Monday, August 23, 2010

All Is Fortune (11/1/2010, 3/31-4/2/2011)

Call for Papers, CEA 2011
42nd Annual Conference | March 31 - April 2, 2011
St. Petersburg, Florida

Submission deadline: November 1, 2010 at
“Tis but fortune; all is fortune,” Shakespeare warns us. Money, prosperity, luck, friendship, health, a warm place to sleep—or a lack thereof--matters. The College English Association, a collegial gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, invites proposals for presentations on 16th and 17th century British literature for our 42nd annual conference on the theme of fortune.

Submission: August 15 - November 1, 2010
Please see the submission instructions at While papers that address the conference theme will be given priority, others will be welcome and carefully considered as well.

Conference Theme: Fortunes
In a world staggered by economic decline and natural catastrophes, what are the new boundaries of success and misfortune? How do art, literature, and the classroom respond to the Rota Fortunae? For our 2011 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore Fortune as both a daunting challenge and an elusive ideal. For more information, please see the full CFP at

General Call for Papers
CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university.

Conference Location
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 First Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
(727) 894-5000

All presenters at the 2011 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2011. To join CEA, please go to
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Thank you for your interest,
Lynne M. Simpson
Professor of English
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, SC 29235
and Kerri Lynne Tom
Associate Professor of English
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, California 92612-3203

Upcoming Lecture and Graduate Seminar at Notre Dame

Professor Evelyn Welch
"Scented Gloves and Perfumed Buttons: Smelling Things in Renaissance Italy"

Free and open to the public
Monday, September 20, 2010
7:30 pm EDT (followed by a reception)
Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
This talk examines the practices of perfuming accessories such as hats, gloves, buttons, belts, shoes and all forms of jewelry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy. To do so, it explores concepts of the body as permeable, above all to smell. Smell was conceptualized very differently in the Renaissance period than it is today.

Perfuming was thought of as protective but also as problematic. Strong scents "heated" the air around the body, shielding orifices from disease-inducing pathogenic vapors. At the same time, perfumes might dull the senses, invite lascivious or effeminate behavior or even poison the wearer. Nonetheless, the many forms of perfumed items proved very popular, particularly filigree buttons that wafted scent around the body. But their use also provoked anxieties as musk, civet and ambergris embedded goods circulated in every increasing numbers in early modern Europe.

Professor Evelyn Welch
Graduate seminar: "Learning from Things: Material Culture and the Italian Renaissance"
By reservation only
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
4:00-6:00 pm EDT (followed by a reception)
Place to be arranged
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Participation is limited and by reservation.
Students who are interested in participating in the graduate seminar should contact Professor Charles Rosenberg at by September 15. Numbers are limited.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Early Modern European Children and the Non-European World

We invite proposals for chapter-length contributions to an upcoming volume concerning the ways children participated in the expansion of global knowledge and horizons over the course of the early modern period (c. 1500 – 1800) in Europe. We are particularly interested in pursuing this through the study of media created for or presented to children, approached through a variety of disciplinarian perspectives, including history, literary studies, art history, history of science, and philosophy.

Great discoveries of global diversity – both social and geographical – were made over the early modern period, and such new knowledge was spread across Europe through materials such as travel narratives, material objects, children’s books, periodicals, and popular histories. To what extent was this new knowledge popularised with children directly in mind? And what was the function of presenting this new knowledge? Was the exotic simply to serve as light, superficial entertainment, or was there a more serious intent in mind? Could exotic knowledge serve in some manner as an edifying force? In which contexts was such knowledge presented?

Global diversity had significant impacts upon notions of European identity, as well as upon national self-identification. What impact did growing knowledge of global social diversity have upon the study/teaching of Antiquity? And how was religious diversity treated?

These sources also offer compelling insights into changes in pedagogical sentiments over our period. Adults invariably filter knowledge down to children – but what are their selection criteria? What is seen as particularly suitable for the needs or interests of children, and what as inappropriate? How can these inform our understanding of contemporary concepts of childhood?

We are also interested in how this theme relates to more general frames in the European history of knowledge. How did the function of knowledge shift from enabling the Humanist ideal of internal universal reflection to securing the Enlightenment notion of knowledge as a form of social membership production?
Contributions concerned with some of these questions are welcomed, as are contributions from graduate students. This collection will be published as part of the “Aufklärung und Moderne” series of the Wehrhahn Verlag, Hannover. Papers can be written in English or German. If interested in contributing, please send a short abstract (in either English or German) of 300 and a CV to one of the addresses below by the 15th of October 2010. Additionally, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

Nicholas Miller, Universität Potsdam

Pauline Pujo, École Normale Supérieure

Collection of Essays on Katherine Philips (12/01/10)

Katherine Philips has experienced something of a Renaissance. Lauded in her own time as “the matchless Orinda,” she was dismissed for several centuries as a minor poet. In the past twenty-five years this has begun to change, as feminist and queer scholars especially have turned to Philips to reexamine and reimagine woman’s place in the cultural landscape of late-seventeenth-century England. While interest in Philips has continued to grow exponentially, helping to transform the way we do literary history and theory, there is yet to be a collection of essays that demonstrates the vast import of the author’s life and works. The editors of _The Matchless Orinda: Essays on the Life and Works of Katherine Philips_ invite submissions that will help fill this scholarly lacuna.

Our aim with this collection is to show Philips’s wide-ranging influence in her own milieu and in current approaches to literature and culture. To this end, we welcome submissions from a variety of theoretical and methodological viewpoints. We are especially interested in essays on the following:
• Philips and seventeenth-century technologies of production
• Philips in Wales and Ireland
• Discourses of gender and sexuality in Philips’s works and literary circle
• Rhetorics of friendship
• Philips and the cultural politics of domesticity
• Philips’s literary heritage, especially her relation to earlier writers and forms
• Philips and her contemporaries
• Post-seventeenth-century receptions of Philips
• Philips’s influence beyond the British Isles
• Philips and the English Revolution and Restoration
• Philips’s less-studied works
• Philips’s works vis-à-vis other art forms (e.g., the visual arts and music)
• Philips and theory

Please submit abstracts of 300-500 words by December 1, 2010 to David L. Orvis ( and Ryan Singh Paul ( Contributors will be notified of acceptance by January 1, 2011. Completed essays of 5000-7000 words will be due by June 1, 2011.