College of Arts and Sciences

Renaissance Studies


  • Renaissance Studies NOW: The New Generation (poster)
    Friday, May 4, 11:30am and 4pm
    College Arts and Humanities Institute
    Please join us for two roundtables on teaching and research with recent IU PhDs doing exciting work, exploring new frontiers, bringing new energy to Renaissance and early modern studies. Speakers include: Jennifer Cavalli (PhD History, 2011; Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Charleston), Tim Chenette (PhD Music Theory, 2013; Assistant Professor, Utah State University), Robert (Moses) Fritz (PhD Spanish, 2017; Assistant Professor, Murray State University), Isabella Magni (PhD Italian, 2017; Postdoctoral Fellow, Newberry Library), Evan Ragland (PhD HPS, 2012; Assistant Professor, Notre Dame University) and Whitney Sperrazza (PhD English, 2017; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas)

Events Archive

  • Lecture by Julia R. Lupton (English and Comparative Literature, UC Irvine): “Shakespeare’s Virtues: A Humanifesto” (poster)
    Friday, March 2, 3:45-6:00, IMU Distinguished Alumni Room
    Click here for access to Julia Lupton’s talk and the roundtable panelists’ prepared remarks.
  • Meet The Author: Constance Furey (IU, Religious Studies)
    Wednesday, February 21, 5:00pm, CAHI (1211 E. Atwater)
    Constance Furey will speak about her recent book, Poetic Relations: Intimacy and Faith in the Protestant Reformation (University of Chicago Press, 2017). (This event is organized by CAHI).
  • Lecture by Ayesha Ramachandran (Comparative Literature, Yale University): “Making Universals: Maps, Histories, Renaissances” (poster)
    Thursday, February 1, 4:15-6:15pm, IMU Walnut Room
    The talk will followed by an IU faculty roundtable on “The Global Renaissance” featuring Paul Losensky (Comparative Literature and Central Eurasian Studies), Kaya Sahin (History) and Sarah Van der Laan (Comparative Literature).
  • End-of-Year Roundtable and Reception
    Friday, December 8, 2017, 4pm at CAHI
    Our annual roundtable will feature the exciting work of advanced graduate students. This year’s lineup includes: Christina Cole (Spanish and Portuguese), Lino Mioni (French and Italian) and Mary Helen Truglia (English).
  • Lunch seminar on Joan of Arc with Winnifred Sullivan
    Monday, December 4, 2017
    12:30-1:30pm, Ballantine Hall 004
    A brownbag discussion about Joan of Arc featuring a paper by Winnifred Sullivan (Religious Studies) and a response by Karma Lochrie (English). For a copy of the paper, please contact Shannon Gayk. Refreshments will be served.
  • The Reformation at 500: Luther, His Precursors, And Us (poster)
    Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6pm
    Global & International Studies Building Auditorium (Room 0001)
    Early evening roundtable on the day of the 500th anniversary for the onset of the Reformation. Panelists will include Constance Furey (Religious Studies), Shannon Gayk (English), Eric MacPhail (French and Italian), Dana Marsh (Jacobs School of Music), Reverend Lyle McKee (St. Thomas Lutheran Church), and Robert Schneider (History). The panel will be moderated by Sarah Van der Laan (Comparative Literature). Co-sponsored with MEST.
  • Renaissance Studies NOW: “New Frontiers & Hermeneutical Practices” (poster)
    Friday, April 21, 11am and 4pm
    College Arts & Humanities Institute
    Please join us for two roundtables with early career scholars from the mid-West doing exciting work, exploring new frontiers, bringing new energy to Renaissance and early modern studies. Speakers include: Stephanie Elsky (English, University of Wisconsin, Madison), Cécile Fromont (Art History, University of Chicago), Marcus Keller (French, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Sarah Van der Laan (Comparative Literature, IU) and Giovanni Zanovello (Musicology, IU).
  • Why Utopia? (poster)
    Friday, March 24, 2017, 12:00-1:15pm
    Global and International Studies Building, Room 2067
    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.
  • Finding the Gems: Approaches to Rare Books and Manuscript Libraries in the Midwest (poster)
    Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:00pm
    A hands-on workshop for faculty and grad students with key specialists from three Mid-Western rare books libraries with strong collections in Renaissance and early modern materials: Lia Markey (Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago), Travis McDade (Interim Head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Joel Silver (Director & Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Lilly Library). More information is available here.
  • End-of-Year Roundtable and Reception
    Friday, December 9, 2016, 4:30-6:30pm
    Please join us for the 8th roundtable featuring the exciting work of advanced graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines, exploring issues of general interest to scholars of Renaissance and early modern studies. The roundtable will begin at 4:30pm with brief presentations by each of the panelists followed by Q&A, before we continue the exchange at the reception. This year’s panelists are Lucia Gemmani (French & Italian; “Between Fiction and Reality: Battle from Ariosto to Marino”), Whitney Sperrazza (English; “Paper: Poetry in Parts: The Fragmented Body of Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus”), and Robert Wells (History; “A Mediterranean Academy for Atlantic Sailors: The Knights of Malta and the Americas in the Seventeenth Century”). More information is available here.
  • “What Was Beauty?” (poster)
    Friday, October 21, 2016
    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).
  • “Bring Out Your Dead! Dancing on the Graves of Shakespeare and Cervantes”
    Thursday, October 6, 2016
    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, 2016, 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)