Event—Center for Renaissance Studies

2022 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference #NLGrad22


This 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 all fields 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. Conference programming will include professionalization sessions and rare book presentations in addition to the workshops and conference panels.

Although the 2022 conference program had been scheduled to include both virtual and in-person sessions, the recent surge in Covid-19 cases has prompted us to shift all programming to a virtual format. In addition to virtual conference activities in January, we will also host an optional in-person “Unconference” for participants at the Newberry on June 3, 2022.


Hyeree Ellis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maggie Heeschen, University of Minnesota
Britt Boler Hunter, Florida State University
Iraboty Kazi, University of Western Ontario
Katherine Knowles, Michigan State University
Christina Kolias, Claremont Graduate University
Melani Shahin, University of Chicago
Emily Sharrett, Loyola University Chicago
Elizabeth Shuffield, Oklahoma State University
Elijah Two Bears, University of Mississippi
Philip Zabrowski, University of Iowa

Schedule at a Glance

All times listed below are Central time. To see a full schedule of the conference, click here.

All-Virtual Pre-Conference (January 17-21, 2022)

Pre-conference sessions are limited to conference participants and organizers.

Monday, January 17

12-1 pm Virtual Coffee Hour and “Ask Me Anything” with CRS staff (via Zoom)

Tuesday, January 18

12-1 pm Virtual Workshop 1: Material Communities (via Zoom)

Wednesday, January 19

12-1 pm Virtual Coffee Hour and “Ask Me Anything” with CRS staff (via Zoom)

Thursday, January 20

12-1 pm Virtual Workshop 2: Testing the Margins: Politics, Poetics, Otherness (via Zoom)

Friday, January 21

12-1 pm Virtual Coffee Hour and “Ask Me Anything” with CRS staff (via Zoom)

Virtual Regular Conference Sessions (January 27-29, 2022)

Thursday, January 27

12-1:30 pm Panel 1: Gender and the Body (Zoom link here)
Panel 2: Expressions of Sin and Free Will (Zoom link here)
3-4 pm Meet a Newberrian: Laura McEnaney, Vice President for Research & Education (Conference participants only)
4:30-5:30 pm Keynote Conversation: The Future of “Premodern” Studies. (Zoom link here)

Friday, January 28

9:30-11 am Panel 3: Affect & Conscience (Zoom link here)
Panel 4: Sexuality & Social Control (Zoom link here)
11:30 am-1 pm Panel 5: Redefining Community: Selfhood & Identity (Zoom link here)
Panel 6: Feeling Bodies (Zoom link here)
3:30-5 pm Panel 7: Matriarchy & Patriarchy (Zoom link here)
Panel 8: Reexamining Historiography (Zoom link here)

Saturday, January 29

10:15-11:45 am Panel 9: More Than Human: Animals, Food, Materiality (Zoom link here)
Panel 10: Liminality & Marginality (Zoom link here)
12-1:30 pm Panel 11: Ritual Performance (Zoom link here)
Panel 12: Textual Mutability (Zoom link here)