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Center for Renaissance Studies Programs


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The Center for Renaissance Studies works with an international consortium of universities in North America and Europe. It offers a wide range of scholarly programs and digital and print publications based in the Newberry collections, 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. Through our reciprocal arrangement with the Folger Institute in Washington, D.C., which also works with a consortium of universities, Institute seminar fees are waived for faculty and graduate students at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies schools upon acceptance of application.

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2021-2022 Programming Brochure

Upcoming Programs

Friday, October 22, 2021Friday, May 20, 2022
This seminar provides an interdisciplinary, supportive community for graduate students in the early stages of dissertation preparation. The movement of people, things and ideas deeply shaped medieval and early modern literature, philosophy, art, music and culture.
Thursday, January 6, 2022Thursday, March 10, 2022
All too often in popular culture and political media, trans people are misrepresented as “new”—an “invention” of our present moment. But trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming communities have a long and rich history.
Monday, January 17, 2022Saturday, January 29, 2022
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.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Participants in this full-day workshop will learn through examples about the constituent elements of books and how to “read” their meanings and significance.
Friday, February 25, 2022
It has been nearly 50 years since Professor Eric Cochrane of the University of Chicago published Florence in the Forgotten Centuries, 1527-1800: A History of Florence and the Florentines in the Age of the Grand Dukes (1973), a book that has inspired generations of scholars.
Friday, April 8, 2022
This workshop will explore the intersections of literary studies, digital humanities, and methods for sharing materials that are not born digital to a wide audience. To stage the conversation, we will use a 1648 publication by Thomas Gage, The English-American, housed in the Newberry’s collection, as a case study.
Thursday, April 14, 2022Friday, April 15, 2022
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Friday, April 22, 2022
Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
The Edward E. Ayer Collection of rare books and manuscripts contained 4,000 rare colonial documents from New Spain when it was given to the Newberry Library in 1911.
Friday, May 6, 2022
Inventories of premodern treasuries, collections, households, and libraries have long been crucial documents for art historians, historians, and literary historians. How should these seemingly straightforward lists be read, and what can they tell us about how individuals in premodern society conceived of the world?
Monday, July 11, 2022Friday, July 22, 2022
This two-week residential course offers an intensive introduction to reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval through the early modern periods. The course is taught in Italian. The application deadline is March 15, 2022.
Friday, September 30, 2022Saturday, October 1, 2022
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