Milton Society of America, Call for Papers, RSA Philadelphia, 2-4 April 2020

The Milton Society of America seeks panels and papers for our sessions at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. As an Associate Organization, the MSA may submit up to four guaranteed sessions.

Philadelphia will be the site of the Milton Society’s 2020 annual dinner, which moves to RSA on a three-year trial basis. Details will be announced late this year.

Proposals covering any aspect of Milton studies will be given full consideration, but especially desirable are those considering Milton’s writings alongside these topics:

  • media change
  • justice
  • ends of history
  • the nation in world order

Panels must be organized by a current member of the MSA. Required are the following:

  • a session title of no more than 15 words;
  • a 1-2 page description of the panel;
  • an abstract of 1-2 pages for each of its papers;
  • a 150-word version of each paper abstract;
  • a list of audio-visual requests, if any, and session keywords; and
  • 300-word curricula vitae for the panel organizer and presenters, including full names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses.

Papers may be submitted by both members and non-members of the MSA. Required are the following:

  • an abstract of 1-2 pages
  • a condensed abstract of 150 words;
  • a title of no more than fifteen words;
  • audio-visual requirements, if any, and a list of keywords; and
  • a 300-word curriculum vitae.

Please send all materials to current president John Rumrich and secretary Feisal Mohamed via email ( The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2019. All participants in the Philadelphia conference must be members of the Renaissance Society of America.


BMS Autumn Meeting 2019: Call for Papers


The Autumn 2019 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held in Birmingham on Saturday 19 October 2019.

Venue: TBC.  There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Professor Sarah Knight ( and/or Dr Hugh Adlington ( no later than 31 August 2019.

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight

Joint Conveners

The Canada Milton Seminar XIV, 10-11 May 2019

The Canada Research Chair Program, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and Department of English at the University of Toronto present the Canada Milton Seminar XIVMay 10-11, 2019.

Speakers include Ian Balfour, Achsah Gubbory, Hannibal Hamlin, John Rogers, David Adkins, Sam Fallon, Lynne Greenberg, and Jan Purnis.

For programme details and to register please visit

Facebook event

For further information, please contact:

Paul Stevens at

or Natalie Oeltjen at





Budapest Milton Seminar, 11 March 2019

The first session of the Budapest Milton Seminar will take place in Room 104 of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Károli Gáspár University, from 6:00 p.m. on 11 March, 2019.

Alison A. Chapman, “Milton and the Baptists: The Immersive Religion of Paradise Regained.”


Critical readings of John Milton’s brief epic Paradise Regained have typically focused on its ambiguous ending when the Son of God stands miraculously atop the pinnacle of the Temple while Satan falls. This paper, instead, centers on the poem’s beginning and specifically on Milton’s decision to open with a depiction of full-body baptism in running water. This was a heretical practice in the early modern world, one associated with radical groups such as the Baptists and Anabaptists. By choosing to begin his poem with the Son’s immersion in the River Jordan, Milton reinforces views he expresses in De Doctrina Christiana, his unpublished theological masterwork, and he also offers a controversial vision of the true church.

For more information, see:


British Milton Seminar, 16 March 2019: Programme

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Saturday 16 March 2019

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.


Jean David Eynard (Cambridge), ‘Milton as reader of Bodin’s Colloquium: Tolerant aesthetics and the politics of writing’;

Chine Sonoi (Oita, Japan), ‘A quest for liberty in Robert Southey’s Joan of Arc (1796) in relation to John Milton’s political writings’.


Laura Fox Gill (Sussex), ‘“Strange alteration!”: The Victorian Milton and a Case of Anthropodermic Bibliopegy’;

Hugh Adlington and George Davies (Birmingham), ‘Milton for the People? Radical, Liberal, and Nonconformist Readers, 1800-1900’.


The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see:

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see:

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Dr Hugh Adlington ( or Professor Sarah Knight (

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)


8th Annual Milton Lecture: ‘Gesture and Theatricality in Paradise Lost’, 27 February 2019

The Friends of Milton’s Cottage are pleased to present:

8th Annual Milton Lecture

‘Gesture and Theatricality in Paradise Lost

Dr Farah Karim Cooper, Shakespeare Globe Trust & King’s College London
This lecture will explore how Milton uses gesture to unlock the performance potential of his characters and his text.
6 pm, Wednesday 27 February 2019
Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, EC2V 8HE (Tube St Paul’s or Bank)
Suggested contribution for the Friends of Milton’s Cottage £5.
Reservation essential: Call 01895 831774 or email

International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Congress, 14-21 July 2019

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is delighted to host the ISECS International Congress on the Enlightenment at the University of Edinburgh on 14–19 July 2019 with the theme ‘Enlightenment Identities’.

The final deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is Friday 1 February 2019. For CFP details, see:

If anyone is interested in contributing to a Milton panel, please contact Dr Rosamund Paice (


BMS Spring Meeting 2019: Call for Papers


The Spring 2019 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held on Saturday 16 March 2019.

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building).  There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Dr Hugh Adlington ( and Professor Sarah Knight ( by no later than 31 January 2019.

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight

Joint Conveners

CFP: Women (Re)Writing Milton: A Global Perspective

Call for Proposals – an Edited Collection of Essays:

Women (Re)Writing Milton: A Global Perspective

We are pleased to invite you to submit a chapter to this forthcoming volume of collected essays: Women (Re)Writing Milton: A Global Perspective. The objective of this project is not only to offer the first ever study to discuss the reception Milton’s work on women from across the globe, but also to be the first publication to offer detailed analyses of how female authors, artists and academics have experienced and engaged with the writings of one of England’s most influential seventeenth-century figures. While a number of studies have examined Milton’s representation of and attitudes towards women – particularly focusing upon Eve, his most essential female character – a study which offers to consider why and how Eve responded to Milton, especially in her global (non-Euro-centric) form surprisingly remains lacking. This volume will supply that need and is intended to serve a wide readership globally, including Milton specialists, university lecturers, postgraduate and undergraduate students, as well as other practitioners interested in Gender and/or Global studies. We would appreciate chapter-length contributions (6000-8000 words) centred, but not exclusively so, on the following themes:

  • Milton and Women or Milton’s Women
  • Global Milton or Milton beyond European Borders
  • Milton Migrates or Women Translating Milton
  • Women (Re)writing/Revising Milton or Eve Responding to Milton
  • Milton’s silent/deformed/forgotten women or Milton through the Female Gaze
  • Milton within the Feminine Space or Milton and the Intellectual Feminine (academia/art)
  • Milton and the Fallen Feminine or Milton and Misogyny
  • Milton Retold or Milton and the Female Narrative (Folklore)
  • Milton and Female Art or Women Performing/Adapting Milton
  • Milton’s Textual Metamorphosis or Milton Reborn

Type of Contributions

  • Case studies: in-depth reports on translating, performing, adapting or teaching Milton, namely by women, and if relevant whether such experiences were politicised.
  • Full research papers: both quantitative and qualitative contributions that study a particular aspect of Milton’s work in relation to women, the feminine or the lack of such concepts in transforming his reception globally, throughout the intervening centuries and in different sectors, such as academia, art, literature or politics.
  • Research in progress will also be considered in the book provided the findings are of substantial relevance to this book.
  • Systematic reviews that scrutinise existing studies may also be accepted.

We welcome papers from all disciplines in the arts, humanities and sciences, covering any historical period. When submitting an abstract, please provide:

  • Name, degree, position, affiliation, and a brief bio including a teaching and publication summary.
  • Preferred contact details (email and mailing address).
  • Chapter title and descriptive sub-header.

Titles and abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to . Authors are requested to submit the chapter proposal by 15th February 2019. We expect to receive the completed chapter by 30th September 2019.

Dr Sharihan Al-Akhras and Dr Mandy Green

University of Durham, UK