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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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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 


Remapping Influence. New Studies of Lyric and the Iberian Empires

Posted By Elizabeth B. Davis, Monday, May 1, 2017

Narratives of influence are usually unidirectional. This is especially the case for narratives of imperial centers and peripheries in which influence is often depicted as belated, exaggerated or marked by artistic anxiety. Curiously, however, the imperial peripheries of Spanish and Portuguese empires were also locales of innovative experiments that often anticipated or surpassed metropolitan lyric form. These panels seek papers that invert common narratives of influence by discussing the innovation of lyric in peripheral geographies, boomerang effects of imperial lyric on the metropolis, lyric form that traveled with authors to and from imperial frontiers, dislocated centers of experimentation, and ways in which the geography of empire itself forced new forms of lyric circulation. How do these innovations and renewals force a reconsideration of the terms of imperial lyric? What does lyric do in and to Iberian empires?

 Please send a 200-word abstract, a list of key words, and a brief CV (no more than 300 words) in a single Word document to Juan Vitulli ( and Anna More ( by by Monday, 15 May 2017. See guidelines for CVs on the RSA’s annual meeting page. While the RSA requests that participants make an effort to prepare papers in English, Spanish presentations will be considered (note that abstract and paper must be written in the same language).

This panel is sponsored by the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry.

Tags:  Barroco de Indias  early modern Spain  Iberia  imperial lyric  Latin American Colonial  Portugal 

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