Center for Renaissance Studies Programs


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The Center for Renaissance Studies 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.

Through our reciprocal arrangement with the Folger Institute in Washington, DC, which also works with a consortium of universities, Institute seminar fees are waived for faculty and graduate students at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies schools upon acceptance of application, in accordance with Folger policy and our agreement. Participants may be eligible to apply to their home institution to use Newberry consortium funds to travel to the Folger for programs or research, with authorization from their school’s Newberry committee.

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Upcoming Programs

Friday, September 18, 2015Friday, December 11, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
This seminar aims to create a broad-based community of graduate students at the beginning stages of work on their dissertations in early modern literature, c.1500 to 1800.
Thursday, September 24, 2015Thursday, December 3, 2015
Graduate Seminar
Ten-week graduate seminar
This seminar will explore the theory and practice of political poetry during the long twelfth century.
Friday, January 15, 2016Friday, March 18, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Ten-week graduate seminar
Early application deadline: December 1, 2015
This seminar asks how it might change the study of early modern Europe’s material culture to organize our thinking around one particular type of matter: stone. Using theoretical reference points associated with the “new materialism” and ecocriticism, we will try to think from (or around) the position of stone, stones, and stoniness in a series of different ways:
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“What’s gone and what’s past help should be past grief.”
Thursday, January 28, 2016Saturday, January 30, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Conference registration is now open
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.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: December 1
One recent approach to research on Dante emphasizes the use of poetry as a vehicle of religious discourse and even of theological revelation. Dante has a paradigmatic value for this topic that has widely influenced study throughout numerous subfields of literature and religion, intensely engaging a considerable variety of medieval and Renaissance writers—mystics and humanists alike.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Dante Lecture
Please register by 10 am Friday, February 26, 2016
Philosophers typically attribute the foundation of modern thought to René Descartes, who in his Discours de la méthode (1637) extensively deploys metaphors of “founding” for his theory of how the edifice of knowledge is regrounded on the clear and distinct certainty of the cogito: “I think, therefore I am.” Cultural historians sometimes locate a remoter starting point for mode
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!” Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline introduces an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king into the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: December 1
In an influential article from 2004, Ken Jackson and Arthur Marotti heralded the turn to religion in early modern studies, a movement that has largely involved reading early modern literature through the lens of Continental philosophy. Yet well before this development, scholarship on early modern Englishwomen’s writing had already undergone its own turn to religion.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, March 18, 2015
Criticism of the eighteenth-century novel and even work in the burgeoning field of print culture has often neglected the importance of the process of revision, perhaps because the “actual sight of … revisions,” according to D. A.
Thursday, April 14, 2016Friday, April 15, 2016
Early Modern Studies Program
A Joint Cervantes Symposium/Early Modern Studies Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Wednesday, April 13, 2016
To commemorate the lives of Cervantes and Shakespeare, two towering figures of European literature, on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of their shared death date in April 1616, the Center for Renaissance Studies will host a three-day public symposium to spotlight their achievements and examine the parallels and intersections of their work.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“This is our wedding day. We haven’t even had our wedding dinner and he’s gone off with Susana to Assisi for the afternoon? What does it mean?”
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, May 13, 2016
What, in Milton’s view, is the nature of self-awareness? Professor Harrison tries to answer this question by showing how Milton’s depiction of human subjectivity in Paradise Lost emerges from his anthropological convictions about human nature.
Monday, June 27, 2016Friday, July 15, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
at the Newberry Library
Application deadline: March 1, 2016
This three-week institute will offer intensive training in the accurate reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval though the early modern periods. The instruction is intended to enable scholars in various fields of specialization to acquire the skills to work with primary sources.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016Friday, July 29, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
At the Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Application deadline March 1, 2016
This four-week institute will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
By invitation only
Annual meeting for the faculty representatives of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. Additional details will be added later.
Friday, September 30, 2016Saturday, October 1, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Application deadline August 1, 2016
This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to reading and transcribing documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Although the course sessions will be taught primarily in English, all of the documents will be in Spanish.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 7, 2016
A paper title and description will be added later. The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa