The Andrew Marvell Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 2017 South-Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC) on any aspect of Marvell studies from established scholars in the field as well as graduate students and newcomers. Papers may be suggesting new historical, cultural, and discursive contexts for his works in verse and prose, re-examining them with new analytical techniques, or drawing attention to previously unknown or overlooked facets of Marvell’s work and his relationship to both people and topics in the seventeenth century.

Every year at the SCRC, the Marvell Society holds a ‘Special Poem’ panel: for this, one poem is selected each year, and then analysed in a different way by three presenters. The poem selected for 2017 is ‘The Mower Against Gardens’. If you are interested in participating in the Special Poem panel, please contact Executive Secretary Emma Annette Wilson in advance to assist with the coordination of this panel. Abstracts for the special poem panel are submitted in the same way as all other abstracts (see below for details). Papers given as part of this panel will be considered for publication in Marvell Studies.

The SCRC will be held from 20-22 April 2017 in Austin, Texas, under the auspices of the University of Texas at Austin. It is a special year for the conference, as it is celebrating its 65th anniversary, so we hope many of you will join us for this great scholarly event. Information about venue, hotel rates and reservations for delegates, registration, and the conference program will be made available via the SCRC website (http://www.scrc.us.com/).

Proposals for Marvell Society papers must be submitted as abstracts via the South-Central Renaissance Conference website’s abstract submission form (coming soon) at the conference website (http://www.scrc.us.com) no later than 15 December 2016. Scholars need to submit one more detailed abstract of approximately 400-500 words, and a shorter 100-word version for inclusion in the conference program should their proposal be successful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Executive Secretary Emma Annette Wilson (eawilson8@ua.edu) and she will be delighted to be of help. The deadline for submissions is 15 December 2016.

The conference’s general call for papers may be viewed here.