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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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Flooding, water, public works: environment & cultures of intervention 1400-1700

Posted By David C. Rosenthal, Saturday, July 7, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Recent environmental history has stressed how the relationship between communities and landscapes could be mutually structuring – when it came to mitigating threats of disaster but also in regard to the control and exploitation of natural resources. This panel focuses on water, on initiatives that looked to confront the threat of inundation from the sea or flood-prone rivers, to control water for industrial and agricultural purposes, or to develop urban water supplies and sanitation. Such initiatives could include both state-run public works programs, and local and community schemes; they could be piecemeal or more programatically reactive to conditions on the ground. The panel seeks to be interdisciplinary and welcomes papers that explore aspects of what might be called cultures of intervention in early modern Europe, which tease out how environmental initiatives intersected with social, economic or political concerns, challenges and change.

Themes might include but are not limited to:

The idea and development of environmental ‘public works’

Flooding and flood prevention - community practices, government intervention

Labour, forced or voluntary; public works schemes and ‘unemployment’

Culture of innovation, hydraulic techniques and practitioners

Representations: flooding, water control and public works in visual and literary culture

Please send an abstract (150 words max), a list of 3 keywords, and a brief academic CV (300 words max) to by July 27

Tags:  environmental history  government  poverty  social history 

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New Approaches to Catholic Reform

Posted By Marie Louise Lillywhite, Monday, June 4, 2018

CFP: New Approaches to Catholic Reform

RSA 2019 - Toronto


Recently, scholars have approached Catholic Reform in new ways, by looking beyond Tridentine frameworks, extending beyond European borders, and challenging traditional arguments and understandings of this critical period in the history of the Church. Rather than focusing purely on a top-down enforcement of reform, or failed attempts to combat Protestantism, scholars of history, history of art, music, and literature have used new and varied approaches to understand the impact of religious reform in the early modern period and the ways in which people negotiated it.


The organizers of this panel would like to invite papers that consider Catholic Reform from across the disciplines, with the aim of contributing to a broader and more holistic understanding of the process, bringing together research from different fields and varied geographic locations. Papers might directly address new methods and approaches, or might demonstrate them through specific research, but all will contribute to a growing conversation on the nature and significance of Catholic Reform.


Potential topics could include:

-       Approaches to Catholic Reform broadly or within specific field/subfields

-       Reinterpretations of older arguments and narratives about Catholic Reform

-       The influence of Catholic Reform on music, literature, culture, politics, etc.

-       The influence of Catholic Reform on art and architecture (patronage, examples of censorship, debates concerning the nature of the sacred image)

-       Limitations of Reform

-       Reform in a global context

-       Reactions of the laity to Catholic Reform


Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation (if applicable), email address, paper title (15 words maximum), abstract (150 words maximum) and brief academic CV (300 words maximum). Please submit proposals by July 20 to Marie-Louise Lillywhite ( and Celeste McNamara ( Presenters will need to be members of the RSA by the time of the conference. The RSA offers a limited number of travel grants; see their website for more information. 

Tags:  catholic reform early modern  environmental history 

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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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