CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference Splendid Encounters VI: Correspondence and Information Exchange in Diplomacy (1300-1750)

Nova University of Lisbon
28th — 30th September 2017

Splendid Encounters 6 is one of a series of international and interdisciplinary conferences which aim to bring together scholars from the broadest range of perspectives to consider diplomacy and diplomatic activities in the late medieval and early modern period. After successful meetings in Warsaw, Bath, Florence, Budapest and Prague, we wish to invite you to join us for another event, hosted by Nova University of Lisbon.

Collecting and transferring information is a major aim of diplomacy, and one not confined to diplomats strictly speaking. People of different ranks and functions were still connected to diplomatic activity — ambassadors, nuncios, chargés d’affaires, secretaries and agents, members of ambassadorial households, consuls and merchants, and even the aides employed as middlemen or translators.

Just as varied as the agents were the methods used to obtain access to the latest news and information useful to ruler or country. As diplomatic networks grew bigger and bigger in size and reach in this period, so did the need to find reliable sources of news and to develop ways to efficiently deliver them.

These are some of the issues that will be addressed at the upcoming conference, Splendid Encounters VI. The conference will focus on the role of news and information transmitting in diplomatic practices within and outside Europe between the fourteenth and the eighteenth centuries. In assessing the role of diplomats and networks in such exchanges, this edition of Splendid Encounters also breaks away from traditional chronological and geographical approaches.

Please email by 15 March 2017 to your abstract for either 20‒minute individual papers or 90‒minute sessions (to comprisea panel, roundtable, project presentation, etc.).

We especially encourage proposals dealing with:
  • Diplomatic correspondence: evolution, importance, cyphers, etc.
  • Diplomats and diplomacy as a subject of news
  • The languages, forms and performance of (written and oral) communication
  • East–West/North–South encounters
  • Channels of contact; Europe, Africa, Asia, America
  • Diplomatic communication across cultures and the culture(s) of diplomatic communication
  • Practices of information exchange in empire, states, regions
  • The personnel of news networks
  • Continuity and change in the long run: from ‘medieval’ to ‘early modern’

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15th April.

Contact for general queries Dr Anna Kalinowska: and for Lisbon arrangements Dr Tiago Viúla de Faria:

Erotema – A Conference on Rhetoric and Literature

Karlstad University, Sweden, 14–16 September 2017

Rhetoric, literature – what’s the difference? For hundreds of years, no one bothered to ask – literature was simply seen as a species of rhetoric. The two subjects were taught as one well into the nineteenth century (as witness text-books like David Williams’s 1850 Composition, Literary and Rhetorical, Simplified), but in response to shifting social demands and artistic practices, the study of literature was gradually separated from the study of rhetoric. For most of the twentieth century they have been seen as contrasting rather than complementary practices, as a rule organized as distinct departments in the academy.

Today, we find ourselves in a situation in which many of the reasons literature emerged as a distinct discipline in the first place no longer seem to apply. Like the humanities in general, literary studies at present face a series of challenges, of an external as well as of an internal nature. Books such as In Defense of a Liberal Education, Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities, and The Public Value of the Humanities make strikingly evident that the value of the liberal arts can no longer be taken for granted. Internal challenges meanwhile, include questions of what role literary studies can play in a global economy in which national boundaries no longer seem of principle importance, and distinctions between high and low culture long since have evaporated.

The time thus seems ripe to open the rhetorical question anew. Could rhetoric play a more central role in literary studies than it hitherto has? Do both fields stand something to gain by a closer collaboration? Might such a combination of perspectives even be a means to open up rhetoric and literary studies alike to other disciplines, such as media studies, language studies, art history and pedagogy?

Erotema: A Conference on Rhetoric and Literature proceeds on the assumption that even if questions of the above order to some of us may seem mere rhetorical questions – erotemata – they demand genuine answers. To that end, we invite papers that address old and new ways in which the relations between rhetoric and literature may be further explored.

Proposals of 300-400 words for 20-minute papers dealing with rhetoric and literature in relation to

  • the history of literature and/or rhetoric
  • language studies
  • translation studies
  • historical studies
  • teaching
  • subject specific teaching methodology
  • political theory
  • media theory
  • genre theory
  • gender studies
  • postcolonial studies
  • cultural studies

or any other topic, should be sent to, by January 13, 2017.

We are delighted to present keynotes from:

Roy Eriksen (University of Agder, Norway) is Professor English Renaissance Literature and Culture. He is the author of The Building in the Text. Alberti to Shakespeare and Milton (2001) and the co-editor (with Toril Moi) of Rhetoric Across the Humanities (1999).

Xing Lu (DePaul University, USA) is the author of Rhetoric in Ancient China, Fifth to Third Century B. C. E.: A Comparison with Greek Rhetoric (1998), as well as Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Impacts on Chinese Thought, Culture, and Communication (2004). Her academic interests include Chinese rhetoric, comparative rhetoric, intercultural/multicultural communication, language and culture, cultural identity, and Asian American communication.

Richard Walsh (University of York, England) is the author of The Rhetoric of Fictionality, which develops a pragmatic rhetorical perspective to articulate a fundamental critique of some basic concepts and assumptions in narratology: the narrator, story and discourse, mimesis, voice, emotional involvement, narrative creativity and fictionality itself. His research has extended to film, graphic narrative, interactive media and music.

Andrzej Warminski (University of California, USA), is professor of English and a specialist in 'literary theory'--with the stress on the word (and the question of the) 'literary'--from Plato to the present. His two most recent books, Material Inscriptions: Rhetorical Reading in Practice and Theory and Ideology, Rhetoric, Aesthetics: For De Man (both 2013), document his interest in the question of reading, of language, and of the rhetorical dimension of language.

Laura Wilder (SUNY), is the author of Rhetorical Strategies and Genre Conventions in Literary Studies: Teaching and Writing in the Disciplines, which underscores the centrality of rhetoric also to the teaching of literature and other academic subjects. Throughout her research, Wilder explores the ways literary scholars, like other disciplinary specialists, tacitly share a distinct set of rhetorical strategies for effective argumentation which support the production of new knowledge, highlighting the often unacknowledged role of these argumentative conventions in the undergraduate literature classroom.

Erotema is organized by KuFo, the culture studies research group at Karlstad University.

Renaissance College: Corpus Christi College, Oxford in Context, c.1450-c.1600

6-9 September 2017

Corpus Christi College, Oxford was founded, on humanistic principles, in 1517. Its fellows included specially-appointed lecturers in Latin literature, Greek and Theology and its new trilingual library featured works in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Throughout the sixteenth century, Corpus was a major centre of learning and religion: it played host to the Spanish humanist, Juan Luis Vives and the German astronomer and mathematician, Nicholas Kratzer; its fellows included the Catholic reformer Reginald Pole and the Protestant thinkers John Jewel and Richard Hooker.

In the College’s 500th anniversary year, we shall be holding a conference to discuss the wider context and implications of this remarkable foundation, exploring the inter-connected worlds of learning and education, prelacy and public service, charity and communal life, religion, literature and the arts, in Oxford and beyond, during a hundred-and-fifty year period of Renaissance and Reformation. 

There will be papers from Susan Brigden, Clive Burgess, Jeremy Catto, Paul Cavill, Alex Gajda, Anthony Grafton, Lucy Kaufman, Nicholas Hardy, Pamela King, Julian Reid, Richard Rex, Miri Rubin, David Rundle, Christopher Stray, Joanna Weinberg, Magnus Williamson, and William Whyte. A round table of Mordechai Feingold, Felicity Heal and Diarmaid MacCulloch, chaired by Keith Thomas, will bring proceedings to a close.

More details will become available over the next few months, but if you would like to make a provisional booking now, please contact; or, for more information about the academic aims and content of the conference,

Performing Restoration Shakespeare: Applications for Summer Workshop at The Globe

The AHRC-funded project ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’ (2017-2020) invites applications from UK and EU researchers (including PhD students in their second year or beyond) to participate in a scholar-artist workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe in July 2017. For this collaborative and practice-based event, we seek to recruit 10 researchers drawn from the disciplines of theatre history, musicology and Shakespeare studies. Selected participants will receive accommodation in London for 3 nights, subsistence, and up to £120 for travel expenses.

The selected researchers will work with performing artists (actors, instrumentalists, singers) in a 4-day workshop on Restoration versions of The Tempest, to be held in the Globe’s rehearsal space and in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 10-13 July 2017. The sessions in the Wanamaker will be open to the public.

Through a combination of archival study and reflective creative practice, we will investigate how Restoration Shakespeare can be performed today in a way that understands the historical context of this distinctive performance genre and then uses that understanding to create meaningful performances for contemporary audiences. This workshop offers a unique opportunity for collaboration with researchers from cognate disciplines, performing artists in theatre and music, Globe staff, and the general public. Additionally, the workshop offers the potential for publication in an edited volume arising from the project as a whole.

‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare’ is jointly led by theatre historian Richard Schoch (Queen’s University Belfast) and musicologist Amanda Eubanks Winkler (Syracuse University). Our partners are Shakespeare’s Globe, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

To apply for a place in the workshop, please email a brief CV (2-3 pp) and a 500-word statement of interest to Dr Claude Fretz, Research Fellow (Queen’s University Belfast) by April 1st 2017. In your statement of interest please explain how you would contribute to the workshop and how participating in the workshop would benefit your research. For further information, please contact Dr Claude Fretz. We expect to notify all applicants of the outcome by April 15th 2017.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies: Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750

Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading
10-11 July 2017

The theme of the 2017 Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies is ‘Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750’. Proposals for individual papers and panels are invited on research relating to this theme in any area of early modern literature and theatre, history, politics, art, music and culture across Britain, Europe and the wider world. Suggested topics for papers and panels include, although are not confined to:

Literary Complaint:
  • Material cultures of complaint: production, transmission, reception
  • Erotic complaint: narratives of abandonment, grief and loss
  • Early modern women writers and complaint
  • Voicing others: complaint as prosopopoeia
  • Religious complaint: satire and exhortation

Medical Complaints and Grievances:
  • Experiencing or witnessing suffering and pain
  • Learning to live with disease and disability
  • Painful or pain-relieving medical/surgical treatments
  • Sensory aspects of medicine and surgery: sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and tactile sensations
  • Complaints about medical practitioners, nurses, or patients

Political and Religious Complaints and Grievances:
  • Petitioning and pamphleteering
  • From grievances to politics: the personal, the local, and the national
  • The popular and elite politics of complaint
  • Complaint, crime and the law
  • Travellers’ complaints: religion, politics and the lived experience of travel

Each panel proposal (minimum of two and a maximum of four papers) should contain the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and 200 word abstracts of the papers together with email contacts for all participants. A proposal for an individual paper (20 minutes) 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 by Friday 16 December 2016, with the subject heading ‘2017 Conference’, to the Conference Committee,

The Gorboduc Project: Territory, Politics and Performance

June 22nd-23rd 2017, Northumbria University

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union constitutes the most momentous separation of British-European political culture since the Protestant Reformation, dragging questions of localised political autonomy into the spotlight. Ongoing nationwide movements toward political devolution are transforming notions of political agency in terms of the regional and local. As scholarly and public interest in ideas of British political identity continues to sharpen, this conference explores themes of division and devolution in drama written at the dawn of the British Empire. Looking to Britain’s uncertain future by learning about its past can tell us much about how literature responds to drastic political change, not least in terms of the territories (real and imagined) with which it is invested.

This call for papers seeks to address questions relating to territory and politics at the dawn of the British Empire, and to explore how those questions were unpacked through the medium of dramatic performance. The tumultuous reigns of the Tudors saw English dramaturgy assume a heightened political focus, and notions of local, territorial identity brought into dialogue with perspectives on the nation’s place within an emerging imperial framework. From Norton and Sackville’s Gorboduc to Shakespeare’s history plays, Tudor drama interrogated relationships between civil divisions and international connections in embodied forms – repeatedly shadowing questions of the body politic with semantics of dismemberment, disability, and malfunction. Pre-empting questions of territory and politics that saturate many of our own political debates by over four centuries, these plays use boundaries, bodies and places to question, support, and oppose regional-political authority.

Confirmed plenary speaker: Jessica Winston, Idaho State University.

We invite abstract proposals of 300 words (or less) on topics including, but not limited to Tudor dramatic performances and
  • devolution, rebellion, and insurrection
  • patronage and performance
  • political personations
  • propaganda and regionalised politics
  • borders, boundaries, and political edges
  • politics of translation
  • staging devotional loyalty and/or novelty
  • locations of performance

Please send proposals to Paul Frazer and Harriet Archer by 1st February 2017.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The George Herbert Society Fifth Triennial Conference

George Herbert in Paris: "Bee Covetous, then, of all good which you see in Frenchmen"

May 18-May 21, 2017

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Helen Wilcox, Bangor University, Wales 
Richard Strier, The University of Chicago

In 1618 George Herbert wrote to his brother Henry, who was in Paris, imploring him to make the best of his time there: "Bee covetous, then, of all good you see in Frenchmen, whether it be in knowledge, or in fashion, or in words; .so shall you play a good marchant by transporting French commodities to your own country."

Meeting in the Latin Quarter, near Saint-Michel and the Panthéon, at the Universities of the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3) and Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4), our Paris Conference encourages papers that will examine the knowledge, the ideas, the words, and even the fashions that the Herbert family members looked to import from the Paris region or from France, and beyond that to the Herberts, Europe, religion and the arts.

We are seeking proposals on aspects of George Herbert studies, focusing on his poetry or prose. Papers may consider historical, cultural, and discursive contexts for his works, examine rhetorical or lyric strategies afresh, or explore previously unknown or overlooked facets of Herbert's work and his relationship to both people and topics in the seventeenth century. We welcome proposals from both established scholars in the field as well as newcomers to the George Herbert Society and graduate students. Topics of interest will include Herbert's ties to Paris and the European continent, Herbert and the Baroque, Herbert and continental poetry, Herbert and the French Reformation, Herbert and Francophilia/Francophobia, Herbert and language(s), Herbert and translation, Herbert and war, Herbert and the Psalms, Herbert and books, Herbert and music, Herbert and pleasure, Henry Herbert, Edward Herbert and French Philosophy, Edward Herbert and his ambassadorship in France, and more. We also invite proposals for papers on French poets who resonate with George Herbert's style, faith, epistemology, or aesthetics and a panel dedicated to discussing George Herbert's "The Forerunners." Proposals may be in either English or French as we hope to bring out the European dimension of Herbert's sources of inspiration.

This list is not intended to limit the scope of papers, but to suggest directions. We hope to be inclusive.

Abstracts in English or in French of no more than 300 words accompanied by a brief CV should be sent to the conference organizers at Herbert in Paris, by July 15, 2016.

Notifications of acceptance: September 15, 2016. Early submissions are welcome!
Anyone may submit an abstract, but only members of the Society may deliver a paper.
Information regarding accommodation and registration will follow in the fall.

Host Universities in Paris:
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 AND Université Sorbonne / Paris IV

George Herbert Society Organizers:
Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Associate Professor, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3)  
Greg Miller (Millsaps College Professor Emeritus of English)

Local Organizing Committee:
Guillaume Coatalen (Associate Professor, Université Cergy) 
Line Cottegnies (Professor, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3) 
Laurent Curelly (Associate Professor, Université Haute-Alsace) 
Laïla Ghermani (Associate Professor, Université Paris Ouest) 
Denis Lagae-Devoldère (Associate Professor, Université Sorbonne / Paris IV) 
Lynn S. Meskill (Associate Professor, Université Paris-Diderot / Paris 7) 
Marc Porée (Professor, École Normale Supérieure) 
Chantal Schütz (Associate Professor, École Polytechnique)

Scientific Committee:
Sidney Gottlieb (Professor, Sacred Heart University, Editor of the George Herbert Journal) Christopher Hodgkins (Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) 
Simon Jackson (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Warwick) 
Denis Lagae-Devoldère (Associate Professor, Université Sorbonne / Paris IV) 
Greg Miller (Millsaps College Professor Emeritus of English) 
Anne-Marie Miller-Blaise (Associate Professor, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3) 
Gilles Sambras (Associate Professor Université Reims Champagne Ardenne) 
Gisèle Venet (Professeur Émérite, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3) 
Chauncey Wood (Professor Emeritus, McMaster University/Adjunct, Arizona State University)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Corruption: Deviation, Degradation, and Malfeasance in the Early Modern Period

Postgraduate Conference 28 April 2017, City Campus, University of Worcester

Plenary Speaker: Professor David Roberts, Birmingham City University

Whether perceived or actual, corruption signifies a failure in norms, order and structure, heightens anxieties concerning personal and institutional conduct, and undermines the ideal of the benevolent, disinterested exercise of power. Originally implying bodily decay, the Early Modern period witnessed the term ‘corruption’ broaden in meaning to incorporate the venality of politics, religion, monarchy, society and culture to reflect a variety of highly contested ideological positions: established religious foundations became threatened through the perceived corruption of the Catholic church and emerging religious factions; concerns about royal lineage became exacerbated by the succession of not one but two unmarried female monarchs; an expanding printing press troubled defenders of high-culture and ‘taste’ as literary standards faced apparent threats from the products of the ‘un-polite’ mass in an increasingly commodified society; and notions of gender, sexuality, and purity underwent an unprecedented refashioning in response to this transforming social, cultural and political environment.

How contemporaries of the early modern period experienced and responded to such notions of corruption is the focus of the first postgraduate conference of Worcester’s Early Modern Research Group. We welcome proposals from postgraduate students and researchers (MA, MRes, early PhD stage) for 20-minute papers that consider literary, religious, political, historical, cultural, and social notions of corruption during the early modern period, c.1550-1800. Relevant themes and topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Editing and pirating, rewriting of texts, adaptations of films or plays 
  • Corruption of genre, form, stage, literary convention 
  • Disease, decay 
  • Corruptive power – moral, legal, political, institutional 
  • Social disorder 
  • Corruption of culture, ethnicity, race or class 
  • Sexual deviation, perversion and the corruption of normative gender models 
  • Corruption of the family unit 
  • Sacred or environmental corruption 
  • Corruption of the transmission of information 

Proposals for individual papers or complete panels should be directed to Kirsty Driscoll and Lucy Cooper at EMRG by 1st March 2017.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Borderlines XXI: Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern World

This conference will be held in University College Cork, 14-16 April 2017. Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of both Medieval and Early Modern studies.

Keynote Speaker: Prof Michael Brown, University of St Andrews

This conference will explore the concept of authority in both the Medieval and Early Modern
periods. As Sir Philip Sidney has said, “there is nothing sooner overthrows a weak head than
opinion by authority, like too strong a liquor for a frail glass” (Aphorisms of Sir Philip Sidney). Much like today’s society, authority and resistance to authority can be found in all aspects of
Medieval and Early Modern societies, such as the religious, political, social, and literary.

Borderlines XXI invites papers that address the social, historical, literary, religious and cultural significance of these roles. We welcome papers from researchers in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Codicology, Drama, Digital Humanities, Folklore, History, History of Art, Geography, Languages, Literature, Music, Paleography, Philosophy and Theology. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

· Political and/or religious authority
· Literary authority
· Authority of the book
· Gendered authority
· Lack of authority
· Translation of authority
· Class/Societal authority
· Rejection of authority
· Liminal figures/places
· Authority as autonomy
· Structures of authority
· Development of authority through the ages
· Depictions of authority in art

Abstracts of 250 words for a 20-minute paper and a short biography are welcomed from postgraduates and early career researchers (MA, PhD and Postdoctoral students) from Ireland, the UK, and further afield, as are proposals for panels, and should be submitted by Friday 3rd February 2017 to

Medicine, Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World 1400-1750

Christ’s College, University of Cambridge Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 April 2017

Organized by Valentina Pugliano (Cambridge) and Nükhet Varlik (Rutgers-Newark)

Generously sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and Christ's College, Cambridge

This conference will offer, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of medicine and healing in the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, ca. 1400-1750. While a considerable body of scholarship exists on Islamic and Byzantine science and medicine and their influence on the medieval Latin West, the state of medical theory and practice in the following centuries has been comparatively neglected and often spoken of in terms of intellectual stagnation and decline. The conference aims to challenge this narrative and reveal the continued vitality of knowledge making and transfer across the eastern Mediterranean world. Taking as our focus the politically heterogeneous southern Europe and eastern Mediterranean, the Mamluk Kingdom, and the Ottoman Empire, we will reconstruct the healthscape of this region in the early modern period, exploring its medical unity and disunity and the human and environmental factors that played a part in it.

With an introductory lecture by Professor Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway University of London.

Full programme here: Medicine Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World

Please register here:  Eventbrite Regstration

Registration: Full £50 (per day £25); Students £25. Buffet lunch and refreshments included. We can provide support to book overnight accommodation in college for attendees who wish to do so. For any query, please contact Valentina Pugliano

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Translation in Science, Science in Translation”

30-31 March 2017, Justus Liebig University Giessen
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2016

Invited speakers: Dr Doris Bachmann-Medick (Giessen), Dr Maeve Olohan (Manchester), Dr Benedikt Perak (Rijeka)

In recent years, considerable scholarly attention has been drawn to interdisciplinary research between the fields of Translation Studies and History of Science, which has shed light on, for instance, the workings of scientific communities, the dissemination of knowledge across languages and cultures, and the transformation in the process of that knowledge and of the scientific communities involved. Translators are brought to the fore, and if they were once treated as anecdotal actors in scientific exchanges, they are now understood as key agents. The Translation in Science, Science in Translation conference precisely engages in all these questions suggested by the conversation between Translation Studies and History of Science, and understands language as a complex phenomenon that includes dialects, sociolects and disciplinary tongues, and science as encompassing the natural and the social sciences. The focus is from early modernity to the present, and the conference’s translational perspective also applies to movements across disciplines, and to communication between scholars and lays (Montgomery 2000, Elshakry 2013, Olohan 2014).

We particularly welcome proposals from scholars and PhD students working on regions and languages underrepresented in research on the following topics:

1. Scientific Translation over Time and Space
  • Changes in the practice and norms of scientific translation over time, space and across disciplines.
  • The role of translated texts in the appropriation of scientific knowledge.
  • The impact of the language of science upon non-scientific language and everyday language on the language of science through translation (science communication).

2. Behind the Scenes: Actors and Strategies Involved in Scientific Translation
  • Changes in translation policies: the role of scientific translators.
  • The practice of individual and collective translation of scientific texts, spaces and networks of scientific translation (institutions, funding, freedom of research).

3. Scientific Translation as Epistemic Practice
  • Scientific translation and epistemic change.
  • Scientific translation and change within the scientific culture/community of the source text.
  • Translating non-verbal material: images, illustrations, graphs and tables, photographs, etc.
  • Scientific translation and the creation or reinforcement of cultural boundaries (Brisset 2000, Ramakrishnas 2010).

Please submit an abstract of no more than 350 words along with a bio-bibliographical note (as a single PDF-file) by 31 July 2016 to
There are a limited number of grants to cover travel and accommodation expenses. Should you wish to be considered for one of these, please submit a short letter of motivation.


The conference is organized by Katharina Kühn (International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, University of Giessen), Dr Rocío G. Sumillera (Universidad de Granada), and Dr Jan Surman (Herder Institute, Marburg), in collaboration with the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), the Giessen Graduate School for Humanities (GGK), the Giessen Centre for East European Studies (GiZo), the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association, the Department for Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka, and the University of Granada.

ReferencesBachmann-Medick, Doris. The Trans/National Study of Culture: A Translational Perspective. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2016.
Brisset, Annie. “The Search for a Native Language: Translation and Cultural Identity,” in The Translation Studies Reader, ed. Lawrence Venuti. London/New York: Routledge, 2000, 343-375.
Elshakry, Marwa. Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860–1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Montgomery, Scott L. Science in Translation: Movements of Knowledge through Cultures and Time. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Olohan, Maeve. “History of Science and History of Translation: Disciplinary Commensurability?”, The Translator, 20.1 (2014): 9-25.
Ramakrishnas, Shanta. “Translation and the Quest of Identity: Democratization of Knowledge in 19th-Century India”, in Translation and Culture: Indian Perspectives, ed. G. J. V. Prasad. New Delhi: Pencraft, 2010, 19-35.


Dr. Jan Surman
wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Leibniz Graduate School “Geschichte, Wissen, Medien in Ostmitteleuropa”
Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung Gisonenweg 5-7, D-35037 Marburg
Email: Jan Surman
Tel.: +49 6421 1754983

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Leibniz Graduate School “History, Knowledge, Media in East Central Europe”
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe Gisonenweg 5-7, D-35037 Marburg
Email: Jan Surman
Tel.: +49 6421 1754983

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Histories of the Morris in Britain

25 - 26 March 2017, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Organised in partnership by The Historical Dance Society with The English Folk Dance and Song Society and The Morris Ring, The Morris Federation, Open Morris.

The focus of the conference is morris dancing in all its forms (including rapper, long sword, molly, and other ceremonial dance) within the British Isles and its history up to recent times. As an enduring feature of British culture across more than six centuries, research in, and understanding, appreciation and practice of, our vernacular dance genre is worth celebrating. We invite contributions from practitioners and scholars to this two-day event to share practice, archival research, oral history and local custom. This may be in the form of papers and talks for 30 minute slots to include discussion time, or workshops of 90 minutes, or posters. We hope to publish selected papers in a volume of proceedings.

Topics: the following suggestions are offered as a guide and further relevant ones will be of interest.
  • Morris within specific historical periods (including 20th century)
  • Morris within specific contexts; English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish; morris on the move; external influences on morris in Britain
  • Histories of morris sides, both national and local
  • Morris and calendar customs
  • Morris as national identity
  • Comparative histories; historical development
  • Morris music and instruments
  • Costume, equipment, and characters
  • Morris in literature, morris on the stage; representation in other art forms
  • Issues: gender, age, teaching, public perception, decline/renaissance
  • Forms: Cotswold, NW Morris, Border Morris, Rapper and Sword, Molly dancing

Please send your proposal (with a 300 word biography), stating whether for a paper, workshop or poster to: Anne Daye or 96, Dover Crescent, Bedford, MK41 8QH by 31st August 2016.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Nomadic Objects: Material Circulations, Appropriations and the Formation of Identities in the Early Modern Period (16th-18th c.)

International Conference – March 2-4, 2017

Musée National de la Renaissance (Écouen), Musée Cognac-Jay (Paris, 3e),
Maison de la Recherche de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, 5e)

This interdisciplinary conference, organized by the Universities Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris Diderot, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, and Paris 13, in partnership with two museums of the Paris region, the Musée National de la Renaissance in Écouen and the Musée Cognacq-Jay in Paris, and supported by the Ile-de-France Region, seeks to confront the material history of early modern objects with their artistic and literary representations.

It proposes to look at the various “traces” left by material culture as it circulated and was appropriated. Studying the history of material culture (be it dress and personal accessories, everyday and decorative objects, art works, and technical, scientific, or musical instruments…) sheds light upon the various processes of cultural appropriation, transculturation or hybridization that accompanied such material circulations across Europe or between Europe and the rest of the world. Material objects, whether commodities, tools, devotional objects or works of art, can all be considered as bearers or vehicles of cultural identities. By travelling across space they call into question national, religious and linguistic boundaries. 

The early modern period (1500-1800) corresponds to a period when national identities became more firmly entrenched in Europe with the definition of clearer national territories, languages and religious traditions. The establishment of such boundaries resulted from the development of a new political philosophy, born in part in reaction to Renaissance court culture and its intrinsic nomadism (A. M. Thiesse, La Création des identités nationales, 1999).  Following the trajectories of objects as they crossed these boundaries brings into focus the tension between sedentariness and nomadism that Daniel Roche identified as a key element in the advent of modernity (Humeurs vagabondes, 2003).

In addition to the tight network of material circulations within Europe linked to trade, diplomatic exchanges, aristocratic modes of life or religious exile at a time defined by intense religious and political strife, more complex trajectories yet are to be traced. In the context of proto-globalization and of the rise of international trading companies, goods often followed global paths, coming from distant locations and transiting through a number of countries or cultural spaces before reaching their destinations. Because these objects found their way into artistic and literary representations, they also generated in turn less material forms of circulation, posing the question of multi-layered processes of appropriation.

We are seeking proposals that address such processes of circulation and appropriation by looking at the reception of these objects in literature and the arts or at their production and consumption, and the craftsmanship, techniques or practices thereby implied.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Legal and illegal networks for the circulation of objects and goods, whether through trade, smuggling or personal relationships
  • Diplomatic gifts and exchanges
  • Travelling objects in court culture
  • Objects in exile and objects of the exiles
  • The transmission of craftsmanship and technologies and its links to human migrations
  • Decorative, artistic and literary motifs, and their circulations from one country to another
  • The meaning and implications of literary and artistic appropriations of objects
  • Processes of linguistic appropriation and cross-fertilization linked to the circulation of objects
  • The notion of proto-globalization and its economic, social, material, cultural and artistic manifestations

We hope that this conference will bring into play a variety of methodologies and foster a fruitful dialogue between different disciplines (History, Material Culture, History of technologies, Art History, European Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, Archaeology…). Outreach activities, such as workshops and round-tables open to the general public, will also be included in the program. We welcome proposals from established scholars, doctoral students, curators and other professionals working on or with early modern objects. We particularly encourage proposals discussing objects in the collections of the Musée de la Renaissance or the Musée Cognacq-Jay.

300-word proposals, along with a brief CV (1 page maximum), should be sent by September 15, 2016 to the conference organizers at

Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetics at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe

Professor Stefan Sperl, SOAS, University of London
Professor Trevor Dadson FBA, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Yorgos Dedes, SOAS, University of London

Thu 9 Nov 2017 09:30 to Sat 11 Nov 2017 17:00

The first two days of the event will be held at the British Academy and the final day at SOAS. Further details and registration can be found here:

The conference is intended to generate the first comparative overview of the extent to which Neoplatonist philosophy has permeated poetic forms, styles, themes and figurative language as well as poetic theory in seven principal languages of the greater Mediterranean region, from late antiquity to the modern period. Listed in alphabetical order, they are Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Persian, Spanish and Turkish. The findings are intended to result in a major publication which will shed light on the significance of Neoplatonism as a cross-cultural phenomenon which links the literary traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Speakers include:
Professor Walter Andrews, University of Seattle
Professor Leili Anvar, INALCO, Paris
Dr James Binns FBA, University of York
Dr Abigail Brundin, University of Cambridge
Dr Alessandro Cancian, Ismaili Institute, London
Professor Christina D’Ancona, University of Pisa
Dr Neslihan Demirkol, Ankara Social Sciences University
Professor Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professor Ferial J. Ghazoul, The American University in Cairo
Dr Didem Havlioğlu, Duke University
Dr David Hernández de la Fuente, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid
Professor Mehmet Kalpaklı, Bilkent University, Ankara
Professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Maryland
Dr Alexander Matthew Key, Stanford University
Dr Kazuyo Murata, King’s College, London
Professor Johannes Niehoff-Panagiotidis, Freie Universität Berlin
Professor Terence O’Reilly, University College, Cork
Professor David Ricks, King’s College, London
Professor Claudio Rodríguez Fer, University of Santiago de Compostela
Professor John Roe, University of York
Dr Adena Tanenbaum, Ohio State University
Professor Richard Taylor, Marquette University
Professor Colin Thompson, University of Oxford
Professor Julian Weiss, King’s College, London
Dr Joachim Yeshaya, University of Leuven

Thursday, 9 November 2017

09.00 Registration and refreshments

Session One: From Greek Beginnings to Arabic and Hebrew
To examine the beginnings of Neoplatonist poetics in Greek and its emergence in Arabic and Hebrew
Chairs: Stefan Sperl, SOAS, University of London and Trevor Dadson, Queen Mary, University of London

09.15 Introduction: Background, Scope and Aim of Conference
09.40 Keynote Address
Richard Taylor, Marquette University

10.30 Refreshments
11.00 Are Neoplatonists Neoplatonic in their Poetics? Alexander Matthew Key, Stanford University
11.45 Andalusian Hebrew Poems on the Soul and their Afterlife Adena Tanenbaum, Ohio State University
12.30 Lunch

Session Two: The Ascent of the Soul
To compare and contrast the portrayal of the soul’s ascent in texts of different linguistic and religious provenance
Chair: James Montgomery, University of Cambridge (tbc)

13.30 Neoplatonist Concepts in 13th Century Arabic Mystical Poetry Stefan Sperl, SOAS, University of London
14.15 Neoplatonism in Attar’s Conference of the Birds Leila Anvar, INALCO, Paris
15.00 Refreshments
15.30 Nostro intelletto si profonda tanto. Paradiso, I 8 and its Philosophical Background
Christina d’Ancona, University of Pisa
16.15 The Ascent of the Soul: NeoPlatonic Themes in the Literature of the Golden Age of Spain
Colin Thompson, University of Oxford 17.00 Close of first day
Friday, 10 November 2017
Session Three: from Late Antiquity to Byzantium and the Ottoman World
To illustrate continuity and change in the poetic reception of Platonist concepts in the Eastern Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to Ottoman times
Chair: James Binns, University of York

Johannes NiehoffPanagiotidis, Freie Universität Berlin
Hymn of the Pearl and Chaldaean Oracles: Platonism on the Border between Monism and Dualism, Imperial Centuries and Late Antiquity, Greek and Syriac
09.45 Neoplatonism and Poetics in Late Antique and Byzantine Literature David Hernández de la Fuente, Universidad Nactional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid 
10.30 Refreshments
11.00 ‘A Soul, Splendid by the Glory of God’: Karaite Poems about the Nature of the Soul from the Muslim East and Byzantium Joachim Yeshaya, University of Leuven
11.45 Ottoman Poetry: Where the Neoplatonic Dissolves into an Emotional Script for Life.
Walter Andrews, University of Washington (tbc) 
12.30 Lunch

Session Four: Neoplatonism and Gender Identity in Early Modern Love Lyric
To illustrate and compare relevant examples of 16th century Italian, Spanish and English verse
Chair: tbc

13.30 Neoplatonic Discourse and Ottoman Women Poets: Negotiation, Legitimation and Subversion
Didem Havlioğlu, Duke University
14.15 Beyond the Courts: Neoplatonism in SixteenthCentury Italian Poetic Culture Abigail Brundin, University of Cambridge
15.00 Refreshments
15.30 Italian Neoplatonism and SixteenthCentury English Verse John Roe, University of York
16.15 Negotiating Difference: Neoplatonism and the Discourse of Desire in the Early Modern Spanish Love Lyric Julian Weiss, King’s College, University of London 
17.00 Close of second day
Saturday, 11 November 2017
(Please note that this third day is being held at SOAS and that separate registration is required)

Session Five: Neoplatonist Poetics and Mysticism in Spain and the IndoPersian world
To examine mystical concepts of possible Neoplatonist provenance in the works of major poets writing in Persian and Spanish
Chair: Alessandro Cancian, Ismaili Institute, London
09.00 Poetry and Ishraqi Illuminationism among the Esoteric Zoroastrians of Mughal India
Carl W Ernst, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
09.45 Neoplatonic and Sufi Approaches to Beauty: The Cases of Plotinus and Rūzbihān Baqlī
Kazuyo Murata, King’s College, University of London 
10.30 Refreshments
11.00 The Christian Neoplatonism of Francisco de Aldana in the Carta para Arias Montano
Terence O’Reilly, University College, Cork
11.45 La erótica del infinito: Neoplatonismo, Cábala y Sufismo en la obra de José Ángel Valente
Claudio Rodríguez Fer, University of Santiago de Compostela 
12.30 Lunch

Session Six: Modern Echoes in Persian, Turkish, Arabic and Greek
To illustrate the persistence of Neoplatonic themes in selected examples of modern poetry
Chair: Yorgos Dedes, SOAS, University of London

13.30 Neoplatonist Relics in Modern Persian Poetry Ahmad KarimiHakkak, University of Maryland
14.15 The New Image of the Beloved in the Old Mirror: Reflections of Neoplatonic Tradition in Modern Turkish Poetry
Mehmet Kalpaklı & Neslihan Demirkol, Bilkent University Istanbul and Ankara Social University
15.00 Refreshments
15.30 Neoplatonist Echoes in Modern Arabic Poetry: The Case of Ahmad Matar Feryal Ghazoul, The American University in Cairo
16.15 NeoPlatonists in Modern Greek Poetry David Ricks, King’s College, University of London
17.00 Conclusion and Summing Up
Stefan Sperl, SOAS, University of London, Trevor Dadson FBA, Queen Mary

University of London and Yorgos Dedes, SOAS, University of London 
For further information and details of how to book please click on 'Book event'. A third day of the conference will be hosted by SOAS on Saturday, 11 November 2017 at SOAS. Please click here for further information.

Dr Abigail Brundin
Reader in Early Modern Literature and Culture
Department of Italian
University of Cambridge
Direct Line: +44 (0)1223 338305

Call for Submissions: Esoteric Traditions and Their Impact on Early Modern Art

Zephyrus Scholarly Publications, LLC is seeking papers for an upcoming anthology on the impact of esotericism on the art produced during the Renaissance and Baroque eras, though papers on slightly earlier or later works will also be considered. 

Subjects may include but are not limited to:
  • Hermeticism
  • Neoplatonism
  • Kabbalah
  • Prophetism
  • Rosicrucianism
  • Freemasonry
  • Alchemy
  • Magic
  • The occult 

Please send a 300 word abstract by March 31, 2017 to Lilian H. Zirpolo via email at L H Zirpolo.

Call for Submissions: Epistolary Discourse: Letters and Letter-Writing in Early Modern Art

While cultural historians have recently published a number of studies on letters and letter-writing in Early Modern Europe, the subject has not been sufficiently explored from an art historical perspective. Though some texts on Early Modern private life offer insight on the prominence of the theme in art, a more exhaustive analysis is in order, especially since letters and letter-writing are depicted in art in other contexts besides the domestic realm. Indeed Early Modern epistolary discourse falls into both private and public categories. 

In the private sector, the Early Modern period saw a significant increase in literacy, especially among women, mainly due to the development of the printing press and the subsequent proliferation of texts. Women no longer dictated their letters to others, but wrote them themselves. As letter-writers, they could now take on intimate roles, such as that of mothers, lovers, or travelers, without the intrusion of a writing assistant. 

In the public sector, members of the papal curia exchanged letters to publicize new statutes, while spiritual leaders in general often corresponded to offer religious instruction and guidance. 

Travelers wrote letters to inform of their experiences abroad, and merchants used the rhetorical form to exchange information on financial events or to issue letters of credit and other financial instruments. Further, the renewed interest in antiquity during the Renaissance revealed the epistolary discourse of Pliny, Cicero, Seneca, and others, resulting in the revival of humanistic epistles, such as those composed by Erasmus of Rotterdam. 

For the learned, letters could be a form of rhetorical self-fashioning, as often these were made public, revealing the friendships and patronage they enjoyed from powerful individuals. 

No less significant is the fact that a new literary genre emerged at this time: the novel written in epistolary form. Examples include Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s La nouvelle Héloise (1661) and Samuel Richardson’s Pamela or Virtue Rewarded(1740). 

Zephyrus Scholarly Publications LLC is seeking papers for an upcoming anthology on letters and letter-writing in Early Modern art. Papers dealing with any aspect of this theme will be considered. 

Please send a 300 word abstract by July 1, 2017 to Lilian H. Zirpolo at L H Zirpolo (deadline extended).

Call for Submissions: The Femme Philosophe in Early Modern Art

Women were incorporated into the history of philosophy only in 1981 when Mary Ellen Waithe published her groundbreaking A History of Women Philosophers. 

At the time she identified approximately sixteen female philosophers from the classical era, seventeen from 500 to 1600, and thirty from 1600 to 1900. Among the names revealed were Mary Wollstonecraft, Elisabeth of Bohemia, Anne Finch, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Catherine Trotter Cockburn, and Margaret Cavendish, all intellectual luminaries who lived during the Early Modern Era. 

That these were highly educated women meant that they were also highly cultured and, therefore, they often collected, commissioned, or even produced art. Christina of Sweden, for example, was a student of Descartes and held academies in her home where the latest intellectual debates were the norm. Her art collection, which included a significant number of works from the ancient era, became the backdrop for these events and served to recreate the glory of the ancient past and provide philosophical inspiration. 

Anna Maria van Schurman, who corresponded with scholars from the university of Leiden and who completed her Dissertatio de ingenii mulieribus ad doctrinam on the aptitude of the female mind for science and letters in 1639, was an accomplished portraitist and engraver. Yet, the subject of the femme philosophe in the history of art has not been explored sufficiently and requires inquiry that goes beyond acknowledgment of their existence and the cursory mention of the art objects produced due to their intervention in one form or another. 

Zephyrus Scholarly Publications LLC seeks to publish an anthology comprised of papers that analyze the contributions of Early Modern femmes philosophes to the history of art, with particular emphasis on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when a high level of philosophical activity took place. 

Of particular interest are papers on Carthesian female philosophers, though women with other philosophical inclinations will also be considered. Please send a 300 word abstract to Lilian H. Zirpolo at L H Zirpolo by October 1, 2017 (deadline extended).

CALL FOR PAPERS: Bodies in Motion in the Early Modern World

‘Bodies in Motion in the Early Modern World’ aims to explore both the politics of physical and spatial movement and its consequences on the geographical and cultural boundaries of the known world between 1500 and 1800.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Morwenna Carr, University of Roehampton
Call for papers:

We are inviting proposals for 20-minute papers and posters from graduate students and early career researchers working on early modern European cultures, literature, history, art history, music, and geography. As well as traditional 20-minute papers, we will select from the submissions 4 papers to participate in a end-of-day roundtable. We are particularly interested in papers reflecting on the role that our research has in illuminating our understanding of events of international political relevance, and on our responsibility to discuss these events from the point of view of experts in the humanities. 

Possible topics include (but are not limited too):
  • Migrations and Identity
  • Urban Space and Topography
  • Ability and Disability
  • Fictional Genres
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Society, Work, and Labour
  • Space in Performance, Performance in Space

Paper proposals of up to 200 words, accompanied by a short biography, should be submitted to by 31st March 2017. For any queries, please use the same address. A limited number of travel bursaries will be made available.

Location: Council Room (K2.29) King’s Building Strand 
When: 16/06/2017 (09:00-18:00)

Papers to be submitted to please also use this address for queries related to the call.  More information here:
Please direct all other enquiries to

CALL FOR PAPERS: Cultures of Collecting, 1500-1750

Cultures of Collecting, 1500-1750: a one-day conference organised by the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Oxford University

Wednesday 14 June 2017, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

On the 400th anniversary of the birth of Elias Ashmole, we invite proposals that address any aspect of the cultures of collecting in England and Europe, ca. 1500-1750, from any disciplinary perspective, including material culture, art history, visual studies, museum studies, social history, and literary scholarship. 

Papers might focus on major early modern collectors (Hans Sloane, Elias Ashmole, John Tradescant Jr and Sr), but also lesser-known figures. 
  • What were the motives and mechanics of collecting? 
  • How did early moderns understand curiosity and preservation; wonder and taxonomy; variety and system?
  • What was the relationship between utility and display? 
  • How did Wunderkammern shape and transmit new categories of knowledge? 
  • What were the links between cabinets of curiosities and book collections and libraries? 
  • How did the practices of collecting shape broader cultural trends? 
  • How do literary texts respond to collecting? 
  • Is there a connection between collecting objects and the circulation and gathering of commonplaces; between gathering things and gatherings words (or literary invention)? 
  • What were the relationships between collecting, biography, and self-expression? 
  • How ideological were collections, and how was the politics of collecting expressed and understood? What are the methodological challenges of reconstructing collections today? 
  • How can we read catalogues and textual records of now-dispersed collections?

Please send 300-word proposals for a 20-minute paper, and a brief CV, to Dr Natasha Simonova ( by 10 April 2017.

Beckman Centre Fellowships in the History of Science, Medicine, Technology, and Industry

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), an independent research library in Philadelphia, PA, invites applications for short-term and long-term fellowships in the history of science, medicine, technology, and industry (Apply for a Fellowship).

Short-term fellows are particularly meant to use the collections, while long-term fellows' work must help to support the mission of the institution and fit with collections more generally. The research collections at CHF range chronologically from the fifteenth century to the present and include 6,000 rare books, significant archival holdings, thousands of images, and a large artifact and fine arts collection, supported by over 100,000 reference volumes and journals. Within the collections there are many areas of special strength, including: alchemy, mining & metallurgy, dyeing and bleaching, balneology, gunpowder and pyrotechnics, gas-lighting, books of secrets, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, and pharmaceuticals.

We support roughly 20 fellows each year, creating a vibrant international community of scholars. Applications come from scholars in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. To see this year's list, go to:

Senior Fellowships
1 or 2 Semesters in Residence
available to those who received their PhD before July 2012 • $30,000/Semester

Postdoctoral Fellowships
9 Months in Residence
available to those who received their PhD after July 2012 • $45,000

Dissertation Fellowships
9 Months in Residence; open to graduate students at the dissertation stage • $26,000

Short-Term Fellowships
1–4 Months in Residence; open to all scholars and researchers • $3,000 per month

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017

For more information visit or email us at

Cavendish and Hutchinson: Spring 2017 Folger Seminar

In many ways Margaret Cavendish (1623-73) and Lucy Hutchinson (1620-81) make strange bedfellows. One was a royalist and one a republican; one largely indifferent to religion and the other a devoted Calvinist; one an aggressive circulator of her work in print and the other largely committed to scribal publication. Yet they also had a surprising amount in common: both were actively involved in the central political conflicts of their time; both wrote widely printed and widely admired vindicatory accounts of their husbands‚ political and military lives; both lived on large, redoubtable, and profoundly compromised estates in the north; both were actively interested in natural science; both were astonishingly erudite and prolific.

This seminar seeks to examine what they shared as much as what divided them, and takes as its premise that Cavendish and Hutchinson were the complex heirs of what is often called "politically active" humanism. Participants will discuss many aspects of their work, including the books they read as well as the histories and other works they wrote, and the local, as well as national, contexts in which they undertook this work. 

Director: Julie Crawford is Mark van Doren Professor of Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and Chair of Literature Humanities at Columbia University. She works on topics ranging from the history of sexuality to the history of reading, and is the author of two books, Marvelous Protestantism: Monstrous Births in Post-Reformation England (2005) and Mediatrix: Women, Politics, and Literary Production in Early Modern England (2014). She is currently completing a book entitled Margaret Cavendish's Political Career. 

Schedule: Friday afternoons, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m., February 3 through April 21, 2017 (10 weeks), excluding March 31 and April 7. 

Apply: September 6, 2016 for admission and grants-in-aid for Folger consortium affiliates; January 17, 2017 for admission only. 

Please visit this link for more information on how to apply:

Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowships at LHRI

Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), University of Leeds
Wellcome ISSF Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Deadline 23 January 2017

The University of Leeds has been awarded a grant of £1.25m over 5 years from the Wellcome Trust ISSF to support biomedical and related research, which has been matched by an equal investment by the University. A major component of this funding will support early career researchers in order to enable them to realise their potential, and position themselves for competitive external Fellowship applications. We therefore seek applications from candidates at either the latter stages of their PhD work, or after one or two post-doctoral positions, dependent on the type of Fellowship envisioned. Previous rounds have supported researchers from Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the wider academic areas of Medicine and Health.

These awards will cover both salary costs and a contribution towards consumables, aligned to the needs of the proposed work. Applications are invited from any Faculty, but applicants should be working within the Wellcome Trust remit (see

Applications will be considered on an annual basis. For the 2017 round, applicants should complete the appropriate proforma by 23 January 2017. The ISSF Management Committee will then assess the applications and invite shortlisted candidates for interview during the week commencing 13 February 2017 (TBC). The interview will consist of a short (5 minute) presentation by the candidate, followed by questions from the panel, which will comprise a subset of the Management Committee representing the breadth of academic interests within the ISSF portfolio.

Each award will normally be up to £50K, and applicants should provide a detailed justification for the funds requested. It is expected that these awards will normally run for a maximum of 12 months. If awarded, an appropriate timescale will be agreed and any funds remaining unspent at the end will be withheld for re-allocation in subsequent funding rounds. Awards will be available immediately, or may be taken up at any time during the calendar year following the award, dependent on your current funding position. We invite applications from Leeds-based individuals who are planning to apply for external Fellowships to remain in Leeds, or external candidates intending to move to Leeds.

For more information on these fellowships and how to apply, please go to

On the LHRI and the range of activities it supports, please go to our website,

CALL FOR PAPERS: Scientiae 2017 - Extended Deadline

Proposals are invited for the sixth annual Scientiae conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800), which will take place at the University of Padua, 19-22 April 2017. Our Keynote Speakers will be Paula Findlen (Stanford), Claire Preston (QM London), and Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre).

The major premise of this conference series is that knowledge during this period was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of theories, practices and objects, which had yet to be separated into their modern ‘scientific’ configurations. Although centred on attempts to understand and control the natural world, Scientiae addresses natural philosophy, natural history, and the scientiae mixtae within a wide range of related fields, including but not restricted to Biblical exegesis, medicine, artisan practice and theory, logic, humanism, alchemy, magic, witchcraft, demonology, divinatory practices, astronomy, astrology, music, antiquarianism, experimentation and commerce.

This year attention is especially given to the history of early modern knowledge and erudition, the history of universities, particularly though not exclusively the history of the university of Padua, as well as the history of the book and the history of political thought.

In addition to individual papers, we seek panel proposals about, though not exclusively:
  • Teaching with Collections
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Republic of Letters
  • Early Modern Universities and Amateur Knowledge
  • Venice-Vienna-Costantinople-Moscow: The Other Early Modern Europe

Please email your 250-word abstract, together with a one-page CV to Scientiae Padua

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 January 2017 – Accepted speakers will be notified on 22 January

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2017. We shall be notifying the selection outcome by 22 January.

Postdoctoral Research Associates: “Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Practice and Knowledge in London, 1600-1800”

The Centre for the History of the Sciences within the School of History at the University of Kent seeks two qualified postdoctoral researchers to work as part of a three-year Leverhulme Trust-funded project, “Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Practice and Knowledge in London, 1600-1800”, led by Dr Rebekah Higgitt.

In this role, you will conduct object-based and archival research, particularly in the collections of the Science Museum and among the papers of London’s Livery and Trading Companies. You will participate fully in the activities of the project, attending workshops and conferences, publishing results of research, feeding into the development and interpretation of the Science Museum’s “London, Science City” gallery (opening 2019), and assisting Dr Higgitt’s research and public engagement agendas.

If you have specialist knowledge of the history of early modern London, experience in archival work and publishing research articles and a keen interest in contributing to this project, this is a great chance to join a unique working environment that offers excellent training, benefits and future opportunities.

Further Information
Start date for applications: 15 December 2016
Closing date for applications: 22 January 2017
Interviews are to be held: 6 February 2017

Informal enquiries about the roles and the project can be made to Dr Rebekah Higgitt by email at

FUNDING: Hakluyt Society - Research Grants / Short-Term Fellowships

The Hakluyt Society has announced a second year of research funding awards. Two forms of funding will be available: up to six Hakluyt Society Research Grants (max £1500 each) and up to two Hakluyt Society Short-Term Fellowships (max £1650 per month, up to four months).

The objects of the Society are to promote the study of historical exploration, travel, and worldwide cultural encounter. Its principal activity is the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of historical voyages and travels. There are many areas of overlap between these objects and the interests of subscribers to Mersenne, who might therefore want to consider these research funding opportunities.

These funding opportunities are open to anyone whose research interests meet with and promote the objects of the Hakluyt Society (see All applicants must be members of the Hakluyt Society (to join, see This year's deadline for applications is 20 February 2017 at 17.00 GMT. The selection committee aims to communicate its decisions by the beginning of April 2017.

Prospective applicants should download the Application Form and read the further details which come with the form (see

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The New History of Archives. Early modern Europe and beyond

International Summer School in Wolfenbüttel, Germany

The New History of Archives. Early modern Europe and beyond
International Summer School / Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association
Herzog August Bibliothek, 2-14 July 2017
Convenor: Randolph C. Head, UC Riverside

Over the past generation, interest in the history of recordkeeping in all periods has exploded, stimulated by the current revolution in digital technologies of making, keeping and using records. European medievalists and early modernists have been reassessing how records came to be created and preserved, the organization of the resulting accumulations, and the changing uses that contemporaries envisioned for stored records of various kinds through the centuries. Closer examination also raises questions about how European recordkeeping differed from that of other civilizations, and whether European conceptions and terminology about archives need to be provincialized in order to enable more fruitful comparative scholarship. Since scholars across the disciplines continue to rely on today’s archives for their research, reassessing the trajectory of archival formation, organization and survival offers the promise of enriching current research in a wide variety of fields.

Over two weeks, the course will focus on three major themes that currently play a major role in research on the history of archives. The first week will consider practices of creating and organizing archival records, with close attention to the material substrates (paper, parchment), and medial forms and productive practices (calligraphy, registration) that gave rise to large accumulations of material in many European repositories. We will also consider the techniques of organization (spatial, material, textual) by which secretaries, registrators, and other users sought to master the challenge of using records in the exercise of power.

In the second week, we will turn to the ways that archival accumulations became, and still are, sites of activity on the part not only of archival staff, but also of historians and other scholars. We will also consider the variety of archival types that have survived from the Middle Ages to the present, and the challenges of ongoing preservation and transmission in the digital age. Finally, we will turn to the particularities of European archiving in contact with and in comparison to practices in other parts of the early modern world, considering both imperial archives outside Europe and the archivalities of the Islamic tradition. Drawing on the rich collections of handbooks and material at the Herzog August Bibliothek as well as in the Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv Wolfenbüttel, the course will give students a richer understanding of the formation of archives, of the meanings that archives had for their contemporaries, and of how they were transformed during their transmission to the modern world.

Mornings will be devoted to presentations and workshops led by senior scholars in the field. Key readings will be circulated in advance. Students will also be invited to present on aspects of their own research as part of the daily seminars. In the afternoons, participants will be able to use the holdings of the Herzog August Bibliothek for their own work and will have opportunities to hold individual or group discussions with those teaching the course. We are also planning a field trip to local archives to gain a richer understanding of the material, organizational and theoretical challenges of reconsidering archival material. There will also be two additional evening lectures by our partners from Marbach and Weimar.

Course tutors:

§ Dr. Megan Williams (History, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
§ Dr. Diego Navarro Bonilla (Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid)
§ Dr. Markus Friedrich (History, University of Hamburg)
§ Michael Riordan (Archivist of St. John’s College and The Queen’s College, Oxford)
§ Dr. Maria de Lurdes Rosa, (History, Universidade Nova, Lisbon)
§ Dr. Natalie Rothman (History, University of Toronto-Scarborough)

The 2017 International Summer School is part of the programme of the MWW Research Association, founded in 2013 ( and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The call for applications is addressed to masters or doctoral students. The seminars will be conducted in English.

The library offers up to fifteen places for participants and will cover their expenses for accommodation and breakfast. Each participant will receive a subsidy of 200 Euros to cover living costs. Travel expenses are reimbursed in accordance to the flat-rate allowances of the DAAD.

There are no application forms. Applicants should state their reasons for wishing to participate in the course and send a c.v. which describes their academic career and their current research. Please also supply the address of an academic referee who may be contacted to supply a reference if needed. The deadline is 28th February 2017.

International participants, who have a concrete interest in the holdings, may informally apply in their cover letter for a week-long archival research visit following the summer school. If approved, the MWW Research Association will cover the additional accommodation expenses in Wolfenbüttel.

Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, to:

Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 13 64, D-38299 Wolfenbüttel, Fax-Nr.: +49 5331- 808 266

PhD Studentships in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Open University

The Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group invites applications for October 2017 entry to its PhD programme.

The Medieval and Early Modern Research Group brings together staff from a variety of disciplines across Arts and Humanities at The Open University, including Art History, Classical Studies, English, History and Music. We have wide-ranging expertise in social, political, religious and cultural developments of the medieval and early modern periods.

We welcome applications for MPhil and PhD studies concerning the primary research interests of our group:
  • People and objects in movement: courts and cities
  • Symbolic and material witnesses: letters, objects, music and art
  • Bodies: religion and medicine
  • Elizabethan society: politics, religion, gender
  • Uses of the arts, uses of knowledge: The Mediterranean and the Italian states
  • Performance and performativity: music, theatre, poetry
  • Intellectual, cultural and cross-cultural networks: patronage, production and intermediaries.
For further details of the research group, see:


Successful applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a CHASE AHRC studentship. These awards cover fees and a stipend for students based in the UK, and fees only for EU residents. The studentships are available through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), which brings together the OU, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex. For more information about CHASE, please visit:

The university also has a number of faculty-funded studentships (fees and stipend) for part-time and full-time students. All applicants will be considered for any available OU funding.

How to apply
Informal enquiries about studentships and PhD studies should be made to Helen Coffey ( in the first instance.

Further details of PhD studentships at the OU and the application process can be found here:

Initially, applications for studentships will be assessed for a place on the Open University’s PhD programme. Successful applicants will then be forwarded to studentship panels for further assessment and ranking.

Please note that the deadline for all postgraduate research degree applications, including for studentships, is 11 January 2017.

JOBS: Senior Lecturer in English Literature (c. 1350-1510) and Digital Humanities

Newcastle University

Newcastle University - School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics

Location:  Newcastle Upon Tyne
Salary: £48,327 to £51,260 per annum, with progression to £55,998.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 4th January 2017
Closes: 1st February 2017
Job Ref: B56900A

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Start Date: 1st June 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter

The School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics wishes to appoint a Senior Lecturer in English Literature(c.1350-1510) and Digital Humanities to develop the School’s expertise in Scholarly Editing and digital technologies and to build a partnership between the School and the Digital Institute at Newcastle University.

We are looking for candidates who have demonstrable expertise in English Literature (c. 1350-1510) and the Digital Humanities, and who are enthused by the possibilities of interdisciplinary research. A strong publication record and excellent research plans are essential, so too is a track record of delivering innovative and well-designed teaching. In addition, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can both lead and work as part of a team, and make a dynamic contribution to the culture and management of the School.

For informal enquiries relating to this post contact Professor Jennifer Richards (

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.