The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.327 Monday, 28 July 2014
Date: July 22, 2014 at 8:55:54 AM EDT
Subject: CfP: The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Please find enclosed the CFP for the forthcoming IASEMS (Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies) Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence, “Humour in Shakespeare’s Arcadia: Gender, Genre, and Wordplay in Early Modern Comedy”. The conference will take place in Florence (Italy), 23rd April 2015, and is in continuity with the annual Graduate Conference organized by The British Institute of Florence. The deadline for proposals is Friday 31 October 2014.
We hope this event may be of interest to some of you and would be very grateful for circulation or publication of the attached PDF document.
Thank you in advance for your attention,
University of Florence, Italy
Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies
Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence
Call for Papers
HUMOUR IN SHAKESPEARE’S ARCADIA:
GENDER, GENRE, AND WORDPLAY IN EARLY MODERN COMEDY
Florence 23rd April 2015
The 2015 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of comedy in early modern texts, and on how humour is produced in language and plot, what purposes it serves and how it can be related to issues of gender and genre. From Mikhail Bakhtin’s emphasis on the comic body to more recent explorations of the way erotic desire can be displaced by humour, early modern texts offer endless examples of improvisatory, situational or physical humour (whether deriving from the Elizabethan clown tradition or from the comic counterparts in medieval miracle and mystery plays) as well as sophisticated scripted humour and parody of romantic clichés. As is well known, humour, or “comic relief” can also be found in non-comic texts, such as tragedies, romances, epic poetry or pamphlets, often causing disruption of generic expectations and blurring the lines of genre distinction. Proposals can therefore address, from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, the impact and the implications of humour or comedic infiltrations in a wide range of early modern English texts.
Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:
• the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography
• all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2014
• each finished contribution is to last no longer than 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can present papers in Italian): Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker
• participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper ten days before the Conference.
Selected speakers who are IASEMS members can apply for a small grant (http://www.maldura.unipd.it/iasems/iasems_about.html)