CFP: Court Space / Common Space (5/18/06; RSA, 3/22/07-3/24/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Lloyd Kermode
contact email: 

Call for Papers

Proposed session(s) for the Renaissance Society of America
Conference in Miami,March 22-24, 2007, on:

Court Space / Common Space

In 1974, French cultural historian, Henri Lefebvre,
published his Production de l'espace, in which he called
for investigations into the "cultural construction of
space" through everyday social, political, and economic
life. Cultural and political historians have recently
begun to do this in a number of specific contexts,
including investigations of royal palaces and courts, and
of urban spaces and rituals. But not enough work has been
done on how the construction of space by court elites
relates to the spatial dimensions of popular and public

This session or sessions, co-sponsored by the Court
Society of North America and the Renaissance Conference of
Southern California, solicits abstracts for 20 minute
papers in history, literature, art and architectural
history; papers should address comparative issues of
"court space" and "common space" in mutual interrelation,
and perhaps deconstruct the separation of "high" and "low
culture" relating to the city, countryside, and realm.

The RSA website states a chronology of ca.1350-1650, with
global implications.

Send abstracts by e-mail to Malcolm Smuts
(, History, University of
Massachusetts, Boston; George Gorse (,
Art History, Pomona College; and Lloyd Kermode
(, English, California State
University, Long Beach by May 19, 2006

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