Center for Renaissance Studies Programs | Newberry

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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2020-2021 Programming Brochure

Upcoming Programs

Friday, October 2, 2020
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
A Conversation with Chefs and Authors
What do great cooks and writers learn from the recipes and foodways of the past? What can scholars learn from the ways we cook and think about cooking today? Find out in a conversation that brings together authors, chefs, and scholars who celebrate the history behind the foods we love.
Friday, October 2, 2020Monday, October 12, 2020
Co-sponsored by the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, a Mellon Foundation initiative in collaborative research at the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Friday, October 9, 2020Friday, May 7, 2021
This seminar provides an interdisciplinary, supportive community for graduate students in the early stages of dissertation preparation. Gender plays a critical role in understanding, displaying, and experiencing modes of power across a wide range of cultural activities, ca. 1100-1700.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
What can books from the early modern period tell us about Indigenous foodways, and what do they miss? How have Indigenous peoples preserved traditional foodways in spite of settler-colonialism, and how does this work continue today? Join us for a virtual conversation about how Indigenous foodways have been represented, appropriated, and misunderstood throughout history.
Thursday, October 22, 2020Thursday, October 29, 2020
What constitutes speech? What is a public space, and how is it policed? How are the boundaries drawn between those who want to be seen and heard, and those who want them to remain absent? This interdisciplinary symposium will address how the permeable boundaries between public presence and absence were created, enforced, and challenged in the medieval and early modern periods.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Jonathan Swift, Edward Said, and the Demands of Late Style, Helen Deutsch
Friday, October 30, 2020
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
A virtual conversation with Susan Dackerman (Stanford University) and Pedro Raposo (Adler Planetarium)
In this virtual conversation, Renaissance print scholar Susan Dackerman and historian of science Pedro Raposo will discuss the workings of early modern scientific instruments and their depiction on paper.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Seminar in European Art
Nothing is the Matter: Locating God in the Cosmic Void, Elina Gertsman
Friday, December 4, 2020
This workshop will focus on the Mississippi Bubble, a global financial disaster in 1720.
Monday, January 4, 2021Monday, March 8, 2021
Renaissance Graduate Programs
Ten-Week Graduate Seminar
This virtual course will introduce you to methods, approaches, uses, and challenges of digital humanities with respect to the study of medieval and early modern cultures. Over the past few decades, scholars in all fields of medieval and early modern studies have increasingly used digital resources to study and teach the premodern past.
Friday, March 19, 2021Friday, March 26, 2021
Renaissance Graduate Programs
This virtual workshop explores typical problems and situations that engage the interest of medieval book historians. Through readings, discussion, and analysis of primary sources, participants will gain experience in a flexible, inventive methodology, and an understanding of how the study of surviving medieval books contributes to the study of medieval literary culture in general.
Friday, April 23, 2021
This workshop will guide participants through the process of developing theatrical productions out of their research interests. Part of a multi-year international project devoted to exploring the educational and commercial viability of the theatrical repertoire from the long eighteenth century, this workshop will focus in particular on Restoration and eighteenth-century performance research.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Anti-race, 1550–1760, Roxann Wheeler