CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

A Space Odyssey

(GEMCS: 9th annual conference)

Source of Information: GEMCS-L 2001-02-23
Date of Event: 2001-11-15 to 18
Location of event: Philadelphia, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2001-05-01


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G R O U P   F O R   E A R L Y   M O D E RN
C U L T U R A L   S T U D I E S
( G E M C S )

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NOVEMBER 15-18, 2001

The Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies invites submissions for its
ninth annual conference.  Speakers should plan to speak for ten
minutes and participate in a discussion period afterwards.

GEMCS was formed in 1993 to promote the study of culture from the
Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century (and sometimes later), in its
various forms and across disciplinary boundaries. We are comprised of
people working in a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited
to literature, history, art history, music, and film, and we welcome a
wide variety of disciplinary approaches, promoting and providing a forum
for the exchange of ideas among junior as well as more senior

This year's conference theme is "A Space Odyssey."  We
seek proposals dealing with material, ideological, social, economic,
aesthetic, sexual, philosophical, artistic, political, racial, and
gendered manifestations of space.  We are particularly interested in
work that not only demonstrates the existence of such manifestations, but
examines how they were expressed culturally and reveals how
cross-disciplinary investigations can elicit a range of provisional and
thought-provoking answers to questions of historical context and
historiographical authenticity.

Possible topics might include:
o "domestic space/public space" (in early modern texts, genre
   paintings, etc.)
o "theatrical space, staged space"
o "interiority and subjectivity"
o "the staging of 17th and 18th century opera"
o "early modern etiquettes of space"
o "early modern utopias and travel literature"
o "liminal spaces"
o "the gendering of early modern space"
... and so forth.
Not to mention astronomical and astrological topics!

We strongly encourage proposals for pre-constituted panels or workshops
of _no fewer than four_ and _no more than five_ participants, and in
order to allow the greatest possible amount of discussion, will ask that
presenters in these panels limit their comments to _ten minutes_

****In the interest of promoting alternative format panels and
cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, we will offer for the first time
four open sessions designated as "works in progress" sessions
for scholarship devoted to 16th-, 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century topics
relating to the conference theme.****

In addition, we welcome proposals for individual presentations (10
minutes limit) in open sessions, pedagogical workshops, and other
works-in-progress sessions.  We will gladly arrange for links from
our website to information pertinent to sessions with prepared readings
or other materials for discussion.  Panel chairs looking for
panelists or workshop participants are encouraged to post calls for
submissions to the GEMCS listserve
3-4 weeks before the submission deadline.  (For sample
pre-constituted panels and open subscription panels, scroll to the bottom
of this email.)

One-page abstracts for individual talks must include talk title,
presenter's name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation (if
any), and email address; proposals for panels must include a designated
panel chair, titles for each talk, and one-paragraph abstracts for each
presenter along with his or her name, complete mailing address,
institutional affiliation (if any), and email address.  Again,
panels or workshops of four or five participants will be given

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Address all submissions BY MAY 1, 2001 to:

POSTAL                                       EMAIL 
SUBMISSIONS                                  SUBMISSIONS 
Professor Chris
Department of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA  15705

Please submit either postal OR email proposals (NOT both).

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For further information -- or to fill out a 2001 Pre-Conference
Questionnaire -- visit our website at
(It should be up and
running soon!)


Session Title: "Sequestered Spaces?: The Etiquette of Cultural Space
In 17th- and 18th-Century England"
o  Susan Shifrin (Independent Scholar), Chair
o  Julia Marciari Alexander, Yale Center For British Art: 
"As if through a Kaleidoscope: Viewing The Picture Gallery at
o  Robert Bucholz, Loyola University, Chicago:  "Drawing
Room Manners and Backstairs Influence: The Etiquette of Public and
Private (?) Space at the Later Stuart Court"
o  Elizabeth Chew, Monticello:  "Purselin and Pantadoes:
Spaces of Exoticism in Lady Arundel's Tart Hall"
o  Andrew Walkling (Independent Scholar): "The Theatre of the
Court and the Space of Theatre in Restoration England"

(This panel is composed of works still in progress-NOT completed
papers.  The presentation style will be rather informal, even by
GEMCS standards.  This panel is looking for one or two more
participants working on similar topics.)

Session Title:  "Conceptualizing Performance
o  Meg Powers Livingston, Penn State Altoona, Chair
o  Nova Myhill, Boston University:  "The Place of
Execution:  Locating and Dislocating Public Punishment on the London
o  Meg Powers Livingston, Penn State Altoona:  "Changing
Spaces/ Changing Plays:  Revising Early Jacobean Plays for Indoor
Performance Venues"
o  Joanne Rochester, University of Toronto:  ""The
Conceptual Space of Performance in Caroline Drama"

(These suggestions are ideas; no one has yet stepped forward to organize
such workshops.)

o  "The Classroom as SPACE:  How to make best use of a
'bad' classroom?"
o  "Is Your Classroom a Performance Space?:  Performance
Aspects-for both teachers and students-of Good Teaching"