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This blog is for CFPs for sessions in literature 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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Posted By Eric MacPhail, Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Erasmus of Rotterdam Society will be hosting up to three sessions on Erasmus at RSA 2018. All those interested in participating in one of the Erasmus sessions should send proposals concerning any aspect of Erasmus studies to by early June.

Tags:  Erasmus 

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Remapping Influence. New Studies of Lyric and the Iberian Empires

Posted By Elizabeth B. Davis, Saturday, April 29, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 1, 2017

A Two-Part Panel Sponsored by the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry

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 Thursday, 25 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).

Tags:  Baroque  Barroco de Indias  imperial lyric  Latin American Colonial literature  poetics  poetry  Portuguese Empire  Renaissance Studies  Spanish Empire 


Representations of the Continents in the Early Modern World

Posted By Louise Arizzoli, Saturday, April 29, 2017

European artists and writers visualized the known world through personifications holding attributes related to each continent. After its discovery, America was added to the figures of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Allegories developed, reviving the Greek habit to depict abstract concepts in the human form. During the sixteenth century, continent personifications started to appear in pageants, atlases and prints, and became a very popular iconographical motif throughout Europe in all artistic media. These figures clearly show the way Europeans perceived the rest of the world - often characterized as a stereotypical Other – and were generally designed to express Europe’s belief of its own superiority, as well as its quest for a newer global identity.

We are welcoming papers for a session at the Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, 22- 24 March 2018, dealing broadly with visual, literary and cartographical representations of the continents in the early modern world, from different regions of Europe. We would also welcome presentations on ancient and medieval sources for the continents’ iconography--the themes of Europa and the Bull, Africa with elephant tusk headdress, Asia with incense burner, and the Adoration of the Magi; transformations in America from cannibalistic to civilized; personification of cities and rivers, as well as travel accounts, early modern maps, and literary descriptions of the known and unknown continents. We would also welcome papers dealing with non-western perspectives – artistic or cartographical – on Europe. This call for papers would like to expand on the sessions of RSA held in Chicago 2017.

 Please send proposals to Louise Arizzoli ( and Maryanne Horowitz ( Include in your proposal: name and affiliation, paper title (max. 15 words), abstract (max. 150 words), and a brief CV (max. 300 words; in ordinary CV format).

Email proposals as soon as possible, but no later than May 25, 2017.

Applicants will hear whether paper proposal fits in this group submission by 4 June, for the RSA submission deadline of 7 June 2017.

Tags:  Allegory  Art History  Continents  Geography  Travel Literature 

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Building the Early Modern Literary Text

Posted By Katherine L. Brown, Friday, April 28, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

The purpose of this session is to examine the role of architecture as a narrative device in early modern literary texts, with emphasis on the impact of Renaissance architectural theory and practice on the discursive function of built environments in the literature of the same time period.  While topical associations between architecture and literature have persisted from classical antiquity through the present day, the evolving conceptualization of architecture in the Renaissance left its mark on the concept of literary creation espoused by early modern writers.  The intellectualization of the architectural profession, the rediscovery of Vitruvian anthropometrics, and the rationalization of urban space may be detected not only in the increasingly realistic depictions of architectural structures in literature, but also in discussions of the relationship between early modern writers and the classical texts they “excavated”, as well as in metaliterary articulations of linguistic and textual “structure”.  As both architecture and literature seek to impose order through processes of logical arrangement, architectural structures described in literary texts may speak to (or pose a challenge to) the notions of textual coherence, conceptual “foundations”, and linguistic representation.

In light of these questions, this panel seeks papers related to the presence and function of architecture in early modern literature, including (but not limited to) the following topics: 1) continuities and differences between medieval and Renaissance uses of architecture as a symbolic discourse in literature; 2) the history of architecture and urban space as reflected in early modern literature; 3) architecture and narrative/poetic structure; 4) architecture and language; 5) architecture and expressions of individual experience.

Please submit your paper proposal by June 1, 2017 to Katherine Brown at  The proposal should include the following information:

§  Name, affiliation, and e-mail address

§  Paper title (15-word maximum)

§  Abstract (150-word maximum) Guidelines

§  Keywords

§  Brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) Guidelines and models

Tags:  architecture  Colonial Latin America  England  France  Italy  language  Literature  poetics  Spain  urban 

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Publics and Genre

Posted By Jeffrey S. Doty, Friday, April 28, 2017

This panel invites papers that consider the interactions between genres, publics, and publicity in early modern England. In the past decade scholars have drawn upon the concept of “the public”—variously defined as networks of association, as self-organized discourses, as social imaginaries—in order to examine anew the intersections between the literature, politics, and social histories of early modern England. What is the relationship between early modern literary genres and the publics they address? How do new publics generate new literary genres (or vice versa)? How do literary genres—from prose romances to history plays, from printed satires to handwritten lyrics, from tragedies and comedies to epic poems—alter in response to the publics through which they circulate? How do genres endow the experience of public-ness with affective resonances? How do paratexts, marginalia, and other material conditions of texts help us to understand their public, social life? By asking these and other questions, this panel hopes to extend recent scholarship on early modern publics and the social dimensions of genre. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome.

This panel is sponsored by an RSA associated organization, the Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium (MRC) at the University of North Texas.

Please submit your paper proposal no later than 20 May 2017 to Jeffrey Doty at and Matt Hunter Each proposal must include the following:

·         Name, university, email address

·         Paper title (15-word maximum)

·         Abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines

·         Keywords

·         A very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) CV guidelines and models

Tags:  audiences  form  genre  private  public sphere  publicity  publics  reception  social imaginaries  style 

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CFP: SHARP @ RSA 2018 [Deadline Extended]

Posted By Andie Silva, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will sponsor a series of panels at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual meeting in New Orleans, LA on March 22-24 2018. SHARP @ RSA brings together scholars working on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, and reception of manuscript and print and their digital mediation. Applicants with creative or interdisciplinary methodologies are especially encouraged to apply.

We invite individual submissions that consider English and Continental books and manuscripts from 1350 to 1700. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, ephemera, illustration, publishers’ archives, production, circulation, and reception. We especially welcome submissions related to:

·         Labor relations and financial networks in the (English and/or Continental) book trade

·         Teaching book history in the digital age

·         Women in/and the print marketplace (stationers, printers, authors, readers)

Please send a 150-word abstract and a brief CV to Dr. Andie Silva ( by June 3rd (note that this is earlier than the RSA’s own deadline).

All participants must be current members of RSA in order to present. In order to avoid scheduling conflicts, participants may not give more than one paper, be a discussant in more than one roundtable, or be a respondent in more than one session. A participant may chair up to two sessions.

Tags:  authorship  book history  Digital Humanities  gender  labor  manuscripts  print culture  publishing  readership  reception 

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Acts of Reading in Shakespeare's Plays

Posted By Chelsea R. McKelvey, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This panel considers portrayals of reading in Shakespeare’s plays. What can we learn about the activity of early modern reading based on how it appears on Shakespeare’s stage? What kind of documents and books appear onstage? What purpose does reading serve in these plays? These are the sorts of questions this panel seeks to answer, bringing together conversations regarding Shakespeare’s materials and early modern reading habits.

Please submit all proposals by May 20th to Chelsea McKelvey at The proposal should include:

·           Name, affiliation, and email address

·           Paper title (15-word maximum)

·           Abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines

·           Keywords

·           Brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) CV guidelines and models

Tags:  reading  Shakespeare 

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Sacred Geography

Posted By Jessica Weiss, Monday, April 24, 2017

Papers are invited for a session on sacred space at the Renaissance Society of America meeting in New Orleans from March 22-24, 2018. References to space and place abound during the Early Modern era, alongside changing ideas about theology and global geography. This session poses the questions: How did ideas about location, broadly defined, interact or intersect with notions of the sacred during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries? What can references, descriptions, depictions, or evocations of place through texts, images, and materials reveal about devotional ideas, practices, theological constructs, or belief systems? All papers related to place/space and spirituality will be considered, and proposals that push the boundaries of these categories are especially welcome.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to Jessica Weiss ( by May 25th and should include the author’s name, professional affiliation, and contact information; the paper title (15-word maximum); a brief abstract (150-word maximum); and a brief CV (300-word maximum).

Tags:  Devotion  Geography  Materiality  Religion  Space  Spirituality  Visual Culture 

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Scanning the Page: Mise-en-Page and Textuality in Early Modern Print

Posted By Taylor Clement, Saturday, April 22, 2017

The purpose of this session is to investigate the interface of the page in the early modern printed book. From D. F. Mckenzie’s Bibliography and Sociology of Texts (1986) to Bonnie Mak’s How the Page Matters (2011), many bibliographic and textual studies focus on the importance and materiality of the page. The page presents a two-dimensional (or, in cases of flap books and volvelles, three-dimensional) space in which readers engage not only with verbal language, but also with various other signs and shapes, including blank space, printer’s flowers, punctuation marks, manicules, borders, illustrations, letter forms, etc. These forms and shapes on the page are not incidental to the text they accompany; readers simultaneously process words, layout, and images as they navigate books and pages. This panel session thus seeks to further explore the visual arrangement of media on the page and the various early modern print conventions that function as modes of expression or set parameters for readers’ engagement with ideas.

We invite paper proposals that investigate ways in which early modern mise-en-page signifies to readers of printed lyric anthologies, plays, prose treaties, emblem books, pastoral poetry, translations, and a multitude of other works. How do the inked marks beyond those of verbal language actively engage readers in meaning-making between the visual and verbal elements? How do these marks blur the boundaries between text and paratext? What is the potential of the early modern page to be read as an image? What can printed marks tell us about early modern graphic design in printing houses, and how do printers shape the reading experience through size, shapes, layout and other features of the page?

Submissions from all disciplines are welcome.

Please submit your paper proposal no later than 20 May 2017 to Deborah Solomon at Each proposal must include the following:


Tags:  book history  illustration  printing  textuality  typography  visual culture 

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The Place of Latin in Renaissance Studies

Posted By Susanna de Beer, Thursday, April 20, 2017

As the discipline representative for Neo-Latin Literature I welcome individual papers or panels that consider the place of Latin in Renaissance Studies. Although Latin has of course always been an important aspect of Renaissance Studies, the last decades have seen an increase in studies that position itself explicitly in the field of Neo-Latin. How can we explain this shift? What does this mean for research and teaching in the field of (Neo-)Latin, which is often part of Classics?

Both general considerations and specific case-studies are welcome. Papers that consider the place of Latin in interdisciplinary Renaissance contexts (such as the relation between art and literature, or vernacular and Latin), and those that consider the place of Latin in Renaissance studies in University curricula would be especially interesting.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

Please submit your paper proposal by 20 May to Susanna de Beer ( Proposals must include the following:

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines
  • keywords
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. CV guidelines and models


Tags:  Interdisciplinarity  Latin  Neo-Latin  Renaissance Studies  Teaching Neo-Latin 

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