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This blog is for CFPs for interdisciplinary and miscellaneous sessions 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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Violence and the Body in the City: 1300-1650

Posted By Jonathan Davies, Monday, May 15, 2017

‘The Body in the City, 1100-1800’ Focus Program of The Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (University of Amsterdam, State University of Arizona, University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto, Birkbeck and Queen Mary Colleges at the University of London, Monash University, Warwick University, Archivio di Stato di Prato) is investigating the complex, diverse, and multi-layered realities and understandings of ‘the body’ in medieval and early modern societies. The research program encompasses various disciplines – art, architecture, literature, medicine, politics, religion, gender, society – and focusses on archival, textual, visual and environmental materials.  The geographic focus of the project is Italy, though comparative locations (including the New World) are welcome.


The PCMRS will be sponsoring up to three sessions on violence and the body in the city at the Renaissance Society of America Conference for the 2018 annual meeting, to be held in New Orleans next spring, 22-24 March 2018.

In relation to the idea and reality of ‘violence and the body in the city 1300-1650’ topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

-          physical violence

-          verbal violence

-          ritual violence

-          private and public space

-          gender and violence

-          health care

-          justice and punishment

-          representations of violence


We welcome abstracts for 20-minute presentations. Please send a 150-word abstract (inclusive of keywords) and a 300-word curriculum vitae to by 26 May 2017 (sample CVs are available on the RSA website: 

Tags:  body  gender  health  insult  justice  private  public  punishment  representation  ritual  violence 

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John Donne & Nicholas of Cusa

Posted By David C. Albertson, Monday, May 15, 2017

The American Cusanus Society and the John Donne Society are co-sponsoring panels on the theme: Nicholas of Cusa and John Donne: Dialogues of Possibility. We invite proposals that relate the life, work, and reception of Cusanus and Donne as they intersect in various ways. The following are meant only as illustrative themes; other suggestions are most welcome:

·      The reception of Nicholas of Cusa’s work in early modern England, through translations or mediated through other authors

·      Metaphysical poetry as a coincidentia oppositorum

·      Intersections between visionary and artistic expression (especially De visione dei)

·      Speculations on infinity

·      Early modern star-gazing

·      The theology and poetry of the Microcosm

·      The poetry of geometrical forms

·      Dialogues of the soul or about the soul

To propose a paper, submit a paper title, paper abstract (150 words), and CV to David Albertson ( by Monday, May 29th. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes in length and should be delivered in English.

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Tags:  Cusa  Cusanus  Donne  geometry  infinity  John Donne  microcosm  Nicholas of Cusa  poetry  soul  theology 

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Marsilio Ficino

Posted By Valery Rees, Monday, May 15, 2017

Extending the deadline for proposals on Marsilio Ficino.

I am happy to be able now to take proposals up to 26th May for papers related to any aspect of the life and work of Marsilio Ficino or other members of his circle.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to take part

Tags:  history of medicine  history of science  Literature  philosophy  religious discourse 

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Composers as Readers in the Renaissance

Posted By Eugenio Refini, Monday, May 15, 2017
Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Composers as Readers in the Renaissance


To what extent and in what ways can we consider musical settings of poems forms of commentary on the texts? How do composers engage with the interpretation of the lyrics through their musical settings? How do musical settings of poems compare to textual commentaries? In which ways does a musical setting explain or enlighten the semantic and stylistic values of a given text? Can we read musical settings as forms of literary criticism? In order to explore these questions, we invite paper proposals addressing any form of musical setting in the Renaissance, including madrigals, opera, etc. Papers on methodological issues are also welcome. Proposals should include the following:


- a paper title (15-word maximum)

- abstract (150-word maximum)

- keywords

- a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted.


Please review the submission guidelines on the RSA website:


Paper proposals should be sent to Eleonora Stoppino ( and Eugenio Refini ( by May 31, 2017. 

Tags:  Commentary  literary criticism  madrigals  music  musical settings  opera  poetry 


Confraternities In Public and In Private

Posted By Samantha J. Hughes-Johnson, Thursday, May 11, 2017


(Deadline: 24 May 2017)


The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (22 - 24 March 2018) in New Orleans, USA. We invite proposals for papers on the following theme:


Confraternities In Public and In Private


The term “Janus faced” has been employed to describe the sometimes incongruous nature of confraternal patronage and membership. While confraternities’ public and private life might have contrasted sharply, this did not always end in dissonance. Medieval and Renaissance lay companies the world over routinely consolidated public and private spheres (either consciously or unconsciously) to ensure the continuance of their various operations.  We invite papers that explore the balance and coherence between facets that were seemingly diametrically opposed. Papers might focus on:


Visible Activities and Output

·      Cultural productions (artworks, drama, poetry, music, architecture, regalia).

·      Festive nature (pageants, processions, feasting, theatrical tableau, field sports).

·      Use of shared urban spaces for ritual or devotion.

·      Philanthropic relationships with humankind (conspicuous acts of charity, artistic patronage and social auspice).


Clandestine Activities

·      Record keeping and other archival practices.

·      Private prayers, meals, meetings, voting and rituals.

·      Inconspicuous acts of charity.


Papers must concentrate on confraternal activities between 1400 and 1750 CE and may deal with groups of any race, denomination or faith in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East or Asia. We are particularly interested in papers dealing with Franco-American, Luso-American, Meso-American and slave confraternities.


Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, postal address, email, telephone, the paper title (no longer than 15 words), the abstract of the paper (no longer than 150 words), a brief academic C.V. (not longer than 300 words), and a series of key-words that suit the presentation. Please be sure all nine (9) categories of information are clearly provided.

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at by 24 May 2017.


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Queenship and the Rhetoric of Power

Posted By Janie Cole, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Early modern queens, whether as consorts or rulers in their own right, constituted pivotal and often controversial figures. This panel explores the ritual and rhetoric of power of queenship in early modern Europe, with a focus on the representation of female rule, her self-fashioning and the assessment of ruling women by their contemporaries through a range of musical and literary works and visual and theatrical media.

Interdisciplinary papers will focus on the image and representation of queens, and on the cultural and socio-political narratives of queenship through the arts. Possible themes might include: queenship, identity and power; queens as intercessors and patrons; the ritual construction of queenship; royal motherhood; queens in translation.

Please send by June 1, 2017 to

  • Individual paper title, not to exceed 15 words
  • A 150-word maximum paper abstract
  • A 300-word max 1 page CV in paragraph form
  • Keywords (general, not specific)
  • AV requirements


Dr. Janie Cole (University of Cape Town, South African College of Music)
Discipline Rep for Music at RSA

Tags:  court culture  queens  queenship  rhetoric  royalty 

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The Renaissance in Africa

Posted By Janie Cole, Thursday, May 11, 2017

While the Renaissance has been regarded as a purely European phenomenon centered on a largely homogeneous ethnicity, recent scholarship has deconstructed this one-sided historical narrative and acknowledged the important role played by Africans from the mid-fifteenth century onwards in reshaping the Mediterranean into a cross-cultural and multi-ethnic space rich in African-European cultural exchanges and intellectual collaborations. Together with the rediscovery of ancient classical culture, the Renaissance also reflected the development of new techniques, theories, and cultural innovations brought by Africans from all over the continent following intercontinental navigation through new trade routes opened by the Portuguese between Mediterranean Europe and the west coast of sub-Saharan Africa. With contributions grounded in music, literature, history, architecture, and visual media, this panel explores how African-European cultural exchanges shaped Africa in the early modern period with a focus on cultural production, performance and ethnic encounters.

Interdisciplinary papers might consider how and why composers, artists, patrons, musical and art works, and cultural practices crossed African borders and cultures, and with what effects, whether aesthetic, generic, dramatic, political, or social. Possible themes are the circulation, mobility, and displacement of musical culture; intercontinental encounters across borders; the significance of African-European artistic traditions and differing types of influences; intertextualities; intercultural dialogues and transcultural performance practices; links between music and art and African-European politics; reception history, conceptions of Africa and intellectual attitudes to black culture in relation to constructions of European whiteness.

Please send by June 1, 2017 to

  • Individual paper title, not to exceed 15 words
  • A 150-word maximum paper abstract
  • A 300-word max 1 page CV in paragraph form
  • Keywords (general, not specific)
  • AV requirements


Dr. Janie Cole (University of Cape Town, South African College of Music)
Discipline Rep for Music at RSA

Tags:  Africa  music  trade  transcultural aesthetics 

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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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Spectrality and Early Modern Spectacle

Posted By Carlo Lanfossi, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spectacles and specters summon each other. Opera, for example, was born from a deadly premise: to resuscitate an invented idea of classical tragedy. In so doing, it invoked ghosts, both onstage and as a discursive trope, that have haunted early modern opera since its inception. More generally, the phantasmatic quality of baroque performance is made evident in the tension between the visual and the aural that animates spectacle. Staged personae seek to bring back deceased figures from the past through the mediums of voice, props, and machinery. Ghosts onstage—like the specter of Hamlet’s father—mediate issues of sovereignty and secularization, life and non-life that haunt modernity’s drive to overcome its past. Both present and absent, the figure of the specter puts into question the oppositions that underlie both historicist approaches and performance studies. Spectacle also summons the specter of colonialism: although white apparitions frequented the theater during the early modern period, countless of Europe’s others haunted its courts without ever appearing on its stage.

While Hamlet has long attracted the attention of critics interested in spectrality, this interdisciplinary panel seeks to examine a wide cross-section of early modern spectacle and their afterlives as spectral events, from opera to feste, masques, prose theater etc. Topics might include the relation between historicism, performance studies, and haunting; ghosting and performance theory; issues of political theology, sovereignty, and secularization; transatlantic spectrality and decolonial hauntologies; spectacle, spectrality, and materiality on the stage.

Please submit a paper title (15-word max.), an abstract (150-word max.), keywords, and a short CV (300-word max.) by June 1st to Daniel Villegas Vélez ( and Carlo Lanfossi (

Tags:  baroque  hauntology  music  opera  performance  spectrality  theater 

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CFP – Digital Humanities

Posted By Angela Dressen, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CFP – Digital Humanities

As the discipline representative for Digital Humanities at the RSA I am organizing up to five sessions dedicated to DH and Renaissance Studies. If you are considering to participate at the next RSA in New Orleans (March 22-24, 2016) please send me your DH related proposals. Of specific interest (but not limited to these) are topics on

* networking

* mapping

* text encoding

* digital Art History

* projects including Linked Open Data

Kindly send me your proposal with a max. 150 word abstract and a short CV by May 25. A short note in advance would be helpful.


Dr. Angela Dressen ( )

Discipline Representative for Digital Humanities, Renaissance Society of America

Tags:  digital humanities 

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