Deadline 4/15: Dissertation Seminar for Historians

Gramhart, Allemodisch Stambuch. Wing ZP 647 .R755, f.15r.
Gramhart, Allemodisch Stambuch. Wing ZP 647 .R755, f.15r.
Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago
Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago
Edward Muir, Northwestern University
Edward Muir, Northwestern University

Next fall, for the first time ever, the Center will offer a Dissertation Seminar for Historians. The seminar will bring together a group of twelve graduate students in medieval or Renaissance history, in any geographic area, who are in the early phases of writing their dissertations. The application deadine is April 15, 2012.

The group will meet with the seminar’s directors, Barbara Rosenwein of Loyola University Chicago, and Edward Muir of Northwestern University, four times during the semester for intensive discussion and critiques of drafts of the participants’ work. The seminar will focus on methods and comparison, to help the participants formulate and articulate the larger intellectual and historical significance of their specialized projects.

At most of our consortium schools, the number of history students in medieval or early modern studies at the stage of writing dissertations is quite small. This seminar will offer an exceptional opportunity for interaction and synergy among students and two eminent scholars in the field.

The Center plans to offer a similar seminar for PhD candidates in literary studies in fall 2013.

Seminar meetings:
2 to 5 pm on
Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012

Eligibility: PhD candidates who have passed all examinations and achieved ABD status by the time of the seminar. Applicants should be near the beginning rather than the end of their dissertation research. Priority is given to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools.

To apply: submit a letter by April 15 to Laura Aydelotte, aydelottel@newberry.org, containing the following information:

  • Name and university
  • Title of dissertation or topic
  • Name of advisor who has approved the dissertation proposal
  • Two-paragraph summary of project
  • Indication of whether archival research has been assayed as yet
  • Language preparation

Edward Muir is the Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and the author of Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice, Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy, Ritual in Early Modern Europe, and The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera. He is the coauthor of the western civilization textbook, The West: Encounters and Transformations. He received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award for 2010.

Barbara H. Rosenwein is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago and has been visiting professor at the EHESS (Paris), the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and the University of Utrecht. Her recent work is about  emotions in history: Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages; “Emotion Words,” in Le sujet de l’émotion au Moyen Âge, ed. Damien Boquet and Piroska Nagy; and “Construire l’opinion publique: de l’ordre juste de l’amour de saint Thomas d’Aquin,” in Un moyen âge pour aujourd’hui. Mélanges offerts à Claude Gauvard, ed. Julie Claustre, Olivier Mattéoni, and Nicolas Offenstadt. She is currently working on a history of emotions in England and France.

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