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This blog is for CfPs for sessions in literature 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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EXTENDED DEADLINE: Age and Gender in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Chiara Girardi, Saturday, July 28, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

While historians and art historians have deeply engaged in the analysis of elderly women in preindustrial societies, most notably Christiane Klapisch-Zuber in Women, Family, and Ritual in Renaissance Italy and, more recently,Erin J. Campbell in “Prophets, Saints, and Matriarchs: Portraits of Old Women in Early Modern Italy;” literary critics have yet to fully explore issues of aging and the portrayals of female old age in Italian literature. This session aims to address this gap in literary studies and invites presentations that explore historical and fictional representations of old women in Early Modern Italy. From the elderly female advisors in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta and Alessandro Piccolomini’s La Raffaella to the agingfemale lover in Italian lyric poetry, the depictions of old women in Early Modern Italy are numerous and rarely marginal. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

The aesthetics of old age and the body of the elderly;
Comparative approaches to gender and age: elderly women versus men; the male versus female gaze on old women;
The authorial voice of the old woman (in poetry and epistolary writings);
Portrayals of aging and old age in medical treatises and conduct manuals;
The roles assumed by the elderly woman: grandmother, widow, advisor, mezzana, witch;
Old age and the performance of the memory of the past;
Reception of ancient and biblical old women into Early Modernliterature;
The influence of Fernando de Rojas’s Celestina in Italian comedies;
The relationship between gender, age and literary genre;
Education and gender, or the role of the elderly adviser in amatory treatises;
Old women versus young women;
Issues of ageism in scholarship, contemporary or historical;


Please send a 150-word abstract, a short bio and request for audio-visual equipment to Chiara Girardi: by August 10th.

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Translations of Antiquity from Rome to the Renaissance

Posted By Leon Grek, Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In the course of urging his compatriots not to limit themselves to translating classical works into the vernacular, Joachim du Bellay devotes an entire chapter of his 1549 treatise, La Deffence et illustration de la langue françoyse, to the role of translation in the development of Latin literature. He begins with a question: “If the Romans (someone will say) had not undertaken this labor of translation, by what means then could they have so enriched their language, even to the point of making it equal, almost, to the Greek?” Although Du Bellay himself goes on to argue that the translation of Greek texts into Latin was merely a necessary, but not a sufficient step towards the perfection of Classical Latinity, the argument advanced by his imagined interlocutor reflects the enduring importance of what Denis Feeney terms “the Roman translation project” to Renaissance translators and literary theorists: from Ludovico Ariosto, who links his own imitations of comedies by Plautus and Terence to the Roman playwrights’ adaptation of Greek originals; to Francis Meres, who compares Terence, Germanicus, and Ausonius to a whole host of Elizabethan translators, including “Phaer for Virgils Aeneads, Golding for Ouids Metamorphosis, Harington for his Orlando Furioso, […] and Chapman for his inchoate Homer.”

This panel aims to explore and extend this comparative enterprise, by considering the relationship between ancient and early modern translation cultures from a variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives. We welcome papers that explore the use of classical Latin translations as authorizing precedents for Renaissance translators, or investigate the Renaissance reception of theoretical, or quasi-theoretical statements on translation by Roman authors, including Terence, Cicero, Horace, and Jerome. But we are also interested in papers that adopt comparative or synchronic approaches to the subject. How do post-Classical Latin translators of Greek texts continue or diverge from the practices of their Classical predecessors? How might our understanding of the Roman translation project be enriched by considering it in terms of early modern vernacularization? And how, in turn, might recognizing the vernacularity of Roman literature complicate our understanding of the evolving interactions between classical, vernacular, and neo-Latin literary traditions throughout the early modern period?

Please send title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a brief C.V. to the organizers, Leon Grek ( and Adam Foley ( by August 10, 2018.

Tags:  classical reception  comparative translation studies  Latin literature  literary translation  the Roman translation project  translation of antiquity  translation theory  vernacularization 


Violence and Trauma in the Early Modern World

Posted By Colin S. Rose, Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Call for Papers for RSA 2019: Violence and Trauma in the Early Modern World


Recent historiography has stressed the centrality of violence to early modern history. Interpersonal violence, state violence and military violence have all come under scrutiny for the ways that violence shaped lived experiences and disrupted civil society. This panel seeks to expand on this growing school of thought by asking: how did the trauma wrought by violence and crisis change people’s perspectives on the world around them? Were people inured to its impact, were they fascinated by the danger in their streets, were they deeply troubled by the instability of the world around them? This is an interdisciplinary call for proposals for papers for RSA 2019 Toronto dealing with any aspect of violence and trauma in the early modern world. Papers may address history, literature, art, philosophy or any combination of disciplines present at the RSA in order to build a productive interdisciplinary conversation.


Please send:

  • paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum)
  • curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc upload)
  • PhD completion date (past or expected)
  • full name, current affiliation, and email address


to Colin Rose ( by AUGUST 5th 2018

Tags:  Literature  trauma  violence 

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Mortality beyond Morbidity in Early Modern England

Posted By Devin L. Byker, Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
While scholarly work on early modern death has, in the past, emphasized fears of annihilation, decay, and oblivion, more recent approaches to late medieval and early modern death culture have sought to dismantle this "morbidity thesis" by rehabilitating the generative possibilities, contexts, and practices that surround the event of death in early modern England. This panel seeks to further such considerations within the sphere of early modern literature and culture. When and how is mortality not a limitation or lamentation but instead a condition for social, epistemological, literary, and dramatic opportunity? Possible topics of discussion could include memento mori, martyrs and martyrology, ars moriendi, funereal practice and burial orders, memory and monumentality, or any interaction with death and mortality.  
Please send 
  • paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum)
  • curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc upload)
  • PhD completion date (past or expected)
  • full name, current affiliation, and email address
to Devin Byker at by August 10th. 

Tags:  death  mortality 


Illustrated Album Amicorum

Posted By Margaret F. Rosenthal, Tuesday, July 24, 2018


CALL for PAPERS: This panel is proposed for the annual Renaissance Conference of Southern California (March 10, 2019) at the Huntington Library.

Illustrated Alba Amicorum

The illustrated album amicorum (album of friends) is a singular visual example of early-modern travelers’ fascination with swiftly-changing fashions, regional customs, family lineage, and manuscript decoration. It preserves depictions of dress, local scenes of work and entertainment, modes of transportation, festivals, games, and civic rituals, and reveals major changes in fashionable and luxurious clothing and accessories. Uniting the printed book and the illustrated manuscript to transmit knowledge and thinking across early-modern Europe, it was often a luxury object in and of itself, thereby materializing within its pages an expanding world economy. Other important uses of the album amicorum were as modes of philosophical thought;  testaments to friendship; a locus where university students could freely use and manipulate the visual to reflect on serious philosophical questions outside of the classroom setting; and a vehicle for provoking laughter and pleasure. A fluid genre allowing for the coexistence of different visual genres (prints, emblems, frontispieces, fashion and costume plates) within its pages, this panel invites papers that will broaden our understanding further about its multiple uses during the early-modern period.

As per RSA guidelines, paper proposals should include the following: paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), a few keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please send to session organizer Margaret (Tita) Rosenthal ( by August 5, 2018.  

Tags:  fashion  friendship  illustrated manuscripts  material culture  owrld economy  philosophy  university 

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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:  archival research  archives  book history  catholic reform  circulation  devotion  devotional  editing  hagiographical  history of the book  manuscript  Manuscript Culture  networks  pedagogy  print culture  printers  readers  Reception  reception history  transmission  women; hagiography 

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Contested Bodies: Pregnancy and Motherhood in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

Posted By David Reher, Monday, July 23, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018

In light of the recent resurgence of the debate over women’s reproductive rights, our panel seeks to explore women’s bodies and pregnancy as a contested locus of various and often shifting socio-political events, and a battleground for negotiating sexual agency in the late Medieval and Early Modern world.

While the phenomenon of pregnancy has been studied as a historical concept, its treatment in literature still warrants further attention, as Sara L. Read’s Pregnant women gaze at the precious things their souls are set on shows. This is evident in numerous sources: medieval treatment of pregnancy in female hagiographies; the theme of unwanted pregnancies in texts such as Cervantes’s La fuerza de la sangre or truncated genealogies in María de Zayas Mal presagio casar lejos; the pregnant Helena of Shakespeare’s Measure for measure; male pregnancies like in entremes El parto de Juan Rana, and monstrous or grotesque births as seen in Rabelais’ Pantagruel and Gargantua.

Possible panel themes include:
Unwanted pregnancies and birth control
Medieval understandings of reproduction and reproductive medicine
Male pregnancies and sex changes
Signs of virginity, or fake virginities
Pregnancy as a literary metaphor for creation
Negotiations and gaps between marriage and sex, (virgin martyrs, proofs of paternity, etc)
Images of pregnant Mary or the absence of signs of maternity 
Midwives and gynecologist, including the mythological Agnodice, the first woman gynecologist

Please send an abstract of no more than 150 words, up to 4 keywords, and a one page CV (under 300 words) to to and by July 29th

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CFP for RSA 2019 Toronto

Posted By Valery Rees, Monday, July 23, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2018


Submissions welcome for sessions on any aspect of Ficino's writings or influence. Please send details by 6th August (or sooner!) to me, including

  • paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum)
  • curriculum vitae (preferably .doc)
  • PhD completion date (past or expected)
  • full name, current affiliation, and email address

Tags:  Ficino  love treatises  medicine  melancholy  philosophy  Plato  Plotinus  religion 

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Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period

Posted By Ani Govjian, Friday, July 20, 2018

Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period

To what extent is a jest also a lie? Are frauds funny? Taking a cue from “mockery” as mimic, sham, and spoof, this panel is interested in the ways fraud, imposture, and deceit function as ludic entertainment – whether intentionally or as byproduct.

This panel invites submissions that consider the jocularity of fraud, counterfeit, trickery, disguise, quackery, and cozenage. Papers are welcome to explore the theme in regards to:

-  Material culture including trick objects like blow books, mock almanacs, or fraudulent copies of famous works

Gendered experiences of deception or artifice

-  Jestbooks, ludic ballads, mock pamphlets

-  Mountebanks, street performers, gambling games, and pick-pockets

Medicine, especially the preoccupation with quack physicians

Natural philosophy and debates pushing back against charges of superstition

-  Magic, either through a focus on prestidigitation or representations and discussions of witchcraft



Religious debates including displays of anti-Catholic sentiment and fears as well as fetishizations of “Popery”

-  Theatre, stagecraft, and/or anti-theatrical sentiment


Proposals should be for 20-minute papers, and should include:

    title for the paper

    abstract of 150 words

    1-page CV

    current contact information

    A/V requirements


Submit proposals to by Friday, August 10, 2018. Subject line: “RSA – Fraud and Mockery.”


Tags:  allegory  archival research  book history  drama  early modern  English literature  gender  interdisciplinary  literature  manuscript  material culture  mimesis  Poetry  popular culture  print culture  recipe books  religious  Renaissance literature  Renaissance studies  reproductive prints  truth 


CFP -- Hagiography Society

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Friday, July 20, 2018


Call for Paper, Panel, and Roundtable Proposals

Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting

Toronto 17-19 March 2019


The HAGIOGRAPHY SOCIETY invites proposals from all academic disciplines for the Toronto 2019 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. We welcome individual papers, full panels (normally three papers, with a session chair and an optional respondent), and roundtable discussions (normally five-eight presenters).

Any topic that intersects with “sanctity in the Renaissance” is welcome: shrines, liturgies, relics, processions, miracles, laude, legendae, vitae and re-writings, sculptural and frescoed vitae. We welcome innovative approaches to the varied types of sanctity: political saints, family saints, aspiring saints, heretical saints, child saints, pilgrim saints, healing saints, warrior saints. We especially invite papers that examine saints beyond Europe, that explore holy gender beyond the binary, and that take up “Renaissance medievalism” as expressed in hagiographic revisions.

As an Associate Organization of the RSA, HS may field as many as four panels. Sponsorship of a panel by the AAR-SOF normally means that the panel will be accepted by the RSA Program Committee without further vetting, provided the panels comply with the RSA guidelines.

Proposals should include all the information listed in the RSA Submission Guidelines here: .

Note the restricted length of proposals. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Everyone who presents at the annual meeting must be a member of RSA at the time of the meeting: .

Proposals should be sent to Alison Frazier ( and Barbara Zimbalist  ( by 5 August 2018.

Anyone whose proposal is not accepted for the HS-RSA panels will be informed in time to submit as an individual. Please note, though, that those submissions will be evaluated by the Program Committee of the RSA.

Tags:  gender  global  hagiography  liturgy  re-writing  saint  sanctity  shrine 

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