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The Golden Legend: The Many Afterlives of Jacobus de Varagine (d. 1298)

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Golden Legend: The Many Afterlives of Jacobus de Varagine (d.1298)

The Hagiography Society is pleased invite abstracts addressing the persistence of the thirteenth-century Legenda aurea into the age of print and global Catholicism. Compiled by Genoese Dominican Jacobus de Varagine, the Golden Legend enjoyed medieval popularity as proven by hundreds of manuscripts and artistic programs. Much less explored is the renaissance success of the compilation, which continued to be printed right across the sixteenth century, even in the homages of imitators. What can we learn from the printing history of this work? What part did the Counterreformation play in its success? To what extent did the Golden Legend enter the global market? What local translations, adaptations, illustrations, reframings, additions, reworkings, and extractions kept these saints’ stories alive for new audiences, even as emerging intellectual currents undercut their theological and epistemological status?

Contact with your titled abstract of not more than 150 words. Due date 5 June 2017.

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Tags:  Golden Legend  print history  relics  saints  shrines 

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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:  Art History  identity  private  public sphere  RenaissanceLiterature  self-conception 

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Andrew Marvell Society

Posted By Alessandro C. Garganigo, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sponsored Sessions Call: Andrew Marvell Society

1. Marvell in Theory: For decades, historicism has been the default for Marvell criticism because it works so well, adapting quickly to the changing products of a time when poetry was politics.  But historicism has at times avoided explicit theorizing about its own conditions of production and consumption.  Building on its manifest successes, we welcome a new influx of consciously theoretical approaches to a poet and satirist who bridged many different worlds.  These include, among others: Marxism, feminism, gender and sexuality studies, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, cognitive/evolutionary studies, science studies, ethical criticism, ecocriticism, object studies, gesture studies, and ability studies.

2. Marvell and the Kiltic Fringe: After discussions began about a proposed union of England and Scotland in 1669, Marvell indicated his support in The Loyal Scot.  His constituency letters advertise an alertness to developments in Scotland and other parts of the Celtic fringe.  In Scaevola Scoto-Brittannus Marvell lionizes a failed assassin of the Scottish Primate, James Sharpe.  Thus, papers would be welcome on any topic related to Marvell’s representations of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, as well as of border regions like Yorkshire -- the latter Marvell’s birthplace and soon-to-be-host of his 400th birthday celebrations in 2021.

3. Thinking with Marvell: It is axiomatic that literature encodes mental process, that skilled writers deploy genre, style, imagery, and figures of speech to propagate ideas and ways of thinking.  Given that so many of Marvell’s poems fixate on the human mind, often “Annihilating all that’s made / To a green thought in a green shade,” we should continue to investigate the varieties of thinking encouraged by the speech-acts in his lyrics and satires.  How, for example, do Marvellian similes differ from their Miltonic and Shakespearean counterparts?  What do his other figures and genres perform (and invite us to perform) in thought, word, and deed?  How can we use Marvell to advance our own thinking about a rapidly changing world?

For all three sessions, please send a title, 150-word abstract, 300-word CV, keywords, and A/V requirements to Alex Garganigo ( by June 5, 2017.

Tags:  Andrew Marvell  Britain  history  literature  lyric  satire  theory 

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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  Literature  Northern Europe  Scandinavia  Travel Accounts 

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Mimesis and Fantasy in Early Modern Spanish Art

Posted By Elizabeth Gansen, Monday, May 22, 2017

We invite papers that offer new approaches to the study of the relationship between imitation and imagination in early modern Spanish artistic theory and practice.  Recent scholarship on Spanish artistic theory in general has revealed that, rather than slavishly following Italian examples, Spanish writers and artists produced nuanced and complex aesthetics.  While many authors and artists were undoubtedly interested in Italian developments, they were also invested in their own study of ancient ideas on the subject. Expanding beyond Plato’s definitions, Spanish visual and textual discourses on the uses of mimesis and fantasy suggest that the understanding of visual representation was both auspicious and problematic, extending beyond the artistic realm to encompass all human activity.

We seek contributions to the broadening understanding of these topics.  Papers may focus on a variety of issues and approaches, such as the elaboration of aesthetic ideas in textual or pictorial form, the impact of ideas in artistic practice, the influence of aesthetics on the development of new techniques or conventions, and the relationship of art to ideology.

Please email proposals to both Elizabeth Gansen ( and Alejandra Gimenez-Berger  ( by June 3rd, 2017. Proposals should adhere to RSA guidelines and include a paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).

Tags:  Art history  Artistic practice  Artistic theory  Book history  Image and text  Spain 


Teaching Race: A Roundtable

Posted By Anna Wainwright, Saturday, May 20, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Organizers: Alison Frazier, Anna Wainwright

This roundtable explores how we early modernists engage race in our classrooms. We seek five-six participants, each willing to share an innovative lesson plan: what sources do you use, what activities and projects have you found successful for introducing students of different race-, class-, and gender-positions to the history, philosophy, art, and literature of the early modern world? More generally, this panel aims to encourage discussion about public engagement: what does it mean to teach Renaissance constructions of race in this global moment, so fraught with racial violence? How do we at once acknowledge the historiographical traditions of our disciplines, as we surpass the limits of those traditions to fashion inclusive and "intersectional" historiographies of the Renaissance?

Contact Anna Wainwright (NYU) with your titled abstract of not more than 150 words.

For questions about submissions, see



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The Legacy of Scholasticism in Early Modern English Literature

Posted By James A. Knapp, Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Legacy of Scholasticism in Early Modern English Literature

The humanist rejection of the scholastics is often noted among the developments marking the line between early modern and medieval thought. This rift is particularly noticeable in post-Reformation England. Yet the influence of scholastic thought was felt well into the seventeenth century in England, as theological debates intensified around developments in natural philosophy. This panel welcomes papers dealing with the literary texts that betray the continued influence of scholastic thought in an increasingly early modern context. Papers might consider the importance of Aristotelianism broadly, the legacy of specific scholastic thinkers such as Aquinas, Ockham, Duns Scotus, and Cusa, or the medieval Arabic tradition descended from Averroes (Ibn Rushd) and Avicenna (Ibn Sina).

This panel is sponsored by the Discipline of English Literature.

Please submit the following materials to James Knapp ( by June 2nd to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.

Tags:  humanism  medieval thought  natural philosophy  religious poetry  scholasticism 

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The Work of Deceit in the Early Modern Period: Practice, Craft, and Labor of Crime

Posted By Ani Govjian, Saturday, May 20, 2017
Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Is clowning work? What is the practice of subterfuge? Are practical jokes and sleight-of-hand a craft? Is there a difference between the scholastic efforts of a Faustus and the homespun tinkering of an Autolycus? From Robert Greene’s cony-catching Pamphlets to the rise of quack physicians and mountebanks, a certain skill seems to be demanded of cozenage and fraud that make them resemble honest labor in uncanny ways.

This interdisciplinary Call for Papers seeks submissions that consider the work of fraud, deception, trickery, disguise, quackery, and cozenage. Papers could explore the theme in regards to:

-representation in art or literature

-historical or religious debates

-participation in a classical tradition of cunning

-gendered experiences of deception and craft

-magic or alchemy

-theatre, stagecraft, and/or anti-theatrical sentiment




Proposals should be for 20-minute papers, and should include:

    a title for the paper

    an abstract of 150 words

    a 1-page CV

    current contact information

Submit your proposal to by Friday, June 2, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Trick Work.”

Tags:  community  deception  drama  Early Modern  fraud  gender  labor  Literature  magic  mountebank  Poetry  Renaissance  Theater  trickery  urban  wordplay 


Panels sponsored by the FISIER

Posted By Eugenio Refini, Saturday, May 20, 2017

Representing the Self in the Renaissance 

A common trope in scholarship is that the Renaissance invented the modern notion of identity. Within this narrative, the invention of the “self” is usually singled out as one of the most important achievements of Renaissance culture. Seminal studies such as Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980) contributed to enlighten the many ways in which authors, artists, and philosophers found new communicative tools to construct and stage their “self.” More recently, works such as Charles Taylor’s Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity (1992), Thierry Wanegffelen’s Le Roseau pensant. Ruse de la modernité occidentale (2010), and Marie-Clarté Lagrée’s «C'est moy que je peins»: Figures de soi à l'automne de la Renaissance (2012) have widened our understanding of the new status acquired by the “self” in the Renaissance. However, the way in which the notion of the self and the notion of identity were shaped in the period remain controversial and difficult to seize. The primary aim of these panels is to reconsider our current assumptions about the emergence of the self as a category of thought in the Renaissance through the analysis and discussion of texts and other relevant sources from the period. We invite proposals for three-paper panels focusing on the ways in which the category was used, described, performed, denied. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

1. The Renaissance reflection on the self in contemporary theory and criticism.
2. Representation of the self in the context of poetry of art.
3. Representation of the self in political contexts (including the ways in which rulers and
public figures stage themselves, for instance in historical memoirs, epistles, etc.).
4. Representation of the self in private contexts (autobiography, personal memoirs, essays).
5. Representation of the self in religious contexts (preaching, meditation, prayers, mystical literature, etc.).
6. Representation of the self in scholarly contexts (thinkers, humanists, scholars, translators who represent themselves in philosophical and scientific texts).
7. Representation of the self in motion (travel literature, memoirs, etc.).

Proposals for panels should include:
- Title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), and keywords for each of the three papers;
- CV, affiliation and contact details for each panelist (300-word maximum, NO prose bios);
- Chair.

Individual paper proposals are also accepted.

Please send your proposals to by May 31st.

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Panels Sponsored by the Dante Society of America

Posted By Jonathan Combs-Schilling, Friday, May 19, 2017

Sponsored Sessions Call: Dante Society of America

1. Dante’s “Minor” Works and their Afterlives: This session will assess the cultural impact and legacy of Dante’s opere minori alongside and/or outside the shadow of the Comedy, with emphasis on assessments, critiques and creative uses of these texts in the Renaissance. Please send title, 150-word abstract, and 300-word CV to Jonathan Combs-Schilling ( by June 3, 2017.

2. Dante and Material CultureThis session will examine Dante’s engagement with material culture broadly construed (from clothing to food and beyond) in the Comedy, as well as the place of Dante and his poem in the material culture of the Renaissance. Please send title, 150-word abstract, and 300-word CV to Jonathan Combs-Schilling ( by June 3, 2017.

3. Dante and MusicThis session will accept papers on any of the myriad intersections of Dante and music, from his own treatment of musical issues and themes in his texts, to musical settings of Dante’s verse, as well as works in the performing arts that take inspiration from (or that otherwise traffic in) Dante. Please send title, 150-word abstract, and 300-word CV to Jonathan Combs-Schilling ( by June 3, 2017.

Tags:  Italy  Literature  material culture  music  performance  poetry  reception 

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