College of Arts and Sciences

Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Studies is a multi-disciplinary program for faculty and graduate students who work on Renaissance and early modern materials from the 14th to the 17th century. The mission of the program is to foster dialogue and collaboration across disciplines, languages and traditions. Renaissance Studies organizes a vast range of events, including conferences, lecture series, symposia and roundtables. A Ph.D. minor or an area certificate in Renaissance Studies provides the multi-disciplinary education necessary to equip students for research on Renaissance and early modern topics, drawing on a wide selection of courses with a Renaissance / early modern focus.

New Renaissance Studies Blog

As a new feature of the Renaissance Studies website, the 2016-17 Renaissance Studies Graduate Fellow Rowena Galavitz will write a series of blog posts, titled “Renaissance Perspectives.” The second post in the series, “Under Your Nose: Renaissance Archival Material in the Transatlantic World,” is available now.

Upcoming Events

  • Why Utopia? (poster)
    Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00-1:15pm
    Global and International Studies Building, Room 2067

    Please join us for an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on the promise and importance of Utopia, 501 years after Thomas More coined the term. Our five panelists will make brief opening remarks on the potential of the concept in their own research and beyond, bringing us back well before Thomas More and beyond the European tradition, before we open the general discussion. Panelists include: Guadalupe González Diéguez (Jewish Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, IU), Reinier Leushuis (Modern Languages, Florida State University), Karma Lochrie (English, IU), Eric MacPhail (French and Italian, IU), and Johannes Türk (Germanic Studies, IU). Presented by Renaissance Studies and the Medieval Studies Institute.
  • Renaissance Studies NOW
    Friday, April 21, 11am and 4pm
    College Arts & Humanities Institute
    Two roundtables, teaching and research. Speakers include: Stephanie Elsky (English, U of Wisconsin, Madison), Cécile Fromont (Art History, U of Chicago), Marcus Keller (French, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Sarah Van der Laan (Comparative Literature, IU) and Giovanni Zanovello (Musicology, IU).