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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.

RSA 2020 CfP on Happiness

As Philosophy Representative, David Lines plans to submit a series of sponsored panels on conceptions and depictions of happiness in the Renaissance period across and beyond Europe.

Despite the seminal studies by scholars such as Charles Trinkaus and Antonino Poppi, in a number of areas the topic of happiness has not received the attention it deserves. These panels will particularly raise (and attempt to answer) questions concerning the originality of Renaissance discussions of happiness and their legacy to early modern thought. Especially useful will be contributions that do not focus exclusively on humanism or on a specific country/language area.

Papers that cover any area of discussions of happiness will be welcome. Suggested possibilities include:

• the relationship between individual happiness and that of the community (including utopias)

• happiness as a characteristic of humans vs animals or angels

• Protestant vs Catholic understandings of happiness

• whether (and how) understandings of happiness fluctuate depending on their reliance on particular ancient traditions (whether philosophical or religious)

• happiness as fulfilment (eudaimonia) vs as a feeling

• views of happiness in Renaissance vs. medieval or early modern philosophy

• artistic or literary depictions of happiness, analysed within their intellectual context

• discussions of happiness in Latin vs in the vernacular​

Please send a proposal to Professor David Lines (, with the following information, by 1 August:

i) paper title (15-word maximum)

ii) paper abstract (150-word maximum)

iii) curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc upload)

iv) PhD completion date (past or expected)

v) full name, current affiliation, and email address

vi) a/v requests


* All submissions to the RSA Annual Meeting must consist of new material that has not been published or presented in alternative venues or formats.

**Applicants will hear by 8 August whether their paper proposal has been accepted.