Call for Papers: Renaissance Society of America 2018

by Jean Marie Carey on May 4, 2017

Call for Papers: RSA 2018


New Directions in Representation of the Italian Landscape

Session Sponsored by the Italian Art Society

Images of the Italian landscape, both real and imagined, have been the subject of many fruitful investigations, from research on broad trends and refined definitions to focused monographs on individual artists. Recent studies have shed new light on the display of landscape paintings in palaces and villas, artistic practice, professional networks, and the intersections between antiquity and natural history. In particular, research into the growing interest in empirical study and the interpretation of nature in early modern Italy has led to a greater understanding of representations of the natural world. This panel seeks papers that build on these themes and present new ways to reconsider the portrayal of the landscape and landscape artists working in Italy.

We welcome proposals that consider the following issues:

  • Landscapes and natural history/antiquity
  • Connections between northern Europe and Italy
  • The display and function of landscape imagery
  • The relationship between drawing and painting the landscape
  • Economics and the market for landscapes
  • The poetics of landscape and connection to literature
  • The spiritual dimension of the landscape

Please send a brief abstract (no more than 150 words); a selection of keywords for your talk; and a brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum in outline form) to Sarah Cantor (sarahbcantor@gmail.com) and Melissa Yuen (melissa.yuen@stanford.edu) by Friday, 26 May 2017.


Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary/Comparative Panel(s)

Gaming and Gambling: Time, Space, Material Culture

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference

New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018

 

This CfP invites papers on the material culture of gaming and gambling (playing cards, dice, board games, etc.) and the impact of new media and markets on ludic practices, including the press and print markets. Also welcome are papers on the impact of this kind of adult play on the spatial dimensions and temporal rhythms of social life – from court life to tavern life and from time stolen or diverted in everyday practices in residential quarters and work spaces to “other” spaces regulated by the state (e.g., the Venetian ridotti) or the informal economy of the street (below the state’s threshold of vision). The focus may include homosocial practices of play or games intended to engender and shore up feminine virtue as well as mixed-gender times and spaces in which leisure and labor were elided in transactions involving gaming paraphernalia and the wager. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal limits, c. 1300-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                    
Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and should include

  • a preliminary title for the paper
  • an abstract of 150 words
  • a 1-page CV, including current institutional affiliation(s)
  • current contact information

Submit your proposal to Karen E. Barzman, Ph.D., by Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Gaming and Gambling.”

Key words: board games, cards, dice, feminine, gaming, gambling, homosocial, labor, leisure, ludic, press, print, ridotti, space, state, street, time, virtue, wager


 

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary/Comparative Panel(s)

Technologies of War

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference

New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018

 

Papers may take a literal or figurative approach to “technologies of war.” Topics may include the machinery or mechanics of weaponry as well as the training and management of troops, from conscription and deployment to armed conflict, collection of booty, and returning in victory or defeat. Work is welcome on maritime infrastructures and modalities of war as well as war on land, including the military encampment in its material and spatial dimensions and the social relations peculiar to the logic that informed its late medieval and early modern instantiations. Also of interest are the discursive and/or embodied practices that constituted opposing forces as subaltern and inimical, from rallying songs to the subjection of prisoners and the mutilation of the bodies of fallen adversaries. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal limits, c. 1300-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                    
Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and should include

  • a preliminary title for the paper
  • an abstract of 150 words
  • a 1-page CV, including current institutional affiliation(s)
  • current contact information

Submit your proposal to Karen E. Barzman, Ph.D., by Wednesday, 31 May 2017.  Subject line: “RSA – Technologies of War.”

 

Key words: adversaries, arms, booty, conflict, conscription, deployment, encampment, enemy, machinery, maritime, material, prisoners, songs, spatial, technologies, training, troops, war, weaponry

 


 

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary/Comparative Panel(s)

Cartography and the Early Modern Archive

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference

New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018

Cartography and the Early Modern Archive

 

The investment of sovereignties in mapping for the storage and delivery of geospatial information dates to the fifteenth century, when the Republic of Venice called for “true” representations of fortresses, towns, and contested borderlands in its territories (1460). While the intention was to be systematic, in Venice as elsewhere the development of a comprehensive cartographic archive was slow and uneven. This CfP invites submissions addressing the instrumental use of mapping in the management of the early modern state, with a focus on hand-drawn maps (from sketches to highly finished drawings with watercolor, silver, and gold leaf) intended for circulation in the inner chambers of state. Also of interest are three-dimensional models of territory or maps in relief. Topics may include techniques for the collection of data and mapping itself although primary interest is in the accommodation of maps in the archive, their relation to archival documents in text, their evolving modalities of representation as instruments of statecraft, the new forms of literacy they demanded, their end-users, and their employment in policy-making, urban planning, empire-building, waging war, diplomacy, and maintenance peace. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal limits, c. 1300-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                    
Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and should include

  • a preliminary title for the paper
  • an abstract of 150 words
  • a 1-page CV, including current institutional affiliation(s)
  • current contact information

Submit your proposal to Karen E. Barzman, Ph.D., by Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Cartography and the Early Modern Archive.”

 

Key words: archive, borderlands, cartography, diplomacy, documents, drawings, empire-building, fortress, geospatial information, maps, peace, policy-making, sketches, state administration, town, territories, urban planning, war.


 

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary/Comparative Panel(s)

Materiality, the Senses, and the Everyday

Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference

New Orleans, 22–24 March 2018

 

This interdisciplinary Call for Papers seeks submissions that consider the use of material culture in the everyday, and the sensorial experience of objects in their original contexts. Papers could include the way objects engaged a variety of senses and/or encouraged bodily movement, prompting ritualized responses or eliciting new forms of spatial practice. Examples could investigate the use of liturgical objects in sacred spaces, the role of domestic or devotional items in residential quarters, the effects on the body of new materials and technologies in the trades and professions, and the incorporation of props in the performance of urban life. Papers related to understudied aspects of the sensorium are particularly welcome, especially that consider objects and context engaging smell and taste. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal limits, c. 1300-1700.

Submissions Guidelines                                    
Proposals should be for 20-minute papers and should include

  • a preliminary title for the paper
  • an abstract of 150 words
  • a 1-page CV, including current institutional affiliation(s)
  • current contact information

Submit your proposal to Karen E. Barzman, Ph.D., by Wednesday, 31 May 2017.  Subject line: “RSA – Materiality, the Senses, and the Everyday.”

Key words: devotional, domestic, everyday, liturgical, materiality, objects, performance, residential, ritualized responses, senses, sensorium, smell, spatial practice, professions, props, taste, technologies, trades, urban life


 

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