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Literature CfPs for RSA 2019 Toronto
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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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Religious Figures in Post-Reformation English Literature

Posted By Joshua Phillips, Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The religious— monks, nuns, and friars—occupied an important place in Medieval literature, as objects of scorn and veneration. Those literary figures existed, for their readers, in a dialectical relation with the real religious who lived throughout Britain. But what happens to such literary figuration once the social existence of the religious comes to an end? One might expect them to be used solely for satire and vituperation, made evil, lecherous, and buffoonish. The reality, however, is more complex. In post-Reformation English plays, poetry and fiction, the religious are depicted in ways that shed light on the conflicting attitudes towards the ascetic life as well as on the nature of Renaissance figuration itself. 


Papers are sought that explore the literary representations of the religious between 1540 and 1660. Topics might include: Shakespeare's religious; nuns and female community; ascetic life and literary copia; monuments and nostalgia; the religious and characterization; medieval legacies; religious figures and the meaning of nations; etc.


Please send proposals, including a title (15-word maximum); a one-page c.v. (up to 300 words); abstract for proposed paper (up to 150 words); list of five keywords; and AV requirements to Joshua Phillips ( by July 27, 2018

Tags:  friars  literature  monasticism  monks  nuns  religious 

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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  gender  literature  material culture  microhistory  print culture  printers 

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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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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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Middleton's Afterlives in the 21st Century

Posted By Amanda Kellogg, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Middleton’s Afterlives in the 21st Century (Session A: Scholarship & Performance):

What is the legacy of the Oxford Middleton (2007) and the Oxford Handbook of Middleton (2010)? How have these texts shaped critical engagement with and performances of Middleton’s works? And what futures might we imagine for Middleton criticism? This series of linked sessions welcomes papers that address any aspect of his prolific career. Topics might include:

·      Authorship and collaboration

·      Genres

·      Comedy and the grotesque

·      Performances

·      Affect

·      Editing


Middleton’s Afterlives in the 21st Century (Session B: Pedagogy)

How does Middleton enter our classrooms? What are some strategies for teaching his work at the undergraduate and graduate levels? How can we make a case for teaching Middleton alongside single-author courses in, for instance, Shakespeare and Jonson? Topics might include:

·      Race and ethnicity

·      Gender and sexuality

·      Disability

·      Digital humanities

·      Middleton in survey courses

·      Assignments and courses on Middleton in conversation with other authors

Concrete practices for a variety of institutional contexts are most welcome.


All proposals must include:

·      Paper title (15-word maximum)

·      Abstract (150-word maximum)

·      Keywords

·      AV requirements

·      Abbreviated CV (300-word maximum, not prose form)

Please note that RSA’s submission system will not accept entries that exceed the stated word count. Submit proposals to Amanda Kellogg at by Wednesday, August 1.

Tags:  drama  middleton  pedagogy  theater 

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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  literature  women 

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New Work in French Renaissance Studies

Posted By Phillip J. Usher, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Work in French Renaissance Studies (Proposed French Discipline Sponsored Panel)

Paper proposals sought on all aspects of French Renaissance Studies. Please send a title, a 100-word abstract, and a short bio to Phillip John Usher ( by July 15, 2018.

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The Francophone French Renaissance

Posted By Phillip J. Usher, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Francophone French Renaissance (Proposed French Discipline Sponsored Panel)

Paper proposals sought for a panel whose origin is a strikingly simple question: does it matter that the “French Renaissance” happened/s (at least in part) “in French”? What are the stakes of writing in French in the period (as opposed to Latin, but also not in English or other vernaculars)? And, from a different perspective, what gets lost in translation (and/or what is gained) when authors such as Montaigne are read through their English translators or through English-language critical traditions? What of the French Renaissance remains invisible (or, for one reason or another, irrelevant) to the wider field of Renaissance Studies because of the Francophone-ness of its texts? All proposals on these and related questions will be considered. Please send a title, a 100-word abstract, and a short bio to Phillip John Usher ( by July 15, 2018.

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New Work on the Poetry of Pierre de Ronsard

Posted By Phillip J. Usher, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Work on the Poetry of Pierre de Ronsard (Proposed French Discipline Sponsored Panel)

Paper proposals sought for a panel at the RSA in Toronto about Pierre de Ronsard. All proposals that offer new readings of and perspectives on Ronsard’s poetry will be considered. Particularly sought are proposals that (1) read well-known poems against the critical grain, (2) offer readings of poems that have received only limited critical attention, or (3) historicize the reception of Ronsard’s poetry over the centuries. Please send a title, a 100-word abstract, and a short bio to Phillip John Usher ( by July 15, 2018.

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Critical Race Theory and the French Renaissance

Posted By Phillip J. Usher, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Critical Race Theory and the French Renaissance (Proposed French Discipline Sponsored Panel)

Important work has been done to put Critical Race Theory (CRT) into dialogue with the early modern period. One thinks, for example, of the foundational work by Kim Hall (Things of Darkness), and of the recent exhibition (Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe at the Walters Art Museum), etc. Much less has been done to bring such critical (and critically important) vocabularies to bear on the texts and contexts of early modern France. Paper proposals are sought that would address this lacuna in the field. All approaches (literary, art historical, theoretical, meta-critical, etc.) will be considered. Please send a title, a 100-word abstract, and a short bio to Phillip John Usher ( by July 15, 2018.

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