College of Arts and Sciences

Renaissance Studies


Renaissance Studies NOW: “New Frontiers & Hermeneutical Practices” (poster PDF)
Two Roundtables, Friday, April 21, 2017, 11:00am and 4:00pm
College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI)
1211 East Atwater Avenue (Corner of Ballantine and Atwater)

Please join us on Friday April 21 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.

11:00am-1:00pm Roundtable 1: Teaching the Renaissance NOW
Mini-master classes where each presenter will share an example of how to make the study of the Renaissance relevant today, with a focus on one specific innovative approach or classroom tool.

Stephanie Elsky (English, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
“Utopian Readers”

Giovanni Zanovello (Musicology, IU):
“#Latergrams: Teaching Sounding Events”

Marcus Keller (French, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign):
“Big Ideas for a Postfactual Age: Language, Religion and the State”

Discussion, short break

Sarah Van der Laan (Comparative Literature, IU)
“Mapping the Renaissance”

Cécile Fromont (Art History, University of Chicago):
“Do-it-yourself Wunderkammer”


4:00-6:00pm Roundtable 2: Renaissance Studies NOW
Each presenter will give a brief example of the best work they do, before we open for a general discussion of the state of the field.

Cécile Fromont (Art History, University of Chicago)
“Hearing African Voices in a seventeenth century Franciscan Print”

Sarah Van der Laan (Comparative Literature, IU)
“Of Mice and Mastodons: Unlikely Encounters in Renaissance Literature and Music”

Marcus Keller (French, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
“The Global Renaissance from a French Perspective”

Discussion, short break

Giovanni Zanovello (Musicology, IU):
“The Elusive Historical Soundscape: A Case Study from Fifteenth-Century Florence”

Stephanie Elsky (English, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
&“Does English Renaissance Literature Have A Constitution?”

Discussion, followed by reception

This event is made possible through the support of the College Arts & Humanities Institute, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Gertrude F. Weathers Fund and the Mary-Margaret Barr Koon Fund of the Department of French & Italian, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of English, and the Department of Musicology.