Confraternities in the Early Modern World - CFP for sessions at 16th Century Studies Conference (Baltimore - 26-29 October 2023)

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Call for Papers
April 10, 2023
Maryland, United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Social History / Studies, World History / Studies

The Society for Confraternity Studies (SCS) invites proposals for individual papers or sessions at the 2023 annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), 26-29 October 2023 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.

We are particularly interested in papers and panels that deal with the following themes: 

  • Confraternities in the Development of Global Catholicism (e.g., confraternal sociability, ritual, charity, and spirituality in Asian, African, and American settings)
  • Confraternities as Brokers of Collective Identities (including occupational, gendered, and ‘national’ confraternities, indigenous confraternities, confraternities of the enslaved, etc.)
  • Artistic, Musical, or Theatrical Patronage in Confraternities
  • Open Topics

Papers are limited to 20 minutes and should not have been previously published or presented at a different scholarly meeting.  Panels normally include 3 presenters.  All presenters must register for the conference if accepted.

If you would like to submit a paper or panel or need additional information, please contact:  Nicholas Terpstra (;  we’re happy to work with you as you refine your proposal.  The deadline for submission (via email) of paper and panel proposals is 10 April 2023.  The SCS will then review papers and panels and inform applicants of its decisions before the SCSC deadline (17 April 2023).

Paper proposals should include:

  • Paper Title
  • Abstract (150 words maximum)
  • Presenter’s name, affiliation, and email address
  • Presenter’s biography or brief CV (3-4 sentences, maximum 150 words, including rank and most important publications or evidence of scholarship)
  • Whether audiovisual equipment is needed and what kind
  • Whether you wish to have your paper considered for the Carl Meyer prize

Panel proposals should include:

  • Panel title
  • Abstract of the panel (300 words maximum)
  • Organizer’s name, affiliation, and email address
  • Chair / commentator’s name, affiliation, and email address
  • List of papers / presenters with relevant paper proposals, including all of the information noted above for each individual paper in the panel.
Contact Info: 

Nicholas Terpstra, Professor of History, University of Toronto

President, Society for Confraternity Studies