2018 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad18 | Newberry

2018 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad18

Detail from Martin Luther's Das Newe Testament, 1522. Print by Lucas Cranach.

Detail from Martin Luther’s Das Newe Testament, 1522. Print by Lucas Cranach. Call number: Case folio C 409 .33

Thursday, January 25, 2018Saturday, January 27, 2018

Thursday: 1:30-6; Friday: 9-4; Saturday: 9-1

Ruggles Hall

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

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 in Europe, the Americas, and the Mediterranean world. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources.


Conference Schedule

Schedule | Abstracts | Participant Handbook

THURSDAY, January 25

2 - 2:30 pm Organizers’ Meeting
3 pm Registration opens (Ruggles Hall)
3:30 - 4:30 pm Collection presentation
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Plenary: “The Global Premodern World”
Lia Markey, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
Christina Normore, Northwestern University
Ayesha Ramachandran, Yale University

5:30 - 7 pm Opening reception

FRIDAY, January 26

9 - 9:30 am Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30 - 11 am

Session 1, Panels 1 - 4
1. Translating Jewish and Arabic Texts
2. Music and Iconography in Early Modern Italy
3. Charity and Care in the City
4. Paratextual Lenses

11 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 1 pm Session 2, Panels 5 - 8
5.The Monstrous and Bodily Horror
6. New Takes on Old Drama
7. Religious Orientalism
8. Re-Contextualizing Emotions
1 - 2 pm Luncheon
2 - 3 pm

Collection presentation /
Suzanne Karr Schmidt

3 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5 pm Session 3, Panels 9 - 12
9. Transforming Gender
10. Visualizing Nature, Religion, and Society
11. Early Modern Scientiae
12. Scripture in Practice

SATURDAY, January 27

10 - 10:30 am Coffee and continental breakfast
10:30 am - 12 pm Session 4, Panels 13 - 16
13. Reformation/Transformations
14. Philosophical and Historical Knowledge
15. Imagining the Senses
16. Birds, Bees, and Bestiaries
12 - 1 pm

Collection Presentation /
Analú López


Anne Boemler, Northwestern University
Barbara Dietlinger, University of Chicago
Mimi Ensley, University of Notre Dame
Johannes Fröhlich, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Megan Gallagher, Claremont Graduate University
Kader Hegedüs, University of Lausanne
Aubrey Johnson, Oklahoma State University
Jan Volek, University of Minnesota

Cost and Registration Information 

All presenters and session organizers must register for the conference. Guests of speakers coming to just one session need not register, but those planning to attend a full day must register.

Online registration form

Conference registration is $55. On-site registration is available beginning at 3 pm on Thursday, January 25. Cash or check preferred.

Graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds (including the conference registration fee) to attend the 2018 Graduate Student Conference at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines and some may limit eligibility to certain colleges or departments. Be sure to contact your Representative Council member in advance, as early as possible, for details.