Event—Center for Renaissance Studies

2020 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad20


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 in Europe, the Americas, and the Mediterranean world. 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.


Printable CFP flyer

Conference participants and organizers from 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. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines. Be sure to contact your Representative Council member in advance, as early as possible, for details.

Clara Biesel, University of Minnesota
Katie Blankenau, Northwestern University
Valentina Geri, University of Notre Dame
Marcus Höhne, University of Kansas
David Kemp, University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale
Tania Kolarik, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Courtney MacPhee, Claremont Graduate University
Hayla May, Oklahoma State University
Kelli McQueen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michal Zechariah, University of Chicago

Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, January 23

1:30-2:30 pm Organizers' Meeting
3 pm Check-in/Registration Opens (Ruggles Hall)
3:30-4:30 pm Collection Presentation (Baskes Boardroom)
4:30-5:30 pm Plenary: Premodern Studies and Public Engagement (Ruggles)
Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Newberry Library
Alex Teller, Newberry Library
Sara B.T. Thiel, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
5:30-7 pm Opening Reception

FRIDAY, January 24

9-9:30 am Coffee and Light Breakfast (Ruggles Hall)
9:30-11 am

Session 1: Panels 1-4 (Basement Classrooms)
1. Irregular Consumption
2. Perception and Interpretation
3. Constructing Female Power
4. Courtly Arts and the Art of the Court

11-11:30 am Break
11:30 am-1 pm Session 2: Panels 5-7 (Basement Classrooms)
5. Birth, Death, and Disability
6. Transcultural Negotiations
7. Embodied Cultural Memory
1-2 pm Luncheon (Ruggles Hall)
2-3 pm Collection Presentation (ITW Seminar Room)
Meet a Newberrian: Rebecca L. Fall, Program Manager for Operations, Center for Renaissance Studies
(Ruggles Hall)
3-3:30 pm Break
3:30-5 pm Session 3: Panels 8-11 (Basement Classrooms)
8. Transnational Narratives of Power and Political Subjecthood
9. Virtue and Vice in Times of Controversy
10. Gender and Religious Transgression
11. Rethinking Manuscript Culture

SATURDAY, January 25

10-10:30 am Coffee
10:30 am - 12 pm Session 4: Panels 12-15
12. Moralization and Commodification of the Natural World
13. The Ethics of Existence
14. Madness and Melancholy
15. Scientia Imprimita
12-1 pm Meet a Newberrian: Rebecca Haynes, Manager of Volunteers