EMR4 | Call For Papers

11-13 November 2021
Rome, Italy

Early modern Rome was contradictory and complex; its vernacular and high culture animated and rich. From Petrarch’s crowning as Poet Laureate on the Capitoline in 1341 to the pontificate of Alexander VII Chigi in 1667, this conference aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to investigate the city proper as well as the campagna romana through a variety of different approaches and methods.

The resounding response to previous Early Modern Rome conferences in May 2010 and October 2013 and October 2017—76 papers from 9 different countries and 119 papers from 12 countries and 136 papers from 14 countries—mirrored the complex mix of the city itself and the changing face of early modern studies. We encourage papers from a range of disciplines—history, art and architectural history, literature, music, dance, religious studies, philosophy, history of medicine or science, diplomacy, gender, or others—to bring together in a single venue those whose research focuses on the city of Rome or the countryside surrounding Rome.

As before, the first two days of the conference will take place in the city at the cultural institutions in and around piazza dell’Orologio, and the last day of the conference will instead be held at the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano.

Given that the organizers wish to foster dialogue with other researchers, we encourage the submission of single papers rather than complete sessions. Complete sessions will be accepted, although we reserve the right to reconfigure them on the basis of other proposals, if we deem it advisable.

Participants who have already been accepted need only confirm their participation by sending an email before the CFP deadline. Those whose papers were not accepted or who did not submit previously are invited to send a one-page CV and an abstract of 150 words to conference@earlymodernrome.org by December 15, 2020. Participants will be notified by February 1, 2021.

Conference papers should be 20-minutes (approximately 10 double-spaced pages) and may be in either English or Italian.

Organizers: Paolo Alei and Julia L. Hairston Conference website: earlymodernrome.org

Conference sponsored by Early Modern Rome and with the collaboration of  Accent Global Learning, the Istituto storico italiano per il Medioevo, the Archivio storico Capitolino, the Biblioteca Vallicelliana, and the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle.