Call for Papers – Rethinking Early Modernity: Methodological and Critical Innovation since the Ritual Turn


Rethinking Early Modernity: Methodological and Critical Innovation since the Ritual Turn

Toronto, Ontario, June 26-27, 2014

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with a conference in honor of Edward Muir, whose innovative studies of Venetian politics and culture helped to establish cultural anthropology and ritual as major analytical frameworks for scholarship on early modern European history. Building from Muir’s contribution to the field, the conference hopes to focus on the significance of the methodological changes that have characterized early modern research in history, literature and art history over the last thirty years and to reflect upon how these changes have affected our understanding of the importance of the period.

The conference will take place at Victoria University in the University of Toronto on June 26 and 27.

Call for Papers

Interested scholars are invited to submit a paper proposal on topics that exemplify new directions of critical inquiry spurred by the methodological developments over this period, including, but not limited to, the meaning of popular culture, the role of gender, microhistory, the discovery of the body, the importance of ritual, etc. Topics are also welcome that consider how methodological innovations in early modern scholarship—particularly in recent years—have informed changes in the nature of humanities inquiry, broadly conceived.

We welcome papers from all disciplines, geographical areas, and periods housed within the rubric of early modern Europe. Scholars of all ranks are welcome to submit papers, including graduate students.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2013.  Please submit a title, short abstract (250 words maximum), and brief CV to Mark Jurdjevic and Rolf Strom-Olsen at

Conference Information

Further information about the event will be posted on the conference website:  Scheduling, travel and hotel information will be available in early 2014.

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