CALL FOR PAPERS – 2022 Conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies

Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies

The 2022 conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies / Société canadienne d’études de la Renaissance (CSRS/SCÉR) will be held online from May 12 to May 14, as a part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Transitions.”

We are happy to announce that our plenary speakers will be Dennis Austin Britton (University of British Columbia) and Hélène Cazes (University of Victoria).

The CSRS/SCÉR invites members to submit proposals that address the 2022 Congress theme in relation to the Renaissance and/or early modern period (approximately 1400-1700).  What aspects of the transitional period of the Renaissance seem especially germane to our current moment of transition?  Topics here might include race before race; environment and climate; the global Renaissance; early modern contact zones; travel and migration; religious conflict and reconciliation; the public sphere and forms of publicity; the histories of crime and sin, including the regulation or policing of conduct; early modern epistemologies; utopian and dystopian writing; aristocratic privileges and responsibilities; queer sexualities; and the status of women.

In addition, we welcome proposals on any topic relevant to this period in a full range of disciplines, such as art history, bibliography, book history, cultural studies, digital humanities, history, literature, rhetoric, medicine, music, or philosophy. Trans/Multi/Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Proposals can be submitted in either English or French, and can fall into one of the following categories:

  1. an individual paper proposal (maximum 300 words);
  2. a panel of three or four proposed papers that address a defined theme (to be submitted in one file listing the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer(s), chair, and participants, the title of the session, a brief description (of 100 to 300 words) of the theme, and 300-word abstracts of each of the three proposed papers);
  3. a roundtable discussion (to be submitted in one file including the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer(s), chair, and 4-6 speakers, the title of the session, and a 300-word paragraph outlining the focus and goals of the session).
  4. a workshop, naming the leaders and describing the goals and the methods to be employed (maximum 300 words).

We also welcome proposals for alternative forms of intellectual exchange, consistent with the possibilities and subject to the limitations of an online meeting. 

Please submit your proposals together with a brief (100-word) bio for each participant indicating presenter or speaker’s name, institutional affiliation, position (graduate student, faculty member, independent scholar, etc.) and full contact information no later than 31 January 2022 to Program Co-chair Elizabeth Sauer at

Please note: acceptance of successful submissions will be sent out by the end of February 2022.