Call for Papers – New Approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture

26 September 2016

The Department of English at Bates College invites papers on any topic related to new approaches to Early Modern Literature and Culture, for a day-long symposium showcasing the work of emerging scholars (recent PhD or ABD) from historically underrepresented groups.

The symposium will showcase new work by individuals from underrepresented groups in the professoriate, specifically defined as including African Americans, Alaska Natives, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

We are particularly interested in questions that contest the boundaries of Early Modern English Literature, including (but not limited to) considerations of ethnography, genre, and geography; that interrogate its received forms, including material cultural and / or theoretical perspectives—including philosophies of race, gender, or sexuality—germane to emerging national literatures; and that broach its very definition as a period, arguably from 1500 to 1750, including points of contact with or reference to notions of the medieval and / or modern.

Invited speakers will have their travel expenses covered and will be guests of the College from the evening of 9/25 through breakfast on 9/27, with all paper presentations to occur on 9/26. Twenty-minute papers will be grouped into thematic panels, with additional roundtable and Q&A formats running throughout the day. We aim to create an intellectually enriching experience for all interlocutors, including the selected speakers and the faculty and students of Bates College.

What to Submit:

  • A 300-word abstract describing the paper’s argument, critical context, and significance
    • A current cv
    • A 1-page cover letter describing your interest in participating in the symposium

Where to Submit:

Abstract, cv, and statement should be submitted in PDF format by email to by 15 May 2016. Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 30 June 2016.

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