Calls for Papers & Other Notable Deadlines



We are delighted to announce that the Call for Papers for the Durham Early Modern Conference 8-10 July 2020 is now open.

The deadline for submissions of Monday 11 November 2019.

We are also pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers:

·         Professor Florence Hsia, Professor of History of Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison

·         Professor Laurie Shannon, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of Literature, Northwestern University

·         Professor Marc Vanscheeuwijck, Professor of Musicology, University of Oregon

Call for papers

We welcome proposals for panels and strands from scholars interested in any aspect of the early modern period (c.1450 to c.1800) and particularly encourage panels which include papers from participants at a range of career stages.

Panel Proposals should comprise at least three papers. The usual panel structure is three papers, each lasting 20 minutes, with thirty minutes dedicated to discussion (90 minutes in total). Panels may also consist of four papers, each lasting 15 minutes, with the whole session being delivered within the 90-minute slot.

Strand Proposals: The conference organisers strongly encourage the submission of proposals for strands which will run through the conference. These should generally comprise at least two and no more than five related panels.

Please click here to submit a panel or strand proposal for the Durham Early Modern Conference 2020

Please visit our website for more information about the 2020 Conference.

Best wishes,

The Durham Early Modern Conference Organisers


Eco-Entanglements, c. 920-2020: Ruins, Graftings, Stratification

deadline for submissions: 

November 15, 2019

full name / name of organization: 

Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

contact email:

Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, February 22, 2020

What are the ecological affordances of thinking with the medieval and early modern past? How can the environmental humanities inspire eco-mimetic modes of thinking and writing? This think-tank conference invites research-in-progress that parses the entanglements of nature and culture, the human and the nonhuman, the material and the metaphysical, to explore how medieval and early modern ecocritical scholarship might speak directly to contemporary political and social concerns.

The conference will include three panels, grouped thematically according to distinct modes of ecological entanglement:

~ Ruins: Pre- and early modern texts, often imperfectly preserved, testify to the ruinous forces of nature as experienced in earlier centuries. The cultural artifacts damaged by water, rot, and fire evinced a “human” struggle with and against the “natural” world. Furthermore, the vast cultural, material, and textual ruins of medieval England were unearthed, consumed, and repurposed by early moderns in myriad ways. How might these entanglements of the past inform a modern posture toward environmental catastrophe? Do contemporary scholars have an obligation to salvage “dead” languages, “primitive” technologies, and “erroneous” science, and why?

~ Graftings: For the pre/early modern scholar, grafting as a motif allows us a model for ecocriticism that is entangled with the nonhuman world. Inspired and provoked by the early modern debates about the ethics of human gardeners mixing breeds and types of plant life, this panel is especially interested in experimental, multimodal, and/or interdisciplinary projects which articulate ecological questions across historical periodizations and traditional disciplines. For instance, how might we “graft” a pre/early modern cultural or material artifact onto 21st-century economics in order for that particular, vibrant object to bear fruit?

~ Stratification: Ruptured, layered, diachronous and synchronous, the geological record has produced a rich repertoire for rethinking human temporalities. Entangled with non-literary environments, pre/early modern literary texts often re-imagine futurity, causation, and pattern. How can ecological readings of literary texts help us to uncover alternatives to disciplinary periodization and heterolinearity? How might these texts prompt 21st century readers and scholars to be more receptive to, for example, “queer” temporalities or “crip” temporalities?

Each panelist will give a 10-minute proposal aimed at generating conversation. Emphasis will be placed on sparking exploratory, lateralized conversations between panelists and audiences. If you are interested in submitting an abstract for one of the panels below, please submit a 500-word abstract to conference organizers, John Yargo and Melissa Hudasko, at by November 15, 2019.


2020 ACMRS Annual Conference: Unfreedom

February 7-8, 2020

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Call for papers (closes November 30th, 2019):

Unfreedom marked the lives of various people in the premodern world. Many factors played a role in shaping the forms of unfreedom prevalent in the premodern era: violence and coercion; shame and dishonor; disconnection of kin groups and destruction of social networks; and individual and collective strategies for economic, political, and social success that depended on the subjection of others.

This year’s conference will focus on those whose status was defined primarily in terms of unfreedom, coercion, and constraint rather than the enjoyment of freedoms or privileges, including but not limited to slaves, serfs, captives, prisoners, pledges, hostages, and forced marriage or concubinage.

We welcome panels and papers that theorize and/or historicize the status of unfreedom in medieval and renaissance contexts.

Submit your paper or panel now



Conjuring the Past - Penn. Undergrad Conference - Deadline Dec. 7

Exploring the Renaissance 2020: An International Conference

deadline for submissions: 

December 16, 2019

full name / name of organization: 

South-Central Renaissance Conference / SCRC

contact email:

The South-Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC) and its affiliate societies

Queen Elizabeth I Society

Andrew Marvell Society

Society for Renaissance Art History


invite conference papers for

Exploring the Renaissance 2020

March 26-28, 2020

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX


SCRC welcomes 15- to 20-minute papers on all aspects of Renaissance studies (music, art history, history, literature, language, philosophy, science, religion).  Transatlantic, trans-European, and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. 


To apply, submit two abstracts: 1) 400-500 words; and 2) about 100 words.  Submit your abstracts through the abstract submission form at

Deadline: December 16, 2019

For more information, including invited speakers and graduate travel fellowships:




Jan. 15 - Penn M@P Grad. Conference: