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CFP: Group for Early Modern Studies (GEMCS)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0449  Monday, 26 February 2001

From:           Meg Powers Livingston <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Feb 2001 17:41:00 -0500
Subject:        CFP: Group for Early Modern Studies (GEMCS) Conference


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G R O U P   F O R   E A R L Y   M O D E R N

C U L T U R A L   S T U D I E S

( G E M C S )

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NOVEMBER 15-18, 2001

The Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies invites submissions for its
ninth annual conference.  Speakers should plan to speak for ten minutes
and participate in a discussion period afterwards.

GEMCS was formed in 1993 to promote the study of culture from the
Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century (and sometimes later), in its
various forms and across disciplinary boundaries. We are comprised of
people working in a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited
to literature, history, art history, music, and film, and we welcome a
wide variety of disciplinary approaches, promoting and providing a forum
for the exchange of ideas among junior as well as more senior scholars.

This year's conference theme is "A Space Odyssey."  We seek proposals
dealing with material, ideological, social, economic, aesthetic, sexual,
philosophical, artistic, political, racial, and gendered manifestations
of space.  We are particularly interested in work that not only
demonstrates the existence of such manifestations, but examines how they
were expressed culturally and reveals how cross-disciplinary
investigations can elicit a range of provisional and thought-provoking
answers to questions of historical context and historiographical

Possible topics might include:
o "domestic space/public space" (in early modern texts, genre paintings,
o "theatrical space, staged space"
o "interiority and subjectivity"
o "the staging of 17th and 18th century opera"
o "early modern etiquettes of space"
o "early modern utopias and travel literature"
o "liminal spaces"
o "the gendering of early modern space"
... and so forth.

Not to mention astronomical and astrological topics!

We strongly encourage proposals for pre-constituted panels or workshops
of _no fewer than four_ and _no more than five_ participants, and in
order to allow the greatest possible amount of discussion, will ask that
presenters in these panels limit their comments to _ten minutes_ each.

****In the interest of promoting alternative format panels and
cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, we will offer for the first time
four open sessions designated as "works in progress" sessions for
scholarship devoted to 16th-, 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century topics
relating to the conference theme.****

In addition, we welcome proposals for individual presentations (10
minutes limit) in open sessions, pedagogical workshops, and other
works-in-progress sessions.  We will gladly arrange for links from our
website to information pertinent to sessions with prepared readings or
other materials for discussion.  Panel chairs looking for panelists or
workshop participants are encouraged to post calls for submissions to
the GEMCS listserve [
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 ] 3-4 weeks before the
submission deadline.  (For sample pre-constituted panels and open
subscription panels, scroll to the bottom of this email.)

One-page abstracts for individual talks must include talk title,
presenter's name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation
(if any), and email address; proposals for panels must include a
designated panel chair, titles for each talk, and one-paragraph
abstracts for each presenter along with his or her name, complete
mailing address, institutional affiliation (if any), and email address.
Again, panels or workshops of four or five participants will be given

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Address all submissions BY MAY 1, 2001 to:

Professor Chris Orchard                 
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Department of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA  15705

Please submit either postal OR email proposals (NOT both).


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For further information -- or to fill out a 2001 Pre-Conference
Questionnaire -- visit our website at
(It should be up and running soon!)


Session Title: "Sequestered Spaces?: The Etiquette of Cultural Space In
17th- and 18th-Century England"
o  Susan Shifrin (Independent Scholar), Chair
o  Julia Marciari Alexander, Yale Center For British Art:  "As if
through a Kaleidoscope: Viewing The Picture Gallery at Althorp"
o  Robert Bucholz, Loyola University, Chicago:  "Drawing Room Manners
and Backstairs Influence: The Etiquette of Public and Private (?) Space
at the
Later Stuart Court"
o  Elizabeth Chew, Monticello:  "Purselin and Pantadoes: Spaces of
Exoticism in Lady Arundel's Tart Hall"
o  Andrew Walkling (Independent Scholar): "The Theatre of the Court and
the Space of Theatre in Restoration England"

(This panel is composed of works still in progress-NOT completed papers.
The presentation style will be rather informal, even by GEMCS
standards.  This panel is looking for one or two more participants
working on similar topics.)

Session Title:  "Conceptualizing Performance Space(s)"
o  Meg Powers Livingston, Penn State Altoona, Chair
o  Nova Myhill, Boston University:  "The Place of Execution:  Locating
Dislocating Public Punishment on the London Stage"
o  Meg Powers Livingston, Penn State Altoona:  "Changing Spaces/
Plays:  Revising Early Jacobean Plays for Indoor Performance Venues"
o  Joanne Rochester, University of Toronto:  ""The Conceptual Space of
Performance in Caroline Drama"

(These suggestions are ideas; no one has yet stepped forward to organize
such workshops.)

o  "The Classroom as SPACE:  How to make best use of a 'bad' classroom?"
o  "Is Your Classroom a Performance Space?:  Performance Aspects-for
both teachers and students-of Good Teaching"


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