Mnemosyne/Memory - Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS for sessions for the 64th Annual Renaissance Society of America Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 22-24 March 2018

The Warburg Institute is an Associate Organisation of the RSA and is entitled to host three sessions and to propose to the RSA Panel an additional two.


Memory and the way it is embedded in images and things is a strand of research at the heart of the Warburg, and the Institute will sponsor sessions devoted to issues of memory at 2018 Conference. We are interested in papers in any of the disciplines that the Institute addresses, in the time period embraced by the Society, 1300-1700. Subjects might include, but are not limited to: objects, ideas, works of art, texts or locations that stimulated memory; the ways individuals, families, places or cultures esteemed or denigrated memory; theories and practices that improved or relied on memorising. In addition, papers might engage with Aby Warburg’s concept of the image as either engram or Bilderfahrzeug: the idea that forms, images and objects carry cultural memory as they re-emerge or migrate to new time periods and locales.

The Warburg will evaluate papers for content and also for their areas of connection. We welcome proposals from scholars at all levels of professional life and are particularly eager to hear from past Fellows, either in terms of individual papers or session proposals. Please note that the Society decrees that sessions cannot be composed only of students. 

THE WARBURG IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFRENCE IN NEW ORLEANS. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRAVEL AND ACCOMODATION COSTS. This is a key issue: we cannot appoint participants who then drop out because of funding, as we will have turned down other scholars.

To propose a paper:

Please email the following information in a single Word document to Jane Ferguson:

  • Your name, title, affiliation, email address
  • Paper title (15-word maximum)
  • Abstract of 150-words: see  abstract guidelines
  • A very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted: see CV guidelines and models
  • Your method of funding the cost of joining RSA and travelling to the conference, which is in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

All proposals must be received by 27 May 2017.

Additional notes:

  • PowerPoint facilities will be requested for all Warburg Institute sessions. Please specify if, in addition, you require live Internet access (not recommended).
  • You do not have to be a member of the RSA to submit a proposal, but if the session is accepted all participants (including the session chair) will be required to join the society.
  • All papers in Warburg Institute sessions will be given in English.