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The editors of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, seek submissions for a special edition on More’s Utopia. From the announcement:
Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s seminal work, Utopia. Although the text has been of importance within Renaissance Studies and political philosophy, it has also occupied a special place within science fiction for helping to popularize the notion of ‘the Great Good Place’ to which society should strive to perfect. Whether directly or indirectly, More’s text has been of huge significance for the utopian strand that runs through much science fiction.
We invite contributors to submit 6000-word articles on any aspect of More’s text and its relationship to modern and contemporary science fiction. Topics might include (but are not limited to):
•The political organisation of utopias
•Utopia and language
•Travel and exploration
•Economics and social organisation
•Utopia and religion
•Utopia and sexuality
•The private versus the public
For more information, including submission guidelines, please visit the full call here.
The Woman Warrior
The organizers of an RSA panel “seek new scholarship on the visual and/or literary manifestations of the female warrior in Renaissance Europe and the Americas (c. 1350-1650). Interdisciplinary approaches and innovative theoretical paradigms are welcome. Accepted papers will be proposed for session sponsorship by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW).” For more info, please click here.
The Poetic Sacred
The organizers of another RSA panel, this one on the Poetics of the Sacred in Early Modern Italy, also invites participants. Per the call:
This panel seeks to explore issues related to the “poetics of the sacred” in early modern Italy. How are these poetics embodied in theory and in practice by writers in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? How did writers and commentators “convert” Aristotelian and Horatian poetic precepts to confessional ends? What aspects were influenced by earlier traditions of religious literature, such as sacre rappresentazioni, humanist hagiographies, and Neo-Latin religious epic (Mantuan and Sannazaro)? Did the reception of and debates surrounding Dante’s Divina Commedia play a role in shaping the poema sacro? How were new developments in the Church—such as an emphasis on confession, on the church militant, and the establishment of the Jesuit order—reflected in contemporary literary texts? We also welcome interdisciplinary papers which explore “sacred poetics” in the visual arts and music from this period. For more information, please visit here.
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