The Thirteenth International Milton Symposium

Image: Adam and Eve. Oil on canvas, 63 x 46 cm. Palazzo Barberini.

Call for Papers

The Thirteenth International Milton Symposium will be held at the University of Toronto, Canada, 10-14 July 2023. The Symposium welcomes scholars from across the world for five days of lively discussion and convivial exchanges.

Plenary speakers

Achsah Guibbory
Lorna Hutson
Nicholas McDowell
Feisal Mohamed
Su Fang Ng
David Quint

The IMS Program Committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Milton studies, from established approaches to new and emerging ones.


The committee is pleased to announce that we can extend the paper submission deadline to 31 July.

In response to multiple requests, the committee also now invites proposals for roundtables that bring scholars together to discuss a central topic, question, approach, or problem relevant to the study of Milton. Topics not currently prominent in Milton studies are enthusiastically encouraged. A roundtable would feature between five and eight participants. All conference attendees are welcome to participate in a roundtable as well as deliver a 20-minute paper. The submission deadline for roundtable proposals is also 31 July.

A PDF version of the call for papers is available for download here. Please direct inquiries to miltonsymposium13 [at]

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Atlantic, Pacific, and Global Milton
Milton in the Americas, Milton in Canada
Comparative epic, classical reception, humanism
Rhetoric, language, translingualism
Lyric, music, voice 
Genre, form, adaptation
Illustration, graphic narrative, film
Cultures of reading: print, manuscript, DH
Romance, utopia, science fiction
Milton’s schoolrooms
Divorce, toleration, censorship
Chastity, marriage, polygamy
Gender, sexuality, asexuality, queerness
Theology, heresy, orthodoxy
Political theology; law and literature

Sovereignty, kingship, tyranny
Colony, empire, archipelago
Church, corporation, nation
Disability, blindness, plague
Monism, dualism, vitalism, mechanism
Animal, human, angel, deity
Ecology, environment, infrastructure
Anthropology, ethnography, indigeneity
Service, servitude, slavery, race
Milton’s Shakespeare
Milton and Cavendish
Milton and Spenser
Milton and Hobbes
Milton and . . . 
Milton studies now

Presented by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, Canada Research Chair Program and the Department of English at the University of Toronto.