CFP: The Task of the Translator (Early Modern World)

Organizers: Dr. Claire Gilbert and Dr. Michal Jan Rozbicki, Saint Louis University

The Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis University invites proposals for papers for its upcoming conference, “The Tasks of the Translator: Developing a Sociocultural Framework for the Study of Translation across the Early Modern World (15th-18th Centuries),” to be held in St. Louis on March 20-21, 2017.

The conference aims to bring together historians, social scientists, and literary scholars whose work explores the experiences, backgrounds, and legacies of translators and interpreters across the world from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. Studies of early modern interculturality, globalization, and empire are increasingly taking language and translation into account when analyzing cultural encounters and transmission. Analyzing institutional and individual practices and strategies as well as the social and cultural contexts in which translators and interpreters were embedded can offer new perspectives about such encounters and cultural transmission. This approach also promises to reveal new insights about the social, political, and intellectual networks that translators and interpreters participated in and helped construct.

Submissions should include: a one-page abstract of the paper with a title and name of the author; the author’s brief curriculum vitae; postal address; email address; and phone number. Complete proposals should be emailed as attachments in Microsoft Word to Ms. Mary Bokern at with a subject line “Translation Conference Proposal.” Panel proposals will be considered. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.

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Ms. Mary Bokern, Center for Intercultural Studies, Saint Louis University

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CFP: Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600‐1600)

The Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in conjunction with the Medieval Iberia and North Africa Group at the University of Chicago invite abstracts for an upcoming conference, “Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600‐1600),” to be held at the SLU campus on June 19‐21, 2017 during the 5th Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The aim of this subconference is to build on recent scholarship which has sought to move beyond notions of “the state” as a mode of inquiry in Iberian and North African studies, and to promote instead a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, cultural production, and religious practices of these regions. Toward that end, this conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to facilitate conversations about the relationships between politics, historiography, art, literature, and religion in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa. Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:

How were kinship and patronage networks forged and negotiated, dismantled and maintained?
What (in)formal bonds and socio‐religious rituals demonstrated (dis)loyalty, whether within families or between political actors?
How were institutions formed and maintained?
How were concepts of (il)legitimacy produced, critiqued, and perpetuated during this period?
What role did art, architecture and material culture play in the construction of notions of legitimacy and authenticity?
How did the transmission or co‐production of knowledge and culture across religious boundaries contribute to medieval and early modern genealogies of knowledge? How did these processes bolster or discredit claims to epistemological legitimacy?

These questions are meant to be interpreted broadly, and applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers addressing the conference’s title themes. Possible topics include but are not limited to: royal and noble families; inheritance and succession; marriage; dynastic politics and genealogical narratives; oaths and fealty; jurisprudence and theology; intellectual traditions and networks; textual and artistic production, especially the “co‐production” of culture across social, ethnic,and religious boundaries; document authenticity and forgery; administrative precedent and innovation.

We encourage submissions for 20‐minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars. Graduate students, post‐doctoral researchers, and early‐career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Edward Holt ( by December 15, 2016. Direct any questions or concerns to Edward Holt or Mohamad Ballan (

CFP: Material Culture and New Approaches to the Arts of the Early Modern Hispanic World

College Art Association Annual Meeting in New York City, February 15-18, 2017, Panel Sponsored by the American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies (ASHAHS):

“Material Culture and New Approaches to the Arts of the Early Modern Hispanic World”

The Early Modern Hispanic world encompassed vast and diverse territories in which objects circulated, were shared and exchanged, collected, displayed, altered, and appropriated to communicate diverse ideologies and to fashion multifaceted identities. In recent decades, the interdisciplinary study of material culture—broadly defined to include all objects and things modified by humans—has significantly expanded the field of art history by prompting art historians to reconsider the materiality of traditional art forms and by drawing their attention to the circulation and consumption of goods, the history of science and technology, and the configuration of domestic, natural, and urban spaces. This session welcomes papers that examine the relationship between art history and material culture in the Hispanic world and that offer innovative readings of Hispanic art rooted in the study of material culture. What can we learn by considering artworks produced in the Hispanic world as material objects, and how does the study of material culture enhance our understanding of the arts produced within its diverse territories? How did visual artists working in the Early Modern Hispanic world reflect, represent, and reinterpret the material objects that surrounded them? And what do those objects tell us about the people who used them, adapted them, and gave them value?

Please send a 200 word abstract and CV to Carmen Ripollés ( and Amanda Wunder ( by April 1, 2016.