The Center for Renaissance Studies promotes the use of the Newberry collection by graduate students and postgraduate scholars in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies (c. 1300 – c. 1750), making available programs that may not be feasible for individual institutions to mount alone.
Founded in 1979, the Center works with an international consortium of universities in North America and the United Kingdom. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collection, and provides a locus for a community of scholars who come from all over the world to use the library’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials.
Faculty and graduate students from consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to travel to the Newberry to attend programs or do research.
Interested researchers should consult the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies core collection details for an introduction to navigating the Newberry’s extensive Renaissance and early modern collections.
Funding for the Center is provided in part by the Bernard P. McElroy Fund in Renaissance Studies.
News and announcements
- April 15 is the application deadline for next fall’s Dissertation Seminar for Literary Scholars, led by Mary Beth Rose and Lisa Freeman.
- May 15 is the application deadline for our fall 2016 ten-week graduate seminar, Poetry, Politics, and Community in High Medieval France, led by Mary Franklin-Brown.
- It is with deep sadness that the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies notes the passing of John Marino, a beloved and generous colleague, who died on December 3, 2014, in San Diego. John was an emeritus professor of history at UC San Diego and a longtime friend of the Center and the Newberry. He became a Newberry reader as a student at the University of Chicago, where he earned the BA, MA, and PhD degrees.
John was an internationally respected scholar of early modern European history, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, the early modern Mediterranean world, Spanish Italy, and the city and kingdom of Naples. Over the course of his distinguished career, John authored two important and widely acclaimed monographs on Neapolitan economic life and culture in the “long sixteenth century.” He edited or co-edited an additional eight anthologies, journal volumes, and translations, and authored more than 40 scholarly articles on the economic, political, cultural, and religious history of southern Italy and the Mediterranean world in the early modern era.
John held an Exxon Education Foundation Fellowship at the Newberry in 1985-86 and an NEH fellowship here in 1992-93. He was active in the Renaissance Society of America and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. He was a strong advocate for the Center for Renaissance Studies program of summer institutes in vernacular paleography, arranging for financial support from the Sixteenth Century Society during his term as its president. More recently, he served on the Center’s Advisory Committee. During the summer and fall of 2014, he was as much a charming conversationalist and warm colleague as ever, despite his illness. We will miss him.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Newberry $526,000 to create a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and annotate French manuscript documents dating from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The project will run for 24 months, from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015. The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies will direct the project in collaboration with Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, which partners with the University of Toronto Libraries’ Information Technology Services Unit; and with the Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University.
Carla Zecher is a literary text editor and advisory board member for Lost Voices: Du Chemin (a companion resource to Les Livres de Chansons Nouvelles de Nicolas Duchemin, 1549-1568, hosted by the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France). This ongoing digital project on sixteen sets of mid-sixteenth-century partbooks published by the Parisian printer Du Chemin encompasses digital facsimiles of the books; modern editions of the music; commentaries on the music, poetry, and the place of the set in Renaissance print culture; and a project to reconstruct some eighty compositions for which only two of the original four voices survive. See also the Editor’s Forum.
- Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies. The Center is one of eighteen international partners in this five-year project to rethink early modern Europe as an “age of conversion.” The project will involve both scholars and artists and will entail creative programs as well as workshops and conferences, to engage multiple public audiences.
- The five-year Gannon Initiative will make the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion, individually cataloging more than 8,000 items in our collections.
- Explore our experimental online monograph, Humanism for Sale: Making and Marketing Schoolbooks in Italy, 1450-1650, by Paul F. Gehl, and learn about using the site as an interactive text in the classroom.
- The Newberry has recently completed a project to catalog 22,000 early modern French pamphlets. See the catalogers’ blog, French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry, for updates on what they have discovered, and also this collection description, with tips for searching the catalog for these materials.
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