Call for Papers

This week we are happy to announce that the registration for ‘Economics of Poetry’ 2016 is now open. We have started circulating the official Call for Papers, which you will also find below. The conference is being announced by the major associations for the study of Renaissance poetry, as well. Feel free to pass on the Call for Papers to friends and colleagues!

Economics of Poetry 2016
Efficient techniques of producing neo-Latin verse
28 – 30 April, 2016

The American University of Rome

Call for Papers (deadline August 16, 2015)

The international conference ‘Economics of Poetry’ will focus upon the techniques neo-Latin authors employed and developed to reduce the effort of poetic composition, streamline its production, and facilitate its presentation when time was a crucial factor for success. This approach encompasses the entire process of poetic production from composition, to physical realization and the formal presentation to the honorand as a process that was not predicated upon post-Romantic ideas of inspiration and originality, but rather upon the need to produce literary works in a timely fashion, often (though not exclusively) dependent upon the realities and exigencies of the contemporary political situation.

We welcome papers that focus on a variety of works by the same author and the full context of their production. We encourage proposals demonstrating how the reuse and recycling of previous texts and rhetorical templates, or even the re-dedication of previously presented manuscripts emerges as a central and essential modus operandi which can be excused as the authors’ response to the strict dictates of fast production.

The conference aims at a broad chronological and geographical coverage. While the main focus will rest on neo-Latin authors, we also encourage proposals from other disciplines, in which the concept of ‘Economics of Poetry’ can be applied. Confirmed keynote speakers are Susanna de Beer (Leiden), Marc Laureys (Bonn) and Keith Sidwell (Calgary).

If you are interested in participating, please visit for further details and the application form. Please note that this homepage is also an open platform for academic collaboration on this topic. The deadline for abstracts (300 words) is August 16, 2015.  We will inform you in late August if your paper has been accepted.

For additional information please visit the conference homepage or contact us directly (info[at]
Paul Gwynne (The American University of Rome)

Bernhard Schirg (Freie Universität, Berlin)

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