CALL FOR PAPERS
Renaissance Society of America Annual
Berlin, 26-28 March 2015
Street Singers in
Renaissance Europe (and beyond)
This panel(s) shall
focus upon a central figure of the oral world of Renaissance culture: the
singer of tales or the street singer (known as cantimbanco or cantastorie
in Italy, ballad singers or mountebanks in England, Bänkelsänger in Germany, ciegos
copleros in Spain, chanteurs de rue
in France, or Meddah in the Ottoman
world). Heirs of medieval minstrels and jesters, ballad singers were poets,
musicians, and performers who entertained, educated, and informed their
audiences with a vast and various catalogue of narrative, lyrical, political, didactic,
and dramatic works.
At least since Peter
Burke’s seminal work on early modern popular culture, cantastorie and their equivalents in other parts of Europe have
been identified as crucial mediators
in the dynamic continuum of learned and popular cultures, orality and literacy.
These elusive performers held a place
at the epicenter of Renaissance society and culture: they epitomize the
‘hybridity’ that characterized this era.
The organizers welcome
proposals from scholars of history, language, art, music or literature, which
investigate the texts, performances, and careers of street singers and other
closely-related performing professions in Renaissance Europe (and beyond).
be considered for these sessions, please send a 150-word abstract of your paper
(please include a title and relevant keywords) and CV with full contact
information to both organizers: Massimo Rospocher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Luca Degl’Innocenti (email@example.com). The deadline for submission is May 31st.