CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Imagining the Early Modern Archive

Source of Information: FICINO 2004-02-03
Date of Event: 2004-10-28 to 30
Location of event: Toronto, Canada
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2004-03-10


Imagining the Early Modern Archive

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute papers to be presented at a proposed
session of the Sixteenth Century Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 28-30,

Papers in this panel will explore the various ways of imagining archives and
their cultural functions during the early modern era (1450-1660). During this
period of radical social, religious, technological, and epistemological change,
we find an explosion of possibilities and problems associated with compiling
and preserving knowledge, as well as with the social formations and
institutions mediating archives.

Papers could consider, but are not confined to, such topics as:

-institutions (i.e. legal, religious) as custodians of archives, preserving
authoritative texts and traditions
-the medieval summa, the encyclopaedia, or comprehensive texts such as Burton's
Anatomy of Melancholy
-collections and cultures of collecting
-the printed book and new forms of archivization
-imagined archives in literature
-libraries and their owners and users

For further information on the conference, see the website:

Please submit one-page abstracts (email preferred) by March 10, 2004 to:

Travis DeCook
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
71 Queen's Park Crescent East, Room 301 Pratt Library
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1K7