Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

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Pentecost. Case MS 185, f. 10

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Nina Dubin, Love, Trust, Risk: Painting "The Papered Century"
Please register by 10 am Friday, April 18

The eighteenth-century vogue for pictures of women perusing love letters not only marked the age’s affection for epistolarity, it also emblematized the “papered century,” named for the period’s unprecedented proliferation of monetary notes and credit instruments.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: All’s Well That Ends Well
Open to the public; no tickets or registration necessary

“T were all one
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it, he is so above me”

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Milton Seminar
Joshua Scodel, Edenic Freedoms
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 16

While many scholars have argued that Paradise Lost celebrates freedom, the nature of such freedom remains unclear. Professor Scodel will contend that the poem in fact embraces the notorious polysemous ambiguities of freedom as an ideal.

Monday, June 2, 2014 to Thursday, June 26, 2014
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
2014 Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography : At the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
The application deadline has passed.

This four-week institute will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Eighteenth-Century Studies Symposium: Reading Time
Please register by 10 am Friday, June 13

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Eighteenth-Century Seminar, this symposium convenes scholars from a range of fields, disciplines, and institutions both to interrogate the activity of reading as a leisure or a hermeneutic practice that unfolds in time, and to reflect upon the variegated apprehensions of time-physical, metaphorical,...

Monday, July 14, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
2014 Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography : At the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
The application deadline has passed.

This three-week institute offers 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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
2014 Consortium Representative Council Meeting
By invitation only

Annual meeting for the faculty representatives of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions.

Questions? Contact renaissance@newberry.org.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 to Thursday, December 4, 2014
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Daisy Delogu, How to Read "contraires choses": Encounters with the Roman de la Rose
Application deadline: May 15

The mid-thirteenth-century Roman de la Rose was arguably the single most influential vernacular text of the (French) Middle Ages.

Friday, September 26, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014
Renaissance Graduate Programs
2014 Dissertation Seminar for Historians
Application deadline: April 15

This seminar will be devoted to creating a broad-based community of graduate students who are at the beginning stages of working on their dissertations in the late medieval, Renaissance, or early modern history of continental Europe, c. 1300-1700. The goal will be to provide comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than would be available on any single campus.

Friday, September 26, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Edward Wheatley, Disability and Marginality in Medieval England and France
Application deadline: May 15

This course will focus on disabled bodies and the cultural forces that acted upon them, as represented in a variety of types of early Christian and medieval texts in Latin, French, and English. We will devote special attention to blindness because of its strong metaphorical associations in medieval Christian discourse.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History
2014-15 Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History : Meanings of Justice in New World Empires: Settler and Indigenous Law as Counterpoints
Please register by 10 am Thursday, October 9

Understandings of justice differed among New World empires and among the settlers, imperial officials, and Indigenous peoples within each one. This conference will focus on the array of meanings of justice, their emergence and transformation, and the implications of adopting one or another definition.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Carolyn Steedman
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 17

The paper title and description will be posted later.

A reception will follow the seminar.

Learn more about our speaker: Carolyn Steedman, University of Warwick

Friday, October 24, 2014
Renaissance Graduate Programs
October 2014 Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students : Word and Image in the Renaissance
Application deadline: September 22

“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.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: King Lear
No reservations or tickets required

Directed by Peter Garino

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Daniel Shore
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 14

A paper title and description will be added later. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Daniel Shore, Georgetown University.

Friday, January 9, 2015 to Friday, March 13, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Jonathan Lyon, Lives and Deeds: Writing Biography in the Middle Ages
Application deadline: November 3

This seminar will focus on a pair of common genres of literature in the Middle Ages, “lives” (vitae) and “deeds” (gestae), in order to introduce students to medieval biographical writing.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: 50-Minute Hamlet & 50-Minute Romeo and Juliet
No reservations or tickets required

Adapted by Barbara Zahora, Michelle Shupe and Peter Garino

Directed by Barbara Zahora

Thursday, January 22, 2015 to Saturday, January 24, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
2015 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
The CFP will be posted soon; the deadline will be October 15

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

Saturday, February 7, 2015
History of the Book Lecture
Renaissance Print Culture: An Aldine Quincentennial Symposium
Call for proposals deadline: May 15

Call for Speakers

Deadline for proposals: May 15

February 2015 will see the 500th anniversary of the death of Aldus Manutius, arguably the greatest printer of his age, and certainly the one whose name is best known. The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies will mark the occasion with a day-long public symposium on Saturday, February 7.

Friday, February 27, 2015 to Saturday, February 28, 2015
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Weekend Workshop in Spanish Paleography
Application deadline: October 15

The institute 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, February 28, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Macbeth
No reservations or tickets required

Directed by David Skidmore

Friday, March 6, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
March 2015 Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students : Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry
Application deadline: January 31, 2015

Students pursuing the study of European culture during the Middle Ages often assume that their serious research will have to take place in European archives.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Dante Lecture
Arielle Saiber
Please register by 10 am Thursday, March 19

The paper title and description will be added later.

Learn more about the speaker: Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College

A reception will follow the lecture.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Revenger's Tragedy, by Thomas Middleton
No reservations or tickets required

Directed by Peter Garino

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Pannill Camp
Please register by 10 am Friday, April 24

The paper title and description will be added later.

A reception will follow the seminar.

Learn more about our speaker: Pannill Camp, Washington University in Saint Louis.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Milton Seminar
Noel Sugimura
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 8

A paper title and description will be added later. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Noel Sugimura, Georgetown University.