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This blog is for CFPs for interdisciplinary and miscellaneous sessions 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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Paradise Lost

Posted By Artemis Preeshl, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mother Nature shifts the affairs of characters in Shakespeare’s plays. Through the lens of plays such as King Lear, The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night among others, “Paradise Lost” reveals how storms altered individual lives and affected plots. By examining the responses of Shakespeare’s characters to the storms in his plays, the aftermath draws attention to the human response towards fellow citizens, be it through love, violence, revenge, and/or forgiveness. This session focuses attention on the different responses of Shakespeare’s characters to disasters, the responsibility of those in power to keep their citizens safe, and the reconstruction and reconciliation that can increase awareness of social justice in the wake of the storms.

Please submit paper proposals to Artemis Preeshl ( by 18 January 2018.

Each proposal must include

·       a paper title (15-word maximum)

·       abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines

·       keywords

·       a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. CV guidelines and models

first, middle, and last name; affiliation; and email address for all

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Not Calvinism

Posted By Timothy Rosendale, Thursday, June 1, 2017

In his own time and ours, Calvin's theology been the object of extensive critical attention, but that attention has been uneven in quality and often prone to various sorts of error.  This panel proposes to address misunderstandings, misrepresentations, or well-informed critiques of Calvinism in literature, theology, and (especially) literary criticism.

Please submit paper proposals to Tim Rosendale ( by 5 June 2017.

Each proposal must include

  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines
  • keywords
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted.CV guidelines and models
  • first, middle, and last name; affiliation; and email address for all participants

Tags:  England  France  history  Literature  Politics  Religion  theology 

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Early Modern Psalmody

Posted By Noam Flinker, Monday, May 29, 2017
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017

We are looking for papers that will deal with some aspect of the treatment and use of the biblical Psalter in Early Modern Europe. Discussions of the Psalms in specific languages and/or cultures are welcome as are studies of treatments by individual poets, translators or commentators. Generic issues such as the kinds of texts that can be considered psalms or the relationship between belief and text are welcome as are analyses of the formal constraints that might enter into the characterizing of a specific text as psalmic.

Abstracts (up to 250 words) should reach Noam Flinker <> no later than Friday, June 2, 2017.

Tags:  Bible  English  French  Hebrew  Italian  Latin  Literature  poetic imitation  Psalms  Spanish  translation 

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Representing Adultery in the Early Modern Netherlands [DEADLINE EXTENDED JUNE 2]

Posted By Barbara A. Kaminska, Saturday, May 27, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This session is sponsored by Historians of Netherlandish Art.

In the Institution of Christian Matrimony (1526), Erasmus lamented: “Why is it necessary to have certain stories depicted in church at all? Why a youth and a girl lying in the same bed? Why David watching Bathsheba from his window and summoning her to be defiled, or embracing the Shunammite who was sent to him?” Despite being deemed inappropriate, stories of adulterous encounters and their aftermath were common in early modern Netherlandish art – but they were rarely understood as negative examples of sexual transgressions only. Rather, as scholars in recent years have shown, these images connoted a variety of meanings within religious and art theoretical discourses. In the sixteenth century, adultery began to be associated with idolatry and viewers’ susceptibility to the “seduction of sight,” and artists’ experiments with different pictorial idioms and traditions were described – as we learn from Karel van Mander – in terms of “committing adultery.” In theological and devotional texts, the focus of themes such as Christ and the adulterous woman shifted from the sins of the flesh to much graver sins of the heart. Following these new approaches, this panel seeks to investigate the understanding of adultery in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century art and culture. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

·       Depictions of biblical and mythological stories of adultery

·       Collecting and display of images of adultery

·       Adultery in vernacular plays of the rhetoricians

·       Discussion of adultery in catechisms, sermons, and devotional literature

·       Adultery as a metaphor in the art theoretical discourse

Please send your proposal including your contact information, the paper’s title (max. 15 words), an abstract (max. 150 words), keywords, and a brief CV (max. 300 words) to Dr. Barbara Kaminska ( by Friday, June 2, 2017

Tags:  Adultery  Art Theory  HNA  Idolatry  Netherlandish  Religion  Theatre 

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Deadline extended - Building the Early Modern Literary Text

Posted By Katherine L. Brown, Saturday, May 27, 2017
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017

The purpose of this session is to examine the role of architecture as a narrative device in early modern literary texts, with emphasis on the impact of Renaissance architectural theory and practice on the discursive function of built environments in the literature of the same time period.  While topical associations between architecture and literature have persisted from classical antiquity through the present day, the evolving conceptualization of architecture in the Renaissance left its mark on the concept of literary creation espoused by early modern writers.  The intellectualization of the architectural profession, the rediscovery of Vitruvian anthropometrics, and the rationalization of urban space may be detected not only in the increasingly realistic depictions of architectural structures in literature, but also in discussions of the relationship between early modern writers and the classical texts they “excavated”, as well as in metaliterary articulations of linguistic and textual “structure”.  As both architecture and literature seek to impose order through processes of logical arrangement, architectural structures described in literary texts may speak to (or pose a challenge to) the notions of textual coherence, conceptual “foundations”, and linguistic representation.

In light of these questions, this panel seeks papers related to the presence and function of architecture in early modern literature, including (but not limited to) the following topics: 1) continuities and differences between medieval and Renaissance uses of architecture as a symbolic discourse in literature; 2) the history of architecture and urban space as reflected in early modern literature; 3) architecture and narrative/poetic structure; 4) architecture and language; 5) architecture and expressions of individual experience.

Please submit your paper proposal by June 2, 2017 to Katherine Brown at  The proposal should include the following information:

§  Name, affiliation, and e-mail address

§  Paper title (15-word maximum)

§  Abstract (150-word maximum) Guidelines

§  Keywords

§  Brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum) Guidelines and models

Tags:  architecture  Colonial Latin America  England  France  Italy  language  literature  poetics  Spain  urban 

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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:  Americas  archives  Asia  charity  confraternity  cultural productions  devotion  Europe  festive nature  Franco-American  lay association  Luso-American  Meso-American  Middle East  philanthropy  piety  ritual  shared urban space  slave confraternities  sodality  theology  Works of Corporal Mercy. 

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Italian Merchant Networks: Language, Culture, Art

Posted By Eleonora Stoppino, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
From the 13th to the 16th century, merchants – especially Italian merchants – were the forerunners of today’s economic systems, but also the promoters of unprecedented cultural networks. By initiating and promoting the circulation of artifacts, ideas, technologies, merchants and their families played a crucial role in shaping culture and its vectors.
We seek papers focused on a multiplicity of aspects of this cultural networks—from language to artistic production, from literature to technology. We particularly welcome papers that probe the validity of traditional definitions of mercantile culture.
Proposals should include the following:
-       a paper title (15-word maximum)
-       abstract (150-word maximum) 
-       keywords
-       a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. 
-       any scheduling requests.
Please review the submission guidelines on the RSA website:
Paper proposals should be sent to Eleonora Stoppino ( and Eugenio Refini ( by May 31, 2017. 

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The Aesthetics of Suffering in Early Modern Europe

Posted By Sarah R. Kyle, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Boccaccio described Florence in 1348 as a living tomb riddled with fear and hypocrisy where “the multitude of the deaths . . . was such that those who heard the tale . . . were struck dumb with amazement.”  His account of the incomprehensibility of the Black Death roughly coincides with the beginning of a seismic shift in the conceptualization of suffering.  Pre-modern European sensibilities generally regarded suffering, even its most extreme forms, as part of an inalterable divine order of redemption—nowhere more evident than in the ubiquitous image of the Crucifixion.  However, by the time of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 philosophers like Voltaire found it impossible to make sense of “evil” with reference to the plan of God.  Between the Black Death and the Lisbon earthquake, the human ability and responsibility to reshape nature radically increased, even though the response to suffering was still unstably compounded with the pious acceptance of suffering.  From “dance” or “triumph” of death imagery to illustrated parables, humanist iconographies of “soul care,” and physicians' regimens of physical and mental health, artists, writers, and philosophers navigated the space between meaningless and meaningful tragedy, depicting suffering in ways that reflected and shaped the shifting cultural ground that would eventually consolidate the modern concepts of nature, pain, and medicine.  This session invites papers that explore questions of how visual art created an aesthetics of suffering to explore the spaces between meaningless and meaningful tragedy.

Please send your proposal (150-word maximum), paper title, and a brief CV (300-word maximum) to Sarah Kyle ( and Scott Samuelson ( by Friday, June 2, 2017.

Tags:  Art History  Devotion  early modern  history of medicine  humanism  interdisciplinary  magic  poetry and painting  punishment  Religion  ritualized responses  sensory experience 

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Self-Fashioning and Re-fashioning the Renaissance

Posted By Imogen Tedbury, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Every major artistic, political, and ecclesiastical figure of the Renaissance consciously manipulated their public image, intentionally fashioning how diverse audiences in different contexts would perceive them. The creation of these personae rendered both identifying features and historical narratives malleable. This practice often extended beyond the self, with lineages traced to fantastic origins, remembered ancestors glorified through manipulated memory, and the narrative of historical events rewritten. Since the Renaissance, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century scholarship has created new mythologies around these same Renaissance figures, sometimes derived from their original personae but often re-fashioned from more recent conceptions of history, patronage, art, or literature. In some instances, Renaissance self-fashioning has become obscured by the re-fashioned mythologies of scholarship.

At forty years’ distance from Stephen Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning and in light of recent research re-examining the reception of Renaissance art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this panel seeks to interrogate the relationship between Renaissance and modern mythologies. It aims to reconsider present-day conceptions of major artistic, political, and ecclesiastical individuals based on (or contrasting with) the crafting of identity in the Renaissance period, alongside mythologies now recognized as modern lore. We welcome proposals that explore the Renaissance self-fashioning and modern re-fashioning of figures from 1300-1700 throughout Europe. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

       Case studies and Comparisons: The reassessment of a Renaissance figure (artistic, political, ecclesiastical, etc.) and their contemporary or modern mythology; a discussion of an understudied individual who has remained overlooked; the examination of a figure who has had a cyclical resurgence of scholarship over the past centuries

       Reception Networks: The investigation of the relationship between patron, artist/writer, public, and/or scholar in the development of both modern and Renaissance myths

       Sources and Resources: Parallels and/or disjunctions between the art, literature, etc. that contributed to a figure's public image, the archival sources that fueled nineteenth or twentieth-century scholarship, and/or contemporary conceptions of an individual, including political, geographical, and personal agendas

Papers are welcome from multiple fields (art history, history, literature, sociology, etc.). Please send 150-word abstracts and a brief CV (see RSA guidelines here) to Alexander J. Noelle ( and Imogen Tedbury ( by Sunday 4th June 2017.

Tags:  Historiography  identity  private  public sphere  reception  Renaissance  self-conception 

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Papers and Panels in Jesuit Studies welcom

Posted By Kathleen M. Comerford, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation proposals and complete panels for its 2018 annual conference, to be held March 22-24, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.  The Journal of Jesuit Studies regularly sponsors panels at this conference.  We are looking to organize panels in any aspect of Jesuit studies in any region, up to the year 1700.

Please submit abstracts on topics related to Jesuits on the subjects of: history, literary studies, art history, music history, or related topics, of no more than 150 words, along with a short list of keywords, and brief biographical information (no more than 300 words, including affiliation, rank and one or two important publications or other evidence of scholarship) to Kathleen Comerford,, no later than May 29, 2017.  We will consider panels, individual papers, and roundtables for sponsorship by the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

Further information about the RSA and the general Call for Papers is available at  Please note that the RSA requires all presentations to be given in person, not via a third party or using video-conferencing.

Thank you.

Kathleen M. Comerford
Professor of History, Georgia Southern University

Tags:  architecture  Art History  Colonial Latin America  Devotion  early modern art  education  France  Holy Roman Empire  Interdisciplinarity  Italy  Jesuits  Literature  missions  music  Netherlands  Northern Europe  philosophy  Religion  rhetoric  Spain  theater  Travel Accounts  visual culture 

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