Word and Image in the Renaissance

Christinae Suecorum Gothorum Vandalorumque Reginae, 1519. Newberry Vault Case BS2485 .C34

Christinae Suecorum Gothorum Vandalorumque Reginae, 1519. Newberry Vault Case BS2485 .C34

Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Friday, October 24, 2014

9 am to 4:45 pm

Room 101

James A. Knapp, Loyola University Chicago; and Jennifer Waldron, University of Pittsburgh
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

“All media are mixed media,” claims theorist W. J. T. Mitchell. This workshop will examine several key issues in the long history of “mixed” media by focusing on interrelations between text and image in Renaissance Europe. We will give particular attention to broadsides, pamphlets, frontispieces, emblem books, maps, atlases, and other items from the Newberry Library collections. In addition to broadly framing the historical and theoretical issues raised by word-image relations in the Renaissance, the workshop leaders will present specific examples of how changing technological and cultural conditions have influenced text-image relations, including:

  • The role of visual techniques in the organization and production of knowledge, particularly the production of world maps and universal histories in an era of nascent globalization
  • The impact of Reformation iconoclasm on visual and print culture, from Lutheran satire to Foxe’s book of martyrs and beyond
  • The challenges and opportunities surrounding digitization of early modern printed books and images, from Early English Books Online to the Folger’s digital Shakespeare texts for iPad.

Learn more about the workshop directors:

James A. Knapp, Loyola University Chicago
Jennifer Waldron, University of Pittsburgh

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8:30: Coffee and introductions

9 - 11:15: Workshop session 1. Approaches to the study of word and image in the Renaissance

11:15 - 12: Obtain Newberry reader cards; library tour and orientation

12 - 1:30: Lunch break

1:30 - 2:30: Workshop session 2. Word and image in digital archives

2:30 - 3:50: Discussion and viewing of rare books

3:55 - 4:55: Conclusions and ongoing questions

Eligibility: This workshop is open to graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program, at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions.

Students with concentrations in literature (of any European language), history, art history, manuscript studies, history of the book, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is by competitive application.

No language prerequisites.

Travel funding: 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. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Cost and Registration Information 

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