CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

1540 in France: a Time of Change

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

Call for Papers: 
1540 in France: a Time of Change

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.