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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 rsa@rsa.org 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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In Search of the Canon: Poets and Artists Confronting with their Models (c. 1500-1700)

Posted By Maria G. Matarazzo, Thursday, July 19, 2018

The theory of Imitation was a central topic of discussion in the ‘Republic of Letters’. The European community of humanists, philosophers, poets and artists was engaged in the dispute over the models to refer to during the creative process. How to develop a normative canon as a reference point for artists and writers in the practice of Imitation? Which poets and artists to select as the examples of ‘bello stile’?

While the authority of ancient models was universally acknowledged, the building of a canon of modern masters was under discussion. One of the typical environments of this discussion were the Academies, where writers, artists, philosophers, antiquarians gathered around learned patrons.

Considering the interdisciplinary nature of this debate, this panel aims to explore the construction of a canon through a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. The main purpose is not only to study the mechanisms implied in the building of the canon but also to bring out the intersections between Art and Literature concerning this topic.

Questions to be considered include but are not limited to: the institutions where the debate took place, with a particular focus on the Academies; rhetorical devices for debating the canon and the metaphors of Imitation; the circulation of the canon through publishing, printings, new editions and reproductive printmaking; the impact of the canon on the teaching practices.

 

Please submit proposals to Ida Duretto (ida.duretto@sns.it) and Maria Gabriella Matarazzo (mariagabriella.matarazzo@sns.it) by August 12, 2018.

Proposals should include a paper title, an abstract (150-word maximum), keywords and a CV (300-word maximum).

Tags:  academies  Art History  book history  cultural history  early modern  history of reading  history of the book  Imitation  interdisciplinary  literature  mimesis  patronage  philology  Poetry  print culture  publishers  reproductive prints  the canon  visual arts 

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The Black Renaissance. Early Modern Afro-Hispanic Cultures

Posted By Miguel Martínez, Monday, July 2, 2018
Recent research has foregrounded the cultural agency and creativity of black communities and individuals in the early modern Iberian Atlantic. The archive documenting the lives and cultures of enslaved and free black people in both Spain and colonial Latin America has been significantly enlarged. This panel invites papers on early modern Afro-Hispanic cultures, including topics such as Afro-Iberian and Afro-Latino literary and artistic production, translation, hagiography, poetic pliegos and villancicos, religious practice, dance and street performance, black confraternities and everyday life, music and festive traditions, among many others.

Please send a title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum) and a short CV to Miguel Martínez (martinezm@uchicago.edu) by August 1st, 2018.

Tags:  colonial Latin America  cultural history  Iberian Peninsula  race studies  Renaissance  Spain 

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Popular Readers in Early Modern Spain

Posted By Miguel Martínez, Monday, July 2, 2018
Long-established scholarship on the history of reading has shown that, in part due to the printing and educational revolutions, literacy rates increased dramatically in Renaissance Spain. One of the most remarkable aspects of this moment in the history of literacy is that the ability to read and write spread widely among many different social groups, including the common people. This panel invites papers on artisans, servants, peasants, soldiers, shopkeepers, etc. as consumers of texts in early modern Spain. It welcomes papers on topics such as collective reading, individual readers and book owners, appropriation, partial literacies, mass consumption, public writing and street readers, among many others. Since gender was even more determinant a factor to illiteracy than class in the early modern period, proposals on the reading practices of common women are specially welcome.

Please send a title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum) and a short CV to Miguel Martínez (martinezm@uchicago.edu) by August 1st, 2018.
 

Tags:  circulation  cultural history  history of reading  Iberian Peninsula  literature  popular culture  print culture  Spain 

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More Than Merely Passive: Addressing the Early Modern Audience

Posted By John R. Decker, Monday, July 2, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018

“… so that the learned may savor the profundity of the allegory while the humble may profit from the lightness of the story” (de modo praedicandi)

 

Early modern audiences were not homogenous. Differences in status, education, language, wealth, and experience (to name only a few) could influence how a group of people, or a particular person, received and made sense of sermons, public proclamations, images, objects, and spaces. The ways in which images, objects, proclamations, etc. were framed and executed could have a serious impact on their relevance and effectiveness. This session seeks papers that investigate the ways in which authors, artists, preachers, theologians, and civic or court officials took account of and encoded pluriform audiences in their works. Topics might consider, but are not limited to, questions such as: What sorts of strategies were employed to take into account multiple ‘levels’ of audience? How well did such strategies work? What were the consequences—possible or actual—when they failed? Please submit an abstract and CV by no later than 30 July, 2018 to: jdecker@pratt.edu.

Tags:  art history  artists  collaboration  cultural history  gender  identity  images  imagination  invention  literature  material culture  patronage  religious communities  representation  social history  urban spaces  urbanism  visual arts  visual communication  visual culture 

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