Sunday, January 18, 2015

BritGrad Shakespeare Conference Abstracts Due April 23, 2015

4-6 June 2015

The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

We invite graduate students with interests in Shakespeare, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies to join us in June for the Seventeenth Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference.

This interdisciplinary conference, celebrating its seventeenth anniversary in 2015, provides a friendly and stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research on Shakespeare, the Early Modern period, or the Renaissance. In accordance with the Shakespeare Institute’s emerging reputation as a place for creative criticism, we also encourage creative responses. The conference takes place in an active centre of Shakespeare and Early Modern scholarship in Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

Plenary speakers include Chris Laoutaris (University of Birmingham), Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford), and Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton). See our blog for information on plenary speakers as they are confirmed. Delegates will also have the opportunity to attend the RSC production of Othello, directed by Iqbal Khan (Much Ado ’12), and starring Hugh Quarshie (Faust, Julius Caesar ’96) and Lucian Msamati (Pericles ’06) at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a party and a reception for the delegates.

We invite abstracts of up to 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length on subjects relating to Shakespeare, Early Modern, and/or Renaissance studies. More creative forms of criticism, including original writing, may be submitted, also requiring a 200 word abstract. We welcome papers from a wide variety of disciplines, from literature to art history and beyond. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by 23 April 2015. (Abstracts cannot be considered until the delegate has registered.) Auditors are encouraged to register by 21 May 2015 for early-bird pricing. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.

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UNC Chapel Hill: Consequence of the Fall. Abstracts Due January 31

On April 10-11, 2015, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a conference on "Consequences of 'the Fall': Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture"

Very few aspects of late medieval and early modern literature and culture remain untouched by the Fall, concepts of original sin, and considerations of man’s place in a postlapsarian world. Concerns over the state of the soul, right governance and maintenance of the commonweal, and engagement with the natural world were shaded by a need to recoup the loss incurred by the expulsion from Eden.

From drama to religious tracts to treatises on government and society, concern over the Fall led to an overwhelming production of texts attempting to cope and contend with its perceived consequences. This conference hopes to investigate these various representations and responses to The Fall.

We hope to take a broad approach to exploring late medieval and early modern experiences of the Fall, and invite papers on a number of topics including:
  • What is the nature of sin in a postlapsarian world?
  • Neoplatonist v. Stoic v. Epicurean responses to the Fall
  • Diseased minds, bodies, and souls: issues of contagion as a result of the Fall
  • Gendered responses to and/or representations of the Fall
  • The role of witchcraft, the occult, and the supernatural in attending to and understanding the Fall and original sin 
  • Who’s out to get you? Devils, demons, and monsters given free reign after the Fall
  • Didactic exercises expressed in courtesy books, treatises on education, guides to good government and training political leaders, etc.
  • Reading the Book of Nature as an antidote to the Fall/sin
  • The intersection of art, music, and/or technology with literature in representing the Fall
  • How does the natural world contend with the Fall?
  • Getting Around: crusades, pilgrimages, and exploration as a means of understanding and contending with the Fall
  • Considerations of genre as part of these representations
We invite 20 minute papers on these and related topics. Abstracts of 300-400 words are due January 31, 2015 to Participants will be notified on February 15, 2015.

“Consequences of ‘the Fall’: Growth and Decline in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture” will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from April 10-11, 2015.

Edmund Burke Conference February 28 on Villanova Campus

Villanova's Irish Studies Program is hosting a conference of the American Edmund Burke Society on "Edmund Burke and Patriotism." Limited spaces are available for Villanova faculty and graduate students to attend the conference.

The conference will take place on Saturday, 28 February 2015, 9am to 5pm, in the St. Augustine Center, Room 300.

Keynote speakers include Dr. David Bromwich (Yale) and Dr. Michael Brown (Aberdeen). Faculty and Graduate Students may register for the event here before 14 February.
For further details contact Craig Bailey (

Saturday, August 30, 2014

"Literature and Social Justice" Conference at Lehigh University. Abstract Deadline October 15, 2014.

The Lehigh University English graduate program is organizing our first annual conference on "Literature and Social Justice" for March 7th, 2015, to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We welcome proposals for 15-20 minute presentations by MA and Doctoral students on all aspects of literature and social justice across any specialties within the discipline of English, comparative literature, or modern languages. Scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical methodologies are welcome to submit abstracts. Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:

-questions on whether literature should be socially or morally "useful"
-the current state of didactic literature
-issues of aesthetics and ethics
-questions on the status of "art for art’s sake"
-the place of biographical criticism when evaluating a given text
-the place of race, class, gender, and religion when reading a text
-pedagogical concerns
-the status of marginalized voices
-the role of literature in political, social, and cultural movements
-the future of literature as an instrument of social change
-the "utility" of the study of literature
-issues of higher education and the changing nature of humanities instruction
-fictional depictions of social movements
-the evaluation of theory in relation to social justice

Lehigh University is located in the historic city of Bethlehem, PA, home to one of the most complete eighteenth-century historical districts in the United States, as well as the remains of Bethlehem Steel, future site of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Industrial History. Lehigh is less than an hour and a half drive from either Philadelphia or New York City. Currently enrolled graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Laura Kremmel and Ed Simon at by October 15th, 2014.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Theatre Research Symposium at Villanova. Abstract Due March 14, 2014

As you may know, we are quickly approaching the Villanova Theatre Department’s Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium event on Thursday, May 1st. This year’s event is particularly exciting as we will be hosting a conversation with our guest speaker Emily Mann, playwright, director, and artistic director of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. The goal of PTRS is to provide a forum for theatre scholars and practitioners to share their research and enter into a dialogue about current trends in theatrical practice and scholarship.

Every year, PTRS features a panel of Emerging Scholars, giving Villanova students an opportunity to present conference-style papers for a gathering of prominent theatre scholars. Papers presented at the conference will also be eligible for blind review publishing in Praxis: The Journal for Theatre, Performance Studies and Criticism.

PTRS is currently seeking papers to present for the Emerging Scholars panel for theatre research. The subject of papers should engage with theatre, performance, or dramatic literature including an engagement with dramatic critical theory.Please send abstracts of 250 words or less to along with a brief bio. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 14, 2014.

Any questions or further interest can be directed to

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Revolutions!" Liberal Studies Conference at UPenn/Villanova. Abstract Deadline June 1, 2014

The Graduate Liberal Studies program will co-host along with the MLA Program at the University of Pennsylvania the annual Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) Conference October 9-11, 2014. The topic this year will be “Revolutions! Past, Present, and Future.” This is an interdisciplinary conference. Here are the details:

The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs 2014 Conference
October 9-11, 2014—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University


Philadelphia has long been home to revolutionary thought. Its most famous son, Benjamin Franklin—inventor, scientist, newspaper mogul, diplomat, political philosopher, educational reformer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman—is the embodiment of the myriad revolutions that continue to shape human history, especially in modern times.

For the 2014 AGLSP conference, we will explore the theme of Revolutions. Appropriately, the conference will take place here in Philadelphia, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, at the University of Pennsylvania, the university that Franklin founded (in the spirit of educational reform) and the home of the ENIAC—the first computer that revolutionized the face of modern technology.

We invite papers that explore a wide range of viewpoints on the topic of Revolutions, including the following:
  • Political
  • Technological
  • Economic
  • Scientific
  • Religious
  • Cultural / Artistic
  • Educational
  • Social
  • Sexual
  • Present and future revolutions – what might be the next revolution?
We welcome papers from multiple disciplines, including history, literature, the social sciences, the arts, and science, but in the spirit of Liberal Studies, special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines, and which engage academic but non-specialist audiences. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes are also welcome. Consideration will also be given to complete panels.

Presentations should be 20 minutes long. Visual and other media are welcome where appropriate, but prospective presenters are reminded to rely on PowerPoint only when it offers an appropriate enhancement to the material.

Please send a 1-2 page abstract to the conference organizers Marylu Hill ( and Chris Pastore ( by June 1, 2014.