2015 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Georg Braun, Civitates orbis terrarum, 1573. Newberry Ayer 135 .B8.
Georg Braun, "Africa Aphrodisium," Civitates orbis terrarum, 1573. Newberry Ayer 135 .B8.
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Thursday, January 22, 2015 to Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thursday: 1:30-6:30; Friday: 9-4; Saturday: 9-1

Register to attend by January 11 for early registration fees

Check-in: Ruggles Hall

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies.

Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry Library and its resources.

This year’s conference will comprise twenty-four sessions with three twenty-minute papers each, for a total of seventy-two presenters.

Each year since 2007, selected papers have been published in a peer-edited online conference proceedings.

Conference organizers

Eight advanced graduate students from consortium schools will organize the conference and chair sessions:

  • Caroline Carpenter, English, Claremont Graduate University
  • Max Deardorff, History, University of Notre Dame
  • Patrick McGrath, English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Julia Miglets, History, Northwestern University
  • Sarah Morris, English, Miami University
  • James Seth, English, Oklahoma State University
  • Amanda Taylor, English, University of Minnesota
  • Christine Zappella, Art History, University of Chicago

Preliminary schedule

Download the preliminary draft schedule with presenters and paper titles.

Thursday January 22

1:30-3: Concurrent sessions 1 through 4
3-3:30: Coffee break
3:30-5: Plenary session. Roundtable Discussion: The Newberry Collection for Research and Teaching
5-6:30: Opening reception

Friday, January 23

9: Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30-11: Concurrent sessions 5 through 8
11-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-1: Concurrent sessions 9 through 12
1-2:30: Lunch break
2:30-4: Concurrent sessions 13 through 16

Saturday, January 24

9: Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30-11: Concurrent sessions 17 through 20
11-11:30: Coffee break
11:30-1: Concurrent sessions 21 through 24
1:30: Organizer’s luncheon/editorial meeting

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry Library. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines and some may limit eligibility to certain colleges or departments. Be sure to contact your Representative Council member in advance, as early as possible, for details.

Cost and registration information: 

The Early Registration fee, through January 11, is $30 for students from consortium member universities and their guests, and $40 for those from other institutions. Late Registration (after January 11) will be $45 and $55, respectively. All presenters, organizers, and guests planning to attend substantial portions of the conference must register.

Register online here.