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Calls for Papers, RSA in Philadelphia (2-4 April 2020)

The following are some initiatives of members of the CSR with regard to organising panels for the next RSA.

RSA 2020 Seminar Session

‘Multilingual Renaissance Studies: New Perspectives from Research and Teaching’

Philadelphia, April 2-4, 2020


Organizers: David Lines (University of Warwick) & Sara Miglietti (Warburg Institute)


‘Multilingual Renaissance Studies’ (to borrow Tom Deneire’s felicitous phrase) is one of the most exciting and fast-developing areas in our field. A number of recent monographs, collaborative studies, and research projects on language dynamics in the Renaissance have broken new ground, challenging long-standing opinions and building bridges for increased collaboration between Renaissance scholars and contemporary translation theorists (see, e.g., Jan Hokenson and Murcella Munson’s The Bilingual Text, 2007). Studies such as Philip Ford’s Judgment of Palaemon (2013), Tom Deneire’s edited collection Dynamics of Neo-Latin and the Vernacular (2014), and the numerous research outputs of the Vernacular Aristotelianism projects based at the University of Warwick (2010-2014) and the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice (2014-2019) have shed new light on the relationship between Latin and vernacular languages, in literature as well as in philosophy. Similarly, our knowledge of phenomena such as collaborative translation, self-translation, and the production of multilingual printed books has grown exponentially over the last few years, and we can now count on a number of digital tools (such as Warwick’s ‘Renaissance Cultural Crossroads Catalogue’ and KCL’s ‘Early Modern Spanish-English Translations Database 1500–1640’) that allow us to navigate the world of Renaissance translation and multilingualism in new ways.


This seminar session will investigate ‘multilingual Renaissance Studies’ from various perspectives – historical, theoretical, methodological. We welcome proposals from advanced graduate students as well as from established scholars focusing on any language area (also outside Europe). Topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):


  1. recent examples of fruitful interaction between Renaissance Studies and Translation Studies;
  2. the multilingual Renaissance in the classroom: perspectives on teaching and training;
  3. mapping desiderata in the field: avenues for future research and DH projects.


Please send an abstract (max 300 words) and a brief CV to bothorganizers ( and by 15 August 2019 at the latest. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in late August.


Please note that seminar sessions consist in a discussion of pre-circulated papers. Successful applicants will be required to upload a complete paper by 15 March 2020 on the RSA website. The papers will then be made available to all RSA members prior to the conference. For further information about the seminar format, see here.