CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Renaissance Power Play

The Uses and Abuses of Power in Early Modern Europe

Source of Information: FICINO 2001-08-22
Date of Event: 2002-04-04 to 06
Location of event: Los Angeles, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2001-12-31

RENAISSANCE POWER PLAY The Uses and Abuses of Power in Early Modern Europe
Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society
Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California 4-6 April, 2002

It will come as no surprise that the current state of Renaissance studies has
emerged from a fruitful engagement with "discourses of power," both in
terms of the discipline's relation to its traditional historical subject
matter, as well as its place within a larger postmodern academic climate.
Recognizing that discussions of power relations have, by now, reached
their denouement, this conference endeavours to assess where this dominant
critical paradigm has left us, and where we might proceed from here. This
year's theme should be interpreted broadly, and papers are invited to
consider any aspect of power negotiations in political, social, or
artistic spheres throughout the Renaissance. We're especially interested
in studies that adopt a comparative approach, perhaps discussing "power"
in more than one national, social, or institutional context. We hope that
the dynamic created among the papers will articulate new directions for
understanding how our positioning within current academic culture
informs-or betrays-our analyses of early-modern power configurations.

Plenary Speakers:
Richard Helgerson (Department of English, University of California-Santa
Barbara) Kenneth Bartlett (Department of History, University of Toronto)

Proposals of no more than 500 words should be sent to either of the following
conveners before 31 December, 2001. Electronic submissions are encouraged.
Please visit the conference website at

Brent Whitted Marlborough School 250 South Rossmore Avenue Los Angeles,
California 90004 Phone: 323-935-7978 FAX: 323-933-0542

Mark Bayer Department of English, Ohio State Univ. 164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210 Phone: 614-292-6065 FAX: 614-292-7816