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RSA Dublin 2021 Calls for Papers
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This blog is a space for RSA members to post calls for papers and lightning talks for sessions in all disciplines to be held at RSA Dublin 2021. Papers could be solicited for a traditional panel or a seminar session which will have pre-circulated papers.

To post a CfP, log in to your RSA and select "Add New Post" at the top of this page. Make sure to include the organizer's name, email address, and a deadline for proposals. The session organizer is responsible for uploading the finalized proposal to the RSA Dublin 2021 submission site.

The general submission deadline for RSA Dublin 2021 is 15 August 2020. For more details on the submission process, see the Submission Guidelines page.

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Spenser, Milton, Ireland

Posted By Debapriya Sarkar, Friday, June 5, 2020
Updated: Friday, June 5, 2020

The Milton Society of America and the International Spenser Society are jointly sponsoring a panel for RSA 2021 on "Spenser, Milton, Ireland." What insights and methodologies emerge from triangulating these points? Possible angles of approach: How does Milton's reading of Spenser engage Spenser's deployments of Ireland? How does Ireland (or "Ireland") play into each writer's generic repertoires? In what ways do early-modern English dis/figurations of Ireland subtend elements of the two writers' oeuvres? 


Proposals treating both writers especially welcome; papers on one of the two may also be accepted if they felicitously dovetail with other submissions. This is a guaranteed session.


Proposals should include the following, and should be sent to and by July 20: paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), curriculum vitae (no longer than 5 pages), PhD or other terminal degree completion date (past or expected), full name, current affiliation, and email address.


Note that the RSA stipulation that individuals present no more than 1 paper applies to papers rolled over from RSA 2020.


Tags:  English Literature  Ireland  Milton  Spenser 

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The Renaissance Cicero

Posted By Marijke Crab, Friday, June 5, 2020

Call for Papers: The Renaissance Cicero


The Renaissance Society of America, Dublin, 7-10 April 2021


Submission Deadline: 20 July 2020


Although it might be exaggerated to state that the Renaissance was vor allen Dingen eine Wiederbelebung Ciceros, und erst nach ihm und dank ihm des übrigen klassischen Altertums” (T. Zielinski), it is certainly impossible to overestimate Cicero’s cultural importance in the early modern period. All humanists were avid readers of both his speeches and his treatises on philosophy, rhetoric, and law; moreover, they regarded him as a political role model, admired his literary genius and were, even to a fault, enthusiastic imitators of his style.


Since Cicero’s afterlife is one of the most varied and wide-ranging of any classical author, this session proposes to study his Renaissance reception in the broadest sense possible. To this end, proposals from all disciplines are encouraged. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the study of:

  • early modern editions, translations, commentaries, florilegia, etc. of Cicero’s works;
  • early modern biographies of Cicero (vitae Ciceronis);
  • intertextuality with Cicero’s works in early modern literature, either in Latin or in the vernacular;
  • early modern appreciations, or criticism, of Cicero as a writer, philosopher, statesman, or historical person;
  • Cicero as a literary and stylistic model, the debate on Ciceronianism, and his importance for early modern rhetoric and epistolography.

Interested participants are invited to send a 150-word abstract and short CV to Marijke Crab ( by 20 July 2020. Please follow the submission guidelines set out at

Tags:  Book History  Classical Tradition  English Literature  French Literature  Germanic Literature  Hispanic Literature  Humanism  Italian Literature  Neo-Latin Literature  Rhetoric 

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Gender and Death in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modernity

Posted By Enrique Fernandez, Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Gender and Death in the late middle ages and early modernity

Call for proposals on how the category of gender survived, disappeared or was transformed in contact with death in the late medieval and early modern period.

Proposal of how the differentiation based on the categories male/female was maintained, effaced or subsumed within other contemporary categories when dealing with dead bodies, their cult, conservation, etc. Discussions of how Laqueur's one-sex model is supported or undermined by social practices that compensated for the dead bodies' lack of agency to "perform" or "do gender."

Studies of wills, funeral procedures, burials, relics, anatomical dissection, representations of death and afterlife etc. are some of the documents and practices that can be analyzed in the proposal.

Send 200 word proposal by August 1 2020 to

Enrique Fernandez,

University of Manitoba

Tags:  death and gender  History  Women and Gender 

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Call for Papers: The Long History of the French Early Modern Pamphlet

Posted By Elisa Jones, Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Renaissance Society of America, Dublin, April 7–10, 2021

Submission Deadline: July 3, 2020

Recent scholarship in the history of the book and reading practices has emphasized the need for a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary investigation of ephemeral print and premodern reading practices. Often seen as ‘the crowd made text’, pamphlets were at once individual items conveying specific messages, and contributory parts to broader movements. They were objects designed to reach a large audience that were engaged with individual readers. Although many have survived down to the present day, we are aware that even more have been lost.

The history of the so-called French political pamphlet as both a material form and cultural object over the course of the early modern period offers a unique opportunity to address the complex and overlapping motivations for writing, publishing, buying, engaging with and keeping pamphlets. In a session planned for RSA Dublin 2021, “The Long History of the French Pamphlet” proposes to explore the printed pamphlet as a material and cultural object in France from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Papers that place French pamphlets in a larger comparative frame, or that focus on the material study, use, or reading practices of pamphlets, are encouraged, as are papers that approach new methodologies in pamphlet studies. Proposals from all disciplines are encouraged.

The session is sponsored by the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies, and is a part of its larger project of expanding the time frame of the Newberry Library’s French Pamphlets Digital Initiative and re-creating it as a research and pedagogical resource in cooperation with a network of scholars interested in the pamphlet as a form. This resource includes over 38,000 digitized French pamphlets from the sixteenth century to the French Revolution, and is free to the public online. The results of these conversations will be made available as a part of this digital resource with author attribution, further widening the conversation of pamphlet studies. For this reason, if Covid-19 prevention measures affect RSA 2021 scheduling, the session will be held virtually.

To apply, please send a 150-word abstract and short CV to co-organizers Elisa J. Jones (, 2019–20 CRS Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of History at the College of Charleston, and Sara Barker (, Associate Professor of History at the University of Leeds, by Friday, July 3, 2020.

Tags:  Associate Organizations  Book History  Comparative Literature  French Literature  Rhetoric 

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The “Musical” Language of Painting

Posted By Barbara Swanson, Monday, June 1, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

In recent years, both art historians and musicologists have intensified their consideration of relations between Early Modern painting and music from a variety of perspectives. With respect to painting, these perspectives encompass the artist’s embodied practice, from the demonstration of virtuosity to that of improvisation; the character of the artist’s mark-making at the moment of execution and as a trace that lingers on the image after that; aspects of compositional structure and iconography that represent musical harmony, whether literally or figuratively, among other musical themes; and the codification of all these possibilities in contemporary treatises and related texts. Even so, scholars have devoted relatively little attention to the details of language embedded in the textual discourse through which these relations were articulated during the period.

This session will explore how musically informed discourse, and especially key words and phrases, are evocatively marshalled to animate, clarify, and capture the act and essence of painting. Which words and phrases are commonly—or uncommonly—employed to evoke painterly practice? Under what circumstances are they invoked and/or invented? What constitutes their critical fortune during the Early Modern period?

Proposals for papers taking up these questions, ideally with a key word or phrase at the centre of a trenchant analysis, are warmly welcomed. Please email your proposal, including abstract (maximum 150 words), CV (per RSA guidelines), and note indicating audio-visual equipment requirements, to Leslie Korrick ( and Barbara Swanson ( by July 24, 2020.

This session is sponsored by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Music 

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Call for Submissions: The Renaissance Uncanny

Posted By Sherry C. Lindquist, Sunday, May 31, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The theory of the “uncanny,” first proposed in the early twentieth century by Ernst Jentsch and Sigmund Freud, identifies the unsettling feeling that arises when one suspects something that appears to be knowable and familiar is instead unnatural, mysterious, supernatural. Jacques Lacan noted that something is labeled "uncanny," because it confuses "bad from good, pleasure from displeasure," and arouses anxiety. More recently the “uncanny” has become the basis for ongoing studies in robotics, CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), and neuroscience, which indicate that simulated humans seeming at once too real and not real enough fall into the “uncanny valley,” prompting a neurological reaction of revulsion or horror.

This session proposes that Renaissance artists intuitively exploited the uncanny in works that address phenomena considered almost human, non-human, not-quite-human, and suprahuman, such the soul, dolls and animate forms, primates, disembodied body parts (disconnected pars toto), monsters, angels, ghosts, and the dead. Supernatural topics call for non-naturalistic strategies, which are often neglected, because they do not conform to an art historical narrative that prioritizes Renaissance humanism and naturalism. We particularly welcome papers that explore the intersection between the uncanny and sexism, racism, and classism.  

Interested participants should send an abstract (200 words) and CV to Sherry C.M. Lindquist (; and Diane Wolfthal (

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Digital Humanities 

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Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender Call for Panel Proposals

Posted By Courtney K. Quaintance, Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender ( will sponsor up to three panels at next year’s annual conference of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), to be held in Dublin, Ireland, on 7-10 April 2021. The SSEMWG supports and promotes inclusive and creative scholarship on women and gender across the early modern world. We are committed to interdisciplinary, intersectional approaches that are historically sensitive and theoretically exploratory.

The Society is soliciting proposals for pre-formed panels (or roundtables) in any discipline that explore women and their contributions to the cultural, political, economic, or social spheres of the early modern period and whose interest in it includes attention to gender and representations of women. Proposals that include young/emerging scholars are especially welcome.

Sponsorship of a panel (or roundtable) by the SSEMWG signifies that it is pre-approved and automatically accepted for presentation at the RSA annual meeting.

Proposals for a pre-formed panel, linked panels, or roundtable should be sent to Courtney Quaintance (, SSEMWG associate organization representative for RSA, by no later than Monday 5 August 2020 with the following materials, assembled into a single Word document (no PDFs, please). Careful adherence to these guidelines is greatly appreciated:

  • Title of panel (or roundtable) (max 15 words)
  • Abstract (max 150 words) describing the panel (or roundtable) + keywords
  • General discipline area of panel (or roundtable) (History, Art History, Literature, or other)
  • For a panel proposal: names of Organizer(s), Chair, Paper Presenters, & any Respondent(s), including current affiliation + email address for each participant
  • For a roundtable proposal: names of Organizer(s), Chair, and Discussants (min 4, max 8), including current affiliation and email address for each participant
  • CV for Panel or Roundtable Organizer(s) & Paper Presenters only (5 pages max per person, not in prose), indicating PhD completion date (past or expected)
  • For each panel paper: title (max 15 words), abstract (max 150 words) & keywords (up to 4)
  • Specification of any audio/visual needs

Please note that, per RSA rules, all panels and roundtables must include at least one scholar who is postdoctoral, and that participants who are currently graduate students should be within one or two years of defending their dissertations. For complete RSA guidelines for panel and roundtable proposals, please consult this page.

Decisions regarding SSEMWG panel sponsorship will be sent out at least four days prior to the regular RSA submission deadline (15 August 2020) for submission of panel or paper proposals.

Applicants for SSEMWG panel sponsorship do not need to be Society members at the time of submission, but, if successful, all members of the panel should join the Society before the 2021 RSA meeting. Regular membership costs USD$25; students, independent scholars and contingent faculty may join for USD$15. Participants are also expected to be/become RSA members and to register for the conference and are responsible for covering their own travel and lodging costs. Limited travel grants are available to members of the Renaissance Society of America.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

All best,


Courtney Quaintance

Tags:  Women and Gender 

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Strong Women in Early Modern Iberian Art

Posted By Julia M. Vázquez, Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Thanks to recent exhibitions, publications, and museum acquisitions, women have come roaring back into view in the history of early modern art. This panel seeks to focus this renewed attention onto women from across the Iberian world—that is, the areas under the control of the Spanish Hapsburgs, stretching beyond the Iberian Peninsula to include viceregal regions like the Kingdom of Naples, New Spain, and Peru.

The early modern Iberian world featured women artists of extraordinary accomplishment, including Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Luisa Roldán, Josefa de Óbidos, and Isabel de Cisneros. Strong women also acted on the history of art as its patronesses. Eleanor of Toledo and Queen Mariana of Austria are among the noblewomen whose power was visible in their portraits and in their substantial commissions from contemporary artists. Religious institutions also produced female figures who were memorialized in several different media. These include Sor Juana Iñez de la Cruz in New Spain; St. Rose of Lima in Peru; and St. Teresa of Ávila in Spain, who in addition founded the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid, now a major museum. On the European continent and in the New World, women were thus present in early modern art as its creators, benefactors, and subjects.

This panel invites papers addressing the role of women in and their contribution to the history of art across the Iberian world from any one of a number of viewpoints. These could include, among others, artforms usually commissioned by and for women or otherwise coded as feminine, such as escudos de monja; the way that women artists and patronesses are narrativized in vite and other forms of art writing; and categories of inclusion and exclusion, such as the amateur.

Interested participants should send a paper title and abstract (200 words) and a CV to Julia Vázquez ( by August 1, 2020.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Women and Gender 

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Call for Papers: Rhetoric at RSA Dublin 2021

Posted By RSA, Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Call for Papers

Discipline of Rhetoric (view list of RSA Disciplines)
Renaissance Society of America 2021
7–10 April 2021

The Discipline of Rhetoric invites papers and panels for its sessions at the annual meeting (which may be on site or virtual). We may submit up to five guaranteed panels. We invite papers and panels on any subject appropriate to our discipline and especially welcome those that address the following:

  • the enduring value of Renaissance rhetoric
  • the works of Petrus Ramus
  • educational practice and reform
  • delivery and visual rhetorics
  • transatlantic and colonial discourses

Panels must be organized by a current member of the Renaissance Society of America. Panels should ordinarily include no more than three presenters. Please submit the following:

  • a session title no longer than 15 words;
  • a 1-2 page description of the panel;
  • a 1-2 page abstract for each of its papers;
  • a 150-word version of each abstract;
  • a 300-word curriculum vitae for each presenter, including full name, affiliation, and email address;
  • any audiovisual requirements;
  • session keywords.

Papers may be submitted by anyone. Graduate students should be doctoral candidates. Please submit the following in a single Word document:

  • a 1-2 page abstract of the paper;
  • a 150-word version of the abstract;
  • a 300-word curriculum vitae, including full name, affiliation, and email address;
  • any audiovisual requirements;
  • paper keywords.

Send all materials to Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler ( The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2020. Decisions on submissions will be sent out at least one week before the RSA submission deadline of 15 August 2020.

All participants in the Dublin conference (on site or virtual) must be members of the Renaissance Society of America.

Note: RSA rules allow a participant to present only one paper. Please! No dual submissions. A dual submission could lead to the cancellation of an entire panel.

Tags:  Discipline Representatives  Rhetoric 

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CFP: Teaching Renaissance Drama in a Digital World

Posted By Rachel E. Wifall, Saturday, May 23, 2020
Updated: Saturday, May 23, 2020

Deadline: 15 July 2020

The study of Renaissance drama can be difficult for students at all levels, as they need to become comfortable with unfamiliar language composed in verse, as well as come to understand action largely without stage directions. While learning about Renaissance drama in a classroom or on a stage is challenging enough, the necessity for remote learning has posed new challenges for instructors and students. While the digital era has introduced us to tools which can be useful for the study of Renaissance drama, the COVID19 pandemic has forced us to become creative and utilize them. Papers are welcome which consider any aspect of teaching Renaissance drama in the digital age (not confined to English), whether as literature or performance, including acting and stagecraft. 

Proposals should include an abstract (no longer than 150 words) and an academic c.v., emailed to Rachel Wifall ( by 15 July 2020.

Tags:  Performing Arts and Theater 

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Call for Papers: Sidney Circle at RSA Dublin 2021

Posted By The International Sidney Association, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Deadline: 1 August 2020

The International Sidney Association plans to sponsor four new sessions at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Dublin. We invite papers on any and all topics related to Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert, Lady Mary Wroth, the Sidney Family or the Sidney Circle generally. That Circle is conceived broadly, and hence we would welcome papers not only about Fulke Greville, Samuel Daniel, and William Herbert, but also papers about Giordano Bruno, Veronica Franco, Philippe Duplessis-Mornay, Justus Lipsius, and any number of figures in the Circle’s large cosmopolitan network.

We would be particularly happy to receive paper proposals on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • The Sidneys in Ireland
  • Women Writers of the Sidney Circle
  • Politics, History, Religion in the Sidney Circle
  • Philip Sidney and the Early Moderns Post-1586 (Sidney and Shakespeare, or Sidney and Spenser, or Herbert or Donne or Daniel or Drayton, etc.)

Proposals should include an abstract (no longer than 150 words), a brief academic C.V. (not longer than 300 words). Indicate too whether you will require A.V. equipment for the presentation. Please email your proposals to Rob Stillman ( by 1 August 2020.

PS—In addition, the International Sidney Association plans to offer several more panels originally planned for RSA 2020 in Philadelphia. Participants on those panels should contact me for more information.

Tags:  Associate Organizations  English Literature  Performing Arts and Theater 

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RSA Disciplines Tag Index

Posted By RSA, Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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