Category Archives: Calls for Papers

*Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World* (CFP)

Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World (1500-1800)
St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, 5th-7th July 2016

Proposals are invited for the fifth annual Scientiae conference on disciplines of knowing in the early modern world (roughly 1400-1800). 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. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities.

Scientiae Oxford 2016 welcomes proposals from researchers studying the early modern cultures and disciplines of knowing at any stage in their career. The proposals can be for individual papers, complete panels, roundtables or workshops, according to the following guidelines:

Individual paper: A 300-word abstract for papers of maximum 20 minutes.

Panel Proposal: Each panel will be 1 hour 30 minutes and must include three speakers. The panel organiser should send a proposal containing three 200-word abstracts for papers of 20 minutes each together with an overall account of the panel (max. 300 words).

Roundtable: Each roundtable will also last 1 hour 30 minutes, must include at the very least one chair and one or two respondents, and must engage the audience. The roundtable proposal should formulate a clear question and provide a rationale for it of c. 400-600 words.

Workshop (new at Scientiae 2016): A workshop is an opportunity for teaching and learning in some area of early modern intellectual and/or material culture. Examples might include period instruments, laboratory practices, pedagogic or art techniques, digital humanities and print culture. A proposal of 400-800 words should be provided by the organiser(s), together with details about the organisation, duration, and presenters. Workshop leaders will also need to work out logistical issues well in advance, with limited assistance from on-site conference convenors. Advance sign-up by participants will be required.

Please submit your proposal together with a brief bio (up to 300 words) by using the online form here. All submissions should be made by 15 November 2015.

For any questions, please contact the convenor, Jo Hedesan.

*Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837* (CFP)

The Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837
Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, 2015-16

The Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837 is a small, informal multi-disciplinary group formed to promote women’s studies in the early modern period and the long  eighteenth century. Since it was established in the early 1980s, the group has enabled those interested in women’s and gender studies to keep in touch with each other, to hear about members’ interests and relevant publications, and to organise regular meetings and an annual workshop where members can meet and discuss women’s studies topics. The group also offers advice and opportunities to engage in activities that increaseopportunities for publication, or enhance professional profiles in other ways.

The WSG invites submissions for papers to be given at group meetings. Papers can be any length up to 35 minutes, and can be formal or informal, or even work in progress. The papers are followed by very supportive and informal discussion by members present. Men and women are invited to become members of our group and to give papers.

The topics can be anything related to any aspect of women’s studies: not only women writers, but any activity of a woman or women in the period, or anything that affects or is affected by women in this time period, such as the law, religion, etc. Male writers writing about women or male historical figures who have a bearing on the condition of women in this period are also a potential topic.

The group will be meeting at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ. WSG membership is open to men and women, graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars. Please see the WSG website for more information.

All meetings are on Saturdays: in the 2015-2016 sessions, the dates are
as follows:

Saturday 26th September, 2015
Saturday 28th November, 2015
Saturday 30th January, 2016.

Sessions are expected to run from 2.00 – 5.00pm.

Please email Carolyn D. Williams.

*Heroes* (CFP)

Heroes
Royal Geographical Society, London, 3rd-4th October 2015

The figure of the hero is a matter of great cultural debate at the present time, in British contexts and beyond. Recent conflicts; natural disasters; ambitious expeditions; Olympic and Paralympic events – all have forged potential hero figures, renewing centuries-old discussions about just who, or what, a hero might be. This two-day conference will draw together academics from a wide variety of disciplines, alongside archivists, curators and librarians, plus colleagues from the commercial and charity sectors. It will foster conversations about hero figures past and present, considering their emergence or creation, their relationship with their fans or ‘worshippers’ in their own communities and/or further afield and, if relevant, the shifting fortunes of their reputations. We ask whether heroes emerge through deeds, character or morality, or whether they are created. We ponder the value of heroes to particular communities in the forging of their group identity. We trace the shaping and maintenance of heroic reputations in texts, art practice, oral culture and curatorship. Across the scope of the conference we seek to ask: who were, or are our heroes, and how/why could or should future heroes be selected or permitted to emerge?

The conference will include the launch of the exhibition ‘Heroes of Exploration,’ which draws attention to heroic records in the collections of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), with a particular focus on heroism in mountain and Polar environments.

The organisers invite proposals for papers or panels. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20 July 2015.

Further information and details of how to submit an abstract are available here.

*Difficult Women 1680-1830* (CFP)

Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century: 1680-1830
University of York, 28th November 2015

The long eighteenth century witnessed an age of social and political revolution which profoundly affected the way in which women occupied and contributed to the public sphere. This interdisciplinary conference looks at representations and conceptions of ‘difficult women’ from the years 1680-1830. The term ‘difficult women’ encapsulates many different female experiences and lifestyles. From religiously non-conformist women to women bearing arms, a plethora of ‘difficult women’ find representation within the British Empire.

This conference welcomes abstracts and/or proposals for panels on any topic relating to ‘Difficult Women’ throughout the long eighteenth century.

The deadline for submission for proposals is 1 July 2015.

See the official call for papers for more details, including how to submit.

*Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland* (CFP)

Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland
6-7 November, 2015, Durham

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the reception of Montaigne’s Essais in England and the larger Anglophone world, including Ireland, Scotland, and North America, during the first two hundred years following their initial publication in French. Any approach to the study of Montaigne’s influence is welcome, including literary criticism, philosophy, theology, psychology, history of science, and history of the book. Authors to consider range from Bacon and Hobbes up to Locke and Hume, and include literary figures, as well, such as Florio, Cornwallis, Daniel, Shakespeare, Jonson, Burton, Browne, Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Swift, and Sterne. Early career academics and postgraduates are encouraged to apply, as well as more established scholars.

For consideration, please send an abstract of no more than 200 words and a one-page CV to montaigneinearlymodernengland@gmail.com no later than 1 August 2015.

Confirmed speakers:
Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O’Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)

Call for Papers: The Wordsworth Summer Conference

The 44th Wordsworth Summer Conference
3-13 August, 2015, Rydal Hall, Cumbria

The Wordsworth Summer Conference mingles lectures, papers and lively academic debate with energetic fell walking, picturesque rambles, and excursions to places of Wordsworthian and Romantic interest.  The conference takes place in two parts, of four full days each, with a changeover day on Saturday 8 August. There are postgraduate bursaries available.

The organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of William Wordsworth, his contemporaries, and the Romantic period.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 April 2015.

More information is available on the conference web site.

Call for Papers: 5th Ango-Italian 18th Century Conference

Fifth Anglo-Italian Eighteenth Century Conference
University of York, 2-3 September, 2015

The Italian and British Societies for Eighteenth Century Studies are proud to announce the Fifth in their series of International Conferences. The Conference will be held under the auspices of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the King’s Manor in the University of York. The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies in the University of York is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished Centres for eighteenth century studies in Europe.

The main theme of the 2015 Conference will be ‘Politics’ in the extended sense and the organisers invite papers on all aspects of Politics. Politics may be construed in the more traditional sense: institutional, personal, national, local, structural. In recent decades Politics has been seen in the context of commerce, consumption, travel, fashion and reading. Furthermore, the presentation of Politics has aroused much interest: in novels, poetry, art, theatre, aesthetics, and, not least, ritual. Politics is inevitably linked to journalism, periodical and essay writing, the development of new genres and the place of the literary market more generally. And there remains, as ever, the issue of the reception to politics, political writing and political philosophy. The possibilities are almost endless. Although by no means requisite, comparative and reception approaches are highly desirable.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers. The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2015.

See the official call for papers for more details, including how to submit.

Call for Papers: “Connections” (BSECS Postgraduate & Early Career Scholars’ Conference)

“Connections”
The 2016 Postgraduate and Early Career Scholar’s Conference for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Queen’s University Belfast, 15-16 July, 2015

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual postgraduate and early-career scholars’ conference provides a forum for researchers working on all aspects of the history, literature and culture of the long eighteenth century.

Whilst proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are welcome, the conference theme this year is ‘Connections’. The organisers therefore particularly welcome proposals for papers that address any aspect of this theme throughout the long eighteenth century and in any part of the world.

The organisers invite proposals for individual papers, for full panels of three papers, and for roundtable sessions. They would also encourage proposals for workshops and presentations in other innovative formats.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th April 2015.

More information, including on how to submit a proposal, is available here, and on the BSECS website.

Call for Papers: BSECS 2016

BSECS 45th Annual Conference
St Hugh’s College, Oxford, 6-8 January 2016

The annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is Europe’s largest and most prestigious annual conference dealing with all aspects of the history, culture and literature of the long eighteenth century.

The organisers invite proposals for papers and sessions dealing with any aspect of the long eighteenth century, not only in Britain, but also throughout Europe, North America, and the wider world. Proposals are invited for fully comprised panels of three papers, for roundtable sessions of up to five speakers, for individual papers of twenty minutes duration, and for ‘alternative format’ sessions of your devising.

Proposals on all and any eighteenth-century topics are very welcome. The plenary speakers at the conference will be addressing the topic of ‘Growth, Expansion and Contraction’ and proposals are also invited which address any aspect of this theme.

The deadline for proposals is 16 October 2015.
The deadline for registration is 29 November 2015.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, visit the BSECS website.

Call for Papers: Graduate Conference 2015

The call for papers for Cambridge’s annual Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference is now available. Please visit the Graduate Conference page for all the details, as well as the conference website.

Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies Graduate Conference 2014
‘Jargon of Men and Things’: Production and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century
Saturday, 18th April, 2015
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

External Respondent: Dr Corinna Wagner (University of Exeter)

Papers from any disciplinary perspective would be welcome on any aspect of the conference theme.
Topics might include (but are not limited to):

– Concepts of appetite and taste
– Literary and artistic creation/reception
– Celebrity and canonicity
– Print culture and the material book
– Objects, hybrids and the non-human
– Luxury, excess, waste
– Trade, colonialism, the exotic
– Categories of identity such as gender, race, class, sexuality, disability

Please email proposals of no more than 400 words to english18.graduateconference@gmail.com. The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 15, 2015. Registration for attendance will close on the morning of Saturday, 11th April.