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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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Magical Wearables in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Posted By Christina M. Squitieri, Sunday, April 9, 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

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 ( before 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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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):

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New Technologies and Renaissance Studies

Posted By RSA, Friday, April 7, 2017

Call For Proposals: New Technologies and Renaissance Studies
RSA 2018, 22-24 March, New Orleans

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on the applications of new technology in scholarly research, publishing, and teaching. Panels at the 2018 meeting will continue to explore the contributions made by new and emerging methodologies and the projects that employ them, both in-person at the conference and online via individual and group virtual presentations. We welcome proposals for in-person and online papers, panels, and or poster / demonstration / workshop presentations on new technologies and their impact on research, teaching, publishing, and beyond, in the context of Renaissance Studies. Examples of the many areas considered by members of our community can be found in the list of papers presented at the RSA since 2001 ( and in those papers published thus far under the heading of New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (

Please send proposals before 30 April 2017 to Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph biographical CV, as well as an indication of whether you would consider or prefer an online presentation.

We are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels; those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission. We thank Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance ( for its generous sponsorship of this series and its related travel subventions since 2001.

Tags:  digital humanities  pedagogy  technology 

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