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.

Cancellation of Society for Renaissance Studies Ninth Biennial Conference

We are very sad to have to announce the cancellation of the Society for Renaissance Studies conference that was due to take place in Norwich from 29 June to 1 July 2021. As you will know, when we postponed the original conference in March last year, we had hoped that we would be able to…

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Special Collections & Social Media with Bob MacLean

In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks with Bob MacLean, who’s Assistant Librarian for Rare Books in the Archives & Special Collections of the University of Glasgow Library. They discuss public engagement with special collections, and how archives and libraries can use Twitter and blogging to broaden engagement with their collections. A useful resource…

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Fabrizio Nevola on Apps

    In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks to Professor Fabrizio Nevola (University of Exeter) about his work on public engagement using smartphone apps. Fabrizio talks about the process of turning research into content for the Hidden Florence app, and how the Hidden Cities approach has inspired a much bigger multi-city project and…

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Tracey Hill on Walking Tours

  In this interview, John speaks to Prof Tracey Hill (Bath Spa University) about her experience of turning research into early modern London and civic culture into walking tours. They take a stroll through the practical and intellectual challenges and opportunities of this unique kind of public engagement, and Tracey has plenty of tips to…

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Renaissance Studies Article Prize 2020

The Renaissance Studies article prize 2020 goes to Irene Galandra Cooper for  ‘Unlocking “pious homes”: revealing devotional exchanges and religious materiality in early modern Naples’, vol. 33, Issue 5, pages 832-853, November 2019. The judges noted that the article’s interdisciplinary approach and use of sources were superb, and Cooper rises impressively to the challenge of joining…

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Impacting Policy with Early Modern Research, with Nandini Das

  In this interview, the SRS’s John Gallagher speaks to Professor Nandini Das (University of Oxford) about how early modern research can speak to very modern policy questions. Nandini is the Principal Investigator on the ERC-funded project Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, c. 1550 – 1700, also known as TIDE. Here, she talks to…

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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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Materials for research during Covid-19

A number of organisations have made available materials to facilitate research during the Covid-19 pandemic. We have tried to compile some of these in the list below. Please get in touch through the Contact Us form, if you would like any links to be added, or to report a broken link. Our list of useful…

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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.