Renaissance Hub has posted a call for submissions in the area of Sex, Lies, and Rhetorical Responsibility: "Trumping it" in the Renaissance.
Here's more from the website.
Twitter mobs and online public shaming; the curious rise of ‘The Donald’ in US politics; an historic Brexit result; widespread mistrust of ‘experts’: it’s safe to say that we have never been more engaged as a public in the politics of today. But what does an informed opinion consist of? How do we represent ourselves, and why? Where does real power lie? Who should wield it? And is it ever really possible to get to the truth of a matter amidst all of the spin? These seemingly contemporary political concerns actually touch upon questions about human knowledge and ethical responsibility that date back at least as far as Plato, over 2300 years ago.
Renaissance Hub (www.renaissancehub.net) is an exciting new online magazine which strongly believes in promoting the continued relevance of early modern thought to a non-academic audience. As such, our first issue entitled ‘Sex, Lies and Rhetorical Responsibility’ will address the issues described above from the fascinating starting point of the Renaissance (loosely defined here as 1450-1650). We are looking for specialists in the field to bring these issues to life in a fun and exciting way, particularly for a wider audience who may not be entirely familiar with early modern thought.
Renaissance Hub is currently accepting brief articles of approximately 1000-1500 words which deal with any of the following topics:
The political machine: what did ‘politics’ mean to people in the early modern period?; political establishments and power structures; the role of religion in state affairs; power and the people during the Renaissance; marginalised groups and their representation in Renaissance culture
Staying connected: political scandal and intrigue; the role of the printing press in public life; diplomacy and political go-betweens; politics and the royal courts
A strictly ‘no-spin’ zone?: the study of rhetoric in the Renaissance; classical influences on the art and ethics of discourse; the language of politics and political debate in the early modern period; assessing the true power of persuasion in public life; courtiers and the art of sprezzatura or ‘studied carelessness’
We are also looking for two book reviews of approximately 1000-1500 words which would ideally discuss a popular fiction or non-fiction release that addresses some of these themes.
The deadline for both article and review submissions is 16:00, Friday 11th November. Please send your article or review via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We particularly welcome submissions which manage to show parallels (however brief) between the Renaissance and the 21st century political landscape. We would also like to stress that we welcome content dealing with any and every aspect of culture, religion and philosophy across this time period, from Western Europe to East Asia, Calvinism to Kabbalah. Furthermore, if you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer for our publication then please send us a message and we will be happy to send you information on how this works. It is very flexible, requires little work and can even be added to your CV.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail us at the address listed above, or send a message under the ‘Contact’ page. We look forward to hearing from you!