The Center for Renaissance Studies is developing a multi-year, international research collaborative together with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota devoted to a highly influential yet surprisingly understudied book: Bernard and Picart’s Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. The book, published in nine volumes between 1723 and 1743 and then re-issued in multiple translations and editions over the next hundred years, was a blockbuster bestseller. Based around a lavish set of illustrations made by Bernard Picart, a leading European engraver, the book describes the world’s religions as understood by Europeans at the time, contributing through its text and images to the emerging Enlightenment understanding of universal civilization and history and the place of religion within it.
The research group aims to build upon UCLA’s digital resource devoted to the book by assembling a team of scholars, including graduate students, who will advance research about the book and contribute to the construction of a new state-of-the-art digital research site devoted to the book and its images. The symposium, which will also serve as the launch of the research group, will present new research on Bernard and Picart and their book, explore the development of the web resource and examine editions of the volume at the Newberry first-hand. The graduate symposium aims to focus in more depth on the role of digital humanities to disseminate and present new methods to study this significant Enlightenment book.
Graduate students are required to apply for participation in the research collaborative and graduate student workshop.
Thursday, March 15
6 pm Keynote
Ulrich Pfisterer, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s Department of Art History and Loyola University Chicago
Friday, March 16
Morning presentations and discussion with research collaborators
Afternoon collection presentation and digital humanities workshop
Saturday, March 17
Morning graduate workshop
Caroline Fowler, Yale University
Luke Freeman, University of Minnesota
Michael Gaudio, University of Minnesota
Margaret Jacob, UCLA
Lia Markey, Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
Benjamin Schmidt, University of Washington
JB Shank, University of Minnesota
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.
This program is part of Religious Change, 1450 - 1700, a yearlong multidisciplinary project
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The application deadline is November 1, 2017. Enrollment is limited, by competitive application, with priority given to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. Fees are waived for consortium students.
Complete the online application form.