Queen Elizabeth I Portrait

The Queen Elizabeth I Society aims to bring together scholars interested in the Queen and in the intellectual, artistic, cultural, and religious life of her court so that we can share ideas, develop professional friendships, and work together on collaborative projects. We welcome specialists in art, history, literature, music, politics, philosophy, and all other relevant fields.

The 2015 Queen Elizabeth I Society Annual Meeting will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, March 12-14, 2015, in conjunction with the South Central Renaissance Conference. 

Keynote Speakers Announced for 2015 Annual Meeting: 

The Queen Elizabeth I Society is proud to announce the keynote speakers for the 2015 annual meeting to be held in conjunction with the South Central Renaissance Conference:

Donald Stump, Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies, St. Louis University 

"Elizabeth as 'The Woman Clothed with the Sun': Spenser's English Apocalypse"

Professor Stump is the author and editor of several works, including Elizabeth I and the 'Sovereign Arts': Essays in Literature, History, and Culture (with Linda Shenck and Carole Levin, 2011) and Elizabeth I and Her Age: A Norton Critical Edition (with Susan Felch, 2009).

Jane A. Lawson, Senior Program Associate, Emory University

"Always on Duty: Personnel of the Privy Chamber"

Jane Lawson is the editor of The Elizabethan New Year's Gift Exchanges, 1559-1603 (2013) and co-author with Arthur Kinney of Titled Elizabethans: A Directory of Elizabethan Court, State and Church Officers, 1558-1603, second edition expanded (Queenship and Power series, 2014).

All scholars of sixteenth-century history and culture are encouraged to submit a 400–500 word abstract for the next annual meeting by December 1, 2014

Special Topic: we are especially interested in papers focusing on the life, interests, and accomplishments of either Edmund Spenser or the Sidneys in relation to Elizabeth I and the literature, art, science, religion, architecture, politics, or music of her reign.  We will, of course, consider other topics as well.

Submitting an abstract: All abstracts must be submitted via the South Central Renaissance Conference website. When asked, “Submit abstract to which organization," choose QEIS from the pull-down menu, and fill out the form. Then immediately send a brief email giving the title of the paper and the date you submitted the abstract to the President of QEIS, Brandie Siegfried (brandie_siegfried@byu.edu).

Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes. 

All papers accepted for the QEIS conference will be eligible for the Agnes Strickland Prize for best essay. To be considered for this prize, please send a copy of your conference paper to brandie_siegfried@byu.edu by March 1, 2015.  


Image of Elizabeth I credit Wikimedia Commons.

© Grant Moss 2014