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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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Sir Walter Raleigh's Irish ambitions: new evidence

Posted By David Edwards, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Among the Lismore Manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland there is a tranche of material regarding the Irish affairs of Sir Walter Raleigh. The material covers the years between 1586, when Raleigh became involved in the Munster Plantation, and 1602, when he sold his plantation seigniory to the future earl of Cork. This paper will outline the full range of Raleigh-related items in the collection, paying particular attention to those of political interest. Chief amongst these is a document headed Remembrances for Ireland. Written in June 1590 it reveals Raleigh as nurturing ambitious plans to develop a direct influence on the government of the country, something not previously realised. Although ultimately Raleigh would step back from a larger Irish role, other items in the collection show that his interest was sustained over several years, and that he maintained an identifiable Irish clientele that lasted until his downfall in 1603.

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Tags:  1590s  history  Ireland  politics  Raleigh 

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Surveillance and Control in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Celeste I. McNamara, Friday, June 2, 2017

CFP: Surveillance and Control in Early Modern Italy


Early modern Italian states and the Church all had mechanisms for controlling information and behaviour and maintaining surveillance over the people within and even beyond their territories. These ranged from specialized official committees to occasional spies and informers. Public proclamations, formal deliberations, secret denunciations, propaganda and even  more subtle rumour mills were all devised to enforce such surveillance and control of behaviour and conduct. This panel invites papers that examine the ways early modern authorities attempted to police and control the behaviour of their people and the information they accessed How did states and Church police morality and behaviour? . How was the communication of ‘sensitive’ information managed and controlled? Importantly, how was such knowledge  used and abused, both by governments and the governed?


Proposals should include a paper title (15 word maximum), abstract (150 word maximum), keywords, AV requirements, and an abbreviated CV (300 word maximum, not prose form). Doctoral students must include in their CV the title of their dissertation and demonstrate that they are within two years of defending.


Please submit proposals by June 5 to Celeste McNamara at and Ioanna Iordanou at

Tags:  early modern  History  Italy  religion  state administration 

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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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The Far North in the Early Modern Imagination

Posted By Kjell Wangensteen, Monday, May 22, 2017

Since at least the time of Hesiod, the land of the far north has been described in wondrous, exotic, and even paradisiacal terms.  The Hyperboreans—those living “beyond the north wind”—were extolled by Pindar as an especially peaceful and long-lived race.  In his famous Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), printed in Rome in 1555, the exiled Swedish archbishop Olaus Magnus (1490-1557) described his homeland as a place of noble warriors, strange myths, fantastic beasts, and extraordinary natural phenomena.  Magnus’s account was reprinted in numerous editions and translated into six languages, stoking interest throughout Europe in the far north and its inhabitants.  Well into the seventeenth century, this fascination manifested in nearly all aspects of European culture, from politics and literature to art and the natural sciences. 

This session invites papers from a variety of disciplines that investigate and interpret the early modern understanding of the far north (broadly defined), from the sixteenth century through the beginning of the eighteenth.  Topics may include travel accounts to northern climes and their reception, contemporary visual depictions of the lands and people of the far north, the discovery and publication of rune stones and other pre-Christian archaeological finds, historical claims to Gothic lineage and their use for political ends, the construction of patriotic narratives and mythologies, and the study, depiction, and analysis of northern flora and fauna.

Please email paper proposals, including a title and abstract of approximately 150 words, as well as a list of keywords, a current C.V. and a short bio (300-word maximum) to Kjell Wangensteen ( by Saturday, June 3.

Tags:  Art History  History  History of Science  landscape  Northern Europe  Scandinavia  Travel Accounts 

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