Graduate 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 in master’s or Ph.D. programs in any discipline of medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies: ten-week graduate seminars held at the Newberry, for which students can earn academic credit at their home institutions; one-day research methods workshops; our annual multidisciplinary graduate student conference; and dissertation seminars. Advanced graduate students are also eligible to apply for our Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography.

Graduate Seminars

See Graduate Seminars for details about how to enroll and information about upcoming seminars.

Graduate Student Conference

The annual graduate student multidisciplinary 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. Please see Publications for a list of peer-edited online conference proceedings from the graduate student conference.

One-day Research Methods Workshops

These workshops, led by top consortium scholars, teach students near the beginning of their graduate school careers valuable methodological approaches and expose them to working at a research library, through the lens of a particular topic.

Dissertation Seminars

The Center hosts a series of dissertation seminars in various fields, 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 once a month, 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.

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 Graduate Programs

Upcoming Events (See also Graduate Seminars, above)

Friday, September 18, 2015 to Friday, December 11, 2015
Renaissance Graduate Programs
2015 Dissertation Seminar for Literary Scholars
Application deadline: April 15

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
Early application deadline: May 15, 2015

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

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 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.

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.

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:

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, 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.