Sidney and the Sidney Circle at RSA 2020

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
International Sidney Society
contact email: 

The International Sidney Society plans to sponsor four sessions at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Philadelphia (April 2-4, 2020).We are eager to invite papers on any and all topics related to Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert, Lady Mary Wroth, the Sidney Family or the Sidney Circle generally.  That Circle is conceived broadly, and hence we would welcome papers not only about Fulke Greville, Samuel Daniel, and William Herbert, but also papers about Alberico Gentili,  Veronica Franco, Vittoria Colonna, George Buchanan, Philippe Duplessis-Mornay, Étienne de La Boétie, Giordano Bruno, Justus Lipsius, and any number of figures in the Circle’s large cosmopolitan network.

We would be particularly happy to receive paper proposals on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • The Sidneys and Modes/Genres of Fiction
  • The Sidneys and the Psalms
  • Women Writers of the Sidney Circle
  • Sidney Studies and Literary Studies in the Apocalypse, or the Humanities-in-Crisis (Again)

Proposals should include an abstract (no longer than 150 words), a brief academic C.V. (not longer than 300 words), and a series of key-words that suit the presentation.  Indicate too whether you will require A.V. equipment for the presentation.

Please email your proposals to Rob Stillman ( by 1 August 2018.