Renaissance News & Notes page

News & Notes

Spring 2013

Volume XXV.1

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In Memoriam: Marjorie Riley, 1918–2012

Marjorie Riley, a former RSA staff member for over ten years, passed away on 2 December 2012 in Chico, California.

Marjorie was born on 31 August 1918 to Henry and Lucy Riley in Medford, Oregon and was raised in Dunsmuir, California. During World War II she served in the Navy as Petty Officer 3rd Class in the WAVES. She then attended and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. Marjorie worked for the Marconi – English Electric Co. in New York City and then, starting in 1970, for the Renaissance Society of America when it was at Columbia University. She retired from RSA in 1983 and moved to Chico, California in 1989.

George Labalme, Jr. remembers: "She was a wonderful person, always in a good humor, always ready with the materials for meetings and the annual one which, in those days, was not as large as it has become in the last decade or two. . . . The RSA Board was really quite small in those days, and we struggled with a rather small membership. . . . Those were the days with Phyllis Gordan, POK, Felix Gilbert, Edward Cranz, Phyllis Pray Bober, Elizabeth Eisenstein, O. B. Hardison, Gene Brucker, Paul Grendler, Gene Rice, and Rensselaer Lee."

Margaret L. King remembers her as a "lovely and utterly delightful woman, from another era . . . absolutely competent with meetings and sensitive international dealings."

To share your memories of Marjorie, please visit our In Memoriam page, where you can leave comments on this notice.

Professional Development Sessions at San Diego 2013

Roundtable: From Dissertation to Book: How to Write the First Monograph

Sheraton Bay Tower, Shutters Room

Saturday, 6 April 2013, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Organizer and Chair: Megan C. Armstrong, McMaster University

With Andrew Pettegree (University of St. Andrews) and Erika Gaffney (Ashgate Publishers). The intent of this roundtable is to provide information and advice from experienced editors and well-published scholars to younger scholars engaged in transforming their dissertations into monographs. This is an important stage in the professionalization of junior scholars, especially since many, if not most, academic institutions require a monograph for tenure. Participants will touch upon a number of important practical as well as intellectual concerns, including the formulation of the book proposal, argumentation, audience, and the modern realities of academic book publishing.


Roundtable: Renaissance Quarterly: Submitting Your Work for Publication

Sheraton Bay Tower, Shutters Room

Saturday, 6 April 2013, 3:45–5:15 p.m.

Chairs: Nicholas Terpstra, University of Toronto; Sarah Covington, CUNY, Queens College

Renaissance Quarterly editors Nicholas Terpstra and Sarah Covington will meet informally with RSA members to discuss the editorial review process and how to submit your work most effectively for review and publication in Renaissance Quarterly. While the discussion will focus primarily on publication in Renaissance Quarterly, it will also range to more general questions about publishing in academic journals.

Your Audio-Visual Needs at the Conference:

RSA provides digital projectors for those sessions that requested them by the January deadline, but does not provide laptops. You must bring your own laptop for any presentations, and if you use a Mac, bring your own adapter to use with the projectors. PCs use standard cables and these will be provided.

Registration Desk at RSA San Diego 2013

The registration desk at the Sheraton Marina Tower, Bayview Foyer, will be open for participants to pick up badges and programs during the following times:

Wednesday, 3 April: 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday, 4 April: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, 5 April: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6 April: 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Book Exhibitors at RSA San Diego 2013

Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Harbor Island Ballroom 2 and 3
Thursday and Friday, 4 and 5 April 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6 April 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

We will be pleased to welcome the following exhibitors to the RSA meeting in San Diego:

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS)
Ashgate Publishing Company
Brill Academic Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto
David Brown Book Company and Casemate Publishing
Harvard University Press
Jan Johnson, Old Master and Modern Prints, Inc.
Northwestern University Press
The Penn State University Press
Scholar’s Choice
Truman State University Press
University of Chicago Press
University of Toronto Press
Wode Psalter Project at the University of Edinburgh

Associate Organizations and the RSA Annual Meeting

Organize a Meeting or Reception for your Group in San Diego

The RSA annual meeting may be an occasion for Associate Organizations to conduct a business meeting and/or gather socially. RSA Associate Organizations are welcome to organize a meeting or reception for their organization at the Sheraton in San Diego. RSA is able to offer some meeting spaces free of charge; contact RSA to discuss the options: early morning, lunchtime, and evening meetings are possible. Once a time and place has been set, the organization should contact the Sheraton to arrange for any catering needs (all food and beverage charges are the responsibility of the Associate Organization).

Publicize your Organization at the Annual Meeting

Associate Organizations are invited to bring promotional brochures or membership forms for your organization to display on a group table in the registration area during the San Diego annual meeting. Unfortunately we’re unable to accept shipped materials; please bring a small stack of print materials to the registration area on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Please do not send books: space is limited, and books have a tendency to wander off and disappear. Promotional materials will not be returned at the end of the conference (unless you wish to pick them up yourself).

NEH Summer Seminars

Deadline for applications: March 4, 2013

Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books
15 June–11 July 2013
Participating institutions include: The Graduate Center, CUNY, The Morgan Library, Union Theological Library, Columbia Rare Books, Hispanic Society of America, New York Public Library, The New York Academy of Medicine, and The Grolier Club

Directors: Clare Carroll (Renaissance Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY) and Marc Caball (English and History, University College Dublin)

For more information please visit the Seminar website.

Persecution, Toleration, Co-Existence: Early Modern Responses to Religious Pluralism
15 July—9 August 2013

Directors: Karin Maag, Calvin College, and Amy Nelson Burnette, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

For more information please see the Seminar website.

Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400–1800
3—28 June 2013

Directors: Ahmet Karamustafa, University of Maryland, College Park, and Charles H. Parker, Saint Louis University

Please see the Seminar website for more information.

Music and Travel in Europe and the Americas, 1500–1800
15 July—9 August

Director: Carla Zecher, Newberry Library

More information on the Seminar website.

Early Modern Digital Agendas
8–26 July 2013

Director: Jonathan Hope, Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Strathclyde

More information on the Seminar website.

For other seminars, conferences, and events of interest, please see the RSA events page.

New Publications:

Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, is very pleased to announce the publication in 2013 of two volumes in the I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History, published by Harvard University Press:

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

Sean Roberts, Printing a Mediterranean World: Florence, Constantinople, and the Renaissance of Geography

Call for Papers for the 60th Annual Meeting of the RSA in New York, 27–29 March 2014

The Program Committee welcomes submissions for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Renaissance studies, or the era ca. 1300–1700. Members will be invited to post CfPs on our website to aid in the organization of sessions. The submission deadline will be in June 2014, date TBA.


Most sessions are composed of three 20-minute papers. This leaves time in the 90-minute slot for formal responses or for questions from the audience. Each session must have a chair who is not also speaking in the session; a respondent is optional. Other formats, such as roundtable discussions, are allowed, but they too must have a chair who stands outside the discussion and moderates it.

Concatenated sessions on a single theme or in honor of a single scholar are allowed, normally in sequences of two or three sessions, but with a maximum of five. The reasoning behind this rule is that participants should be able to attend the meeting as a whole and not be sequestered in a conference-within-the-conference.

A good abstract will reveal the kernel of the argument and will inform specialists in the field of what is new about the research. Generalities known to everyone, or research that a scholar intends to do but has not yet begun, are not appropriate. Relevant information, e.g. the presentation of a newly discovered manuscript or work of art, should be included.

Who may submit proposals

RSA Discipline Representatives may submit proposals for sessions. Since they will have vetted the proposals for quality and coherence, these proposals are accepted without further review.

RSA Associated Organizations can also vet and submit proposals through their official representatives, who are listed on the RSA website on the Associated Organizations page. Since these representatives will have vetted the proposals for quality and coherence, these proposals are also accepted without further review.

Individuals may submit proposals for independent papers; these will be vetted by the Program Committee and then formed into compatible sessions.

Individuals may also propose sessions, usually of three papers, which will be vetted by the Program Committee especially to gage the coherence of the session. They should simultaneously propose a chair who is not presenting in the session.

In Memoriam page

The RSA website now includes an In Memoriam page. The page is in blog format allowing visitors to the page to comment.

To submit an obituary please contact RSA at Please send up to 500 words. You may include up to two digital images (max 5 MB each).

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.

Submit your News

Post your news, announcements, calls for papers and others events on the RSA website.
Calendar Events

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Sunny San Diego

by Ann E. Moyer, Executive Director

San Diego is lovely any time of year, and for many of us flying in from long distances, it will be especially welcome in early April. Our conference hotel, the Sheraton, is located on Harbor Island, with a view of the water and the marina. All our sessions will be held in the Sheraton’s two main buildings. And thanks to the location, we have been able to organize tours of the San Salvador build site. The Maritime Museum of San Diego is constructing a replica of the ship used by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo when he explored the coast in 1542, about a mile from the hotel at Spanish Landing Park. If you cannot schedule one of the RSA tours, take a break and head over between 11 and 4 to take a look.

We hope especially that you will be able to arrive in time for our opening reception. The San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art will be the joint venue. RSA members may enjoy the galleries at both museums and admire beautiful Balboa Park while strolling between them. Buses will shuttle between museums and the Sheraton, and will stop at some of San Diego’s main restaurant neighborhoods for those who would like to continue on to dinner. On Thursday and Friday, shuttles will also run to and from the city center during the evening so that members may enjoy dining in the famous Gaslamp District and other major restaurant areas.

Our Saturday events now include the annual business meeting. We hope you can spare a few moments before the awards and Bennett lecture (and of course, the reception) to attend. At this meeting we will conclude the Board election, so it’s a good opportunity to meet the group of volunteers who govern the Society, and to suggest new initiatives or activities for the organization as well.

Between now and then, please take a moment to cast a vote in support of the slate of new members of the Executive Board chosen by RSA’s Selection Committee. The Committee worked hard with the aim of maximizing representation by discipline and region of study, geographic location, gender, and more. Our new Board members will bring a broad range of skills, interests, and points of view. The Committee wishes to express its gratitude for the large number of members who have volunteered for service to RSA through this or another capacity. The difficult task of assembling the current list of Board nominees from those names was lightened considerably by recalling that the others remain to be called upon in future years for this or another RSA task. Members who would like indicate their interest in serving on future RSA committees may contact the RSA office to have their names added to this list of potential volunteers.

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RSA Meets Fund-Raising Goal for Paul Oskar Kristeller Fund

by Edward Muir, President

During a final blitz of contributions in 2012, the RSA raised $64,204, which exceeded the $60,000 goal set in November 2011 for the Paul Oskar Kristeller Fund. The total pledge from RSA members over the past five years for the POK Fund is more than $150,000.

The POK Fund, which, beginning in 2014, will provide three research grants of $3,000 each primarily for younger scholars, was made possible by an initial award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional grants from the Ambrosiana Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and a substantial anonymous gift in memory of John D’Amico. To create a permanent source of funding, one of the stipulations of the Mellon award was that the RSA must raise a matching amount by the end of 2012. We more than met that obligation thanks to the generosity of the RSA membership.

A broad range of the membership contributed to the goal, which bodes well for the future of the society. I was personally heartened by the openness of so many members to the appeal. With the POK fund now fully funded the RSA can now help sustain the careers of the next generation of Renaissance scholars. I look forward to thanking many of you personally at the convention in San Diego.

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Plenaries, Awards, and Special Events for San Diego 2013

Wednesday, 3 April
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception
Location: San Diego Musuem of Art and Timken Museum
Thursday, 4 April
12:00–2:00 p.m.
Tour: San Diego Bay Walk along Spanish Landing Park to San Salvador Build-Site (Sold Out)

This tour is sold out. Spaces are still available for the Saturday tour.

Thursday, 4 April
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Lunch Reception for CASVA
Sponsor: CASVA, National Gallery
Location: Sheraton Bay Tower, Lobby Level, Fairbanks D
By invitation
Thursday, 4 April
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Margaret Mann Phillips Lecture
Sponsor: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Lobby Level, Harbor Island 1

Brian Cummings, University of York
Erasmus and the Invention of Literature

It was once axiomatic that Erasmian humanism had an inaugural place in literary studies. "If you follow my advice," Erasmus says at the opening of De pueris institutiendis, "you will see to it that your infant makes a first acquaintance with a liberal education immediately." This is an education in bonae litterae and in litterae humaniores. In recent years the idea of a liberal education has taken a battering. The study of Erasmus's literary writings has happily devolved into other areas: into philology, grammar, and rhetoric. But does Erasmus have a concept of "literature" as such? And is it still worthy of debate? I will reexamine the idea of literature in Erasmus, both as a theory of imitation and as a medium of subjectivity, in order to suggest that his concepts are different from the way that we used to understand them and still have the capacity to surprise.

Thursday, 4 April
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Reception in Honor of Carlo Pedretti
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Marina 6
By invitation, RSVP to Mike Koligman at
Friday, 5 April
12:00–2:00 p.m.
Tour: San Diego Bay Walk along Spanish Landing Park to San Salvador Build-Site (Sold Out)

This tour is sold out. Spaces are still available for the Saturday tour.

Friday, 5 April
5:30–7:00 p.m.
Plenary Session: Migration and Cultural Change in the Early Modern World
Sponsor: The Renaissance Society of America
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Grande Ballroom

Organizer and Chair: Nicholas Terpstra, University of Toronto

Ida Altman, University of Florida
Migration and Mobility in the Early Modern Spanish World

As a doctoral student I set out to examine the connections between local society in Spain and emigration to Spanish America. I found that early modern Spaniards were well equipped in terms of their historical experience, family and kinship structures, and patterns of mobility linked to the search for economic opportunity to move into the newly acquired territories of the expanding empire. As they did so they retained many of their traditions and roots in particular localities. Migration and mobility proved to be central to the formation of new societies in Spanish America. The movements of all groups — Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans — were closely interconnected. Mobility and migration — often coerced or occurring under duress in the case of Indians and Africans — to a great extent defined the ordering of and contests over geographic space, and were fundamental to the configuration of early modern Spanish American societies and interethnic relations.

David B. Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania
Jews on the Move: Mobility, Migration, and the Shaping of Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe

Mass migrations initiated by governments as well as voluntary migrations of individuals were significant factors in shaping Jewish culture and society from the end of the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. I will assess briefly their impact on the creation of new Jewish communal structures; on the social mixing of Jews with non-Jews, both Christian and Muslim; and on the intense and regularized encounters between Jews of disparate backgrounds and traditions who were obliged to live with each other in new social settings. I will also offer some suggestions on the relationship between mobility and cultural production. How was Jewish culture — both that of intellectuals and the less educated — transformed by the constant movement characteristic of this period? Finally, I will offer some tentative reflections on how the Jewish experience of mobility and migration was different or the same compared with similar groups in the Christian and Muslim worlds.

Steve Hindle, The Huntington Library
Movers and Stayers: Migration and Social Relations in Town and Countryside, ca. 1500–1700

The early modern period is conventionally understood to be one of the first great ages of European urbanization, in which the demographic growth of towns and cities fundamentally reshaped the social and economic contours of both rural and urban landscapes. Although migration was a key motor of this process, it will be argued that the spatial mobility of early modern populations must be understood in terms not only of the movement from the rural to the urban, but also between rural spaces, in which different patterns of settlement and association made possible new forms of economic activity and of social interaction. By reconceptualizing geographical mobility more broadly in terms of the relationship between "migrant-remitting" and "migrant-receiving" environments, population turnover can be understood not only as a contribution to the increasing significance of the "urban variable," but also as a factor in the penetration of industry into the European countryside.

Friday, 5 April
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Society of Fellows of the American Academy in Rome Reception
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Lobby Level, Marina 6
RSVP required
Friday, 5 April
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Reception in Honor of Janet Cox-Rearick
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Lobby Level, Executive Center 1
By invitation
Friday, 5 April
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Reception Honoring the Career of Howard Mayer Brown
Location: Sheraton Bay Tower, Lobby Level, Fairbanks A
Friday, 5 April
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Reception in Celebration of Patricia Fortini Brown
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Executive Center 3A
By invitation
Saturday, 6 April
12:00–2:00 p.m.
Tour: San Diego Bay Walk along Spanish Landing Park to San Salvador Build-Site

New date added. Some spaces still available.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is building a full-sized, fully functional, and historically accurate replica of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo’s flagship, San Salvador, which entered San Diego Bay on 28 September 1542. A one-mile walk of 20–30 minutes from the back gate of the Sheraton Hotel north along San Diego Bay through Spanish Landing Park will arrive at the San Salvador build-site, where a box lunch awaits and a guided tour of the Spanish galleon under construction will be led by museum staff. In addition to the 260,000-ton ship under construction, the site includes historical exhibits on sixteenth-century shipbuilding tools, ropes, sails, sailing ships, and an exhibit of the local Kumeyaay Indians’ habitat at the time of contact in 1542. Advance registration is required.

Registration is still open for this date. Please register here.

Saturday, 6 April
5:30–6:30 p.m.
RSA Annual Membership Meeting
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Lobby Level, Grande Ballroom
All RSA members are invited
Saturday, 6 April
6:30–7:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Lobby Level, Grande Ballroom

Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award
Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Book Prize
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Best Book Prize in Renaissance Venetian Studies
William Nelson Prize

Saturday, 6 April
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Josephine Waters Bennett Lecture
Sponsor: Renaissance Society of America
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Lobby Level, Grande Ballroom

John M. Najemy, Cornell University
Machiavelli and History

History is the foundation of Machiavelli’s thought. He theorized contemporary dilemmas through the lens of history and approached history in order to illuminate the etiology of modern ills. Yet history itself was an unsettled concept for him. Inheriting, but never fully sharing, Renaissance ideas about the superiority and emulation of antiquity, Machiavelli worried about the fragmentary nature of historical knowledge and the elusiveness of historical truth. Moreover, his writings contain many and often conflicting theories of history, among them cyclical recurrence, the constancy of human passions, the influences of the heavens, the dominance of fortune, laws of nature, and the succession of empires. In asking why Machiavelli entertained such a variety of diverse interpretations of history, I suggest that they function in his texts as traces of seductive and consoling fictions that he (and others) sometimes found appealing when facing Italy’s woes and the seeming unintelligibility and irrationality of history.

Saturday, 6 April
8:00–10:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
Sponsor: The Renaissance Society of America
Location: Sheraton Marina Tower, Pavilion

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Some Guidelines for Speakers, Chairs, and Respondents at the RSA Annual Meeting

For complete guidelines please see the website

As you prepare for your session in San Diego, it might be helpful to keep in mind some standards of good academic etiquette as well as the practices of this particular conference.

For Speakers:

Commitment to attend; no third-party readers. Should illness or other emergency leave you unable to attend the meeting, please notify both the RSA office and your session chair. Please do not ask a session chair or other substitute to read your paper for you. RSA conference policies do not allow that. A third party cannot answer questions or contribute to the discussion in your stead. If you must cancel, the presentation of your paper is canceled as well. Scholars who fail to appear at their session without giving notice may expect not to be included as participants in annual meetings for several years in the future.

Adherence to time limits. Please be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time to all as you plan your talk and your session. Most sessions have three 20-minute papers. Presentation time per session should total one hour to allow for discussion. You may expect your chair to give you notice as you approach your time limit in presenting your paper, or to ask you to wrap up quickly if you have exceeded it. All presenters need equal time; sessions need time for discussion; and the room needs to be readied for the next session in a timely manner.

Advance copy of your paper for chair and/or respondent. Please send a copy of your paper to your chair well in advance, even if there is no respondent or commentator. Your chair needs to know about the length of your presentation; more importantly, they need to put some questions together to ensure a good discussion. If there is a respondent, it is doubly important that they receive a copy in time to compose thoughtful comments. Please do not send them a longer copy and then cut it down at the last minute; too many respondents have labored over their remarks only to discover as the paper is delivered that the section on which they focused has inexplicably failed to appear in the presentation.

For Chairs:

At the session:

Be sure all speakers are in agreement about the order in which they speak, how you plan to introduce them, and whether the discussion of all papers will occur after all presentations (as is more common), or whether you will take questions at the end of each paper separately.

Have a plan in place for keeping speakers to time limits, and inform your speakers about it before the session begins. If you must enforce it, you will want to be both professional and firm.

Moderate the discussion and question-and-answer session.

After the session:

We will email you with a brief online survey asking about attendance, room size, audio-visual equipment, any missing speakers, and similar, so as to help us plan better in future years.

For Respondents and Commentators:

Your session organizer or chair should be ensuring that both you and the presenters are clear about when you want to see copies of their papers. But you should certainly feel free to contact them all yourself if need be. Be sure you know how much time is to be allotted to your remarks, so that you can keep to that limit.

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

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Associate Organization News

Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick, UK

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance is offering a new Postgraduate Venice Programme, a unique initiative by a British University, giving postgraduate students the opportunity to spend a full university term in Venice studying the city's art, history and culture together with History and Art History students.

For more information, please see the program page.

American Cusanus Society

The Society announces the recently published book by the late founder and long-time president of the society, Morimichi Watanabe, and edited by two members of our executive committee.

Watanabe, Morimichi. Nicholas of Cusa: A Companion to His Life and Times. Eds. Gerald Christianson and Thomas M. Izbicki. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011.

Chemical Heritage Foundation

The CHF announces the publication of the most recent book in the CHF-sponsored Synthesis Series in the History of Chemistry by University of Chicago Press.

Principe, Lawrence M. Secrets of Alchemy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.


Epistémè is sponsoring a conference 21–22 June 2013 entitled "Women and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe" in Paris, France. For more information, please see here.

Renaissance Studies Certificate Program of CUNY, Graduate Center

The "Becoming Global: The Renaissance and the World" conference will be held 14–15 March 2013 at The Graduate Center, CUNY. This is an international conference featuring Serge Gruzinski, Barbara Fuchs, Stephanie Merrim, Alessandra Russo, Timothy Brook, Giancarlo Casale, Lawrence Silver, Timothy Reiss, and Paul Kaplan; sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America, The Hispanic Society of America, The Center for the Humanities, and the Renaissance Studies Program of The Graduate Center, CUNY.

For more information and to register for the conference please see the conference website.

The Folger Institute

First Look at 2013-2014 Institute Program. The Folger Institute is pleased to announce its schedule of programs for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you have any questions about application requirements or deadlines, please email

Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global

The Folger Institute is pleased to announce a new edition to its online primary sourcebooks for the classroom: Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global. This website is the result of a five-week 2011 NEH summer humanities institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where, with the guidance of faculty experts, participants explored the historical developments through which the hyperbolic ambition signaled by the name of Shakespeare’s theatre became a reality, transforming a popular playwright from the margins of early modern Europe into a figure of unsurpassed cultural authority. Materials include a complete syllabus, primary and secondary bibliographies, and an introduction to the Folger’s database of digital images. We also produced faculty video clips and provide individual commentaries, course assignments, and annotated bibliographies compiled by our program participants.

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The Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance 2014 Program in England and Italy

Directed by Edward Muir, Department of History, and Regina Schwartz, Department of English and Law School, Northwestern University

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Northwestern University

Objectives of the Academy

For its second year in 2014, The Academy for Advanced Study in the Renaissance invites applications for ten fellowships to be granted to advanced graduate students. The Academy has been designed to ameliorate the physical and intellectual isolation of young Renaissance scholars and, more importantly, to revitalize the intellectual range of graduate students by keeping them at the forefront of current concerns. In part, that will mean making Renaissance studies more interdisciplinary. Fellows will spend one week in England and four in Italy beginning in mid-April 2014 and work with a distinguished group of senior scholars representing a broad range of thought about the Renaissance. They will come into contact with European and North American scholars whose work is at the forefront of such pressing questions as migration and diaspora, cross-cultural interactions, globalization of trade, religious controversies, secularization and the growth of science, the development of legal and state institutions, artistic innovations, and the anthropology of everyday life. The long-range goal is to help nurture a new generation of Renaissance scholars who will demonstrate the continuing vitality of the idea of the Renaissance and its pivotal role in the humanities.


Beginning mid-April, the fellows will attend lectures and seminars at Oxford University, The Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham at Stratford-upon-Avon, The American Academy in Rome, and the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole (Florence).
Fellows will discuss their own research projects in detail during an extended stay at the Institute for Advanced Studies of L’Orientale University on the Island of Procida in the Bay of Naples. (See the movie Il postino for a glimpse of its beauties.)

The Fellows

Applications are welcome from any graduate student in literature or history who specializes in England or Italy, has reached PhD candidate status, and has made substantial progress on the dissertation. The dissertation should concern the Renaissance period, broadly conceived (ca. 1300–1700).

All proceedings will be conducted in English. No knowledge of Italian is required.

Fellowships include the cost of rooms plus a stipend of US$10,000 to cover meals, transportation, and incidental expenses. Participation in the Academy should come at no cost to the student and may be combined with other fellowship support or research grants.


Send the following materials as a single attachment, if possible, to and by 15 June 2013:

  1. Cover letter with full contact information stating that the applicant reached PhD candidate status by date x and identifying the expected date of completion of the dissertation.
  2. CV
  3. Short prospectus of dissertation (3 pages maximum)
  4. Writing sample (graduate paper, article, or dissertation chapter)
Ask two recommenders including the dissertation adviser to write letters to the same email addresses also by 15 June 2013.


Announcements of the fellows will be made by September 2013.

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