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Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

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Pentecost. Case MS 185, f. 10

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

Friday, January 15, 2016Friday, March 18, 2016
Graduate Seminar
Ten-week graduate seminar
The application deadline has passed
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
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
The application deadline has passed
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
Please register by 10 am Friday, February 26
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 mode
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!” Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline introduces an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king into the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Seminar in European Art
No registration necessary; write for copies of the papers.
Print Techniques versus Female Exemplars: Enea Vico’s Monstrous Women Susan Gaylard, University of Washington Pro bono malum:Furini Ariosto, and the Verso of Painting Morten Steen Hansen
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early Career Graduate Students
The application deadline has passed.
This workshop introduces beginning graduate students to some technical aspects of the study of European culture during the Middle Ages. It is suitable for students with concentrations in literature (of any European language), history, art history, medieval studies, manuscript studies, history of the book, and other relevant disciplines.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
The application deadline has passed
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
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, March 18
Criticism of the eighteenth-century novel and even work in the burgeoning field of print culture has often neglected the importance of the process of revision, perhaps because the “actual sight of … revisions,” according to D. A.
Thursday, April 14, 2016Friday, April 15, 2016
Early Modern Studies Program
A Joint Cervantes/Early Modern Studies Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Wednesday, April 13
To commemorate the lives of Cervantes and Shakespeare, two towering figures of European literature, on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of their shared death date in April 1616, the Center for Renaissance Studies will host a three-day public symposium to spotlight their achievements and examine the parallels and intersections of their work.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“This is our wedding day. We haven’t even had our wedding dinner and he’s gone off with Susana to Assisi for the afternoon? What does it mean?”
Friday, April 29, 2016
Seminar in European Art
No registration necessary; write for copies of the papers.
The Metamorphosis of Nature in the Dutch Revolt Marisa Anne Bass, Washington University in Saint Louis Vasari’s Speed Douglas G. Biow, University of Texas at Austin
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, May 13
What, in Milton’s view, is the nature of self-awareness? Professor Harrison tries to answer this question by showing how Milton’s depiction of human subjectivity in Paradise Lost emerges from his anthropological convictions about human nature.
Monday, June 27, 2016Friday, July 15, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
at the Newberry Library
Application deadline March 1
This three-week institute will offer intensive training in the accurate reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval though the early modern periods. The instruction is intended to enable scholars in various fields of specialization to acquire the skills to work with primary sources.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016Friday, July 29, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
At the Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Application deadline March 1
This four-week institute will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period.
Friday, September 16, 2016Friday, December 9, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Application deadline May 1
This special seminar is devoted to creating a broad-based community of graduate students who are at the beginning stages of working on their dissertations in the history of Europe or the Atlantic World, c. 1400-c. 1750. The goal will be to provide comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than would be available on any single campus.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Other Renaissance Programs
By invitation only
Annual meeting for the faculty representatives of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. Additional details will be added later.
Thursday, September 29, 2016Thursday, December 8, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Ten-week graduate seminar
Early application deadline May 1
This course will examine the relationship between gender, sex differences, and politics—defined broadly—in medieval Europe, exploring the ways in which systems of power mapped onto perceived sex differences and bolstered, reproduced, or authenticated those systems.
Friday, September 30, 2016Saturday, October 1, 2016
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Application deadline August 1
This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to reading and transcribing documents written in Spain and Spanish America from the late fifteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Although the course sessions will be taught primarily in English, all of the documents will be in Spanish.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 7
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
Friday, October 14, 2016
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Application deadline May 1
The field of eighteenth‐century Shakespeare has recently received renewed attention with the publication of the essay collection Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century (Fiona Ritchie and Peter Sabor, eds.) by Cambridge University Press (2012), Michael Caines’s volume for the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series (2013) and conference sessions at the American Society for Eighteenth‐Century St
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Eighteenth Century Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 11.
The paper title and description will be added later. A reception will follow the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Susan S. Lanser, Brandeis University.
Thursday, January 26, 2017Saturday, January 28, 2017
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
The CFP will be posted this summer.
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.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, March 3, 2017
The paper title and description will be posted later. The format is not a lecture, but discussion of a precirculated scholarly paper. The paper is sent electronically to those who register to attend. A reception will follow the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Sean Silver, University of Michigan.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Milton Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 5, 2017
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: Paul Stevens, University of Toronto