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Interdisciplinary and Miscellaneous CfPs for RSA 2019 Toronto
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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 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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Slavery in Early-Modern Italian Literature, Visual Arts, and Music

Posted By Armando Maggi, Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018
In recent years, a few art-historians and historians have dedicated fascinating studies to the concept of slavery in early-modern Italian culture, but much more work needs to be done in this area. It is worth considering that we speak of 'slaves' in Italian culture we should bear in mind that, in numerous literary texts, slaves were not only individuals marked as 'others' because coming from 'savage' countries, but Italians themselves could become slaves. The concept of 'slavery' in Italian culture is multi-layered. A comprehensive approach to all aspects of early-modern Italian culture (visual arts, operas, narratives) will shed light on a still poorly-known, albeit crucial, aspect of the Italian canon. 
Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for this session must send a 150-word abstract and a CV to Armando Maggi ( by August 1th 2018 (10 am CT).


Tags:  epic poetry  Italy  opera  short stories  slavery  visual arts 


The Stones of Venice: Reframing Sculpture and Architecture in the Seicento

Posted By Stefano Colombo, Monday, June 11, 2018


The seventeenth century is a crucial yet still largely understudied period within the history of sculpture and architecture in Venice and the Veneto. On the one hand, the arrival of foreign sculptors and architects contributed to the development of a Baroque vocabulary that both reupdated and surpassed the classicism which had characterized the Venetian Renaissance. On the other, events which deeply affected Venetian history in the seventeenth century, such as the military campaigns of Candia (1645-69) and Morea (1684-99) or the ennoblement of non-Venetian families, incentivized a celebratory rhetoric that emphasized themes such as the service to the state or moral and dynastic nobility. Largely discredited by Romantic and Neoclassical scholarship as predominantly anti-intellectual and only partially re-evaluated in the twentieth century, Venetian Baroque sculptors and architects were concerned with finding novel and unusual ways to seduce the viewer and to elicit his or her attention. Equally important, seventeenth-century observers praised the exceptional craftsmanship of sculptural and architectural works in their written commentaries or other works of epideictic literature. As a result, these factors impacted on sculptural and architectural works as a form of public imagery which both reshaped and complemented the so-called “myth of Venice” in new ways. 


This panel seeks to fill the gap between art-historical analyses of Venetian sculpture and architecture in the Seicento and interdisciplinary, methodological or theoretical approaches to the study of the Venetian Baroque. It aims to reframe sculptural and architectural practices by addressing questions related to the style, significance, iconography, execution and reception. We invite proposals that explore the originality of sculptural and architectural works in the Venetian setting and help reassess them as places of artistic innovations. Possible topics could include, but are not limited, to the following:


·      Foreign sculptors and architects in seventeenth-century Venice and the Veneto

·      The sculpture and architecture of altarpieces and of Venetian churches

·      Sculpture and materiality

·      Rethinking style as a tool to convey artistic originality in Venetian Baroque sculpture and architecture

·      Visual or verbal response to sculpture and architecture 

·      Funerary and commemorative monuments

·      Baroque reinterpretations of classical antiquity 



Please send an abstract (150-word maximum), a paper title (15-word maximum), keywords, and a brief curriculum vitae to Stefano Colombo ( and Meredith Crosbie ( by July 23, 2018.



Tags:  Architectural treatises  architecture  materiality  monuments  public spaces  sculpture  Venice 

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Deadline Extended: The Streets of Rome: Urbanism, Architecture, and the Social Sphere

Posted By Jasmine R. Cloud, Friday, June 8, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A visit to twenty-first-century Rome still reveals the early modern moments that shaped its streets, piazze, and the experience of moving through them. The streets of Rome were sites of social exchange, provided opportunities to exert one’s will through building and destruction, witnessed sacred and secular processions, and functioned as places of devotion, among other things. As Joseph Connors noted, “To walk through Rome is to navigate through fields of influence that...buildings generate around themselves.” This session invites papers that examine the streets of the Caput Mundi, whether as the place for artistic and architectural activities or as physical, shifting spaces of the early modern city.

Themes might include: the manipulation of streets by public, private, or papal entities; the experience of moving through the streets of the city; buildings and their effect on the street or street system; how artistic communities shaped streets and neighborhoods; the streets as an organizational system for early modern documentation; depictions of streets; artists' and architects’ experiences of street life in Rome; and ephemeral or permanent monuments in the streets.

Please send title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a brief CV (300 word maximum) to Jasmine Cloud ( by August 5, 2018.

Tags:  architecture  Rome  social history  urban spaces  urbanism 

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Character beyond Shakespeare

Posted By Harry Newman, Thursday, June 7, 2018

Despite the rise of new character criticism and other important movements (e.g. new materialism, the history of emotions, digital humanities), early modern scholarship on character remains dominated by Shakespeare’s plays and their dramatis personae. “Non-Shakespearean” character and characterization tend to be judged according to “Shakespearean” models of “interiority”, “individuation” and “depth”. Narratives of the historical development of character continue to focus on ground broken by Shakespeare, especially at the turn of the seventeenth century, with plays such as Julius Caesar and Hamlet still reigning supreme as game-changers.

This panel invites papers that investigate non-Shakespearean models and paradigms of character in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, whether in dramatic, non-dramatic or non-literary contexts. Papers might consider the following:

·         What are the significance of characterization techniques developed by playwrights such as Thomas Kyd, John Marston, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Middleton and Philip Massinger?
·         How does character work in non-dramatic genres such poetry, historiography and life-writing? How were notions of fictional persons shaped—for example—by the rise of English prose fiction from the 1560s, the vogue for sonnets and epigrams in the 1590s, and the popularity of “character” books from the 1610s?
·         Do neglected or derided types of character need to be (re)assessed, such as allegorical characters, bit parts or “extras”, animal characters, humoral personalities, and co-authored characters?
·         What is the importance of authors who write across genres such as George Gascoigne, Robert Greene, John Lyly, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Nashe and John Webster, female authors such as Isabella Whitney, Mary Wroth, Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Sidney, Anne Clifford and Margaret Cavendish, or non-authorial agents of character-creation such as stationers, scribes, patrons, actors, audiences and readers?
·         What are the roles of character and impersonation in “non-literary” texts, such as sermons, medical manuals and conduct books, or even “non-textual” forms in material and visual culture (e.g. paintings, architecture, emblems, jewellery, gaming cards & tokens)?
·         How does the lexicon of character and characterization (e.g. charactery, personation, passionating, inwardness) develop outside the Shakespeare canon?
·         How are digital media creating new access to and new forms of interaction with early modern characters beyond the Shakespeare canon?

Papers may discuss Shakespearean drama, but must do so in relation to other early modern authors, genres or forms. Non-traditional and experimental approaches are encouraged, as are alternative historical narratives that challenge Shakespeare’s place at the epicentre of early modern character criticism. Proposals are welcome from scholars working in any discipline.

Please submit your paper proposal by 15th July 2018 to Harry Newman at The proposal should include:

·         Name, affiliation and email address
·         Paper title (15 words max)
·         Abstract (150 words max)
·         Keywords
·         Curriculum vitae (300 words max)

Tags:  book history  character  digital humanities  drama  early modern  literature  material culture  Shakespeare  the canon  the non-Shakespearean 

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CfP: Herms and "terms" in literature and art

Posted By Claudia Echinger-Maurach, Thursday, June 7, 2018

Herms are an important object of studies in the Renaissance for humanists and artists. Humanists are interested in the portraits on top of a quadrangular pillar and in the inscriptions identifying the person. Artists are attracted by the unusual form, which combines figural and architectural elements and enriches the architectural language of the Renaissance with a new element to sustain an entablature instead of pilasters and columns; at the same time it provides the opportunity to express a great variety of iconographical concepts through the anthropomorphic part and its attributes.

These sustaining herms, called in literature often “caryatidherms”, should be better designated terms (termini in Italian, Termen or Termes in German and French literature), as the god Terminus was venerated in form of a herm (see Achilles Statius, Inlustrium viror… 1569). For an introduction see Claudia Echinger-Maurach, Studien zu Michelangelos Juliusgrabmal, 2 vols (Hildesheim: 1991), vol. 1, pp. 206–219.

The panel proposes to define and to explore the multitude of aspects of these today rarely studied herms and terms in Renaissance literature, in architectural treatises and commentaries on Vitruvius, in drawings and reproductive prints, in frontispizes, in painting (from Peruzzi to the Carracci), in sculpture and in European architecture of the Renaissance.

Scholars of Renaissance literature and art history are kindly invited to send an abstract (150-word maximum), a list of keywords, any A/V requirements, a short curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) to the organizer Claudia Echinger-Maurach ( before Monday, 23 July 2018. Presenters will have to be active RSA members.

Tags:  Architectural treatises  architecture  commentaries on Vitruvius  frontispizes  Herms  painting  Renaissance literature  reproductive prints  sculpture  Terms 

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Books and Bodies in Early Modern England

Posted By Jillian Linster, Monday, June 4, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2018

Organizers: Jillian Linster (University of South Dakota) and Harry Newman (Royal Holloway, University of London)

This panel investigates links between literary and medical culture in early modern England (c. 1500-1700), focusing on the intersections of book history and medical humanities. Scholarship has started to address the physiology of reading, the role of the book trade in disseminating and shaping medical knowledge, and the mutually influential relationship between literary and medical texts. Building on this work, we seek papers focused on the physical and conceptual relationships between books and bodies in early modernity. Papers might consider the following:

·      How did changing technologies, laws, reading habits, and/or the rise of print culture affect the interaction of bodies and books in this period?

·      How did specific books come to represent individual people, and vice versa?

·      How were the bodies of books shaped and reshaped by physical encounters with human bodies (e.g. printers, book binders, readers)?

·      Does the relationship between books and bodies help us to understand power and agency in early modernity?

·      Why is it important to investigate the material lives and textual histories of medical books (anatomical works, midwifery manuals, dietaries, casebooks, herbals, medical receipt books, etc.)?

·      How is the relationship between books and bodies depicted in literary works, artistic renderings, and historical documents from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?

·      How useful are distinctions between ‘literary’ and ‘medical’ texts when considering the book-body relationship?

·      What was the influence of other cultures (European or non-Western) on English perceptions of books and bodies?

Approaches might include or combine book history, medical humanities, ecocriticism, new materialism, sociological or anthropological theory, social and cultural history, and biblical studies. Non-traditional or experimental lines of inquiry are encouraged. Proposals are welcome from scholars working in any discipline.

Please submit your paper proposal by 15th July 2018, to Jillian Linster and Harry Newman at The proposal should include the following information in a single document:

·      Name, affiliation and email address

·      Paper title (15 words max)

·      Abstract (150 words max)

·      Keywords

·      One-page CV (300 words max)

Tags:  art history  book history  cultural history  early modern  gender  gender studies  history  interdisciplinary  literature  material culture  networks  print culture  religion 

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New Approaches to Catholic Reform

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

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  interdisciplinary 

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The Future and Futurity in Renaissance Europe

Posted By Nicholas S. Baker, Sunday, June 3, 2018

Organizers: Jeroen Puttevils (University of Antwerp) & Nicholas Scott Baker (Macquarie University)

How did women and men think about the future in Europe between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries? The sixteenth-century French philosopher Michel de Montaigne already castigated his contemporaries for their obsession with the future in his Essais(Part 1, chapter XI). Montaigne argued that this was a futile pursuit, since one cannot control what will occur in the future. Moreover, an obsession about the future diverted attention from what required scrutiny in the present. 

In this session we are especially interested in how perceptions of the future related to actions in the (past) present. Did ideas about the future affect people making plans? Ideally, we’d like to have various social groups, their perceptions of the future and the actions motivated by their ideas about the future represented: merchants, diplomats, court astrologers, farmers, royals and state officials, craftsmen, churchmen… Recent research by the organizers of the session has shown the social nature of thinking about the future, both how ideas of the future are formed, and how they could differ along social profiles. Moreover, we hope to demonstrate the co-existence and interaction of various forms of future expectations in Renaissance European societies. This sessions seeks to test grand narratives such as those of Reinhart Koselleck (1979) and Lucian Hölscher (1999) on changes in thinking about the future (which are based on elite and canonical authors). We hope to attract papers analyzing original sources produced by the social groups mentioned above from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Paper proposals (and inquiries about this session) should be sent to Jeroen Puttevils, by 1 August 2018. The proposal should include: 1) a title; 2) abstract (150 words max.); 3) short CV (300 words max.); 4) list of five keywords; 5) indication of whether you have any audio / visual needs.

Tags:  Future  Renaissance  Temporality  Time 


The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Call for Papers RSA 2019

Posted By Sean D. Erwin, Friday, June 1, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 1, 2018

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy will sponsor several panels at the 2019 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Toronto, March 17th to 19th, 2019.  We welcome proposals on any relevant theme, but we are especially interested in the following topics:

·           Medieval and Renaissance accounts of language.

·           The transmission of Medieval and Renaissance authors in Early Modernity.

·           Discussions of critical receptions of Medieval and Renaissance authors

and the interpretive effects these readings engendered.

·           Themes linked to work on Machiavelli and Lucretius and their transmission.

Please submit a paper title, abstract (150 words) and abbreviated CV (300 words) to Sean Erwin ( by Monday July 16th, 2018.  Papers should have a presentation length of twenty minutes or less and should be delivered in English.

 In line with RSA guidelines, presenters must have a PhD or other terminal degree or be an advanced dissertation candidate presenting on a topic derived from their current dissertation research.  For complete submission guidelines please see:

Due to changes to the RSA conference planning schedule, Associate Organizations like the SMRP will not be notified of approved panels until November 1st, 2018.  The deadline for conference registration is December 15th, 2018.  Please note: to present at the RSA one must pay for RSA membership for the conference year in question. 

We would also ask that presenters consider becoming members of the SMRP.  To become a member visit and click Membership.

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Tags:  early modern  medieval  philosophy  Renaissance 

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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  material culture  microhistory  print culture 

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