Call for Papers – Othello’s Island 2019: the 7th Annual Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Othello’s Island 2019: the 7th Annual Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Nicosia, Cyprus, 15 to 18 April 2019

Held as a collaboration between academics from the Centre for Visual Arts and Research, the University of Cyprus, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield, and Imperial College London.

Founded in 2012, Othello’s Island is an annual conference looking at Medieval, Renaissance and early modern history, literature, art and other culture, held at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, Cyprus. It brings together a wide range of academics and research students, from all over the world, to discuss their work in what we describe as a multi-disciplinary event.

​Sometimes the themes of different papers can seem very diverse, but a multi-disciplinary approach means that we encourage participants to listen to a wide range of papers, in different discipline areas, in the belief that this can lead to new, sometimes remarkable, insights.

Our hosts for the conference, the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), is located in the centre of the old town of Nicosia, capital of Cyprus. In its medieval streets, surrounded by the huge Venetian walls, you will find lovely museums, shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as medieval and renaissance buildings, harking back to the medieval and renaissance period, when Cyprus was ruled by the French Lusignan royal family. Perhaps most notable of the house was the last Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, whose portrait was painted by Giorgione, Titian and other Renaissance artists.

For 2019 we are basing the conference around three themes. These are:

  • Medieval and Byzantine literature, art, architecture, culture and history
  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Early modern women writers

We also welcome proposals for ‘wild card’ papers outside of the above categories. If your proposed paper does not fit into any of the above categories, you are still welcome to submit.


If you would like to submit a paper for possible presentation at the conference please send an abstract and a brief  CV (resumé) by e’mail to arrive not later than 31 January 2019.

The abstract should include:

  • your full name
  • your institutional affiliation (if any)
  • your e’mail address
  • the title of your proposed paper
  • your abstract (must be in English and not longer than 300 words long).

In general we will try to let you know if your paper has been accepted not later than 28 February 2019. If you require a decision before 28 February 2019 on whether your paper will be included in the colloquium, please indicate this in your e’mail. Usually this will be because you need to make a funding application or other arrangements.

Papers can only be presented in person. We are sorry, we do not allow proxy or Skype-style presentations.

All proposals should be sent to Dr Michael Paraskos at with the subject line Othello 2019

If you have any questions please e’mail Dr Michael Paraskos at

You are also advised to visit our website at for more information.

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