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The Renaissances Graduate Research Series

After three successful years of the series "Nodes, Networks, Names: Recovering, Understanding, Representing,” which invited emerging scholars to discuss how they treat early modern culture in terms of the circulation of knowledge, the members of the Renaissances community have decided to embark on a new series and a new format in 2015-16.

With the idea of having the focal group more oriented toward the work of graduate students, we launched the Renaissances Graduate Research Series in the autumn of 2015.

Each quarter, one Ph.D. candidate will be given the opportunity to invite a scholar from his or her field into conversation. During a two-hour evening event, the student and the visitor will briefly present their research, summarizing papers distributed in advance, before the floor is opened to discussion. Earlier on the day of the event, the invited scholar will have lunch with all the interested graduate students. 

The series welcomes graduate students from Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, English, Art History, History, Philosophy, and all other humanities departments. We hope that this new format, modeled on the manuscript reviews for untenured faculty members that are now common in peer institutions, will give graduate students a productive setting in which to engage with scholars in their field and contextualize their research.

We began the series with Molly Taylor-Poleskey, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History, who presented a chapter titled "Dietary Theory and Practice at the Court of Brandenburg-Prussia,” and Professor Ken Albala of the Department of History at the University of the Pacific, who discussed an an article titled "Japanese Food in the Early Modern European Imagination." The event took place Monday, November 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

For more information about Renaissances, please contact Cécile Tresfels or Hannah Smith-Drelich