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 workshop with presentations by:
Kevin Dawson, Assistant Professor, History Department, UC Merced
“Enslaved Underwater Divers: Challenging Ideas of Race and Slavery from Below”
Cecile Fromont, Assistant Professor, Art History Department, University of Chicago
“The Art of Conversion in the Kingdom of Kongo”
Thursday, March 5, 5 – 6:30 pm, 308A Doe Library
Presented by the Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World Townsend Working Group,
co-sponsored by the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.


A lecture by:
Blaine Greteman, Assistant Professor of English, University of Iowa
“Rethinking Authorship and Agency in the Early Modern Social Network”
Thursday, March 12, 5 pm, 300 Wheeler

A seminar and lecture by:
Alexander Nagel, Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
“To Read Illegible Scripts”
Thursday, March 19, 308A Doe Library, 12-1:30 pm
“Shifting Orientation in Western art around 1500”
Thursday, March 19, 5 pm, 370 Dwinelle
Nagel poster

Watch for other events

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

Stanford University
Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies