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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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Taming the Past in Early Modern Britain

Posted By Meredith Beales, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

            Recent scholarship has reminded us that in early modern Britain, the past was not a single, monolithic narrative; instead, it was ‘wild,’ a vast sweep of facts and stories whose irreconcilability often intruded uncomfortably on people, even as they strived to reconcile this multiplicity with their own notions of continuity and change. 


This panel invites papers that examine the various ways early modern Britons attempted to tame their ‘wild’ past.  How did they respond to competing narratives of national pasts?  What was the influence of local customs and traditions? What value was placed on family ancestry and pedigree? How did oral traditions and popular print media such as almanacs and chronologies shape the sense of the past? How did religion determine the telling of history? Why the popularity of history plays? How did geography and regional language play into the past? To what degree did gender play a role in the recording and transmission of history?


Proposals on these and related topics must include:


·      Paper title (15-word maximum)


·      Abstract (150-word maximum)


·      Keywords


·      AV requirements


·      Abbreviated CV (300-word maximum, not prose form).  Additional guidelines for doctoral students from the RSA: The CVs of doctoral students should include the title of their dissertation, if applicable, and must show that they are within a short time (around 2 years) of defending their dissertation.  They should be presenting dissertation research, not term papers.


Please note that RSA’s submission system will not accept entries that exceed the stated word count. Submit proposals by June 2nd to Meredith Beales: m [dot] beales [at]

Tags:  England  Historical Drama  Historiography  History 

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Self-Fashioning and Re-fashioning the Renaissance

Posted By Imogen Tedbury, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Every major artistic, political, and ecclesiastical figure of the Renaissance consciously manipulated their public image, intentionally fashioning how diverse audiences in different contexts would perceive them. The creation of these personae rendered both identifying features and historical narratives malleable. This practice often extended beyond the self, with lineages traced to fantastic origins, remembered ancestors glorified through manipulated memory, and the narrative of historical events rewritten. Since the Renaissance, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century scholarship has created new mythologies around these same Renaissance figures, sometimes derived from their original personae but often re-fashioned from more recent conceptions of history, patronage, art, or literature. In some instances, Renaissance self-fashioning has become obscured by the re-fashioned mythologies of scholarship.

At forty years’ distance from Stephen Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning and in light of recent research re-examining the reception of Renaissance art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this panel seeks to interrogate the relationship between Renaissance and modern mythologies. It aims to reconsider present-day conceptions of major artistic, political, and ecclesiastical individuals based on (or contrasting with) the crafting of identity in the Renaissance period, alongside mythologies now recognized as modern lore. We welcome proposals that explore the Renaissance self-fashioning and modern re-fashioning of figures from 1300-1700 throughout Europe. Topics might include, but are not limited to:


       Case studies and Comparisons: The reassessment of a Renaissance figure (artistic, political, ecclesiastical, etc.) and their contemporary or modern mythology; a discussion of an understudied individual who has remained overlooked; the examination of a figure who has had a cyclical resurgence of scholarship over the past centuries

       Reception Networks: The investigation of the relationship between patron, artist/writer, public, and/or scholar in the development of both modern and Renaissance myths

       Sources and Resources: Parallels and/or disjunctions between the art, literature, etc. that contributed to a figure's public image, the archival sources that fueled nineteenth or twentieth-century scholarship, and/or contemporary conceptions of an individual, including political, geographical, and personal agendas

Papers are welcome from multiple fields (art history, history, literature, sociology, etc.). Please send 150-word abstracts and a brief CV (see RSA guidelines here) to Alexander J. Noelle ( and Imogen Tedbury ( by Sunday 4th June 2017.

Tags:  early modern  Historiography  identity  private/public  Renaissance  representation  self-conception  self-fashioning 

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Thomas More in history, literature, and theology

Posted By Emily A. Ransom, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On the heels of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the International Association for Thomas More Studies is continuing to garner enthusiasm for Thomas More studies among both rising and established scholars at the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting (New Orleans, March 22–24).  Any research relating to Thomas More is invited, including:

  • Utopia (and utopias, law, transatlantic studies, travel literature, satire, etc.)
  • Richard III (and historiography, tyranny, drama, influence on Shakespeare, etc.)
  • The epigrams (and translation, poetic theory, polemics, proverbs, jestbooks, afterlife, etc.)
  • Reformation controversy (and law, ecclesiology, consensus, polemics, rhetoric, biblical translation, Luther, Tyndale, Henry VIII, etc.)
  • Martyrdom (and consolation, devotion, historiography, afterlife, competing literary legacies, Shakespeare’s Book of Thomas More, etc.)

To submit a proposal, please send a 150-word abstract and current CV to Emily Ransom ( by June 1.  Proposals will be considered as they come with a fast turn-around time.  Scholars at any stage of their careers are warmly welcome.

Tags:  devotion  Historiography  humanism  martyrdom  poetry  politics  Religion  rhetoric  translation 

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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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The space in between: Reconsidering the distance that separates early modern fact from fiction

Posted By Kelsey Ihinger, Monday, May 1, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017

In the era of “alternative facts” and “fake news” one may rightfully question where objectivity lies. It may seem that the distance between fact and fiction is growing increasingly blurrier in today’s world, but this is not a question relevant only in our current, rapidly-changing political climate. History as a discipline has evolved since the early modern period into a genre epitomized by its objectivity, yet according to Hayden White all historians perform a “poetic act” upon writing down the stories they plan to tell. We may consider, then, the space that exists between the literary and historical genres as a space of productive contemplation. This panel seeks papers that consider the question of separation or contact between fact and fiction in the early modern period, when histories and chronicles were written with royal patronage, when religion permeated a country’s understanding of truth, and when news came in the form of propagandistic pamphlets. In this era, can there exist a real division between fact and fiction? How does our reading of the chronicle change when considered through the lens of literary criticism rather than historiography? How do the various historical genres—historical drama, news pamphlets, chronicles—interact with their historical subject and the author’s ability to manipulate it? How does the early modern author who writes about history conceive of his own task? These are questions that this panel will explore as it seeks to open up the space that exists between history and literature in the early modern period.

 Please send a 150-word abstract and a 300-word CV to Kelsey Ihinger ( Proposals must be received by end of day on Friday, May 12. This panel will be sponsored by the Center for Early Modern Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tags:  Chronicles  Historical Drama  Historiography  Literature 

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Iberian Pornographies, 1300-1650

Posted By Chad Leahy, Sunday, April 30, 2017

 We invite papers that broadly interrogate ‘pornography’ and ‘the pornographic’ in the context of Early Modern Iberia and its global colonial kingdoms. We encourage innovative responses to questions that include, but are not limited to: What new critical and theoretical tools can be brought to bear in putting the post-Enlightenment category of the ‘pornographic’ in dialogue with Early Modern texts and practices? What constitutes ‘pornography’ and where do we locate it in Imperial Spain and Portugal? What social, political, economic work does ‘pornography’ do in this context? How is ‘pornography’ regulated or resisted by institutions or individuals (i.e.  confessors, moralists, theologians, the Inquisition)? How is it circulated and consumed? In what media (manuscript or print; painting, sculpture, tapestry; poetry, prose, theater; music) is it transmitted? How do the particular material or structural constraints of a given medium affect representation, circulation, or consumption? How might the ‘pornographic’ manifest itself in unexpected places (i.e. religious art or treatises)? How might a ‘pornographic’ lens help shed new light on early modern Iberian artistic, literary, and historiographic canons? 

Please send paper titles, abstracts (150 words max.), and keywords to and by Wednesday, May 24.

Tags:  Art  Bodies  erotic  Historiography  Literature  pornography 

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