This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Print Page   |   Sign In   |   Register
RSA Dublin 2021 Calls for Papers
Blog Home All Blogs

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 account and select the "Add New Post" link further down 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.

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. 

Search all posts for:   


Top tags: Art and Architecture  Art History  Italian Renaissance Art  History  English Literature  Women and Gender  Book History  Italian Literature  Medicine and Science  Visual Studies  Classical Tradition  Comparative Literature  Philosophy  Humanism  Material Culture  Religious Studies  Literature  Performing Arts and Theater  Religion  Rhetoric  Legal and Political Thought  Neo-Latin Literature  Digital Humanities  Hispanic Literature  Associate Organizations  French Literature  history of science  interdiscplinary  Italy  Renaissance Architecture 

Queenly Architectural Patronage: Cooperation and Conflict

Posted By Sarah W. Lynch, Friday, July 17, 2020

Although the study of queenly patronage has made huge progress over the last decades, a fundamental methodological problem still consists in analysing the cooperation of royal couples. How can the queen’s contribution to joint projects be documented? To what extent did queens create their own patronage network and import traditions from their country / court of origin? What is the evidence for their support of or rivalry with their husbands’ initiatives? The panel seeks to shed light on these questions through fresh case studies concerning both ecclesiastical and secular architecture. In addition, papers dealing with independent architectural commissions by queens regnant, queen consorts or dowager queens are all welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Motivations, aims and functions of queenly architectural patronage
  • The impact of the queen’s patronage networks on architectural projects
  • Cultural transfer instigated by exchanges with the queen’s court of origin
  • Models and norms informing the architectural patronage of queens (as opposed to kings)
  • Cooperation / conflict in the architectural patronage of king and queen
  • Methodological issues regarding the cooperation of royal couples

If you are interested, please send an abstract to Christina Strunck ( by 13 August. Submissions need to contain the following information:

  • 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

For more information about the RSA Annual Meeting, please see the conference website:

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Cultural Networks  Cultural Transfer  Patronage  Queens  Women and Gender 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Artistic Migration: Approaches, Problems, Interpretation

Posted By Sarah W. Lynch, Thursday, July 16, 2020
Updated: Thursday, July 16, 2020

The artistic culture of the early modern period is characterized by increasing migration of artists, as well as an exchange of ideas, forms, knowledge, and technologies. These issues of artistic migration and cultural exchange have become key topics in the field of early modern art history, both within Europe and globally. Scholars approach these topics from a variety of points of view, using a wide range of evidence and analytic techniques including: contemporary written sources and descriptions; financial accounts; iconographic analysis; the motivations for and routes of migration; instances of collaboration or conflict between local and migrant artists; and careful examination of the style, materials, and techniques of resulting works. Recent reassessments of the geography of early modern art history and critiques of the center-and-periphery model of influence and reception further complicate matters.

This panel seeks to assess the approaches taken to issues of artistic migration from a broad range of sources. Papers that either address scholarly approaches broadly or use case studies to illuminate the value of or problems with a particular approach are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Themes of center-and-periphery, cultural or stylistic transfer, and reception, their value or limitations
  • Studies of artists’ motivations for migration, their routes, financial situations
  • Issues of integration in the new location including collaboration or conflict with local artists, and relationship to existing corporate structures such as guilds or court bureaucracies
  • The reception of migrant artists by scholars in their home region or destination region
  • Concepts of “nationality” for migrant artists in the early modern period and in modern scholarly or popular interpretation
  • Approaches to the analysis of early modern written sources, archival or literary, and their value and limitations for the interpretation of artistic migration and the works it produced

If you are interested, please send a 150 word abstract and 1 page CV to Sarah W. Lynch ( by 10 August. For more information about the RSA Annual Meeting, please see the conference website:

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Cultural Networks  Cultural Transfer  Historiography  Migration 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

The 'I' in the Margins: Poetry, Memoirs, Letters and Paratexts by Reformed exiles

Posted By Clara Marías, Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In the last decades, increasing attention has been paid to the works written or translated by Reformed exiles during the 16th and 17th centuries. From a European perspective, the monographies published by the members of the research group EMoDiR are a good example, and on the Spanish reformed exiles, scholars such as Carlos Gilly, Massimo Firpo, Ignacio García Pinilla, Doris Moreno, James Amelang, or Rady Roldán-Figueroa have edited and studied several works, expanding our knowledge about them. However, these translations and original writings from Juan de Valdés, Francisco de Enzina, Juan Pérez de Pineda, Casiodoro de Reina, Antonio del Corro, Tomás Carrascón, Nicolás y Sacharles, among others, have been studied from the perspective of History or History of Religion, rather than as literary works and often without a focus on their self-fashioning perspective and the ideological and political intentions of the authors.

For this reason, this panel invites proposals from scholars interested in analyzing the poetry, memoirs, letters and paratexts (introductions, dedicatory epistles, etc.) from Reformed exiles, dealing with the manners in which the authors, far from their countries and often persecuted and in danger, living “in the margins”, presented their lives and ideas and their faith and conversion by means of various rhetorical strategies, including dissimulation, persuasion, fictionalization or confrontation.

The proposals should study works by reformed exiles from any European country with a Catholic majority during the Early Modern period, with a literary approach to the poetry, memoirs, letters, prologues and dedicatory epistles selected for discussion.

Interested participants should send the following in a single document to Clara Marías ( by August 7, 2020:

  • Paper title
  • A single page CV
  • Abstract (about 500 words)

Tags:  Cultural Networks  Diaries  emotional history  European history  European literature  exile  French Literature  Hispanic Literature  History  Humanism  Intellectual History  Italy  Literature  memoirs  Memory Studies  Networks  Philosophy  Portuguese Literature  Religion  Religious Studies  Rhetoric  self-fashioning  Spanish literature  translation 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Emblem Studies

Posted By Tamar Cholcman, Friday, June 26, 2020

Call for Papers

Discipline of Emblems
Renaissance Society of America 2021
7–10 April 2021

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

  • New perspectives on the origins of emblems
  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts: Exceptions to the tripartite emblem
  • Emblems of the Unknown: Utopia and the New World
  • Emblems and the Republic of Letters
  • Emblems and Cosmology
  • New perspective on emblem books
  • Practice and theory of emblem digitization.
  • Jesuit emblems (in memory of G. Richard Dimler)

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;
  • 150 word abstract for description of the panel;
  • 150 word abstract for each of its papers;
  • 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 (post prelims).

Please submit the following in a single Word document:

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

Send all materials to Tamar Cholcman ( 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.

Please note: RSA rules allow a participant to present only one paper.

Tags:  Art History  Book History  Cultural Networks  Digital Humanities  Discipline Representatives  Emblem  Emblems  Humanism  Jesuits  Literature  Neo-Latin Literature  Print  Visual Studies 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)

Reviving the Scottish Renaissance: New perspectives on old alliances

Posted By Jill Harrison, Sunday, June 21, 2020

A member of the Scottish parliament recently stated that “Scotland’s relationship with Europe and the rest of the world is critical not just to our economy but to our wider society”. Six hundred years earlier Scotland had reached the same conclusion and during the reigns of the Stewart kings, James I, II, III and IV, c.1406 -1530, the country actively forged significant intellectual, cultural and economic ties with Europe and beyond. While Scottish monarchs rarely travelled they fostered sophisticated diplomatic links with foreign powers and their sphere of interest and influence extended from the Low Countries, France and Italy to Scandinavia, the Baltic and the Levant.

This interdisciplinary panel seeks to reassess the reach and significance of Scotland’s geographical cultural encounters and revive the idea of a vibrant and early Scottish Renaissance, outward looking and dynamic. Papers are invited which take a fresh approach not only to works of art, architecture, literature, music and material culture but little discussed topics such as medicine, garden design and heraldry.

Please send proposals to the organizer ( by Friday, 31st July. Paper proposals must include:

  • Paper title (25 words max)
  • Abstract (150 words max)
  • Your full name, current affiliation, email address, and Ph.D. completion date (past or expected)
  • A brief c.v. (300 words max)
  • A list of keywords (8 max)

Please note: Speakers must become RSA members by November 1st.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Cultural Networks  Gardens  Geographies  Material Culture  Medicine and Science  Scotland 

Share |

“Otium cum dignitate”. Leisure and amusement of Early Modern elites.

Posted By Cristina Agüero, Friday, June 19, 2020
Updated: Saturday, June 20, 2020

“Otium cum dignitate”.

Leisure and amusement of Early Modern elites.

CFP | RSA Dublin 2021, April 7-10



The concept of “otium cum dignitate” –fruitful leisure in opposition to idleness– present in Cicero’s texts was restored by the Humanism and pervaded the noble culture from 15th to 17th centuries. “If you have a garden and a library” –wrote Cicero to his friend Varrone– “you have everything you need” (Epistulae ad Familiares IX, 4). The model of the Renaissance ville formulated by architects such as Sangallo and Palladio responded to this ideal by reflecting the principles of Vitruvio’s treatise De architectura. This revival of the antique forms implied the assumption of the ideals of decorum (adequation of the house to the social rank and public role of its proprietary) and magnificence as a sign of distinction. Consequently, the garden, the gallery and the library were core elements inside the dwellings of early modern patricians. These places not only played an essential function within the strategies of representation and construction of the family memory but also served as a scenario for the “conspicuous leisure” (as named by Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class) distinctive of the elites. Art collecting, gardening, and amateur writing, painting or drawing were common practices among early modern nobles and sovereigns, who found shelter from melancholy –the disease of the soul– in the rarities of the cabinets, the beauties of the galleries and the amenities of the gardens (teeming with fountains, sculptures, exotic plants, fruits and animals). They hosted intellectuals and artist to amuse themselves with the art of conversation, commenting poems or discussing the stories represented in the paintings they gathered. The theater performances, banquets and concerts celebrated by members of the political and ecclesiastical elites –often in honor of foreign visitors– evinced the performative and political dimensions of some forms of “otium”.


This panel aims to examine various aspects of the leisure events and activities cultivated by the early modern elites; considering their cultural, symbolical and political implications, the venues (ville, family palaces, libraries, galleries, banqueting houses, gardens, etc.) where they took place, and the artifacts and artistic creations (books, poems, plays, paintings, etc.) used or produced in these places. Studies on the cultural networks that thrive on the idea of “otium” (like the Accademia degli oziosi) and presentations concerning the concept of leisure and the criticism articulated thereon by moralists and arbitristas are also desirable.


We welcome proposals by researchers from every humanistic discipline –including history of art, history, philosophy and literature– at any career stage. Those interested in participating in this panel are requested to submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a short academic bio to by July 31


*Please note that all speakers must become RSA members in order to present their papers at the conference.

Organizer: Cristina Agüero (Universidad de Barcelona).

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Classical Tradition  Collecting  Cultural Networks  Galleries  Gardens  Humanism  Leisure  Libraries  Literature  Material Culture  Nobility  Performing Arts and Theater  Philosophy  Poetry  Sculpture  Villa 

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal