CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Petrarch and the Renaissance

Source of Information: CFP 2004-02-06
Date of Event: 2004-10-14 to 16
Location of event: Kolkata, India
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2004-07-30


Papers are invited for an International Conference on Petrarch and the
Renaissance, to be held at the Department of English, Jadavpur University,
Kolkata (Calcutta), India, from 14 to 16 October 2004. The occasion of the
Conference is the 700th birth anniversary of Francesco Petrarca. The
sessions will cover not only Petrarch’s own life and works but the broader
movements of late medieval and Renaissance thought, scholarship, culture
and literature with which he is associated. The Italian Cultural Centre,
New Delhi, and the Italian Consulate in Kolkata are extending their active

Proposed topics for sessions will include (but need not be confined to):
Petrarch's role as a pioneer humanist; the later development of
Renaissance humanism; Petrarch's place in the development of Italian and
other Renaissance poetry: his contributions to, and subsequent development
of, genres such as the epic and the pastoral; 'Petrarchan love', its place
in the literature of 'courtly love' and later love-poetry, and its broader
implications for the history of sexuality and social constructions of the
self and the body; Petrarch's spiritual writings, their place in the
development of Christian theology, philosophy and spirituality; Petrarch
the man, his letters, life and politics in relation to the history of his
times; the reception of Petrarch: translation, adaptation and imitation.

Papers on Petrarch's own life and work are welcome, but papers on other
writers and other aspects of the late Middle Ages and the European
Renaissance equally so. The conference will adopt a European perspective,
rather than a purely English one. However, papers and discussions will be
in English, and citations must include an English translation.

Papers should be of approximately 30 minutes' duration, with another 10-15
minutes of question time. A short synopsis of the proposed paper, with
title, should be sent by 30 July 2004 to Professor Supriya Chaudhuri/
Professor Swapan Chakravorty, Conference Directors, Department of English,
Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032, India. Email: Phone: (00-91-33) 2414-6681/ 2413-7903 (Office);
(00-91-33) 2337-2516/ 2244-4682 (Home); Fax: (00-91-33) 2413-7903.
Correspondents will be informed by 30 August whether their papers have
been accepted. They are requested to send their email address and other
contact details to the organizers.

We regret that we cannot meet the cost of speakers' travel to and from
Kolkata. (Limited travel funds for speakers from within India may be
obtainable, but is as yet uncertain.) We shall arrange and fund the stay
(including meals) in Kolkata of all active participants for the period of
the conference. The probable place of stay will be the Jadavpur University
Guest House on campus, or some other guest-house of suitable standard in
the vicinity.

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