Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

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The Center for Renaissance Studies 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.

Through our reciprocal arrangement with the Folger Institute in Washington, DC, which also works with a consortium of universities, Institute seminar fees are waived for faculty and graduate students at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies schools upon acceptance of application, in accordance with Folger policy and our agreement. Participants may be eligible to apply to their home institution to use Newberry consortium funds to travel to the Folger for programs or research, with authorization from their school’s Newberry committee.

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Upcoming Programs

Monday, June 22, 2015 to Thursday, July 16, 2015
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography
Application deadline: March 1, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015 to Friday, December 11, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
2015 Dissertation Seminar for Literary Scholars
The application deadline has passed

This seminar aims to create a broad-based community of graduate students at the beginning stages of work on their dissertations in early modern literature, c.1500 to 1800.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 to Thursday, December 3, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Mary Franklin-Brown, Poetry, Politics, and Community in High Medieval France : Ten-week graduate seminar
Apply for one of four spots remaining.

This seminar will explore the theory and practice of political poetry during the long twelfth century.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Medieval Studies Program
New Approaches to Medieval Drama : 2015-16 Medieval Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Thursday, September 24

This symposium will bring together scholars from complementary disciplinary perspectives who are revolutionizing the ways we think about what medieval drama is and its wider contexts.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
2015 Consortium Representative Council Meeting : By invitation only

Annual meeting for the faculty representatives of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions.

A full schedule will be added later. We invite those who can arrive a day early to attend our Symposium on New Approaches to Medieval Drama on Friday, September 25.

Friday, October 16, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Don Quixote and Theory, Renaissance and Contemporary : Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: September 10

This workshop will focus on approaches to Don Quixote and implications for the study of narrative in general.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Kathleen Wilson, Performing The Wonder in Sumatra: East India Company Peripheries and the History of Modernity
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, October 16

How did theatrical performance work to stage larger English encounters with alterity in far-flung colonial sites? Professor Wilson will examine that question from the point of view of colonial residents of Sumatra and Saint Helena, who used English theatrical and social performances to reflect upon their own presence and status as agents of British modernity.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
From Manuscript to Print: Evolution or Revolution? : Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: September 10

This workshop will examine the transition from the manuscript to the printed book, focusing in particular on the period 1300-1650 in England.

Friday, October 30, 2015
History of the Book Program
Making and Knowing: Early Modern Geometries
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, October 29

This symposium, co-organized by scholars whose work touches on the related histories of science, art, and other early modern practices, will consider early modern geometry and more generally mathematics, in theoretical and practical dimensions, drawing on wide-ranging sources in the collection of the Newberry.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Introduction to Medieval Studies at the Newberry : Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: September 10

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.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Milton Seminar
Mary Nyquist
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 20

The paper title and description will be added later.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Mary Nyquist, University of Toronto.

Friday, January 15, 2016 to Friday, March 18, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Rebecca Zorach, Thinking with Stones : Ten-week graduate seminar
Early application deadline: December 1, 2015

This seminar asks how it might change the study of early modern Europe’s material culture to organize our thinking around one particular type of matter: stone.

Using theoretical reference points associated with the “new materialism” and ecocriticism, we will try to think from (or around) the position of stone, stones, and stoniness in a series of different ways:

Thursday, January 28, 2016 to Saturday, January 30, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
2016 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
CFP will be posted this summer; deadline: October 15

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies.

Friday, February 26, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Poetry as Theology: New Theoretical Approaches to Dante : Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: December 1

One recent approach to research on Dante emphasizes the use of poetry as a vehicle of religious discourse and even of theological revelation. Dante has a paradigmatic value for this topic that has widely influenced study throughout numerous subfields of literature and religion, intensely engaging a considerable variety of medieval and Renaissance writers—mystics and humanists alike.

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Dante Lecture
William Franke, The Apotheosis of Self-Reflection: Dante and the Inauguration of the Modern Era
Please register by 10 am Friday, February 26, 2016

Philosophers typically attribute the foundation of modern thought to René Descartes, who in his Discours de la méthode (1637) extensively deploys metaphors of “founding” for his theory of how the edifice of knowledge is regrounded on the clear and distinct certainty of the cogito: “I think, therefore I am.” Cultural historians sometimes locate a remoter starting point for...

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England : Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline: December 1

In an influential article from 2004, Ken Jackson and Arthur Marotti heralded the turn to religion in early modern studies, a movement that has largely involved reading early modern literature through the lens of Continental philosophy. Yet well before this development, scholarship on early modern Englishwomen’s writing had already undergone its own turn to religion.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Hilary Havens, From Samuel Richardson to William Godwin: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, March 18, 2015

A paper description will be added later. This will be a precirculated paper for discussion at the seminar.

A reception will follow the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Thursday, April 14, 2016 to Friday, April 15, 2016
Cervantes Symposium
2016 Symposium on Cervantes and Shakespeare
Please register to attend by 10 am Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the deaths of the two towering writers of the Renaissance: Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. This year’s symposium will consider both authors. Speakers and program details will be added soon.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Milton Seminar
Timothy Harrison
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, May 13, 2016

A paper title and description will be added later. The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Timothy Harrison, University of Chicago

Monday, June 13, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
2016 Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography : at the Newberry Library
Application deadline: March 1, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Milton Seminar
Kathy Lavezzo
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 7, 2016

A paper title and description will be added later.

The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa