Center for Renaissance Studies
The Center for Renaissance Studies promotes the use of the Newberry collection by graduate students and postgraduate scholars in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies (ca. 1300 – ca. 1750), making available programs that may not be feasible for individual institutions to mount alone.
Founded in 1979, the center 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.
Interested researchers should consult the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies core collection details for an introduction to navigating the Newberry’s extensive Renaissance and early modern collections.
Funding for the center is provided in part by the Bernard P. McElroy Fund in Renaissance Studies.
News and announcements
December 1 is the application deadline for our spring 2016 graduate programs:
- Ten-week graduate seminar: Thinking with Stones in Early Modern Europe, led by Rebecca Zorach, Northwestern University, Friday, January 15, 2016 – Friday, March 18, 2016.
Two Research Methods Workshops for Early-Career Graduate Students.
Poetry as Theology: New Theoretical Approaches to Dante, led by William Franke, Vanderbilt University, and Vittorio Montemaggi, University of Notre Dame, Friday, February 26
The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England, led by Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University, and Paula McQuade, DePaul University, Saturday, March 12
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Newberry $526,000 to create a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and annotate French manuscript documents dating from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The project will run for 24 months, from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2015. The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies will direct the project in collaboration with Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, which partners with the University of Toronto Libraries’ Information Technology Services Unit; and with the Center for Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University.
- Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies. The center is one of 18 international partners in this five-year project to rethink early modern Europe as an “age of conversion.” The project will involve both scholars and artists and will entail creative programs as well as workshops and conferences, to engage multiple public audiences.
- The five-year Gannon Initiative is making the Newberry one of the nation’s premier centers for research on early modern religion, individually cataloging nearly 6,000 items in our collections.
- Explore our experimental online monograph, Humanism for Sale: Making and Marketing Schoolbooks in Italy, 1450-1650, by Paul F. Gehl, and learn about using the site as an interactive text in the classroom.
- The Newberry has recently completed a project to catalog 22,000 early modern French pamphlets. See the catalogers’ blog, French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry, for updates on what they have discovered, and also this collection description, with tips for searching the catalog for these materials.
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