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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 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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CfP: Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere

Posted By Samantha J. Hughes-Johnson, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS

(Deadline: 1 August 2018)

 

The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (17 - 19 March 2019) in Toronto, Canada. Accordingly, it invites proposals for papers on the following theme:

 

Beyond the Microcosm: The Impact of Confraternities on the Civic Sphere.

 

Since the formation of the Society for Confraternity Studies, which celebrates it 30th anniversary in 2019, the subject of Confraternity Studies has moved on from what Konrad Eisenbichler once described as an “invisible history” to become an authoritative sub-field of late medieval and early modern scholarship. Accordingly, in order to encourage a discourse that places confraternities at the center of essential historical developments rather than at their periphery, we invite proposals for papers that explore the amplitude and impact of lay sodalities in Europe, the Americas, the East and Asia in relation to the activities of wider late medieval and early modern society. Papers might focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:

·     The reach and range of lesser traversed sodalities. For example, slave confraternities.

·     The relationships between lay companies and non members. For instance, confraternal liaisons with artisans, food merchants or second-hand clothes sellers.

·     Confratelli and consorelle entrusted with public service, healthcare and the custody of people or objects.

·     The influence of confraternal ritual and recreation on urban spaces.

·     Individual and familial investment in lay companies in order to garner social influence or to gain political power.

·     Associations between the devotional lives of non-clerics and the ordained: how these affinities played out in rituals, drama and music.

·     The impact of art, architecture and ephemera commissioned by confraternities on public spaces and/or the popular conscience.

Papers should concentrate on confraternal activities between 1300 and 1700. We are however, also particularly interested in proposals that discuss retrospectively, the value of studies that have emerged since the conference in 1989 and consider how Confraternity Studies will advance into the twenty-first century.

Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, email, the paper title (no longer than 15 words), the abstract of the paper (no longer than 150 words), a brief academic C.V. (not longer than 300 words), and a series of key-words that suit the presentation. Please be sure all nine (7) categories of information are clearly provided. 

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at samanthajanecaroline@yahoo.co.ukby 1 August 2018.

Tags:  art history  charity  confraternity  devotion  economic history  gender studies  global  history  interdisciplinary  material culture  piety  public spaces  ritual  social history  theology 

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Fiat Lux: Art, Religion, and Science in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Steven J. Cody, Thursday, May 3, 2018

Light is essential to the visual arts and, indeed, to vision itself. Over seventy years ago, Millard Meiss drew our attention to the ethereal, often overlooked representation of light in some fifteenth-century paintings, eventually arguing that it “could become a major pictorial theme.” As we now know, Renaissance artists engaged with notions of divinity, sacred wisdom, and visual experience—all through the effects of light. But how does one talk, in any serious manner, about something that is fundamentally intangible? The ethereal nature of light presents a challenge for the artist who attempts to depict it, the beholder who attempts to appreciate it, and the art historian who attempts to study it.

 

These panels serve as a forum for scholars who explore light’s formal, symbolic, metaphoric, and scientific dimensions. We seek participants who take innovative approaches to pictorial light and to theories of sight. Presenters are welcome to consider works of art produced in any of Italy’s locales and at any point in the early modern period, so long as the works are religious in nature. Papers that adopt an interdisciplinary focus are especially encouraged. It is our hope that, through these conversations, we will be able to reconstruct the rich context in which art, religion, and science found a common language in light.


Proposal Instructions:

Please send proposals and direct any queries to both Eric Hupe (erh4vv@virginia.edu) and Steven Cody (codys@pfw.edu). Proposals must be submitted by 1 August and include the following items:

- The presenter’s name, affiliation, and email address
- The paper’s title
- An abstract (150-word maximum)
- Keywords
- A brief CV

- PhD completion date (past or expected)

Tags:  art  History of Science  Italy  light  religion 

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Deadline extended - CfP: Art Beyond Spanish Italy, 1500-1700

Posted By Emily B. Wood, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Session Sponsored by the Italian Art Society (IAS)

“Your interest in Italy is the main artery by which the pulse of all your power beats…”
(Charles V to Philip II, 1555)

By the end of the sixteenth century, the Spanish crown controlled major regions of the Italian Peninsula, from the Kingdom of Naples to the Duchy of Milan. At the same time, areas outside of Spanish sovereignty, including the Italian Republics, Tuscany, Mantua, and the Papal States, felt the effects of Spain’s “soft” imperialism (Dandelet, 2001) in economic, social, and cultural
spheres. This panel focuses on art-historical approaches that explore the question of Spanish cultural imperialism on the Italian Peninsula outside of the Spanish Empire. Papers may explore topics including, but not limited to: artistic patronage by agents of the Spanish Empire or expatriate communities; the circulation of objects through diplomatic, commercial, or artistic networks; artistic collaboration and education; or the movement of artists between the Iberian and Italian peninsulas.


Please send a brief abstract (no more than 150 words); keywords for your talk (maximum of 8); and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum in outline rather than narrative form) to Emily Monty (emily_monty@brown.edu) and Emily Wood (emily.wood@u.northwestern.edu) by July 27, 2018 (updated submission deadline)

Tags:  architecture  art  circulation  diplomacy  exchange  Florence  Genoa  Habsburg  Italy  Mantua  mobility  Rome  Spain  Venice 

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Society for Early Modern Women: Call for Panels

Posted By Molly Bourne, Friday, April 27, 2018

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (http://ssemw.org) will sponsor up to four panels at the 2019 annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held in Toronto, 17-19 March 2019. I am soliciting proposals for pre-formed panels in any discipline that explore women and their contributions to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period. Proposals that include young/emerging scholars are especially welcome. 

 

Sponsorship of a panel by the SSEMW signifies that the panel is pre-approved and automatically accepted for presentation at the RSA annual meeting.

 

Proposals for a pre-formed panel (or linked panels) should be sent to Molly Bourne (mhbourne@syr.edu), SSEMW associate organization representative for RSA, by no later than Wednesday 1 August 2018 with the following materials, assembled into a single Word document (no PDFs please):

 

-        Abstract (max 150 words) describing the panel

 

-        Names of Panel Organizer(s), Chair, Speakers & any respondent(s), including institutional affiliations + email address for each participant

 

-        One-page CV for Organizer(s) & Speakers only; max 300 words each (not in prose) 

 

-        For each paper: title (max 15 words), abstract (max 150 words) & keywords (up to 4)

 

-        Specification of any audio/visual needs

 

Decisions regarding SSEMW panel sponsorship will be sent out at least seven days prior to the regular RSA submission deadline (15 August 2018) for submission of panel or paper proposals.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Molly Bourne (mhbourne@syr.edu)

Syracuse University Florence 

Tags:  art  gender  history  literature  material culture  religion  women 

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Call for Proposals: New Technologies and Renaissance Studies

Posted By Raymond Siemens, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

RSA 2019, 17–19 March, Toronto

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America Annual Meetings have featured panels on the applications of new technology in scholarly research, publishing, and teaching. Panels at the 2019 meeting will continue to explore the contributions made by new and emerging methodologies and the projects that employ them.

For 2019, we welcome proposals for papers, lightning talks, panels, and or poster / demonstration / workshop presentations on new technologies and their impact on research, teaching, publishing, and beyond, in the context of Renaissance Studies. Examples of the many areas considered by members of our community can be found in the list of papers presented at the RSA since 2001 (http://bit.ly/1tn6rsd) and in those papers published thus far under the heading of New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (http://bit.ly/1zJiaqp).

Please send proposals before 30 April 2018 to Iter.RSA.NewTechnologies@gmail.com. Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph biographical CV, as well as an indication of whether you would consider or prefer an online presentation.

We are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels; those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission.

We thank Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance (http://www.itergateway.org) for its generous sponsorship of this series and its related travel subventions since 2001.

Tags:  digital humanities  interdisciplinary 

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