In January, PhD candidates Britt Hunter and Rachel Carlisle and MA student Emily White presented research at the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference. The 2020 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference brought together graduate students from across the nation specializing in the medieval and Renaissance periods.
On Friday, Britt presented “Printed Precedents in the Late Fifteenth-Century Wellcome Apocalypse Manuscript.” Her presentation demonstrated the consistent reliance on printed models in the manuscript, thereby dismantling modern notions of the unidirectional narrative of period materiality from manuscript to print. The following morning, Rachel presented “Picturing Antiquity in the Early Modern Print: Erhard Ratdolt, Konrad Peutinger, and the Romanae vetustatis fragmenta,” a paper resulting from research previously conducted at the Newberry Library. The presentation considered the physical properties of the Romanae vetustatis fragmenta, focusing especially on the relationship between antiquity and mechanical reproduction, physical artifact and printed page. That same day Emily presented “Hans van Gersdorff’s Feldbuch der Wundarzney: The Dissemination of Vernacular Knowledge.” Her presentation examined the visual evolution undergone by repurposed prints from the Feldbuch which reflects the broader transformation of its imagery into didactic, “how-to” tools.
Travel to Chicago also provided Britt, Rachel, and Emily the opportunity to examine medieval and early modern books from the library’s special collections and to network with fellow graduate students and scholars from the Newberry Library. As a member of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium, FSU students have access to the Newberry collection in the fields of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies (c. 1300-1750) and are encouraged to participate in educational programs run out of the Newberry Library, Chicago and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in learning more about student opportunities, click here or email Rachel Carlisle at email@example.com.