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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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Digital Latin Resources

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

As the discipline representative for Neo-Latin Literature I welcome individual papers or panels about Digital Text Resources of (Neo-) Latin Literature and related Digital Humanities projects. The aim would be to give an overview of existing resources and the state-of-the-art of this field when it comes to methodological and computational issues. We may also want to address sustainability, collaboration between the various projects and ways to facilitate the use of these resources for interdisciplinary research. Depending on the submissions, papers on these topics may be included either in more general Digital Humanities panels or panels about the place of Latin in Renaissance Studies.

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:  Digital Humanities  Latin  Neo-Latin  Text Resources 

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Literary and Dramatic Representations of Coercion and Consent

Posted By Kirsten N. Mendoza, Monday, April 17, 2017

The first statutes of Westminster issued in the reign of Edward I conflated the abduction of a woman with the sexual violation of her body with or without her consent. In the early modern period, rape became a felony and transitioned to a more contemporary definition: the carnal knowledge of a woman against her will. This legal separation of abduction from rape made the consent of a woman or female child the determining factor for whether or not rape had occurred. Despite the legal evolution of rape that eventually emphasized the efficacy of a woman’s will, the cultural perception that women could not withhold consent from their aggressors often prevented rape victims from obtaining and even seeking justice. In fact, the prevalence of sixteenth century legal tracts debating the specifics of ravishment and the role of women’s will and pleasure in violent sexual encounters attest to the manifold uncertainties and dilemmas that arise when legal statutes do not align with cultural practices. Allegations of rape were more likely to be brought forth and given due process either when the victim was younger than the age of consent or if the assault was particularly heinous. The difficulty of proving non-consent no doubt contributed to the scarcity of rape cases in the period.


This panel proposes that early modern transformations in rape law placed pressure on issues concerning female self-possession, sexual knowledge, pleasure, and consent and that these tensions were critiqued and, at times, exploited by playwrights and authors of the period. In what ways do sixteenth and seventeenth century poetry, drama, and literature explore the injustices and ambiguities arising from the elision of resistance, coercion, and consent in sexual encounters? Papers for this panel might discuss the critical approaches of playwrights and authors to the no-means-yes topos, which interprets coyness as foreplay and masculine aggression as a consequence of and response to feminine arousal; representations of the social consequences of a victim’s linguistic “failure” to dissuade her aggressor and protect her body from rape; sexual assault and racial miscegenation; tropes of seduction and coercion in politics or religious conversion; rape and empire; sexual pleasure and submission.  


Please submit your name, contact information, a 1-page CV, paper title, and abstract (150-word maximum) by Monday, 15 May 2017 to Kirsten Mendoza (

Tags:  consent  legal statutes  pleasure  rape  seduction  sexuality 

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Between allegory and natural philosophy: rethinking Grotesques during the Renaissance

Posted By Damiano Acciarino, Wednesday, April 12, 2017



The purpose of this structured session is to discuss various aspects of the conception and perception of grotesque paintings completed during the Renaissance, with a particular focus on the Counter-Reformation period. After the decrees on images approved by the Council of Trent (1563) and the publication of Gabriele Paleotti’s Discorso on sacred and profane images, the opponents and defenders of this artistic genre felt a clear and general need to confer upon it a new semantic approach. The effects of this dynamic, which manifested itself as a conflict between two different cultural ideologies rather than simply a divergence of aesthetic perspectives, were two-fold. On the one hand, it influenced the theoretical debates on grotesques, creating an extensive body of literature that attempted to explain their essence, with particular focus on their relationship with or distortion of nature. On the other hand, it also paved the way for the emergence and growth of innovative multifarious patterns which served as alternatives to the more conventional figurations.


Contributions in this general context on the subject of Renaissance grotesque paintings are welcomed, especially those which clearly demonstrate how these decorations were resemanticized in the erudite and artistic environments of the second half of the sixteenth century, not only in Italy but also the rest of Europe and other continents, where centrifugal re-interpretations could blossom freely and far from traditional representations.


Please submit your paper proposal by no later than 10 May 2017 to Damiano Acciarino ( Each proposal must include the following details:

  •   Name, university, email address
  •   Paper title
  •   Abstract (250-word maximum) 
  •   Keywords
  •   A very brief curriculum vitae (150-word maximum)

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Magical Wearables in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Posted By Christina M. Squitieri, Sunday, April 9, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

From Jones and Stallybrass's Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory (2000) to art historian Cordelia Warr's Dressing for Heaven (2010), to Patricia Lennox and Bella Mirabella's edited collection, Shakespeare and Costume (2015), the power of clothing on medieval and early modern subjects is being more thoroughly explored. This interdisciplinary panel is interested in the ways clothing, costume, and other articles, including wigs, false beards, and jewelry, had power to shape, transform, or otherwise exert material effects on the bodies who wore them. How do such "wearables" and/or their material effects relate to issues of (mis)recognition or identity creation, successful or otherwise? How do clothing, costuming, jewelry, and other material wearables speak to larger cultural issues, anxieties, or fulfillment, from the semiotics of stage or portraiture to questions of gender identity, race, religion, sexuality, or discussions of the afterlife? How does disguise, both on and off stage, also speak to the "magical" effects of clothing on the renaissance body? How are "wearables" used to exert force or power on the self and others, and how are they able to "transform" a person or object into someone (or something) else?

Papers are welcome from multiple fields, from 1300-1700, both in England and on the Continent.

Please send 150-word abstracts and brief CV (see RSA guidelines here) to Christina M. Squitieri,, by Monday, May 22nd.

Tags:  bodies  clothing  costume  enchantment  identity  jewelry  magic  recognition  transformation  wearables  wigs 

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Spaces of Making and Thinking

Posted By Tianna H. Uchacz, Sunday, April 9, 2017
Updated: Sunday, April 9, 2017

In the early modern period, conventional spaces enabled and limited a wide range of enterprises that required processes of thinking and making, including religious reflection, political theorizing, military engineering, medicinal intervention, scientific inquiry, literary composition, musical performance, artisanal production, business practices, and household management. Scholars have recently been revisiting these activities to consider the overlap between the processes of making and thinking in contradistinction to a prevailing historiographical emphasis on their strict separation. The series of panels proposed here seeks to build on such work by asking how early modern conceptions of space and place could allow for the interconnectedness of head and hand, or mind and body, in productions of all kinds. What activities did early modern spaces afford? How did spatial structure, atmosphere and environment, decoration, or location shape occupants and their practices in the studiolo, the forge, the workshop, the academy, the kitchen, the cloister, the council chamber, the home, the field, the ship, etc.? Could conventional spaces be redefined and adapted to accommodate changing activities, or were new kinds of spaces necessary?


With the sponsorship of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS), we welcome proposals for papers to be presented as part of a series of panels on the theme of “Spaces of Making and Thinking” at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in 2018 (New Orleans). For a more detailed description of the sessions, please see the full CFP on the CRRS website or download the PDF in attachment below.

Please send paper proposals to Colin Murray ( and Tianna Uchacz (thu2102@columbia.edubefore 1 May 2017. All proposals must include a paper title (15 words max), an abstract (150 words max, see guidelines here), keywords, a brief cv (300 words max, NOT in prose form, see guidelines here), and any a/v needs. Please include your first, middle, and last name as well as your affiliation in your email.

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Disordered Affects: Unruly Feeling in the Early Modern Period

Posted By Marion Wells, Saturday, April 8, 2017

We are seeking papers for a panel to be held at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, March 22–24, 2018.

This panel will explore the representation of disordered affect in the 16th and 17th centuries in England. This period arguably saw a shift from a largely humoral understanding of the passions to a more “psychologically” or cognitively minded theorization of their sources, as well as tension between the neo-Stoic view of the passions as pathological, and more positive medical accounts of emotional expression as beneficial to health.  We welcome papers that reflect on this complex and sometimes contradictory construction of the passions in this era by investigating in particular emotional expression that was regarded as transgressive, disorderly, or unruly in some way.  We are especially interested in papers that engage with issues of gender and sexuality, including but not limited to such topics as: childbirth, child loss, practices pertaining to death and dying, grief, courtship, matrimony, adultery, and friendship.   

Please send 300-word abstracts and short cv to Marion Wells ( by May 20th.

Tags:  Affect  Childbirth  Child-loss  Death  Emotion  Friendship  Love 

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CfP: The Artisan's Pen: Writers of the Middling Sort in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Posted By Scott K. Oldenburg, Saturday, April 8, 2017
We are seeking papers for a panel to be held at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, March 22–24, 2018.

The 18th century witnessed an explosion of writing by peasants and artisans, but when one looks to the 16th and early 17th centuries, one finds literary canons dominated by the nobility and those they patronized. The result is a warped picture of early modern culture as dominated by the wealthy and powerful and those who served their varied interests. But commoners also produced texts: Thomas Deloney, “the balleting silk-weaver,” Hans Sachs, the “shoemaker poet of Nuremberg,” Giambattista Casale, the carpenter turned chronicler—there were numerous 16th and 17th century artisans and peasants who took to writing.

This panel seeks papers about laborers (peasants, weavers, shoemakers, etc.) who also wrote even as they continued to identify themselves by their trade or economic status. We are especially interested in commoners who wrote not for elites but for other commoners. Papers on artisan or peasant writers from England or the continent are welcome as are papers which extend the discussion to Africa, the Americas, Asia, or Australia. Email abstract and short cv to Scott Oldenburg (Tulane University) by May 10:

Tags:  artisans  guilds  labor  marxism  peasants  poetry 

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Montaigne and Jewish Culture, Memory, and Identity

Posted By RSA, Friday, April 7, 2017

Potential approaches: life writing, biographical information, communities and social networks, linguistic preferences, religious aspects, archival research, the Inquisition, conversion, Jewish customs, models of circularity, marranism, marranic writing, skepticism.

Send 300-word abstracts to Katie Chenoweth ( and Dorothea Heitsch ( by May 20, 2017.

Tags:  biography  conversion  Judaism  Montaigne 

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