Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

Event Date: 
26 Oct 2017 to 29 Oct 2017




Panel Proposals:


Early Modern Women, Religion, Theology, and Spirituality

Deadline: 3 April 2017

We would like to propose panels on women’s participation in the areas of religion, theology, spirituality, and roles of women in the church on the Continent and in England in the early modern period. As more information comes to light about women’s participation in activities involving preaching, prophesying, experimental spirituality, and religious controversies during the early modern era, it is clear that we have much to learn about the women who incorporated such activities into their lives and, in some cases, dedicated their lives to such pursuits. The questions we would like to ask are: How did these women pursue these activities? Who were their sponsors, mentors, collaborators, and spiritual companions? How were they accepted or rejected in the contexts of their activities? What means of participation did they use—writing, oratory, conversation, or experimentation? What sorts of educations enabled these women to participate in these areas? Please send abstracts of no more than 150 words and a one-page C.V. by Monday 3 April, by email attachment, to each of the following: Anne Larsen, French, Hope College, Julie Campbell, English, Eastern Illinois University, Diana Robin, Classics and Italian, Newberry Library,



CfP: “Performing Political Loyalty Across the Early Modern World”

Deadline: 7 April 2017

In the early modern world, political loyalty needed to be reinforced actively, publically, and repeatedly. Loyalty could only be trusted when it was made visible and acknowledged. However, loyalty could be extorted, cultivated, and repudiated through performances that were public/private, theatrical/literary, diplomatic/popular. Loyalty could also be superficial, invented, and criticized by observers. Loyalty and partisanship are two fundamental themes of early modern diplomacy, civic ritual, and public festivities (both secular and ecclesiastical) that act as emblems of much deeper social dynamics and processes. This call is open to scholars focusing on any of the many aspects of how early modern people performed loyalty in a variety of places and spaces. Please send a half-page curriculum vitae, a title and a 250-word abstract of the proposed presentation to Jennifer Mara DeSilva ( Please detail any A/V requirements that you might need. For more information about the SCSC, please see the conference website:

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 7 April 2017.


Submission date for papers: 
03 Apr 2017