2012 Dissertation Seminar for Historians

Gramhart, Allemodisch Stambuch. Wing ZP 647 .R755, f.15r.
Gramhart, Allemodisch Stambuch. Wing ZP 647 .R755, f.15r.
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Friday, September 14, 2012 to Friday, November 16, 2012

2 -5 pm on four Fridays: September 14, October 5, October 26, and November 16.

Directed by Edward Muir, Northwestern University, and Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago

This special seminar is devoted to creating a broad-based community of graduate students who are at the beginning stages of working on their dissertations in medieval or Renaissance history. Students working in any geographical area are eligible. The goal will be to provide comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than would be available on any single campus. Discussions will focus on methods and comparisons, with an eye to helping PhD candidates articulate the larger intellectual and historical significance of their specialized research.

The seminar will be limited to 12 participants who have passed all examinations and achieved ABD status by the time of the seminar. Applicants should be near the beginning rather than the end of their dissertation research. Priority is given to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools.

Edward Muir is the Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and the author of Civic Ritual in Renaissance Venice, Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy, Ritual in Early Modern Europe, and The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera. He is the coauthor of the western civilization textbook, The West: Encounters and Transformations. He received the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award for 2010.

Barbara H. Rosenwein is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago and has been visiting professor at the EHESS (Paris), the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), and the University of Utrecht. Her recent work is about emotions in history: Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages; “Emotion Words,” in Le sujet de l’émotion au Moyen Âge, ed. Damien Boquet and Piroska Nagy; and “Construire l’opinion publique: de l’ordre juste de l’amour de saint Thomas d’Aquin,” in Un moyen âge pour aujourd’hui. Mélanges offerts à Claude Gauvard, ed. Julie Claustre, Olivier Mattéoni, and Nicolas Offenstadt. She is currently working on a history of emotions in England and France.

For Fall 2013, the Center plans a similar dissertation seminar for students engaged in literary studies.

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.

Learn more about Center for Renaissance Studies programs for graduate students.

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