CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

GEMCS 2004: Cultures of Consumption

Source of Information: GEMCS-L 2004-02-27
Date of Event: 2004-11-18 to 21
Location of event: Orlando, USA
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2004-05-15


Cultures of Consumption

The 12th Annual Conference
for the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS)

Hosted by the Florida State University English Department, our conference 
convenes (appropriately) in the heart of Disney: Orlando, Florida, November 
18-21, 2004 at the beautiful Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa.

GEMCS's annual conference, averaging 400 participants, provides a lively 
forum for innovative and experimental inquiries into all aspects of 
pre-modern and early modern culture and society. We invite scholarly 
presentations dealing with issues of literary-cultural-social history and 
criticism in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Papers, panels, discussion 
groups, or workshops that engage either specific or a variety of formats 
and approaches are sought out, and alternative modes of presentation 

Proposals for papers and panels on the following topics are welcome:
    * Entertainment and Escapism
    * Material/Textual Consumption
    * Early Modern Consumerisms
    * Consumption as Disease
    * Consuming the Exotic: the raree show, exotic spectacles, and 
    * Consuming Bread and Circuses
    * Self-Consuming Artifacts
    * Food and Drink (Gluttony, drunkenness); Obesity and Eating disorders 
      in the early modern period; Sacraments
    * Love/Eroticism/Consuming passions
    * Territories, Exploration, and Colonization
    * The Exotic; luxuries; strange appetites
    * Cannibal Theory
    * Magic Kingdoms; fantasies of Overproduction
    * Early Modern Disney (On Pocahontas, Aladdin, etc.)
    * Early Modern Rodents/Plagues of Consumption

Theatrical Consumption: A Special Session in Memory of J. Douglas Canfield

Other topics related to our theme or to early modern cultural studies are 
also welcome.

Panelists should be aware of the need to reserve a full half an hour to 
forty-five minutes for group discussions after papers have been delivered. 
In the case of larger panels, this will mean that each speaker must limit 
their presentation to less than fifteen minutes. Please send abstracts and 
inquiries to The 
deadline for abstracts for individual papers (250 words), workshops, 
discussions (eight or more participants), and paper sessions (three to six 
participants) is May 15, 2004.


Bruce Boehrer
Director of Graduate Studies
Bertram H. Davis Professor
Department of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL  32306

Phone: 850-644-3029
Fax: 850-644-0811