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Recasting Reproduction (1500-1800) – Call For Papers

Recasting Reproduction (1500-1800)
18 November, 2017

The contested concept of “reproduction” stands at a critical nexus of the conceptualisation of Early Modern artistic thought. The early modern period has been characterised by the development of novel and efficient reproduction technologies, as well as the emergence of global empires, growing interconnectedness through trade, warfare and conquest, and the rise of new markets and cultures of collecting. This ethos of innovation and cultural exchange was, however, contextualised against myriad contemporary ideologies still rooted in the values and legends of narratives of the past. Reproduction stood at the centre of this dichotomy. Set against the context of changing cultural tastes and the increasingly overlapping public and private spheres, ‘reproductions’ were involved within changing viewing practices, artistic pedagogy, acts of homage and collecting.

The idea of reproduction connotes a number of tensions: between authenticity and counterfeit; consumption and production; innovation and imitation; the establishment of archetype and the creation of replica; the conceptual value of the original and the worth of the reproduction as a novel work of art; the display of contextualised knowledge and the de-contextualisation of the prototype. At the same time, production is shaped historically through practices and discourses, and has figured as a key site for analysis in the work of, for example, Walter Benjamin, Richard Wolin, Richard Etlin, Ian Knizek and Yvonne Sheratt. Participants are invited to explore reproduction ‘beyond Benjamin’, investigating both the technical and philosophical implications of reproducing a work of art and seeking, where possible, a local anchoring for the physical and conceptual processes involved.

We welcome proposals for papers that investigate the theme of reproduction from the early modern period (c.1500-1800), including painting, print making, sculpture, decorative arts, architecture, graphic arts and the intersections between them. Papers can explore artistic exchanges across geopolitical, cultural and disciplinary divides and contributions from other disciplines, such as the history of science and conservation, are welcome. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:

  • The conceptualisation and processes of reproduction and reproduction
  • technologies before and at the advent of ‘the mechanical’;
  • Reproduction in artistic traditions beyond ‘the West’;
  • The slippage between innovation and imitation;
  • Part-reproduction and the changing, manipulation and developments of certain motifs;
  • Problematizing the aura of ‘authenticity’ and the ‘value’ of the original, copies and collecting;
  • Fakes and the de-contextualisation of a work through its reproduction;
  • Reproduction within non-object based study e.g. architecture;
  • Theoretical alternatives and the vocabulary used to describe the process and results of reproduction in contemporary texts.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words along with a 150 word biography by 6 July, 2017 to and

Organised by Kyle Leyden, Natasha Morris and Angela Benza (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Terra Digita – Call For Papers and Workshops

Terra Digita
Cornell University
November 4-5, 2017

The changing landscape of digital mapping technology continues to open up new frontiers for exploring, manipulating, and presenting medieval maps. From using multi-spectral imaging to resurrect faded charts to building interactive tools to advance mappamundi literacy in the classroom, medievalists are more and more embracing digital tools and approaches to provide depth and access to their scholarship. To further this work, Cornell University is pleased to announce an unorthodox conference: a weekend of papers, workshops and collaboration. We hope to provoke inspiration and collaboration among medievalists working with digital mapping, and to offer a space for scholars to grow their skills. This conference will provide a multi-modular venue, combining traditional paper presentations with platform workshops and poster exhibits. It will also include dedicated spaces for active co-working, supported by Cornell University librarians and Cornell’s Digital CoLab.

Papers and Presentations

We welcome abstracts for traditional 20 minute presentations on digital humanities and medieval mapping. Possible avenues for presentations include (but are not limited to)

  • interrogating the intersections of maps and text challenging our preconceptions about cartography
  • exploring deep mapping
  • opening new pedagogical avenues for utilizing digital humanities and maps
  • questioning the possibilities/pitfalls/motivations of transposing medieval mappaemundi onto modern coordinate systems.


In addition to the usual papers and presentations, we also invite proposals to run 75 minute workshops on tools and methods related to digital mapping (Neatline, Carto, ArcGIS, etc.) and data management. If you have skill with a platform or methodology, this is an opportunity to help push the field forward and help to curate the conversation. Your workshop will have the backing of the Cornell University Libraries for technical support, equipment, and space.

Exhibits and Posters

We welcome, as well, submissions for posters and exhibits for a display at Cornell Library’s Maps Collection. We encourage submissions from across the spectrum of medieval digital mapping.

Where to Send

Presentation abstracts of 200-300 words due by July 15 to We also invite workshop proposals containing the proposer’s relevant experience and putative subject via email ASAP (and no later than July 15). Poster proposals for the Map Room Exhibition should consist of a 150 word description of the project and, if possible, a digital draft of the exhibit contribution submitted for consideration by July 15th.

There will be a small registration fee of $10 for students and $25 for faculty to help cover expenses.

Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities – Call For Papers

Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
5–7 July, 2018

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, held 5–7 July 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

First held at the University of the Aegean on the island of Rhodes in Greece in 2003, the conference has moved its location each year to different countries and continents, each offering its own perspectives on the human condition and the current state of studies of the human. This research network is brought together by a shared commitment to the humanities and a concern for their future.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

  1. Theme 1: Critical Cultural Studies
  2. Theme 2: Communications and Linguistics Studies
  3. Theme 3: Literary Humanities
  4. Theme 4: Civic, Political, and Community Studies
  5. Theme 5: Humanities Education

Proposal submission deadline: 30 June, 2017.

For more information regarding the conference, please visit the conference website:

24th Annual ACMRS Conference – Call For Papers

The 24th Annual ACMRS Conference
Scottsdale, AZ
February 8–10, 2018

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 8-10, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).

Keynote Speaker: TBD

Pre-Conference Workshop: ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Professor Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, February 10, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Email with “Pre-Conference Workshop” in the subject line to be added to the list. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.

Les Enfans Sans Abri: Since 1989, the ad hoc medieval/Renaissance drama troupe Les enfans sans abri (LESA) has been performing comedies all over the country and even in Europe. To learn more about Les enfans sans abri, visit their website at:

Deadlines: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

Visit our web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email

Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press: Intercultural, Transnational and Diasporic Contexts – Call For Papers (Revised Deadline)

Voices of the Australian Migrant and Minority Press: Intercultural, Transnational and Diasporic Contexts
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
22-23 November, 2017

This Conference is timed to mark developments in Australia’s migrant and minority printed press since 1967. It has been fifty years since Miriam Gilson and Jerzy Zubrzycki’s ground-breaking study on the foreign-language press in Australia. Australia’s cultural landscape has transformed significantly as a result of increasing understanding of, and services in support of, the diverse multilingual and multicultural communities across Australian society. Analysis of the printed press of such communities has also advanced through multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research from several substantial historiographical influences, including discourses of postcolonialism and methodological developments in cultural history and world history approaches.

The Conference brings together the latest research on Australia’s migrant and minority press from the colonial era to the present day, with an emphasis on themes of belonging, community and conflict. The convenors welcome papers exploring any aspects concerning Indigenous, migrant and/or minority community newspapers (print or digitalised) in Australia, as well as their intercultural, transnational and diasporic contexts. Papers speaking to multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches are also of interest.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Doctor Simon Potter, Reader in Modern History, University of Bristol
  • Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, Professor of Media and Director of the Centre for Media Studies, Macquarie University

Call for Abstracts:

We invite abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes’ discussion time. The convenors intend to publish a selection of the best papers from the Conference as a special edition of a high quality, peer-reviewed journal.

Anticipated Streams:

  • Colonial and early Federation newspapers
  • Interwar migrant newspapers
  • Displaced Persons and post-war migrant newspapers
  • More recent refugees and asylum seekers’ newspapers
  • Newspapers of other minority groups (Indigenous, religious, commercial associations, gender, trade union, etc.)
  • National Library of Australia’s current and future digitisation of newspapers (Trove)

Please submit abstracts (250 words) and a short biography (100 words) by the revised deadline of Monday 10 July, 2017 via

Please note that there will be a small registration fee for the Conference. Registrations will open in mid-August 2017.

Any questions regarding the conference can be directed to:
Catherine Dewhirst: | Jayne Persian: | Mark Emmerson:

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference 2017 – Call For Papers

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference 2017
University of Tasmania, Hobart
November 28 – December 1, 2017

Conference Website

The 2017 annual conference of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) will take place at the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay Campus, 29 November – 1 December, with a dedicated day for postgraduate development and the opening reception on 28 November. The ASCP provides a broad intellectual forum for scholars working within, or in communication with, European philosophical traditions. Its annual conference is the largest event devoted to continental philosophy in Australasia. For the 2017 conference, we seek to challenge commonplace understandings of the boundaries of scholarship in continental philosophy, with a particular focus on the role of feminist, postcolonial and ecological thought in transforming the key questions that drive philosophical inquiry.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Lewis Gordon (University of Connecticut),
  • Sigi Jöttkandt (University of New South Wales),
  • Marguerite La Caze (University of Queensland), and
  • Elaine Miller (Miami University)

There will be a plenary panel on the work of Moira Gatens (University of Sydney).

Abstract Submission
Please submit a 250 word abstract and 50 word bio at:  by September 1. Please nominate in the abstract for your paper whether you would like a 45min timeslot (30min presentation, 15min Q&A) or 30min timeslot (20min presentation, 10min Q&A). If you wish to submit a 2 or 3 person Panel Proposal, simply upload a word document containing the 250 word abstracts, the details of presenters (names, email addresses, affiliations, bios) and a title for the panel.

ASCP welcomes all abstract submissions broadly in continental philosophy or associated fields. For those interested, you can also nominate a thematic stream for your submission (submissions outside streams are also welcome):

  • Topographies and Ecologies | Convenors: Larelle Bossi and Jeff Malpas
  • Dialogues | Convenors: Timothy Laurie and Hannah Stark
  • Hegel and German Idealism | Convened by the Australian Hegel Society
  • Precarity and Resilience | Convenors: Briohny Walker and Erin Hortle
  • Rights, Oppression, Exploitation | Convenor: Louise Richardson-Self
  • Art and Aesthetics | Convenor: tbc

More detailed descriptions of the streams are available on the website. For broad queries about abstract submissions, feel free to contact Hannah Stark ( and Timothy Laurie (

The ASCP awards a limited number of bursaries to assist postgraduate and under-employed academics to participate in the conference, in the case that they otherwise would not be able to attend. To be eligible for support, you will need to reside within Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia). When assessing applications, the ASCP committee may also take into consideration a range of factors including applicants’ access to forums in which to present their work and stage of candidacy/career, as well as equity and diversity considerations.

Conference convenors: Hannah Stark and Timothy Laurie.

Conference organising committee: Louise Richardson-Self, Briohny Walker, Erin Hortle, Larelle Bossi and Jeff Malpas.

‘Art and Affect’: CHE Meanings Program Collaboratory – Registration Closes 7 July

‘Art and Affect’: CHE Meanings Program Collaboratory
Dates: 12‒14 July, 2017
Time: 9:00am‒4:00pm
Venue: Toowong Rowing Club, 37 Keith St, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Registration: Register online here by 7 July 2017. Registration is essential.
Enquiries: Xanthe Ashburner

From antiquity to the present, literature and the arts have been associated with the solicitation of the passions. Thus a profound tradition, stretching from Plato’s dialogues to Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and beyond, has viewed art’s engagement of the passions as a form of bewitchment, opening the way to dangerous psychological, moral and political disorder. An equally powerful mode of thought, however (much championed by the Romantics), has conceived of art’s investment in the affective life positively, as a route to personal fulfilment, a vehicle for social sympathy, or as nourishing the imaginative powers necessary to bring about progressive political change. Still other traditions find in art capacities for governing, or subduing, merely passional attachments and drives. This conference, hosted by the UQ Node of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100‒1800), will explore the long and complex history of the relation between aesthetic production and concepts of ‘the passions’. Topics will range from the medieval to the contemporary, and will address literature, visual art, film, philosophy, music and intellectual history.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Helen Deutsch (UCLA)
  • Joshua Scodel (The University of Chicago)
  • D. Vance Smith (Princeton University)

Registration includes entry to ‘War of the Buffoons’, a concert of Baroque music performed by the Badinerie Players on original instruments (12 July, 5:30‒7:00pm, University of Queensland Art Museum).

The program for the 2017 CHE Meanings Program Collaboratory ‘Art and Affect’ is now available to view or download from our website: Abstracts and biographies will be added shortly.


7th and 8th International Conferences on Food Studies – Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Seventh and Eighth International Conferences on Food Studies. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks.

Founded in 2011, the International Conference on Food Studies provides a forum for research and practice-based discussions in a time of growing public and research awareness of the relations among diet, health, and social well-being. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of agricultural, environmental, nutritional, social, economic, and cultural perspectives on food. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website.

2017 Conference – Rome, Italy
The Seventh International Conference on Food Studies will be held 26–27 October 2017 hosted by Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies and Roma Tre University in Rome, Italy.
Submit your proposal to the 2017 conference by 26 June 2017.
Full call for papers:

2018 Conference – Vancouver, Canada
The Eighth International Conference on Food Studies will be held 25–26 October 2018 at University of British Columbia – Robson Square in Vancouver, Canada.
Submit your proposal to the 2018 conference by 25 June 2017.
Full call for papers:

The Past and the Curious: Re(viewing) History – Call For Papers

The Past and the Curious: Re(viewing) History
The University of Sydney Postgraduate History Conference
Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
30 November-1 December, 2017

Some people call historians the detectives of the past. At the University of Sydney’s 2017 postgraduate history conference, we want to know: what are the mysteries you’re uncovering? What are you curiously (and furiously) researching? How are you re-framing our understanding of the established, and seemingly ordinary, past? This two-day conference will allow postgraduate historians from across Australia, and beyond, to share their investigations of the past — and to share in the spirit of historical curiosity.

Possible themes, covering the ancient to the twenty-first century, include (but are not limited to):

  • (Re)viewing history through a transnational lens;
  • Investigations through Oral History;
  • (Re)viewing Race
  • Delving into Digital Histories
  • (Re)viewing Histories of Sexuality
  • (Re)viewing Gender
  • (Re)viewing Indigenous Histories
  • Public Histories
  • Histories of Emotion
  • History and (Auto)Biography
  • (Re)viewing Labor Histories

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers exploring any of the above themes.

We welcome abstracts from honours students, postgraduates and early-career researchers involved in history, although they may take an interdisciplinary approach. Applicants from other states and universities are also encouraged to apply. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words accompanied by a 100 word bio, and are to be submitted via our website:

The deadline for submissions is by close of business on 1 August, 2017.

Please note that we have some funds available for travel bursaries for honours and Masters students travelling from outside the Sydney area. More information is available on our website.

We also warmly welcome those who simply wish to attend but ask that you go to the website and register for catering purposes. There is no registration fee levied.

Please direct any related inquiries to

The Literary Interface – Call For Papers

The Literary Interface
2018 Literary Studies Convention

Australian National University, Canberra
4-7 July, 2018

Jointly held by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Australasian Association for Literature, the Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association, and the Australian University Heads of English

An interface describes a surface or plane that lies between or joins two points in space, but it also refers to ‘a means or place of interaction between two systems’ and ‘an apparatus designed to connect two scientific instruments so that they can be operated jointly’ (OED).

This convention will bring together scholars working across the broad field of literary studies to discuss the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of
knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade. By placing the concept of the literary centre-stage while at the same time interrogating its role as an interface, we wish to open up for discussion questions about the role, dynamism, and value of the literary in a time of institutional change and ongoing disciplinary formation. We would also like to debate the role of the literary text – and literary studies as a discipline – as a site of encounter between diverse languages and potentially alien modes of reading and writing.

We invite papers and panel proposals, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • Mediation, remediation, and transmediation
  • Literary Formalism – its past, present and/or future
  • Multimedia forms as interfaces
  • The relationship between forms, networks, and hierarchies
  • Encounters between readers and modes of reading
  • Translation
  • The relationship between literary studies and other disciplines, e.g., environmental studies, maths, ethnography, science
  • The interface between academic and public critical cultures
  • Spaces of reading (online and otherwise)
  • The negotiation of literary value
  • The classroom as literary interface
  • Literary objects as interfaces: circulation, reception, paratexts
  • The stage and other spaces of performance as interface between temporalities, bodies, performers, writers and audiences
  • Cultural interfaces
  • Languages of colonialists/postcoloniality
  • Transnationalism and minor transnationalism.

Submissions due 1 July, 2017.

Abstract of 150 words Biographical note of 100 words to: