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Renaissances

The Renaissances Graduate Research Series

The current format of the Renaissances group, known as the Graduate Research Series, was launched in the autumn of 2015 and continues to serve our community.

In this format, one Ph.D. candidate associated with the Renaissances Group at Stanford is given the opportunity to invite a scholar from his or her field to a conversation. During a two-hour evening event, the student and her or his guest briefly present their research and engage with each other's papers, which are circulated beforehand. The two speakers respond to each other's ideas before the floor is opened to discussion. Earlier on the day of the event, the visiting scholar is invited for lunch with all the interested graduate students who are part of the Renaissances Group.

The series includes graduate students from Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, English, Art History, History, and Philosophy, and is open to all other humanities departments. Modeled on the manuscript reviews for untenured faculty members that are now common in peer institutions, the Renaissance Graduate Research Series is designed to give graduate students a productive setting in which they can engage with scholars in their field, find contexts for their own research, and learn more about current projects in the period we call, broadly, the Renaissance.

In 2018-19 we held two events. In March 2019, Juan Lamata, a Ph.D. candidate in English, invited Professor Alan Stewart of Columbia University to discuss their work together. Juan presented a chapter of his dissertation titled Masterless I: Form and Commodity in The Unfortunate Traveler. Professor Stewart shared an essay, “‘Tois For Private Gentleman?’: Thomas Nashe’s Letter to William Cotton.”  And in April 2019, Hannah Smith-Drelich, also from the Department of English, presented her dissertation chapter, “‘Anger’s my meat’: Extreme Appetite in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Hannah's interlocutor was Professor David Goldstein of the York University, who circulated an essay titled “‘I preserved all’: Hannah Woolley and the Community of Collapse.”

For more information about Renaissances, please contact Michael Lind Menna

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