Submission Deadline 11 October 2021
The annual graduate student multidisciplinary conference, organised and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for early career scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. 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. The conference can be used for a research visit in the library. The 2022 conference call/programme can be found here: 2022 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference -- Newberry
Over the last 15 years, Aberdeen PhD students have been regularly chosen to either present their papers or even organise sections of the conference itself. As part of the Newberry Consortium membership and strong collaborative links with the Newberry, Aberdeen's Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS) has been able to support our students to enable them to travel to Chicago to attend / organise the annual conferences.
Students who want to train their presenting skills and benefit from this arrangement should come forward. The topics can range from anything form the late medieval period to the end of the eighteenth century.
The conference will take place in a hybrid format, so both in person as well as online.
Academic staff, please also encourage suitable PhD candidates across all disciplines to submit a proposal.
In recent years, the following PhD students contributed to this conference and other events at the Newberry:
2020-21: Jared Thomley, participant in a limited-enrolment seminar or workshop (Professionalization Seminar, Session 2: “Publishing in Premodern Studies”)
2019-2020: Rose Luminiello as presenter and commentator with academic staff from both Aberdeen and the Newberry in a collaborative Symposium on “Reading the Ministry in the Americas, 1492-Present,” cosponsored and co-organized by the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, the Newberry D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen: October 10-11, 2020, at the Newberry
2018-2019: Dikaia Gavala and Hannah Mazheika as presenters and commentators.
2017-2018: Jared Thomley as presenter and commentators.
2016-2017: Christopher Thomas as presenter and chair
Mary Hardy, research at the Newberry Library and Folger Shakespeare Library; and participant, conference session sponsored by CRS at the Renaissance Society of America
2015-2016: Stefan Drechsler, Michael Frost and Christopher Thomas as presenters and commentators
2014-2015: Xandra Bello and Stefan Drechsler as presenters and commentators.
.. and many others, back to 2006.
Several students went on to publish their papers in journals and edited collections.