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 first post in the series, “Under Your Nose: Archive Finds at Home,” is available now.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, September 1, 7:30pm
    We will meet at Rob Schneider’s house (1130 East First Street) for a festive Beginning of the Year Reception and a Roundtable with brief papers by three IU faculty members:
    Nico Bertoloni Meli (History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine):
    “The Art and History of Pathological Illustrations”
    Shannon Gayk (English):
    “Power, Protection, and Henry VIII’s Prayer Roll”
    Paul Losensky (Comp Lit / Central Eurasian Studies):
    “Not all the Poets Went to India: Literary Culture in Safavid Iran”
  • Thursday, October 6
    “Bring Out Your Dead! Dancing on the Graves of Shakespeare and Cervantes”
    Funeral Feast: Renaissance Banquet, Food for Thought, Dramatic and Musical Performances. Keynote by Jacques Lezra (Spanish, English, and Comparative Literature, NYU).
  • Friday, October 21, 2:30-5:30pm
    “What Was Beauty?”
    In conjunction with the Themester on Beauty, this event brings a sharp focus to the question about what beauty was, what role it played in the human experience of past centuries, and how this legacy continues to shape our present consideration of and/or aversions to beauty. The event features two keynote lectures by prominent external guests Michael Cole (Art History, Columbia University) and Lydia Goehr (Philosophy, Columbia University), world class scholars of the Italian Renaissance and history of aesthetics respectively, followed by a roundtable with three IU faculty where each panelist brings in one object of beauty from the past for all of us to consider together. The panelists are Marco Arnaudo (French and Italian), Kristina Muxfeldt (Musicology) and Sonia Velázquez (Religious Studies / Comparative Literature).
  • Friday, December 9
    End-of-Year Roundtable featuring the work of advanced graduate students, followed by a festive reception.