Renaissance Studies

Renaissance Studies is the Society’s quarterly multi-disciplinary journal, publishing articles and editions of documents covering all aspects of Renaissance history and culture. Latest Issue


SRS Book Series

This series is dedicated to the exploration of the many cultures of knowledge, learning, reading and performing in the Renaissance and Early Modern world (c.1400-c.1700).


The Bulletin is published twice a year and is issued free to members. It contains substantial articles relating to SRS events and reports on Society-funded projects and conferences.

A Bit Lit

  When lockdowns kicked in across the world in spring 2020, A Bit Lit was born as a platform for sharing conversations, talks, readings, creative work and now podcasts. In over one hundred films, the A Bit Lit team have brought together scholars and creative practitioners and many more to talk about the early modern…

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SRS Postdoctoral Fellowships: FAQs

Is it a requirement of the Fellowship to be based in a particular location? The Fellowship may be taken up in any part of the world where you can undertake the research you propose. Can I use the Fellowship to turn my PhD thesis into publications or does my research proposal need to focus on…

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Making Art History TV

  In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks with Dr James Fox (University of Cambridge), an art historian who has reached a wide public audience with his popular art history TV programmes for the BBC. James recalls how he started by putting his art history knowledge to work as a TV researcher, before taking…

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Online Scholarly Events

  When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, many academic events had to scramble to move online. At the Society for Renaissance Studies, Dr Rachel Willie (Liverpool John Moores University) was the driving force behind a series of new and exciting events, from seminars and conversations to book launches, hosted on Crowdcast and engaging a broad global…

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Applying for an SRS Postdoctoral Fellowship

Michael Bennett, Kaye McLelland and Aislinn Muller share with us their experiences of, and advice for, applying to the SRS Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.   Michael Bennett       Aislinn Muller   I was awarded the postdoctoral fellowship to research the intersection of Catholic material culture and political engagement in post-Reformation England, ca 1570-1660. Specifically,…

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Museum Exhibitions

     In this conversation, the SRS’s John Gallagher talks to Dr Victoria Avery (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) and Dr Melissa Calaresu (University of Cambridge) about collaborations between museums and university academics, and the business of creating and launching a major collaborative exhibition. Today’s guests have an impressive track record of collaboration, having worked together on…

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New Website: Gabinetti disegni e stampe italiani (Italian Prints and Drawings Study Rooms)

The website aims to gather together all the Gabinetti disegni e stampe italiani (Italian Prints and Drawings Study Rooms) in order to promote and enhance the Italian heritage of prints and drawings. Each Gabinetto disegni e stampe is accompanied on the website by an up-to-date description of the study room, contacts (emails and telephone…

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New Research in William Byrd’s Musical Culture on the 400th Anniversary of His Death

We welcome abstracts for an edited collection published on the musical culture of William Byrd to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death in 2023. The collection, co-edited by Samantha Bassler, Katherine Butler, and Katie Bank, will feature 10–15 essays dealing with the state of Byrd studies in the 21st century. We are hoping to…

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Vacancy: Post-doctoral Research Assistant

Applications are invited for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Ridolfi collection) in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London. We are seeking an experienced and qualified Post-Doctoral Research Assistant to join Dr Stefano Jossa to work on the Ridolfi collection at the Archives at RHUL with a BA/Leverhulme…

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Introducing Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs)

Just over 400 years ago Sir Thomas Roe, England’s first official ambassador to the Mughal Empire of India, returned after four years at the court of the Emperor Jahangir. Sent by King James I in 1615 to secure favourable trading terms for the fledgling East India Company, Roe would return to London in late 1619…

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Virtual Show & Tell: The ‘Work’ of Early Modern Paperwork

Report of online event, held on April 29 2020 ‘Thou paper-faced villain’, (Doll Tearsheet, 2 Henry IV, 5.2) Rebecca Carnevali (Warwick University), on a printed licence for carrying weapons, Bologna post-1640 Jonathan Patterson (St. Hilda’s College, Oxford), on the Registres des Deliberations du Bureau de la ville de Paris, Paris 1735, recording late seventeenth-century practice…

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Error in Shakespeare: Shakespeare in Error

This book began with a fascination for the sensation when you read or hear Shakespearean dramatic poetry that is so dense and complex it almost passes over you. You haven’t understood it, but it also hasn’t left you entirely blank, either. If you hear it in the theatre you only get one shot, and if…

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Information about our own biennial conference, and other events around the world that may be of interest to those with an interest in the Renaissance period.