Proposals for workshop sessions that consider action and agency in relation to the conference themes — confrontation, collectivity, choice, and pedagogy — may now be submitted, to Detailed instructions on submission below.

Proposal due date: December 15, 2017

Workshop Session Guidelines

Most sessions at Attending to Early Modern women are 90-minute workshop sessions organized by a group of two to four leaders who circulate readings, questions, and other materials in advance through the conference website. Leaders spend no more than twenty minutes framing the issues and opening up the conversation, then facilitate active participation and focused discussion. The best workshops are often comparative and interdisciplinary, and all allow participants to share information and ignorance, pass on knowledge, ask advice, and learn something new. Proposals should attend to the form as well as to the content of the workshop, and the form requires conversation and collaboration. Graduate students are encouraged to submit workshop proposals.

All workshop organizers are expected to register for, attend, and participate in the entire conference, not just their workshop. Please ensure that all organizers are committed to participating before submitting a proposal.

We cannot accept individual proposals, but those who have an idea for a workshop and need to locate other organizers may send the conference organizers a short paragraph with your ideas and your e-mail address to We will post these regularly on this website, on the link “Workshop Ideas.” Check that link if you are looking for workshop possibilities, and contact the individual directly if your interests fit together. Once you have enough people to organize a workshop, submit a proposal following the directions below, and we will remove your tentative idea from the website.

All proposals must include the following:

  1. Title of workshop.
  2. A two-to-three sentence summary of its focus and its relevance to a particular conference theme or themes.
  3. Name, institutional affiliation, disciplinary specialization, and email address of each organizer.
  4. Name of one organizer who will act as the contact person. This organizer must provide his or her home and institutional addresses, email address, and telephone numbers.
  5. 1 1/2 – 2 page description of the workshop, including the key questions to be posed to participants, how the pre-circulated readings (or other materials such as pictures, slides, recordings, films, or dramatic presentations) will facilitate discussion, and how the organizers will foster other means of interaction. Organizers should indicate how the workshop will help us think in new ways about important issues and/or raise new questions about one or more of the conference themes, and how the workshop will facilitate conversations across academic disciplines, national cultures, or eras.
  6. A preliminary list of readings (no more than 15-20 total pages, or 30 minutes reading per workshop) with the number of pages or other materials for prior circulation indicated, if applicable. You may include a list of additional SUGGESTED readings.

If your workshop is accepted, the workshop description and reading list will be posted on the conference website. Readings will also be posted in a password-protected space; workshop organizers must provide either the hard copy of their readings or the electronic text by March 15, 2018.

Send electronic proposals to in .doc or .pdf format.

ATW 2018 Call for Proposals (pdf)