4th Biennial Conference - York

Event Date: 
16 Jul 2010 to 18 Jul 2010

University of York

18th-century map of York


The 4th National Conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies will be held in the historic city of York on 16-18 July 2010. The conference will follow immediately after the Leeds Medieval Congress and will coincide with the final weekend of the York Early Music Festival--which will feature The Sixteen performing the music of Tallis and others in the York Minster, a major new performance of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers, and a partial performance of the York Mystery Plays in the streets of the city. The conference will also feature workshops on publishing and research funding (including presentations by Andrew Hadfield, Editor of Renaissance Studies; Sarah Stanton, Literature Editor at Cambridge University Press; and Shearer West, Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Confirmed plenary speakers include Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, London), Iain Fenlon (Cambridge), and Penelope Gouk (Manchester).

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We now invite proposals for panels (max. 90 minutes) on any aspect of Renaissance history, art, literature or culture, and for individual papers (max. 25 minutes) on one of the following themes: 

  • Rethinking the Medieval/Renaissance Divide 
  • At the Boundaries of Science
  • Soundscapes and Landscapes, Environments and Ecologies 
  • Possessions and Collections 
  • Between Spirituality and Materiality 
  • Cultural Encounters

Proposals (max. 400 words) are welcome from both established scholars and postgraduates and they should be sent by Friday 25 September 2009 to the conference organizer: 

Prof William Sherman 
Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies 
University of York 
Heslington YO10 5DD 
United Kingdom 
E-mail: ws505@york.ac.uk 

Further details (e.g. full programme, registration forms and information about accommodation) will be posted as they become available. Please note that the Society is particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers, and we will be able to offer generous bursaries to cover travel, registration and accommodation expenses. Also note that the SRS has come to an agreement with the Renaissance Society of America: RSA members will not have to join the SRS to participate in this conference.

Click here for more information about the University of York and the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies.

Click here for more information about the York Early Music Festival

For all other inquiries, please contact Prof Sherman at the address above.