The Department of Art History has arranged for Florida State University to join the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium, a community of scholars at North American and European universities. The Newberry is a world-renowned independent research library in Chicago with an extensive collection of rare books, maps, music, and manuscripts. The Center for Renaissance Studies promotes the use of the Newberry’s collection in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies, by supporting annual programming, summer institutes and workshops, publications, seminars, and grants. Students at member institutions have fee-free access to these programs and to the Newberry Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.
FSU is the only university in Florida with a connection to Newberry, joining 53 other higher education institutions currently participating in the consortium. University affiliates in North America include Emory, Cornell, Indiana, Illinois, Notre Dame, Texas, and McGill, and in Europe, Aberdeen, Warwick, and Lausanne.
Our membership in the consortium permits reimbursement for travel to Chicago for research, as well as to offset the costs of attending workshops and symposia. Art History graduate students are excited to have these opportunities: Rachel Carlisle participated in the “Emblems and Empire” colloquium in the fall of 2018; Caitlin Mims and Caroline Nooney will travel to the Newberry in late January for the annual graduate student symposium, and Emily White looks forward to attending the workshop “Manuscripts and their Stories: Decoding the Materiality of Medieval and Early Modern Books” in late April 2019.
We encourage our scholars of medieval art and early modernity to travel to Chicago to undertake research in the Newberry’s rich collections. To stay informed about opportunities available for members, join the Renaissance Studies Consortium mailing List and follow their Facebook page.