Source of Information: FICINO 1999-12-10
Date of Event: 2000-11-02 to 04
Location of event: Cleveland, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2000-03-10
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Call for Papers: 1540 in France: a Time of Change AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERDISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATION Ideas of periodization equip us to approach a work or event with a set of expectations which may be met or not, providing grounds to form questions or connections. The expert reader's notions of period are cousins to his or her notions of genre, used to set a horizon of expectations against which to respond. Rather than being a rigid template taking its terms from external political events, a more inductively derived periodization is a tool which can illuminate general tendencies, link apparently disparate works, and serve as measure of change or progress. 1540 in this context is meant as a general marker rather than a precise point in time, the decade (ca 1535-45), say. The epistemological shifts being investigated tend to be reflections of the gathering forces of a complex set of cultural currents properly tied to a single polity, a single linguistic and cultural domain; for that reason, the present project is limited to France. A short, incomplete list of things I perceive of as changing at about this time in France may suggest some broad categories into which projects you are currently thinking about may be cast: Writer's self-fashioning and their sense of the purpose of their work. How France and the glory of France is treated. How the cultural balance between the French past and the Greco-roman past is imagined. The purpose of this message is to solicit contributions from a varied group of colleagues, so that we can examine the question together in the light of the special knowlege each of us brings to the discussion. This invitation is intended for scholars in a variety of disciplines, literature certainly, but also art history and history of all kinds, to consider the period roughly around 1540 as a point of change and to prepare a paper for sessions on this subject at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Cleveland, 2-4 November, 2000. My intention is to go further and collect versions of these pieces to present to a publisher as a coherent volume presenting an interdisciplinary examinations of the epistemological shift around 1540 by the Summer of 2000 but that will depend on your contributions. Proposals for papers at the 2000 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference relevant to this topic by March 10, 2000 to: Professor Marian Rothstein Carthage College Kenosha, WI 53140. e-mail: Rothst1@carthage.edu.
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