Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 184. Sunday, 14 Jul 1991.
[These two conference announcements are reproduced from the
FICINO Renaissance and Reformation Studies Discussion Group.
(1) Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1991 09:36:08 -0400
Subj: [Conference Announcements]
(2) Date: Mon, 24 Jun 91 11:52:04 ADT
Subj: International Research Symposium
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1991 09:36:08 -0400
Subject: [Conference Announcements]
[The following was also forwarded to Ficino by ever-watchful Germaine
Warkentin, to whom also thanks. --W.M.]
I am asked to forward this conference announcement on behalf of Dr
James Raven of Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK. Anyone requiring
further information is asked to contact him direct:
(from US) or
(from this side of the herring-pond)
THE PRACTICE AND REPRESENTATION OF READING IN BRITAIN
FROM THE FOURTEENTH TO THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
A CONFERENCE: 20-22 MARCH 1992
MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
Histories of reading in late medieval and early modern Britain often
assume a polarity between orality and literacy. This conference seeks to
explore the reading of texts as a dynamic process - not as a set of
dichotomies between readers and non-readers. The aim is to encourage a
richer understanding of the reading processes, of the history of the
circumstances and habits of reading, and how its practice was regarded by
contemporaries. Particular emphasis will be given to the methodologies
and theoretical models adopted to understand the history of reading
practice and its representation in contemporary art, literature, and personal
Study of reading performance has suggested new questions about culture
and society in this period. There have been important studies of literacy
in Britain, but relatively little about different interpretations of 'reading',
the way in which people read, where they read, why they read, and what
people thought reading and readers were or should be for.
Proposals for papers submitted so far consider the understanding of
reading in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the representation of
reading in seventeenth-century woodcuts, the iconography of reading,
notions of reading and the motives behind library building, and punctuation,
rhythm and problems of reading aloud in the eighteenth century.
Magdalene College will host the conference from 20-22 March 1992.
There will be an informal opening session after dinner on the night of
Friday 20. Conference papers will be given on Saturday 21 and the
morning of Sunday 22.
The conference will be preceded by a fortnightly seminar series beginning
in Cambridge this October. This aims to address broad themes and to be
inter-disciplinary, bringing together those interested in the problems of
understanding the nature of reading and working in different faculties and
For further information contact: James Raven, Magdalene College (0223
332112), or Elsa Meyland-Smith, The Malting House, Newnham Road,
Cambridge (0223 311066).
OFFERS OF PAPERS FOR THE CONFERENCE ARE STILL INVITED
AND SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ABSTRACT.
The conference registration fee is expected to be about 22 pounds
sterling; student registration under 10 pounds. Prices for accommodation
and the conference dinners at Magdalene College will be announced later.
Elisabeth Leedham-Green, Cambridge University Archives
(BUT enquiries about conference to James Raven as above)
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 91 11:52:04 ADT
Subject: International Research Symposium
Call for papers for an international research symposium on "Aspects of
Renaissance and Baroque Symbol Theory (1500-1700)" to be held at the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in association with The Society
for Emblem Studies on 1-3 May 1992.
Current literary theory has emphasised the importance of signs and
symbols for understanding cultural history, yet the origins of the theories
of sign and syumbol have seldom been considered and surveyed
diachronically. Images and symbols were, according to Renaissance
philosophers and theologians, unique to humankind. Angels directly
apprehended moral entities; animals saw an object only as itself; but men
and women alone used objects as a means to know and understand
abstract concepts. RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE SYMBOL THEORY
1500-1700 will discuss the foundations of this essentially human activity.
There will be some session given over to twenty-minute papers, but the
major part of the conference will be centred on seminars devoted to the
1. Terminology and Definitions (Chair: Bernhard F. Scholz, U of Utrecht)
2. Cultural Specificity (Chair: Karel Porteman, U of Leuven)
3. Seeing, Perceiving and Meaning (Chair: Daniel S. Russell, U Pittsburgh)
4. The Authority of Signs (Chair: John Manning, Queen's U of Belfast)
For further information or to offer papers, please contact one of the
a) Peter M. Daly, 310 Holt, U of Tennessee at Chattanooga,
615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403
b) John Manning, School of English, The Queen's University of Belfast,
Belfast BT7 1NN, U.K.
Offers of papers must reach the organizers by 1 October 1991. The full
text of seminar papers (10 copies) should reach the organisers by
1 February 1992 so that it can be distributed to other participants.