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CALL FOR PAPERS: Early Modern Cultures of Hospitality

CALL FOR PAPERS: Early Modern Cultures of Hospitality
Time: Dec 31st, 12:01 am End: Dec 31st, 11:59 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800, 1200-1500


“Early Modern Cultures of Hospitality”

An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Toronto

26-27 October 2018

sponsored by The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium

Regulating relationships among strangers was a primary concern of the early modern world. Both the rediscovery of the Ancients and the new encounters among Europeans, Eastern peoples, and Native Americans required a rethinking of the laws and customs of hospitality on both local and global scales. Theological conflicts and shifting national alignments in Europe itself also imperiled traditional conceptions of host and guest, forcing thinkers to envision their responsibilities to others in new ways. What does it mean to welcome another into one’s home, or to be welcomed by another? When is the visitor a guest, when an enemy? What are the limits of the hospitable imperative? How do early modern nations negotiate the boundaries of obligation and relation to their subjects? How do different national, tribal, and religious cultures of hospitality intersect and clash? In what ways do new and traditional art forms enact spaces and events of hospitality and inhospitality? How do concepts of hospitality extend not just to other cultures and locales, but also to non-human environments? This conference will explore practices, symbols, and philosophies of hospitality and obligation in the early modern world. 

Proposals will be accepted for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and alternatives to traditional academic models. 

To submit, please include: the name of the speaker; the speaker’s academic affiliation (or “independent scholar” as applicable); the title of the presentation; a 150-word abstract; full contact information for the speaker (name, address, telephone, email); the speaker’s one-page CV. 

In the case of complete session proposals, this information is to be repeated for each presenter.

Proposals should be emailed in Word format to both conference organizers: 

            Prof. David Goldstein at dgolds@yorku.ca

            Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler at konrad.eisenbichler@utoronto.ca

Deadline for submission: 31 December 2017

For further information on the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, visit its web site at http://www.itergateway.org/trrc/

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