CFP: On the Eve of the Reformation: The View from Then and Now?

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Call for Papers for the submission of proposals (papers as well as complete sessions) 
at the international conference on the topic:

"On the Eve of the Reformation: The View from Then and Now?"

An interdisciplinary conference at Victoria College
in the University of Toronto
21-22 October 2016
Deadline to submit proposals: Thursday, 31 March 2016.
As we prepare to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther?s  posting
of his 95 theses in October 1517, it may be useful to pause for a moment
and consider two important questions: first, how were the historical and
cultural events of the late fifteenth and very early sixteenth century
defining the European world that would soon break apart along sectarian
lines, and, second, how did writers, thinkers, and artists later in the
century look back at that earlier world and culture. The years immediately
preceding 1517 were  richly marked by events/works that were to have a
lasting impact on their times. In 1516, for example, the fifteen-year-old
Charles von Habsburg was crowned king of Spain, Thomas More published his
*Utopia*, Erasmus his *Novum Testamentum* and Ariosto his *Orlando furioso*,
and the Venetians established the Ghetto. The previous year, 1515,  the
twenty-year-old Francis I was crowned king of France, Thomas Wolsey was
named cardinal and then Chancellor of England, Martin Luther began to
lecture on Paul?s Letter to the Romans, Johannes Reuchlin established the
first university chair of Greek in Germany, while across the ocean the
Spaniard Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founded the city of Havana. How did
people later in the sixteenth century and early in the next see these
events? How, for example, did Shakespeare see and depict pre-Reformation
England in some of his historical plays? How did Montaigne, or Cervantes,
or Caravaggio, or Monteverdi see the world before the Reformation?
This interdisciplinary conference seeks, therefore, to take the
pulse of European history and culture in two different ways: from our
perspective as early twenty-first-century scholars and from the perspective
of late-sixteenth/early-seventeenth-century writers and artists. In so
doing, the conferences seeks to cast its eyes on  both the Old World and
the New,  Europe as well as in its African and Asian extensions, history as
well as the arts, society as well as events.
Proposals for papers as well as for complete sessions (3 speakers) to be
presented at the conference should include:
the name of the speaker; the speaker's academic affiliation (or
independent scholar, as applicable); the title of the presentation; a 150
words 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 by Thursday, 31 March 2016, to both conference
Prof. Elizabeth Cohen at
Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler at
For further information on the conference, please contact either one of the
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