Discoveries: Special Topic: "The Seen and the Unseen"

deadline for submissions: 
January 21, 2018
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Discoveries: the Academic Newsletter of the South-Central Renaissance Conference
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DISCOVERIES is the peer-reviewed online academic newletter of the South Central Renaissance Conference, an interdisciplinary association of Renaissance scholars with membership drawn primarily from North America and Europe.  DISCOVERIES publishes original scholarship of up to 3000 words in length and book reviews on subjects of interest to the membership.


DISCOVERIES celebrates the launch of its revised, codified and indexed format with a Special Topic issue dedicated to the theme of  “the Seen and the Unseen”:


For ISSUE 31, the editor invites the submission of original academic scholarship in the form of short articles or notes of no more than 3000 words on all aspects of Renaissance art, music, history and literature that explore how conceptualizing what is seen and unseen should inform our understanding of the period’s cultural production.  For the special issue, the editor welcomes essays on Renaissance culture that treat, among other topics, 


- Literary allusions to the visual arts

- Vision, optics, and optical illusions in theory and practice

- Scientific instruments used for the production of painting and, conversely, the intersection of instruments used for painting with scientific discovery

- The visual elements of occasional performances

- Competing and overlapping conceptions of the “unseen” as that which is audible, logical, eternal, foreseeable, and discoverable

- Patronage, state support, and popular financing of the arts

- The use of the arts as a mechanisms of social control

- Elements of topical peirastic rhetoric found in literature, fine art and music

- Opportunity costs of early modern economic ventures

- Opportunities afforded audiences to pierce the veil of stage magic and lying wonders

- Visual concupiscence and differen-iation in audience response


Those seeking to contribute to DISCOVERIES 31 should submit original essays of up to 3000 words in MLA parenthetical citation format as a MicroSoft Word attachment to the editor J.P. Conlan, at, no later than 21 January 2018