Call for Papers – Othello’s Island 2020

The 8th Annual Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies

6 to 9 April 2020 – Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus

In association with the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus

Held annually since 2012, Othello’s Island is a multi-disciplinary conference that looks at Medieval, Renaissance and early modern history, literature, art and other culture. It brings together a wide range of academics and research students from all over the world, to discuss their work in a multi-disciplinary event.

The event is organised by academics from City and Guilds of London Art School, CVAR, Imperial College London, Sheffield Hallam University, USC Dornsife, the University of Bristol, the University of Cyprus and the University of Sheffield.

We are a multi-disciplinary conference and so all aspects of the medieval (c. AD 500 to c. 1500) and early modern (c.1400 to c.1700) worlds are of interest to us, including non-Western subjects. However, for 2020 we are particularly keen on papers relating to:

• Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and the Mediterranean

• Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and Material History

• The Joy of Text? Teaching Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama Today

• All aspects of Early Modern Women Writers (c.1400 to c.1700)

• Medieval Travel and Tales of Travel

• The Byzantine Image in the West.

The confirmed keynote/plenary speakers for 2020 are Professor Sarah Ross (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) who will be speaking on “The Renaissance Complaint in Literature” and Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota, USA) speaking on “Dynastic Marriages in the Mediterranean during the mediaeval and early modern periods”.

The conference will also include a site visit to the medieval city of Famagusta with its French Gothic cathedral and other sites.

Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes and must be presented in person and in English. The deadline for proposed papers is 31 December 2019.

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