2 - 5 pm on four Fridays, September 26, October 17, November 7, and December 5.
This seminar will be devoted to creating a broad-based community of graduate students who are at the beginning stages of working on their dissertations in the late medieval, Renaissance, or early modern history of continental Europe, c. 1300-1700. 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.
Learn more about the seminar directors:
Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago
Constantin Fasolt’s interest is focused on the historical background behind the structures of authority that governed the European and American worlds from the eighteenth until the twentieth century. His research deals with the origin and significance of modern historical and political thought. His teaching covers European intellectual history from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century, especially in Germany and France, with occasional glances further back in time. He has written books on late medieval theories of constitutional government as carried forward by the conciliar movement (Council and Hierarchy) and the significance of the early modern turn to history (The Limits of History). He is also general editor of New Perspectives on the Past, a series of interdisciplinary monographs on fundamental aspects of history published by Blackwell, Oxford.
Zachary Schiffman, Northeastern Illinois University
Zachary Sayre Schiffman is the author of The Birth of the Past (Johns Hopkins, 2011) and On the Threshold of Modernity: Relativism in the French Renaissance (Johns Hopkins, 1991). He is co-author of Information Ages: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Computer Revolution (Johns Hopkins, 1998) and editor of Humanism and the Renaissance (Houghton Mifflin, 2002). He has published numerous articles on early modern history and historiography. In addition to his graduate training in history at the University of Chicago, Schiffman has been an Exxon Fellow at the Newberry Library and a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Eligibility: 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, with a topic in the late medieval, Renaissance, or early modern history of continental Europe, c. 1300-1700. Students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools have priority, in accordance with the consortium agreement. Fees are waived for students from consortium institutions.
- Complete an Application Cover Sheet and save it with a new name (otherwise it will be blank when we open it).
- Write a letter that includes the title and a two-paragraph summary of your dissertation, whether you have started archival research yet, and any language preparation you have completed that is necessary to your project.
- Send both of the above items as email attachments no later than Tuesday, April 22, to Karen Christianson, associate director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will notify applicants of the selection committee’s decisions before the end of May.