Explorations in Renaissance Culture Wants You (Yes, You)


Andrew Fleck is Associate Professor
of English at the University of Texas at
El Paso. He is also the Editor-in-Chief
of Explorations in Renaissance Culture,
SCRC’s peer-reviewed journal.

You probably know that you have access to a really outstanding journal through your organization. You’re buying an electronic subscription to it (and you should use it til you abuse it!). You may even be interested in that old-fashioned thing called a hard copy (and two hard copies per year only cost you 15 dollars more than your pixilated e-version!). Maybe you or your students are even accessing Explorations in Renaissance Culture through your institution’s subscription. But, did you ever wonder about how the delectable sausage that is ERC gets made? Well, my friends, read on!

Almost fifty years ago, the South-Central Renaissance Conference made the decision to create a journal as an outlet for the best scholarship presented by its members. Over the years, Explorations in Renaissance Culture was produced as a labor of love by the leaders of the organization. Recently, we partnered with a large scholarly publisher, Brill, to expand our reach. The journal now receives submissions from scholars in the global south, central and southern Asia, across Europe, and from North America. ERC appears twice a year and turns submissions around comparatively quickly.The SCRC continues to sponsor an award in honor of Albert W. Fields for the best essay to appear in Explorations each year.  It’s important to me, personally, that members of the SCRC know that our journal wants submissions from you: an expanded version of a paper you presented at the conference, part of a chapter from your book manuscript, or something you’ve been kicking around for a while and want to put out there for others to read.

Explorations in Renaissance Culture is itself a respected journal, publishing outstanding peer-reviewed research in all areas of early modern interest. We often publish essays about Elizabethan literature, Italian Art History, or European History. But we also would love to read and publish high-quality submissions on musicology, philosophy, histories other than the Tudors, ecclesiastical history, visual arts from across Europe, literatures other than English, or any other early modern scholarly topic. The editorial team of the journal is always pleased to receive inquiries about publishing with ERC. If you are considering where to publish your next piece of scholarship, give some thought to submitting your work to ERC. We want you and your work in our journal!

— Andrew Fleck

The Hudson Strode Program Welcomes You to Tuscaloosa

Michelle M. Dowd is Hudson
Strode Professor of
English and Director of the

Hudson Strode Program
in Renaissance Studies.

She is also the Local Host
for the 2022 SCRC in

Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

On behalf of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, I am delighted to welcome the South Central Renaissance Conference to our beautiful campus at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa! March is typically a lovely time of year here on campus, and we hope you will join us in-person for lively scholarly exchange in T-Town!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Strode Program, we are a privately endowed program named for a longtime faculty member that promotes the study of early modern British literature and culture. Part of the UA English Department, our program includes six tenured and tenure-track faculty members working in premodern British and transatlantic literature, and we also work closely with faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Departments of Art and Art History, Gender and Race Studies, History, Modern Languages and Classics, and Theatre and Dance. We support graduate study at both the MA and PhD levels, and we also host a range of programs, including symposia, lectures by distinguished scholars, a film series, and The Alabama Shakespeare Project—a performance-based research collective exploring early modern entertainment. We also sponsor an academic book series, Strode Studies in Early Modern Literature and Culture, that is welcoming new submissions!

The University of Alabama is a member of The Folger Institute Consortium, and Strode students have successfully applied, with funding, to competitive Folger programs. The intellectual work and educational activities sponsored by the Strode Program benefit not only our students and faculty but also the broader University of Alabama and West Alabama community.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our community this March for SCRC 2022. Roll Tide!

— Michelle M. Dowd