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CALL. 31.05.2017: “Deep Classics” and the Renaissance (RSA 2018) - New Orleans (LA, USA)




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As a new Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America, the Society for Early Modern Classical Reception (SEMCR) invites proposals for papers to be delivered at the 2018 meeting of the RSA in New Orleans, LA. For one of its inaugural panels, SEMCR invites abstracts on “Deep Classics” and the Renaissance. Drawing on metaphors from fields as diverse as geology and evolution, the concept of “Deep Classics” has recently arisen out of, and in response to, the extraordinarily fertile field of classical reception studies. The term itself signals a consciousness of the distance, occlusions, and multiple strata that define any engagement with classical antiquity. In what has amounted to a programmatic statement of Deep Classics - or, perhaps more aptly, a programmatic fragment - Shane Butler has described its focus as “the very pose by which the human present turns its attention to the distant human past” (S. Butler, Deep Classics: Rethinking Classical Reception, Bloomsbury 2016). Although the founding volume of Deep Classics continues a trend in classical reception study, especially in the UK, of privileging Greek over Latin and modernity over early modernity, Butler is acutely sensitive to the broader applicability of the idea - “indeed, certain aspects of that pose have been important to Renaissance studies for a while now” - citing Barkan and, more recently, Nagel and Wood. We therefore welcome proposals that explore the relationship between Deep Classics and the Renaissance, in particular concerning ideas that “have less to do with ‘knowing’ than with other modes of affect and experience”. In accordance with another central feature of Deep Classics, we also seek proposals that interrogate disciplinary configurations and self-conceptions. The Society is committed to creating a congenial and collaborative forum for the infusion of new ideas into classics and early modern studies, and hence welcomes abstracts that are exploratory in nature as well as abstracts of latter-stage research. Abstracts (150 words) and a short CV (300 words) should be sent as separate email attachments (see the RSA's abstract guidelines and CV guidelines and models) by May 31, 2017. The abstracts will be judged anonymously: please do not identify yourself on the abstract page. Please include in the body of the email:

• your name, affiliation, email address

• your paper title (15-word maximum)

• relevant keywords

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