Premodern Studies Seminar | Newberry

Premodern Studies Seminar

This seminar provides a forum for new approaches to classical, medieval, and early modern studies, allowing scholars from a range of disciplines to share works-in-progress with the broader community at the Center for Renaissance Studies. Our sessions feature discussion of a pre-circulated paper and a presentation of materials from the Newberry collections. We meet three times a year. Every meeting is free and open to the public, and participants are encouraged to attend as many seminars as they are able.

Organized by Timothy Crowley, Northern Illinois University; Megan Heffernan, DePaul University; Lydia Barnett, Northwestern University; and Christopher Fletcher, the Newberry.

The seminar will meet 2-4 pm at the Newberry in Chicago on the following days during the 2019-2020 academic year: Friday, December 6, 2019; Friday, February 21, 2020; and Friday, May 1, 2020.

The theme of the 2019-2020 seminars is “Premodern Knowledge.” Our aim is to explore how knowledge was made, preserved, and disseminated in the medieval and early modern periods, and to consider the ways in which premodern knowledge continues to shape how contemporary society views and makes sense of the world. What counted as knowledge in an age that witnessed an expanding awareness of the physical and natural world, constantly developing technologies for transmitting information, and profound changes in social and intellectual networks? And how ought we to understand the legacy of this knowledge today?

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Past Premodern Studies Seminars

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 1, 2020
Premodern Studies Seminar
“I await the financial recovery of France”: Funding Archaeological Fieldwork in the Age of Enlightenment Jennifer Westerfeld, University of Louisville