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Online Olio Webinar Series: Call for Panel Chairs

Call for panel chairs: 3rd annual “Online Olio” webinar series -- Fall 2022

Deadline: July 31st, 2022

Hosted by Digital Cavendish, Sponsored by the International Margaret Cavendish Society.

Co-founded by Arnaud Zimmern, Sophia Richardson, and E Mariah Spencer.

In Fall 2020, we debuted a webinar series that helped academics in early modern women's studies fight scholarly isolation during the pandemic. In Fall 2021, we doubled our registration numbers, gathered over 12,000 views on YouTube, and outmatched our goal of broadening access to and visibility of research related to Margaret Cavendish and early modern women. We expanded our teaching resources to include themed bibliographies, deepened and diversified ties between graduate students, early-career researchers, and advanced and independent scholars, and fortified critical conversations around women's contributions to the pre-modern world. You had better believe we're ready for round 3!

We seek chairs to design innovative webinars for fall 2022 (tentatively scheduled for Saturdays in October). Graduate students, post-docs, early-career and precarious scholars are all eligible to apply by July 31, 2022. Successful applications will be provided with an online venue to present work and invite admired scholars. Our 3 finalists will benefit from customized logistical help, free advertising, week-of and day-of coordination, and hosting on Zoom and YouTube by experienced former chairs.

To apply, please fill out this Google Form. You will be asked to submit a recent CV and a 150–200-word abstract describing a webinar/panel you would like to design and chair, along with a wish list of 5-6 panelists (ideally an interdisciplinary mix of late and early career researchers).

We welcome webinars on themes common to existing scholarship (early modern writing and editing, natural philosophy, gender, Restoration drama, race and class) and on new avenues, disciplines, and periods (textiles and dress, ecology, global trade, history of mathematics and architecture). We warmly invite a broad range of international and interdisciplinary participants. To see examples of past sessions, check out our YouTube channel here. For questions, or to inquire about suitable panel topics, please email at

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