Center for Renaissance Studies
The Center for Renaissance Studies promotes the use of the Newberry collection by graduate students and postgraduate scholars in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies (ca. 1300 – ca. 1750), making available programs that may not be feasible for individual institutions to mount alone.
Founded in 1979, the center works with an international consortium of universities in North America and the United Kingdom. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collection, and provides a locus for a community of scholars who come from all over the world to use the library’s early manuscripts, printed books, and other materials.
Faculty and graduate students from consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to travel to the Newberry to attend programs or do research.
Interested researchers should consult the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies core collection details for an introduction to navigating the Newberry’s extensive Renaissance and early modern collections.
Funding for the center is provided in part by the Bernard P. McElroy Fund in Renaissance Studies.
News and announcements
- We are delighted to announce that Lia Markey has recently joined the Newberry as our new Director for the Center for Renaissance Studies. Lia was recently the Andrew W. Mellon fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has also been the Hanna Kiel Fellow at Villa I Tatti in Florence and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Markey spent five years at Princeton University in various roles, including Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology, and Curatorial Assistant at Princeton’s Art Museum. She has earned a PhD in Art History at the University of Chicago, an MA in Art History at Syracuse University, and a BA at DePaul University. Lia’s recent book is Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence, and she is co-editing an interdisciplinary volume on the reception of the New World in early modern Italy for Cambridge University Press.
- The website French Renaissance Paleography, a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and annotate French manuscript documents dating from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, is now live. The project was developed by the Center for Renaissance Studies in partnership with Saint Louis University’s Center for Digital Humanities, the University of Toronto Libraries, and Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance; and funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- The Newberry has embarked on a CLIR-funded project to digitize 30,000 French political pamphlets published between 1780 and 1810. More than 1,400 are already available on the Internet Archive, and more will appear as they are processed.
- Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies. The center is one of 18 international partners in this five-year project to rethink early modern Europe as an “age of conversion.” The project will involve both scholars and artists and will entail creative programs as well as workshops and conferences, to engage multiple public audiences.
- The five-year Gannon Initiative is making the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion, individually cataloging nearly 6,000 items in our collections.
- Explore our experimental online monograph, Humanism for Sale: Making and Marketing Schoolbooks in Italy, 1450-1650, by Paul F. Gehl, and learn about using the site as an interactive text in the classroom.
- The Newberry has recently completed a project to catalog 22,000 early modern French pamphlets. See the catalogers’ blog, French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry, for updates on what they have discovered, and also this collection description, with tips for searching the catalog for these materials.
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