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Multilingual Renaissance Studies

Call for Papers

Theme: Multilingual Renaissance Studies
Subtitle: New Perspectives from Research and Teaching
Type: RSA 2020 Seminar Session
Institution: Renaissance Society of America (RSA)
Location: Philadelphia, PA (USA)
Date: 2.–4.4.2020
Deadline: 15.8.2019

‘Multilingual Renaissance Studies’ (to borrow Tom Deneire’s
felicitous phrase) is one of the most exciting and fast-developing
areas in our field. A number of recent monographs, collaborative
studies, and research projects on language dynamics in the
Renaissance have broken new ground, challenging long-standing
opinions and building bridges for increased collaboration between
Renaissance scholars and contemporary translation theorists (see,
e.g., Jan Hokenson and Murcella Munson’s The Bilingual Text, 2007).
Studies such as Philip Ford’s Judgment of Palaemon (2013), Tom
Deneire’s edited collection Dynamics of Neo-Latin and the Vernacular
(2014), and the numerous research outputs of the Vernacular
Aristotelianism projects based at the University of Warwick
(2010-2014) and the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice (2014-2019) have
shed new light on the relationship between Latin and vernacular
languages, in literature as well as in philosophy. Similarly, our
knowledge of phenomena such as collaborative translation,
self-translation, and the production of multilingual printed books
has grown exponentially over the last few years, and we can now count
on a number of digital tools (such as Warwick’s ‘Renaissance Cultural
Crossroads Catalogue’ and KCL’s ‘Early Modern Spanish-English
Translations Database 1500–1640’) that allow us to navigate the world
of Renaissance translation and multilingualism in new ways.

This seminar session will investigate ‘multilingual Renaissance
Studies’ from various perspectives – historical, theoretical,
methodological. We welcome proposals from advanced graduate students
as well as from established scholars focusing on any language area
(also outside Europe). Topics for discussion include (but are not
limited to):

1. recent examples of fruitful interaction between Renaissance
  Studies and Translation Studies;

2. the multilingual Renaissance in the classroom: perspectives on
  teaching and training;

3. mapping desiderata in the field: avenues for future research and
  DH projects.

Please send an abstract (max 300 words) and a brief CV to both
organizers ( and by
15 August 2019 at the latest. Notifications of acceptance will be
sent out in late August. Please note that seminar sessions consist in
a discussion of pre-circulated papers. Successful applicants will be
required to upload a complete paper by 15 March 2020 on the RSA
website. The papers will then be made available to all RSA members
prior to the conference.

David Lines (University of Warwick)
Sara Miglietti (Warburg Institute)

For further information about the seminar format, see: