The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library is pleased to announce that submissions for our 2023 Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference in Premodern Studies are now open. 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.
In 2023, the conference will adopt a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. Graduate students may submit proposals for virtual workshops of pre-circulated papers or in-person panel presentations. We will also set aside some space for virtual panel presentations for those who cannot travel but prefer to present traditional papers. Participants may attend both the virtual and in-person portions of the conference, but may only present work at one session.
We invite proposals for papers from students in Masters or PhD programs on any humanities topic relating to material before 1800. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, anthropology, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, political science, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies. All papers must be in English.
The 2023 conference program will include virtual and in-person sessions relating to career diversity, professionalization, and rare book presentations in addition to the workshops and conference panels.
Andrea Yang, University of California-Davis
Sarah-Gray Lesley, University of Chicago
Thelma Trujillo, University of Iowa
Moinak Choudhury, University of Minnesota
Juan Fernando Leon, Northwestern University
Megan E. Fox, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Anneliese Hardman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Claire Ptaschinski, University of Pittsburgh
Yibing Bai, Claremont Graduate University
Cassidy Short, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Please note that when submitting a proposal, you must indicate whether you are applying to a virtual workshop with pre-circulated materials (8-12 pages, due January 3, 2023) OR a traditional panel presentation (20-minute papers, primarily in person with some virtual sessions available). You are welcome to submit proposals for both a workshop and a panel presentation, but each proposal must be submitted separately, and you will only be able to present at ONE session.
Abstract submissions will be accepted online only. The deadline to submit an abstract through our online submission form below is Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11:59pm Central Time.Submit a proposal