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

Posted By Iolanda Plescia, 16 hours ago
Updated: 16 hours ago

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 ( and Dr. Iolanda Plescia ( 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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Lists in Early Modern Women’s Writing: Life and Literature

Posted By Nikolina Hatton, Friday, July 10, 2020
Updated: Friday, July 10, 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 ( 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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De-centering the Republic of Letters: Non-European and understudied European transnational learned and literary commonalities

Posted By Dirk K. van Miert, Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The modern study of the early modern ‘Republic of Letters’ usually celebrates the moral heritage of the values of this social phenomenon: egalitarianism, tolerance, the idea of sharing knowledge, and meritocracy. Yet, the Republic of Letters was highly exclusive: it was academic, white, male, European, and heterosexual, and as such self-consciously elitist. The label of the ‘Republic of Letters’ also is predominantly attached to north-western Europe, and privileges the protestant learned world. Yet, within and outside of Europe, there were numerous learned networks active that did not fare under the name of a ‘Republic of Letters’, but that did function in the same ways. This (series of) panel(s) aims to bring together scholars who study such early modern transnational learned communities and draw comparisons and contrasts, in order to shed more light on the essence of what constitutes a transnational scholarly and scientific community. Do we always capture learned commonality in terms of networks? And what kind of networks apart from the obvious epistolary ones that are so typical of the Republic of Letters: (co-)citation networks, books linking people, networks of learned families, master-apprentice relations, inter-institutional correspondence, shared membership of institutions or societies, academic enrollment networks, disputations linking people?

In the shadow of the study of the Republic of Letters, some attention has been paid to alternative learned and literary communities, even if these did not go under the name of a ‘Republic of Letters’. On the one hand, modern historians have labeled sub-sections of the Republic of Letters with names that were never actors’ categories, such as the ‘Republic of Women’, the ‘Republic of Drawings’, the ‘Republic of Materials’, or even the ‘Republic of Electrons’. Some of the people belonging to these groups constituted minorities within the oecumene of the Republic of Letters – minorities that were so precarious, that the question arises whether early modern majority scholars actually considered them to be part of the Republic of Letters at all (women, draughtsmen, artisans, Jews). Other historiographical lables such as the ‘Jesuit Republic of Letters’ or the ‘Hebrew Republic of Letters’ refer to religious or disciplinary sub-communities that were not necessarily disadvantaged (Jesuits, Christian Hebraists) but also did not necessarily associate with the Respublica literaria. More often, these labels function as modern historiographers’ attempts to emancipate groups that we now think should be part of the history of knowledge and thus deserve more or special attention. With these labels, historians specify particular communities that took an active part in the Republic of Letters: the ‘Hebrew Republic of Letters’ denotes not a Jewish network, but a network of Christian scholars of Hebrew. The ‘mathematical Republic of Letters’ is a historiographical construct that suggests that there were networks of people who communicated in particular about mathematics. And how current was the term ‘Republic of Letters’ anyway in, say, the Iberian peninsula or the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth?

But also outside Europe existed expressions of transnational learned commonalities. For example, in the early 19th-century communication between intellectuals from Japan, Korea and China, the notion of cheonaejigi (天涯知己), denotes a horizontal mutual relationship with an open communication channel bridging the distance between scholars in different lands.

This series of panels invites speakers to submit proposals about alternative Republics of Letters: early modern learned networks (from the late medieval period onwards, spilling over into the 19th century) other than the all too familiar North-west European protestant one. We invite scholars to submit proposals on explicit expressions of learned and/or literary commonality: utterances in the past that confirm or long for communication across boundaries (political, religious, linguistic, social, cultural, etc.): celebrations in the sources of transnational co-operation, mutual respect and freedom of thinking and writing.

The chronological range of this conference is limited to the ‘long’ early modern period, but potentially runs from the late medieval period up into the 19th century. For non-European history, this periodisation does not apply.

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Tags:  academies  commonwealth  community  eurocentrism  haskalah  History  history of learning  history of scholarship  history of science  inclusivity  learned commonality  Medicine and Science  networks  Republic of Letters  respublica literaria  social networks  societies 

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Theatres of Knowledge: On the Theatricalisation of Scientific Practices

Posted By Oscar Seip, Tuesday, July 7, 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 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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Marin Sanudo the Younger: Diaries and Beyond

Posted By Matteo Soranzo, Monday, July 6, 2020
Marin Sanudo the Younger: diaries and beyond


In the time Venice was ruling on land and sea, Marin Sanudo the Younger proved to be a tireless news gatherer, both dealing with state affairs and everyday life, becoming the main chronicler of his time, albeit, to his regret, never being officially invested as such. Besides his major commitment, Sanudo went on collecting an ever growing number of books, that were to expand the family library into one of the most important of his time.
In this panel these two paths in Sanudo's work are examined through a common thread: the endless love towards his city.


Please send your abstract and a short cv to Chiara Frison ( and Matteo Soranzo ( by August 1 2020.

Tags:  Daily Life  Diaries  History  Marin Sanudo  Renaissance  Venice 

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Alchemy, Wonder and Belief in Renaissance Naples

Posted By Marco Marino, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Aragonese court was instrumental in the spread of the Italian Renaissance around the Neapolitan area: at the time of Alfonso V (1442-58) a strong cultural program was developed.

Under Ferrante I (1458-1494) the court, along with academies focusing on philology, poetry, and scientific and political thought, became the reference points for the vernacular's culture. The hermetic, alchemical, magical, and astrological traditions formed an outstanding and well defined corpus, subsequently enriched by Pontano and his school, Telesio's naturalism, Della Porta's physiognomy, Tasso's reflections on the marvelous, up until the speculations by Giordano Bruno.

This panel intends to analyze the role of this cultural crucible in the development of the philosophical and literary thought of some of the protagonists of Renaissance Naples.

Please send proposals by 5 August 2020 via email with the subject line “RSA 2021” to Marco Marino ( The proposal should include a title (15 words max.); an abstract (200 words max.); and a one-paragraph bio (300 words max.). Please provide also full name, current affiliation, and email address.

Tags:  Alchemy  Aragonese  History  Italy  Medicine and Science  Naples  Religion  Wonder 

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Call for Papers: “Global Conversion: Cultures, Religions, and Encounters”

Posted By Frank Lacopo, Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The early modern period is characterized by increasing human movement, exchange of cultural knowledge, and resulting encounters between previously isolated epistemologies, belief systems, and language families. As a result of reform, early modern communities identified new forms of difference and magnified existing ones, creating yet more opportunities for encounter with the “other.” Rather than simply accept and tolerate cultural, religious, and intellectual difference, early moderns more often sought to convert persons and ideas as they crossed lines of encounter. New definitions of confession, race, and humanity necessitated institutions, ideologies, and rituals to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and bodies across hardened lines that formed at loci of encounter. Knowledge, practices, and bodies had to be converted into acceptable and comprehensible forms as they crossed marked boundaries across the early modern world.

This Call for Papers seeks scholarly presentations on any aspect of intergroup encounter and the processes, rituals, and spaces of conversion that they necessitated in the early modern world. Paper topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Ideologies and rhetorics surrounding religious conversion
  • The intersection of religious conversion and subject-making
  • Loci of conversion (conversion houses, missions, etc.)
  • The conversion/translation of non-European knowledge into forms comprehensible to Europeans, and vice versa
  • The place of religious conversion and the conversion of persons to new political loyalty in diplomacy
  • The intersection of migration, itineracy, and conversion
  • The conversion of bodies and spaces for new uses and functions as a result of reform or colonialism
  • The limits of conversion and translation for achieving cross-cultural legibility and political loyalty
  • Persons and knowledge that resisted conversion and the question of “toleration”

Please send a short CV (limit to one page), a presentation title, and a 150-word abstract to the session organizer Frank Lacopo ( OR In addition, please detail any A/V requirements that you expect to have.

All presenters must register for the 67th Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting, be committed to attending the conference in Dublin, and make their own travel arrangements.

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

The deadline for the submission of materials for this panel is August 10, 2020, to allow ample time for final panel submission on August 15.

Tags:  Americas  Education  History  Jesuits  Legal and Political Thought  Missions  Religion  Rhetoric  social history  theology 

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Sequestration and the City: Confinement, Exclusion, and Enclosure

Posted By Jessica A. Stevenson Stewart, Monday, June 22, 2020

Although cities are fundamentally sites of connectivity, the pandemic-induced isolation of 2020 has renewed our awareness of the strain and tension that seclusion brings, especially in densely urbanized areas. This session draws on our recent experiences of the Covid19 crisis and revisits the history of urban disconnection and disconnectedness. Rather than focusing strictly on epidemics, we want to take a broader view of seclusion and sequestration as marked forms of social exclusion. While scholarship in the wake of mobility studies has expanded our understanding of the global flow of people, goods, and ideas, it has often overlooked social and spatial barriers that constrained movement, particularly within cities. For even though urban centers functioned as networks, they also instituted and perpetuated division, separation, and exclusion.

This session explores the spatial and representational means by which certain persons and groups were separated from the urban life around them, either voluntarily or involuntarily. We ask how zones or sites of separation were established within the city, and how the immobility of some interacted with the mobility of others. Such spaces may have been constructed by and for an individual, by civic authorities, or by groups formed with the intent of exclusivity. The confinement in question may have been a form of punishment (e.g., the prisoner, heretic, or exile), a means of quarantine (e.g., the leper or plague victim), a welcome and self-imposed withdrawal, (e.g., the individual in a “closet” or study), or an ethical detachment, (e.g., religious retreat behind walls or within cloisters). We ask whether urban configurations hid the excluded and isolated, or if their presence was known and even advertised.

What architecture, rituals, and representations kept the excluded bodies present and acknowledged in the urban psyche? How did the exclusion of some mark civic identity for others? How did the interior and exterior architecture of particular buildings enforce social separation? What forms of material culture accompanied the separated individual and were those objects part of what marked the person as apart from normative civic culture? When were seclusion and sequestration valued? What historical philosophies informed early modern conceptualizations of exclusion, seclusion, isolation, and confinement? What contemporary theories provide frameworks for understanding the psychological, social, and geographical valences of these experiences?

Please send abstracts (150-word length) with title (15-word maximum), keywords, and a brief curriculum vitae by August 1 to Elizabeth Honig at and Jessica Stewart at

Session Keywords: Urban History, Immobility, Exclusion

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  History  Legal and Political Thought  Literature  Material Studies  Religious Studies  Urban Studies  Visual Studies 

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CfP: El Grupo de investigación Pensamiento y Tradición jesuita en la modernidad temprana (PEMOSJ)

Posted By Juan Antonio Senent-De Frutos, Thursday, June 18, 2020

El Grupo de investigación Pensamiento y Tradición jesuita en la modernidad temprana (PEMOSJ), en calidad de grupo de investigación integrado (Associate Organization) en The Renaissance Society of America, le ofrece participar en el próximo Annual Meeting de esta sociedad científica, que se celebrará en Dublín del 7 al 10 de abril de 2021.

En el apartado secciones puede enviar su resúmen hasta el próximo 31 de julio seleccionando la sección en la que desea participar. Puede utilizar el siguiente formato descargable a través de este enlace.

Una vez aceptados los resumenes el próximo 10 de septiembre se abrirá el plazo para enviar las comunicaciones completas hasta el 1 de febrero de 2021.

Antes de la celebración de las jornadas en Dublín, los respectivos artículos serán difundidos entre los participantes de la sección. Todos los artículos recibidos serán evaluados por pares. A la luz de la evaluación, se realizará una selección de artículos en orden a su publicación posterior. Antes del 30 de abril los organizadores se pondrán en contacto con los autores seleccionados para su publicación en Journal of Jesuit Studies; o en la colección Jesuit Studies book series, ambas dirigida por Robert A. Maryks en editorial Brill.

Idiomas para las secciones/paneles: Las propuestas, y los textos completos, pueden ser remitidos y defendidos en los siguientes idiomas: castellano o inglés.

En función del destino de su posible publicación, el texto revisado podrá ser requerido en la lengua admitida en la publicación final, y con los estándares lingüísticos y científicos requeridos por la edición correspondiente.

Comité científico:

Juan Antonio Senent-De Frutos (Director Archivo Francisco Suárez, Universidad Loyola Andalucía), Robert A. Maryks (Editor-in-Chief Journal of Jesuit Studies y Jesuit Studies book series, Brill), Pedro Calafate (Universidad de Lisboa), Capucine Boidin (Directrice Professeure à la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 – IHEAL), Alfredo Culleton (PPG Filosofia Unisinos), Jacob Schmutz (Filosofía e Historia, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris 4), Giannina Burlando (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Pilar Pena Búa (Universidad Loyola), Eduardo Ibáñez (Universidad Loyola), Pablo Font-Oporto (Universidad Loyola), Wenceslao Soto (Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Roma).

Tags:  Americas  Francisco Suárez  Hispanic Literature  History  Jesuits  Neo-Latin Literature  Religion  Religious Studies  SJ 

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Symbols and Appropriations: Constructing Identities in Early Modern and Renaissance Italy (1350-1600).

Posted By Valentina Tomassetti, Thursday, June 18, 2020
Updated: 21 hours ago

Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting

Dublin, 7-10 April 2021

Through history and times, architecture has always been used to express cultural messages and a social status. Since the Late Middle Ages and then throughout the whole Renaissance, the rising and developing system of Italian cities took extensive advantage from the evocative symbols of classical and Christian tradition, and borrowed elements from the past to create “emotional” architectures. Thus, by constructing new buildings and urban patterns, new identities were forged too, engaging citizens and users on social, political and cultural issues.

This panel invites papers addressing the role of the architecture as a way to arouse or conceal emotions, to build consensus through shared values, or to reconnect the urban community to its alleged ancestry. These could include, among others, studies on urban aspects, as well as on the reuse of spolia and the reinterpretation of classical standard models.

Interested panelists should send an abstract (200 words) and CV to Dr. Francesca Lembo-Fazio ( and Valentina Tomassetti ( by August 3, 2020.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Emotional Architecture  History  Italian Renaissance Art  Italy  Material Studies  Renaissance Architecture 

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Doubting Women: Women as Agents of Doubt in Early Modern Europe

Posted By Marco Faini, Wednesday, June 17, 2020

This panel aims to explore the role of women in fostering and disseminating doubts in early modern Europe. Doubt in Renaissance Europe was a flexible tool, employed to question official narratives, voice one’s ideas without openly stating them, to propose alternative versions of given facts, to promote dialogue, and to foster irenic ideals. Doubt could also be a means to shape one’s self in contrast with social roles and rules. In religious matters, doubt could become an instrument of self-defense against the delusions of the devil or against the temptation to believe oneself the recipient of special supernatural gifts. Women were traditionally considered prone to doubt and scruples. But what happened when women actively embraced doubt as an intellectual practice? This panel explores female figures – either real or fictional – who voiced, or even symbolically embodied, doubt(s) in a variety of fields, among which:

  • Religion
  • Social relations
  • Gender relations
  • Science and philosophy
  • Literature and art

Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, key-words (up to five), a one-paragraph CV (in prose, max. 300 words; please specify your PhD completion date, past or expected), and an indication of whether you have any audio / visual needs.

Please submit your proposal as well as any inquiries to Dr Marco Faini: by August 1 2020.

Tags:  history  literature  Medicine and Science  Visual Studies  Women and Gender 

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Continental Law and Early Modern Visual Culture

Posted By Hayley Cotter, Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Updated: Friday, June 19, 2020

This session aims to foster conversation about the relationship between Continental law (civil, canon, or Roman) and early modern visual culture. Chaired by Dr. Valérie Hayaert, it specifically probes how images of justice were adapted to conform to local custom in order to retain their effectiveness. However, any topic that addresses early modern European law and visual culture (including but not limited to painting, sculpture, book illustration, and public murals) is welcome and will be considered for inclusion on the panel.

Please send the following to Hayley Cotter ( by 15 July 2020:

  • Full name and current affiliation
  • Paper title (15-word max)
  • Paper abstract (150-word max)
  • Curriculum vitae (5-page max)
  • PhD completion date (past or expected)

Accepted panelists will be notified by 20 July 2020.

The panel is sponsored by the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tags:  Art and Architecture  Art History  Book History  Comparative Literature  History  Legal and Political Thought  Visual Studies 

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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 ( 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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Violence, Trauma, and Memory: Warfare from the Hundred Years’ War to the Thirty Years’ War

Posted By Alexandra Onuf, Friday, June 12, 2020

This panel seeks to specifically examine the interwoven relationships between violence, trauma, and memory across the early modern period from the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) to the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). Scholars have often assumed that medieval and early modern societies were so bellicose as to be inured to the consequences of trauma, or that they simply had no framework for processing its impacts. But recent scholarship has begun to reveal how the fields of memory studies and trauma theory, both of which originally focused on modern periods, can be fruitfully applied to the study of early modern communities. Literary scholars and historians in particular have probed the ways in which the violence and trauma of war were experienced, expressed and memorialized in early-modern discourse. The goal of this panel is to open up an interdisciplinary conversation on how trauma from and memories of war took shape in the early modern period in a variety of different forms and mediums, from individual diaries and personal accounts, to pamphlets and popular song, poetry, prints, or cartographic endeavors, to official chronicles or policies of oubliance. We hope to bring together scholars of literature, history, and visual culture whose work centers on the history of emotions, violence studies, and trauma theory. Taken together, these varied methodologies will offer a more nuanced understanding of how late medieval and early modern peoples experienced, processed and inscribed the violence of war into personal and collective memory and memorials.

Interested participants should send a paper title (25 word max.) and abstract (200 word max.), and a brief CV (2 pages max.) to Alexandra Onuf ( and Kate McGrath ( by August 1, 2020.

Tags:  Art History  History  Literature  Memory Studies  Trauma Theory  Visual Studies 

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Women Religious and the Project of Empire

Posted By Alexandra C. Verini, Friday, June 12, 2020

In recent decades, increasing attention has been paid to the political and literary contributions of early modern nuns. Such research has ably demonstrated that, despite mandates of enclosure, Catholic women religious were active in the world, playing key roles in political resistance, in nation formation and in colonial expansion. Seeking to expand this research geographically and temporally, this panel invites new work on the engagement of early modern women religious across the globe, whether as collaborators or resisters, in colonialist and imperialist projects and in their afterlives. How were the lives of women religious whether in the Spanish New World or in New France entangled with colonialist aims? How do the traces of institutions started by early modern women, such as Mary Ward’s Loreto Institute, emerge within the British Empire? What might reading Catholic women’s religious orders alongside imperialism and colonialism reveal about the intersection between religion and politics in the early modern period and beyond? What impact did these women’s communities have on religious, pedagogical, and nationalist agendas within the project of empire and its aftermaths? 

Interested participants should send the following materials in a single document to by July 31st:

  • Paper title
  • Abstract (no longer than 150 words)
  • A single page CV

**All speakers must become RSA members before the conference. In addition, because this is being submitted for consideration as a sponsored panel, all accepted speakers must also become members of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender.

Tags:  British Empire  French Empire  History  Portuguese Empire  Religious Studies  Spanish Empire  Women and Gender 

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