The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will host its annual graduate student conference on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for a ten to fifteen minute paper on any range of topics or approaches to Renaissance literature and history, including textual studies, performance history, philosophy, print culture, religious studies, gender studies, post-colonial interpretations, and other new theoretical perspectives. The purpose of the conference is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to share their work and place it in a greater context of interests and concerns. The conference is designed to foster conversation among students who share similar challenges and construct a space where participants may expect serious feedback on their work.
Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email or email attachment to April Genung or Meghan Conine (MArenaissanceconference@gmail.com) by Thursday, September 15, 2011. For more information on the conference, you can visit our website: http://renaissanceconference.wordpress.com.
We are organizing the conference to bring graduate students with similar interests together to share their work. Last year’s conference had an intimate feel with all participants able to view the other presentations. As before, we intend to divide the conference into several small panels, with ample time for discussion among peers, and we welcome the attendance of faculty from your department as well.
The Keynote Speaker will be Nigel Smith of Princeton University, who will give a paper entitled ‘The State of Imitation: Literature and International Politics in Early Modern Europe.’ This paper will discuss the interaction of Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German literature from c. 1580 to c. 1680.