Reminder: April 15 Deadline for Newberry Library Fall 2014 Dissertation Seminar for Historians

REMEMBER to check with Drs Ferrell or Easton if you want a stab at the travel funding!  Do apply if you are able to go – we have some guaranteed slots for CGU students to attend!  


Renaissance Graduate Programs
Friday, September 26, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014

2 – 5 pm on four Fridays, September 26, October 17, November 7, and December 5.

Application deadline: Monday, April 15, 2014

Room 101

Directed by Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago, and John Marino, University of California, San Diego

This seminar will be devoted to creating a broad-based community of graduate students who are at the beginning stages of working on their dissertations in the late medieval, Renaissance, or early modern history of continental Europe, c. 1300-1700. The goal will be to provide comments and criticisms from a larger group of specialists than would be available on any single campus. Discussions will focus on methods and comparisons, with an eye to helping PhD candidates articulate the larger intellectual and historical significance of their specialized research.

Learn more about the seminar directors:

Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago
Constantin Fasolt’s interest is focused on the historical background behind the structures of authority that governed the European and American worlds from the eighteenth until the twentieth century. His research deals with the origin and significance of modern historical and political thought. His teaching covers European intellectual history from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century, especially in Germany and France, with occasional glances further back in time.

John Marino, University of California, San Diego
John Marino is a professor and chair of the history department at the University of California, San Diego. He specializes in early modern European History, Renaissance and Reformation Europe, the early modern Mediterranean world, Spanish Italy, the city and kingdom of Naples, and the Italian South.

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Cost and registration information:

Eligibility: The seminar will be limited to 12 participants who have passed all examinations and achieved ABD status by the time of the seminar. Applicants should be near the beginning rather than the end of their dissertation research, with a topic in the late medieval, Renaissance, or early modern history of continental Europe, c. 1300-1700. Students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools have priority, in accordance with the consortium agreement. Fees are waived for students from consortium institutions.

To apply:

  • Complete an Application Cover Sheet and save it with a new name (otherwise it will be blank when we open it).
  • Write a letter that includes the title and a two-paragraph summary of your dissertation, whether you have started archival research yet, and any language preparation you have completed that is necessary to your project.
  • Send both of the above items as email attachments to Karen Christianson, associate director of the Center for Renaissance Studies, at, no later than midnight Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

We will notify applicants of the selection committee’s decisions by May 15.

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