2016 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad16 | Newberry

2016 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad16

From Ornamental Alphabet with Putti, Newberry Collection sc736, No. 6

From Ornamental Alphabet with Putti, Newberry Collection sc736, No. 6

Thursday, January 28, 2016Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thursday: 1:30-6:30; Friday: 9-4; Saturday: 9-1

Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

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.

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 Library and its resources. This year’s conference will comprise twenty-four sessions with three twenty-minute papers each, for a total of seventy-two presenters.

Twitter hashtag: #NLGrad16


Complete schedule (revised) | Abstracts (revised)

THURSDAY January 28

Check-in table open 12:30-4:30 (Ruggles)

12–1:30 Organizers’ luncheon
1:30–3 Thursday afternoon sessions
- 1. Cosmography, Space, Place
2. Creating and Navigating Patronage Networks in Early Modern Britain
3. Women in Early Modern Spain
4. Consumption: Exploring the Spiritual, Physical, and Metaphysical
3:15–4:15 Plenary session
- Welcome; introduction to the Newberry collection and getting the most out of the online catalog and finding aids; discussion of job markets for scholars in medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies.
4:15–6 Opening reception (included with registration)

FRIDAY January 29

Check-in table open 9–12 and 1:30–2:30 (Ruggles)

9–9:30 Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30–11 Friday morning sessions
- 5. Sense, Experience, and the Stage
6. Approaching the Individual
7. Europeans Imag(in)ing Asia
8. Institutions and Landscapes in Iceland
11–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–1 Friday midday sessions
- 9. Margaret Cavendish
10. Early Modern Intertextualities
11. A Conflicted People? Ecclesiastical and Popular Influences on the Reformation in England
12. Queer Identities in Pre-Modern Times
1–2:30 Conference luncheon (included with registration)
2:30–4 Friday afternoon sessions
- 13. Cross-cultural Exchanges: Construction and Commerce
14. Female Empowerment/Agency
15. Early Modern Fascination: Reading the Senses
16. Romance and Narrative: English Authors on English Society

SATURDAY January 30

Check-in table open 9–11:30 (Ruggles)

9–9:30 Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30–11 Saturday morning sessions
- 17. Making a Nation: Religion, Nature, and Law
18. Memory and Emotion
19. Milton, the Crown, and the Church
20. Physical and Mental Health
11–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–1 Saturday midday sessions
- 21. Measuring the Medieval
22. Negotiating the Production Process of Material Objects
23. Conceiving Conversion, Conquest, and Confessional Difference in the Mediterranean World
24. Genres of Knowledge in Renaissance English Poetry

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry Library. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines and some may limit eligibility to certain colleges or departments. Be sure to contact your Representative Council member in advance, as early as possible, for details.


Brian Brooks, English, Oklahoma State University
Michelle Chan, English and Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Matthew Douglas, History, Marquette University
Adrion Dula, French, Wayne State University
Edward J. Gray, History, Purdue University
Joel Grossman, English, Queen Mary, University of London
Sarah Kunjummen, English, University of Chicago
Basit Hammad Qureshi, History, University of Minnesota
Jason Rosenholtz-Witt, Music, Northwestern University
Lise Schlosser, English, Northern Illinois University
Monica Solomon, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Zohra Wolters, History, Claremont Graduate University

Cost and Registration Information 

All presenters and session organizers must register for the conference. Guests of speakers coming to just one session need not register, but those planning to attend a full day or more should.

Online registration for this event is now closed. Onsite registration will be available, with the fee payable in cash or by check only (no credit cards accepted onsite). Onsite registration fee: $50 for participants from Center for Renaissance Studies member universities and their guests; $70 for those from other institutions.