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Special Issue on "A British Childhood? Some Historical Reflections on Continuities and Discontinuities in the Culture of Anglophone Childhood"; Deadline: 6 May 2019

This special edition of Genealogy will consider the history of childhood through a focus upon continuities and discontinuities in British and affiliated Anglophone cultures. It will begin with a reflection upon the changing nature of childhood in Britain, and the traces that previous generations of children have left in ‘folk’ and nursery tales and rhymes, some of which were taken into British colonial culture, in the US in particular (Not just ‘once’ upon a time by Pam Jarvis).

Reflecting the changes in childhood, starting from the later period of ‘enlightenment’ the authors will consider the conscious recognition of the particular needs of young children in the work of the London Foundling hospital ("Child Abandonment in England, 1743-1834: The Case of the London Foundling Hospital" by Claire Phillips) and the philosophical influences on thinking about childhood that led to such development ("Susan Isaacs, child of the late Victorian age and pioneering educational thinker: some social and literary influences on the development of her philosophy" by Philip Hood and Kristina Tobutt).

The ways in which discussions took place about the education and care of very young children in the nineteenth century will be examined. Yinka Olusoga’s "Younger Infants in the Elementary School: Discursively Constructing the Under-Fives in Institutional Spaces and Practices" will consider how young children were reconstructed as ‘scholars’ by Victorian industrialists, and Betty Liebovich will explore an early twentieth century development upon this construction, which prepared the ground for the modern British nursery school in her article "Margaret McMillan’s Contributions to Cultures of Childhood".

Finally, Jonathan Glazzard will explore a contemporary "Anglophone childhood British and American concern", that of mental health difficulties amongst children and young people, picking up on the threads of continuity and discontinuity introduced in Pam Jarvis’ reflection upon the fading of traditional folk narratives in the 21st century. In his article The changes in children and young people’s mental health over time he will consider changing attitudes to mental health problems with respect to the complex and interconnected process of stigmatisation and medicalisation from the 19th century to the present.

Overview of topics covered by this special issue: current and historical constructions of childhood; childhood play and recreation; childhood and ‘folk’ narratives; philosophies of childhood; childhood and industrialisation; childhood and post industrialisation; childhood education; childhood health; cultures of childcare.

Manuscript Submission Information:

Manuscripts should be submitted online by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors pageGenealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Contact Info: 
Anyone who has interests in submitting, please feel free to contact the Guest Editor Dr. Pam Jarvis or the Managing Editor Ms. Allie Shi.

The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies is seeking submissions for future volumes. The Bulletin is the official journal of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. It is a fully digital, open access, and double-blind peer reviewed journal and is actively indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. In keeping with the Robin Hood tradition, authors retain their rights to their own materials.

Articles are generally 4,000-8,000 words long. Please see the journal's website for additional submission guidelines.

We invite scholars to submit articles or essays detailing original research on any aspect of the Robin Hood tradition. Submission is via the web, and preliminary inquiries or questions may be directed to Valerie Johnson, (University of Montevallo) and Alexander Kaufman (Ball State University).

‘Civility and Incivility in Early Modern Britain, 1500-1700’
Deadline 1 April 2019
Oriel College, Oxford, 28 June 2019
Recent years have seen an increased scholarly interest in early modern ideas about civility. Although often associated with urbanity, gentility, or refinement, this conference will explore ideas of civility more broadly, asking how the limits of acceptable behaviour and discourse were defined, enforced, and negotiated in early modern Britain. Participants are encouraged to interrogate the different ways that historians might think about the dynamic relationship between civility and incivility between 1500 and 1700. Submissions are invited on all aspects of political, social, religious, or intellectual history, and interdisciplinary contributions are likewise encouraged. Proposals for twenty-minute papers are encouraged from graduate students, early career researchers, and established scholars. Please email a one-page CV, a title, and an abstract of c.350 words by Monday 1 April 2019. Please also indicate if you would like to be considered for a graduate travel bursary. More details can be found on the conference website.

Conference on John Milton
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville are proud to cohost the 2019 Conference on John Milton, continuing the long tradition begun in Murfreesboro, TN. The conference will be held on October 17-19, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Birmingham, AL, just on the edge of the UAB campus. The conference will feature two plenary lectures by Erin Murphy and David Norbrook and will conclude with a final banquet at a local craft brewery.

Faculty members, graduate students and independent scholars interested in the works of Milton are encouraged to submit papers on this site. The deadline for paper submissions is June 1, 2019. To submit paper, click here. For questions, please email Alison Chapman.

‘Disseminating Shakespeare in the Nordic Countries, 1789 - 1914’
Deadline 31st March 2019
We are currently seeking contributions to a planned anthology on the early reception of Shakespeare in the Nordic countries during the ‘long’ 19th century. While the transmission of Shakespeare into other languages and cultures was always highly complex, the early dissemination of his works in the Nordic countries was particularly multifaceted due to the importance of German and French translations and theatre companies in the early part of the period, as well as extensive political, cultural and linguistic influences between the Nordic countries themselves. Variously affected by significant political developments in Britain and on the Continent (e.g. the French Revolution) and by changing aesthetic ideals (notably Romanticism), the introduction of Shakespeare in the Nordic countries was arguably an inter-European process that happened in different ways and at different points in time. The long 19th century was moreover a time of national revivalism, and the role of Shakespeare in the establishment of national Nordic cultures and literatures is a significant though still underexamined field. We will need abstracts of ca 500 words, outlining the scope and basic research questions of your contribution, by 31 March, 2019. A selection of the submitted abstracts will be included in a book proposal to an international publisher. Although we do not solicit finished essays at this stage, it may be useful to know that the actual chapters are to be 6000-9000 words and that the selected essays are to be completed by the end of 2019. The volume will be edited by Nely Keinänen (University of Helsinki, Finland) and Per Sivefors (Linnaeus University, Sweden). Abstracts should be sent to both editors.

England’s Islamic Identity: Writing from the Islamic Periphery, 1500-1700
Deadline not stated
The Museum of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London, 7th June 2019
This one-day event aims to examine the rich history of Anglo-Islamic cultural exchange in the Anglophone literature of the early modern period. As increased commerce and exploration widened the scope of English interactions abroad, the body of writing concerned with an increasingly familiar portion of the world grew rapidly. English writers now sought to understand and portray Islamic places and people, from Mughal India to North Africa, in relation to themselves. These writers, often merchants and adventurers in their own right, found themselves at the centre of supremely rich and expansive foreign power structures, prompting the calibration of an English national identity still only in its infancy. This event is particularly interested in how the increasingly formalised Anglo-Islamic interaction spurred a change in English thinking about national identity in an ever-expanding world, from the period before the conception of the British Empire to an environment of burgeoning imperialism. We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers which consider how early modern English writers interpreted the Islamic World through an English lens. Please send 200 word abstracts to EnglandsIslamicIdentity

“Food and Drinks in Scotland

 The organizing committee for SFEE is requesting individual proposals for its 2019 conference, to be held at Valence IUT, Université Grenoble Alpes, from 14 to 16 November 2019.
The theme is “Food and Drinks in Scotland,” and was chosen to echo the trainings offered at Valence IUT as well as the upcoming opening of "Cité de la gastronomie" in Valence.

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face
Great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place
Painch, tripe or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm.
    Robert Burns, “Address to a Haggis”, v. 1-6

For over 200 years, the Scots have celebrated the life and work of Robert Burns. The 25 January (the national poet’s birthday) is the date for a traditional dinner known as “Burns Supper”. The guests get together to read his poems, including his “Address to a Haggis”. It is the occasion for the nation to eat haggis and drink a few glasses of whisky.

Even if Scottish cuisine does not enjoy the same notoriety as its French or Italian counterparts, it is comprised of renowned dishes and products, such as smoked salmon, Black Angus steaks, oatmeal cakes, Dundee marmalade and shortbread biscuits.

Scottish whisky very regularly receives awards: in 2017, Craigellachie distillery in Speyside won by unanimous vote the award for the best single malt in the world at the prestigious World Whisky Awards. In addition to this, with over 100 distilleries in Scotland, the spirit figures among the most prized UK products beyond the frontiers of the realm: in 2017, no less than a billion bottles were exported.

Haggis, salmon, game, whisky are as many dishes typical of Scotland, ensuring its visibility in the world, causing numerous visitors and connoisseurs to come there; these products have been represented in painting, literature, music… and they have even been used to set Scotland apart by making them national symbols.

The 2019 international conference of SFEE aims at understanding the role played by Scottish cuisine in the expression of the originality of Scottish identity, and its place in Scottish culture, economy and society. How has it evolved over the centuries? Why did some foods and drinks come to be recognized as symbols of Scottish identity? In what ways did artists and writers represent and celebrate the diversity of Scottish food? What culinary traditions have influenced Scottish cuisine ? Has it influenced cooking in other countries? How does the Scottish government contribute to the promotion of this gastronomic patrimony? These are among the many questions that the theme will no doubt bring the participants to tackle.

In the context of this pluridisciplinary conference, participants will examine the theme of food and drink in the field of Scottish history, literature, art, languages, but also economic, social, political and legal questions.

The participants can, if they so wish, deal with the following themes, although the list is far from exhaustive:

- Scottish cuisine and literature: food and drink in travelogues, poetry, novels; culinary literature and family traditions; the use of the theme of food as symbol in philosophy (food for thought).

- The culinary arts and linguistics: the etymological study of Scots-specific culinary terms, or words in Gaelic; the evolution of culinary terminology; linguistic choices related to food with their Gaelic, French, Latin… influences, potentially showing a different link to Europe than that of England…

- The representation of food and drink as an expression of a specific Scottish identity: in music (folk songs and music, traditional music…); the visual arts (the development of the pictorial genre of the still life; the place and role of food and drink in genre scenes…); in the theatre; in advertising (print or audiovisual)…

- Scottish cuisine through the ages: the origin of Scottish specialities (the haggis, whisky, marmalade, shortbread, Irn-bru …) and the perpetuation of a certain know-how; the influences of foreign cultures; Scottish cuisine outside the UK; the history and development of distilleries; the specificities of Scottish whisky…

- Food in Scottish history: the problem of the barrenness of the Highlands; the impact of famine on Scottish history (the connection between the 1690s famine and the project of the Darien colony; the Clearances…); the image of the starving Scotsman in the British press and abroad, and the comparison between Scotland and Ireland...

- The importance of food and drink in Scottish economy: the potential impact of Brexit on food and alcohol exports; the Whisky Trail in Scotland and tourism; imports/exports of foods and drinks in a historical or contemporary approach; the development of the gin industry …

- The food processing industry and legal, social and environmental concerns: food, drink and Scottish/British/European regulations (contemporary or historical approach). The environmental and social impact : contemporary (eg, salmon farming and pollution) and historical (the development of fishing and hunting reserves in the Highlands; the development of the sheep and cattle sector in the 19th century…) approaches; the food habits of the Scots and their evolution; food poverty and the growing number of food banks in contemporary Scottish society…

Doctoral and Masters students are welcome to propose posters to present the current state of their research. .

Proposal deadline: 31 March 2019

Acceptance notice: 30 April 2019

Please send a 300-word abstract with a short bio-bibliographical note to the conference organizers: Marion Amblard et Cyril Besson
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The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 66th Annual Meeting will be hosted by Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, September 27-29, 2019. The keynote speaker will be Carole Levin of the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and the plenary address will be given by Jordanna Bailkin of the University of Washington.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain’s Empire and the Commonwealth from Roman Britain to the modern age. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies, art and music history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will also be welcome. The MWCBS encourages scholars to use H-Albion to find additional panelists. Our organization can also help find chairs, commentators, and additional panelists, if needed.

We welcome individual proposals and proposals for panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator), roundtables (of four participants plus chair), poster sessions, and panels featuring the pre-circulation of papers among participants and audience members.

We welcome proposals that:

  • offer comparative analyses of different periods of British Studies, such as comparing medieval and early modern issues in context
  • situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
  • present new research on the political, social, cultural, and economic history of the British Isles
  • examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities, including the construction of iden-tities shaped by race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and dis/ability
  • consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
  • examine new trends in British Studies
  • assess a major work or body of work by a scholar
  • explore new developments in digital humanities, pedagogies, and/or research methodologies
  • present professional development sessions on collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom or on topics of research, publication, public outreach, or employment relevant to British Studies scholars.

We welcome presentations by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference. A limited number of Jim Sack Travel Awards will also be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Further details will be available on the MWCBS website.

Proposal Requirements and Deadline:
  • Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
  • For full panels, also include a 200-word abstract for the panel as a whole.
  • Please place the panel abstract, accompanying paper proposals, and vitas in one Word or PDF file and submit it as a single attachment. Also identify, within the e-mail, the panel’s contact person.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by April 15, 2019, to the Program Committee Chair, John Krenzke

Program Committee: Steven Catania, the University of Wisconsin; Jules Gehrke, Saginaw Valley State University; Patrick Kirkwood, Metropolitan Community College; John Krenzke, Chair, Tidewater Community College; Bonnie McLean, the College of DuPage; Rebecca Nesvet, the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay; David Pennington, Webster University.

Visit the MWCBS website 

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The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its annual meeting in 2019 in Montreal, Québec, Canada on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5. The conference will be hosted by McGill University, with Brian Lewis acting as local arrangements coordinator.

We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. In particular, we welcome proposals for interdisciplinary panels that draw on the work of historians, literary critics, and scholars in other disciplines, whose focus is on Britain and its empire, from the Middle Ages to the present. Proposals for entire panels on a common theme will be given priority, although individual paper proposals will also be considered if several of them can be assembled to create a viable panel. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work, on current issues in the field, or pedagogical practices with respect to the teaching of particular aspects of British Studies are also encouraged. The typical ninety-minute panel will include three papers (each lasting for roughly twenty minutes) and a chair. (In the interest of allowing greater audience participation in Q&A, the position of “moderator/comment” is optional.) Roundtables may have a looser format.

Proposals should include a general description of the panel or roundtable (including an overall title), a 200-300 word abstract for each paper to be read, and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant. Please include the address, phone number, and e-mail address of all participants (including the chair and, if applicable, moderator) in the proposal. For panel or roundtable proposals, please note the name of the main contact person. Electronic submissions (as e-mail attachments in Word) are preferred, with all the various materials presented in a single document.

Graduate students, please note: Each year the NECBS Executive Committee awards the David Underdown Memorial Prize to the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. (See details here.)

All submissions must be received by May 1, 2019 (final decisions will be announced in late June 2019).

Please send your proposals to:
Caroline Shaw, NECBS Vice President and Program Chair

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“Shakespeare and Translation”
Deadline 30 April 2019
Shakespeare Jahrbuch 156 (2020)

The 2020 volume of Shakespeare Jahrbuch will be a special issue on “Translation”. The editorial board invites essays on the following topics: 

  • bilingualism and translation in Shakespeare’s plays; 
  • early modern translations of Shakespeare’s plays; 
  • Shakespeare’s global travels, translation and transculturation; 
  • domesticating and/or foreignizing translation strategies; 
  • Shakespeare in translation, adaptation, and tradaptation; 
  • Shakespeare in modern English; 
  • mono-, bi-, and multilingual Shakespeares; 
  • re-translating Shakespeare; 
  • the difficulties of translating / untranslatability; 
  • lost in translation; 
  • teaching Shakespeare in translation; 
  • Shakespeare and translation theories; 
  • the role of the translator; 
  • Shakespeare’s translators; 
  • the history of Shakespeare translation; 
  • translating for/on the stage; 
  • Shakespeare in sub- and/or surtitles; 
  • translation and the Shakespeare industry. 

For more information, please contact the general editor of Shakespeare JahrbuchSabine Schülting. The deadline for submitting articles is 30 April 2019.

“Strange Habits”: Clothes, climes, and the environment in Shakespeare and his contemporaries (International Conference)
Deadline 15 May 2019
Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA), 14-16 May 2020

Taking a cue from the current growth of ecocriticism and of material approaches in Shakespeare studies as well as in global Renaissance studies, this conference seeks to cross and confront those two critical trends by looking at one same object — clothing. Clothing can be explored from a variety of perspectives and calls for cross-disciplinary dialogue between social history, art history, dramatic history, fashion history, literature, sociology, and anthropology. While the relation between dress and gender, disguise and identity-building, and the importance of the numerous sumptuary laws in the shaping of social identity has been largely explored, much less attention has been devoted to the relation between dress and the ecological environments for which dress was devised. 

We are seeking proposals that inquire into the complex ecology, economy and anthropology of dress, drawing notably on the material history of concrete elements such as pigments, dies, and raw materials (sometimes imported from distant regions and climes) used to make clothing and costumes. We also invite papers with more literary approaches that look at the ways in which dress on stage becomes a means to negotiate the self or same in relation to the other or embodies contemporary understandings of climes and the environment. Proposals may focus on a specific costume or a specific dramatic corpus by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries. Comparative approaches, drawing on European and Global materials and practices, are also encouraged. 300-word proposals, along with a brief CV (1 page maximum), should be sent by May 15, 2019 to the conference organizers Sophie Chiari and Anne-Marie Miller-Blais.

 Western Conference on British Studies 
The WCBS Program Committee, co-chaired by Susan Grayzel and Joseph Ward of Utah State University, seeks to design a meeting that is both interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in its temporal span. Scholars of Britain, the British Atlantic World, and the British Empire broadly defined are invited to participate. Professor Durba Ghosh of Cornell University will deliver the conference’s keynote lecture.

The committee welcomes proposals for both individual papers and full panels, and it encourages graduate student submissions. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract of each paper and a short curriculum vitae for each participant. Full panel proposals should also include a brief description of the panel's overall aim and indicate clearly the panel’s organizer and primary contact. Please submit proposals via email (with “WCBS 2019” in the subject line) by the end of the day on Friday, April 19, 2019.

The conference will also feature a poster session for undergraduate students; please contact the conference organizers for more information on this session.

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