College of Arts and Sciences

Renaissance Studies


  • 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.

Events Archive

  • 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)