Propositions de bourses post-doctorales pour participer au prochain colloque (Bonn, 8-9 mai 2014)

du projet Leverhulme « Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries : Cultural Polemics in Europe, 1300-1650 »

On 8-9 May 2014 the University of Bonn will host the second of three annual research colloquia on the theme of ‘Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Cultural Polemics in Europe, c. 1300-c. 1650’. The colloquia spring from a Leverhulme International Network that seeks to explore the relationship between the cultural renewal that many contemporaries saw taking place in art, literature, scholarship, and science and the simultaneous prevalence of opposition, confrontation, and rivalry, well captured by the German term Streitkultur. For further details on the Network and its aims, see

The first colloquium took place at the University of Warwick (the Network’s lead institution) and focused on ‘Forms’. The second colloquium will be devoted to the topic of ‘Spheres’. Questions to be explored will relate to the construction and involvement of various segments of the public sphere in Renaissance conflict and rivalries, as well as the communication processes that went on in these spheres to initiate, control, and resolve polemical exchanges. Particular attention will be devoted to topics such as the identity of the rival parties and of the audience (their number and size, intellectual background, socio-political status, also in relationship with the opponents, their religious, political, aesthetic stance, their gender), the objectives of the rival parties (promotion and enforcement of personal or higher interests, pastime for aesthetic pleasure, self- and/or community-fashioning, in terms of gaining access to a group, of consolidating the cohesion of a group, of motivating others into solidarity), the roles and functions of the audience (listener/reader, supporter, mediator, referee/judge, appellate authority), the formal and spatial structure and organization (the extent of ritualization and institutionalization in a given setting, the extent of publicity and accessibility/possibility of participation, social conditions and limitations, conditions of access, conditions of publication, role of controlling instances, distance in space or time, centre vs. periphery).

A provisional programme of the colloquium is available at

Several bursaries covering accommodation and/or travel within Germany and Europe are available, particularly for postgraduates and early career researchers (up to around 5 years out of the PhD).

The deadline for applying will be noon (GMT) on Monday, 24 March.

Applicants should send a statement (250-500 words) outlining why it is important for them to participate, as well as a two-page CV, to Ms Jayne Brown (, secretary of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.

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