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CFP In the Light of Gloriana

In The Light of Gloriana
Tower of London
18-21 November 2016

This event is the result of many discussions about having a dedicated conference and society focusing on the emerging scholarly works within Elizabethan studies. The long-term goal is to produce a bi-annual publication and host a bi-annual conference highlighting these innovative ideas; we will begin with an inaugural conference. It will be held from 18th to 21st November 2016 at the Tower of London, a place of huge significance and importance for Queen Elizabeth I.

Academic Keynote:   Dr. Carole Levin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Public Keynote & Lecture:   Dr. John Cooper, University of York
Closing Keynote:   TBA

Therefore, we are currently seeking proposals on any of (but not limited to)
the broad themes outlined below:
• National and international concepts of power, authority, kingship and queenship during the Elizabethan period
• Court politics and diplomacy in the Elizabethan period
• International dynamics and relations between England and continental Europe between 1558-1603
• Religious discourse such as the implications of the royal supremacy in the establishment and maintenance of a state church; religious identities; and forms of worship and devotion during the Elizabethan Reformation
• Film and television depictions of Elizabeth I and/or the Elizabethan period
• Elizabethan letter writing, correspondence and female writing
• Imagery, rhetoric and constructions of the Queen in literature, art, fashion and drama
• Trade, currency and economic relations in Elizabethan England
• Medicine, illness, senses and concepts of the body in the Elizabethan period
• Science, magic, alchemy and the divine
• Gender and female networks
• Functions of daily life for all Elizabethans
• Law, crime, witchcraft and Elizabethan court systems
• The Tower of London during the Elizabethan period
• Music & Material Culture

We welcome proposals from postgraduate researchers, early career researchers and established scholars. Please send proposals consisting of your name, affiliation and status [e.g. postgraduate/faculty member] with an abstract of 250 words outlining the theme of your paper to the conference committee at All inquiries can be sent to the same address. Please note that the deadline for submissions is 15 April 2016.
If you are interested in joining the Gloriana Society, please go to our website ( and fill in the form under “Membership”. Membership is currently free. Beginning in January 2017, we will charge an annual membership fee. Current members will receive the discounted rate.

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