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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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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.


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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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Iberian Pornographies, 1300-1650

Posted By Chad Leahy, Friday, April 28, 2017
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017

We invite papers that broadly interrogate ‘pornography’ and ‘the pornographic’ in the context of Early Modern Iberia and its global colonial kingdoms. We encourage innovative responses to questions that include, but are not limited to: What new critical and theoretical tools can be brought to bear in putting the post-Enlightenment category of the ‘pornographic’ in dialogue with Early Modern texts and practices? What constitutes ‘pornography’ and where do we locate it in Imperial Spain and Portugal? What social, political, economic work does ‘pornography’ do in this context? How is ‘pornography’ regulated or resisted by institutions or individuals (i.e.  confessors, moralists, theologians, the Inquisition)? How is it circulated and consumed? In what media (manuscript or print; painting, sculpture, tapestry; poetry, prose, theater; music) is it transmitted? How do the particular material or structural constraints of a given medium affect representation, circulation, or consumption? How might the ‘pornographic’ manifest itself in unexpected places (i.e. religious art or treatises)? How might a ‘pornographic’ lens help shed new light on early modern Iberian artistic, literary, and historiographic canons?

Please send paper titles, abstracts (150 words max.), and keywords to and by Wednesday, May 24.

Tags:  Art  gender  Historiography  Iberia  Literature  Pornography  Portugal  Religious Discourse  Spain 

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Hybridity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art

Posted By Ashley Elston, Thursday, April 27, 2017

The persistent influence of the “period eye” on historians of late medieval and early modern art is undeniable. While such an interpretive lens remains useful in many respects, it tends to privilege the moment of production and only a single medium. This session seeks instead to explore the idea of hybridity in the history of art as it relates to time and media. Questions these papers might consider include (but are not limited to): What happens when an object is considered beyond the point of origin or as a legend of information? What are the implications of the juxtaposition of disparate media? How does meaning alter over time, i.e, what about the afterlife of an object? What does the deliberate use of out-of-date styles mean for the patron, artist, and/or viewer? Proposals addressing any geographic area are welcome. An edited volume building off of this topic is planned.

Please send an abstract (150-word maximum), paper title (15-word maximum) and a brief CV (300-word maximum) to Ashley Elston (Berea College) and Madeline Rislow (Missouri Western State University) at by May 22, 2017.

Tags:  hybridity  media  period eye  theory  time  visual culture 

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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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Grotesque heads in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy

Posted By Rebecca Norris, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Although the history of caricatured heads can be traced back to Antiquity, as an independent genre, depictions of strange, fantastic, comical and repulsive heads arguably stem from the influence of Leonardo Da Vinci’s systematic and experimental teste caricate, which soon became widely known and copied. Less programmatically Michelangelo too experimented with the genre, both in quick sketches and more complete works. Later exponents of the genre, each of whom contributed his own vision to its development, were Annibale Carracci, Ribera, Guercino, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and, later, Carlo Maratti and Pier Leone Ghezzi, all of whom produced substantial bodies of graphic caricature.


This session seeks to explore the development of the grotesque head as an early modern genre and later influences. Participants are encouraged to put forward original readings of grotesque heads as depicted in drawings, paintings and prints, as well as those found in single and group portraits, and series. We hope to approach the subject from many angles and would welcome analyses of processes ranging from the ‘doodle’ to highly finished works; and discussions of the subject as a reflection of the human condition from socio-political stances, as well as the interaction between caricature and audience.


Please send proposals to Rebecca Norris and Lucia Tantardini by Wednesday, 31 May 2017.


As per RSA guidelines, proposals must include the following: paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). See

Tags:  caricature  drawing  early modern  grotesque  Italian  Italy  painting  print 

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Sight, Sound, and Self in Fifteenth-Century Commemorations

Posted By Jane Daphne Hatter, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Death and commemoration were central to the devotions that filled the side chapels and altars of fifteenth-century churches with sacred harmonies, forms, and colors. This creative outpouring of musical and visual innovation was driven by the anxiety to be remembered after death on the part of the women and men who funded the sensorial embellishment of these spaces. While information about memorial objects and the soundscapes of the spaces they occupied are recorded together in the same kinds of sources, the connections between these two realms—the visual and aural—have only rarely been explored. This series of sessions seeks to foster an interdisciplinary exchange, welcoming papers by musicologists, art historians, and cultural or religious historians that explore connections between the sights (devotional art, wall-mounted memorials, altarpieces, etc.) and sounds (chant, improvised harmony, votive motets, cyclic Masses, etc.) of fifteenth-century commemorations, especially in but not limited to Northern France and the Burgundian Netherlands.

 If you are interested in being included in this series of sessions please submit the following to Dr. Jane Hatter ( by May 22, 2017:

  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum) 
  • keywords
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).
  • general disciplinary area of expertise

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Tags:  Art History  Devotion  memorial culture  music  personal commemoration 

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Consuming Medicinals in the Early Modern World

Posted By Sharon Strocchia, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This CfP invites papers that explore the consumption of non-native medicinals—plant, animal, mineral—across the early modern globe. Recent studies have shown how the circulation of medicinals helped foster the development of transregional economies and global networks of exchange, but we know less about how these substances were actually integrated into traditional pharmacopeia and household medicine chests in both European and non-European settings. How did therapeutic substances acquire new cultural uses, identities and meanings as they traveled the globe? What processes and mechanisms facilitated the adoption and transculturation of previously unknown medicinals? How was the efficacy of “new” medicinals evaluated and certified, and by whom? Papers examining the commodification of medicinals, their transformation into consumer products, and their impact on material culture (e.g. print, objects, collectables) are also welcome. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal focus c. 1400-1700.  

Proposals for 20-minute papers should include

·         The author’s name, professional affiliation, and current contact information

·         Paper title (15 word maximum)

·         Abstract (150 words maximum)

·         Brief CV (maximum 300 words)

·         Indication of AV needs

Submit your proposal to Sharon Strocchia,, by Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Consuming Medicinals.”

Tags:  commodities  consumption  drugs  material culture  medicine  print  recipe books  trade 

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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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Marsilio Ficino

Posted By Valery Rees, Sunday, April 23, 2017

Proposals are invited for papers on any aspect of the work of Marsilio Ficino or members of his circle.  Please send your proposal to arrive no later than14th May to

It should include

  • 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
  • first, middle, and last name; affiliation; and email address


Tags:  Philosophy 

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