Fall 2012 programs for graduate students

Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University
Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University
Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University
Richard Kieckhefer, Northwestern University
Michael I. Allen, University of Chicago
Michael I. Allen, University of Chicago

Our three programs for graduate students this fall still have a few openings available: one one-day research-skills workshop and two ten-week graduate seminars (students may opt to earn credit or simply audit). Students from Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools have priority for enrollment in all these programs and all fees are waived for them. Faculty auditors from consortium institutions are encouraged. When space permits, students from non-consortium schools may enroll; they pay a fee.

Click the links below for more information and links to the online registration forms.

Reading the Early Modern Anglo-Muslim Archive: The Poetics and Politics of Cultural Translation

This full-day workshop will meet Friday, September 28. It will be led by Jyotsna Singh, professor of English at Michigan State University, who works on early modern literature and culture, colonial history, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields.

Drawing on a growing scholarly engagement with Anglo-Muslim relations from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries, this workshop will focus on figurations of Islam and Muslim cultures, within both intercultural and intra-cultural contexts. While European Renaissance cultures cast both a skeptical and a fascinated eye on the Muslim world on their peripheries, participants in the workshop will work to illuminate those Muslim societies from both local and globalizing contexts.

The workshop is open to M.A. students and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program. We encourage students to plan to return to the Newberry the following Saturday morning, and/or come a day early, to pursue independent research in our reading rooms. Enrollment is limited to 20. Download a PDF flyer.

The Conversion of Constantine, 312 to 2012

This ten-week graduate seminar will meet 2 to 5 pm on Thursdays, starting September 27. The instructor is Richard Kieckhefer, professor of history at Northwestern University and author of six books on medieval religion. The seminar will begin with the moment the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and trace that event’s momentous consequences for Western Europe through late antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and up to the present.

This seminar is open to all graduate students in MA or PhD programs and has no prerequisites. Enrollment is limited to 12. Download a PDF flyer.

Latin Paleography

This ten-week graduate seminar will meet 2 to 5 pm on Fridays, starting September 28. It will be taught by Michael Allen, professor of classics at University of Chicago, whose research focuses on the ninth-century historian Frechulf of Lisieux. Participants will learn how Latin script developed during the late Roman period through the Middle Ages; acquire ocular flexibility for reading writing of all eras; become familiar with abbreviations and editorial practice of the time; and learn to read samples of Classical and Christian Latin texts in facsimiles.

Prerequisite: a solid working knowledge of Latin. Enrollment is limited to 20. Download a PDF flyer.

 

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