Premodern Studies Seminar | Newberry

Premodern Studies Seminar

This seminar will provide a forum for new approaches to medieval and early modern studies. Scholars from a range of disciplines will share work-in-progress on the inaugural theme of “what is the premodern?” The aim is to explore how presumptions of a rupture between the past and the present have shaped scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, and to consider how the interests and characteristics of premodern cultures reflect on, or even connect to, our own. We welcome submissions on these questions from all fields of premodern studies. Global approaches are particularly welcome, and we invite work that is at once archival and theoretical. Papers will be pre-circulated, so that the majority of the seminar session will be devoted to discussion. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate a hands-on workshop with original materials from the Newberry’s collection into their seminar session.

Organized by Timothy Crowley, Northern Illinois University; Megan Heffernan, DePaul University; Miguel Martínez, University of Chicago; and Christopher Fletcher, the Newberry.

The seminar will meet 2-4 pm at the Newberry in Chicago on the following days during the 2018-2019 academic year: Saturday, December 1, 2018; Friday, February 22, 2019; and Friday, April 26, 2019.

The Premodern Studies Seminar Call for Proposals for 2018-19 seminars is now CLOSED.Proposals for 2019-2020 will be accepted beginning March 1, 2019. We encourage papers that draw upon the Newberry collection. In addition to a classroom seminar format, presenters may request a hands-on workshop with original materials from the collection; please indicate interest in this option in your proposal.

To submit a proposal, visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal (200 words), a list of Newberry materials related to your research, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. The Newberry is unable to provide additional funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.

If you have any questions about the seminar, please send an email to

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 26, 2019
Premodern Studies Seminar
European Christianity in the Age of Paper