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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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Printing, Reception, Editing, and Teaching Thomas More and Early Humanists

Posted By Emily A. Ransom, Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Amici Thomae Mori is excited to welcome proposals for papers on Thomas More studies to coincide with the publication of the new Essential Works of Thomas More (Yale University Press, 2019).  This single-volume, accessible, readable edition will be the third major collection of More’s works in nearly five hundred years, after the 1557 Workes published by More’s nephew William Rastell and the Yale Complete Works in fifteen volumes completed in 1997. Though papers on all areas of Thomas More studies will be considered, the Amici is especially interested in topics that will complement this important publication, such as print history of humanist texts, reception history of Thomas More and early humanists, editing humanist texts, and teaching humanist texts in the modern classroom.


To submit a paper, please send your title (15-word max), abstract (150-word max), a few keywords, CV, PhD completion date (past or expected), and affiliation to Emily Ransom ( by August 10, 2018.  

Tags:  book history  catholic reform early modern  classical reception  classicism  devotion  early modern  history  history of reading  pedagogy  political history  print culture  printers  Religion  religious communities  renaissance  theology 

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Jesuit Studies

Posted By Kathleen M. Comerford, Thursday, July 19, 2018
The Journal of Jesuit Studies is looking to organize panels in any aspect of Jesuit studies in any region, up to the year 1700, to include history, literature, art history, music history, or related topics, in all geographical areas.

Individual paper abstracts should be no more than 150 words and should identify up to 5 keywords.  Panel submissions should include the name of a chair who is not also a presenter.  All submissions must include a/v requests and a brief CV (including affiliation, date of PhD completion, general discipline area, rank, and publications or other evidence of scholarship) for each participant.  Please submit to Kathleen Comerford,, no later than August 5, 2018.  We will consider panels, individual papers, and roundtables for sponsorship by the Journal of Jesuit Studies.  Sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance to the program and implies no intent to publish.

Tags:  academies  architecture  book history  charity  classicism  community  cultural history  devotion  digital humanities  dress history; economic history; fashion; working-  early modern  empire  ethnographies  global  history  history of reading  history of science  identity  Jesuits  patronage  philosophy  Religion  ritual  social history  the other  theology  urban spaces 

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Towards a Vocabulary of Dissent. Early modern religious dissents, conflicts, and pluralities in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. EMoDiR

Posted By Stefano Villani, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Towards a Vocabulary of Dissent. Early modern religious dissents, conflicts,  and pluralities in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe.
RSA Toronto, 17-19 March 2019

EMoDiR (the Research Group on Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism) is an international research group dedicated to the study of religious differences, conflicts, and pluralism in early modern Europe. The group’s aim is to examine the ways in which religious dissent was constructed in the early modern period as well the social and cultural practices of radical movements and religious minorities.
For the next RSA Annual Conference (Toronto, 2019), we seek papers addressing the key-terms and categories that have been or are used to define early modern religious dissenting practices and beliefs.
The aim of these panels is to deconstruct, reconstruct, and historically contextualize such commonly used categories as Dissent, Dissidence, Radicalism, Libertinism, 
Atheism, Blasphemy, Nicodemism, Otherness, Hybridity.
We also welcome papers about terms that were used in early modern times to describe heterodox religious experience (as for example Enthusiasm, Fanaticism, Sectarianism, Heresy).
Each paper should investigate the emergence of a specific concept, its semantic contents, its ‘labeling’ uses and its changing meanings over times and places, taking into consideration an entangled historical approach (histoire croisée).

Please email Stefano Villani ( and        
Helena Wangefelt Ström ( by August 10, 2018 with full name, current affiliation, and email address; a paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, PhD completion date

Tags:  Dissent  Heresy  Religion  Religious Radicalism 

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Early Modern Eschatology

Posted By Victoria A. Yeoman, Friday, June 8, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

*Deadline extended to August 5th.

Papers are invited on any aspect of eschatology, providere novissima (“the foreseeing of the last things”), or the “last things” of human life and time: the moment of death, the final judgement and arrival of the new millennium, and the final destination of souls in heaven or hell. Of particular interest are papers related to early modern material and visual representations of the final events of human history, the destruction of the world, or the end of time. 


Papers might address topics such as:

·     Visual representations of the end of the world and/or the last things.

·     The role of visual or material culture in envisioning and contemplating the end of human life.

·     The materialization of eschatological ideologies in the early modern home.

·     Contemporary strains of eschatological thought in reformed culture.

·     Discussion of the final events of human history in sermons, devotional literature, emblem books, or imaginative literature.

·     Collection and display of images of the last things.

·     Centrality of art and materiality to understandings of eschatology.

·     The evolution of eschatological attitudes over time.


Submissions should be sent by July 16th to Victoria Yeoman ( and should include the following information:

·      a paper title (15-word maximum)

·      abstract (150-word maximum) 

·      a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).

Tags:  material culture  piety  religion  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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