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CFP: GEMCS 2009
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0298  Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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Date:       Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 16:58:58 -0400
Subject:    GEMCS 2009 Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Early Modern Culture, 1450-1850
The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural 
Studies (GEMCS)
"Tracing Footprints"

October 22-25, 2009
Dallas, Texas

Deadline extended to July 14.

GEMCS was formed in 1993 to promote the study of literature, history, 
art history, and material culture from the Renaissance to the 
mid-nineteenth century across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural 
boundaries.

This year's theme, "Tracing Footprints," is intended to be suggestive 
rather than prescriptive. As always, GEMCS welcomes panels and proposals 
on all aspects of culture between 1450 and 1850. As always, GEMCS is 
interested in all aspects of early modern culture, and will welcome 
papers and panels on any topic relevant to the broadly defined concerns 
of the Group. The theme for this year's conference is "Tracing 
Footprints," and so we would like to encourage proposals that focus on 
the different valences and metaphorical possibilities of the footprint. 
We are especially concerned with exploring the many meanings of the 
footprint and expanding it as a paradigm for early modern 
representation. The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on 
ecosystems; the representational footprint may be a measure of a variety 
of demands on and by a text-social, historical, institutional, and 
textual. The "carbon footprint" questions the global space that a city, 
an automobile industry, or a single individual occupies; it thus 
complicates differences and demarcations between built and wild spaces, 
technology and climate, people and nature. How does tracing a text's 
footprint challenge existing definitions and boundaries of the space it 
occupies?   How do we trace the genealogies of texts?  What sorts of 
competing histories are embedded in objects of representation?

Send one-page proposals for individual papers or fully constituted 
panels to 
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  by July 14, 2009. We 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.

One-page abstracts for individual papers must include presenter's name, 
complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, phone number, and 
email address; proposals for panels must identify a designated panel 
chair and include one-paragraph abstracts for each presenter, as well as 
his or her name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, 
phone number, and email address. Panels of four or five participants 
will be given preference. Participants will be notified of their 
acceptance to the conference by email.

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