CFP: [Renaissance]

full name / name of organization: 
Margaret Bridges
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The newly founded Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies (SAMEMES)
would like to announce its first

Conference and Call For Papers.

The conference proposes to focus on some of the numerous critical and theoretical interests
common to our institutionally divided disciplines, whether they relate to modes of textual
production and reception (the advent of print culture does not spell out the demise of
manuscript production, nor do these two forms of textuality reflect the wide range of literary
transmission and reception, which is further affected by intermediality), to formal or thematic
continuities and discontinuities (processes of cultural memory and/or amnesia), or whether they
concern the effects of social and political change in (gendered and transgendered) construction
of textual identities. Current theoretical approaches to literary history require that the study of
diachronic and synchronic relationships between texts - pretexts and intertexts - take into
account mechanisms of cultural transmission, as well as of gender and identity construction.
With these emphases in mind, we plan to organize a two-day conference on

Pretexts, Intertextualities,
and the Construction of Textual Identity

at the University of Berne, on 3 â€" 4 October 2008

The conference is open to all interested participants, whether or not they are members of
SAMEMES. The conference fee of 60 francs will be waived for members only. Distinguished guest
speakers include Stephen Orgel (Stanford University), Ad Putter (University of Bristol) and David
Wallace (University of Pennsylvania). A selection of papers will be published in a special issue of
SPELL (Swiss Publications in English Language and Literature). The organizers invite interested
scholars to submit proposals for short papers (presentation time 20 minutes). Send your
proposals by 31 January 2008 to Professor Margaret Bridges (,
Institut für Englische Sprachen und Literaturen, Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät der
Universität Bern, Unitobler, 3012 Bern, Switzerland. All proposals must include the following
information: name and affiliation of proponent, contact details, title of paper, abstract of 150
-200 words.

For further information contact the conference organizer, Margaret Bridges
(, or (from early 2008) visit the Association’s website
(, which also describes the procedure for application for membership to

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