CFP - ACS Panels at RSA Conference, New Orleans, March 22-24, 2018

The American Cusanus Society (ACS) will sponsor up to three panels at the 2018 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, March 22nd-24th, 2018. We welcome interested scholars to propose papers on any theme relevant to Cusanus studies. This year we are considering the following possible themes:

  • Any theme relevant to the life, work, and times of Nicholas of Cusa
  • Dialogue and Dialogical Thought in Renaissance Platonism
  • The Reception of Cusanus in Early Modern Christianity
  • Neoplatonism and the Schools in the Renaissance

In addition, ACS is very pleased to be co-sponsoring panels with the John Donne Society on the theme: Nicholas of Cusa and John Donne: Dialogues of Possibility. Accordingly, this year we especially invite proposals that relate the life, work, and reception of Cusanus and Donne as they intersect in various ways. The following are meant only as illustrative themes; other suggestions are most welcome:

  • The reception of Nicholas of Cusa’s work in early modern England, through translations or mediated through other authors
  • Metaphysical poetry as a coincidentia oppositorum
  • Intersections between visionary and artistic expression (especially De visione dei)
  • Speculations on infinity
  • Early modern star-gazing
  • The theology and poetry of the Microcosm
  • The poetry of geometrical forms
  • Dialogues of the soul or about the soul

To propose a paper, submit a paper title, paper abstract (150 words), and CV to David Albertson ( by Monday, May 22nd. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes in length and should be delivered in English. Per RSA guidelines, all presenters must either (1) have a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree; or (2) if an advanced doctoral candidate, present on their current dissertation research.

Members of the ACS Executive Committee will organize up to three panels based on submitted proposals, but may not be able to accommodate every submission. Note that in order to present a paper at RSA one must pay for an RSA membership for the conference year in question. Contributors to ACS panels at the RSA are also asked to become members of the American Cusanus Society for the year in question (see here for further information).

Please circulate this CFP widely to other individuals and groups that might be interested.