Possible Times: Alternative Temporalities in Early Modern Europe

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Emily King / RSA 2018 (New Orleans)
contact email: 

This panel investigates early modern coping strategies that engage both possibility and temporality. Specifically, how do early modern texts model alternative temporalities that evoke revised histories, alternative presents, or potential futures? How might intertextuality, grammatical structures, wordplay, and visual or other paratextual elements signal possibility? And how might alternative temporalities revise early modern subjectivity?

Topics of interest might include:

  • Affective orientations
  • Memory and memorializing
  • Queered histories and (un)historicism
  • Political rhetoric
  • Utopias or dystopias
  • Genealogy and lineation
  • Anachronism

Because different literary genres allow for diverse modes through which to engage this prompt, we invite papers that interpret sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, poetry, and prose.

Proposals must include:

  • Paper title (15-word maximum)
  • Abstract (150-word maximum)
  • Keywords
  • AV requirements
  • Abbreviated CV (300-word maximum, not prose form)

Please note that RSA’s submission system will not accept entries that exceed the stated word count. Submit proposals by June 1st to Emily King (emilyk@lsu.edu) and Kathryn Will (kwill@lsu.edu).