Call for Papers | RSA Panel on Confraternities, 1350-1750

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on May 11, 2012

This session at next year’s meeting of the Renaissance Society of America could include eighteenth-century topics — and good to know there’s a group dedicated to confraternity studies. Coming from the Midwest, I think April in San Diego sounds lovely. -CH

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RSA Session: Confraternities and Urban Performance, 1350-1750
San Diego, 4-6 April 2013

Proposals due by 1 June 2012

The performances staged by confraternities in the streets and squares of medieval and early modern cities have been the focus of considerable scholarly attention in recent years. The Society for Confraternity Studies seeks to further this conversation by soliciting submissions for a series of panels that examine the relationship between corporate devotion and urban theatre.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, devotional theatre, sacre rappresentazioni, execution rites, miracle plays, charitable performances, alms collections, relic translations, funeral ceremonies. Submissions are especially welcome from scholars using innovative methodologies to frame and characterize the role of confraternal performance, broadly conceived, in popular devotion. Submissions from all geographical areas and through the time period of 1350 to 1750 are welcome. Please email a brief abstract (maximum 250 words) and a CV to Diana Presciutti (dpresciutti@wooster.edu). The submission deadline is 1 June 2012. The session is sponsored by the Society for Confraternity Studies.

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