[Update] Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800 / Conference Date: February 9, 2013 / Abstracts Due: December 2, 2012

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Early Modern Center at University of California, Santa Barbara
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The Early Modern Center at University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our twelfth annual conference, "Risk, Crisis, Speculation: 1500-1800." This one-day conference will be held on Saturday, February 9th, and feature keynote speakers Joseph Roach (Yale University) and Wolf Kittler (UCSB).

This conference is being hosted in conjunction with a one-day UC multi-campus research group symposium on "Shakespeare & Risk," which will take place on UCSB's campus on Friday, February 8th, and feature keynote speaker Richard Halpern (New York University). Conference attendees and presenters are cordially invited to attend both Friday's and Saturday's events.

Contemporary discussions of "risk" or "speculation" often identify these concepts as distinguishing features of modern or postmodern societies. In this conference, we seek to explore and investigate early modern English cognates, forebears, and analogues of "risk" (including, but not limited to, "hazard" and "venture"). We hope for a range of presentations investigating religious, economic, political, or environmental aspects of risk in early modern literature and history.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: maritime trade and the rise of insurance; mathematics and the early history of probability; civic and political crises and governmental intervention; environmental and social crises (plague, famine, etc.) and their "management"; gambling, play, and games of chance; erotic and romantic exposure; religious reform and upheaval; conversion and the specter of apostasy; hermeneutics and reading; the stigma of print and publication; violence and the vulnerability of the body.

For more information, please consult the conference webpage: http://emc.english.ucsb.edu/conferences/2012-2013/risk_crisis_speculatio.... Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, to EMCconference@gmail.com by December 2, 2012. Feel free to contact Christopher Foley at EMCfellow@gmail.com with specific questions.