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In 1604, Sir Henry Wotton famously quipped, “An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” The English diplomat’s remark underscores the performative role of the state representative and draws attention to the duplicitous nature of diplomatic practices. Interdisciplinary developments in New Diplomatic History have, however, generated a new discourse of early modern diplomacy that is more nuanced. In keeping with this dialogue, this special issue considers how English institutional and sociocultural networks informed diplomatic practice in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, and how diplomatic thought, representation, and the forging of international relations were interpreted within various English communities. This issue takes a special interest in how “ideologies of diplomacy” were formed, negotiated, and articulated within and beyond formal diplomatic spheres. More specifically, it examines the impact of diplomatic thought and practice on English attitudes toward early modern governance: how did diplomatic exchanges influence domestic policy-making, and how can we contextualize the implications of policy interpretation and implementation in terms of diplomatic representation? To what degree were diplomatic negotiations subject to the formal mechanisms of English government proceedings (i.e., the Privy Council’s recommendations) beyond the traditional confines of diplomatic missions? How did patronage networks facilitate or subvert popular diplomatic thought and expression among different English communities? This special issue welcomes essays that address the ambiguous and contradictory elements of diplomatic reciprocity, particularly discussions that explicate the tensions between diplomatic ambition and local governance in early modern England.
Pilgrimage is a central motif of medieval European culture. It is also one of the most contested theological and cultural categories of the Reformation. However, little work has been done on the actual texts of the pilgrimage route, which include accounts of and guides for pilgrimage and manuscripts and printed objects that were encountered, acquired, or donated by pilgrims at pilgrimage sites or during the journey. We invite proposals that focus on the production, exchange, and reception of pilgrimage texts in medieval and early modern Europe. We especially welcome detailed, empirical studies of specific texts or manuscripts and their sociocultural contexts; work that is interdisciplinary or transnational in nature; and essays that bring new primary material into scholarly scrutiny or new theoretical and methodological perspectives on medieval pilgrimage.
For this open-topic issue of the journal, the editors invite articles that are both informed by historical inquiry and alert to issues raised by contemporary theoretical debate. We expect that essays will be grounded in an intimate knowledge of a particular past and that their argumentation reveal a concern for the theoretical and methodological issues involved in interpretation. We are particularly committed to work that seeks to overcome the polarization between history and theory in the study of premodern Western culture.
The field of performance studies has inspired critical reevaluations of drama as an embodied, rather than simply textual, medium. However, apart from a few notable exceptions, premodern drama scholarship has yet to examine nontheatrical performances with the same rigor afforded plays and dramatic entertainments. This special issue addresses this gap in the field. What might closer attention to offstage cultural performances―quotidian and ritualized, occupational and festal, carefully premeditated and improvised—reveal about medieval and early modern culture? What are the roles of the premodern spectator and in what ways does the transactional nature of performance redistribute authority? What work does performance do to initiate, reform, or ratify a sense of community? And how might an insistence on performance as decidedly non-metaphorical—that is, not as a conceit that represents social practice, but as something that is itself a form of social practice—help us to recover voices otherwise silenced in drama-focused studies? We invite submissions that address these inquiries. Of particular interest are essays in dialogue with nonliterary disciplines, such as social anthropology, speech act theory, cognitive theory, and theorizations of political activism and performativity. The volume aims to take performance seriously as a viable medium of cultural and social maintenance, rather than as a symptom of a more text-based interpretive practices.