News & Events

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

Welcome to the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies’ website. Our D.E. builds on UC Berkeley’s traditional strengths in this period, and develops them in new and exciting ways. We hope this site is a useful resource to help you plan courses, attend talks and conferences, or simply keep posted on what we’re doing in our exciting program. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our D.E. or the events we sponsor.

With best wishes for a good 2016 – 2017 academic year.

REMS DE Director: Ivonne del Valle,
Spanish and Portuguese,

Faculty Graduate Adviser: Kinch Hoekstra,
Political Science,

Graduate Student Services Adviser: Mary Ajideh,

News and Events

Dr. Katherine Ibbett, Early Modern Studies, University College London
Informal book chat on her most recent publication, Compassion’s Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France (Penn, 2017)
Wednesday, November 30, 12 – 2 pm, 4229 Dwinelle Hall
Lecture, “Compassion’s Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France”
Thursday, December 1, 5 pm, 4229 Dwinelle Hall
Cartographic Materialities: Mapping the Pre-Modern World
March 2-3, 2017, UC Berkeley 
A two-day symposium that aims to to broadly consider how maps as material objects construct pre-modern conceptions of culture and space. We hope to further interrogate ways in which maps as circulating, utilitarian, decorative, and/or political objects allow us to reimagine the relationship between places, texts, and things. Global and interdisciplinary in scope, the symposium looks to create a dialogue between scholars from different fields and different language traditions united by an interest in the material and theoretical possibilities of maps, mapping, and cartography from antiquity to 1800.

Watch for other events

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

Stanford University
Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies