Recent Calls for Papers: the Body, Risorgamento, Greek and Roman Mythology, British Studies

A number of interesting conferences are coming up in the next year, and a few of their CFP’s, taken from H-Net, appear below…

Well, I guess technically this is a call for articles…but the Risorgamento is fascinating, right?

Call for Papers: “The faces and stories of the Italian Risorgimento”

Call for Papers
“The faces and stories of the Italian Risorgimento”

The Risorgimento is the story of a nation, but, above all, is the story of people who have contributed to its creation. Chronica Mundi wishes to feature papers explaining how the different souls of Risorgimento took part to Italy’s unification.

Manuscripts should be unpublished in any language and should not be under consideration for publication by any other journal. All material should not exceed 8,000 words, including references and notes. Include an abstract of not more than 250 words. Manuscripts can be written in Italian, English or Spanish.
Deadline for submission: June 30, 2011.
Please send all submissions electronically to:

Call for Papers
“I volti e le storie del Risorgimento italiano”

Il risorgimento è la storia di una nazione ma soprattutto la storia di persone che hanno contribuito a crearla. Chronica Mundi vorrebbe ospitare articoli che raccontino come le diverse anime del Risorgimento hanno preso parte al percorso che ha portato all’Italia unita.

I manoscritti inviati non devono essere mai stati pubblicati in nessuna lingua e non devono essere stati sottoposti ad alcuna rivista per l’eventuale pubblicazione.
I lavori inviati non devono eccedere le 8.000 parole, incluso le note. Oltre all’articolo è necessario inviare un sommario di non più di 250 parole. Gli articoli possono essere redatti in italiano, inglese e spagnolo.
Le proposte vanno presentate entro il 30 giugno 2011. Tutto il materiale deve essere inviato elettronicamente a:
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Call for Papers: ALLUSIONS AND REFLECTIONS: GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY IN RENAISSANCE EUROPE A Multidisciplinary Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden Hosted by Stockholm University and The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

Stockholm University and The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities are pleased to announce a multidisciplinary Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden (June 7-9, 2012). The Symposium’s theme will be Allusions and Reflections: Greek and Roman Mythology in Renaissance Europe. Gathering scholars from a variety of disciplines ─ from political, religious and art history to literature and architecture ─ the Symposium will focus on the early modern period (ca 1450-1650) in Europe. Our intention is to enable and promote the exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge across disciplinary and national borders.

Possible topics for submission could include but are not limited to:
• The use of mythological characters and themes for moral and didactic purposes
• Renaissance ideals based on mythological themes
• Mythology celebrating the glory of monarchy
• Resistance to mythology
• Aspects of the history of the concept of mythology
• The anti-mythologizing of the concept of mythology
• Ancient mythology as a tool of Christian arguments
Papers should be given in English. They should be no longer than 20 minutes, to allow a fruitful discussion after each contribution. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract to PhD Anna Carlstedt ( before Tuesday May 31st, 2011. A website is coming up soon.

The research carried out internationally in various subject areas (language and literature, history, architecture, art history, etc.) that deal with the European Renaissance is extensive. Research in this area is a central focus at a number of prominent universities. In Scandinavia, a number of initiatives have recently been taken in this field: In Denmark, an international network called Renaissance: the Origins of Modernity intends to develop relations with Renaissance institutes and individual scholars abroad. In Norway, the Early Modern Research Group is a hub for an international community of researchers working within this field. In Sweden, initiatives have been taken at Stockholm University and at the University of Gotland to gather scholars in the field of early modern studies, to expand the existing research network and to make new contacts.
Through our Stockholm Renaissance Symposium in 2012, we hope to bring together researchers from different parts of Scandinavia but also to establish a fruitful exchange with International researchers in this field by inviting participants from other countries. Our initiative might also be considered part of a series of cross-cultural Scandinavian conferences dedicated to the early modern age (with an immediate continuation in Copenhagen later in 2012).

As for the specific theme of the Symposium, we would like to focus on recycling, recuperations and transformations of ancient mythology during the Renaissance in a number of areas all over Europe. By returning to the Classical world of themes and ideas, Renaissance poets and artists were able to express their aesthetic ideals. Ancient mythology offered them a full set of useful metaphors which could take on new meanings in a new cultural context. The Symposium gives us an opportunity to problematize this well-researched field: Why all these reflections and allusions? What happens if we go beyond the study of sources in order to analyze the functions, effects and consequences of this re-use and re-telling? Which arguments were most efficiently mobilized against mythology by the skeptical or religious intellectuals? We want to move beyond mythology as mere propaganda and ornaments – in order to develop an understanding of the ancient tales and fables as contemporary means to explain and comprehend the early modern world. These issues should also be examined in a broad cultural context ─ the early modern systems as of art and literature ─ where new genres were being invented with reference to Classical literary and artistic forms. Hopefully, we can uncover and disseminate some groundbreaking insights, as well as explore the debates in the new sciences concerning this field.
As keynote speakers we have invited prominent international specialists such as Stephen Campbell (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore), Angela Locatelli (Università Degli Studi di Bergamo), Olivier Millet (Sorbonne and CNRS, Paris) and Teresa Chevrolet (University of Geneva). Our idea is to alternate plenary lectures with 20 minute-presentations followed by discussions. In this way we can share experiences, discuss teaching and research issues related to the topic and define the current research front. The conference language is English.
Organizers at Stockholm University – in close cooperation with The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities – are:
PhD Anna Carlstedt, French (Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages),
Professor Anders Cullhed, Literature (Department of Literature and History of Ideas),
Professor Peter Gillgren, Department of Art History,
Research Fellow Tzortzis Ikonomou, Italian (Department of French,
Italian and Classical Languages),
Professor Erland Sellberg, History of Ideas (Department of Literature and History of Ideas),
Professor Elisabeth Wåghäll Nivre, German (Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German).

Anna Carlstedt
Stockholm University
Department of French, Södra Huset, Hus E plan 7

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For this one I might put in a proposal of my own…

CFP – Northeast Conference on British Studies: Deadline for proposals extended to April 25, 2011

We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. You can submit a proposal for a full panel or round-table or for an individual paper. The full CFP can be found at our website.

The NECBS will be held in Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, 2011. It will be co-hosted by the College of the Holy Cross and the American Antiquarian Society.

Margaret Hunt
Department of History
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002

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And finally, a new Graduate Conference on the History of the Body:

The Graduate History Association and the Department of History at Washington
University in St. Louis are pleased to announce the inaugural Graduate
Conference on the History of the Body, to be held October 20-21, 2011.

In 2001, Roy Porter remarked that body history had become the
“historiographical dish of the day.” Ten years on, histories of the body
continue to flourish. Often working at the interstices of a number of
methods and approaches, the field has produced innovative and compelling
articulations of the body as a category of historical analysis. As thinking
about bodies has occasioned ongoing encounters, clashes, and
border-crossings between a variety of disciplines, this conference aims to
promote conversations across scholarly divides by showcasing and reflecting
on graduate-level scholarship on the history of the body, in all periods and
regions, and from a variety of methodological approaches. We invite papers
related to a broad number of thematic areas, including but not limited to:

*normality and deviancy
*medicine and disease
*sexuality and reproduction
*blood and race
*physical space

We’re also pleased to announce Professor Mary Fissell, renowned historian of
medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, as the conference keynote speaker.
Professor Fissell’s first book, Patients, Power and the Poor (Cambridge
1991), examined how patients’ choices shaped a health-care system in the
eighteenth century. Her more recent Vernacular Bodies (Oxford 2004) explored
the politics of reproduction in early modern medicine. Professor Fissell’s
current project involves Aristotle’s Masterpiece, for three centuries the
best-selling book about sex and reproduction. Her address will be held in
conjunction with the Washington University in St. Louis Department of
History Colloquium Series.

Graduate Students in any field of study are invited to submit proposals for
individual research papers. Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be
submitted online:
The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011.

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