2016 Call For Papers

 

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its fourteenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. We are delighted to welcome Diana Henderson of MIT 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 organizer Catherine Elliott at MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com by Sunday, September 4th, 2016.

 

Thank you,

Catherine Elliott

 

University of Massachusetts Amherst Renaissance Department

2015 Call for Papers

Following the hugely successful 2014 conference, The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its thirteenth annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

We are delighted to welcome Anne Lake Prescott of Barnard College 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, Bil Hrusovsky, Jessie Gillooly, and Catherine Elliott  at MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com by Friday, September 4, 2014.

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.