Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Two CFPs: Lost Books and Early Modern Prophecies

CFP 1:
Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815)
26–28 June, 2014
Goldsmiths, London

The Reformation dramatically changed Europe’s religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible....Prophecies, whether of biblical, ancient or popular origin, as well as their interpretations gradually began reaching a wider audience, sparking controversies throughout all levels of society across Europe....How did prophecies evolve with the politico-religious conjunctions of their time? Who read them? How seriously were they taken? (Read the full CFP here.)

CFP 2: 
The St Andrews Book Conference for 2014: Lost Books
19-21 June, 2014

Questions of survival and loss bedevil the study of early printed books. Many early publications are not particularly rare, but others are very scarce, and many have disappeared altogether. We can infer this from the improbably large number of books that survive in only one copy, and it is confirmed by the many references in contemporary documents to books that cannot now be identified in surviving book collections.... (Read the full CFP here.)

Imagine that. Two conferences just a week apart, both in the UK, that focus on the two sub-sub-subfields I've been working on for the last several years. I should submit a couple abstracts.

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After a month devoted to moving, I'm almost moved in. I have an office and a computer, but no keys to the office and no e-mail address yet. Hopefully all that gets taken care of soon, as the semester starts next week.

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