline: November 1, 2006

Presentations can include:
Single papers (abstract, min. of 750 words, max. of 1500 words)
Multiple paper sessions (overview, min. of 750 words, max. of 1500 words)
Posters (abstract, min. of 750 words, max. of 1500 words)
Call for Papers Announcement

The international Programme Committee invites submissions of abstracts of between 750 and 1500 words on any aspect of humanities computing and the digital humanities, broadly defined to encompass the common ground between information technology and issues in humanities research and teaching. As always, we welcome submissions in any area of the humanities, particularly interdisciplinary work. We especially encourage submissions on the current state of the art in humanities computing and the digital humanities, and on recent and expected future developments in the field.

Suitable subjects for proposals include, for example,

text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, language learning
creation, delivery and management of humanities digital resources
collaboration between libraries and scholars in the creation, delivery, and management of humanities digital resources
computer-based research and computing applications in all areas of literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship
use of computation in such areas as the arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, and other areas reflecting our cultural heritage
research issues such as: information design and modelling; the cultural impact of the new media
the role of digital humanities in academic curricula
Proposals should report significant and substantive results and will include reference to pertinent work in the field (up to 10 items) as part of their critical assessment.

The range of topics covered by humanities computing can also be consulted in the journal of the associations: Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press.

The deadline for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the Programme Committee is November 1, 2006 (midnight CST). All submissions will be refereed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance February 1, 2007.

The electronic submission form will be available at the conference site from October 1st, 2006. See below for full details on submitting proposals.

Proposals for (non-refereed, or vendor) demos and for pre-conference tutorials and workshops should be discussed directly with the local conference organizer as soon as possible.

For more information on the conference in general please visit the conference web site, at

today's quote

'there are stranger things to be seen in the world than are contained between London and Staines'

- Walter Raleigh

"Language and the Body"

The Rutgers University Program in Medieval Studies is pleased to announce our 2006-2007 lecture series: "Language and the Body"

Please join us for our first lecture, "Sex, Lies, and Augustine," which will be given by Virginia Burrus of Drew University. This event will take place on September 22, 2006 at 3:30 PM in the Rutgers Student Center (College Avenue), room 410 AB. A reception will follow.

Looking ahead, please consider attending the following lectures:

Dyan Elliott
Northwestern University
'The Bride of Christís Descent into Hell: Metaphor and Embodiment in
Medieval Spirituality'
October 20, 2006, 3;30 PM, Rutgers Student Center 411 ABC

Jeffrey Hamburger
Harvard University
"Representations of Reading/Reading Representations: The Female Reader from the 'Hedwig Codex' to Ch‚tillon's 'Leopoldine au Livre d'Heures'"
November 14, 2006, 4:30 PM, Zimerli Art Museum, Max Multi-Purpose Room
(Sponsored by the Art History Department and the Medieval Studies Program)

Sarah Kay
Princeton University
'Vision and the Body: The Fountain of Narcissus and Lacan's Inverted Bouquetî
February 16, 2007, 3:30 PM, Rutgers Student Center 407/ 413 (reception)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Encyclopaedism before the Enlightenment

13-15 June 2007
School of Classics, University of St Andrews

Contributions are invited to this interdisciplinary conference designed to consider encyclopaedic projects in their broadest possible sense.

Over recent years there has been increasing scholarly interest in pre-modern intellectual practices and the scientific texts which they generated. Particular attention has been paid to treatises, handbooks and other shorter works. There have also been a series of important studies of Pliny's Natural History and its role as a proto-encyclopaedia. This conference will build on these strands of research to explore the nature and variety of encyclopaedic projects in the age before the work of Diderot and his contemporaries created the modern vision of an encyclopaedia.

We start with no preconceived definition of an encyclopaedia. Instead, we hope that connections, and differences, will emerge from discussion of a range of texts that broadly share the visions and claims to comprehensive and or varied knowledge associated with the modern genre. To this end we are bringing together a group of scholars with wide knowledge of large-scale compilatory and synoptic works of knowledge composed in antiquity and afterwards. Our primary aim is to discuss encyclopedic and miscellanistic projects from a comparative perspective. We will examine the social and political worlds in which they were produced, including in some cases the context of empire. The conference will build on ongoing work in the Logos Centre in St Andrews on the compilatory and scientific writing of the ancient world.

Confirmed speakers will address classical, Byzantine, Islamic, Chinese, medieval and early modern encyclopedias and compilations. We welcome further contributions in any of those areas, or in others.

We invite potential contributors to send abstracts of approximately 500 words by 30 October 2006 at the latest. Papers should last no longer than 30 minutes. Contributions by established scholars and postgraduate students are equally welcome.

For more information, and for submission of abstracts, please contact Jason Koenig ( or Greg Woolf (

Confirmed speakers: Mary Beagon (Manchester), Aude Doody (UCD), Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge), Hugh Kennedy (St Andrews), Paul Magdalino (St Andrews/Koc), Teresa Morgan (Oxford), Claire Preston (Cambridge), Neil Rhodes (St Andrews), Christopher Smith (St Andrews), William West (Northwestern), Harriet Zurndorfer (Leiden)

Fellowships at the Newberry Library

Advanced PhD students and recent recipients of the PhD in institutions that belong to the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium are eligible to apply for two Visiting Fellowships and 16-20 funded places on a residential workshop. Candidates researching in any aspect of Latin studies in the Early Modern period are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Visiting Fellowships and workshop form part of the second year of a three-year collaboration between the Renaissance Studies centres of the Newberry Library and the University of Warwick. The collaboration is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Activities in 2006-2007 focus on the topic 'European and New World Forms of Knowledge in Colonial Spanish America c. 1520-1800'. Reading knowledge of Spanish is not a prerequisite.

Two Visiting Fellowships associated with this programme will be offered for the period 29 May-23 July. The Visiting Fellowships will meet the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses at the Newberry Library. At the end of their tenure, the Visiting Fellows will participate (together with 16-20 other early career scholars) in a 2-week funded residential workshop at the Newberry (23 July-3 August 2007). Like the Visiting Fellows, PhD students and recent recipients of the PhD selected to participate in the residential workshop will receive stipends that meet their travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs for the duration of the workshop. Applicants can apply either for the residential workshop alone, or for both the residential workshop and the Visiting Fellowship programme. Applications and further details of the programme can be found at

The particular importance of Latin to the programme will be clear from the attached flyer: as well as vital historical sources, much of the literature and poetry of colonial Spanish America was written in Latin, and knowledge of the European classical tradition is important for a full understanding of the cultural history and heritage of the colonial period.

Given that both Neo-Latin literature and the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity are becoming increasingly prominent, the Fellowships are designed to encourage younger scholars to diversify their interests at a crucial stage in their career. Interest in the Classical Tradition in Latin America is developing rapidly and needs the expertise of professional classicists and Latinists.

For further information, should it be required, please contact Andrew Laird in the Department of Classics at Warwick University or Dr Catherine Armstrong at Centre for Renaissance Studies at the University of Warwick:



Sponsored by the Early Modern Women Interest Group, National Women's Studies Association
28th Annual Conference, June 28 - July 1, 2007
Pheasant Run, St. Charles, Illinois

Submissions are invited on feminist philosophers and theorists of the Early Modern Period. Papers might address issues of identity and identification (race, gender, sexuality, sex, class, nation, immigration, religion, ability), traditional philosophical areas (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, moral and political theory), or other topics, such as colonialism, language, culture, religion, geography, science, medicine, law, and education.

Submissions should include a 50-word abstract, a one-page description, and a CV. Completed papers should be approximately eight pages, for a reading time of 15 minutes. Short papers will leave time for panel participants and audience members to engage in discussion. Abstracts of accepted papers will appear in the NWSA program guide.

The deadline for submissions to the Early Modern Interest Group Organizing Committee is October 7, 2006.

Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by November 1, 2006. Papers that are not accepted by the interest group may be re-submitted directly to the NWSA. For more information on submission guidelines for the general conference, please see the NWSA website.

Please submit abstracts, description, and CV to Alice Sowaal (information below). E-mail submissions are preferred.

For further information about the panel, please contact:

Alice Sowaal
Department of Philosophy
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-3137

Please note that all conference participants must be members of the NWSA for the calendar year of the conference and must register for the conference. Please see the NWSA website for information on membership and registration:

CALL FOR PAPERS: Antisemitism and English Culture

A major international conference on the histories and cultures of antisemitism in England, from the Middle Ages to the present day and beyond. To be held at Birkbeck College, University of London, 9-11 July 2007.

Key questions to be addressed include:
Can we talk of a distinctly English kind of antisemitism?
Is antisemitism inherent in constructions of Englishness?
What is, or has been, the relationship between 'high' or intellectual English culture and antisemitism?
How far can specific English contexts be seen to have engendered antisemitism?
Is there a meaningful history of English philosemitism, and what is its relationship to antisemitism?
In what ways is England's antisemitic past reflected in the present?
What is the relationship between English antisemitism and communism, socialism, fascism, Zionism, Islamism, secularism, liberalism, or other ideologies?
How is antisemitism mediated in English art, literature and other cultural forms?
What are the contours of continuity and transformation in English antisemitism?
To what extent have the terms 'antisemitism' and 'Englishness' become redundant? How much use do they retain?

Papers from all disciplines, or interdisciplinary submissions, are welcomed; panel proposals of 3 speakers are also welcomed. Papers will be of 20 minutes duration. Paper proposals of no more than 150 words should be sent as soon as possible and by 15 December 2006 to Dr Anthony Bale (, School of English & Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, LONDON, WC1E 7HX, England.



An International conference organised by the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) to be held at the University of Sussex, 11-13 September 2007.

Plenary Speakers include: Peter Burke (Cambridge), Roger Chartier (Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris), Alex Shepard (Cambridge)

This conference will seek to explore the expanding field of popular culture and build on the legacy of Peter Burke's influential work, Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978). We welcome papers from any discipline and about any aspect of popular culture in the early modern world. Deadline for papers: 31 March 2007.

Subjects: alchemy, almanacs, apprentices, art and crafts, ballads and broadsides, Biblical culture, the body, card games, carnival, chapbooks, Christmas, chronicles, clothing, clowns, crime writing, dance, diaries, dice, festivals, folklore, gambling, ghosts, guilds and associations, holidays, iconography, letters, Mayday, medicine, music, needlework, pilgrimage, popular devotion, popular fiction, pornography and erotic writing, print culture, proverbs, public theatre, publishing trade, riot and rebellion, ritual, romance, rural life, saints' lives, science, sex, songs, sport and games, superstition, taverns, urban life, witchcraft, woodcuts.

Costs: £120 waged; £60 postgraduates unwaged (exclusive of accommodation). Postgraduate bursaries availab

For Further Details: contact Dr. Matthew Dimmock, Dept. of English, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 9QN. E-mail: Tel.: 01273 877663

German Piety on the Eve of the Reformation

T h e M e d i e v a l a n d R e n a i s s a n c e C e n t e r of New York University presents

Caroline Walker Bynum (Institute for Advanced Study), "Wonderful Blood: Some Themes in German Piety on the Eve of the Reformation"

Thursday, September 28, 6:00 p.m.

Great Room, 19 University Place, first floor, NYU

Small reception to follow

All events are free and open to the public

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Thomas Otway collection

Dr Sandro Jung ( invites contributions (5000-7000 words) for a collection of essays on the Restoration dramatist Thomas Otway. Textual and contextual studies of the life and works of Otway are welcomed and should reach the editor by 1 March 2007. Please contact the editor for any questions or suggestions for papers. The collection will be published by the end of 2007.

Submissions should be made by email in Word or RTF format. Contributions should follow MLA style, using endnotes rather than footnotes.

The Monstrous and the Uncanny: Figuring Medieval Macabre"

Abstracts are invited for a session to be held at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo in 2007. The session will consider different expressions of and approaches to the macabre in medieval art and literature. Why and how did the macabre develop? How did it figure death, and why? How did the macabre engage with the issues of socio-political power, and terrestrial and celestial authority? What was its connection to the continuing rise of the vernacular culture and secular reforms? In what way did oral and written discourses function in its development? What was the role of the spectator in the viewing/enactment of the macabre? Scholars are encouraged to consider, among other topics, texts and images related to the Offices of the Dead, the transi tombs, the Dance of Death, the Legend of the Three Dead and the Three Living, the Triumph of Death, ars moriendi treatises and vado mori verses.

The deadline is September 15, 2006. Please send the abstracts to Prof. Elina Gertsman, Southern Illinois University, School of Art and Design - 4301, Carbondale, IL 62901, or better yet e-mail them to

Friday, September 08, 2006

Call for Papers: The Fortune Theatre Symposium

Shakespeare's Globe, 4 November 2006

Globe Education invites abstracts for short papers for inclusion in a one-day symposium on the Fortune Theatre to be held at Shakespeare's Globe. Papers may offer insights and new ideas about any aspect of the Fortune theatre including: its design, architectural features, contract, repertory and audience.

The symposium would also welcome papers concerning the relationship between the Fortune and the Globe and other theatres of the time, as well as the Fortune's overall significance and place in Renaissance theatre history.

The symposium will form part of a series of autumn events exploring the Fortune theatre, including a Shakespeare Globe Theatre History Seminar led by Professor Susan Cerasano (Colgate University), a Lecture by Jerzy Limon on rebuilding the Fortune in Gdansk, and Read Not Dead readings of Fortune plays, including Dekker's The Roaring Girl.

The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2006. All submissions must include:
* Author's professional title and name
* College/university affiliation
* Email address
* Mailing address
* Phone number

Please send a 250 word (approx.) abstract of the paper to:
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper
Shakespeare's Globe
21 New Globe Walk

Medieval and early modern performance and performers in the Eastern Mediterranean

Call for papers for a conference: June 7-9, 2007--Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, with the co-sponsorship of the New York University Humanities Council, Humanities Dean Edward Sullivan, and the NYU French Department.

Papers on all kinds of performances and performers are welcome. Types of performance include singing, recitation, and reading aloud of dramatic, lyric, narrative, and religious literature; liturgical/ religious services and pilgrimage practices; dances/ dancing; instrumental practices; folkloric practices and performances. Kinds of performers include singers, storytellers, actors, readers, priests/ religious; acrobats and gymnasts, dwarfs, ventriloquists, and entertainers who performed with animals. We invite exploration of all types of audiences and patrons, from royal courts to peasants. We also invite examination of the particular contributions of all the many peoples of the eastern Mediterranean, as well as papers bearing on contacts and reciprocal influence between groups.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length, given in English. Performers are also invited to participate; to discuss possibilities, please contact the conference organizers.
We hope that this conference will bring together scholars and performers from many countries and cultures.
Please send the title of your proposed paper with a 150-word abstract, and a short CV, to AND to The deadline for application is Nov. 1, 2006.
A few practical details: The conference fee is $50. Local housing will be arranged. Note: This will be a small conference, with limited participation.

Arzu Ozturkmen, Department of History, Bogazici University
Timmie (Evelyn Birge) Vitz, Department of French, New York University

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute will host a major international conference, “Collecting across Cultures in the Early Modern World,” to take place at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, on May 11th and 12th, 2007.

The conference organizers invite proposals for papers examining aspects of collecting as a global and transcultural phenomenon in the period ca. 1450 to ca. 1850, including but not limited to the following topics:
- The formation and organization of collections: trajectories, networks, circulation, exchange
- The motivations and uses of collections: science, art, religion, curiosity, commerce, empire
- The interpretation, contextualization, and reinvention of early modern collections
- The transference of techniques, artistic styles, ideas, and beliefs through the circulation of objects
- The role of geography in the production, circulation, and interpretation of collections
- The usefulness of theories of center and periphery, diffussionism, transculturation, metissage, etc. in the understanding
of collections
- Relationships between objects, texts, and images

The conference organizers encourage the submission of proposals which examine not only how non-European material was collected by Europeans but also how collectors outside Europe collected from other cultures.

The conference welcomes applications from scholars working across disciplinary and institutional settings. To be considered, please submit an abstract (not to exceed one page) and a c.v. (not to exceed two pages) to, or mail a copy of these materials to Collecting Conference Organizing Committee, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, SOS 153, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 90089-0034. Proposals are due no later than November 1, 2006.

The conference will provide transportation and local costs for those accepted on the program. The papers will be pre-circulated among participants and must be available by March 30, 2006.

Questions may be addressed to the conference organizers, Daniela Bleichmar ( and Malcolm Baker ( Information about the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute can be found at

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Penetrating Interiors in the Eighteenth Century

This panel seeks to contextualize British authors' fervent commitment to examining interior experience in literature of the eighteenth century. Why are readers immersed in the private acts of characters, acts such as sex, prayer, pleasure, reading, writing, labor, domestic experience? What are the philosophical, spiritual, epistemological, and/or moral underpinnings of interiority in the eighteenth century, and how do they shape literary production? Papers addressing all genres welcome. Presentations no longer than 20 minutes.

Deadline for proposals is 9/15/06. Please email abstracts as MS Word attachments to or regular mail (though email is preferred) to Kathleen Lubey, Department of English, St John Hall B40-13, St John's University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens NY 11439.


Call for Papers: International Medieval Congress at Leeds, 9-12 July 2007

This session seeks to foster discussion of the methodologies that inform the various disciplinary approaches to the study of heresy and orthodoxy in late medieval England. To this end, the panel aims to bring together scholars from those disciplines that have sought to understand the literary, theological, and political resonances of the dissenting religious movement known as Lollardy. By bringing together theologians, historians, literary critics, and others, we hope to examine together what is at stake in the categories and methodologies we bring to the study of religious belief and practice in the pre-Reformation period.

The panelists may wish to address the following questions from their particular disciplinary vantages: How do we talk about "Lollards"? Should we even talk about "Lollards," or is that term open to too many ambiguities? How does my discipline approach the study of heresy: through juridical, theological, textual, or other categories? What approaches to the study of heresy can my discipline inform?

Prospective panelists should contact Shannon Gayk,, or Patrick Hornbeck,, by 15 September 2006.

Shannon Gayk
Assistant Professor of English
Indiana University
442 Ballantine Hall
Bloomington, IN 47405



The Shakespeare on Film and Television Area of the National Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association is calling for papers for the annual conference, to be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts, April 4-7, 2007. Join us this year as a returning or a first time participant, for another exciting Pop Culture experience.
Further details regarding the conference, including hotel information, registration, tours, etc., can be found at:

Papers are welcome on all topics! This year, we are especially interested in creating a panel of papers that examine the way in which film/video techniques influence the interpretation of the text, and a panel on recent adaptations of texts filmed in modern settings, including the new BBC America series. Or, if you have an idea for a panel, please suggest it!

Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts may be sent to me at the addresses listed below.

Submission deadline is November 1st.

Roberta N. Rude, Area Chair
Shakespeare on Film and Television
Popular Culture Association
c/o University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark
Vermillion, SD 57069
fax: 605-677-5988
phone: 605-677-5419

Monday, September 04, 2006

The Organ in England to the Death of Elizabeth I

Music, technology, and the wider role

The Betts Fund of the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and the British Institute of Organ Studies ( announce the first of a series of four conferences centred on the British organ. Each conference will explore the literature, construction, and significance of the organ in Britain during a particular era.

DATE: 12-15 APRIL, 2007
This conference will be centred around the Early English Organs, reconstructions of two early sixteenth-century organs based on fragments found in recent years in Suffolk (see

Proposals of 300 words are invited for 20-minute conference papers on any subject relating to English organs, organ literature, construction, and performance practice up to the beginning of the 17th century. Topics may include (but are not limited to) areas such as the liturgical use of the organ, its greater role in society, relevant technology (including areas such as possible connections with clock-making, bell-casting, the English tin industry, etc.), iconography, music education as it may relate to the organ, music publishing (organ) in the period, and medieval and renaissance scientific inquiry and the organ.

Subsequent conferences, proposed for 2008, 2009, and 2010, will deal with similar issues centred around the British organ in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the nineteenth century, and the twentieth century and beyond.

For more information:
Dr Katharine Pardee
Betts Scholar in Organ Studies
University of Oxford

A webpage is in development. Keep checking for updates

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Mandeville and Mandevillian Lore in Early Modern England

The Institut de Recherches sur la Renaissance, l'Age Classique et les Lumihres (IRCL) at the University of Montpellier III (France) will host an international conference on Mandeville and Mandevillian Lore in Early Modern England on June 15-16, 2007, and will welcome papers on issues relating to all aspects of this topic.

An alleged knight of Saint Albans, Sir John Mandeville is the fictitious author of one of the most popular and extravagant travel narratives of the late Middle Ages (1357). Having supposedly journeyed through three continents and served the Sultan of Egypt and the Great Khan before visiting the land of Prester John and approaching the gates of Eden, Mandeville fills his account with mirabilia inherited from ancient authorities (Pliny, Solinus, Isidore of Seville) as well as from authentic travellers (Odoric of Pordenone, Marco Polo, William of Rubroek), conjuring a picture of the East which is at once marvelous and monstrous. First printed by Anton Sorg (Augsburg, 1478), Mandevilles Travels, along with that editions lavish woodcut illustrations, circulated widely and was translated all over Europe, leaving its mark on the imaginations of many early discoverers of the New World, such as Christopher Columbus, who coined the term cannibal by using Mandevillian references, and the pseudo-Vespucci of the Mundus Novus letter. One of the first books to be printed in England, Mandevillea Travels enjoyed immense popularity and long-lasting credit in early modern England, to the point of being included in the first edition of Hakluyts Principal Navigations (1589), as well as providing a rich mine of sensational details for authors of exotic geographical fictions, impressing many a stereotype on the Orient on the minds of the future builders of the British empire.

Proposals (title, 300 word abstract, short biography) for a 30 minute presentation followed by questions are to be sent by October 31, 2006 to any of the following organisers :
Dr. Anne Mathieu, University of Montpellier III,
Dr. Nick Myers, University of Montpellier III,
Dr. Ladan Niayesh, University of Paris VII,
Pr. Charles Whitworth, University of Montpellier III,

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to) the following :

*Mandevilles editions and illustrations in early modern England, as well as early modern annotations on medieval manuscripts;
*Mandevillian influences on voyagers (Walter Raleigh, Martin Frobisher, etc.) and geographers, as well as on travel writing, both real and fictitious (e.g. Edward Webbes Rare and Most Wonderful Things)
*Literary works or allusions addressing the Mandevillian material in either a serious or a parodic way (e.g. Bromes The Antipodes),
*Travel plays and conquest plays indebted to Mandevillian stereotypes (e.g. the Tamburlaine and Tamar Cam vogue, Tom a Lincoln, The Tempest, The Sea Voyage, etc.).

The proceedings will be published in the Astraea Collection by the Institut de Recherches sur la Renaissance Anglaise, l'Age Classique et les Lumihres, a research centre accredited and supported by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Friday, September 01, 2006

Medieval Libraries: People, Materials, and Practices

Call for Papers (1 session) for the International Congress on Medieval Studies 05/06

Libraries evolved continuously throughout the Middle Ages. Yet, which forms did this evolution take? Which influences contributed to this process? How did this process change libraries between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance? These questions define scholarship related to this matter. The session, "Topics in Medieval Librarianship: People, Materials, and Practices" will seek to discuss these issues.

For this session, presenters are invited to speak on any topic related to librarianship during late antiquity through the Early Modern period (c.300-c.1600). These studies can be from any part of the medieval world (Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East) and could deal with the following areas: manuscript studies, the history of libraries, book history,literacy, in addition to the librarians themselves and their practices. If you have another topic or region of interest within the medieval world, please feel free to send me an email at

There is a possibility that papers from this and previous sessions on medieval libraries will be published in the future. Participants interested in contributing to this work should indicate their interest to the session organizers when they submit their abstracts.

Interested parties to send a 250 word abstract of their topic to

David J. Duncan
31 W. Allen Ridge Road
Springfield, MA 01118


Dr. Brad L. Eden
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010

The presenters, as per the Congress's standards, will be held to 20 minutes
apiece for presentation time so as to allow an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and discuss ideas with the panel.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2006.


ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM - Saturday, 11 November, 2006
University of Stirling, Scotland


"The worth of a skilfull and worthy translator is to obserue

the sentences, figures, and formes of speech proposed in his

author, his true sence and height, and to adorne them with

figures and formes of oration fitted to the originall in the

same tongue to which they are translated"

(George Chapman, 1598)

"Bless thee, Bottom! Bless thee! Thou art translated!" (MND)

" He hath studied her well, and translated her will out of

honesty into English" (Merry Wives)

Both the concept and the practice of 'translation' were a vital part of Renaissance culture throughout Europe, stimulated in part by the growth in printing and reading, and by travel and the exchange of ideas across cultures. The proposed one-day symposium seeks to explore the topic of 'translation' in all of its manifestations, ranging from translation from one language to another, to 'translation' involving the shift between different discursive registers within English-speaking cultures. Concepts such as 'intersemiotic translation' (Eco), translations from one genre into another, translation as metaphor, will all be considered as part of this wide definition.

Papers should be no longer than 20 mins. duration, and proposals should be
submitted by Monday 2 October to Professor J Drakakis, at the University of
Stirling. Email address

Shakespeare and world-wide audiences

Journal of Theory and Criticism
Issue number 15, 2007
Call for Papers

Although Shakespeare has always been recognized as a dramatist whose appeal cuts across geographical and national borders, it is only recently that his relationship to non-English speaking peoples has become the object of serious investigation. From the appearance in 1993 of two turning-point volumes - ­European Shakespeares, ed. Dirk Delabastita & Livien D’hust, and Foreign Shakespeare, ed. Dennis Kennedy­ - much has been said about Shakespeare outside his native language and culture. There is, in fact, a boom currently of publications and conferences on this subject. This volume of GRAMMA aims to focus on a particular aspect of world-wide Shakespeare: the audience(s). We mean audience(s) as it applies to a variety of cultures, situations, media, and historical periods. We therefore invite papers on such topics as:

Theatrical and cinematic audiences
Audiences of professional and amateur performances
Audiences of specific translations or editions
English-speaking audiences within foreign cultures
The class constitution of audiences
Audiences of past centuries and of the present

Papers should not exceed 7000 words (including footnotes and Works Cited) and should follow the latest MLA Handbook. Papers should be submitted in double-spaced format (two hard copies and a disk) to the editors of the issue at the following addresses: Tina Krontiris, School of English, Aristotle University, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece. E-mail:, Jyotsna G. Singh, Department of English, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1036, e-mail:

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2006
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