CFP: Early Modern Political Thought and the Local (RSA, Philadelphia Apr 2-4, 2020)

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CFP for a guaranteed panel in the Legal/Political Thought strand of the Renaissance Society of America 2020 annual conference (Philadelphia, April 2-4 2020)

Early Modern Political Thought and the Local


Political thought during the early modern period most familiarly examines governance and politics from the perspective of the national or even international. Yet as scholars have increasingly explored, there are myriad elements of early modern political, economic, and social organization that exist on a smaller scale—the town, the corporation, the province, and even the tribe. This panel seeks papers exploring such structures, and others like them, as potential sites for “political thought.” It encourages readings of both canonical commentary on such sites (ex. Bodin, Hobbes, Machiavelli) and particular case studies that illuminate the expression—however nascent—of political thought in less familiar actors and locales. Submit 150-word abstracts and a 2-page maximum CV to by August 12.