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


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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.

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Renaissance Studies Latest Issue (November 2021)

The latest issue of Renaissance Studies (Vol 35, no. 5, November 2021) is now available online via the Wiley Online Library.   Articles Tania Demetriou, ‘How Gabriel Harvey read tragedy’, pages 757-787. Emily Wingfield, ‘Re-reading a quatrain by Mary Queen of Scots’, pages 788-810. Erin Griffey, ‘”The Rose and Lily Queen”: Henrietta Maria’s fair face…

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Renaissance Studies Article Prize 2021

The Renaissance Studies article prize 2021 goes to Clement Onn for ‘Circulating art and visual hybridity: cross-cultural exchanges between Portugal, Japan, and Spain’, Vol. 34 No. 4, pages 624-649, September 2020 (DOI: 10.1111/rest.12592).   The judges noted that this was an ambitious article with the potential to influence future developments in Renaissance studies by proposing a re-centring…

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SRS/BSR Residential Doctoral Research Scholarship 2021-22

The Society is delighted to announce the outcome of its inaugural competition for a three-month scholarship run in conjunction with the British School at Rome. From a strong field, the decision has been made to award the scholarship to Ana Howie (Cambridge) for her project ‘Rubens, van Dyck, and Women’s Dress in Genoese Portraiture, 1604-1627’….

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BBC AHRC New Generation Scheme

  This is a recording of a live Public Engagement Toolbox conversation, where SRS’s Dr John Gallagher spoke with Dr Hetta Howes (City, University of London) and Dr Christina Faraday (University of Cambridge) about their experiences as part of the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers programme. Each year, the BBC and the AHRC team up to…

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SRS Postdoctoral Fellows 2021-2022

The Fellowships Committee is pleased to announce Duncan Frost and Luke Prendergast have been awarded Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2021-2022. We received 54 applications this year and, as ever, the field was exceptionally strong. Duncan Frost, ‘Songbirds and Social Distinction in the Seventeenth Century’ In the boom of consumer culture in the early modern period, objects…

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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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Early Modern German Shakespeare in Action: Creation Theatre’s Romio und Julieta

An online roundtable hosted by the Society for Renaissance Studies on 4th May 2021   Participants: Maria Shmygol (University of Leeds), Harry McCarthy (University of Cambridge), Kareen Seidler (ex. Université de Genève), Lucy Askew (Creation Theatre), and Ryan Duncan (Creation Theatre)   This event brought together scholars, translators, and theatre practitioners for a discussion of…

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Religion and the Decline of Magic at Fifty

Sir Keith Thomas on the fiftieth anniversary of his Religion and the Decline of Magic   A speech given at All Souls College on Friday 3 September 2021 by Sir Keith Thomas reflecting on the fiftieth anniversary of his ground-breaking Religion and the Decline of Magic, introduced by Alan Macfarlane. Due to a technical difficulty…

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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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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.