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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 rsa@rsa.org 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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Women and Translation in the Renaissance

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

Women and Translation in the Renaissance

 

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 (hls37@cam.ac.uk), by Monday 22 May 2017. Please see the guidelines for abstracts and CVs on the RSA’s annual meeting page.

Tags:  translation  women 

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Instruments of Power

Posted By Christopher Brown, Sunday, May 7, 2017
Updated: Sunday, May 7, 2017

This interdisciplinary panel or series of panels will examine the relationship between our objects of study and power, between material objects of human creativity, authority, and influence. How does literature, art, architecture, science, theater, philosophy, cartography, music, or historiography become a means of advancing, suppressing, questioning, and/or subverting power? How does the creation, use, manipulation, and/or reception of a given work affect its status as an instrument of power? How does the representation of certain objects, figures, or spaces within a given work become an exploration of power dynamics? We welcome both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary papers from all fields of study and all national traditions on works between 1300-1700.

 

Please submit your proposal (150-word maximum), along with paper title (15-word maximum) and brief CV (300-word maximum) by June 1st at 11:59 pm EST to Christopher Brown (cebrown@fas.harvard.edu) and Sanam Nader-Esfahani (sne1@nyu.edu). 

Tags:  agency  authority  influence  interdisciplinary  objects  power  power dynamics 

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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 (mhbourne@syr.edu), 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 (www.ssemw.org). 

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 llewelk2@slu.edu by Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Materiality, the Senses, and the Everyday.”

 

Tags:  anecdotes  Early Modernity  humor  jokes  literature  satire  wordplay 

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Titian

Posted By Jodi Cranston, Friday, May 5, 2017

Papers are invited to discuss any aspect relating to the 16th-century Venetian artist, Titian, and to his artworks. Although the session topic is framed monographically, we encourage papers that consider the engagement of Titian and his artworks with other artists, media, and geographical and social networks.

Submissions should be sent by May 15th to Jodi Cranston (cranston@bu.edu) and Joanna Woods-Marsden (jwm@humnet.ucla.edu), and should include the following information:

  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. CV guidelines and models
  • general discipline area: History, Art History, Literature, or Other
  • any scheduling requests (scheduling requests will not be accepted after the submission deadline)

Tags:  court culture  materiality  ut pictura poesis  Venice 

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“Deep Classics” and the Renaissance

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Thursday, May 4, 2017

As a new Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the RSA in New Orleans, LA.  For one of its inaugural panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on “Deep Classics” and the Renaissance.

Drawing on metaphors from fields as diverse as geology and evolution, the concept of “Deep Classics” has recently arisen out of, and in response to, the extraordinarily fertile field of classical reception studies. The term itself signals a consciousness of the distance, occlusions, and multiple strata that define any engagement with classical antiquity. In what has amounted to a programmatic statement of Deep Classics - or, perhaps more aptly, a programmatic fragment - Shane Butler has described its focus as “the very pose by which the human present turns its attention to the distant human past” (S. Butler, Deep Classics: Rethinking Classical Reception, Bloomsbury 2016). Although the founding volume of Deep Classics continues a trend in classical reception study, especially in the UK, of privileging Greek over Latin and modernity over early modernity, Butler is acutely sensitive to the broader applicability of the idea - “indeed, certain aspects of that pose have been important to Renaissance studies for a while now” - citing Barkan and, more recently, Nagel and Wood. We therefore welcome proposals that explore the relationship between Deep Classics and the Renaissance, in particular concerning ideas that “have less to do with ‘knowing’ than with other modes of affect and experience”.  In accordance with another central feature of Deep Classics, we also seek proposals that interrogate disciplinary configurations and self-conceptions.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts (150 words) and a short CV (300 words) should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models) by May 31, 2017.  The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself on the abstract page.

Please include in the body of the email:

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • your paper title (15-word maximum)
  • relevant keywords

Tags:  antiquity  Classical Reception  Classics  distance  Early Modern  Renaissance  self-conception  sensory experience  visual culture 

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Encountering the ancients: philological reception in the Renaissance ​

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Thursday, May 4, 2017

As a new Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, LA.  For one of its inaugural panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on classical philology in the Renaissance.

Renaissance engagement with the linguistic and literary culture of antiquity - whether in the form of language study, textual transmission, or translation - constitutes a relatively coherent body of evidence through which to understand the processes of and motivations for ‘receiving’ the classics. By studying the Renaissance appropriation of Greek and Latin philology, we find a vehicle of cross-cultural communication in an increasingly divided early modern Europe.  We welcome proposals that highlight the mutual benefits arising from closer engagement between classicists and early modernists on the topic of classical philology in the Renaissance.

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a short CV of no more than 300 words should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models).  The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself in any way on the abstract page.  Proposals must be received by May 31, 2017. 

Please include in the body of the email:

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • your paper title (15-word maximum)
  • relevant keywords

Tags:  antiquity  classical philology  Classical Reception  Greek  language study  Latin  linguistics  Literature  philology  Renaissance  textual transmission  translation 

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Unleashing the “mad Dogge”: Classical Reception in Early Modern Political Thought

Posted By Caroline G. Stark, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017

As a new Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, LA.  For one of its inaugural panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on the reception of classical texts in early modern political thought.

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes called ancient books a "Venime" akin "to the biting of a mad Dogge," which had the power to corrupt their readers and bring down monarchies.  Hobbes' violent reaction captures the authority Greek and Roman political thought commanded in a period of radical change in systems of government and, concomitantly, in contemporary theorizing about politics.  Early modern readers absorbed Plautus, Plutarch, and rhetorical handbooks along with the authors central to later modern formations of the classical canon like Homer and Cicero.  These texts helped give shape to new debates over legitimacy, authority, virtue, community, and a host of other vital issues.

This panel invites papers that illuminate the historical impact of that reception or make a methodological contribution to the study of the reception of political thought in particular.  Following recent developments in the field, it welcomes studies of poetry and other media as well as canonical prose texts (e.g., Marsilius of Padua, Christine de Pizan, Machiavelli, More, Bodin, Jonson, Grotius, Hobbes, Harrington, Cavendish, Makin, Locke).

The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research.

Abstracts (150 words) and a short CV (300 words) should be sent as separate email attachments to caroline.stark@howard.edu (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models) by May 31, 2017.  The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself on the abstract page.

Please include in the body of the email:

  • your name, affiliation, email address
  • your paper title (15-word maximum)
  • relevant keywords

Tags:  authority  Classical Reception  Classics  community  Early Modern  Hobbes  legitimacy  Locke  Machiavelli  More  policy-making  Political Thought  Politics  Renaissance  rhetoric  virtue 

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CFP: Ut pictura medicina? Relations and Analogies between Medicine and the Visual Arts

Posted By Fabian Jonietz, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Beyond the traditional nexus of art, anatomy, and optics, Early Modern sources often suggest a broader, more complex interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge between art and medicine: Lorenzo Ghiberti, for example, recommended that artists know "medicine" in addition to "anatomy." One level of the relationship concerned both disciplines’ need to grasp the particularity of a given body in light of the universal. Physicians thus sought artists to produce color scales for use in diagnosis, just as artists utilized medical knowledge to sharpen their visual judgment. Another level concerned broader historical circumstances. Not only did artists and physicians share Saint Luke as a common patron; in Renaissance Florence, for example, they also belonged to the same guild, engaged in similar debates regarding their "liberal" status, and – arguably – conceived their histories in similar ways. What can we conclude about such multivalent relationships? For example, did the two disciplines’ commitment to the observation of particular phenomena engender inconsistencies with traditional doctrine that demanded a similar reckoning with status, authority, and history?

 

This panel investigates the relationship between medicine and art at all levels: the social position of practitioners, the exchange of theoretical and practical knowledge, the existence of shared nomenclature and concepts, and the latter’s tendency to generate shared modes of observation and description.

 

Please submit a title, abstract (150 words maximum) and a short CV (300 words) to the panel organizers Robert Brennan (robert.brennan@khi.fi.it) and Fabian Jonietz (fabian.jonietz@khi.fi.it) by May 30.

Tags:  Art History  Art Theory  Body  Guilds  History of Medicine  History of Science  Interdisciplinarity  Observation  Perception 

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CFP: ELEMENTAL FORCE

Posted By Thalia E. Allington-Wood, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Drowning, falling, floating, growing, burning, melting. How are elements figured in Renaissance and early modern artistic representation? From imagery of earth, water, air and fire, to the more ubiquitous sense of temperature, weight, darkness and light, how does visual culture contribute to an understanding of the elements in this period? From the thrusting up of rocks from beneath the earth through volcanoes and earthquakes, to the wide expanse of the cosmos, knowledge of natural phenomena was prominent in the Renaissance and early modern imagination. How do objects harness the elements in their production? What, for example, is the role of fire and earth in metal works and ceramics? Equally, how did elemental forces act upon and alter works of art – from physical damage to the influence of regional topographies, materials and pigments?

The landscape of elemental physics changed dramatically between 1300 and 1700. This history is characterised by a broad paradigm shift from a sublunar, terrestrial world made up of the four elements and their specific material attributes (hot, cold, heavy, light), to a globe experienced through Mercator’s seas, Galileo’s sky and Newton’s earth. Yet the elements, their effects upon the body, their power to manifest material things – and how they are imagined and contested in visual culture – do not always sit easily within this chronology. The representation of these forces is the focus of this panel. It is a subject that has the power to open up broader concerns regarding memory, motion, travel, sensory experience, metamorphosis, environmentalism and networks of knowledge exchange – social, cultural and political.

We welcome papers from across disciplines, from within Europe and beyond Western contexts. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

- The elements and their early modern properties: Earth/ Rock, Water, Air, Fire; hot, cold, wet, dry, heavy, light.
- Elements as complex, compound mixtures.
- Materiality & Making: sculpture and stone, ceramics and glass, metal and fire, water and fountains, earth and pigments.
- Elemental/ material states: solid, liquid and in-between.
- The effects of the elements upon the body: falling, burning, pain, joy, drowning, disease, phenomenological and sensory approaches to elemental force.
- Understanding within academic disciplines: natural philosophy, alchemy, chemistry, theories of metamorphosis.
- Cosmos: stars, sky, separation of celestial and terrestrial physics.
- Gravity.
- Light & Shadow.
- Manifestations of the elements in nature: wind, clouds, volcanoes, rivers, the sea, mountains, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms.
- Connections to landscape, geography, environmentalism, catastrophism, the non-human.
- Water & Travel: wetscapes, navigation and shipwreck, hydrographies.

Please send a paper title, abstract (150 word maximum), keywords, and a brief curriculum vitae (300 word maximum – see RSA guidelines for requirements) to thalia.allington-wood@ucl.ac.uk and sophie.morris@ucl.ac.uk by 31 May 2017

Tags:  Air  Art  cosmos  early modern  Earth  Elements  Fire  materiality  natural history  Renaissance  sensory experience  temperature  visual culture  Water  weight 

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