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Sine Ira et Studio: British Historiography and Contemporary Narratives of German History (Symposium)

Barton, Hall and Shakespeare
Deadline 31st July 2018
Rose Theatre Kingston-upon-Thames, September 7 / 8 2018
The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar and British Shakespeare Association announce a conference to celebrate and explore the work of John Barton and Peter Hall, focused on their productions of Shakespeare. The aim of this commemorative event will be to bring together theatre practitioners, scholars, critics and audience members from around the world, to reconsider the achievements of the two great Shakespeare directors. The venue will be the Shakespearean auditorium of the Rose Theatre that saw some of Peter Hall’s last productions, and John Barton’s final public appearance at Trevor Nunn’s restaging of their Wars of the Roses. Proposals are invited for 25-minute presentations on all aspects of the lives and work of Barton and Hall, including work in film, TV and opera. Presentations will be particularly welcome on their productions in relation to the Cambridge intellectual background; Stratford institutional environment; British political context; international reception; performance practice; verse speaking; place of the text; impact on literary and theatre criticism; influence on drama teaching and training; input of composers and designers; role of the director; archival heritage; and conception of Shakespeare. Proposals of up to 200 words, together with a brief cv., should be sent by July 31 to Professor Richard Wilson

The British Milton Seminar Autumn Meeting, 2018
Deadline: 31st August 2018
Birmingham, 20 October 2018.
Venue: TBC. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited. Please send proposals to Professor Sarah Knight and/or Dr Hugh Adlington by no later than 31 August 2018.

The Margaret Cavendish Society
Please consider submitting an abstract for the Margaret Cavendish Society Sponsored sessions at RSA 2019
The Margaret Cavendish Society will sponsor one or more panel sessions at the Renaissance Society of America annual Meeting in Toronto (March 17-19, 2019). We invite proposals for presentations on any topic related to the works of Margaret Cavendish. Please submit abstracts (150 words maximum) and a brief CV (300 words maximum) to Lara Dodds ( and James Fitzmaurice ( Margaret Cavendish Society will sponsor one or more panel sessions at the Renaissance Society of America annual Meeting in Toronto (March 17-19, 2019). We invite proposals for presentations on any topic related to the works of Margaret Cavendish. Please submit abstracts (150 words maximum) and a brief CV (300 words maximum) to Lara Dodds ( and James Fitzmaurice ( by August 1, 2018.


The Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop
The Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop is currently inviting abstract submissions for the 2018/9 academic year. The workshop was established in 2008, to provide a forum for postgraduates and early career researchers to meet and present their work or new research in an informal environment. Seminars run on a bi-weekly basis at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), intercalated with the Imperial and World History Seminar.

The workshop invites proposals for papers or panels on any aspect of colonial or postcolonial history, from any region of the world. Papers that tackle any specific methodological, theoretical or interdisciplinary concerns within this field are welcome. Seminars will take place on Monday evenings on a fortnightly basis.

Anyone interested in presenting their work, whether finished pieces or works in progress, are encouraged to submit a paper title alongside an abstract of 250-350 words and a short bio to Abstracts should be submitted no later than 31st July. Decisions will be made in early August. Please feel free to circulate this email more widely to anyone you believe might be interested.

Additionally, if you are interested in becoming involved in the running of the workshop, please feel free to send an email to the same address.

Unfortunately, at this time the workshop cannot offer any reimbursement for travel to the seminars or expenses.

Histories, Theories, and Uses of Waste Paper in Early Modern England
Deadline: 1 October 2018
Balliol College, University of Oxford, 15 June 2019
This one-day multidisciplinary conference will explore the manifold afterlives of waste paper in early modern England. Manuscript and printed sheets were frequently reused to wrap later volumes, to stiffen spines and cover the inside of bindings, to line boxes, to serve as notepaper, or (in the words of the poet Henry Fitzgeffrey) ‘to wrap Drugg's’, ‘dry Tobacco in’, and package ‘Pippin-pyes.’ While this cycle of use has long been understood as destructive, it also speaks to a distinctly pre-modern sense of how texts might endure beyond their initial form and function. We seek 15-minute papers that consider the origins, functions, and legacies of waste paper, as well as related practices of textual use, destruction, and care. Please send an abstract (with title) of approximately 200 words and a brief CV to by 1 October 2018.

The editors of History Studies invite the submission of papers for inclusion in volume eighteen

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Region and Nation in Late Medieval Devotion to Northern English Saints
28-30 March 2019, University of Lausanne

Plenary speakers : Julian Luxford (University of St Andrews), Catherine Sanok (University of Michigan), Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (Fordham University)

Despite widespread interest in the cults of northern English saints (600-1200) in the early middle ages, comparatively little work has been carried out on the ways in which these cults evolved between 1300 and 1500. This international conference aims to shed new light upon this understudied period.

Focussed on the cults of Bede’s lauded northern saints (Cuthbert, Hilda, Aebbe, Ninian, Aidan, Oswald, John of Beverley, and others), alongside early post-conquest saints in the same northern tradition (Godric of Finchale, Robert of Knaresborough, Aelred of Rievaulx, William of York, etc.), this conference will examine the ways in which these northern saints were remembered and venerated between 1300 and 1500. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, it will take account of new textual, architectural, artistic and liturgical productions, pilgrimage cultures and shrine economies, the relations of these saints to their monastic custodians and local communities, and their utilisation to serve regional and national agendas.

Possible paper topics might include:
  • Texts produced about northern saints in Latin, Middle English, or Anglo-Norman in the post-1300 period (new vitae and miracula, short vitae in Latin and vernacular legendaries, literary references, saints’ plays, liturgical offices, hymns and prayers, listing in kalenders)
  • The status and utilisation of the writings of northern hagiographers in the post-1300 period (Reginald of Durham, Jocelin of Furness, Aelred of Rievaulx, Geoffrey of Coldingham, John of Tynemouth, etc.)
  • The late medieval material culture of northern saints (revisions of shrines and ecclesiastical architecture, new stained glass programmes and panel paintings, statues and manuscript illuminations, movements and locations of relics)
  • The contribution of early northern saints to late medieval religious culture in the north (Richard Rolle’s writings and cult, northern religious poems, treatises, and manuscript miscellanies)
  • The relation of northern saints to the religious orders curating their shrines (remodelling of cults to serve monastic and mendicant agendas, monastic contention over possession of cults and relics, place of saints in monastic/episcopal disputes)
  • The economic and social circumstances of northern cults in the post-1300 period (shrine organisation and revenue, pilgrim numbers and itineraries, saint’s-day fairs and processions, the function of the saint within civic life, secular patronage)
  • The relation of northern cults to midland, southern and Scottish cults, and to Scotland and the Scottish border (colloboration, competition, appropriation, cross-border veneration, the function of northern saints in Anglo-Scottish military campaigns)
  • The presence of northern saints’ cults in continental Europe and Scandinavia (texts, churches, relics)
  • The relation of northern saints’ cults to late medieval constructions of ‘northernness’, ‘Englishness’, and other categories of ethnicity
  • The extent to which northern saints’ cults mediate local, regional or national interests, and the interplay between those interests
  • The degree to which northern saints follow or modify normative hagiographical constructions of gender (what is northern saintly masculinity/ northern saintly femininity?)
  • The relation of northern saints to the physical environment (the northern landscape, birds and animals, the North Sea, rivers, natural territorial boundaries)

If you are interested in applying to give a 20-minute paper, please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Christiania Whitehead and Hazel Blair by 15 September 2018.

The conference is organised by Denis Renevey, Christiania Whitehead, and Hazel Blair as part of their ongoing Swiss National Science Foundation project ‘Region and Nation in Late Medieval Devotion to Northern English saints’, based at the University of Lausanne.

The conference will include optional cultural and historical outings in the Vaud and Valais regions of Switzerland. Full details to follow on the webpage. Conference registration will open in summer 2018.

The conference hashtag is #Lights19. You are warmly invited to follow us on Twitter @NorthEngSain

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Sine Ira et Studio: British Historiography and Contemporary Narratives of German History (Symposium)
When Joachim Whaley and Peter H. Wilson published their studies on the Holy Roman Empire a few years ago, some reviewers expressed surprise that there was anything to be gained from the German model of federalism for the future of the European Union. Whaley and Wilson were pointing to a model of flexibility and stability long vanished from the collective memory or, if at all, remembered as a deficient structure. When, shortly afterwards, Christopher Clark published his study on the European crisis of 1914, the German public eagerly read a book that suggested that the German Empire had not solely been responsible for the catastrophe of the First World War, and one could sense their relief: perhaps the centenary would not be dominated by yet another discussion about Germany’s path into the Third Reich.

The success of Clark’s study in Germany proved that the German public still agonises over the focus on their past having caused two World Wars and inflicted endless suffering on the European continent. Clark, whose sleepwalking Europeans have meanwhile become a common point of reference for those who admonish inconsiderate politicians, was promptly given the opportunity to speak to the German public ‘directly’: one wanted to hear more from the man who had successfully challenged the consensus of blame and guilt. This showed again the degree to which the public discourse of twenty and twenty-first-century Germans has become burdened with the quest for national identity.

In this context, recent ‘outsider’ studies of German history had a significant influence on the German public by underlining that 1914 and 1939 are not the only keys to understanding the German past, and that there are stories to be told beyond the ones Germans have become accustomed to telling themselves. Of course, the view that the history of modern Germany can be narrated from without a teleological, traditional historiographical framework is not new among German scholars. The period of the Historikerstreite may well be over and it has become possible to write about German history without normative judgements and moralising advice for future conduct. Yet sometimes the German public seems to be more willing to accept unconventional or controversial perspectives from Anglo-Saxon historians.  

By debating narratives of German history in light of recent British and German historiography we want to examine the mental, intellectual and structural continuities of German history. Besides nationalist and völkisch thinking these might include ideas such as federalism, European exchange and interconnectedness, cultural and economic liberalism and internationalism or religious tolerance. This also includes discussing the interconnections between British and German scholarship historically as well as placing historiographical methodology within its philosophical and political contexts.  

We invite contributions from both early-career and senior scholars who are engaged in historiographical research that is broadly related to these themes and to one or more of the following questions:
  • If we follow Heinrich August Winkler’s argument that Germany overcame its supposedly exceptional position among western democratic states with the unification in 1990, to what extent was recent historiography able to establish new narratives beyond the Sonderweg? What is the focus of such narratives? How, if at all, did approaches by British historians differ from those of their German colleagues in this context?
  • The recent studies of Clark, Whaley or Wilson are first and foremost major works of synthesis. Very few German studies have made the same impact on the German public. How can their success be explained? Can we pin down differences between historical research in Germany and the United Kingdom that may explain their differing reception by scholars and the public?
  • In which ways have recent studies by British historians prepared a new direction for national remembrance in Germany, recognised by the political leadership in Berlin through the appointment of Neil MacGregor as advisor to the curators of the Humboldt Forum, a project designed to ‘reconcile the Germans with their past’?
  • Is it still sensible to speak of British or German historiography, or has historical scholarship on German history become an international affair? How do distinct traditions in the historical profession and different working conditions at universities in both countries affect the study of German history? 
  • How have historical and political particularities such as the nineteenth-century discourses of nation building and empire shaped German and British historiography, respectively? To what extent do they continue to influence differing narratives of German history?
  • What impact has the shifting and often difficult relationship between Britain and Europe had on British narratives of German history? How did this relationship influence British views on Germany’s role in the European integration process?  
  • Both German and Anglo-Saxon commentators have described the current focus of German historiography on post- and transnational themes as escapism and self-denial. To what extent is this view justified? To what extent and in what ways did post- and transnational perspectives in recent historiography contribute to new narratives of German history?
  • How do we evaluate Anglo-German relations historically and in light of recent political shifts? How can historians contribute to British-German exchange and relations in a post-Brexit political order? If we believe MacGregor that Berlin and London are the ‘liveliest European cities’ today, the cities where Europe is ‘redesigned’, the relevance of this endeavour cannot be overestimated.

To participate, please send proposals of up to 500 words and a brief biographical note by 1st August 2018 to:

The Troubles on Film: Critical Essays and Interviews: Editor: Matthew Edwards

This is a call for papers for a new anthology on The Troubles and how this tragic conflict in Northern Ireland has been represented in popular film and documentary.

Through films such as The Crying GameBloody Sunday'71The Hunger the collection will look to analyse the conflitct through both a historical and cinematic perspective. How have these films/documentaries dealt with such an emotive and sensitive subject and dealt with the controversial political discourse of The Troubles? How do these films portray the sectarian violence and do these films approach the subject matter with their own political agenda/viewpoint? How do these films portray the British forces, paramilitary groups and police/security forces during the conflict?

The collection is looking for scholarly essays (or interviews) on any aspect of the Troubles in relation to its cinematic portrayal. Both minor and major works will be considered along with documentarires and interviews with filmmakers who have been brave enough to turn their cinematic lens on this traumatic event. Films ideal for coverage include In the Name of the Father, Omagh, Bloody Sunday and the work of Neil Jordan. 

Please send a full abstract and full biography to All abstracts should be in Times Roman, pt 12. If invited to submit a full essay for the collection, a style guide will be sent to adhere to (all essays should use the MHRA referencing system). Matthew Edwards is hoping to get all the content finished by September 2018 in order for a 2019 publication.

Matthew Edwards is the editor of a number of scholarly books relating to cinema. He is the editor of The Atomic Bomb in Japanese Cinema, was was published by McFarland to co-inside with the 70th Anniversary of the bombings (2015); Film Out of Bounds (2007, McFarland and Co) and the acclaimed collection Klaus Kinski, Beast of Cinema (McFarland and Co, 2016). He is also the author of Twisted Visions: Interviews with Horror Filmmakers, which was published in 2017 by McFarland and Co. His next collection, The Rwandan Genocide on Film will be published in spring 2018 by McFarland. McFarland and Co are interested in the collection as well are a number of other publishers.

Ukraine–Ireland: A Comparative Perspective
Guest editors: Volodymyr Kravchenko (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta) and [TBA]

As a means to overcome the conceptual isolation that area or ethnic studies sometimes have to contend with, this special issue of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (EWJUS) aims to look at some exceptional yet not unique issues in both Irish and Ukrainian socio-political history. This issue is a logical follow-up to another special issue of Схід–Захід (East–West), predecessor of EWJUS, volume 4, Rossia et Britannia: Empires and Nations on the Outskirts of Europe (2001). With a focus on Ukraine and Scotland, it examines the relationship between national identities and institutions in the eastern and western peripheries of Europe, reminding the reader that the modern state can both sustain and erode the very distinctiveness of peripheries while dealing with historical legacies and the unprecedented challenges of globalization.

Having experienced centuries of imperial domination, both Ireland and Ukraine have developed ways to co-opt and conceptualize the aftermath of their cultural, economic, and political colonization. The complex histories of both states include shared experiences of famine, political resistance, polyphonic language struggles, post-colonial culture, nation building, and collective identity construction, as well as large global diasporas and ongoing relations with them.

Some of the many questions to be unpacked in this special issue are:
  • What can be learned from the similarities in the Irish and Ukrainian experience while placing them within the context of European and global events? What experiences are shared by these states as they endeavour to overcome the geopolitical rifts in their collective past? How unique are the singular events in their history and what do they have in common? How have cultural interactions and ethnic migrations shaped the history and politics of these states and their diasporas?
  • Through comparative and transnational perspectives, we encourage scholars to apply creative approaches to this revisionist exercise, not only to better understand and potentially produce revised Irish and Ukrainian histories but also to address the problems of dealing with post-colonization in a globalizing world.

Ukraine–Ireland: A Comparative Perspective will be divided into four conceptual parts, to include the following respective themes:
  • Nation: Between region and empire (multilingualism, identity, policy, culture, literature, etc.)
  • Famine: Studies and memories (Holodomor and Gorta Mór)
  • Resistance: UPA (Ukraine) and IRA (Ireland)
  • Diaspora: The Canadian framework of the Irish and Ukrainian diasporas.

To express your interest, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to by 2 April 2018 (passed).

The deadline for submission of complete manuscripts (up to 7,500 words, including references) is 10 October 2018. Only authors whose abstract is approved by the editors for publication will be invited to submit a complete manuscript.

For more information on East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, click here.
For submission guidelines, please refer to this.

Contact Info: 
Vita Yakovlyeva, PhD
Research Associate, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta


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