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At Princeton, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies is a cross-disciplinary association under the general auspices of the Humanities Council. There is a standing interdepartmental committee of faculty members, and a number of recognized graduate student organizers. We seek to foster interdisciplinary discussion and cooperation among members of the University engaged in the study of Renaissance and early modern culture in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Americas and elsewhere.

We help maintain Princeton’s traditional strength and high standing in this field, and we encourage innovative developments in it. There is an unusually rich array of specialists in Renaissance and early modern history, history of science, English and continental literatures, history of art and architecture, music and philosophy. There is also a wider representation from other fields among those related to Renaissance and early modern studies. This gives us a broad forum for discussion of research in progress by faculty members, graduate students, visiting scholars, and members of the Institute for Advanced Study.

In addition to a program of public lectures, conferences and symposia, designed in collaboration with other departments and programs, we sponsor panel sessions at the Renaissance Society of America annual conventions, and we facilitate the use of regional facilities for early modern study, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. Inquiries about Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at Princeton may also be addressed by email to our administrator. Lastly, please feel free to contact our administrator if you would like to be added to the mailing list, or if you have any feedback concerning the Renaissance and Early Modern Studies website.

Nigel Smith, Chair

Nigel Smith, on leave 2021-2022

William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature; Professor of English

Barbara Leavey, Program Manager

Barbara Leavey

Program Manager, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

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