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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

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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.

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