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This blog is for CfPs for sessions in history for RSA 2019 Toronto. 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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Printers, Their Social Networks, and the Public Sphere.

Posted By Scott K. Oldenburg, Monday, May 28, 2018

For a proposed panel at RSA 2019 (Toronto, 17 -19 March): I am seeking papers on early modern printers. Our modern sense of publishers as (more often than not) merely profiting from the creative agency of authors obscures the meaningful role early printers had in cultural production, politics (conservative and radical), the reception of major works, and the establishment of a public sphere. Printers sometimes simply sought sales, but they also often specialized and promoted particular agendas. Thomas Berthelet, for instance, printed several texts in support of the humanist education of women; French Protestant printer Thomas Vautrollier teamed up with Arthur Golding to produce Huguenot propaganda; and a few weeks after a stint in Newgate, Gabriel Simson printed Luke Hutton’s The Black Dog of Newgate, a scathing attack on the conditions in that prison. In what ways did individual printers shape the discourse of the period? How did the social network of a printer, or the materials of a particular shop contribute to ideological output? How did female printers (Elizabeth Allde, Jacqueline Vautrollier, Ellen Boyle, and others) influence prevailing ideas of gender or religion? How did specific apprenticeships influence the output of particular shops? In what ways did the Stationers Company and other such organizations facilitate or hinder open discourse? Although the above examples are about English print shops, the call is open to scholars working in other languages and regions as well. Proposals due August 1, 2018.

Send proposals to Scott Oldenburg,

Proposals should include 1) paper title; 2) abstract (150-word max.); 3) short cv (300-word max, not prose); 4) list of five keywords; 5) AV requirements. Note that panelists must register for the conference and arrange for their own travel and lodging. 

Tags:  book history  material culture  print culture  printers  theology 

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Cultures of Doubt in Early Modern Europe (1460-1560)

Posted By Marco Faini, Friday, May 25, 2018

This session seeks to explore the presence and role of doubt in European culture from the mid-fifteenth century to the mid-sixteenth century. Doubt can lead to scepticism – questioning religious and philosophical ideas – but can also reinforce current ideas or promote new ones. Doubt can ignite conflict but also promote irenism. Doubt is often a state of mind more than a recognizable philosophical doctrine, and as such it cuts across the whole social spectrum. The rapidly evolving world of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries eroded many notions previously held true. How did this affect Italians and Europeans? Did doubt become a somewhat daily experience? Is it possible to write a social history of doubt? What is the role of the vernacular in the diffusion of doubt? What did doubt represent in European culture, how was it practiced and in what fields? How did doubt contribute to the advancement and rejuvenation of disciplines and of culture in general? These are some of the questions this deeply interdisciplinary session will try to address. The Italian Renaissance is the main focus of this session, contributions on European culture are warmly encouraged. While scepticism, atheism, or libertinism are certainly related fields, this session centres on the manifold notion of doubt. Topics may include:


– Doubt and medicine;

– Doubt and natural philosophy / science;

– Doubt and religion;

– Doubt and politics;

– Doubt and jurisprudence;

– Doubt and rhetoric;

– Doubt, sophistry and paradox;

– Doubt and historiography;

– Vernacular works on doubt;

– Doubt and gender;

– Doubt and the visual arts: representations and allegories;

– Doubt and music.


Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, key-words (up to five), a one-paragraph CV (in prose, max. 300 words), and an indication of whether you have any audio / visual needs. 


Please submit your proposal as well as any inquiries to Dr Marco Faini: marcofaini25@gmail.comby August 1, 2018.


University Ca’ Foscari, Venice

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Lower-Class Dress, Fashion and Identity in Europe, 1450-1650

Posted By Michele N. Robinson, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

In recent years there has been a surge in interest in Renaissance and Early Modern dress, especially in the context of European courts and wealthy households. Although revealing of important aspects of identity, consumption, social practices and more, these studies consider just a small segment of the population; what did average men and women wear and why? How and why did they create or cultivate particular looks? How did ideas about fashionable dress and appearance spread throughout the lower classes? How can modern scholars recover information about lower-class dress, when we rarely have extant examples, archival references or visual sources?

This panel aims to broaden our knowledge of dress and fashion in the past and seeks papers that ask questions about how the average person – for example artisans, shopkeepers, farmers, or peasants -  dressed in Europe from 1450-1650. Papers may utilise objects in museum collections, archival sources, visual and material culture, or printed or manuscript material and address questions around reconstruction, curatorial practice, production and/or consumption, gender, sexuality or other aspects of identity. Interdisciplinarity is strongly encouraged and speakers may bring knowledge from dress history, material/visual culture studies, economic history, archaeology, art/social/cultural history, digital humanities or other fields. Papers from PhD students, early career scholars and established academics are all welcome.

Please send an abstract of no more than 150 words, proposed paper title (15-words maximum), a short CV (300-words maximum), and a brief list of keywords along with your name, email address, and institutional affiliation to Michele Robinson at by 1 August 2018.

Tags:  dress history; economic history; fashion; working- 

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Humanism Discipline Sponsored Sessions CFP

Posted By Brian J. Maxson, Monday, May 21, 2018

The Humanism discipline seeks to sponsor panels for the 2019 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America, to be held in Toronto, March 17-19, 2019.

I am soliciting proposals for up to three panels on any topic related to Renaissance humanism, broadly defined. Proposals and panels could focus on individual writers and/or specific texts; could situate humanist culture into broader historical contexts; or could explore themes related to humanism from a range of methodologies and evidentiary sources.

Please send proposals to Brian Maxson (, discipline representative for humanism, by July 20, 2018. These proposals should include a panel title (15-word maximum); names of panel organizer(s), chair, and speakers; the institutional affiliation and email address for each proposed participant; a one-page c.v. for each participant (up to 300 words); a title (up to 15-words) and abstract for each proposed paper (up to 150 words).

Please note that accepted participants must join the RSA and register for the conference, and are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Please contact me if you have any questions or inquiries!

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Time, Seasons, & the Senses:  Urban Space & Environment, 1300-1700

Posted By Nicholas Terpstra, Sunday, May 20, 2018

Time, Seasons, & the Senses:  Urban Space & Environment, 1300-1700


Call for Papers;  Sessions for Renaissance Society of America meeting in Toronto 2019 (17-19 March 2019)

Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


How did those living in early modern cities experience the seasons and time, and how did these rhythms shape life and movement within the city and between urban and rural spaces?  Work, diet, migration, and religion all had significant seasonal patterns, as did sickness, health, birth, and death.  The sensory experience of any city could shift radically from summer to winter, as foods went in and out of season, as changing weather brought life in or out of doors, and as work activities and ritual calendars brought changing sights, smells and sounds into the streets.  Even war and violence had seasonal ebbs and flows.


In this workshop, we will aim to trace how the seasons and time shaped the experience of life in cities and in the countryside around them. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the intersections of environmental, sensory, and economic history, and how men, women, and children moved through these intersections. While our focus is on the Renaissance and early modern period (1300-1700), we are aiming for a global scope, and welcome studies dealing with these dynamics around the world.  We welcome papers that incorporate tools or methods of the digital humanities. 


Please send an abstract (150 words max), a list of 5 keywords, and brief academic CV (300 words max) to: Cecilia.hewlett@monash.eduOR nicholas.terpstra@utoronto.caby 30 June. 

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Tags:  digital humanities  digital mapping  environmental history  Seasons  Senses  Time  Urban Space 

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Margaret Cavendish Society Sponsored Sessions CFP

Posted By Lara A. Dodds, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Margaret Cavendish Society will sponsor one or more panel sessions at the Renaissance Society of America annual Meeting in Toronto (March 17-19, 2019). We invite proposals for presentations on any topic related to the works of Margaret Cavendish.  Please submit abstracts (150 words maximum) and a brief CV (300 words maximum) to Lara Dodds ( and James Fitzmaurice (

 by August 1, 2018.

Tags:  Cavendish  gender  history  history of science  women 

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CfP, RSA 2019 Panel Series: Cultures of Bureaucracy

Posted By Rachel Midura, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Organizers: Giacomo Giudici (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici/Warburg Institute), Rachel Midura (Stanford University) & Luca Zenobi (University of Oxford)

We seek papers to contribute to a cultural history of Renaissance bureaucracy. During the last forty years, scholars have applied a cultural-historical perspective to the production, reception, and use of textual objects in a number of domains, yet the cultures of Renaissance administration remain largely unexplored.

The very notion of “bureaucracy” seems to run counter to themes of cultural history: hierarchy in place of agency, exclusion in place of collaboration, and formality in place of negotiation. A cultural approach to the people, practices, and material texts of Renaissance bureaucracy has the potential to challenge traditional notions of early modern statecraft and administration. Local and regional officials, secretaries and clerks, diplomats and couriers weathered the storms of war, the upset of regime change, and the occasional bankruptcy of their employers. Tax records, chancery documents, and ample official correspondence show an ongoing tension between ideals and customs in the worlds they moved between. How did notions of publicity and privacy, patronage and service, honor and dishonor guide documentary production, reception, and use? How do seemingly formulaic texts demonstrate both cultural influence and individual ambitions? How did protocol and administrative ideals shape the private lives of bureaucrats?

For this series of panels, we encourage papers to draw from any cultural-historical approaches, including material, gender- and class-based analyses. We particularly welcome papers that find collaboration and negotiation in bureaucratic archives, and/or contribute to a more humanized understanding of the Renaissance state. Potential themes might include:

  • bureaucracy from below: agency and informal networks in the production, use, and reception of political-administrative documents, including outsiders to bureaucracy, women and non-traditional office-holders
  • popular perceptions and depictions of bureaucrats, and their positive and negative influence on governance
  • spatial histories of administration and the spaces of action (from offices and archives, to public venues and private houses)
  • bureaucracy on the move: traveling personnel and exchange of administrative ideas
  • philosophical, literary and artistic themes related to imagined administrations, notions of civil service, and self-fashioning by agents of the state;
  • bureaucratic patronage and the political administration of art, music, and architecture.

Please send a brief abstract (max. 150 words) and CV to the panel organizers at The deadline is June 30 2018.

Tags:  administration  bureaucracy  government  networks  patronage  statecraft 

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Call for Papers: Southern Italian Confraternities

Posted By David D'Andrea, Tuesday, May 8, 2018


 (Deadline: 1 August 2018)

The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (17-19 March 2019) in Toronto, Canada. Accordingly, it invites proposals for papers on the following theme:

Confraternities, Charity, and Hospitals in Southern Italy

In 2019 the Society for Confraternity Studies will celebrate 30 years of fostering and collecting studies of medieval and early modern confraternities.  A survey of the Society’s publications and submissions reveals an overwhelming concentration on northern Italian confraternities.  As we reflect on the last generation of scholarship and think about the next generation of confraternity studies, we would like papers addressing southern Italian confraternal activities, lay piety, and charitable activity.  The sessions will contextualize the current state of the field and suggest approaches that will broaden our understanding of Italian civil and religious life across the peninsula. 

 Papers might focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:    

-Charities and hospitals

-Iconography and architecture

-Material culture and objects of devotion

-Diffusion of southern Italian confraternal saints and devotions

 -Historiography and archival sources

Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email address, 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 categories of information are clearly provided.

Please submit your proposal to Dr. David D’Andrea at by 1 August 2018.

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CfP: Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere

Posted By Samantha J. Hughes-Johnson, Tuesday, May 8, 2018


(Deadline: 1 August 2018)


The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (17 - 19 March 2019) in Toronto, Canada. Accordingly, it invites proposals for papers on the following theme:


Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere.


Since the formation of the Society for Confraternity Studies, which celebrates it 30th anniversary in 2019, the subject of Confraternity Studies has moved on from what Konrad Eisenbichler once described as an “invisible history” to become an authoritative sub-field of late medieval and early modern scholarship. Accordingly, in order to encourage a discourse that places confraternities at the center of essential historical developments rather than at their periphery, we invite proposals for papers that explore the amplitude and impact of lay sodalities in Europe, the Americas, the East and Asia in relation to the activities of wider late medieval and early modern society. Papers might focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:

·     The reach and range of lesser traversed sodalities. For example, slave confraternities.

·     The relationships between lay companies and non members. For instance, confraternal liaisons with artisans, food merchants or second-hand clothes sellers.

·     Confratelli and consorelle entrusted with public service, healthcare and the custody of people or objects.

·     The influence of confraternal ritual and recreation on urban spaces.

·     Individual and familial investment in lay companies in order to garner social influence or to gain political power.

·     Associations between the devotional lives of non-clerics and the ordained: how these affinities played out in rituals, drama and music.

·     The impact of art, architecture and ephemera commissioned by confraternities on public spaces and/or the popular conscience.

Papers should concentrate on confraternal activities between 1300 and 1700. We are however, also particularly interested in proposals that discuss retrospectively, the value of studies that have emerged since the conference in 1989 and consider how Confraternity Studies will advance into the twenty-first century.

Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email, 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 (7) categories of information are clearly provided. 

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at 1 August 2018.

Tags:  charity  confraternity  devotion  drama  gender studies  global  hospitals  late medieval  lay sodality  literature  music  piety  poverty  public spaces  Renaissance  ritual  social history 

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Society for Early Modern Women: Call for Panels

Posted By Molly Bourne, Friday, April 27, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women ( will sponsor up to four panels at the 2019 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held in Toronto, 17-19 March 2019. I am soliciting proposals for pre-formed panels in any discipline that explore women and their contributions to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period. Proposals that include young/emerging scholars are especially welcome. 


Sponsorship of a panel by the SSEMW signifies that the panel is pre-approved and automatically accepted for presentation at the RSA annual meeting.


Proposals for a pre-formed panel (or linked panels) should be sent to Molly Bourne (, SSEMW associate organization representative for RSA, by no later than Wednesday 1 August 2018 with the following materials, assembled into a single Word document (no PDFs please):


-        Abstract (max 150 words) describing the panel


-        Names of Panel Organizer(s), Chair, Speakers & any respondent(s), including institutional affiliations + email address for each participant


-        One-page CV for Organizer(s) & Speakers only; max 300 words each (not in prose) 


-        For each paper: title (max 15 words), abstract (max 150 words) & keywords (up to 4)


-        Specification of any audio/visual needs


Decisions regarding SSEMW panel sponsorship will be sent out at least seven days prior to the regular RSA submission deadline (15 August 2018) for submission of panel or paper proposals.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Molly Bourne (

Syracuse University Florence 

Tags:  art  gender  history  literature  material culture  religion  women 

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