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This blog is for CFPs for sessions in history for RSA 2018 New Orleans. Members may post CFPs here: sign in to RSA and select "add new post" to do so. Your post should include a title, and the CFP itself should be no longer than 250 words. Adding tags (key words) to your post will help others find your CFP. Make sure the CFP includes the organizer's name, email address or mail-to link for email address, and a deadline for proposals. Non-members may email to post a CFP. Please use the email address of the session organizer posted in the CFP to submit a paper proposal. CFPs are posted in order of receipt, with the newest postings appearing at the top of the blog. 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.


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Sir Walter Raleigh's Irish ambitions: new evidence

Posted By David Edwards, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Among the Lismore Manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland there is a tranche of material regarding the Irish affairs of Sir Walter Raleigh. The material covers the years between 1586, when Raleigh became involved in the Munster Plantation, and 1602, when he sold his plantation seigniory to the future earl of Cork. This paper will outline the full range of Raleigh-related items in the collection, paying particular attention to those of political interest. Chief amongst these is a document headed Remembrances for Ireland. Written in June 1590 it reveals Raleigh as nurturing ambitious plans to develop a direct influence on the government of the country, something not previously realised. Although ultimately Raleigh would step back from a larger Irish role, other items in the collection show that his interest was sustained over several years, and that he maintained an identifiable Irish clientele that lasted until his downfall in 1603.

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Tags:  1590s  history  Ireland  politics  Raleigh 

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"Early Modern Travel to the Mediterranean: Cross-Cultural Encounters and Identity"

Posted By Galina I. Yermolenko, Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Scholars interested in chairing a panel dealing with Early Modern Travel to the Mediterranean at RSA 2018, please email ASAP.



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Surveillance and Control in Early Modern Italy

Posted By Celeste I. McNamara, Friday, June 2, 2017

CFP: Surveillance and Control in Early Modern Italy


Early modern Italian states and the Church all had mechanisms for controlling information and behaviour and maintaining surveillance over the people within and even beyond their territories. These ranged from specialized official committees to occasional spies and informers. Public proclamations, formal deliberations, secret denunciations, propaganda and even  more subtle rumour mills were all devised to enforce such surveillance and control of behaviour and conduct. This panel invites papers that examine the ways early modern authorities attempted to police and control the behaviour of their people and the information they accessed How did states and Church police morality and behaviour? . How was the communication of ‘sensitive’ information managed and controlled? Importantly, how was such knowledge  used and abused, both by governments and the governed?


Proposals should include a paper title (15 word maximum), abstract (150 word maximum), keywords, AV requirements, and an abbreviated CV (300 word maximum, not prose form). Doctoral students must include in their CV the title of their dissertation and demonstrate that they are within two years of defending.


Please submit proposals by June 5 to Celeste McNamara at and Ioanna Iordanou at

Tags:  early modern  History  Italy  religion  state administration 

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Taming the Past in Early Modern Britain

Posted By Meredith Beales, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

            Recent scholarship has reminded us that in early modern Britain, the past was not a single, monolithic narrative; instead, it was ‘wild,’ a vast sweep of facts and stories whose irreconcilability often intruded uncomfortably on people, even as they strived to reconcile this multiplicity with their own notions of continuity and change. 


This panel invites papers that examine the various ways early modern Britons attempted to tame their ‘wild’ past.  How did they respond to competing narratives of national pasts?  What was the influence of local customs and traditions? What value was placed on family ancestry and pedigree? How did oral traditions and popular print media such as almanacs and chronologies shape the sense of the past? How did religion determine the telling of history? Why the popularity of history plays? How did geography and regional language play into the past? To what degree did gender play a role in the recording and transmission of history?


Proposals on these and related topics must include:


·      Paper title (15-word maximum)


·      Abstract (150-word maximum)


·      Keywords


·      AV requirements


·      Abbreviated CV (300-word maximum, not prose form).  Additional guidelines for doctoral students from the RSA: The CVs of doctoral students should include the title of their dissertation, if applicable, and must show that they are within a short time (around 2 years) of defending their dissertation.  They should be presenting dissertation research, not term papers.


Please note that RSA’s submission system will not accept entries that exceed the stated word count. Submit proposals by June 2nd to Meredith Beales: m [dot] beales [at]

Tags:  England  Historical Drama  Historiography  History 

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CFP Confraternities In Public and In Private (DEADLINE EXTENDED - 1 JUNE 2017)

Posted By Samantha J. Hughes-Johnson, Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Society for Confraternity Studies will sponsor a number of sessions at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (22 - 24 March 2018) in New Orleans, USA. We invite proposals for papers on the following theme:


Confraternities In Public and In Private


The term “Janus faced” has been employed to describe the sometimes incongruous nature of confraternal patronage and membership. While confraternities’ public and private life might have contrasted sharply, this did not always end in dissonance. Medieval and Renaissance lay companies the world over routinely consolidated public and private spheres (either consciously or unconsciously) to ensure the continuance of their various operations.  We invite papers that explore the balance and coherence between facets that were seemingly diametrically opposed. Papers might focus on:


Visible Activities and Output

·      Cultural productions (artworks, drama, poetry, music, architecture, regalia).

·      Festive nature (pageants, processions, feasting, theatrical tableau, field sports).

·      Use of shared urban spaces for ritual or devotion.

·      Philanthropic relationships with humankind (conspicuous acts of charity, artistic patronage and social auspice).


Clandestine Activities

·      Record keeping and other archival practices.

·      Private prayers, meals, meetings, voting and rituals.

·      Inconspicuous acts of charity.


Papers must concentrate on confraternal activities between 1400 and 1750 CE and may deal with groups of any race, denomination or faith in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East or Asia. We are particularly interested in papers dealing with Franco-American, Luso-American, Meso-American and slave confraternities.


Proposals should include the presenter’s name, academic affiliation, postal address, email, telephone, the paper title (no longer than 15 words), the abstract of the paper (no longer than 150 words), a brief academic C.V. (not longer than 300 words), and a series of key-words that suit the presentation. Please be sure all nine (9) categories of information are clearly provided.

Please submit your proposal to Dr Samantha J.C. Hughes-Johnson at by 1 June, 2017.


Tags:  archives  confraternity  cultural productions  devotion.  lay company  material culture  pageantry  philanthropy  public and private space  ritual  sodality  urban space 

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Straddling Seas and Straddling Faiths. Religious Identity and Networks in the Hispanic World in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Centuries

Posted By Fabrizio D'Avenia, Thursday, May 25, 2017

In collaboration with the Laboratorio de Estudios Judeoconversos of the University of Córdoba, Spain (LEJ-UCO)

The hitherto unknown mobility which the Hispanic World, with its encounters with new places and interests allowed for manifold possibilities of the working out of religious identity. The panel seeks to explore how mercantile networks in particular, grounded in the worlds which the Hispanic crown was in contact with in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, which brought together people whose ties of kinship had tainted” origins, such as Jewish and Moorish ancestry, allowed for the playing out of complex and ambiguous religious adherence. Whether it was lax religious surveillance, the inability to enact it or through ways of curtailing it, commercial networks allowed for individuals to embrace and practice a variety of religious experiences.  The different papers will present cases in which, within these networks that spanned the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds, religious identity could be negotiated and lived out in a variety of ways through a constant interplay between center and periphery.

Submissions should be sent by 2 June to Fabrizio D'Avenia ( and should include the following information in a separate email attachment:

Tags:  Early modern Hispanic World  Mercantile Networks  New Christians  Religious identity 

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Economies of the Shrine

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Economies of the Shrine

 The Hagiography Society is pleased invite papers that explore the ways in which saints’ cults and definitions of sanctity are invariably bound up with money. We welcome a wide and multi-disciplinary variety of perspectives on the economics of cult in global Catholicism: papers might explore how pilgrimage sites generated revenue for religious orders and near-by towns; how artisans received commissions for religious images to encourage pilgrimage; how ex-voto objects fit into the shrine economy; how travel guides supported economic aspects of religious tourism; and how individual entrepreneurs found shrine-related niches. Scholars might also approach the topic from the perspective of the saints, asking how the holy protectors themselves respond to donations, protect treasure and, through visions, uncover lost wealth. 

Send your titled abstract of not more than 150 words by 5 June 2017 to

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Tags:  miracles  relics  saints  shrines 

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The Golden Legend: The Many Afterlives of Jacobus de Varagine (d. 1298)

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Golden Legend: The Many Afterlives of Jacobus de Varagine (d.1298)

The Hagiography Society is pleased to invite abstracts addressing the persistence of the thirteenth-century Legenda aurea into the age of print and global Catholicism. Compiled by Genoese Dominican Jacobus de Varagine, the Golden Legend’s medieval popularity is proven by hundreds of manuscripts and artistic programs. Much less explored is the renaissance success of the compilation, which continued to be printed right across the sixteenth century, even in the homages of imitators. What can we learn from the printing history of this work? What part did the Counterreformation play in its success? To what extent did the Golden Legend enter the global market? What local translations, adaptations, illustrations, reframings, additions, reworkings, and extractions kept these saints’ stories alive for new audiences, even as emerging intellectual currents undercut their theological and epistemological status?

Contact with your titled abstract of not more than 150 words. Abstracts due 5 June.

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Tags:  Golden Legend  Print History  relics  saints  shrines 

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Philology, Broadly Speaking

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sponsor: American Academy in Rome-Society of Fellows

Philology, Broadly Speaking

The AAR-SOF invites papers on theoretical, historical, and procedural aspects of philology, with special attention to the capacity of philology to open connections to the past, to establish cultural meaning, and to frame a scholarly way of life.

Renaissance engagement with patristic and late antique texts is an especially welcome topic.

Recent proliferating attention to philology—witness new handbooks (e.g. Trovato 2014, Hanna 2015) and trade histories (e.g., Turner 2014), and well as radical re-positionings (e.g. Pollack-Elman-Chang 2015) and reconceptualizations (e.g. Butler 2016)—suggests that this cultural moment of disdain for the humanities figures equally as its re-vitalization. 

Contact Alison Frazier with your titled abstract of not more than 150 words. Deadline 5 June 2017.

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Tags:  late antiquity  patristics  philology 

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The Study of Renaissance Thought... and Praxis

Posted By Alison K. Frazier, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John O’Malley: The Study of Renaissance Thought…and Praxis

Sponsored by the American Academy in Rome-Society of Fellows

John O'Malley's Giles of Viterbo on Church and Reform: A Study of Renaissance Thought (1968) celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Not only was that the research John pursued at the Academy as a fellow, but it was also the first, influential salvo in what has been a remarkable (and still active) scholarly career. For this panel we welcome a broad range of contributions that might focus on Giles himself; on the intellectual, religious, and artistic context of the High (and later) Renaissance, especially in Rome; on “early modern Catholicism” and the historiography of 16th-century religious reforms; on church councils and the papacy; and, of course, on Jesuit Studies, an area in which, as John has pointed out, non-Jesuits now feature among the most innovative exponents.

Send your titled abstract of not more than 150 words to

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You need not be a fellow of the American Academy to submit a proposal.

Tags:  Catholicism  Jesuits  O'Malley  Papacy 

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