The Journal of the Northern Renaissance invites submissions for our second issue on the theme of memory and the Northern Renaissance.

Under the term ‘Renaissance’, the early modern period has often been described in terms of a process of recovery, rebirth and remembrance – words which invoke their shadowy counterparts, loss, death and forgetting. The preoccupation with the past runs right through the culture, from notions of nationhood to ideas about the body and the self, from antiquarianism to translation as a means of recovering and storing information. We would welcome submissions thinking through the uses and abuses of memory in and of the period, and as ever would be especially interested in articles exploring the temporal and geographical boundaries of the Renaissance in the North.

Themes may include such matters as:

Acts and Monuments, age, amnesia, anecdote, antiquarianism, archives, autobiography, beginnings, childhood, chronicle, classics, collective memory, cultural memory, commemoration, death, decay, depository, discovery, dreams, editing, education, epitaphs, etymology, evidence, example, forgetfulness, forgiveness, foundations, generations, ghosts, glossary, historiography, imagination, inscription, labour, lament, law, learning, Lethe, library, loss, madness, manuscript, martyrdom, melancholy, memoir, monuments, myth, nostalgia, oblivion, obscurity, origins, pardons, past performance, popular memory, posterity, precedent, preservation, publication, rebellion, record, recollection, recovery, reformation, rehearsal, relics, remembrance, repetition, repository, roots, salvation, scripture, speeches, storehouse, texts, time, traces, translation, travel, vision and youth.

Submissions should be sent to the journal by *1st September 2009*. Potential contributors are advised to consult the submissions page of our website for details of the submissions procedure and style guidelines.

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CFP: English Manuscript Culture (Southampton)

Music, Literature, Illustration: Collaboration and networks in English manuscript culture, c1500 – c1700

A postgraduate and post-doctoral conference, hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

Chawton House Library, 16-17 February 2010

Keynote speaker: Dr Peter Beal FBA (Institute of English Studies, University of London)

This two-day conference will bring together postgraduate and early career researchers working on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscript sources. Many of the sources from this period are multi-authored and contain strikingly disparate materials, posing a serious challenge to scholars working within traditionally defined disciplinary boundaries.

The primary aim of the conference is to address this challenge: to provide an opportunity for genuine interdisciplinary discussion, and to create new networks between researchers which will enable them to share both theoretical perspectives and practical approaches to working with early modern manuscript materials.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers that address any aspect of the conference theme but, in particular, those focused in the following areas:

· Studies of individual manuscripts that contain a range of diverse materials

· Manuscripts as emblems of social bonds (e.g. family, friendship, or patronage-based networks)

· Manuscripts as spaces for private reflection

· Manuscripts as objects for public display

· Manuscripts as commodities in a gift economy

· The relationships between manuscript and print culture

· The role of new technologies in manuscript studies, including:

– Project reports and/or practical demonstrations of existing electronic resources

– Conceptual and theoretical models – how can emerging technologies shape the future of manuscript studies?

– Representing non-textual material in electronic editions

A conference webpage will appear shortly on the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture website:

300 word abstracts for proposed papers should be sent by email to both conference organisers by October 16th 2009:

Michael Gale and Louise Rayment

Please include contact details and indicate your institutional affiliation and professional status (i.e. doctoral candidate, post-doctoral researcher etc.) in your submission.

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CFP: Early Modern Dis/Locations at Northumbria

Early Modern Dis/Locations: An Interdisciplinary Conference,

Northumbria University, 15-16 January 2010

On 15-16 January 2010, Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK) will host an interdisciplinary conference on Early Modern Dis/Locations.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers include:

Tim Cresswell (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Patricia Fumerton (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

Bernhard Klein (University of Kent)

Greg Walker (University of Edinburgh)

The organisers invite scholars and students working in literary and cultural studies, history, geography, philosophy, and related disciplines to submit 200 word abstracts for 20-25 minute papers relating to any of the following themes and questions by September 30th 2009 (please note this is an extended deadline). Contributors are free to interpret and address these as broadly as they deem appropriate:

• What were the significant locations for and of early modern cultures, and why? How might we re-think and problematise constructions of court, city (or particular cities, real and imagined), ‘suburbs’, ‘country’, the ‘nation’, the ‘home’, ‘private’, ‘public’, the marketplace, the streets, ‘landscape’, colonies and plantations?

• To what extent were locations conceived and constructed as gendered, rank-specific, desirable, or disgusting?

• How were all such locations experienced (and by whom), and represented in literature, art, and philosophy?

• In what ways did locations condition, inhibit, or compel political agency and cultural production and consumption?

• How were locations demarcated, policed, transgressed and jeopardised in the period?

• How was dislocation caused, theorized and represented in the period? What were the realities and representations of placelessness, homelessness, and dispossession? Where, how and why did ‘mobilities’ occur, and in what forms?

• How have early modern cultural products and locations – like The Globe –been relocated into and appropriated by later historical and cultural positions?

• How can modern theories of ‘space’, ‘place’, and ‘placelessness’ develop our understanding of early modern locations and dislocations?

Please submit 200 word abstracts for 20-25 minute papers by email to Dr Adam Hansen by September 30th 2009. Please note this is an extended deadline.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Hansen by email or at this address:

Division of English and Creative Writing

126, Lipman Building

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PhD Scholarships at Swansea

PhD Scholarships in the School of Arts and Humanities

Ten fully funded PhD scholarships covering UK/EU fees and a maintenance award at AHRC rates for three years.

Closing Date: 31 July 2009

Applications are welcome from well-qualified candidates from the UK and EU, whose research topic could be supervised at Swansea.

Applicants should have a background in the Arts and Humanities. The scholarships are available to new PhD students only, for full or part-time study.

We welcome proposals which match the research priorities of our centres: for further details visit the research pages for Arts and Humanities .

Further information:

Over 140 academics work in a wide range of the Arts and Humanities at Swansea.

Two of these scholarships will be in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships with a requirement to offer six hours teaching each week in any field of history.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit their CV and research proposal by 31 July 2009. Projects will commence from 21 September 2009.

Contact: Professor Helen Fulton

School of Arts and Humanities

Keir Hardie Building

Swansea University

Swansea SA2 8PP

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CFP: Society for Renaissance Studies National Conference 2010

University of York, 16-18 July 2010

Call for Papers

The 4th National Conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies will be held in the historic city of York on 16-18 July 2010. The conference will follow immediately after the Leeds Medieval Congress and will coincide with the final weekend of the York Early Music Festival–which will feature The Sixteen performing the music of Tallis and others in the York Minster, a major new performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, and a partial performance of the York Mystery Plays in the streets of the city. Participants will be offered tickets for all of these events along with tours of the city and outings to historic sites. The conference will also feature workshops on publishing and research funding (including a presentation by Shearer West, Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Confirmed plenary speakers include Iain Fenlon (Cambridge) and Penelope Gouk (Manchester).

We now invite proposals for panels (max. 90 minutes) on any aspect of Renaissance history, art, literature or culture, and for individual papers (max. 25 minutes) on one of the following themes: *Rethinking the Medieval/Renaissance Divide *At the Boundaries of Science *Soundscapes and Landscapes, Environments and Ecologies *Possessions and Collections *Between Spirituality and Materiality *Cultural Encounters

Proposals (max. 400 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates and they should be sent by Friday 25 September 2009 to the conference organizer: Prof William Sherman, Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies, University of York,  Heslington YO10 5DD, United Kingdom

Further details (e.g. full programme, registration forms and information about accommodation) will be posted as they become available. Please note that speakers should normally be members of the Society and that we are particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers, and we will be able to offer generous bursaries to cover travel, registration and accommodation expenses. Also note that the SRS has come to an agreement with the Renaissance Society of America: RSA members will not have to join the SRS to participate in this conference.

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Renaissance Reading Group: The Rehearsal Transpros’d

The Renaissance Reading group will reconvene in October (exact date to be confirmed at the start of term). In preparation for the first meeting, please read ‘Rehearsal Transpros’d’ (1672) by Andrew Marvell, available on EEBO, and come along with any thoughts or comparisons they’d like to discuss. The convenors are setting this well in advance as it is rather long!

In further news, Vicky Sparey is stepping down as convenor for the next year. Her hard work in getting the group started and running over the last two years has been very much appreciated. Vicky is being replaced by Jem Bloomfield. He and co-convenor Briony Frost are currently compiling a long list of interesting and obscure texts for the group to consider next year, so please feel free to email both of them with suggestions for topics or reading material over the summer. The group expects to be running bi-weekly sessions next year, probably alternating with the Early Modern Centre Seminar sessions again (although, again, if anyone has a better suggestion do get in touch). We are also hoping to restore its evening trips to the White Hart!