CFP: [Renaissance] Shifting Paradigms in Early Modern Studies

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Danielle Trudeau

 The 2009 Northern California Renaissance Conference will be held on
Saturday, May 2, at San José State University. This year the conference
will focus on Shifting Paradigms in Early Modern Studies. While the Early
Modern world itself was shaped by aesthetic, moral, scientific, and
technological shifts, Renaissance studies in the United States also
underwent a paradigm change during the last decades of the 20th century:
the expansion of the canon beyond the Western Civilization corpus of “great
authors.” How did Renaissance studies benefit from the opening of the
canon? What new directions or topics have emerged? What constitutes today a
Renaissance object of study? Are Renaissance studies relevant to
contemporary society? How can they appeal and be made appealing to younger
generations? Does “Early Modern” have a significantly different meaning
from “Renaissance”?
 We welcome panel and paper proposals on topics such as changes in
approaches, objects or methods during the Renaissance which may guide or
parallel our current approaches to the period; non-canonical authors,
artists, thinkers, aesthetics, objects or domains of study; the relevance
of Renaissance Studies today; and innovation in curricula and research
tools. These are only a few examples of possible directions. We will also
accept proposals on topics not directly related to the main theme.
 The conference will include three sessions of concurrent panels, a keynote
address and/or roundtable, breakfast, lunch, and evening reception. We hope
to be able to accept about thirty presentations.
 Papers should be in English and no more than 20 minutes long (around 10
pages). If you would like to present at the conference, please send an
abstract of your paper (500 words or less) by November 15th to Danielle
Trudeau (Chair) or Eleanor Marsh (Assistant
Chair) You may also send your abstract by mail to
the address below. We will contact all senders by December 20th for
confirmation. Please note that we may not be able to accept all proposals.

Danielle Trudeau, NCRC 2009 Chair
Department of Foreign Languages
San José State University
San José, CA 95192-0091
(408) 924-4594

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