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Fall 2014

Volume XXVI.2

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In Memoriam

David Rosand

For notices and to share your memories, please visit our In Memoriam page, where you can leave comments.

RSA announces a search for a full-time executive director. Please see the full announcement for the job description and how to apply.

2014 Grant and Award Winners

2014 award winners

The Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto

Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize 2014

Nicholas Terpstra, University of Toronto
Cultures of Charity: Women, Politics, and the Reform of Poor Relief in Renaissance Italy
Harvard University Press

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Book Prize 2013/2014

E. Natalie Rothman, University of Toronto
Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects between Venice and Istanbul
Cornell University Press


RSA-TCP Article Prize in Digital Renaissance Research

Byron Hamann
“Object, Image, Cleverness: The Lienzo de Tlaxcala.” Art History 36, n. 3 (2013).

William Nelson Prize 2014 for the best article published in Renaissance Quarterly

Jessica Buskirk
“Portraiture and Arithmetic in Sixteenth-Century Bavaria: Deciphering Barthel Beham’s Calculator.” Volume 66, no. 1 (2013): 35–80.

2014 grant winners

The Bodleian Library Research Grant

Renee Raphael, University of California, Irvine
“Reading the New Science: Scholarly Practices in Seventeenth-Century Experimentation and Mathematics”

The Patricia H. Labalme Grant

Elizabeth Dwyer, University of Virginia
“Portraits and Visions in Renaissance Veneto: Titian, Moroni, Veronese”

The RSA–Huntington Grant

Katarzyna Lecky, Arkansas State University
“The Laureate Poetics of Pocket Maps in Renaissance Britain”

The RSA–Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) Grant

James Nelson Novoa, Universidade de Lisboa/FCT
“Portuguese Merchants as Purveyors of the Marvelous in Early Modern Europe during the Iberian Union (1580–1640)”

The RSA–Newberry Grant

Erin Downey, Temple University
“The Bentvueghels: Networking and Agency in the Seicento Roman Art Market”

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships in Renaissance Art History

Una D’Elia, Queen’s University
“Raphael’s Ostrich”

Maria Loh, University College London
“Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master”

Julia Miller, California State University, Long Beach
“From Giotto to Botticelli: The Artistic Patronage of the Humiliati in Florence”

Mark Rosen, University of Texas at Dallas
“The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy: Painted Cartographic Cycles in Social and Intellectual Context”

Barbara Wisch, State University of New York, Cortland
“‘What shall I speake of . . . the Chapel or Oratorie in the Hospital of the Trinitie, newly built?’ The Oratory of the Arciconfraternita della SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini e Convalescenti in Rome”

Rensselaer W. Lee Memorial Grant in Art History

Alice Isabella Sullivan, University of Michigan
“The Painted Fortified Monastic Churches of Moldavia: Bastions of Orthodoxy in a Post-Byzantine World”

Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Grants

John Martin, Duke University
“Francesco Casoni’s Evolving Critique of Torture”

Craig Monson, Washington University
“Habitual Offenders: Crime and Punishment in 17th-Century Bologna”

Paul White, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
“Annotated Classics in the John Rylands Library: Some New Discoveries”

Renaissance Society of America Research Grants

Danielle Callegari, New York University
“Republican Nuns in a Papal City: The Civic Pride and Protection of the Sisters of San Luca in Post-Tridentine Bologna”

Chloe Ireton, The University of Texas at Austin
“Ethiopian Royal Vassals: Black Itinerancy in the Iberian Atlantic, 1500–1640”

Hannah Marcus, Stanford University
“Heterodox Healers: Censorship and Medical Scholarship in Late Renaissance Italy, 1559–1664”

Federica Signoriello, University College London and Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies, University of London
“Alessandro Braccesi: Humanism in Late Fifteenth-Century Florence”

Lana Sloutsky, Boston University
“In Exile: The Transfer and Translation of Byzantine Visual Culture, 1440–1600”

Nadia Baadj, University of Bern
“Crossing Thresholds: Material Interaction, Collaboration, and Exchange in the Early Modern Kunstkast”

Stephanie Porras, Tulane University
“Maarten de Vos: A Renaissance Life in Between”

Kathryn Santos, New York University
“Arthur Golding’s A Morall Fabletalke and Other Renaissance Moral Fables”

Stephanie Leone, Boston College
“The Arts in Baroque Rome during the Pontificate of Innocent X Pamphilj (1644–55)”

RSA Annual Meeting Berlin 2015

Register now for Berlin

The 61st annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America will be held in Berlin, 26–28 March 2015. Over 3,000 participants are scheduled on the program of over 900 sessions. The conference will be held at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. An opening reception will be held at the Bode Museum on Wednesday evening, 25 March 2015 and the closing reception will be at the Kulturforum on Saturday evening, 28 March.

Participants on the program must register by 15 November 2014. All others may register up until the conference date, though registration rates will increase after the initial registration deadline.

Because registration fees offset the year-round costs of producing the conference, registration payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Support the POK Fund

The RSA received a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to allow us to expand our Paul Oskar Kristeller research grants, and provide a permanent source of funding for them. RSA awards three Paul Oskar Kristeller grants annually. The Paul Oskar Kristeller fund will continue to grow with your help.

You can make a single donation, a recurring monthly donation at your choice, or a fixed sum split into monthly payments. These grants will be at the heart of our expanding program of research support.

Many thanks to all of you who have been so generous in your support of our grants program!

Donate to the Paul Oskar Kristeller fund.

Discipline Representative Election 2014

Vote now for your Discipline Representatives. Discipline Representatives organize sponsored sessions for the RSA annual meetings and serve as the Editorial Advisory Board for Renaissance Quarterly. The next term for Discipline Representatives is 2015–17.

For more information about discipline representatives, please see the ballot page.

Volunteer for RSA Service

The RSA Executive Board and Committee Chairs invite RSA members to nominate themselves for service on an RSA committee. A form is available on the RSA website. Self-nominations will be kept on file until a suitable opportunity becomes available. Thank you in advance for volunteering. The generous commitment of time by members allows RSA to award many annual grants and prizes.

Renaissance Quarterly Open Access

The Renaissance Society of America is pleased to announce, in partnership with the University of Chicago Press, an initiative to provide open access to one book review in each issue of Renaissance Quarterly. The chosen review will be freely available at the time of publication of each new issue and until the next issue appears. In expanding access, the RSA hopes to further the reach of Renaissance studies scholarship, a mission of the society.

The open-access review for issue 67.3 (Fall 2014) is Jane H. Ohlmeyer, Making Ireland English: The Irish Aristocracy in the Seventeenth Century, reviewed by Brendan Kane.

Submit your News

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Submit a Teaching Resource

As part of the RSA’s mission to advance learning in Renaissance studies, the RSA has resolved to make available on its website links to resources for secondary school educators and students (grades 8–12). We are seeking your submissions of suitable online resources: they may be open-source texts, interactive maps, videos, primary sources, etc.

Please submit links to resources for grade 8–12 educators using this form. Please include as much detail as relevant to help provide a description for the resource.

If you wish to submit a online resource not specifically meant for secondary educators please use the online resource link form instead.

Book Discounts

Members are offered a discount on books from the University of Chicago Press, publisher of Renaissance Quarterly, and from Ashgate Press. Visit the Member Subscriptions page (sign in required) for more information and discount codes.

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Berlin 2015: RSA Members to Meet at Humboldt University

by Ann E. Moyer, Executive Director

Summer was a busy season in the RSA office, with many projects underway. Some of the results, such as our expanding research grants program, will be visible very soon, while others, such as the redesigned and updated website, are already in place. RSA continues to grow; we reached and then surpassed the 5,000 mark this summer. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that our biggest project has been the planning for our upcoming annual meeting in Berlin. Some three thousand members from around the world will be participating actively in the meeting in over 900 sessions, whether presenting their work, chairing sessions, or joining a panel discussion, and attendance will be several hundred beyond that.

Our location, Berlin and the Humboldt University, are surely part of the reason for the excitement. The setting itself is both distinguished and historic; the main building predates the university’s 1810 foundation, built by Frederick II in the mid-eighteenth century. We will be occupying much of the central campus, in classrooms and lecture halls old and new; we hope that some of our philosophers will enjoy the opportunity to give their papers next to Hegel’s own desk. The neighborhood has too many famous and historic sites to mention. Perhaps of greatest interest to most of our members is Museum Island, adjacent to HU, which Joel Klein describes below. Our opening and closing receptions will allow you to spend some time in the galleries after hours. The city is now perhaps equally famous for its contemporary culture. We hope you will be able to linger a bit, whether before or after our meeting, to enjoy it all.

Berlin is important to RSA not only for its art and architecture, but also for its intellectual heritage. It was the home of many of the scholars who shaped our field. Paul Oskar Kristeller was born in Berlin in 1905, and the very long list goes on from there. Berlin is now home to a large group of distinguished colleagues and RSA members, representing our expanding range of disciplinary groups. A number of sessions will commemorate and reflect upon these traditions of scholarship past and present, and help us chart paths for the future. We welcome this chance to reconnect with our own scholarly past even as we discuss and debate our newest work.

Many people are working very hard to make this conference a success. We will keep you posted on information on hotels, restaurants, transportation, and tours, in addition to the sessions and plenaries themselves that are the heart of our annual meetings. We are all looking forward to it, and hope to see you there.

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RSA in Berlin

by Joel A. Klein, Columbia University and the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the RSA will take place 26–28 March 2015 in Berlin, Germany’s capital and its largest city. Attendees will find a vibrant and diverse metropolis rich with art and artifacts, and an overwhelming abundance of cultural treasures. Here you will find suggestions of several of the cultural and research opportunities in and around Berlin that you may desire to add to your personal itinerary.

The location of the conference at the Humboldt University — near the site of the medieval town — provides outstanding access to Berlin’s most renowned museums and libraries. Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a short walk away and is the home of five of Berlin’s eminent State Museums. The recently rebuilt Neues Museum houses the iconic bust of Nefertiti and has significant collections from Ancient Egypt and prehistory, while the Altes Museum is dedicated to classical antiquities. The Bode Museum has an eclectic collection of sculptures, Byzantine art, and coins and medals, and the Alte Nationalgalerie is focused on Neoclassical and Romantic paintings. Perhaps the most striking, the Pergamon Museum houses the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, and the Pergamon Altar (although this last structure is closed to the public until 2020), all of which were disassembled at their place of origin and brought to Germany. Those seeking Renaissance art will want to go west (via the S-bahn or 200 bus) to the Kulturforum (near Potsdamer Platz), which counts among its treasures the Gemäldegalerie and the Kupferstichkabinett. The former museum holds one of the world’s most significant collections of paintings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and the latter houses numerous prints and drawings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance among its massive collections. Copies of the Van Eyck brothers’ Ghent Altarpiece will be on display at the Gemäldegalerie until 29 March 2015, and this in addition to a special exhibition of twenty-three works by the elder and younger Lucas Cranach. Purchasing one of the several Museum Passes available will give access to all of the above collections, nearly fifty additional State Museums in Berlin, as well as discounted admission to certain special exhibitions.

Image of the The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) and river with boats

With over 200,000 rare books (including 4,442 incunabula) and over a hundred thousand manuscripts, scholars will find ample opportunity for research in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (colloquially called the Stabi), one of Europe’s largest libraries. The reading room for rare books is located near the Humboldt University at Unter den Linden 8, and the larger general reading room is in the Kulturforum at Potsdamer Straße 33 (see the website for registration details). The Humboldt University Library has multiple branches with distinct foci throughout the city (the central branch is at Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1/3), and somewhat further afield in the western suburbs (via the U3), the Library of the Free University of Berlin also has multiple branches, but scholars may be especially interested in the Philological Library (Habelschwerdter Allee 45). While all of these collections are available to professional researchers, it is advised that arrangements with individual libraries are made ahead of time.

Although many of Berlin’s historic buildings were destroyed in the Second World War — their rubble now composes several artificial mountains in and around Berlin (e.g. Teufelsberg) — there are several structures and ruins that may be of special interest to conference participants. Just south of Alexanderplatz lie the ruins of the Franciscan Monastery Church, built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as well as sections of the original city wall. Both the Marienkirche and the Nikolaikirche were originally constructed nearby in the thirteenth century, although both were extensively altered, damaged and reconstructed throughout their history. A trip from the city center will take you to the Spandau Citadel, a spectacularly-preserved sixteenth-century military structure, or the Jagdschloss Grunewald, Berlin’s oldest surviving palace (commissioned in 1542), which now houses a collection of paintings by Rubens and Cranach.

Berlin is home to more than four hundred art galleries, three opera houses, and multiple world-class orchestras. Throughout the city there are a variety of notable gardens and parks, as well as memorials that observe both Berlin’s and Germany’s complex history. Bibliophiles may be especially moved by the memorial at Bebelplatz, which remembers an infamous book-burning ceremony in 1933.

All of these locations are readily accessible via Berlin’s extensive BVG network of U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams, and buses. Purchase of one of Berlin’s WelcomeCards will provide access to public transport for between two and five days. Potsdam and its numerous palaces can be reached with a short S-bahn trip (S7), and there are a variety of regional and high-speed rail services provided by Deutsche Bahn for those who desire to take a daytrip outside of the city. Destinations of particular interest may include Luther’s Wittenberg, the magnificent collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, or the cultural riches amassed by the Saxon electors in Dresden.

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Research Grants for Members of the Renaissance Society of America

Application deadline: 1 December 2014

Grants webpage

Each year the Renaissance Society of America awards a number of grants supporting research projects and publications that aim to advance scholarly knowledge about the Renaissance. In 2015 RSA will award 33 grants thanks to the generous support of The Kress Foundation, our donors, and our members. The RSA will award the following grants in 2015: six Residential Grants to members in any discipline and nine Residential Grants to members in Art History in partnership with other institutions, five Samuel H. Kress Grants in Art History, three RSA Paul Oskar Kristeller Grants, one RSA Rensselaer W. Lee Memorial Grant in Art History, and nine Renaissance Society of America Grants.

Each of the grants has particular eligibility and application requirements. In any given year an applicant may apply for grant support for a single project. Applicants may apply for only one RSA Residential Grant per year, plus any other grant type for which they meet the eligibility requirements.

RSA offers six residential grants to members researching in any discipline: one each at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University; at the Giorgio Cini Center in Venice, Italy; at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC; at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL; at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA; and at the CRRS Centre at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. New for the 2015 cycle are nine RSA-Kress residential grants in art history, one at each of the six current residential grant host institutions along with new three new hosts: at the New York Public Library in New York, NY; at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University; at the University of California Los Angeles Special Collections Library in Los Angeles.

There are five Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grants in Renaissance Art History, open to art historians at the level of Younger or Senior Scholar; that is, applicants for the Kress Foundation Grants must hold the doctorate at the time of application. These grants are intended especially to support the costs of publication in the history of art, but in some cases may be awarded for research travel costs for art history projects.

The Renaissance Society of America will award up to nine RSA Research Grants. RSA Research Grants are available to applicants in all disciplines and topics dealing with the Renaissance. RSA also awards two named grants: one Rensselaer W. Lee Grant in Art History and three Paul Oskar Kristeller Grants.

Submitters at the non-doctoral rank must be members of RSA for at least one year at the time of application plus renew membership for the grant year. All other applicants must be members of RSA for at least three years at the time of application plus renew membership for the grant year. In addition, all applicants must renew RSA membership for the following calendar year (2015).

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. The scholarly quality of the proposal (scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature) and the project’s potential to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge about the Renaissance.
  2. The scholarly record and achievements of the applicant.
  3. The demonstrated need for access to research materials and the feasibility of accomplishing this research in the given time frame; or the worthiness of the project for publication support, in the case of Kress Grants only.

Application deadline: 1 December 2014

Grants will be awarded in February 2015. Successful applicants must agree to complete the proposed research by 31 December 2015, and submit to RSA a brief report indicating the accomplishments of the grant and including a budget that shows that all funds were spent.

Please see the grants page on the RSA website for eligibility requirements, application materials, descriptions of specific grants, and to submit an application.

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RSA’s New Logo and Website

By Tracy E. Robey, Assistant Director, Communications and Outreach

As RSA celebrates its 60th anniversary, we’re taking the time to update the society’s logo and website to better reflect the artistic and print heritage of the Renaissance. The RSA logo is now a very simple “RSA.” To create this logo we used a modern Garamond inspired by the sixteenth-century font designed by Claude Garamond that will complement the new Renaissance Quarterly cover and interior design that will appear in 2015.

Our website also received a design overhaul late this summer. After studying how our members use the site, we redesigned the site’s homepage and menus to make it simpler to find the information our members need without extra clicks and searching. More obviously, we widened the site, incorporated the new logo, and introduced a new color scheme.

The colors used on the new RSA site are sampled from photographs of Renaissance paintings, documents, and objects; the idea being that people made color in different ways in the Renaissance. The red made in factories and formed into crayons and lipsticks today is not the same red that was produced by Renaissance artists and dyers — we wanted colors with depth and history. The dark red seen throughout the site comes from the Spanish velvet used on the cover of our NYC 2014 conference program. The blues and grays come from the work of Della Robbia, bright blue from the famous Bronzino portrait of Eleonora di Toledo, and the neutrals from a painting by Raphael.

My goal was to create a logo and website that seems to be perfectly yet almost imperceptibly in keeping with Renaissance visual culture — rooted in a particular place and time without “Ye Olde” flourishes — and the tradition of RSA. In keeping with the ethos of Renaissance merchants and bankers, the logo and website were redesigned by our staff’s own digital code-stained fingers.

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Plenaries, Awards, and Special Events for RSA 2015 Berlin

Wednesday, 25 March
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Opening Reception
Location: Bode Museum
Thursday, 26 March
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Plenary Session: German Humanism
Location: Humboldt University
Friday, 27 March
6:30–7:00 p.m.
RSA Annual Membership Meeting
Location: Humboldt University
All RSA members are invited
Friday, 27 March
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Margaret Mann Phillips Lecture
Sponsor: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society
Location: Humboldt University

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

Saturday, 28 March
5:30–6:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
Location: Humboldt University

Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award
Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Book Prize
William Nelson Prize

Saturday, 28 March
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture
Sponsor: Renaissance Society of America
Location: Humboldt University

Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Saturday, 28 March
8:00–10:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
Sponsor: Renaissance Society of America
Location: Kulturforum

Bus transportation provided to the Kulturforum from the Bennett lecture.

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RSA Membership

by Susan F. Weiss, Membership Chair

It’s been a watershed year for RSA membership. Hundreds of new members joined for our 2014 conference in New York City, our largest meeting ever. With the help of those new members, RSA topped 5,000 members for the first time in its history; in fact, as of this writing there are more than 5,300 current members. With the Berlin conference next spring expected to be yet larger than the 2014 conference, membership will continue to climb. We are heartened to see members filling out the ranks of new disciplines as well as established ones.

Where do RSA members come from? Of the current members, some two thousand are outside the United States. The countries other than the US with the largest number of members are the UK (412), Canada (284), and Italy (266). The discipline with the largest number of members is history of art and architecture, with 1,312 members. And the upcoming generation of Renaissance scholars is well represented at RSA as well: 1,310 of our members are students.

In the spring we sent a letter and survey to lapsed members, which resulted in a number of renewals. My predecessor Clare Carroll was proactive in contacting individuals whom our colleagues nominated for membership, and I would like to continue that practice. Please contact me to nominate new members.

I would love to have your feedback about your experience as an RSA member and how the organization can serve members’ needs. In the informal interviews I’ve conducted with members, I’ve heard that some members are frustrated by the number of concurrent sessions at the annual meeting, while others recognize that many institutions will only support conference travel for scholars if they are giving a paper at the conference. Our annual meeting is an opportunity for our colleagues to share their research; as the membership grows, so does the meeting. Some members have suggested a reception for new members; others a grant-writing workshop with representatives of various funding agencies. Please contact me with your ideas.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Berlin.

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New Associate Organizations

The Center for Early Modern Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

by Ullrich Langer

The Center for Early Modern Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, brings together graduate students and faculty from various departments, including English, history, history of art, history of science, French and Italian, philosophy, political science, Spanish and Portuguese, German and Scandinavian, and East Asian. Our shared area of interest is the period covering ca. 1450–1800, with regional differences. The Center sponsors an annual conference, inviting outside speakers and faculty and advanced graduate students from Madison, on topics ranging from the impact of the Jesuit order; cruelty in early modern times; legitimate resistance to monarchy in Europe; concepts of peace, pacification, and conflict resolution. In addition to our annual symposium, the Center organizes a series of informal workshop-like events mainly for graduate students, on subjects such as the usefulness of theory in early modern studies, the future of our disciplines, the obstacles facing dissertators in the field, etc. Finally, the Center arranges campus-wide lectures for young faculty and for visiting fellows (often associated with the Institute for Research in the Humanities), and helps departments organize events dealing with topics relevant to our interests. For further information on past and future activities, please visit our website.

The Center has been directed by Michael Shank, David Loewenstein, Sabine Moedersheim, and Ullrich Langer.

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Ohio State University

by Graeme M. Boone

Founded in 1965, the Ohio State University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is devoted to the promotion of academic research, pedagogy, and colloquy on history, culture, literature, learning, and the arts between late antiquity and the early modern era. The Center has twenty affiliated academic units on campus and 150 affiliated faculty. We offer an undergraduate major and minor, a graduate minor, and a graduate certificate in medieval and Renaissance studies. Each year we present a series of ten or more undergraduate and graduate courses on diverse topics relevant to our mandate, a lecture series by selected visiting scholars, a film series, and faculty colloquia. We also organize conferences, symposia, and other public events, both on our own and in collaboration with other departments and centers on campus, notably our “popular culture and the deep past” series, in which a full-fledged academic conference is nested in a wide-ranging popular-culture “faire.” Last year’s event centered on the Game of Thrones television show and novels; this coming year’s event centers on the works and influence of J.R.R. Tolkien, in the light of the recent Hobbit movies. In 2014–15, we shall also host a symposium on fifteenth-century allegory; a scholarly conversation on multicultural debates in thirteenth-century Iberia; and a conference on nature, philosophy, and culture in the East Asian traditions.

Centre for Editing Lives and Letters

by Matthew Symonds

The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) is a community of doctoral students, researchers, teachers, and writers committed to developing projects focused on making archives matter.

CELL was founded in 2003 with funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and with the support of two colleges of the University of London, Queen Mary University of London and Birkbeck College. The Centre relocated to University College London (UCL) in 2012.

The Director of CELL, Professor Lisa Jardine, is one of the UK’s foremost scholars of early modern history and is the author of, among others, Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory (2008), for which Professor Jardine won the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature.

Over the last decade CELL has hosted a number of projects demonstrating how traditional scholarly archival research can best be married with digital techniques, notably the digitization of the Robert Hooke folio, a manuscript vital to a full understanding of the formative history of the Royal Society of London.

Currently, CELL runs two ongoing research projects: Building a Library Without Walls, charting Thomas Bodley’s reestablishment of the university library at Oxford; and The Archaeology of Reading, a digital exploration of early modern reading practices.

Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism

by Stefano Villani

EMoDiR (Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism), constituted in 2007, is an international research group dedicated to the study of religious differences, conflicts, and plurality in Europe during the early modern period.

The aim of the research group is to examine the early modern discursive constructions of religious dissent and the sociocultural practices of radical movements, transcending traditional historiographical boundaries (notably national and/or confessional). By considering dissent as a sociocultural construction rather than doctrinal position, the first objective of the group consists in deconstructing and historically contextualizing such commonly used categories as dissent, radicalism, dissidence, libertinism, heresy, and heterodoxy as prerequisite to a critical and problematic use of them.

EMoDiR has promoted national and international research projects and organized a series of seminars, conferences and workshops in Europe and in the U.S. Both institutions (universities, research institutes) and individual researchers can join EMoDiR. Individuals can apply to the scientific advisory board by submitting a curriculum vitae and a list of selected publications to Federico Barbierato, University of Verona (Coordinator of the Executive Committee), Xenia von Tippelskirch, Humboldt Universität, Berlin (Chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Board), or Adelisa Malena, University of Venice (Secretary of the Executive Committee).

Early Modern Women’s Research Network

by Rosalind Smith

The Early Modern Women’s Research Network (EMWRN) is an Australian-based network of scholars that aims to bring the often institutionally-isolated scholars of early modern women’s writing into dialogue with others in the field, both within Australia and internationally. EMWRN currently holds a three-year grant from the Australia Research Council on the material cultures of early modern women’s writing, investigating the production, transmission, and circulation of early modern women’s texts from the originary moment of their production to later redactions.

EMWRN was established at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2007 by Associate Professor Rosalind Smith and Dr. Patricia Pender. In the seven years since its inception EMWRN has led the consolidation of early modern women’s studies in Australia, creating an active network of affiliated researchers, and initiating collaborations with colleagues in New Zealand, the UK, the US, and beyond. EMWRN is recognized as an energetic, creative, and productive network in the field of early modern women’s studies, with future aims to extend our research to Renaissance literature more broadly.

The EMWRN researchers include Associate Professor Rosalind Smith and Dr. Patricia Pender, University of Newcastle, Australia; Professor Paul Salzman, La Trobe University, Australia; Professor Michelle O’Callaghan, University of Reading, UK; Professor Susan Wiseman, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK; Dr. Sarah C. E. Ross, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Associate Professor Kate Lilley, University of Sydney, Australia.

European Architectural History Network

by Saundra Weddle

The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is the preeminent European association of academics, architects, and professionals concerned with architectural history. It supports research and education by providing a public forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge of the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it is open to architectural historians and scholars in allied fields from all countries.

The network seeks to overcome limitations imposed by national boundaries and institutional conventions by increasing the visibility of the discipline among scholars and the public, promoting scholarly excellence and innovation, fostering inclusive, transnational, interdisciplinary, and multicultural approaches to the history of the built environment, encouraging communication among the disciplines that study space, facilitating the open exchange of research results, and providing a clearinghouse for information related to the discipline.

In order to achieve these aims, the EAHN publishes a newsletter for members four times a year; organizes a biennial international conference; operates a mailing list for members, publicizing events, exhibitions, and funding initiatives; organizes field trips, often in conjunction with a seminar or workshop; and hosts thematic groups that act as a focus for scholarly exchange within the network. EAHN also publishes the open-access journal, Architectural Histories.

As an Associate Organization of the RSA, EAHN will be sponsoring two panels at the annual conference in Berlin.

News from EAHN:

In June 2014, the European Architectural History Network held its biennial conference in Turin, Italy. The meeting included 157 papers arranged in 32 parallel sessions, involving 226 scholars from 36 countries. The next conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland, in 2016. The EAHN’s open-access, blind peer-reviewed, international journal, Architectural Histories, creates a space where historically grounded research into all aspects of architecture and the built environment can be made public, consulted, and discussed. The journal is open to historical, historiographic, theoretical, and critical contributions that engage with architecture and the built environment from a historical perspective. Architectural Histories constantly accepts submissions. To submit an article, we encourage you to register for the journal and submit directly online. The current issue, “Objects of Belief: Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture,” includes articles by Matthew Cohen, Marvin Trachtenberg, Sara Galletti, Krista De Jonge, Anthony Gerbino, Caroline van Eck, Konrad Ottenheym, and others. Issue editors were Matthew A. Cohen and Maarten Delbeke. For the complete issue, visit the Architectural Histories page.

Hagiography Society

by Sara M. Ritchey

With over 600 members worldwide, the Hagiography Society promotes communication among scholars in the world traditions who study the lives of holy figures, the communities dedicated to those figures, and the material evidence of their cults. We are committed to interdisciplinarity, critical scholarship, and a comparative global approach. The society maintains an active listserve connecting members working in the fields of history, art history, philology, classics, religious studies, manuscript and print studies, anthropology, and literature. We sponsor programming at international academic conferences and are affiliated with the Renaissance Society of America and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. The Society holds its annual business meeting at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan (early May); for this conference we offer annually two to three competitive Sherry L. Reames Graduate Student Travel Awards. The Hagiography Society has recently launched a book series with Ashgate: under the guidance of series editors Jack Hawley, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, and Shahzad Bashir, the Sanctity in Global Perspective series is dedicated to exploring sanctity in its ideational, literary, artistic, and sociohistorical dimensions. The Society’s biannual newsletter, member directory, and bibliography may be found on our website.

The Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

by Mara R. Wade, University of Illinois

The Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, is the designated national German repository for seventeenth-century texts and a leading European institute for research on the medieval and early modern periods. As such it conducts its own long- and short-term research projects, often supported by outside funding.

The library aims to foster discussion in the humanities and cultural studies by virtue of its particular research infrastructure, which offers staff, guest researchers, students, and conference participants an opportunity for exchange and debate in an interdisciplinary and international framework.

Together with numerous other collections, the books and manuscripts belonging to the library of Duke August the Younger (1579–1666) form the core of the Wolfenbüttel research library. As part of the ongoing international research into the medieval and early modern periods we are permanently adding to our holdings and expanding the possibilities for scholars to access and research them, especially by undertaking research-driven digitization projects.

The library’s fellowship program has been running for over thirty years and offers opportunities for research to scholars at all stages in their careers, from beginning doctoral students to emeritus professors.

A central requirement is that the library holdings be essential to the proposed research projects. All programs are international and interdisciplinary. For more information about fellowships, please see our website.

News from The Herzog August Bibliothek:

The Herzog August Bibliothek is an independent research center of the State of Lower Saxony and it awards fellowships to post-doctoral and advanced researchers in order to promote studies in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history. The international program is open to all historically oriented disciplines. Projects should be centered on the historic book and manuscript holdings of the Wolfenbüttel library.

Fellows are required to be in residence in Wolfenbüttel for the duration of their fellowship. Fellowships of between two and twelve months are either €1250 (if fellows continue to receive full pay during their fellowship tenure) or €1800 per month, plus a travel allowance to and from Wolfenbüttel. Fellowships carry a residence requirement and the library has its own housing facilities. Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic life of the library and participate in scholarly exchange. Complete applications for fellowships in the following calendar year must reach us by 31 January. Applications now being received are for fellowships in 2016. Please send an email requesting an application form, which contains all the necessary information about documents to be submitted, and state the topic of your research:

Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America

by Abigail Asher and David Freedberg

Columbia University’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America is one of the world’s premier centers for advanced research in the humanities and sciences. Its chief commitment is to promote groundbreaking interdisciplinary work while preserving the integrity of individual fields. Beyond its traditional commitment to the promotion of Italian history, culture, and art, the Academy is also notable for its rigorous seminars and meetings as well as its innovative programming in all areas. In addition to a long-standing focus on the arts and pioneering sponsorship of the sciences, it foregrounds global social issues, often as they impact Italy and America.

The core of the Academy’s work is its Fellowship Program. Fellowships are open to scholars at or above the postdoctoral level who wish to dedicate one or two semesters to research, free from outside obligations. Fellows are chosen by a jury of experts in the relevant fields. Particularly distinctive is the Humanities and Neuroscience Project, which includes an annual conference on cutting-edge neuroscience research.

Other initiatives include the Compagnia di San Paolo Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professorship; the Academies Project at the Italian Academy, supported by the Kress Foundation and the Warburg Institute; and the Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art, which sends students to work on Hadrian’s Villa and a Vesuvian archaeological site.

The Academy occupies McKim, Mead & White’s splendid 1927 Casa Italiana on the Columbia campus, which also housed the Renaissance Society of America for many years.

Milton Society of America

by Feisel Mohamed

Since 1948 the Milton Society of America has sought to advance scholarship, in the US and internationally, on the poet and statesman John Milton. At an annual meeting and dinner held during the MLA Convention, the society honors outstanding work in the field with the James Holly Hanford Award for a critical monograph; the Hanford Award for an essay; the Irene Samuel Award for a multiauthor collection; the John T. Shawcross Award for a bibliography, reference work, or chapter in a critical monograph; and the Albert C. Labriola Award for a published or forthcoming article written by a graduate student. Each year the MSA also names an honored scholar whose body of work constitutes a notable contribution to scholarship. A First Book Assistance Program was initiated in 2014, awarding a $500 reimbursement of publication costs to an outstanding first book devoted substantially to Milton.

For more details on the society’s history and activities, please consult our website. There you will also find a list of current officers and information on membership. The society currently has approximately four hundred members representing locales from Cataio eastward to Canada westward. Current membership rates are $20 annually ($10 for graduate students), and $250 for a lifetime. Donations are also welcome and tax deductible.

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Associate Organization News

American Boccaccio Association

The American Boccaccio Association elected in May a new slate of officers for the next triennium: Timothy Kircher, President; Susanna Barsella, Vice-President; Jason Houston, Secretary; and Kristina Olson, Treasurer. The ABA has sponsored five panels for the RSA Berlin meeting and there will be additional sessions devoted to Boccaccio and his times. The annual meeting of the ABA will also take place in Berlin. Please see our website for details about the Association and its activities. We welcome new members, who may enroll via information on the website or by contacting the ABA secretary at

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance News (ACMRS)

The ACMRS at Arizona State University announced the launch of MARLA (Medieval and Renaissance Latin America), a new book series that expands the traditional reach of the Medieval and Renaissance periods to include the important civilizations of the New World, both before and after the Conquest. MARLA focuses on creation, historical confrontation, and interchange in Latin America from 600 CE to 1700. In February 2015 ACMRS will host its Medieval and Renaissance conference. The call for papers is open through December 2014. Please see the conference page for more information. Early modern scholars, including graduate students, are encouraged to apply.

Historians of Netherlandish Art

Historians of Netherlandish Art is pleased to announce the publication of the Summer 2014 issue of the open-access, refereed e-journal JHNA. Founded in 2009, JHNA publishes issues twice yearly on art in all media produced in the Netherlands during the early modern period (ca. 1400–ca.1750) and in other countries as related to Netherlandish art. This includes studies from the perspectives of art history, conservation, museum studies, historiography, and collecting history. The next formal deadline for submissions is 1 March 2015 (for publication in 2015 or 2016), but authors are encouraged to submit anytime. See for instructions.

Italian Art Society

The Italian Art Society (IAS) is pleased to announce our sponsorship of five sessions at the upcoming meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Berlin: Reception, Reuse, and Repurposing in Italian Renaissance Art I and II; The Absent Image in Italian Renaissance Art; Italians Looking at Germans; and Vittoria and Michelangelo: A Broader Vision I. For further information please see our website. The IAS is pleased to provide IAS Travel Grants and Kress Travel Grants to support travel to conferences. In addition, the IAS also provides research and publication grants. The IAS currently seeks paper proposals from senior scholars for the sixth annual 2015 IAS/Kress Lecture, hosted by the Università degli Studi di Napoli—Federico II in Naples on 20 May 2015 (deadline: 4 January 2015).

Renaissance English Text Society (RETS)

The Renaissance English Text Society invites abstracts on “Design in Early Modern Anthologies and Miscellanies” for the Sixteenth Century Society Conference to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, 22–25 October 2015. This panel seeks to explore the significance of arrangement, design, or order in early modern anthologies and/or miscellanies, in print and/or manuscript, by compilers, printers, publishers, and/or readers. Theoretical treatments of gathering, collecting, aggregating, reproducing and/or remembering are welcome. Please send an abstract of up to 250 words and a brief c.v. to Victoria Burke at and Paul Marquis at by 15 March 2015.

South Central Renaissance Conference (SCRC)

The South Central Renaissance Conference will hold its annual conference, “Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference,” in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10–12 March 2015. This year’s keynote speaker will be Barbara J. Harris (UNC-Chapel Hill). There will also be lectures by James A. Welu (Worcester Art Museum) and Dayton Haskin (Boston College). Papers (15–20 min.) are invited on any aspect of the Renaissance. Abstracts only (400–500 words) are due by 1 December 2014 via the SCRC website’s abstract submission form. Panel sessions should be proposed no later than 1 November 2014 and e-mailed to the Program Chair Sean McDowell: For more information on the conference and to submit a session or abstract, go to the website.

Spenser Society

Richard Brown has accepted the position of Book Review Editor for The Spenser Review. The Fifth International Spenser Society Conference will take place at Dublin Castle, Ireland, 18–20 June 2015. For more information, please see the website.

Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is delighted to announce that the recently awarded Leverhulme-funded project The Correspondence of Isaac Casaubon, 1610-1614 has now recruited a scholar to work alongside project leader Dr. Paul Botley. Dr. Máté Vince joins the Arts Faculty and the Centre for three years from September 2014. His research into theological controversies in early Jacobean England will greatly enrich the edition, and we look forward to this new collaboration. For enquiries contact or

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