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, a format that has been very successful and has run for two consecutive academic years.
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. Distributed beforehand, the two speakers respond to the ideas presented in them before the floor is opened to discussion. Earlier on the day of the event, the invited scholar is invited for lunch with all the interested graduate students who are part of the Renaissances Group.
The series welcomes graduate students from Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, English, Art History, History, Philosophy, and is open to all other humanities departments. We hope that this new format continues to be successful. As the format is 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 and contextualize both their own research and learn more about current projects of scholars who work with the period we broadly call Renaissance.
Last academic year we had two graduate students who presented their works in progress. Luis Rodríguez-Rincón, a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, invited Steven Mentz, from Saint John's University, to talk about Luis' project "The Early Modern Oceanic Imaginary." The event took place on January 23. On May 8, Luke Barnhart, a PhD candidate in English, invited Catherine Nicholson, from Yale University, to talk about Luke's project "On the Metaphysical Plain with George Herbert." We hope to keep fostering good conversations that are helpful not only to the graduate student and to the guest scholar, but also to our community of members who are interested in a variety of questions concerning the period.