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CFP: 2023 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Studies at the Newberry Library

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From PhD Student Anneliese Hardman, who is one of the organizers of this conference:

January 16-28, 2023
Newberry Library and Zoom

Proposal Submission Deadline: October 16, 2022

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library is pleased to announce that submissions for our 2023 Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference in Premodern Studies are now OPEN.

This annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across all fields of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources.

In 2023, the conference will adopt a hybrid (virtual and in-person) format. Graduate students may submit proposals for virtual workshops of pre-circulated papers or in-person panel presentations. We will also set aside some space for virtual panel presentations for those who cannot travel but prefer to present traditional papers. Participants may attend both the virtual and in-person portions of the conference, but may only present work at one session.

We invite proposals for papers from students in Masters or PhD programs on any humanities topic relating to material before 1800. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, anthropology, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, political science, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies. All papers must be in English.

The 2023 conference program will include virtual and in-person sessions relating to career diversity, professionalization, and rare book presentations in addition to the workshops and conference panels.

For more information about the conference and how to submit a proposal, please visit the calendar page here: