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This blog is for CFPs for sessions in history for RSA 2018 New Orleans. Members may post CFPs here: sign in to RSA and select "add new post" to do so. Your post should include a title, and the CFP itself should be no longer than 250 words. Adding tags (key words) to your post will help others find your CFP. Make sure the CFP includes the organizer's name, email address or mail-to link for email address, and a deadline for proposals. Non-members may email to post a CFP. Please use the email address of the session organizer posted in the CFP to submit a paper proposal. CFPs are posted in order of receipt, with the newest postings appearing at the top of the blog. Members may subscribe to the blog to be notified when new CFPs are posted: click on the word Subscribe next to the green checkmark above.


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Between Word and Image: Multiform Arguments in the Historiography of Early Modern Women

Posted By Noa Yaari, Thursday, May 11, 2017

This panel explores historians’ arguments that combine verbal and visual means in their published work. These ‘multiform arguments’ create and communicate historical knowledge through verbal and visual evidence. As such, they represent a methodology or rhetorical device in historical research and writing. Focusing on the history of early modern women, the main questions of the panel are: Reading and observing the arguments, what are the techniques that historians use to lead their readers between the verbal and the visual components of their arguments? Do the connections between the verbal and the visual components enhance a particular understanding of early modern women? Considering the words, images and the transitions between them as parts of a unified grammatical sequence, can we identify typical challenges or potentials in constructing ‘multiform arguments’? And finally, can the study of early modern women be an insightful path to better understand the turn to hybrid epistemologies?

If you have published a study on early modern women that combines verbal and visual evidence and means, and would like to share your experience and insights at the RSA 2018 meeting, please email paper proposals, including files or scans of your publication/s, which you will discuss in your paper, to:

Noa Yaari ( by Wednesday, 17 May 2017. I will serve as a respondent at the panel. 

The proposals must include:
* paper title (15 words max)
* abstract (150 words max)
* keywords
* short curriculum vitae
(300 words max, NOT in prose form)
* audiovisual requirements

This is a CFP for a panel which will be submitted to The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) as a sponsored panel at the RSA 2018, New Orleans

Tags:  Historiography  image and text  New Approaches  women 

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De Indis and the Americans in Francisco de Vitoria

Posted By Italia M. Cannataro, Thursday, May 11, 2017

De Indis and the Americans in Francisco de Vitoria

One of the classical problem confronting the discipline of history of political thought,  is how order is created among sovereign states. The identification  has encouraged us seeking to clarify Vitoria’s place within the discipline to explore his work in terms of his understanding and treatment of this problem. Those are the questions that Vitoria handle in De indis Noviter Inventis and De Iure Bellis Hispanorum in Barbaros (1532).

Vitoria’s two lectures, as their titles suggest, are essentially concerned with relations between the Spanish and the Indians. Colonialism is the central theme of these two works. It is hardly possible to ignore the fact that Vitoria is preoccupied with a colonial relationship.  In those works, the author establishes certain rules that would allow the Catholic Monarchs to legalize the so-called colonization of America, but cleverly he also sets the basis of many rights of the indians, re – interpreting the idea of sovereignity, linked with two different system of law to account two different ideas of governance.


Keyword: Spanish – America, Colonialism, Sovereignity, Governance, Indis.


Italia Maria Cannataro

Researcher  in History of Politica thought, Foreign master, University of La Habana, Title of research “José Martì and cuban indipendence”. Her research interest regards: cuban indipendence, Latin – american identity, cuban liberalism, Ispano – American war, Castro and castroism,the cuestion del método and the cuban socialism, caudillos and authoritarism in South America. The idea of mestizaje in America. RSA membership, 2015, 2016, 2017. RSA Conference, Boston 2016, Title of speach: The philosophy of Francisco Suárez: an european scene in an american contest.

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Tags:  America  Colonialism  Governance  Indis  Sovereignity 

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Art and Memory Beyond Rulers: Family Art Patronage in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Maria DePrano, Monday, May 8, 2017

Families across the Italian peninsula actively engaged in art and architectural patronage for the benefit of their social status and to perpetuate family memory. Research analyzing the works commissioned by families in Early Modern Italy frequently concentrates on buildings and artworks ordered by rulers. This scholarly emphasis has been motivated by the leading artists of the works, significant numbers of surviving objects and buildings, the families’ historical importance and extant archival documentation. But, this concentration on art commissioned by rulers means that less is known about art patronage by minor noblemen,  professional elites, merchants, scholars and working class families . Using family archives and existing works can we determine what these men and women commissioned? How did they use art? What concerns and interests may have shaped the works? What could be learned by considering families of other class levels and their engagement with the arts? This CFP invites paper proposals from scholars working on non-ruling families throughout the Italian peninsula in the Early Modern period. Please send title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and short C.V. to the organizers, Maria DePrano ( and Kathleen Arthur ( by June 1, 2017. 

Tags:  architecture  art  family  Italy  memory  patronage  social status 

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SSEMW Call for Panel Proposals

Posted By Molly Bourne, Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) will sponsor up to three panels at the 2018 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held in New Orleans, 22-24 March. Organizers of a panel in any discipline that explores women and their contributions to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period are invited to apply for SSEMW sponsorship by submitting their proposals for complete panels to Molly Bourne (, SSEMW liaison for RSA, by no later than 24 May 2017 with the following materials:


-Abstract (max 150 words) describing the panel’s objective

 -Names & emails of panel organizer(s), chair, speakers, and any respondent(s)

-One-page CV (for organizers/speakers only), max 300 words, not in prose

-For each paper: title (max 15 words) & abstract (max 150 words)

-Specification of any audio/visual needs


Sponsorship of panels by the SSEMW signifies that panels are pre-approved and automatically accepted for the RSA annual meeting.


Per RSA rules, panels must include at least one scholar who is postdoctoral; graduate student participants should be within one or two years of defending their dissertations.


Decisions regarding SSEMW panel sponsorship will be sent out at least seven days prior to the regular RSA deadline (7 June 2017) for submission of panel or paper proposals. The SSEMW requires that scholars whose panels are accepted for sponsorship be/become members of the Society ( 

Tags:  gender  women 

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Posted By Jodi Cranston, Friday, May 5, 2017

Papers are invited to discuss any aspect relating to the 16th-century Venetian artist, Titian, and to his artworks. Although the session topic is framed monographically, we encourage papers that consider the engagement of Titian and his artworks with other artists, media, and geographical and social networks.

Submissions should be sent by May 15th to Jodi Cranston ( and Joanna Woods-Marsden (, and should include the following information:

  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. CV guidelines and models
  • general discipline area: History, Art History, Literature, or Other
  • any scheduling requests (scheduling requests will not be accepted after the submission deadline)

Tags:  art history  court culture  painting  Venice 

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“Deep Classics” and the Renaissance

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Thursday, May 4, 2017

As a new Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the RSA in New Orleans, LA.  For one of its inaugural panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on “Deep Classics” and the Renaissance.

Drawing on metaphors from fields as diverse as geology and evolution, the concept of “Deep Classics” has recently arisen out of, and in response to, the extraordinarily fertile field of classical reception studies. The term itself signals a consciousness of the distance, occlusions, and multiple strata that define any engagement with classical antiquity. In what has amounted to a programmatic statement of Deep Classics - or, perhaps more aptly, a programmatic fragment - Shane Butler has described its focus as “the very pose by which the human present turns its attention to the distant human past” (S. Butler, Deep Classics: Rethinking Classical Reception, Bloomsbury 2016). Although the founding volume of Deep Classics continues a trend in classical reception study, especially in the UK, of privileging Greek over Latin and modernity over early modernity, Butler is acutely sensitive to the broader applicability of the idea - “indeed, certain aspects of that pose have been important to Renaissance studies for a while now” - citing Barkan and, more recently, Nagel and Wood. We therefore welcome proposals that explore the relationship between Deep Classics and the Renaissance, in particular concerning ideas that “have less to do with ‘knowing’ than with other modes of affect and experience”.  In accordance with another central feature of Deep Classics, we also seek proposals that interrogate disciplinary configurations and self-conceptions.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts (150 words) and a short CV (300 words) should be sent as separate email attachments to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models) by May 31, 2017.  The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself on the abstract page.

Please include in the body of the email:

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • your paper title (15-word maximum)
  • relevant keywords

Tags:  antiquity  Classical Reception  Deep Classics  distance  early modern  early modernity  Renaissance  representation  self-conception  sensory experience 

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Unleashing the “mad Dogge”: Classical Reception in Early Modern Political Thought

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Thursday, May 4, 2017

As a new Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, LA.  For one of its inaugural panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical texts in early modern political thought.

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes called ancient books a "Venime" akin "to the biting of a mad Dogge," which had the power to corrupt their readers and bring down monarchies.  Hobbes' violent reaction captures the authority Greek and Roman political thought commanded in a period of radical change in systems of government and, concomitantly, in contemporary theorizing about politics.  Early modern readers absorbed Plautus, Plutarch, and rhetorical handbooks along with the authors central to later modern formations of the classical canon like Homer and Cicero.  These texts helped give shape to new debates over legitimacy, authority, virtue, community, and a host of other vital issues.

This panel invites papers that illuminate the historical impact of that reception or make a methodological contribution to the study of the reception of political thought in particular.  Following recent developments in the field, it welcomes studies of poetry and other media as well as canonical prose texts (e.g., Marsilius of Padua, Christine de Pizan, Machiavelli, More, Bodin, Jonson, Grotius, Hobbes, Harrington, Cavendish, Makin, Locke).

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts (150 words) and a short CV (300 words) should be sent as separate email attachments to (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models) by May 31, 2017.  The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself on the abstract page.

Please include in the body of the email:

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • your paper title (15-word maximum)
  • relevant keywords

Tags:  authority  Classical Reception  Classics  community  early modern  Hobbes  legitimacy  Locke  Machiavelli  More  policy-making  political thought  Renaissance  rhetoric  virtue 

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Posted By Thalia E. Allington-Wood, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Drowning, falling, floating, growing, burning, melting. How are elements figured in Renaissance and early modern artistic representation? From imagery of earth, water, air and fire, to the more ubiquitous sense of temperature, weight, darkness and light, how does visual culture contribute to an understanding of the elements in this period? From the thrusting up of rocks from beneath the earth through volcanoes and earthquakes, to the wide expanse of the cosmos, knowledge of natural phenomena was prominent in the Renaissance and early modern imagination. How do objects harness the elements in their production? What, for example, is the role of fire and earth in metal works and ceramics? Equally, how did elemental forces act upon and alter works of art – from physical damage to the influence of regional topographies, materials and pigments?

The landscape of elemental physics changed dramatically between 1300 and 1700. This history is characterised by a broad paradigm shift from a sublunar, terrestrial world made up of the four elements and their specific material attributes (hot, cold, heavy, light), to a globe experienced through Mercator’s seas, Galileo’s sky and Newton’s earth. Yet the elements, their effects upon the body, their power to manifest material things – and how they are imagined and contested in visual culture – do not always sit easily within this chronology. The representation of these forces is the focus of this panel. It is a subject that has the power to open up broader concerns regarding memory, motion, travel, sensory experience, metamorphosis, environmentalism and networks of knowledge exchange – social, cultural and political.

We welcome papers from across disciplines, from within Europe and beyond Western contexts. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

- The elements and their early modern properties: Earth/ Rock, Water, Air, Fire; hot, cold, wet, dry, heavy, light.
- Elements as complex, compound mixtures.
- Materiality & Making: sculpture and stone, ceramics and glass, metal and fire, water and fountains, earth and pigments.
- Elemental/ material states: solid, liquid and in-between.
- The effects of the elements upon the body: falling, burning, pain, joy, drowning, disease, phenomenological and sensory approaches to elemental force.
- Understanding within academic disciplines: natural philosophy, alchemy, chemistry, theories of metamorphosis.
- Cosmos: stars, sky, separation of celestial and terrestrial physics.
- Gravity.
- Light & Shadow.
- Manifestations of the elements in nature: wind, clouds, volcanoes, rivers, the sea, mountains, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms.
- Connections to landscape, geography, environmentalism, catastrophism, the non-human.
- Water & Travel: wetscapes, navigation and shipwreck, hydrographies.

Please send a paper title, abstract (150 word maximum), keywords, and a brief curriculum vitae (300 word maximum – see RSA guidelines for requirements) to and by 31 May 2017

Tags:  Air  artistic process  bodies  early modern  Earth  Elements  Fire  Materiality  natural history  Renaissance  temperature  visual culture  Water  weight 

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Approaching Waste in Renaissance Europe

Posted By Emily Butterworth, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

We are looking for one more participant for a panel on approaches to waste in Renaissance Europe. Topics that could be addressed include (but certainly are not limited to): treatments of waste as rhetorical trope; ecological approaches to waste; psychic waste; ruins, remains, and wastelands; material approaches (investigations of binding waste, hermeneutic problems of reading waste); reuse, recycling and upcycling.

Submission of proposals
Please send a 1-page document including a 150-word proposal and a brief CV to both organisers: and by Thursday May 25.

Tags:  ecology  material culture  rhetoric  waste 

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Noble Identity in the Spanish World

Posted By Elizabeth A. Terry-Roisin, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What is nobility? Is it based in lineage? In virtue? In the profession of arms or letters? How does the self-concept and identity of the Spanish nobility change from the time of Ferdinand and Isabella to Carlos II? Was there an “inflation of honors” and a disquieting sense of decline? This CFP invites papers on the self-fashioning and self-understanding of nobility in Spain and its sphere of influence, 1400-1700. Papers could focus on an individual family’s political, social, or economic ambitions, or on discourses of nobility in nobilarios, cartas de hidalguía, archival sources, and Spanish Golden Age literature more broadly. Geographic scope includes any region or city in Iberia, the Mediterranean, and the European empire of Charles V, to include the multitude of interactions and relationships between the Spanish, Portuguese, Burgundian, Italian, and German nobility. Also welcome are papers exploring the changing demands upon Spanish nobles at court, at war, and in positions of authority in Italy and elsewhere, and as promoters of Renaissance cultural and political projects.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for 20-minute papers should include a preliminary title for the paper, an abstract of 150 words, a one-page CV with current affiliation and contact information.

Submit your proposal to by May 23, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Noble Identity in the Spanish World.”

Tags:  Burgundy  court culture  culture  discourse  hidalguía  Iberia  identity  Italy  Mediterranean  nobility  Renaissance  self-fashioning  Spain 

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