CFP: 2019 RSA

Please find hereafter two CfP for the next Renaissance Society Association Conference (to be held in Toronto 17-19 March 2019).

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 10 August 2018.

Early Modern Anticlericalisms
Call for papers for seminar RSA Toronto, 17-19 March 2019

For the first time, the RSA Annual Meeting in Toronto (17-19 March 2019) will include seminar sessions. Seminars will consist of discussion of three-to-six pre-circulated essays of approximately 4,000 words. The essays will be circulated among the seminar participants well in advance of the meeting in Toronto.

Please consider submitting a proposal for the following seminar on Early Modern Anticlericalisms organized by Tobias Gregory, (English, Catholic University of America)  and Stefano Villani (History, University of Maryland, College Park) :

Early modern anticlericalism is a vast subject. It invites study from various disciplines, locations, and theoretical approaches, which this seminar will bring into dialogue. Submissions are welcome to draw upon a wide range of source material, including literature, ecclesiastical court records, Inquisitorial records, images, and popular satire and pasquinade. Our interests include national and regional differences; confessional differences; reforming vs. libertine anticlericalisms; diachronic change; the impact of the Protestant Reformation; the impact of the Spanish, Portuguese and Roman Inquisitions in Catholic countries; anticlericalism in Eastern Orthodox, non-European and non-Christian contexts. There are anticlericalisms linked to popular irreligion and unbelief; there are anticlericalisms of devout believers who seek to reform or overturn the religious institutions around them; there are anticlericalisms that do not challenge the ecclesiastical structures or belief systems of the societies in which they occur. Sharpening such distinctions will be among the goals of the seminar.

Anyone interested in submitting a proposal for this seminar is kindly invited to do so by August 10.  Proposals should include an abstract (no longer than 150 words), and a brief academic C.V. (no longer than 300 words) Please send both documents by email to Stefano Villani <> and to Tobias Gregory <>. Proposals selected for the seminar will count as the one allotted submission per member for the annual conference. Any proposal not selected for a seminar will then be rolled over for consideration by the conference program committee, during its review of regular submissions.

Towards a Vocabulary of Dissent. Early modern religious dissents, conflicts, and pluralities in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe
RSA Toronto, 17-19 March 2019

EMoDiR (the Research Group on Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism)  is an international research group dedicated to the study of religious differences, conflicts, and pluralism in early modern Europe.  The group’s aim is to examine the ways in which religious dissent was constructed in the early modern period as well the social and cultural practices of radical movements and religious minorities.

For the next RSA Annual Conference (Toronto, March 2019) we seek papers addressing the key terms and categories that have been or are used to define early modern religious dissenting practices and beliefs.

The aim of these panels is to deconstruct, reconstruct, and historically contextualize such commonly used categories as Dissent, Dissidence, Radicalism, Libertinism, Atheism,  Blasphemy, Nicodemism, Otherness, Hybridity.

We also welcome papers about terms that were used in early modern times to describe heterodox religious experience (as for example Enthusiasm, Fanaticism, Sectarianism, Heresy).

Each paper should investigate the emergence of a specific concept, its semantic contents, its ‘labeling’ uses and its changing meanings over times and places, taking into consideration an entangled historical approach (histoire croisée).

Please email Stefano Villani ( and Helena Wangefelt Ström ( by August 10, 2018 with full name, current affiliation, and email address; a paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, PhD completion date (past or expected), and a brief CV (150 words maximum). Please check also:

Colin Harris

PhD student at LERMA, Aix-en-Provence. Ministerial Puritan Diaries of the 17th Century. MA ACMA (Recherche) Aix Marseille Université. BA Cantab.

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