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David Lines is organising a series of panels for next year’s meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (Chicago 2017), in which you (or others) may wish to participate. This series of panels will consider whether, and to what extent, Renaissance discussions of philosophy change in terms of content, form, audience, and other considerations when they cross linguistic borders. Call deadline 30th May 2016. See pdf flyer for more information

Chet Van Duzer and Julia McClure are also organising at panel at the Chicago RSA, on 'Weird and Wonderful: Exploring the Outliers of Renaissance Cartography'. Call deadline, 1st June 2016. See pdf flyer for more information.

CFP: ‘Fate and Fortune in Renaissance Philosophy,’ 27th May 2016, at the University of Warwick. Keynote address will be Dilwyn Knox (University College London) and the respondent will be Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London). Deadline for submissions, 1st February 2016. Full details on website.

Brush up your Latin! A call for papers (in Latin) to a conference at the University of Stettin (Szczecin, Poland) on Saints and sainthood in Neo-Latin literature, to be held this November. Proposals for 12-minute papers (to be delivered in Latin or the vernacular) are invited. Details here

Authority Revisited. Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516. Lectio International Conference, 30 Nov-3 Dec 2016. University of Leuven (Belgium). Full details here 

Papers are invited for a series of panels on 'What Is Renaissance Philosophy?' The problem is double-edged. On the one hand, papers are invited that will comment on how philosophy during the Renaissance can (or cannot) be distinguished from its immediately contiguous counterparts in the medieval or early modern periods. These kinds of papers will be especially encouraged to consider both specific examples and what characteristics the presenter sees as defining the philos...ophy of the period, whether in terms of particular doctrines, approaches, genres, or contexts. The second possibility is to comment on present or past historiographical approaches that enable us to define more precisely what the particular characteristics of Renaissance philosophy were. Proposals will need to be received by Monday 1 June. Please supply all of the following elements, required by the RSA for paper proposals, and send your proposal to David Lines, the RSA discipline representative for Philosophy, at

• 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

• general discipline area: History, Art History, Literature, or Other

• any scheduling requests

Reform and Reformation: The Eighth Research Colloquium. University of Warwick, Tuesday 6 May 2014


The eighth annual "Reform and Reformation" research colloquium will take place at the University of Warwick on Tuesday, 6 May 2014. We expect proceedings to last roughly from 11-5, allowing participants to travel on the day (Warwick central campus is a c. 30-minute bus ride away from the mainline stations of Coventry and Leamington Spa and also easily accessible from the M6, M40 and M42 motorways: The host institution will be able to offer refreshments and lunch, but not travel expenses (on previous occasions, delegates from partner departments have often travelled together).

The Colloquium deals with any aspect of the European Reformation(s) very broadly conceived. Previous talks have ranged from late medieval music via Renaissance food cultures and Reformation theology to seventeenth-century almshouses. Everyone with an active interest in our period and themes is very welcome to attend. Postgraduates wishing to present a 20-minute paper are requested to email a title and brief thematic sketch to by 15 February 2014.  

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Ars Effectiva et Methodus: The Body in Early Modern Science and Thought . Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel, 30 June – 1 July 2014

Organised by Karin Friedrich (Aberdeen) with the support of the Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund/Hunter Caldwell Awards and
the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen (Scotland)

This is a call for papers for a conference that focuses on the influence of Melanchthon’s methodus et ars on the definition and meaning of the body – both
real and metaphorical and across the disciplines. It builds on a symposium on the formation of scholarly disciplines and networks spun between Scotland and Northern Europe around the Scottish polymath Duncan Liddel (1561-1613) which was held at the University of Aberdeen 8-10 May 2013. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, it initiated a research project on Liddel’s library (held in Aberdeen) and his time at the University of Helmstedt from 1595-1607. Following
Renaissance medicine’s approach, we see ars medica penetrating all innermost parts of nature and combining all disciplines, from medicine to cosmography to
ethics, and employing empirical observation. Triggered first by epidemics such as the Black Death and, in the sixteenth century, the ‘French Disease’, trust in Aristotelian and Galenic medical traditions suffered a setback in favour of the rise of broadly Neo-Platonist occult concepts, reflected in the work of Paracelsus, Fracastoro, Fernel and other innovators. Alongside this shift, empirical approaches began to flourish, especially in relation to anatomy and the physical body, just as Aristotelianism began to give way to the new philosophy. In Liber de anima (1540), for example, Melanchthon insisted that knowledge of our bodies’ anatomy gave us self-knowledge about our souls and revealed God’s workmanship within us. Anatomy became a natural philosophical endeavour that could help to maintain doctrinal coherence in the church. As Humanist scholars of medicine and related disciplines explored the possibilities of new epistemologies and methodologies, a growing European republic of letters gained significance. With a particular interest in the role of polymathic networks and their discourses, particularly Lutheran and humanist networks, we need to ask how, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, new concepts of the human body contributed to the development and differentiation of scientific disciplines in the post-medieval world, right up to what was later labelled the ‘Scientific Revolution’.

Themes for exploration are: Bodies physical and metaphysical | Knowledge of bodies and bodies of knowledge: the development of disciplines | Teaching the Body: didactic scholarship | Heavenly bodies and down to earth: From astronomy to astrology and alchemy | The ‘Body Politic’ as an epistemological resource | ‘Body of Proof’: Medicine, Method and Humanist discourses |

Proposals (not longer than 350 words, or one page A4, stating the address from which you will travel) for papers addressing the themes of the conference
(papers are limited to 20 minutes) are accepted in German, English or French and should be sent by 7 March (preferably via email) to: , Professor Dr Karin Friedrich, Chair of Early Modern History, Deputy Head of School (Divinity, History and Philosophy) for History, Co-director Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS)

Annual postgraduate conference in Medieval & Early Modern studies. Borderlines XVIII: Power and Influence in the Medieval and Early Modern World. This conference will be held in University College Cork, 4-6 April 2014. Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of both Medieval and Early Modern studies. This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference is kindly funded by the School of History, the School of English, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Graduate School, and the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland. Abstracts of 250 words plus a short biography for a 20-minute paper are welcomed from postgraduates (MA, PhD and Postdoctoral students), as are proposals for panels, and should be submitted by Friday 31 January 2014 to
I Tatti Studies in the Italian Renaissance is pleased to announce a call for articles that explore the presence of "Muslims and Islam in the Early Modern Italian and Mediterranean Worlds." Articles should address the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula. We are especially interested in essays that challenge current disciplinary boundaries while providing new interpretations of and evidence for cross-cultural interactions between Muslims and other religious and ethnic groups. Essays should be between 7000-9000 words, including footnotes. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2014; selected essays will appear in the May 2015 issue of I Tatti Studies. To Jessica Goethals,

The journal will continue to consider and encourage submissions of individual essays exploring any aspect of the Italian Renaissance. I Tatti Studies maintains a double-blind review process and commits to reviewing essays within six months. For author information and for online submission, please visit For other inquiries, please email Prof. Jane Tylus at

CFP: Geographies of Man: Environmental Influence from Antiquity to the Enlightenment. A one day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Warwick. Friday 16th May 2014. Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Vladimir Jankovic (University of Manchester). Questions and topics for 20-minute papers can be found at Please send an abstract (200 words) and a one-page CV by 15th February 2014 to Successful applicants will be notified by 15th March 2014.
CFP: Using, misusing and abusing Latin in the Early Modern Period. A conference at the University of Warwick, Friday, 25 April 2014. The organisers are inviting 250-word proposals for 20 minute papers on using, misusing and abusing Latin and the classical tradition in the early modern period and early modern studies. Please submit your abstracts by filling in the form on this webpage and uploading it by Friday, 10th January 2014. The event will be hosted by the Queen Mary University, London, University of Warwick IAS Classical Reception Network and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.

CFP: The 2014 annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) will take place at UIC on February 21-22, 2014. This year’s theme is Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World.”

They encourage proposals that engage with the rhetoric and representation of seduction and persuasion in all aspects of medieval discourse: literature, art, history, and culture. We invite papers from all disciplines. Preference is given to submissions closely related to the conference theme, but abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome. Proposals for whole sessions as well as individual papers are welcome. Three-paper sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes, including 20 minutes for each paper and time for discussion. Visit their website for more information, including registration information. 

Please send abstracts to Elizabeth Dolly Weber: DEADLINE: December 15, 2013. Individual papers: 250 word abstract.

CFP: 'Time and Early Modern Thought’ – Sat 10th May 2014 - York Minster Old Palace Library. Run jointly by the universities of Lancaster and York, and hosted by CREMS, this seminar will look at ‘time’ in the renaissance. We will consider this broadly, but papers would be welcome, for example, on any of the following:
  • Was there a ‘concept of time’, distinct to the period?
  • What ideas of time were inherited from antiquity?
  • How was time related to music and poetics, measure and proportion? how was it perceived, on the pulse, in the heart and on the brain?How was time related to timelessness, quotidian time to divine time?
  • What did it mean, as Plato has it, to suppose time is a moving image of eternity?
  • Was the relationship between time and mortality – emblematised in the Renaissance hour-glass and skull – terrifying or mere renaissance kitsch?
  • What were the functions of early modern antiquarianism and the obsession with chronologies?How does renaissance theatre figure time, and what is the relationship between dramatic time and quotidian time?
  • What was the relationship between time and space, eternity and infinity?
  • Who were the Renaissance theorists of time?

The seminar will be held in the beautiful surroundings of York Minster Old Palace Library, and will conclude with a concert given by the Minster Minstrels, a renaissance-baroque early music wind group. The seminar particularly encourages early career and post-graduates working in any Renaissance discipline: literature, history, music, art, philosophy. Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) by Dec 15th to Kevin Killeen ( and Liz Oakley-Brown (

CFP: Godly Governance: Religion and Political Culture in the Early Modern World, c. 1500-1750. University of York (UK), 27th-28th June 2014. Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Prof. Peter McCullough (Oxford) and Dr Lucy Wooding (KCL). Proposals of 200-250 words areinvited, for 20-minute papers from scholars working on the early modern period in any field or geographical area, and proposals for panels of three or four papers (consisting of three abstracts and a title). Please send abstracts and panel proposals to Christine Knaack, Jonas van Tol and Emma Kennedy by 1 March 2014 at More info at,

CFP: Devouring: Food, Drink and the Written Word, 1800 - 1945. Saturday 8th March 2014 at the University of Warwick. Keynote speakers: Nicola Humble (Roehampton) and Margaret Beetham (Salford). Abstracts of no more than 300 words, accom...panied by a brief biographical note of no more than 100 words, should be sent to by 31st October 2013. Applicants should note that papers may also be considered for inclusion in a possible publication resulting from the conference.

CFP: Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, 2014 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, January 23 - 25, 2014, at the Newberry Library, Chicago

They invite abstracts for 15-minute papers from master's or PhD students from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. The 2014 conference will be expanded to accommodate more students, with eighteen sessions and a total of seventy-two presenters. Proposals are accepted only from students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium ( Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program ( Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2013. More information here

CFP: Classical Philosophers in Seventeenth Century English Thought 28 May 2014, CREMS, University of York A day symposium – Keynote speakers: Prof Jessica Wolfe (North Carolina) and Prof Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth) Abstracts by 15th December 2013 (c. 250 words). Contact: Kevin Killeen,

CPF - The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages. Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading. Saturday 15th March 2014

Proposals for twenty minute papers fitting, broadly, into one of the above themes are welcomed from all post-graduate and early-career researchers before the deadline of January 10th 2014. Please send an email containing both your proposed title and an abstract of no more than 200 words. Further enquiries and any proposals are to be sent to the organiser, Ruth Salter, Further detailed information here.


CFP for Postgraduates: ‘Enemies’, for the first ever Hortulus-sponsored session at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds (IMC) to be held 7-10 July 2014. When exploring the medieval world, it is easy to locate various ‘Empires’ (both political and ideological) across time and space – forever rising and falling in an endless flux of power across the millennium that has been denoted ‘medieva...l’. Existing in tandem with these various imperial regimes are inevitable ‘enemies’ – detractors, dissenters, troublemakers and traitors. Those at Hortulus would like to explore the concept of these ‘enemies’ in relation to Empire – both those who are enemies of Empire and also those who must overcome enmity in service to Empire. The breadth of this session allows for interdisciplinary exchanges; they invite paper topics ranging from explorations of enemies in literature, history and art to more focused interpretations of the notion of enmity in the medieval period. They encourage submissions from many disciplinary angles, welcoming textual, artistic and historical interpretations from scholars of literature, history, philosophy, musicology, archaeology, art history and other fields. They especially encourage interdisciplinary work. Some topics to be discussed but are by no means limited to: - How was an enemy constructed? How are they perceived? - How were enemies built or discussed at the imperial level? - What about supernatural enemies, such as God’s displeasure, demons, or personified vices? - What was the threat of enemies to Empires? How were they punished? - How did changes and developments within empires alter or dismantle existing enmities? Please email an abstract (approximately 250 words) for a 20-minute paper to Liz Mincin ( by 16 September 2013.

'Italy Made in England: Contemporary British Perspectives on Italian Culture'. University of Warwick, Saturday 22nd February 2014. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short biography to The final deadline for abstracts is 30th September 2013.

The Shakespeare Graduate Conference, at its sixth edition in April 2014, is an interdisciplinary and bilingual forum for PhD students where they can present and discuss their research work. Last year the first volume of the Proceedings of the Shakespeare Graduate Conference was published online. This year they welcome proposals from all PhD students (not just from Italian universities) and they hope that UK researchers will find this an interesting opportunity. The topic is Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Forms of Nationhood, deadline for proposals is Wednesday 30th October 2013, send to More information.

Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815), 26–28 June, 2014, Goldsmiths, London. Proposals for 20-minute papers in English (maximum 300 words) are invited, and should be sent by 31 October 2013 to either of the conference organisers: Dr Ariel Hessayon a.hessayon( Dr Lionel Laborie l.laborie( More information at

Allegory Studies - A one-day conference exploring and promoting the notion of allegory studies as an emergent nexus of interdisciplinary scholarship. 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers, accompanied by a brief biographical note, to be sent to the convenor, Vladimir Brljak (English and CLS, Warwick), at by 31 May 2013.

Representing Prisoner of War Experience, a one-day interdisciplinary conference in conjunction with War and Representation Network (WAR-Net). PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Please submit all proposals (max. 300 words) to by 31 July 2013. Details

Images, Interpretations and Reactions in the Greek, Latin and Byzantine World: PhD students and fellow researchers interested in delivering a twenty/twenty-five-minute paper are invited to submit an abstract (300 words max.) to by July, 8th 2013. Details

Gendered Knowledges: An interdisciplinary workshop. Please send an abstract of no more than 150 words to by 18th of May 2013. Details

LUCAS Graduate Conference 2013: Death, the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life, 24 and 25 January 2013. Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 November 2012. Papers can be submitted to the general theme or you can (co-)organize your own panel. Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) to present a 20-minute paper to You will be notified whether or not your paper has been selected by 1 December, 2012. More general information:

The annual Durham Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) conference. This year's theme is Transition and Transformation in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures and will be held in Durham from 5-6 July 2012. Keynote speakers include Professor Margaret Cormack, College of Charleston, South Carolina, and Professor David Cowling from the Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Durham). The conference will also feature a special exhibition of the Durham manuscript collection by Professor Richard Gameson, to be hosted in Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Send abstracts of no more than 300 words to by no later than 31 March, 2012. Registration for attendance and the conference banquet will be sent in May. Please note that The Economic History Society has generously awarded a number of travel bursaries for postgraduate speakers presenting on economic and/or social matters. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please note this at the end of your abstract.

Imaginative Geographies: Travels of the Mind in Early Modern Europe

A Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Conference, 28th September, 2011 at the University of Bristol, deadline for submission of abstracts is 27 June, 2011. Conference poster, application details here

IMAGINING EUROPE - Perspectives, Perceptions and Representations from Antiquity to the Present

The Leiden University Institute for Cultural Disciplines will organise an interdisciplinary graduate conference on 27 and 28 January 2011, and the deadline for the proposals is 1 November 2010. Conference poster, application details here


Association for the Study of Modern Italy Annual Conference 2010, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London, London,19-20 November 2010. Please note that the deadline to submit your paper has now been extended to 15th June 2010. Details on their website:

Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium, 17-19 July 2010, University of Cambridge

CFP Deadline December 15 2009

Detailed information including contact details here

Event Poster here

Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, 28th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Thursday, January 21 – Saturday, January 23, 2010. CFP Deadline: October 15, 2009

Organized and run by graduate students, this conference is a premier opportunity for maturing scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies. Participants find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry Library and its resources. Selected papers will be published in a peer-edited online conference proceedings. In celebration of the Center’s thirtieth anniversary, this year’s conference is expanded to three days and will include nine panels with up to thirty-six student papers, a keynote address by eminent scholar Jean Howard of Columbia University (sponso! red by the University of Illinois at Chicago), and a staged reading of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago.

Call for Papers: We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute papers from master's or Ph.D. students on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies. Please submit a curriculum vitae and an abstract of up to 300 words to

Priority is given to students from member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium, who may be eligible for reimbursement for travel expenses to attend. See for more information.

Society for Renaissance Studies National Conference, 16-18th July 2010

Proposals (max. 400 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates, on one of the following themes: Rethinking the Medieval/Renaissance Divide / At the Boundaries of Science / Soundscapes and Landscapes, Environments and Ecologies / Possessions and Collections / Between Spirituality and Materiality / Cultural Encounters. They should be sent by Friday 25 September 2009 to the conference organiser: Professor William Sherman, Further details, click here

Music, Literature, Illustration: Collaboration and networks in English manuscript culture, 1500 – 1700

A conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers, hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton, Chawton House Library, Hampshire, 16-17 February 2010.

Abstracts (300 words max.) for proposed papers should be sent by email to both conference organisers Michael Gale ( and Louise Rayment ( by October 16th 2009: Further details, click here


MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities; theme of Space/Time. See website for details.

28 February 2008 / 20 May 2008

"Belief and Time": a Postgraduate Conference at the University of Nottingham's Centre for Medieval Research - (Word Document) download the call for papers

1 February 2008 / 25-27 Sept 2008

"New Worlds, New Publics: Re(con)figuring Association and the Impact of European Expansion, 1500-1700" -(Word Document) download the call for papers

16 November 2007 / 15 March 2008

Venice & the League of Cambrai -(PDF Document) download the call for papers

7-11 July 2008. Ninth International Milton Symposium: Call for Papers

2008 marks the quatercentenary of John Milton’s birth in Bread Street, London – the city in which he was to live and work for much of his life. It is therefore appropriate that the Ninth International Milton Symposium will be celebrating this event with a five-day conference, 7-11 July 2008, under the auspices of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London.

The Planning Committee (see below) invites papers on − but not restricted to − the following broad themes:

Places - London itself provides one obvious focus of interest since Milton was unquestionably the most important writer the city has ever produced. But places, whether real or imaginary, play a large and arguably under-examined part in his writings. 

Beliefs - There has recently been a resurgence of interest in Milton’s religious beliefs, sparked off in particular by the debate over the authorship of De Doctrina Christiana. We would therefore welcome papers on such themes as heresy, orthodoxy and unorthodoxy, and radicalism.

Writings - The texts, contexts, and conditions of publication of Milton’s writings in various genres on various occasions.  

Events - Fresh papers dealing with key events in Milton’s life and times will be welcome as will those dealing more generally with his responses to the revolutionary upheavals of the seventeenth century.

Proposals for papers (500 words maximum, and preferably in the form of an email attachment) should be submitted in the first instance to Professor Martin Dzelzainis, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX;

Planning Committee: Warren Chernaik (King’s, London); Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway, London); Karen Edwards (Exeter); Stephen M. Fallon (Notre Dame); Tom Healy (Birkbeck, London); Michael Lieb (Illinois, Chicago); Peter Lindenbaum (Indiana); David Loewenstein (Madison-Wisconsin); Regina Schwartz (Northwestern); Kevin Sharpe (Queen Mary, London)

7 December 2006 / 5-8 July 2007. Varieties of Cultural History: Theory and Practice in the Cultural Histories of Medicine, Science, Literature and the Arts
University of Aberdeen, 5-8 July 2007. King's College, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Call for Papers

Proposals for papers are invited for the conference 'Varieties of Cultural
History' to be held at the University of Aberdeen, 5-8 July 2007.

Keynote speakers will include Peter Burke (Cambridge), Peter Mandler
(Cambridge), Crosbie Smith (Kent), Rebecca Spang (Indiana) and Evelyn Welch
(Queen Mary, London).

In the last twenty-five years, diverse anthropological, literary, and other
perspectives adopted into Cultural History have transformed the theory and
practice of historical disciplines more generally. As Cultural History
comes of age, this conference provides the opportunity to reflect upon the
particular achievements of the 'Cultural Turn' at work in histories of
medicine, science, literature and the arts; to foster creative dialogue
amongst advocates of such varieties of cultural history; and thus to look
to possible futures of research in Cultural History.

The conference seeks papers approaching any historical period, domain, or
theme; but the organizers particularly favour papers which explore
specified genres of Cultural History as applied in case studies from the
subjects highlighted above.

Please send title, abstract of no more than 300 words, and biographical
note of no more than 100 words, to Dr David Smith
(<> by 7 December 2006.
Electronic submissions are encouraged; you may also write direct to the
organizers at the Department of History, School of Divinity, History and
Philosophy, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, United Kingdom.
Additional queries may be directed to David Smith at the addresses above.