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Scholarly Programs

Book of Hours

Book of Hours, Bruges, c. 1455. Case MS 35.

The Center for Renaissance Studies hosts four major kinds of programs especially for students and faculty in any discipline of medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies: our annual multidisciplinary graduate student conference; an annual dissertation seminar; one-day research methods workshops; and ten-week seminars held at the Newberry, for which students can earn academic credit at their home institutions. Enrollment is by competitive application, with priority given to applicants from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions.

Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

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

Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources. See Publications for links to peer-edited online conference proceedings from the 2007 through 2015 conferences.

Dissertation Seminars

The Center hosts an annual dissertation seminar, led by top medieval, Renaissance, and early modern scholars. The seminars are open by competitive application to ABD students at consortium schools who are toward the beginning of their dissertation research. Meeting on Friday afternoons approximately four times throughout the year, the seminar focuses on methods and comparisons, and provides comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than are available on any single campus.

One-Day Research Methods Workshops

These workshops, led by top consortium scholars, provide participants with an introduction to valuable theoretical or methodological approaches, and expose them to working at a research library, through the lens of a particular topic.

Ten-Week Seminars

We host ten-week seminars, for which participants may earn credit at their home institutions, on a variety of topics. See Graduate Seminars for details about how to apply and information about upcoming seminars.

Propose to Teach a Center for Renaissance Studies Graduate Program

We send a Call for Proposals each fall to faculty members at consortium institutions, soliciting proposals for ten-week graduate seminars and one-day research methods workshops. See Proposing a Graduate Program for more information.

Note: Graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies member universities may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants 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.

Past Scholarly Programs

Upcoming Events (See also Graduate Seminars, above)

Thursday, January 7, 2021Thursday, March 11, 2021
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Ten-Week Graduate Seminar
This course will introduce you to methods, approaches, uses, and challenges of digital humanities with respect to the study of the premodern world. Over the past few decades, scholars in all fields of medieval and early modern studies have increasingly used digital resources to study and teach the premodern past.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Renaissance Graduate Programs
This workshop takes a long view of the effects of technological change on word-image relations: Beginning with the print resources of the Newberry, we will ask the following questions: How were particular methods of visual and verbal representation key to the organization of knowledge in the early modern period?
Friday, March 19, 2021
Renaissance Graduate Programs
This workshop explores typical problems and situations that engage the interest of medieval book historians. Through readings, discussion, and a collection presentation, participants will gain experience in a flexible, inventive methodology, and an understanding of how the study of surviving medieval books contributes to the study of medieval literary culture in general.