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Graduate Programs

Book of Hours

Book of Hours, Bruges, c. 1455. Case MS 35.

The Center for Renaissance Studies hosts four major kinds of programs especially for students in master’s or Ph.D. programs in any discipline of medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies: our annual multidisciplinary graduate student conference; an annual dissertation seminar; one-day research methods workshops; and ten-week graduate seminars held at the Newberry, for which students can earn academic credit at their home institutions. Enrollment is by competitive application, with priority given to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions.

Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

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

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. See Publications for links to peer-edited online conference proceedings from the 2007 through 2015 conferences.

Dissertation Seminars

The Center hosts an annual dissertation seminar, led by top medieval, Renaissance, and early modern scholars. The seminars are open by competitive application to ABD students at consortium schools who are toward the beginning of their dissertation research. Meeting on Friday afternoons approximately four times, the seminar focuses on methods and comparisons, and provides comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than are available on any single campus.

One-Day Research Methods Workshops

These workshops, led by top consortium scholars, provide students near the beginning of their graduate school careers with an introduction to valuable theoretical or methodological approaches, and expose them to working at a research library, through the lens of a particular topic.

Ten-Week Graduate Seminars

We host ten-week graduate seminars, for which participants may earn credit at their home institutions, on a variety of topics. See Graduate Seminars for details about how to apply and information about upcoming seminars.

Propose to Teach a Center for Renaissance Studies Graduate Program

We send a Call for Proposals each fall to faculty members at consortium institutions, soliciting proposals for ten-week graduate seminars and one-day research methods workshops. See Proposing a Graduate Program for more information.

Note: Graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies member universities may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Past Graduate Programs

Upcoming Events (See also Graduate Seminars, above)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Ten-week Graduate Seminar
European Wars of Religion will be a journey into the excitement, division, chaos, and horror of religious reform and civil violence during the Wars of Religion in early modern Europe. The course will focus on cultural and social aspects of religious and civil conflict during the German Peasants’ Revolt, Dutch Revolt, French Wars of Religion, Thirty Years’ War, and British Civil Wars.
Friday, October 6, 2017Friday, April 20, 2018
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Led by Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Lia Markey, Newberry Library
Friday, October 13, 2017
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
As the successor to the Christian Middle Ages, the Renaissance is commonly known as a new age in which religion is dethroned and gives way to a secular outlook on the world and society.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
The Edward E. Ayer Collection of rare books and manuscripts contained 4,000 rare colonial documents from New Spain when it was given to the Newberry Library in 1911.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
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.