Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Call for Papers -- Allerton English Articulation Conference

47th Annual Allerton English Articulation Conference:
Reflection and Renewal
April 20 - 21, 2011
Allerton Park and Retreat Center
Monticello, Illinois

Call for Proposals and Participation

In cooperation with Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and
the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU's Department of English
is pleased to announce the 47th Allerton English Articulation
Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21, 2011.
The Allerton English Articulation Conference, bringing together faculty
from two-year and four-year colleges and universities for discussions
and presentations, will take place at the historic Robert Allerton House
in Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. In keeping
with Allerton tradition, our two-day format will include plenty of
opportunities for collegiality, entertainment, and woodland walks.
Our theme will be Reflection and Renewal, in the context of
articulation in English Studies at two-year and four-year colleges and
universities. By reflection, we celebrate the value of reflective
practice through writing and speaking about our successes and
challenges, our questions and our suggestions to others. By renewal, we
mean how we rejuvenate and renew ourselves as teachers and writers
through the connections we make with students, colleagues, and wider
discourse communities (e.g., through service learning activities).
Suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to:
* Composition
* Culture and diversity
* English education
* Film
* Genre
* Literature
* Reading communities
* Technology
Rather than formal paper-reading, we envision more informal discussion
and interaction. Building upon the success of previous conferences at
Allerton, we are inviting proposals for both conversation strands and
individual presentations, which we will then group topically into a
series of 50-minute roundtables and panels.
Please email a title and one paragraph abstract of your roundtable or
panel presentation proposal to by February 1,

Join us on Facebook (Friends of Allerton English Conference) for
conference planning updates and to converse with other participants and

We hope you'll join us for convivial, productive conversation as we
celebrate our connections at Allerton House. If you know of colleagues
at your school (or interested high school instructors with an eye toward
college expectations) who might help us shape these discussions, we
would be grateful if you would pass this invitation on to them.
Thanks for your participation. We look forward to seeing you at
Allerton House in April!
Your Allerton Articulation Conference Planning Committee:
John Bennett, Lake Land Community College
Christine Brovelli, North Central College
Suzanne Coffield, Northern Illinois University
Judith Cortelloni, Lincoln College
Michael Day, Northern Illinois University
Bradley Dilger, Western Illinois University
Kathy Ford, Lake Land College
Ellen Franklin, Northern Illinois University
Jack Haines, Joliet Junior College
Rochelle Harden, Parkland College
Spring Hyde, Lincoln College
Jeanne Jakubowski, Northern Illinois University
Sharon McGee, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Jim Nagle, Columbia College Chicago
Janice Neuleib, Illinois State University
Sarah Quirk, Waubonsee Community College
Jan Vander Meer, Northern Illinois University
Joyce Walker, Illinois State University
Ruijie Zhao, Parkland College

Humanities and Technology Association Call for Articles and Book Reviews

Humanities and Technology Review (HTR), the interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal, published annually, of the Humanities and Technology Association (HTA), is calling for articles and book reviews for the Fall 2011 (Volume 30) edition. HTR explores the interface between the humanities and technology. For manuscript guidelines, contact Frederick B. Mills, Editor, HTR, Department of History and Government, Bowie State University: The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2011.

2011-2012 Newberry Library Fellowships

The Newberry Library, an independent research library in Chicago, invites applications for its 2011-2012 Residential Fellowships in the Humanities. All proposed research must be appropriate to the collections of the Newberry Library (excluding certain short-term awards). Long-term residential fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for periods of six to eleven months, generally with a stipend of up to $50,400. Applicants for postdoctoral awards must hold the Ph.D. at the time of application. Short-term residential fellowships are intended for postdoctoral scholars or Ph.D. candidates from outside of the Chicago area who have a specific need for Newberry collections. The tenure of short-term fellowships varies from one week to two months. The amount of the award is generally $1,600 per month. Long-term fellowship applications are due January 10, 2011; most short-term fellowship applications are due February 10, 2011. Visit our website for information and application materials:

Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism: Mythcon 42, 15-18 July 2011, Albuquerque NM, Deadline 15 April 2011

Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism
The year 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of both C.S. Lewis’ publication of The Allegory of Love and J.R.R. Tolkien’s lecture “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” Spanning the early Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian heroic legacies and late Continental French-inspired romance traditions, these authoritative works of scholarship dramatically changed academic discussion on their medieval subjects. In addition, their literary reinterpretations laid the groundwork for the modern medievalism that now informs so much modern fantasy literature, Inkling or otherwise. To commemorate these important anniversaries, Mythcon 42 will invite reflection on the impact of these critical works and how they offer new ways to view the fantastic in earlier texts as well as how they initiated many of the approaches modern fantasy applies to its reading of the medieval. While legacies inherited from Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, Biblical, and Classical cultures will be obvious subjects, papers and panels that explore mythological and fantastic works from other early traditions (such as Native American, Asian, and Middle-eastern) are also welcome, as are studies and discussions that focus on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and of other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.
Guests of Honor:
Michael D.C. Drout, Scholar
Catherynne M. Valente, Author
Paper abstracts (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the e-mail address below by 15 April, 2011. Please include your AV requests and the projected time needed for your presentation. Time slots for individual papers are one hour (45 minute paper plus discussion) or 1/2 hour (20 minute paper plus discussion). Panels consisting of related short papers may be proposed for a 90 minute time slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society ( Undergraduate and graduate presenters are encouraged to apply for the Alexei Kondratiev Award for Best Student Paper.
Janet Brennan Croft, Paper Coordinator
Head of Access Services, University Libraries, University of Oklahoma,
The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find out about past conferences at

Monday, November 22, 2010

OLD AND NEW WORLDS. International Congress of Early Modern Archaeology

Old and New Worlds.
International Congress of Early Modern Archaeology
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas | Universidade Nova de Lisboa | 6 -9 April 2011
Call for papers | 31 January 2011
The advent of the Early Modern Age triggered profound changes on the history of Europe. Urban development and increased commercial exchanges went hand in hand with the spread of new cultural ideas and paradigms and major changes in religious geography. All this occurred in a framework of political alterations that were often determined by wars, themselves determined/transformed by a technical revolution in military art. It was also the era of the discovery of new worlds, the first globalisation, with products moving at a previously unknown scale, in which the Iberian kingdoms played a pioneering role. In the American, African and Asian regions, linked by lengthy sea voyages that defied the imagination and the technique of those times, contacts with the local populations led to different types of political domination, economic exploitation and cultural exchange, sometimes radically altering the existing pattern of life. The aim of this congress is to bring together young and renowned archaeologists who have produced works based on academic or protective contexts, which are suitable for our discussions on the various themes concentrating on the period between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries, both in the European context and in colonised areas. The goal is not only to encourage the development of early modern archaeology but also to establish bridges between the archaeological communities spread throughout various parts of the world, namely those concentrating their research on the Iberian kingdoms and their world expansion.
CHAM (Center for Overseas History)
FCSH/New University of Lisbon
Av. de Berna 26C
1069-061 Lisbon
Phone: 00351.217972151
Fax: 00351.217908308

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The Printed Image within a Culture of Print: Prints, Publishing and the Early Modern Arts in Europe, 1450-1700

The Printed Image within a Culture of Print: Prints, Publishing and the Early Modern Arts in Europe, 1450-1700


A conference to be held at The Courtauld Institute of Art

Saturday 9 April 2011

From the fifteenth through the seventeenth century, the advent of print utterly changed the production of images. A repertoire of images of all kinds, from the crudest woodcut to the most virtuosic engraving, from broadsides of wonders and prodigies to pictures reproducing famous paintings and sculptures, was put into the hands of both image-makers and consumers of images. New possibilities for allusion and intertextuality came into being thanks to this bridge between the image and its publics. And the publication of printed images, a commercial venture, widened the spectrum of those who bought images, producing new kinds of viewers and readers.

This one-day conference focuses on the relations between print culture and the visual arts as a whole, looking not only at the artist’s print as produced by the peintre-graveur, but at the relations between the entire spectrum of print and what we think of now as ‘fine art’.

Since the 1990s when the studies of Roger Chartier inspired work across many historical disciplines, much has been claimed for the impact of printed media on social, intellectual and cultural life in early modernity. The study of popular culture, the history of mentalités, book history and reception studies across a diverse range of periods and cultures have all profited from opening up the area known loosely as print culture. Art historical studies, however, have not often referred to this body of research. Bringing together some of the disciplines that study print culture to focus on the image and the printed text opens up new questions of concern to historians and literary historians as well as to students of the art print.

We invite papers across the disciplines of print studies. Issues that we suggest are relevant include:

• printed images used within legal or educational contexts, ceremonies and festivities (‘thesis’ prints, for example)
• the effect of printed images on the readership of books, political pamphlets, broadsides and ballads
• the printed image incorporated within other media, such as paintings or architecture
• the publication of artists’ biographies and printed portraits of artists, changing relations between artists and their publics
• the publication of collections: the gathering of paintings, sculpture, and printed images accruing new significance through their dissemination in print
• publication and the discourse of the arts in early modernity: the effect of print on artists’ biographies, manuals on the crafts of image making, or critical reflections about the nature of artistic beauty
• printed text and printed image: the dialogue and argument between word and image within printed publications

Proposals of 200-300 words (for 20 min papers) may be sent by email by 10 January 2011, to or by mail to Dr. Sheila McTighe, Emily Gray and Anita Sganzerla, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, the Strand, London WC2R 0RN UK

Organised by Dr. Sheila McTighe (Senior Lecturer, The Courtauld Institute of Art), Emily Gray (PhD candidate, The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Anita Sganzerla (PhD candidate, University of London)

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Call for submissions to Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (OSTMAR)

The Editorial Board of
Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (OSTMAR)
is pleased to announce the official launch of its website.
We seek single-witness editions of Medieval and Renaissance texts under 6,000 words accompanied by a brief introduction (1000-1500 words) and translation. We invite submission of a broad range of pre-modern texts including but not limited to literary and philosophical works, letters, charters, court documents, and notebooks. Texts should be previously unedited and the edition must represent a discrete text in its entirety.
For more information or to view a sample edition, go to or write Frank Klaassen, General Editor at
OSTMAR is an on-line and open-access journal published by Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies at the University of Saskatchewan under a creative commons license. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review and must be accompanied by readable digital facsimiles of the original documents.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ann Blair to direct Folger faculty seminar on "Managing Scholarly Information efore the Modern Age"

Interested faculty should consider applying to what promises to be an extraordinary weekend seminar.
Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age Ann Blair to direct a Spring Faculty Weekend Seminar at the Folger Institute
The focus of this weekend seminar will be on the materials and practices involved in reading and/or writing in the early modern period (roughly 1400-1700). Twelve-to-sixteen participants will focus on the process of intellectual work, from reading and note-taking to the composition and revision of texts, published or not. In each case participants will examine what can be garnered from the evidence, including marginal annotations in printed books, surviving manuscripts, and finished texts. Paying attention to the materials, spaces, and people involved throughout the cycle of intellectual work, participants will consider the following questions: Where did readers and authors read, take notes, or compose? What materials did they use for writing (including ink, quills, paper in various forms)? How did they organize their notes and preparatory materials? Did they work alone or rely on the help of others (friends, family members, or servants)? How did they use and cite their sources? Faculty with advanced research projects that usefully illuminate these topics are encouraged to apply; they will have the opportunity to discuss their projects within the seminar’s intellectual framework. One session will be scheduled in the Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Lab for close examination of selected cases and discussion with the professional staff.
Director: Ann Blair is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University where she teaches courses in the history of the book, early modern intellectual and cultural history, and French history. Her publications include The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science (1997) and Too Much To Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age (forthcoming 8 November 2010).
Schedule: All day Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 February 2011.
Apply: 3 December 2010 for admission (and grants-in-aid for Folger Institute consortium affiliates). Please use the Institute online application process available at
Folger Institute faculty weekend seminars convene over a Friday and Saturday and provide participants with the opportunity to introduce and situate their advanced research projects as they connect to the topic designated for investigation. Knowledgeable scholars provide feedback on those projects over an intensive two days.

Ancient Rome and Early Modern England: Literature, History, and Politics

Interdisciplinary conference, Jesus College Oxford, 21-22 May 2011
Speakers include David Norbrook and Blair Worden

Ancient Rome was a source of endless fascination to the early moderns.
Historians, politicians, divines, and imaginative writers looked to the Roman example for models and inspiration. The aim of the conference is to reassess the place of ancient Rome in the literary and political culture of late Tudor and early Stuart England. In what ways did the translation and reception of the Roman classics stimulate the native literary tradition or influence its political outlook? What was the impact of the Roman precedent on attitudes towards constitutional change, the rights and wrongs of empire, and the law? How did it influence ecclesiastical policy and, more generally, the views of the relationship between church and state? In what ways did Roman historiography, political writings, and rhetoric shape the language and substance of public argument? What was the trajectory of circulation in manuscript and print of the Roman classics? What were the uses and topical appeal of the Roman models in the wider public world and in education? How did the Roman legacy compare with that of ancient Greece?
Our aim is to foster dialogue among literary scholars, classicists, political and intellectual historians, historians of religion, specialists in the history of the book, and historians of historiography. Bringing together scholars representing diverse disciplines and approaches, the conference will encourage reconsideration of much received wisdom about the place of ancient Rome in early modern England's literature and political imagination. It will, we hope, raise new questions about, inter alia, the shaping influence of the Roman example upon formal properties and topical undercurrents of imaginative literature, sermons, and polemical writings; upon conceptions of public institutions and the individual's relationship to them; upon views of foreign policy and international relations as also military theory and practice; upon emergent confessional divisions and incipient notions of religious toleration; and, finally, upon perceptions of social relations in urban, above all metropolitan contexts. No less important will be to assess the utility and pervasiveness of romanitas before and after the union with Scotland, and compare the situation in England with major European states, in particular, France, Spain, Italian principalities, and the Netherlands.
We invite proposals for 30-minute papers. Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 500 words to Felicity Heal ( or Paulina Kewes ( by 30 January 2011.
The Oxford gathering is a follow-up to the conference on 'Ancient Rome and Early Modern England: History, Politics, and Political Thought' to be held at the Huntington Library, 21-22 January 2011. For further information, please contact Carolyn Powell (

German History 1500-1815

The German Historical Institute in Washington DC and the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to announce the 17th Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History, which will be devoted to the time period 1500-1815 and take place at the GHI Washington on May 18-21, 2011.
The seminar brings together young scholars from Europe and North America who are nearing completion of their doctoral degrees. We plan to invite up to eight doctoral students from each side of the Atlantic to discuss their research projects. The organizers welcome proposals on any aspect of German history in the period 1500-1815. Doctoral students working in related disciplines -- such as art history, legal history or the history of science -- are also encouraged to apply, as are students working on comparative projects or on the history of Austria or German-speaking Switzerland. The discussions will be based on papers (in German or English) submitted in advance of the conference. The seminar will be conducted bilingually, in German and English. The organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses.
We are now accepting applications from doctoral students whose dissertations are at an advanced stage but who will be granted their degrees after June 2011. Applications should include a short (2-3 pp.) description of the dissertation project, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of reference from the major dissertation advisor. German-speaking applicants should submit their materials in German; English-speaking applicants in English. Questions may be directed to Dr. Richard F. Wetzell by email at
Applications and letters of reference must be received by December 15, 2010. They should be submitted via email (preferably in pdf format) to Ms. Baerbel Thomas at Letters of reference should be submitted directly by the dissertation advisor, preferably by email or by Fax to 1 (202) 483-3430. For further information on the GHI please go to:
The next Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar (2012) will be devoted to German history in the nineteenth century; the 2013 Seminar to the twentieth century.

Dr. Richard F. Wetzell
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington DC 20009-2562

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Science and Magic: Ways of Knowing in the Renaissance

Science and Magic: Ways of Knowing in the Renaissance
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

           April 29 – 30, 2011

 Keynote Speaker: Bruce Moran, Department of History, University of Nevada, Reno
In his Oration on the Dignity of Man, Pico della Mirandola described two forms of magic. There was that branch of sorcery consisting “wholly in the operations and powers of demons,” as well as a more benign craft pertaining to none other than “the highest realization of natural philosophy.” To many Renaissance thinkers, magic was a legitimate field of study as well as a potential threat to established orthodoxies. Inspired by this formulation, this interdisciplinary conference aims to consider scientific thought alongside magic and domains that modern vocabulary would describe as pseudoscience, such as alchemy and astrology, and invites papers related to diverse ways of magical and scientific knowing in the early modern world.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
·         Distinctions between magic, science and pseudoscience in theory and practice.
·         Forms of scientific literature and art, magical texts and artifacts.
·         The transmission of licit and illicit magic; the role of natural philosophy and magic in education.
·         The attitudes and policies of secular and ecclesiastical authorities.
·         Practical magic: fortune-telling, amulets, etc.
·         Early modern European and American witch-hunts and witchcraft trials.
·         Alchemical theory and practice.
·         The articulation and reception of prophecies.
·         The commerce of magic, the financial circumstances of men of science or magicians.
·         Fraudulent magic or science, cons and hoaxes.
·         Encyclopedic texts, indexing schemes and the organization of knowledge.
·         Artistic, literary or musical representations of magic, science or the thirst for knowledge.
·         Gender in magic, science, or pseudoscience.
·         Magic in the New World and beyond; extra-European influences on Renaissance magic and science.
This conference is conducted under the auspices of the Renaissance Studies Program at Princeton University. Please submit abstracts of no more than 350 words to Scott Francis ( and Jebro Lit ( by January 15, 2011.  Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Marprelate Tracts

Inspired by the recent publication of the first new edition of the Martin Marprelate Tracts for nearly a century, this day conference seeks to re-evaluate the Tracts as both a literary and historic event and act as the impetus for new research directions. The conference will take place in Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK on 9 April 2011 and is of interest to all those working on the political, religious and cultural history of the early modern period as well as those whose interests lie in English literature and early modern print culture.

Cathryn Enis
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