Society of Emblem Studies and RSA Discipline Representative
“Call for Papers”
2014 Renaissance Society of America Conference
60th Annual RSA Meeting
New York Hilton Midtown, 27–29 March 2014
The Representative for the Society for Emblem Studies and the Discipline Representative for Emblem Studies at the RSA issue this cfp jointly. Submissions for individual papers as well as entire panels are welcomed. Please submit your proposal by May 31, 2013 to both Tamara Goeglein ([log in to unmask] ) and Mara Wade ([log in to unmask]).
1) “Meta-emblems.” Think William Marshall's frontispiece to George Wither's Collection of Emblemes (1635). What do meta-emblems show and tell about early modern emblematics? (How) can we glean a second-order discourse from them? What insights do meta-emblems offer into early modern notions of emblematic authority? Emblematic literacies? Emblematic receptions? Emblematic styles? Emblematic subjectivities and ways of knowing their objects?
2) “Emblematic desire.” What do early modern emblems need from us 21st-century critics, and we from them? How may we formulate comparable questions for early modern emblematists and their audiences? Emblematic allegories, analogies, and images bespeak feelings that cannot often be named precisely, though emblematic words and pictures try to do so. (How) can we understand emblems as proto-“talk therapy”? (How) do specific emblems, and the emblematic form per se, express, contain, create, and/or change desire?
3) The "emblematic." How do critical discourses use this term? The term is a staple in literary critical discourse, which reveals and conceals its assumptions about verbal figurativity and ekphrasis. (Anthologies of early modern lyrics routinely print “emblems” without their pictures.) Alternatively, when art historical discourse refers to “emblematic” form and style, how do verbal components of the emblem figure into this usage of the term?
4) “Menestrier.” 2014 will be the 130th anniversary of the publication of Menestrier's second (and hugely revised) L'Art des Emblemes (Paris, 1684)? Papers treating Menestrier's influence on emblem theory, particularly focusing on the highly influential metaphorical conceits of image/body and text/soul are especially welcome.
5) “Emblematics and the Research Library.” This panel seeks papers from curators with notable holdings in emblematica to highlight important collections and open them up for research and pedagogy. This session may take the form of a roundtable, depending on the response.
6) “Emblematica Online.” This session seeks to highlight current research by scholars from all field of emblem studies using Emblematica Online and the OpenEmblem Portal for their research and teaching. Use case studies are particularly welcome.
7) Open topic. In order to serve the needs of the Renaissance Society and the Society for Emblem Studies, the open topic session is meant to include approaches not outlined above and ones that would not fit easily into one of the above sessions. Organizers welcome innovative approaches to emblem studies, new areas of research, and research involving emblems that primarily serves another discipline. For example, emblems of music and musicians for musicology, Protestant emblems in Reformation research, emblems with animals to explore art history, and technology in emblems, to name only a few of the possibilities.
Please submit your proposal by May 31, 2013 to both Tamara Goeglein ([log in to unmask] ) and Mara Wade ([log in to unmask]).
Mara R. Wade
Chair, Society for Emblem Studies
Emblematica Online and the OpenEmblem Portal http://emblematica.grainger.illinois.edu/index.html
Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures and in the Programs for Comparative and World Literatures, Media Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, International Studies, Jewish Society and Culture, Library Administration, and the European Union Center
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois 61801 USA
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