CFP: Appetite, Desire, and Gargantuan Pleasures (6/20/08; 11/20-23/08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies 2008
“Appetite, Desire, and Gargantuan Pleasures”

November 20-23, 2008, Philadelphia

* * * The deadline for submissions of proposals for panels, workshops, and individual papers has been extended to July 11, 2008. * * *

Pre-constituted panels or workshops should be comprised of no fewer than four and no more than five participants, and in order to allow the greatest possible amount of discussion, we 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 July 11, 2008 to:
Deborah Montuori –

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If you enjoyed GEMCS 2001 in Philadelphia, come join us for GEMCS 2008– to be held this time at Loews Hotel on Market Street. A National Historic Landmark, the former PSFS Building, built in 1932, is the
world’s first Modernist skyscraper. The luxurious renovations conscientiously preserved such features as the black granite floors, brass elevators, a steel vault, and Art-Deco Cartier clocks.

Located downtown, Loews is one block from City Hall and Reading Terminal Market and only one mile from the Liberty Bell or the Franklin Institute Science Museum. Other city attractions, including the Philadelphia
Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, and a large number of galleries and museums, are only a short distance away and can be reached via the city’s public transportation system.

Did you know that Philadelphia has more archives and repositories relevant to early modern cultural studies gathered in one area than most other US cities its size? Attend the GEMCS conference and locate
valuable research resources at the same time!

Did you know that Philadelphia is one of the premiere restaurant capitals in the US? In this year dedicated to the theme of “Appetite, Desire, and Gargantuan Pleasures,” the organizing committee for GEMCS 2008 will line up a “moveable feast” through some of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants for discriminating GEMCan palates (pre-registration required)

Proposals for workshops, special sessions, pedagogical panels, works-in- progress talks and other formats will continue to be accepted through July 11. Point your browser to the GEMCS link at