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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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Rethinking Renaissance and Early Modern Musical Instruments

Posted By Emanuela Vai, Thursday, July 5, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rethinking Renaissance and Early Modern Musical Instruments

Music has long been theorised as intangible culture separate from the materiality of musical instruments. Moving beyond approaches that position musical instruments merely as containers for sound, this panel aims to rethink and reassess their material, visual, affective and social dimensions. Recent interdisciplinary ‘turns’ towards new materialisms, posthumanisms, sensorialities and object-orientated ontologies are opening up alternative theoretical and methodological pathways and perspectives for engaging with the material culture of music. Building on this growing interest in the agency and vitality of matter, and the social lives and affective dynamics of objects, this panel invites papers that engage with the non-auditory or para-sonic aspects of Renaissance and Early Modern musical instruments. Entangled in cultural flows and commodity chains, instruments moved through Renaissance worlds, articulating meaning, establishing relations and signifying social status as they did so. Musical instruments materially index an array of cultural, political and aesthetic values and were designed not only to be played and heard but to be seen, sold and dis-played. Bringing together scholars from across the disciplines, this panel aims to promote discussion of musical instruments by exploring the ways in which they were valued and made to have meaning, their materiality and aesthetics, and the range of relationships formed between musical instruments and musicians, craftspeople, collectors and sellers.


Topics could address but are by no means limited to:


-       The social lives of musical instruments

-       Musical instruments and the museological gaze

-       Ornamentation, iconography, and aesthetics

-       The challenges and opportunities of object-orientated and materialist approaches

-       Silenced, collected and dis-played musical instruments

-       Practices of instrument production and consumption

-       Musical instruments and gender/social/class status

-       Object histories

-     Instruments as models and metaphors in Renaissance scientific epistemologies,  cosmologies and ontologies

-       Epistemological aspects of museum documentation and curatorial practices

-       Musical instruments as material culture

-       New technologies and historical research: digital imaging, modelling, making and interpretation of cultural heritage objects


This CFP invites paper proposals from scholars working in musicology, art history, organology, cultural history, material and visual culture studies and anthropology. As per RSA guidelines, please send proposals including presenter’s name and affiliation (if applicable), email, paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a brief curriculum vitae to the organiser Emanuela Vai [ Friday, 27 July 2018.

Presenters will need to be members of the RSA by the time of the conference. Submission guidelines are available at free to email with any questions.

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Tags:  anthropology  art history  cultural heritage  digital humanities  iconography  material culture  museum practices  musical instruments  musicology  organology  ornamentation and aesthetics  scientific epistemologies and ontologies  sensory studies  visual studies 

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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

Tags:  digital humanities 

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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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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 ( and in those papers published thus far under the heading of New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (

Please send proposals before 30 April 2018 to 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 ( for its generous sponsorship of this series and its related travel subventions since 2001.

Tags:  digital humanities  interdisciplinary 

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