The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0298 Wednesday, 10 June 2009
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
October 22-25, 2009
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
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
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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