College of Arts and Sciences

Renaissance Studies


  • Friday, October 21, 2:30-5:30pm
    “What Was Beauty?” (poster)
    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.

Events Archive

  • Thursday, October 6
    “Bring Out Your Dead! Dancing on the Graves of Shakespeare and Cervantes”
    Timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, and scheduled in October, the month of Halloween, our secular cult of the dead, Bring Out Your Dead! invites students, faculty, staff, and general public to reflect in a merry context on the myriad ways the past lives on. Join us for a Renaissance multi-course banquet with dessert by Piccoli Dolci, and wise and wry interludes highlighting the best IU Arts and Humanities has to offer, including performaces by the Historical Performance Institute, University Players, and Cardinal Stage Company.
  • Beginning of the Year Reception and a Roundtable
    Thursday, September 1, 7:30pm
    Featuring 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”
  • Renaissance Studies NOW: Cutting Edges, New Approaches (Poster)
    Please join us on Friday April 29th for two roundtables with early career scholars from the mid-West doing exciting work, representing new approaches, bringing new energy to Renaissance and early modern studies.
    11:30am-1:15pm Roundtable 1: “Teaching the Renaissance NOW”
    4:30-6:30pm Roundtable 2: “Renaissance Studies NOW,” followed by a reception.
    Speakers: Cécile Fromont (Art History, University of Chicago), Jessie Hock (English, Vanderbilt University), Paul Johnson (Spanish, DePauw University) and Tessie Prakas (English, Kenyon College), Alison Calhoun (French, IU) and Kaya Sahin (History, IU)
    Location: College Arts & Humanities Institute, 1211 E. Atwater Avenue (Corner of Ballantine and Atwater)