CFP: [Renaissance] Petrus Ramus Conference 2008

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Emma Annette Wilson
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Petrus Ramus Conference 2008: CALL FOR PAPERS

The School of English at the University of St Andrews is pleased to
announce the Call for Papers for the Petrus Ramus Conference 2008. The
conference is sponsored by the School of English, in conjunction with the
School of History, and will be held in St Andrews, Scotland, on the
weekend of 14th June 2008.

Brilliant logician and rhetorician, belligerent and controversial
pedagogue, conceited logic-chopper and attacker of Aristotle: these are
just some of the judgments that have been made about the scholar Petrus
Ramus (1515-1572). The Petrus Ramus Conference 2008 will provide a forum
for fresh discussion and debate about the man whose scholarly works have
been causing academic disputes ever since the date of the publication of
his first text in 1543.

Scholarship of Ramus and his works has taken place in many different
fields, and this conference aims to bring together scholars from
disparate backgrounds to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion not only
of Ramus, his works, and influence, but also to situate this discussion
in the wider context of early modern history, intellectual development,
and culture. It is an interdisciplinary event, welcoming scholars from
all different academic backgrounds. The plenary speakers are Dr Howard
Hotson (University of Oxford), Professor Peter Mack (University of
Warwick), and Professor Dr Kees Meerhoff (Universiteit van Amsterdam).

We invite scholars to submit proposals for papers on the following broad

                The importance and influence of Petrus Ramus
                Ramist contentions: answering the detractors both past
and present

                Ramus and Talon’s logic and/or rhetoric manuals
                Ramism and literature

                Ramus and education
                Ramus and religion

                Ramism in early modern Britain
                Ramism and the vernacular

                Ramism and printing
                Ramus: influence after his death

These are simply suggestions, and we welcome submissions on any topic
related to Ramus and Ramism. Papers should be 20 minutes in length.

The deadline for submissions for proposals is 1st February 2008.

Proposals of 500 words or less should be submitted via e-mail to Emma
Wilson via the conference e-mail address:

Or alternatively by post to:

        Emma Wilson
        The School of English
        Castle House, The Poetry House
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
        KY16 9AL

Please look at the website for further information:

or contact the conference organisers Emma Wilson (
(School of English, University of St Andrews), or Steven Reid (sjr4_at_st- (School of History, University of St Andrews).

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