GEMCS 2009 Call for Papers

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Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies
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Call for Papers

Early Modern Culture, 1450-1850

The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies (GEMCS)

"Tracing Footprints"

October 22-25, 2009

Dallas, Texas

Deadline extended to July 14.

GEMCS was formed in 1993 to promote the study of literature, history, art history, and material culture from the Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries.

This year's theme, "Tracing Footprints," is intended to be suggestive rather than prescriptive. As always, GEMCS welcomes panels and proposals on all aspects of culture between 1450 and 1850.As always, GEMCS is interested in all aspects of early modern culture, and will welcome papers and panels on any topic relevant to the broadly defined concerns of the Group. The theme for this year's conference is "Tracing Footprints," and so we would like to encourage proposals that focus on the different valences and metaphorical possibilities of the footprint. We are especially concerned with exploring the many meanings of the footprint and expanding it as a paradigm for early modern representation. The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on ecosystems; the representational footprint may be a measure of a variety of demands on and by a text-social, historical, institutional, and textual. The "carbon footprint" questions the global space that a city, an automobile industry, or a single individual occupies; it thus complicates differences and demarcations between built and wild spaces, technology and climate, people and nature. How does tracing a text's footprint challenge existing definitions and boundaries of the space it occupies? How do we trace the genealogies of texts? What sorts of competing histories are embedded in objects of representation?

Send one-page proposals for individual papers or fully constituted panels to by July 14, 2009. We encourage proposals for pre-constituted panels or workshops of no fewer than four and no more than five participants, and in order to allow the greatest possible amount of discussion, will ask that presenters in these panels limit their comments to ten minutes each.

One-page abstracts for individual papers must include presenter's name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address; proposals for panels must identify a designated panel chair and include one-paragraph abstracts for each presenter, as well as his or her name, complete mailing address, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Panels of four or five participants will be given preference. Participants will be notified of their acceptance to the conference by email.