Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nations and Empires of the Early Modern Period

Nations and Empires of the Early Modern Period
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 9-10, 2012

Keynote Speakers: Joyce MacDonald, University of Kentucky, and Daniel
Vitkus, Florida State University

The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the
University of Michigan, is seeking submissions for a conference on the
construction of nations and empires in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century
Europe. This conference will engage with the idea of emerging and changing
national identities in this period. More specifically, it will investigate
the particular social dynamics that characterize negotiations between
categories such as the foreign and the domestic or the individual and the
state. How is the status of the nation and its inhabitants defined? How does
the cultural production of nation engage with shifting political realities?
Do changes in geographical borders or ideologies produce new discourses of
difference in terms of race, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and/or

We welcome papers that examine how early modern writers, collectives, and
cultures grappled with these questions within a series of interrelated
realms-e.g., academic, artistic, economic, epistemological, geographical,
legal, medical, occult, philosophical, private, public, religious,
scientific, and theatrical. Potential topics might include radical religious
dissent, the rise of Protestantism and/or the Counter-Reformation,
colonialism and expansion in the Americas, the beginnings of the slave
trade, the shift from monarchy to commonwealth in seventeenth-century
England, relations between the East and West, or European interactions with
the Ottoman Empire.

Please send a 250-word abstract to Cordelia Zukerman (
and Leila Watkins ( by January 15, 2012.

Conference Organizers: Cordelia Zukerman, Emily Shearer, Leila Watkins


Queen Mary, University of London, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is pleased to announce the
following awards:

1 AHRC (BGP) Research Studentship in Linguistics to cover tuition fees and a
maintenance grant for UK residents (both UK citizens and EU nationals). EU
nationals not resident in the UK are eligible for a fees only award. Non-EU
nationals are not eligible for AHRC awards, with the exception of persons
who have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain and who can demonstrate a
relevant connection to the UK. We would encourage applications for research
in the fields of theoretical syntax, morphology, and semantics and the
relations between these and/or experimental approaches to these topics.

1 Queen Mary Research Studentship open to any area covered by the School.
Eligible applicants will be working in any one or more of the following
areas: Comparative Literature, Film, French, German, Iberian and Latin
American studies, Linguistics, Russian.

1 Queen Mary Research Studentship in the area of early modern textual
cultures of Western Europe, jointly with the School of English and Drama.

The Queen Mary Studentships will cover tuition fees (home or overseas) and
provide a maintenance grant at the London rate paid by the Research

All awards, tenable for three years, are to be awarded in the spring of 2012
to our most highly qualified candidates applying to start a full-time PhD
programme in September 2012. Subject to funding arrangements holders of
research studentships in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will
have the opportunity to teach up to a maximum of 4 hours per week in the
second and third years of their study.

In order to be considered for one of these awards applicants should have (or
expect to have at the end of 2011/12) an MA or equivalent qualification.

Applicants who are eligible for both AHRC and Queen Mary funding need submit
only one application in order to be considered for either award.

All required application materials must be received in the Queen Mary
Admissions Office no later than 31st January 2012.

Candidates whose applications are received after the deadline will be
considered for admissions, but not for funding.

Prospective students are strongly advised to consult a potential supervisor,
or the appropriate Graduate Studies Convenor for their chosen subject area,
with a 12-1500 word research proposal well in advance of submitting a formal

For full details on how to apply and an application form, please visit:
Email: / Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8332

Closing Date: 31 January 2012

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Collaboration, Authorship and the Renaissance: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives

Queen’s University, Belfast, January 13-14, 2012

Friday 13th January (Seminar Room 2, International & Postgraduate Student Centre)

09.00 — 10.00 Registration/tea and coffee

10.00 — 11.15 Opening Plenary

‘Collaboration or Adaptation? Macro or Micro Authorship’ (Professor Gary Taylor, Florida State University)

11.30 — 12.45 Session 1: Ambiguities and Attributions

*‘“Cursed Locrine, looke vnto thy selfe”: The Ambiguous Labour of “W.S.”’

( Peter Kirwan, University of Nottingham)

* ‘Collaboration and Attribution in Two Middleton-Dekker City Comedies’

(Eilidh Kane, University of Glasgow)

13.45 — 15.00 Plenary Paper 2

‘The Taming of the Shrew, the Coming of Sound and Authenticity’ (Deborah Cartmell, De Montfort University)

15.00 — 16.00 Session 2: Collaboration in Elsinore

* ‘Tampering with Hamlet: a model and example of collaborative negotiations’

(Maciej Piątek)

* ‘Intersubjectivity, Memory, and Hamlet’ (Rob Carson, Hobart and William Smith College)

16.15 — 17.15 Session 3: Collaboration and/in Print

* ‘“Ay, that’s the point”: punctuation and speculation in early modern printed drama’ (Ian Burrows, University of East Anglia)

* ‘Edmund Spenser’s Complaints and Paratextual Collaboration’(Rachel J. Stenner, University of Bristol)

17.30 Book launch/ Wine Reception [Venue: Old Staff Common Room]

Launch of The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts (eds. Mark Thornton Burnett, Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray, Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Opening remarks by Gary Taylor.

Saturday 14th January (Seminar Room, Postgraduate Centre, 18 College Green)

09.30 — 10.00 Registration/tea and coffee

10.00 — 11.15 Plenary Paper 3

‘“The play of mr fletcher & owrs”: Writing and Rewriting the Early Modern Play’

(Professor Grace Ioppolo, University of Reading)

11.30 — 12.45 Session 4: Politics and Practices on the Collaborative Stage

* ‘Thomas Nashe as Dramatic Collaborator’(John Pendergast, Southern Illinois University)

* ‘“The play has no true centre”: Collaboration and Politics in Sir John van Olden Barnavelt’ (Conor Smyth, Queen’s University Belfast)

13.45 — 15.00 Session 5: Authors and Auteurs

* ‘Author and Auteur in Queer Edward II’ (John Blakeley, The University College Plymouth St Mark & St John)

* ‘Thor and back again: Kenneth Branagh and the evolution of the Shakespearean auteur’ (Kevin Murray, Queen’s University Belfast)

* ‘Shakespearean Authorship and Authority: Conjunctions Between Early Modern Enchantment in Dryden and Davenant’s Enchanted Island and Postmodern Disillusion in Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet’ (Thea Buckley, University of Birmingham)

15.15 — 16.30 Session 6: Collaboration in Modernity

* ‘Sharing Shakespeare? Authorship from a Theatre Perspective’ (Varsha Panjwani, University of York)

* [Final title tbc] (Elizabethan Reyes, University of Dallas)

* ‘From Song to Screen: Rewriting Shakespeare’s Sonnets in the Music of Henry Lawes and the Scripts of Star Trek’ (Faith Acker, University of St. Andrews)

16.45- 18.oo Session 7: Collaboration and Digital Media

* ‘Collaborative Theatre in the Fable Universe: Choices in Gameplay’ (Jonathan Malone, Queen’s University Belfast)

* ‘“fuckyeahshakespeare”: Re-Authorising Shakespeare in the Digital Commons’

(Conor Smyth, Queen’s University Belfast

6.00 p.m. Conference Dinner

Villa Italia (39 University Rd, Belfast). Approx. cost: £25-£30

For further information (e.g. re: travel, accommodation) and to book a place, contact the organisers (Conor Smyth and Kevin Murray) at: as soon as possible.


NYU Abu Dhabi

New York University Abu Dhabi seeks to appoint two leading scholars at
the level of associate or full professor in the fields of Shakespeare
Studies (especially Global Shakespeare) and World Literature, with
preference for scholars working in the field of Arabic Literature. The
successful candidate will have the opportunity to play an integral role
in fashioning an international research university oriented around the
liberal arts. We are looking for a literary scholar who maintains an
active agenda of research, has substantial publications, and has
demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching. Experienced junior
scholars with substantial records of publication may also be considered.
New York University has established itself as a Global Network
University, a multi- site, organically connected network encompassing
key global cities and idea capitals. The network has three foundational,
degree-granting campuses: New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai,
complemented by a network of over 15 research and study-away sites
across five continents. Faculty and students will circulate within this
global network in pursuit of common research interests, the promotion of
cross-cultural understanding and solutions for problems, both local and
Entering its second year, NYU Abu Dhabi has already recruited a cohort
of faculty who are at once distinguished in their research and teaching.
Our first two classes of students are drawn from around the world and
surpass all traditional recruitment benchmarks, both US and global. NYU
Abu Dhabi’s highly selective liberal arts enterprise is complemented by
an institute for advanced research, sponsoring cutting-edge projects
across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering.
The terms of employment are competitive and include housing and
educational subsidies for children. Faculty may also spend time at NYU
New York and other sites of the global network, engaging in both
research and teaching opportunities. The appointment might begin as soon
as September 1, 2012, or could be delayed until September 1, 2013.
Applications for tenure-track positions are due by February 1;
applications received later will be reviewed until the positions are
filled. To be considered, candidates should submit a cover letter,
Curriculum Vitae, statements of research and teaching, all in PDF
format. Junior candidates are asked to submit sample publications and
three letters of reference as well. Please visit our website at for
instructions and other information on how to apply. If you have any
questions, please e-mail

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Closing date for expressions of interest: 9 January 2012

The University of Warwick is offering a number of Postgraduate Research Scholarships across all its faculties. These will also be open on a competitive basis to applicants in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance. In general, these scholarships (e.g., the Chancellor’s Scholarships and the Chancellor’s International Scholarships) provide the remission of fees and a maintenance allowance, without teaching or other obligations. Full information on these scholarships is outlined at

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is the largest interdisciplinary centre of its kind in the UK, with over 30 academic staff members having interests and expertise in the period 1300–1650. Supervision can be offered in (and across) most fields, including Classics, English, French Studies, Italian, History, and History of Art (see The Centre has a vibrant research culture, including a lively seminar series (STVDIO), a number of major international research projects, and strong connections with other institutions and associations, such as the Warburg Institute in London, the University of Venice, the University of Bonn, the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the Renaissance Society of America.

The Centre invites applications from both UK and overseas applicants. In order to compete for Warwick’s Postgraduate Research Scholarships, applicants will need to follow the steps outlined below. Materials will need to reach the the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr David Lines ( by 9 January 2012.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Negotiating Early Modern Women

Call for Papers

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading, UK
Early Modern Studies Conference July 12th-14th 2012

A series of panels within Reading University’s Early Modern Studies Conference (2012) will be devoted to the exploration of writing by early modern women. We would welcome proposals for panels or individual papers addressing any aspect of early modern women’s writing, but we are particularly keen to receive proposals addressing the critical assumptions underlying current scholarly practice. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Why do we study writing by early modern women?
Can we justify the study of ‘women’ as a category?
Is there such a thing as ‘women’s writing’?
What can the work of individual women, or specific groups of women, reveal about women and gender in the period more generally?
How do we understand the relationship between writing by men and that by women?
What does women’s writing reveal about the early modern canon as a whole?
Is it possible to reach conclusions about women and their use of literary genre?
What new directions might we take in the study of early modern women?
What, currently, is the place of theory in the study of early modern women?
Editing and editions
Women and prose
Women and literary form/genre

Proposals for panels should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four papers. Each panel proposal should contain the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and short abstracts (200 word abstracts) of the papers together with email contacts for all participants. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper with brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email to Dr. Alice Eardley by January 31st 2012:

For further details see:


*The Humanities Initiative at NYU presents*
Bella Mirabella
*Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories*
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

A panel celebrating the publication of *Ornamentalism: The Art of
Renaissance Accessories* (University of Michigan Press, 2011), edited
by *Bella Mirabella*, Associate Professor at Gallatin, NYU. With panelists *Virginia
Cox* (Italian Studies, NYU), *Patricia Lennox* (Gallatin, NYU), and *Caroline
Weber* (French, Columbia).

In recent years much scholarly attention has been devoted to clothing in
the Early Modern period. *Ornamentalism: the Art of Renaissance
Accessories*brings accessories to the center of the material cultural
stage and to the debate about the role of fashion in the Renaissance and beyond. The volume, focusing on Italy and England, including accessories worn by men and women,
looks at the use of accessories from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Please
reserve your place here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

“Welding Economic and Political Freedom in Early Modern England and the English Caribbean”

Valerie Forman (NYU Gallatin) at the Columbia Early Modern Seminar:

Thursday, December 08, 6:10 pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension (IRWAG seminar room)

Valerie Forman is the author of Tragicomic Redemptions: Global Economics and the Early Modern English Stage (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).

Monday, December 05, 2011

CFP: Renaissance Borders

Annual Princeton Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference
Princeton University, April 13-14, 2012

From the beginning, conceptualizations of the Renaissance have been
concerned with borders: between the classical past and the modern present;
between pagan and Christian; between the civilized and the barbarous. Even
as the idea of the Renaissance has endured various critiques over the past
half century, this attention to borders has only intensified. In current
debates about secularization and periodization in Renaissance studies, the
boundaries between past and present and between the sacred and the profane
have taken on a newly charged intensity. And these period-specific border
disputes relate to more general questions in the humanities today: the
future of interdisciplinarity; the role of material culture in the study of
art; political theology and the development of the liberal state; and
Jacques Ranciere’s reading of aesthetics as a “distribution of the

We invite graduate students from across the disciplines to submit abstracts
addressing the issue of borders in the Renaissance, broadly conceived. Topics
of interest might include:

- - National territory, identity, and art

- - Marginalia

- - Relations between the disciplines

- - Levels of style, genre, and class

- - Periodization

- - Secularization

- - City and country

- - Economic, political, and aesthetic distribution

- - Citizen, human, creature

- - Exceptions and emergencies

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to by February 1, 2012.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Lear at Columbia University ...

December 9, 2011
Faculty House, Room 2, 7:00 pm
Ivan Lupic (Columbia)
"Naked Thoughts: Poetry, Politics, and Counsel in Shakespeare's King Lear"
FREE hit counter and Internet traffic statistics from