March 2015 Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students

Collection of Musical Treatises, 1391, folio 10v. Newberry Case MS 54.1
Collection of Musical Treatises, 1391, folio 10v. Newberry Case MS 54.1
Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Friday, March 6, 2015

9 am to 4:45 pm

Application deadline: January 31, 2015

Room 101

Karen Christianson, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies

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. But in fact the Newberry’s holdings in this area, especially for the twelfth through fifteenth centuries, include sources—both manuscript books and documents and printed editions—that could form the basis of extensive research projects resulting in significant new contributions to knowledge.

This workshop will provide:

  • an orientation to the study of medieval manuscript books and documents
  • an overview of basic skills required for their study (codicology, paleography, diplomatics)
  • an introduction to the resources for medieval studies available at the Newberry, both original manuscript sources and printed editions.

Learn more about the workshop director: Karen Christianson, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies

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Preliminary schedule

8:30: Coffee and introductions
9 - 11:15: Workshop session 1
11:15 - 12: Obtain Newberry reader cards; library tour and orientation
12 - 1:30: Lunch break
1:30 - 2:30: Workshop session 2
2:40 - 3:40: Hands-on session with Newberry rare books
3:50 - 4:45: Workshop session 3 and concluding discussion
(note that the building closes at 5 on Fridays)

Eligibility: This workshop is open to graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program, at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions.

Students with concentrations in literature (of any European language), history, art history, medieval studies, manuscript studies, history of the book, and other relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is by competitive application.

No language prerequisites, though some exposure to Latin would be helpful.

Travel funding: Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds 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.

Cost and registration information: 

Application deadline: Saturday, January 31. We will notify applicants whether they have been accepted by Monday, February 9. We will take later applications if space permits.

Complete this online application form.

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