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This blog is for CfPs for interdisciplinary sessions for RSA 2019 Toronto, as well as those that do not fit into the Art History, History, or Literature discipline categories. 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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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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Renaissance Medals

Posted By Tanja L. Jones, Sunday, July 1, 2018
Updated: Sunday, July 1, 2018

As small-scale sculpted objects often allied with but distinct from coins, Renaissance medals circulated widely during the early modern period. In addition to the portraits that traditionally appeared on the obverse of the objects, medals bore a wide range of texts and imagery including original inventions as well as those drawn from allegory, heraldry, or narrative. 

 

All proposals are welcome, but papers which deal with imagery on medals, and the political and social aspects of the creation, collection, and exchange of these objects are particularly encouraged. 

 

Please submit proposals to Arne Flaten [arflaten@bsu.edu] and/or Tanja Jones [tljones@as.ua.edu] by 31 July 2018. 

Tags:  allegory  circulation  heraldry  identity  medals  portraits 

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Renaissance Vegetarianism

Posted By Andrea Crow, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The study of early modern food has blossomed in recent years. As scholars have parsed the politics of changing dining practices, the role of recipes in intellectual history, and the growing perception of food ethics as inextricable from social identity, dietary beliefs and habits have begun to be seen as central to early modern studies. One of the most striking dietary trends that spread across Europe in this period, however, remains underexamined: the rise of vegetarianism.


This panel invites papers from across disciplines that examine Renaissance vegetarianism in order to think through the intertwining religious, economic, political, and ethical motives that spurred this transnational movement forward. Possible topics might include views on vegetarianism in the early modern dietary sciences, radical vegetarian leaders and the communities that they organized, vegetarian cuisine and recipe books, the revival of Classical vegetarian thought, or the representation of vegetarianism in literature and the arts.


Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email address, paper title (15 words maximum), abstract (150 words maximum), and CV (300 words maximum). Please submit proposals by July 15th to Andrea Crow (amc2341@columbia.edu).


Tags:  art history  ethics  food studies  Literature  political history  recipe books  vegetarianism 

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New Approaches to Sanctity in Early Modern Catholicism

Posted By Katrina B. Olds, Monday, June 25, 2018

Recently, scholars of early modern sanctity have begun to disentangle the various dimensions of what Simon Ditchfield has called the “discursive fertility” of saints in early modern culture, society, and religion. If earlier scholarship tended to regard saints somewhat instrumentally – as objects of confessional polemic, or as symbols that stood for something else more ‘real,’ such as political, civic, or religious identity – newer studies have marked an important shift toward a more contextual understanding. Thus, rather than looking through saints toward something else, scholars have been asking how various facets of early modern culture could be understood by looking with saints.

 

In the belief that the study of sanctity provides unparalleled insight on the early modern Catholic world more broadly, the organizers invite papers on sanctity from across the disciplines. We seek papers that will contribute to the historical understanding of sanctity – broadly conceived – from scholars in the range of disciplines represented by the RSA. We are interested in bringing research from subfields, particularly Iberian or Italian Catholicism, into dialogue with other scholars who may be pursuing parallel paths. The efflorescence of recent and ongoing studies of saints and sanctity in the extra-European Catholic territories also encourages us to consider the relationship between centers and peripheries in the creation, veneration, and instantiation of the cult of saints. Papers need not be comparative in scope as long as presenters are willing to participate in the spirit of conversation across geographical and disciplinary limits.

 

Potential topics could include:
- apologetics and polemic about saints;
- art, music, and theater;
- beyond failed saints: holiness and its discontents in everyday life;
- canonization: attempted, failed, reformed, and everything in between;
- censorship, heresy, and saint-making;
- conversion and its role in the creation of saints;
- hagiography as polemic, and as scholarly practice;
- sanctity ‘against the grain’: parody, blasphemy, and irreverence
- relics, images, and materiality;
- saints and the history of emotions;
- saints’ cults as synesthetic experiences;
- space and mobility;
- the history of medicine and of the body.

 

Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email address, paper title (up to 15 words), paper abstract (up to 150 words), and brief academic c.v. (up to 300 words). Please submit proposal to Katrina Olds (kbolds@usfca.edu) and Emily Michelson [edm21@st-andrews.ac.uk] by 22 July 2018. Presenters will need to be members of the RSA by the time of the conference. The RSA offers a limited number of travel grants to assist historically underrepresented minorities, graduate students, scholars of any rank traveling to the conference from outside North America, and non-tenure track postdoctoral scholars. Please consult the RSA website for more information.

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CFP: He Said - She Said: Women’s Words in Defence of Women

Posted By Sarah E. Schell, Sunday, June 24, 2018

“Do you really believe ... that everything historians tell us about men – or about women – is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men, who never tell the truth except by accident.”  - The Worth of Women (1600)

 

Writing about women in the late medieval and early modern period focused on ideals of female behaviour. In the 16th and 17th centuries the discussion became a public debate over not just how women should act, but also whether or not they were even capable of the prescribed behaviours: what was the nature of womankind? The “controversy” reached its height in the sixteenth century, with attacks and defences flying off the printing presses. 

 

Not content to leave their defence to men, writers such as Moderata Fonte (quoted above) produced works that provided a counterpoint to traditional narratives that cast women as incapable and morally weak.  From Christine de Pizan’s La cite des dames (1405) to Archangela Tarabotti’s Tirannia Paterna (1654),  women have sought to directly confront misogynist views on the purported nature of women and their appropriate roles and behaviours in society.  

 

This panel invites submissions on women who consciously and directly challenged the male-dominated discourse by interjecting their own voices into it. How did these women attempt to change or alter the debate? What argumentative tools/mediums did they choose? What were their expectations of the intervention? Who was the audience? How were such interventions received? What were the ramification of such direct / public actions for these women? 

 

Suggested topics may include but are not limited to: “in defence of” and other activist texts; literary or visual representations of ‘illustrious women’ cycles; conduct manuals or advice texts written by women for women; women educators; political tracts/political activism by women; and philosophical or religious writing on the role and nature of women.

 

Particularly welcome are papers on un- or understudied women, and non-Eurocentric approaches. 

Papers from all disciplines will be considered. 

 

Please submit 200-word proposals to Sarah Schell (sschell@aud.edu) and Tabitha Kenlon (tkenlon@aud.edu).  Please include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, title of paper, and a brief CV. Feel free to email with any questions. 

 

Deadline: July 25th, 2018

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Tags:  gender studies; Literature; social history; women; 

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Digital Humanities panels and roundtables

Posted By Angela Dressen, Thursday, June 21, 2018

CFP: Digital Humanities panels and roundtables for the RSA 2019 (Toronto, March 17-19, 2018)

 

As the Discipline Representative for Digital Humanities I am asking for proposals for several panels and roundtables for the next RSA annual meeting in Toronto 2019.

I am especially interested in the following topics:

Roundtable: Setting up a DH curriculum for BA and MA students, adding a DH certificate to an existing curriculum)

Roundtable: Overarching research infrastructure for DH projects

Panels: on open topics

Please send me a proposal for your participation in any of the above mentioned topics by July 20 (for panel proposals, send an abstract of max. 150 words and a CV). Proposals for other topics are not excluded.

Angela Dressen adressen@itatti.harvard.edu

Tags:  digital humanities 

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Re-assessing the Early Modern Court: Connection, Negotiation and Transgression

Posted By Maria Maurer, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Norbert Elias’ The Court Society, which placed the early modern court at the center of a long civilizing process wherein the king exercised social control over and imposed emotional restraint upon his courtiers. While his methods and conclusions remain contested, Elias called attention to the role of the court in both early modern and modern society. Since the publication of The Court Society scholarship on the court has proliferated, yet we still tend to treat the court as a closed and controlled system with elaborate means of monitoring behavior and excluding outsiders.

This panel seeks to break open the early modern court by focusing on the court as a point of contact rather than a realm of separation. We welcome papers that examine relationships between courts and courtiers, as well as those that analyze the intermingling of social strata or connections between the court and civic or religious authorities. The panel also seeks to illuminate the ways in which fields such as critical gender, race, and sexuality studies and transnational studies have changed the ways in which we approach the court. What roles did servants and slaves play at court? How did courts function in non-European contexts, and what effects did international trade, diplomacy and colonization have upon court structures?

Given the re-birth of a small, but extremely wealthy and politically influential class in the 21st century, the 2019 meeting of RSA offers us a chance to re-assess our approaches to the early modern court and its continued relevance in our contemporary society.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Relationships between or among court centers (European and/or non European)

- Colonial courts and relationships between indigenous rulers and colonizers

- Social climbing or disfavor at court

- Negotiations of courtly strictures; this might include transgressing or stretching rules governing ritual, etiquette, gender, and the use or abuse of court positions, as well as violence, theft or other unsanctioned behaviors

- Laudatory and/or satirical representations of the court and its members

- The roles of servants and/or slaves as social or cultural agents

- Contacts between courts and civic or religious organizations

Please send an abstract of 300 words, paper title and a brief curriculum vitae to Maria Maurer (maria-maurer@utulsa.edu) by 20 July 2018. Selected panelists will be asked to shorten their abstracts and paper titles to conform with RSA guidelines by 10 August 2018.

Tags:  art history  circulation  courts  early modern  gender  global  history  interdisciplinary  literature  mobility  slavery  social history  transcultural 

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Re-assessing the Early Modern Court: Connection, Negotiation and Transgression

Posted By Maria Maurer, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Norbert Elias’ The Court Society, which placed the early modern court at the center of a long civilizing process wherein the king exercised social control over and imposed emotional restraint upon his courtiers. While his methods and conclusions remain contested, Elias called attention to the role of the court in both early modern and modern society. Since the publication of The Court Society scholarship on the court has proliferated, yet we still tend to treat the court as a closed and controlled system with elaborate means of monitoring behavior and excluding outsiders.

This panel seeks to break open the early modern court by focusing on the court as a point of contact rather than a realm of separation. We welcome papers that examine relationships between courts and courtiers, as well as those that analyze the intermingling of social strata or connections between the court and civic or religious authorities. The panel also seeks to illuminate the ways in which fields such as critical gender, race, and sexuality studies and transnational studies have changed the ways in which we approach the court. What roles did servants and slaves play at court? How did courts function in non-European contexts, and what effects did international trade, diplomacy and colonization have upon court structures?

Given the re-birth of a small, but extremely wealthy and politically influential class in the 21st century, the 2019 meeting of RSA offers us a chance to re-assess our approaches to the early modern court and its continued relevance in our contemporary society.

Paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Relationships between or among court centers (European and/or non European)

- Colonial courts and relationships between indigenous rulers and colonizers

- Social climbing or disfavor at court

- Negotiations of courtly strictures; this might include transgressing or stretching rules governing ritual, etiquette, gender, and the use or abuse of court positions, as well as violence, theft or other unsanctioned behaviors

- Laudatory and/or satirical representations of the court and its members

- The roles of servants and/or slaves as social or cultural agents

- Contacts between courts and civic or religious organizations

Please send an abstract of 300 words, paper title and a brief curriculum vitae to Maria Maurer (maria-maurer@utulsa.edu) by 20 July 2018. Selected panelists will be asked to shorten their abstracts and paper titles to conform with RSA guidelines by 10 August 2018.

Tags:  art history  circulation  courts  early modern  gender  global  history  interdisciplinary  literature  mobility  slavery  social history  transcultural 

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Kircher’s World

Posted By Thomas Beachdel, Friday, June 15, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018

Call For Papers

Renaissance Society of America

Annual Conference, March 17-19, 2019, Toronto, Canada

Kircher’s World

This panel invites papers on the work, influence, or problematization of the seventeenth-century polymath, Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680). A category defying figure caught between the encyclopaedism of the Renaissance and the turn toward specialized knowledge, Kircher has not received the attention of his more “scientific” contemporaries, such as Kepler or Newton, and is often regarded as an outside figure, given his penchant for the arcane, the mysterious, and his adherence to the Hermetic tradition, despite the work of Copernicus. At the same time, the vast outpouring of Kircher’s work on a broad range of subjects—Egyptian civilization and hieroglyphs (Oedipus Aegyptiacus), music (Musurgia Universalis), China (China Monumentis), geology (Mundus Subterraneus)—was extremely influential to a wide audience during his lifetime. Of particular interest are papers dealing with Kircher’s Mundus Subterraneus and the influence of this text and his viewpoint on geology, theories of the formation of the earth, and volcanism.

Session Chair: Thomas Beachdel, CUNY, Hostos

Please submit a short (max. 150 word) abstract and CV by July 31, 2018 to: thomas.beachdel@gmail.com

Tags:  art  art history  book history  circulation  cultural history  early modern  History of Science  interdisciplinary  print culture  transcultural  visual arts  visual culturecirculation 

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National Histories and Historical Nationalisms

Posted By Kelsey Ihinger, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

National Histories and Historical Nationalisms

 

In 1611, Spanish historian Luis Cabrera de Córdoba wrote the following about the author of histories: “escribe mejor el que no es natural de la provincia de quién hace historia” (“he who writes best is the man who is not native to the province whose history he tells”). To support this claim, Cabrera de Córdoba points to the famous Polydore Vergil, an Italian employed in writing the history of English kings. If the chronicle is meant to both portray historical events and celebrate a nation’s monarchy, can a foreign author more effectively achieve balance between truth and praise than a native historian? How does the depiction of history in other genres play with these same limits and what freedom exists within them to create or question the depiction of national history? The relationship between the historical genre and the creation of a coherent, regional, national, or imperial identity is the subject that this panel hopes to explore. Both history and nation are subjects that we will consider in their broadest and most multivalent senses. Historical subjects were treated in texts in many genres—from history plays, to chronicles, to broadside ballads—and nations both existed within smaller regions of a single monarchy’s territory and also stretched to the limits of its vast empire. By contemplating the connection that exists between various historical genres and concepts of nation and empire, this panel seeks to explore questions of how a cohesive identity was conceived of, created, fomented, or even dismantled in the early modern period. With attention paid to the context in which historical texts from various genres emerge, it is the hope of this panel that scholars from diverse disciplines and geographical areas of study will come together to discuss the questions posed by our theme.

 

Please send a 150-word abstract and a 300-word CV to Kelsey Ihinger (ihinger@wisc.edu). Proposals must be received by Friday, July 13. This panel will be sponsored by the Center for Early Modern Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Tags:  broadside  chronicle  empire  history play  identity  nation  social history 

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