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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 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.

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I haue caused diuers of them to be translated unto me’: Spenser in ‘Babell towre’

Posted By Chris Barrett, Saturday, July 25, 2020

This panel invites speakers to use the conference’s Dublin location to reflect on Spenser's Irish literary contexts. The Faerie Queene emerges from a land where ‘faerie’, síth, was a potent force in the Gaelic imaginary. Spenser’s castle at Kilcolman, where much of it was written, was surrounded by Gaelic and Old English aristocrats who patronised some of the most significant Gaelic poets of early modern Ireland – the ‘Wanton Bardes, and Rymers Impudent’ who trouble his writing. This workshop seeks to recreate that geo-cultural matrix. It invites scholars with access to both traditions to stage a demo-translation of an extract from a Gaelic text contemporary with Spenser to reflect on e.g. Spenser and Irish (language, literature, literati); ‘Faerie lond’ and the síth; echoes and influences; ‘sweete witt and good invencon’: towards a comparative poetics; Spenser’s contexts of translation.

Please submit the following materials to Pat Palmer at Pat.Palmer@mu.ie by August 5 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum).

Tags:  English Literature  Ireland  Spenser  translation 

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Milton, A General Session *extended deadline*

Posted By Eric B. Song, Thursday, July 23, 2020
Proposed papers may consider any aspect of the writings of John Milton; we especially welcome submissions from junior scholars.

Proposals should be sent to Eric Song, esong1@swarthmore.edu, by August 1 and include the following:

• full name, current affiliation, and email address

• 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)

• if submitting a panel or roundtable proposal, a panel description (150-word maximum)


Tags:  English Literature  Literature  Religion 

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Figures of Polyglossia in British Early Modern Culture

Posted By Agnes Lafont, Monday, July 20, 2020
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2020

This panel, which is part of the “Translation and Polyglossia” project (https://tape1617.hypotheses.org/), wishes to explore ways in which polyglossia is inscribed textually as well as pictorially in early modern books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other ephemera. It aims at investigating how common European knowledge was not only translated but adapted and naturalized in English book history. Emblems, woodcuts, engravings, broadsheets, dictionaries, and annotated or edited material in which several languages are co-present on the page may serve as examples. How was polyglossia made visible and marketed in early modern Britain? How did the figuration of polyglossia help transmit knowledge in a specific manner?

The study of the representation of polyglossia will interrogate:

  • The respective roles of various languages on the page
  • The different relationships to auctoritas that the use of a language other than English may induce (through the use of quotations, the reuse of engravings and woodcuts, etc.)
  • The functioning of a moving hermeneutics by an author (who imagines her or his text in various languages), by a reader (who annotates or makes comments in the margins)
  • The sociology of milieus who are conversant in several languages, have a shared erudition, use coded language, hieroglyphs...

Topics for consideration include:

  • annotated books and manuscripts
  • emblem books
  • polyglot dictionaries
  • polyglot documents produced by women
  • documents of performance
  • broadside ballads
  • pamphlets, periodicals, and ephemera

All types of documents may be brought to the discussion as long as they circulated in the British Isles in the early modern period, including books not printed in England but with attested circulations.

Please submit the following materials to organizers Agnès Lafont (agnes.lafont@univ-montp3.fr) and Laetitia Sansonetti (l.sansonetti@parisnanterre.fr) by August 7th to be considered for inclusion: paper title (15 words maximum); abstract (150 words maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300 words maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.

Tags:  Book History  Comparative Literature  Emblems  English Literature  European literature  Literature  Material Culture  Multilingualism  Print  translation 

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Servitude and Slavery in Spenser

Posted By Debapriya Sarkar, Friday, July 17, 2020

This panel seeks papers that bring Spenser’s writings into conversation with histories of servitude and slavery. Recent scholarship has begun to interrogate how discourses of race and race-making shape various aspects of Spenser’s poetry. This panel aims to expand on those conversations with a focus on the histories and legacies of slavery. What classical models of bondage and slavery does Spenser draw on? How might we talk of enslaved bodies in allegory? How might the varied discussions of servitude in the Spenserian corpus shed light on contemporary discourses and practices of enslavement? How might Spenser’s representations of colonialism and power help us think about the legacies of slavery in English poetry? Topics might include: race, gender, disability; activism and scholarship; genre; bondage and thralldom; history and legacy.

This is a guaranteed panel.

Please submit the following materials to Susanne Wofford and Debapriya Sarkar at issrsa2021@gmail.com by July 25 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.

Tags:  Associate Organizations  disability  empire  English Literature  gender  race  servitude  slavery  Spenser 

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Early modern Anglo-Italian encounters: reframing travel, transit and translation

Posted By Iolanda Plescia, Monday, July 13, 2020
Updated: Monday, July 13, 2020

Taking its cue from Guyda Armstrong’s recent call for a ‘spatial turn’ in early modern translation studies (Intralinea, 2019), this panel seeks to reframe issues of travel, transit and translation of people, texts, and cultural ideas between Italy, England and Ireland in the early modern period, conceived broadly to include the early years of the Royal Society (1476-1660). Ideas of space, place, geographical setting will be explored more fully in relation to the linguistic and cultural content of the texts and relationships under scrutiny.

In the hope of fostering interdisciplinary dialogue, the panel will welcome papers from a broad variety of scholarly viewpoints, including but not limited to linguistic, literary, cultural and historical studies. Panelists may explore travelling ideas, texts, individual translators, and are especially encouraged to reconstruct specific, and situated, networks within which Anglo-Italian translation and textual exchange were cultivated.

Please email a 300-word proposals and a short CV to the panel organisers, Dr. Jane Grogan (jane.grogan@ucd.ie) and Dr. Iolanda Plescia (iolanda.plescia@uniroma1.it) by August 12, 2020.

Tags:  Book History  Comparative Literature  England  English Literature  Geographies  History  Italian Literature  Literature  networks  Renaissance  translation  translational studies 

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Rubrics and Rubrication in Medieval and Early Modern Book Cultures

Posted By Jane F. Raisch, Monday, July 13, 2020

Despite the fact that rubrication is one of the most visible textual components on printed and manuscript pages - from ancient Egypt to the Islamic world - it remains one of the most undertheorized. Scholarly attention in recent decades has focussed on the many ways in which paratexts organize and convey information, especially how the margins afford a space in which the authority of the text is displaced and decentred. But current theories of authorship and of book history find it difficult to account for the textual power of rubrication, frequently seen as the sole-purview of medieval manuscripts. This panel will seek to correct this oversight by inviting papers on questions of rubrication and rubrics across late medieval and early modern books. Unlike the paratext, the rubric is often situated prominently within the body of the text, and yet clearly remains distinct from it. Standing apart from such authoriality, the rubric nonetheless profoundly inflects the reader’s encounter with the text in ways that have yet to be fully understood. This panel aims to deepen our understanding through an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary exploration of rubrication from diverse cultural traditions.

Papers might explore:

  • The ways in which rubrics transition between manuscript and print
  • The rubric as title, and its role in attributing the text to a particular author
  • The changes in rubrication across multiple copies of the same text
  • Editing rubrics (in or from medieval/early modern texts)
  • Writing rubrics, and authorial rubrication
  • Reading rubrics, and the role of the reader
  • Rubrication and religious texts/confessional identities and rubrication
  • Sacred texts and the uses of red
  • Technical processes of rubrication across manuscript and print; scribal practices in the age of print; methods and processes of printing in red
  • How ornamental rubrication inflects the printed text
  • Rubricated marginalia
  • Rubrication and epigraphy/ rubrication and philology/ rubrication and scholarly practice

Please email a 300-word proposal and a short CV to Dr Jane Raisch (jane.raisch@york.ac.uk) and Dr K P Clarke (kp.clarke@york.ac.uk) by August 12, 2020.

Tags:  Antiquarianism  Art History  Book History  Classical Tradition  Collecting  Comparative Literature  Education  English Literature  European literature  History of Technology  Material Culture  Materials and Materiality  pedagogy 

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Andrew Marvell at 400

Posted By Katie Kadue, Friday, July 10, 2020
Updated: Friday, July 10, 2020

The Andrew Marvell Society invites paper proposals for a sponsored session.

We welcome papers on any topic relating to Marvell, including but not limited to his reception by modern poets; his representations and theorizations of power, inequality, and empire; his environmental thinking; theories of his lyric. 

To submit a proposal, please email an abstract (150 words) and C.V. to Joanna Picciotto (jpicciotto@berkeley.edu) and Katie Kadue (kadue@uchicago.edu) by August 10. 

Tags:  Ecocriticism  empire  English Literature  lyric 

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Lists in Early Modern Women’s Writing: Life and Literature *extended deadline*

Posted By Nikolina Hatton, Friday, July 10, 2020
Updated: Monday, August 3, 2020

Lists proliferate in texts written by women and texts written about women, from the typical enumeration of “women worthies” within the querelle des femmes tradition to the lists of possessions and household accounts found in early modern commonplace books. Within women’s writing itself, functional everyday lists and literary lists sometimes merge, such as in Isabella Whitney’s “The Maner of her Wyll”—a poetic description of and reflection on London in the form of a Last Will and Testament.  

This panel seeks to reflect on the forms and functions of the list within early modern women’s writings and everyday lives. Literary studies has seen a recent resurgence of interest in the list, as scholars have noted the list’s ability to bring together questions of functionality and literariness. Scholars have shown that, as a form that deceptively appears simpler than it really is, the list and examinations of it shed light on the evolution and manipulation of literary conventions and can further signal important discursive distinctions between texts that at first feel otherwise quite similar. Such a project intersects well with the study of women’s writing in the early modern period, not only because lists appear so often in investigations into women’s everyday lives, but also because the corpus of literature by women is generally marked by subtle but significant deviations within the genres deemed acceptable for women writers. In material culture studies as well, the list has been hailed as an affordance for accomplishing everyday tasks as well as a container that emphasizes metonymy and materiality over metaphorical meanings. This panel seeks to open up these questions by broadly investigating the use of the list within early modern women’s utilitarian and literary writings.

To submit a paper for consideration, please send your paper’s title (max 15 words), a short abstract (150 words), your CV, and institutional affiliation/contact details to Nikolina Hatton (n.hatton@lmu.de) by 10 August 2020. A longer abstract may also be included in addition.

Tags:  Book History  Collecting  Comparative Literature  Daily Life  Diaries  Ekphrasis  English Literature  fiction  French Literature  Germanic Literature  Global Literature  History  interdiscplinary  Italian Literature  Libraries  Material Culture  Material Studies  Materiality  Memory Studies  networks  poetry  Portuguese Literature  Print  Spanish literature  Women and Gender 

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Literatures of Faith in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Posted By Alice Brooke, Friday, July 10, 2020

Literatures of Faith in the Early Modern Atlantic World

The politics of the early modern Atlantic World are inseparable from religion. Indeed, the role of Western Christianity, both Protestant and Catholic, in nation formation and colonial expansion across the Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French-speaking worlds is indisputable. In recent decades, however, increasing attention has been paid to the multi-faceted ways in which religious literary texts were used both to uphold and to question the political status quo. In particular, scholars have highlighted the importance of non-Christian religious voices in changing our understanding of the role of literary creation as a source of resistance to dominant political narratives. This panel invites proposals that explore in new ways this relationship between religious faith and literary creation throughout the Atlantic World. In what ways was religious literature used both to affirm and to resist imperial narratives? What impact did these texts have on wider discourses of nationalism, imperialism, and expansion? How did the lives of Jews, Muslims, and other religious minorities intersect with colonialist aims? How does a deeper understanding of the presence of non-Christian voices change how we understand the relationship between religion and politics in this period? What impact do these discourses continue to have on the place of religious communities in these regions in the present day?

Interested participants should send the following materials in a single document to alice.brooke@merton.ox.ac.uk or imogen.choi@exeter.ox.ac.uk by August 7 2020:

  • Paper title
  • Abstract
  • A single page CV

Tags:  Americas  British Empire  Comparative Literature  English Literature  eurocentrism  French Empire  French Literature  Geographies  Global Literature  Hispanic Literature  interdiscplinary  Missions  networks  Portuguese Empire  Portuguese Literature  Religion  Religious Studies  Spanish Empire  Spanish literature  theology 

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Early Modern Privacy?

Posted By Mette B. Bruun, Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Organizer: Centre for Privacy Studies, University of Copenhagen (www.teol.ku.dk/privacy)

 

Privacy is hardly a hallmark of Early Modern life. Rooms are crammed; beds are shared; doors are open; letters are copied; gossip runs wild; church and state survey the movements and mores of their subjects. Nonetheless, thresholds and boundaries do exist – be they material or immaterial ­– and they delineate spaces with regulated access, thus creating spaces with a particular potential for solitude, intimacy or a life without civic obligations.

In this panel, we will explore the terminologies, characteristics and ambience that pertain to Early Modern spaces of privacy. Perhaps such spaces are associated with terms related to ‘privacy’ or ‘the private’, and then it becomes a question how to identify the historical meaning of such terms. Perhaps such spaces are associated with emotions, activities or statuses that we think of as private or related to privacy, and it becomes a question how to avoid anachronism when dealing with them.

This panel is dedicated to spaces of privacy that are admired in poetry, explored in fiction, defined in legislation, identified in architectural plans, qualified in devotional treatises, represented in artworks, moulded in sermons or indicated in political theory. We are interested in spaces of privacy as they are built, furnished, adorned, portrayed, used, imagined, cultivated, restricted, protected, accessed, feared or lauded in the Early Modern period, and we are looking forward to learning more about scholarly approaches that enable us to grasp the complexities and historical particularities of such spaces.

To apply:

Please upload an abstract (150 words), a CV (3-5 pp) and, if relevant, a request for a travel bursary via this formhttps://teol.ku.dk/privacy/join-us/call-for-publications/panel-for-the-renaissance-society-of-america-conference-in-dublin-2021/panel/

Deadline 10 August

 

If you have questions, please contact Mette Birkedal Bruun, Professor of Church History at the University of Copenhagen and director of the Centre for Privacy Studies: mbb@teol.ku.dk

The speakers whose proposal are accepted will be expected to engage in a dialogue to enhance the cohesion of the panel.

 

Please note: Speakers must become RSA members by 1 November

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Book History  Closet Drama  Daily Life  Diaries  English Literature  Gardens  Italian Literature  Legal and Political Thought  Neo-Latin Literature  piety  poetics  Renaissance Architecture  sexuality  social history  Visual Studies  Women and Gender 

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Theatres of Knowledge: On the Theatricalisation of Scientific Practices

Posted By Oscar Seip, Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2020

Studying the intertwined history of the theatre and the sciences is crucial to understand the development of different styles and strategies that developed during the Early Modern Period for the discovery and presentation of knowledge. Indeed, previous scholarship has studied the importance of the locality of the theatre to understand how scientific practitioners acquired and disseminated knowledge. While this has focused on the anatomy theatre, its impact beyond the field of medicine has received relatively little consideration. In this panel, we explore the anatomy theatre in relation to a broader vision of the world as a theatre.

Bringing together case studies from various contexts allows us to explore our main question of how the anatomy theatre relates to a hypothesised radical shift towards the theatricalisation of scientific practices. Did it lead to a new genre of printed works? Was it a new tool and practice of observing the world? Were these observations recorded and transmitted in a new and unique way?  How is the theatre different from contemporary metaphors such as the mirror and the book of nature? How does the theatre relate to the concepts of performance and spectacle? In other words, is there a distinctly theatrical style and strategy for the discovery and presentation of knowledge?

Our aim is to compare case studies of the theatre’s use across different periods (from the Early Modern period to the Enlightenment), fields of science or subjects (e.g. geography, medicine, architecture, mathematics), and different kinds of knowledge (practical or theoretical) and the different styles and strategies that they employ to represent this knowledge (figural/pictorial or abstract and textual). Particular attention will be given in this to the translation from the (imaginative) mental and physical space of the theatre to the space of the page.

We invite speakers (including junior scholars) from literary studies as well as intellectual history and history of science to submit papers. Proposals for 20-minute papers (no more than 150 words), together with a short CV should be sent to seip@biblhertz.it by 31 July 2020. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

 

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Book History  Digital Humanities  Dissection  English Literature  European literature  History  History of Medicine  History of Science  Humanism  Italian Literature  Italian Renaissance Art  Material Culture  Medicine and Science  Neo-Latin Literature  Performing Arts and Theater  Renaissance  Visual Studies 

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Spenser and Environmental Thinking

Posted By Debapriya Sarkar, Sunday, July 5, 2020

This panel seeks papers that bring Spenser’s writings into conversation with twentieth- and twenty-first-century environmental writing. Recent scholarship has uncovered the centrality of what we would call ecocritical thinking in Spenser’s poetry. This panel aims to expand on those conversations by placing this sixteenth-century poetry directly in conversation with recent works of fiction and non-fiction. What can texts written in our current moment of ecological crisis reveal about early modern relations of nature and culture? How might Spenserian forms—allegory, pastoral, lyric—expand our understanding of the ways in which literary texts make intelligible the “unthinkable” aspects of the Anthropocene? Papers might consider: intersections of social, ecological, and racial justice; activism and scholarship; definitions of “nature,” “human,” and “nonhuman” across different historical periods; literary worldmaking; genres of environmental literature.

This is a guaranteed panel.

Please submit the following materials to Susanne Wofford and Debapriya Sarkar at issrsa2021@gmail.com by July 25 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.

Tags:  Associate Organizations  Ecocriticism  English Literature  History of Science  interdiscplinary  Medicine and Science  Spenser 

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RSA 2021 panel: Early Modern Erogenous Zones

Posted By Devin L. Byker, Monday, June 22, 2020

What parts of the early modern body were sexually stimulable? This panel seeks to build on the work of early modern scholars of sex such as Will Fisher, James Bromley, Will Stockton, and Karen Raber, who have shown how the thighs, the chin, the anus, and the lower body in its rhythmic contact with a galloping horse constituted, in early modernity, important erotic surfaces and orifices. While 19th-century discourses of sex produced the notion of “erogeneity” primarily in relation to physiological concentrations of nerve endings, this panel regards that conclusion as an explanation in search of a cause. If erogeneity is itself culturally and historically constructed, what bodily surfaces and orifices, genital or non-genital, lend themselves to or actively seek out sexual sensation, stimulation, penetration, caress, etc. in early modernity? Topics could include analyses of new erogenous zones or new readings of familiar erogenous zones. While I am primarily interested in papers about early modern English literature, I would happily consider papers that fall outside of those bounds. 

Please submit a paper title, 150-word abstract, and CV to Devin Byker, bykerdl@cofc.edu, by the end of Friday, July 31st.

Tags:  England  English Drama  English Literature  Performing Arts and Theater  sex  sexuality 

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Althusser's Renaissance

Posted By Martin Moraw, Saturday, June 13, 2020

Louis Althusser’s thought is receiving renewed attention in the humanities and social sciences. This session seeks to bring together scholars of various disciplines and specializations to explore the potential of a return to Althusser in the particular context of Renaissance/early modern studies. Contributions may reflect on Althusser’s writings on early modern figures, make use of Althusserian concepts to produce new readings of early modern texts, or engage relevant theoretical questions.

Topics may include: Althusser, Machiavelli, politics; Althusser, Galileo, science; Althusser, Spinoza, philosophy; structure, conjuncture, contradiction, overdetermination, uneven development; Althusser and theater; symptomatic reading; ideology, subjectivation; aleatory materialism, the encounter.

Please send proposals including a paper title, an abstract (200 words), and a one-paragraph CV to Martin Moraw (martin.moraw@aucegypt.edu) by July 31, 2020.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Comparative Literature  English Literature  French Literature  Germanic Literature  Hispanic Literature  History  Italian Literature  Legal and Political Thought  Literature  Performing Arts and Theater  Philosophy 

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Magical Materials

Posted By Rebekah T. Compton, Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Magical Materials

Dublin, Ireland, April 7-10, 2021

The theory of natural or astral magic is based on the belief that God emanates powers through the spheres of the planets and the fixed stars, down to earth, and into its matter. In Marsilio Ficino’s Three Books on Life and in the Picatrix, the word virtue—a term derived from the Latin word vis or power—is employed to describe the investment of celestial agency into terrestrial matter. This session seeks to examine the occult or secret virtues believed to be contained within materials and the use of these materials in image-based, natural, astral, and theurgic forms of magic.

A material's spiritual potency could be enhanced through the use of inscriptions, symbols, rituals, suffumigations, and/or prayers. Moreover, illicit materials—including human body parts and fluids— could be wielded for maleficent forms of sorcery. This panel invites papers addressing magical materials in the early modern period. Topics might include celestial likenesses and talismans; petitions for love, fertility, or childbirth; perfumes and pharmacology; ritual performances; representations of magical practices; sympathetic resonances and the soul's ascent; or the writings of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Marsilio Ficino, the Picatrix, Hermes Trismegistus, or Iamblichus.

Please send a paper title, abstract (150 words max), a short CV, and A/V requirements to the session organizer Rebekah Compton at rebekahcompton@gmail.com. All presenters must register for the Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting. The deadline for submission of materials to this panel is July 29, 2020.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  English Literature  Italian Literature  Italian Renaissance Art  Medicine and Science  Neo-Latin Literature  Philosophy  Women and Gender 

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