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CFP: International Sidney Society

Posted By Robert E. Stillman, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Call for Papers, RSA 2018.

The International Sidney Society invites paper proposals for the RSA (2018) in New Orleans.  Submissions are welcome from new and established scholars working on Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert, Lady Mary Wroth, or any of the Sidney Family or Sidney Family Circle.  Reading time for papers should be no longer than 20 minutes.

The International Sidney Society plans to sponsor four sessions on the following topics:

1.        The Sidneys and Edmund Spenser

2.        The Sidneys and Early Modern Theater

3.        Historical Frames, Poetic Forms, and Aesthetic Pleasures: the Sidneys and             Beauty

4.        Violating Boundaries: Sexuality, Politics, and Religion among the Sidneys

Submit the following to Robert Stillman ( no later than May 29th: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).

Tags:  Mary Sidney Herbert  Mary Wroth  Philip Sidney  Robert Sidney 

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Women and the Rituals of Death

Posted By Emily Fine, Thursday, May 11, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2017

This panel will explore women’s involvement in the death and memorial practices of the early modern world. While early modern women were actively involved in the processes that surround death and dying, they are curiously absent from prescriptive advice in ars moriendi treatises of the late sixteenth and seventeenth century, which typically feature a dying man surrounded by a retinue of male advisors and friends. This exclusion creates a disjunction between the representation and the reality of women’s involvement in the rituals of death. This panel will begin to piece apart this disjunction by examining the following questions: What roles did women perform in the rituals of dying, and how were their actions represented in literature or art? What might any differences between the literary representation of women’s involvement in the dying processes and historical evidence of their involvement reveal about gendered expectations for dying well? What material practices did women engage in with regard to death and memorial practices?

Potential topics might include:

·      Women’s presence at the deathbed

·      Gendered differences in dying well or poorly

·      Conduct manuals and/or instructions for women on dying well

·      Women’s memorial habits

·      Will writing and inheritance

·      Women’s involvement in funerary practices

I am particularly interested in papers that address women’s memorial practices in non-Christian contexts, but papers on Protestant or Catholic contexts will also be welcome. Please submit 150 word abstract and short cv by Thursday, May 18 to

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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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"Forse era ver, ma non però credibile". Fakes and Forgeries in the Renaissance

Posted By Camilla Russo, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Thought on literary counterfeiting is common throughout the times, from the Classical world till today, an age where fake news and post-truth are compelling topics. Renaissance offers a very fertile field for investigations: while Renaissance’s progresses in historical and philological knowledge enabled scholars to identify lot of famous counterfeits (such as the Costitutum Costantini), at the same time there was a multiplication of fakes and forgers (e.g., from Annio da Viterbo to Erasmus of Rotterdam), with forgers exploiting the very same techniques and skills used to expose forgeries in order to produce new ones. Therefore, as Anthony Grafton has pointed out in Forgers and Critics, during the Renaissance the art of counterfeiting seems to go hand in hand with philology and literary critic.

This panel aims to explore these problems within the frame of University of Trento-funded research project Towards an Archive of Italian Counterfeits. We seek papers which will address case-studies in any national literature engaging with topics such as:

  • forgers’ modus operandi: methods to create a counterfeit;
  • critic’s modus operandi: methods to identify a counterfeit;
  • the counterfeit over time: short-lasting, mid-lasting and long-lasting counterfeits;
  • counterfeiter’s motivations.

Scholars who wants to be considered for the panel are invited to submit their proposals to Dr. Camilla Russo ( by May 31. Proposals in English, Italian and French will be considered. Proposals should include: title, 150-word abstract, short CV and a valid e-mail address. 

Tags:  Fake  literature  philology  Renaissance 

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Approaching Waste in Renaissance Europe

Posted By Pauline Goul, Monday, May 8, 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:  ecocriticism  ecology  France  Material culture  rhetori  waste 

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Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy

Posted By Francesco Venturi, Monday, May 8, 2017

The AHRC-funded project 'Petrarch Commentary and Exegesis in Renaissance Italy, c. 1350–c. 1650', which brings together a team of researchers from the Universities of Warwick, Leeds, and Manchester, welcomes individual papers to be presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018).

The project aims to explore exegetical production on Petrarch's vernacular verse (both the 'Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta' and the 'Triumphi') in early modern Italy. Our three panels aim to investigate exegesis on Petrarch in both the full-scale commentary and the academic lecture (‘lezioni’), as well as considering the exegetical value of paratextual and other ancillary features found in these traditions. An outline of some suggested topics is provided for each panel below, but we would naturally welcome other relevant suggestions focused upon Italian exegesis of Petrarch in the period:

Panel 1: Commentaries: papers are welcomed on such topics as: the major print and manuscript commentaries/commentators (e.g. Marsili, Barzizza, Filelfo, Illicino, Silvano da Venafro, Brucioli, Fausto da Longiano, Gesualdo, Delminio, Vellutello, Daniello, Castelvetro); the exegetical value of paratextual elements (e.g. lives, prefaces, etc.) within such commentaries; explorations of the modes of exegesis and interpretative strategies developed in commentaries; explorations of the connections between Petrarch commentary and other exegetical traditions (e.g. Dante commentary, classical commentary, etc.).

Panel 2: Lectures: papers are welcomed on such topics as: the production of individual readers of Petrarch and/or on the character of Petrarchan exegesis in specific Academies; explorations of the modes of exegesis and interpretative strategies found in academic lectures; consideration of the relative attention and emphasis paid to different poems or sections of Petrarch’s vernacular poetry in lectures; investigation of the contexts in which lectures are given (primarily Academies but also courts).

Panel 3: Tools for the reader in Petrarch editions: papers are welcomed that deal with the exegetical functions of phenomena and materials accompanying Petrarch editions. Topics might include such elements as: rimari, lists of variants and discussion of them, use of elements of the accessus ad auctores tradition, illustrations, indexes, etc.

Colleagues who wish to be considered for these panels are kindly invited to send a title, an abstract of no more than 150 words as well as a one-page CV to no later than 28 May 2017.

Tags:  Commentary  Exegesis  Italian  Petrarch 

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Women and Translation in the Renaissance

Posted By Helena L. Sanson, Monday, May 8, 2017

This panel intends to explore the part played by women within the multilingual and multicultural contexts of Renaissance Europe by means of translation. In the last few decades an expanding corpus of scholarly works on women’s role in the history and cultures of translation has greatly contributed to expand our knowledge in the field, especially with reference to Early Modern England and, partly, France. Aiming to further extend our understanding of the cultural history of translation during the Renaissance, this panel welcomes papers that focus on women’s contribution, as agents of all kinds (e.g. translations for and by women, translations of women’s writings), to the production and circulation of translations. We particularly encourage proposals that examine linguistic and cultural traditions (e.g. Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish), or specific aspects and issues that have so far received less attention. Questions to be considered when submitting proposals include, but are not limited to: the multilingual and multicultural contexts in which translations took place and were received; linguistic tools and practices of language learning; the role of translation in women’s education and as means of learning a language to improve one’s cultural literacy; the role of different agents, not only translators, but also patrons, printers, and readers, in the circulation of translations; individual/collaborative translations; translations by means of other languages; translations from (or into) classical languages/from vernacular to vernacular; translation practices and attitudes; modes of production, distribution and reception of translations; ownership and material aspects of translated works; manuscript and print translations; the influence and uses of translations; translations of women’s writings.

Proposals with an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to the topic are particularly welcome.

Given the cross-cultural nature of the panel, presentations in English are strongly encouraged. Please send a 150-word abstract, with a title and a list of key words, and a short CV (300-word maximum) in a single Word document to Dr Helena Sanson (, by Monday 22 May 2017. Please see the guidelines for abstracts and CVs on the RSA’s annual meeting page.

Tags:  translation  women 


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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Mirth, Merriment, and Mockery: Humor in Early Modern Europe

Posted By Kathleen M. Llewellyn, Saturday, May 6, 2017

The use of humor spread extensively across literary genres throughout the early modern period, reaching a wide variety of readers and poking (sometimes pummeling) an ever expanding array of targets. It was used to criticize, to insult, to correct, and to entertain.

This interdisciplinary Call for Papers seeks submissions that consider the use of humor across genres.  Papers could include studies of anecdotes, jokes, wordplay, songs, poems, pictorial humor, and satire, as well as the impact of developing media and markets across the early modern era on the use and evolution of humoristic expression.  Temporal limits, c. 1400-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                     
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 Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Materiality, the Senses, and the Everyday.”

Tags:  anecdotes  early modern  humor  jokes  literature  satire  wordplay 

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Rethinking Baroque Women: 40 years after The Invisible Mistress.

Posted By Carmela V. Mattza, Saturday, May 6, 2017
Updated: Saturday, May 6, 2017


Rethinking Baroque Women: 40 years after The Invisible Mistress.
Since its publication in 1976, Frederick A. de Armas's The Invisible Mistress has been the starting point for many current studies in Early Modern Iberian Theater. This panel seeks to acknowledge in particular his contribution in the development of women's studies in the Spanish Golden Age by discussing the interplay of arts, emotions, gender and mythology in the canonical or non-canonical analyses of Early Modern Iberian plays. Thus we are looking for presenters that engage with the theme/title of this panel by suggesting or showing new approaches or future directions for our understanding of
1. Public Faces and Gender Roles 

 2. Science of the unknown, magic and the art of Seduction 

3. Language of emotions and feelings (love, empathy, anger, hate, forgiveness, sympathy, revenge, shame, etc.)

4. Myth and use of ekphrasis

Please submit a 150-word abstract to Carmela Mattza, Louisiana State University, by May 26, 2017.

Tags:  Ekphrasis  Emotion  Enchantment  Seduction  Spanish Baroque - Early Modern Iberia Theater - Se 

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