CFP: Shifting Paradigms in Early Modern Studies (11/15/08; NCRC 5/2/09)

by Jessica C. Murphy

The 2009 Northern California Renaissance Conference will be held on Saturday, May 2, at San José State University. This year the conference will focus on Shifting Paradigms in Early Modern Studies. While the Early
Modern world itself was shaped by aesthetic, moral, scientific, and technological shifts, Renaissance studies in the United States also underwent a paradigm change during the last decades of the 20th century: the expansion of the canon beyond the Western Civilization corpus of “great authors.” How did Renaissance studies benefit from the opening of the canon? What new directions or topics have emerged? What constitutes today a Renaissance object of study? Are Renaissance studies relevant to contemporary society? How can they appeal and be made appealing to younger generations? Does “Early Modern” have a significantly different meaning from “Renaissance”?
We welcome panel and paper proposals on topics such as changes in approaches, objects or methods during the Renaissance which may guide or parallel our current approaches to the period; non-canonical authors,
artists, thinkers, aesthetics, objects or domains of study; the relevance of Renaissance Studies today; and innovation in curricula and research tools. These are only a few examples of possible directions. We will also
accept proposals on topics not directly related to the main theme.
The conference will include three sessions of concurrent panels, a keynote address and/or roundtable, breakfast, lunch, and evening reception. We hope to be able to accept about thirty presentations.
Papers should be in English and no more than 20 minutes long (around 10 pages). If you would like to present at the conference, please send an abstract of your paper (500 words or less) by November 15th to Danielle Trudeau (Chair) or Eleanor Marsh (Assistant Chair) You may also send your abstract by mail to the address below. We will contact all senders by December 20th for confirmation. Please note that we may not be able to accept all proposals.
Danielle Trudeau, NCRC 2009

Chair Department of Foreign Languages
San José State University
San José, CA 95192-0091
(408) 924-4594