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Committee on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies


Marina S. Brownlee (fall)

Nigel Smith (spring)

Executive Committee

Leonard Barkan, Comparative Literature

Marina S. Brownlee, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature

Denis Feeney, Classics, ex officio

Anthony T. Grafton, History

Wendy Heller, Music

Thomas D. Kaufmann, Art and Archaeology

Eileen A. Reeves, Comparative Literature

Nigel Smith, English

Associated Faculty

April Alliston, Comparative Literature

Volker Schroder, French and Italian

At Princeton, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies is a cross-disciplinary association under the general auspices of the Council of the Humanities. There is a standing interdepartmental committee of faculty members and a number of recognized graduate student organizers. We seek to foster interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among members of the University engaged in the study of Renaissance and early modern culture in Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Americas, as well as elsewhere. We help maintain Princeton's traditional strength and high standing in this field, and we encourage innovative developments in it. There is an unusually rich array of specialists in Renaissance and early modern history, history of science, English and Continental literatures, history of art and architecture, music, and philosophy. There is also wider representation from other fields among those related to Renaissance and early modern studies. This gives us a broad forum for discussion of research in progress by faculty members, graduate students, visiting scholars, and members of the Institute for Advanced Study.

In addition to a program of public lectures, conferences, and symposia--designed in collaboration with other departments and programs -- we sponsor the Renaissance and Early Modern Colloquium, a biweekly discussion group organized by advanced graduate students across disciplines. We also sponsor panel sessions at the Renaissance Society of America's annual conventions, and we facilitate the use of regional facilities for early modern study, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

A list of undergraduate and graduate courses in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies may be found on the committee's website.