2014 Call for Papers

Planning for the Graduate Conference is in full swing!

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its twelfth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

We are delighted to welcome Coppelia Kahn of Brown University as our keynote speaker.

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to early modern literature and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachment to the conference organizers, Thomas Hopper, Bil Hrusovsky, and April Genung  at MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com by Friday, September 5, 2014.

 

Another Wonderful Conference!

Thank you to our presenters and to our keynote speaker, Susan Cerasano of Colgate University, for making this year’s conference such a resounding success.

We hope to see you next year!

2013 Conference Schedule

Eleventh Annual Meeting of the

Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies

Graduate Conference

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

 2013 MCRS Graduate Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00              REGISTRATION
Coffee and breakfast pastries in the Swanson Room

9:05-10:45           PANEL ONE
Perspectives on John Donne
Moderator: Bil Hrusovsky (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“The Trace of Being: Reading Otherness in John Donne’s La Corona Cycle”
Aaron Hubbard (Binghamton University)

“‘I Have Cut Up Mine Own Anatomy’: Reading Body and Soul in Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
Meghan Conine Swavely (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“’Silent and absolute obedience to thy will…is my cordial’: John Donne’s refashioning the emblem tradition in Devotion 11”
Sarah Shumway (Boston College)

Space Junk: John Donne’s Vessels of Transport
James Beaver (Brown)

10:50-12:00         PANEL TWO

 Moderator: Professor Arthur F. Kinney (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“‘Female Drudgery’ and the Homosexual Utopia: Dichotomies of Gender, Space, and Sexuality in Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage
Jarrod Dunham (Portland State University)

“Interpretive Drama: Marlowe, Tamburlaine, and Herme(neutic)s
Benjamin C. Miele (University of Iowa)

“Comic Mis/Education: Exploiting Religio-Racial Difference in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta
David Sterling Brown (New York University)

12:00-1:00           LUNCH

1-2:15                    KEYNOTE ADDRESS

 Professor Susan P. Cerasano, Colgate University

“Christopher Marlowe, Again”

2:15-3:20              PANEL THREE – READING ROOM
Moderator: Marie Roche (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“The Finger and the Glove: Accessing Interiority in Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling
Josephine Hardman (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“Audience Response as Spectacle in John Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan
Elizabeth Fox (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“’I, Poor Monster’: Crossdressing, Anti-Theatricality, and the Specter of Sodomy in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Jarrett Shedd (Wright State University)

2:15-3:20              PANEL FOUR – CHENEY ROOM

Moderator: Lauren Rollins (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
“‘What ’tis to be damned cannibals': Performance and Influence in Fletcher and Massinger’s A Sea Voyage
Will Steffen (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“How the Other Half Lives: Mercantile Ideology and Shared Rule in Fortune by Land and Sea
Catherine Elliott (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“’Diseases to Commodity’: Syphilis, Commerce and the Commonwealth in Shakespeare’s Henry IV
Alex MacConochie (Boston University)

3:20-3:30              CLOSING REMARKS—READING ROOM

2013 Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Susan P. Cerasano of Colgate University will deliver the keynote address this year. Her talk is titled “Christopher Marlowe, Again.”

 

Call for Papers, 2013

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its eleventh annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to literature and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachment to April Genung or Thomas Hopper (MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com) by Saturday, September 21, 2013.

We are organizing the conference to bring graduate students with similar interests together to share their work. Last year’s conference had an intimate feel with all participants able to view the other presentations.  As before, we intend to divide the conference into several small panels, with ample time for discussion among peers, and we welcome the attendance of faculty from your department as well.

The 2012 Schedule Has Been Finalized

Tenth Annual Meeting of the

Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies

 Graduate Conference

 

  Saturday, October 6, 2012

 

 2012 MCRS Graduate Conference Schedule

 

8:30-9:00            REGISTRATION

Coffee and Pastries

9:05-10:45            PANEL ONE

The Early Modern Stage in Practice and Performance

“’This black cur. that barks and bites’: Dog and the Illegibility of Sin in The Witch of Edmonton”

David Katz (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

 ” ‘The Fashion of Woman’s Belly': Staging Early Modern Maternity, 1590-1635″

Emma Katherine Atwood (Boston College)

Bussy D’Ambois to Men”

Anna-Claire Simpson (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“Blood Baths and Blood Bonds: Thinking Broadly about Blood in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.”

David Sterling Brown (New York University)

10:50-12:15            PANEL TWO

National Identities: Communicating Englishness, Expressing Imperialism

“Censorship and the Politics of Punishment: Mercilla and Irenius Silence the Bards.”

Jeffrey Griswold (University of Virginia)

“1613: A Year in the Letters of John Chamberlain.”

Thomas Hopper (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“’That which is above us pertains nothing to us’: The Lessons of Spanish Imperialism in Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay

Lauren Rollins (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

 12:15-1:00            LUNCH

 1:05-2:20            KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Prof. Mario DiGangi, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York

“Affective Agency and Embodied Knowledge in Shakespeare’s Richard III and King John.”

2:25-3:45            PANEL THREE

Love, Sexuality, and the Body in Early Modern Drama and Poetry

“One Virgin to Dote on Another”: Representations of Female Same-Sex Desire in Gallathea and The Convent of Pleasure.

Danielle Sanfilippo (University of Rhode Island)

“Art, Truth and Love: Relationships of Love and Artistic Expression In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 48.”

William Kroeger (State University of New York, New Paltz)

“In amorous Pastoral verse we did not Woo”: Revising Monarchy and Marriage in The Convent of Pleasure. 

Lauren Petrino (University of Miami)

3:45-4:00            CLOSING REMARKS

2012 Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker has now been confirmed!

We are delighted to welcome Mario DiGangi of The Graduate Center at CUNY to give the keynote address at this year’s conference. He will give a talk entitled “Affective Agency and Embodied Knowledge in Shakespeare’s Richard III and King John.”

Read more about Professor DiGangi here.