CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

The mysterious and the foreign in early modern England


Source of Information: FICINO 2001-12-19
Date of Event: 2002-10-04 and 05
Location of event: Hamilton, Canada
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2002-05-31




Call for Conference Papers on

THE MYSTERIOUS AND THE FOREIGN IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND

October 4 & 5, 2002

This conference at McMaster University will explore representations of
foreignness in English writing c1550-c1650 arising from travel to remote and
exotic places as well as representations of mysterious regions of
intellectual and spiritual quest. As the conference invites a wide range of
perspectives and approaches, so we encourage participation by academics from
different disciplines such as history (social, political, economic, medical,
technological), art history, literary studies, drama, women's studies,
music, etc.

Possible topics include

*encounters with other peoples (whether Irish, Jew, Moor, African, East
Indian, American Indian, Eskimo)

*exotic food, clothing and the importation of foreign art and artifacts

*the development of museums and antiquarian collections to study and house
the foreign and mysterious

*the intellectual endeavour to uncover scientific and medical mysteries

*the realms of the supernatural, of miracles, of mystical paradox

*the early modern loss of or debunking of mystery

Proposals for further related topics are welcome.

3 copies of the papers (reading time 20 minutes) plus abstracts are
requested by the deadline date, Friday, May 31. Abstacts alone (approx
300-500 words) are also acceptable, though complete papers are preferred.
Abstracts may be submitted electronically in the body of an email letter--NO
ATTACHMENTS PLEASE!

It is expected that a volume of papers will result from the conference.
Papers from the most recent early-modern studies conference at McMaster,
"Expanding the Canon", were published in _Other Voices, Other Views_ (AUP,
1999) eds. Helen Ostovich, Mary V. Silcox and Graham Roebuck.

Papers and abstracts to:

Dr Graham Roebuck
Department of English
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L9


Enquiries may be made of any of the organizers:
ostovich@mcmaster.ca
silcox@mcmaster.ca
roebuck@mcmaster.ca

Further information on conference travel, accommodation, hospitality,
conference fees and keynote speakers will be posted on www.mcmaster.ca
(specific website to be announced) before the deadline for papers.