5th Biennial Conference - Manchester

Event Date: 
09 Jul 2012 to 11 Jul 2012

The 5th Biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies will be held at the University of Manchester.

Accompanying events are being planned in the Whitworth Gallery, Chetham's Library, the John Rylands Library, the People's History Museum, the Royal Northern College of Music, and other cultural institutions in the city. In addition to scholarly papers, the conference will offer workshops on publishing, funding applications, teaching, and public engagement, as well as tours of libraries.

Portrait of Grafton

© Reproduced by courtesy of the University Librarian and Director, The John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester

Plenary Speakers

Roger Chartier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris/ Collège de France/ University of Pennsylvania)

Alan Stewart (Columbia University) 

Bette Talvacchia (Connecticut University)

Call For Papers

We invite proposals for panels on any aspect of Renaissance history, art, literature or culture, and for individual papers on one of the following themes:

  • Materiality, book history and textual culture
  • Premodern gender and histories of sexuality
  • Emotion and the senses
  • Translation and/ or intercultural exchange
  • Cities, topographies, urbanisation and visualising the urban
  • Athleticism, competition, and the body
  • Science and enquiry
  • In addition there is an open strand

The 'Renaissance' will be broadly defined from the mid-1300s to the early 1700s (and globally understood), but papers that engage with questions of periodisation, disciplinarity and the later representation of this period are also welcomed (see http://www.rensoc.org.uk/society/about).

Proposals (paper: 400 words, panel: 1000 words) are welcome from postgraduates as well as established scholars and they should be sent by Friday 16 September 2011 to the conference organizer (decisions on papers to be made by the end of October): 

Dr Jerome de Groot
English and American Studies
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL 
United Kingdom

SRS2012@manchester.ac.uk 

http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/srsnc/

Further details (including a full programme, registration forms and information about accommodation) will be posted on the conference website as soon as they become available.

Please note that the Society is particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers, and we will be able to offer some bursaries to cover registration and accommodation expenses. Details on bursaries to follow on the conference website.

Please note that the SRS has agreed with the Renaissance Society of America: RSA members will not have to join the SRS to participate in this conference.