How to do things with early modern words

Event Date: 
23 Apr 2020 to 25 Apr 2020

Interdisciplinary opportunities, dialogues, and methodologies;


Loughborough University, UK


2020 will see the publication of the first two volumes of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn. Editing Aphra Behn’s remarkable oeuvre has involved an international and interdisciplinary team of scholars, drawing on expertise from across the humanities. ‘How to do things with early modern words’, a three-day conference to mark the 350th anniversary of the start of Behn’s public career, aims to celebrate and develop interdisciplinary approaches to early modern studies. Bringing together researchers working in all fields represented within the edition, including literature, history, theatre history, language, and digital humanities, between 1500 and 1750, the conference will explore cutting-edge themes, perspectives and approaches in scholarship on the early modern world.


Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Terttu Nevalainen, University of Helsinki
  • Professor Martin Dzelzainis, University of Leicester
  • Dr Ruth Ahnert, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Tim Harris, Brown University


We invite papers which explore and/or critique interdisciplinary approaches to early modern scholarship, alongside discussions of digital technology, conceptual advances, or new archival discoveries within or across disciplines. Please submit abstracts (300 words) for 20-minute papers, complete panels (comprising 3 or 4 papers), or 10-minute Pecha Kucha presentations to by Monday, 23 September 2019. @EditingBehn

Submission date for papers: 
23 Jun 2019