Held at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England. The theme for this year’s series of workshops is “Space, Culture, and Power: Peopling the Built Environment in Renaissance England, c. 1450-1750.”
The workshop comprised a series of scholarly presentations, group debates, and close readings of texts, integrated with visits to a variety of local historical sites. Field trips to Burford, Abingdon, Newbury, Ashby Saint Ledgers, Watford, and Baddesley Clinton allowed the participants to envision early modern alehouses, almshouses, castles, and manors in entirely new ways. The interdisciplinary mix of participants worked to good effect in this context. The different training and specialties brought to bear on analysis of different sites enriched the range of interpretative possibilities. The combination of shared readings of carefully selected texts, discussion of these readings, and field trips worked to create a common intellectual framework without closing down conflicting interpretations.
This is one of a series of collaborative programs between the University of Warwick Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.