Call for Abstracts: Special Issue: Dance of the Northern Renaissance

Due June 30, 2021

Journal of the Northern Renaissance (JNR) invites proposals for a special issue, edited by Lynsey McCulloch and Emily Winerock, on ‘Dance of the Northern Renaissance’. This special issue seeks to highlight and celebrate the particularities of Northern Renaissance dance and resituate it within a wider European context.

 Dance was a key cultural practice of the early modern period: it was integral to theatrical representation; it was a significant element of court ritual; and it fulfilled an important social function. But how might we characterise the particular dance practices of Northern Europe? French, Spanish and Italian traditions have dominated histories of Renaissance dance. However, more recent accounts have challenged the conflation of North and South in discussions of early European dance, drawing attention to the myriad regional and national variations at work and complicating our understanding of cultural transfer.

 Contributors can propose articles on any aspect of dance practice in Northern Europe in the period 1430-1650. Comparative studies, with Southern Europe or beyond, are also welcome.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biography to Dr Lynsey McCulloch at  before June 30th, 2021. Notification of your proposal’s acceptance will be sent no later than July 31th, and the deadline for full chapters (no longer than 8,000 words) will be January 31st, 2022. Please note that articles will be subject to full peer review at this stage. It is anticipated that this JNR special issue will be published in the summer of 2022.