CfP Portraits and Poses

Call for paper

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Deadline: Tuesday 15 May 2018.
Location: Leuven
This conference seeks to address the various modes and strategies through which female intellectuals (authors, scientists, educators, and others) sought to negotiate and legitimize their authority in Early Modern and Enlightenment Europe (1600-1800). The 17th and 18th centuries have often been described as a decisive period in terms of professionalization as well as disciplinary formation and/or consolidation in the arts and sciences. In the course of this period, learned women increasingly articulated an awareness of their public image and were actively involved in modelling these representations. There is a growing body of scholarship on such individual women's (self)representation as intellectuals, that invites us to draw out its implications for early-modern cultural history more broadly.
We welcome submissions in the form of complete sessions (3 papers + response) or individual papers (20 minutes) preferably in English.
Related keywords: authorship, conception of gender, early modern studies