News & Events

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to the Website of the UC Berkeley Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. Berkeley has long been known for scholarly excellence in this area and it is rewarding to see a new interdisciplinary program that builds on our traditional strengths and develops them in exciting ways. I hope that this site can become a useful resource for scholars, students, pilgrims, travelers, and readers with an interest in the field.

Welcome and best wishes,
Victoria Kahn
Director, Designated Emphasis in
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
UC Berkeley

News and Events

A talk by:
Patricia Parker, Margery Bailey Professor in English and Dramatic Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
“Multilingual Shakespeare(s)”
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 5:30 PM, 300 Wheeler

A presentation and hands-on workshop by:
Professor Deanna Shemek, UC Santa Cruz, Co-Director of IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive
Thursday, February 18, 5-7 p.m., 219 Dwinelle

A brief overview presentation of IDEA, an exciting new scholarly website for study of the Italian Renaissance through the correspondence, music, and collecting of Isabella d’Este (1474-1539), marchesa of Mantua. Daughter of the Este dukes of Ferrara and wife of Francesco II Gonzaga, Isabella d’Este produced a correspondence of over 16,000 letters that remain in copybooks produced by her chancery and held in the Archivio Gonzaga of Mantua. These letters, which address topics ranging from art collecting and fashion to governing and diplomacy, from food and animals to health and travel, are now available for study as scanned, high-resolution images in IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive. IDEA also features a project on Isabella’s music patronage and performance. In development are projects to display her ceramics collection and to recreate virtually her famed studiolo, the first, signature art collection assembled by a European woman.

Students and faculty interested in exploring the IDEA manuscript collection and getting hands-on experience with it are invited to attend the workshop that will follow.

REMS conference:
Christianity and Capitalism
March 11-12, beginning at 1 pm, Geballe Room of the Townsend Center
More information will be posted in February.

Watch for other events

The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities
Townsend Working Groups

Stanford University
Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies