CFP: [Renaissance] Early Modern Dis/Locations

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Adam Hansen
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Early Modern Dis/Locations: An Interdisciplinary Conference,
Northumbria University, 15-16 January 2010

On 15-16 January 2010, Northumbria University in Newcastle (UK) will host
an interdisciplinary conference on Early Modern Dis/Locations. The
organisers invite scholars and students working in literary and cultural
studies, history, geography, philosophy, and related disciplines to submit
200 word abstracts for 20-25 minute papers relating to any of the
following themes and questions by June 1st 2009. Contributors are free to
interpret and address these as broadly as they deem appropriate:

• What were the significant locations for and of early modern
cultures, and why? How might we re-think and problematise constructions
of court, city (or particular cities, real and
imagined), ‘suburbs’, ‘country’, the ‘nation’,
the ‘home’, ‘private’, ‘public’, the marketplace, the
streets, ‘landscape’, colonies and plantations?

• To what extent and which locations were conceived and constructed
as gendered, rank-specific, desirable, or disgusting?

• How were all such locations experienced (and by whom), and
represented in literature, art, and philosophy?

• In what ways did locations condition, inhibit, or compel political
agency and cultural production and consumption?

• How were locations demarcated, policed, transgressed and
jeopardised in the period?

• How was dislocation caused, theorized and represented in the
period? What were the realties and representations of placelessness,
homelessness, and dispossession? Where, how and why did ‘mobilities’
occur, and in what forms?

• How have early modern cultural products and locations â€" like The
Globe â€"been relocated into and appropriated by later historical and
cultural positions?

• How can modern theories of ‘space’, ‘place’, and ‘placelessness’
develop our understanding of early modern locations and dislocations?

Please submit 200 word abstracts for 20-25 minute papers by email to Dr
Adam Hansen ( by June 1st 2009.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Hansen by email or at this

Division of English and Creative Writing
126, Lipman Building
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Northumbria University
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 243 7193

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