CFP: Appetite, Desire, and Gargantuan Pleasures (6/20/08; GEMCS 11/20-23/08)
by Jessica C. Murphy
Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies–Fifteenth Annual Meeting
November 20-23, 2008
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, in an attempt to promote and
provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among junior as well as more senior scholars.
This year’s conference theme is “Appetite, Desire, and Gargantuan Pleasures.” We seek proposals dealing with material, ideological, social, economic, aesthetic, sexual, philosophical, artistic, political, racial, and gendered manifestations of appetite, desire, and pleasure. 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 authenticity. (As always, however, GEMCS is interested in all aspects of early modern culture.)
Possible topics might include:
–“The Swallowing Womb Redux”
–“Copia: An Appetite for Words”
–“Verbal Violence: Immolation Through Words”
–“The Amazon: Image of Fear and Desire”
–“‘It’s Fundament-al’: The Aesthetic Pleasures of Torture
–“Bodily Pain: Sadism and Masochism”
–“Pleasures of Making Money/Capitalist Fantasies”
–“The Court Masque as Spectacle of Spending”
–“Early Modern Feasting”
–“Early Modern Perambulations”
–“Dance as Courtship”
–“Cabinets of Curiosity”
–“Mapping Expansion: Collecting Colonies as a National Hobby”
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.
One-page abstracts for individual papers must include presenter’s name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, 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, 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.
Address all email submissions by June 23, 2008 to:
(Please note: the original deadline of June 1 has been extended to June 23.)