THE CENTRE FOR MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES (CMRS) at Monash was established by Academic Board at its meeting of 12 October 2011 and launched on 1 March 2012. The Centre draws on the expertise of academic and research staff from the Department of History and from across the university and beyond.
It aims to promote research and to provide specialist research training and support for honours and postgraduate students, and to coordinate first to third level units as a pathway for undergraduates. For information to help you make decisions about a pathway in medieval and renaissance studies in 2015, contributing to a History Major or Minor, see: History.
The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is located at Monash Clayton and the Monash University Prato Centre (the Bill Kent Library), and is the hub of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
The main forum for the CMRS is the weekly seminar (11am Friday, 20 Chancellors Walk, Room E561).
Postgraduates please note: HDR Language Acquisition Workshops are continuing in second semester 2015. Contact Luke.Bancroft@monash.edu for information. Latin language will operate as a class on Tuesday lunchtimes, while Latin reading group will continue as usual on Friday mornings.
Some exciting event in 2015 have already taken place:
- April 24: a symposium “Language of Exile and Imprisonment in Medieval and Renaissance Europe”. Special thanks go to Lisa di Crescenzo and Sally Fisher for an inspiring day. Click here for a report.
- June 4-5: joint Monash CMRS – Harvard (Villa i Tatti) Conference, Florence-Prato: “Renaissance Religions: modes and meanings in history”. This event was such a success that a further event in on the same topic is planned for 9-10 June next year in Bologna. A CFP will go out shortly. For those interested in the Prato Day of the 2015 Conference, the entire day is available on YouTube.
- July 6-9: PCMRS sponsored sessions at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds. Congratulations go to Diana Jeske.
Exciting events still to come in 2015 include:
- August 24-28: the CMRS Visiting Senior Scholar for 2015 is Professor Susan Broomhall from UWA. See the events page for the week’s exciting program.
- November-December: Med-Ren Month in Prato, with Dante’s World (Carolyn James), Text and Community (Peter Howard), meeting of the PCMRS (with the annual postgraduate workshop, 8 December), and a symposium honouring Alison Brown (9-10 December). There will be a special palaeography workshop at the State Archive of Florence 14-18 December (information available from Peter Howard). For eligible postgraduate students, applications for the Bill Kent HDR Research Fellowships have now opened and close on 7 September.
- For details, click on the ‘events’ tab.
- Congratulations to Rebecca Lobel and Roslyn Halliday, winners of the 2015 Bill Kent HDR Prato Fellowships. Read more
- The Library is trialing access to the Dictionary of Renaissance Latin from Prose Sources until 25 September 2015. Have a look and tell us what Read more
- Up to 3 scholarships are available to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university the chance to undertake research in Italy in Read more
- Join us, belatedly, to celebrate and launch Med-Ren’s own Tomas Zahora’s recent book, Nature, Virtue and the Limits of Encyclopedic Knowledge on Friday 28 August at 11am. Read more
- Bill Kent Prato HDR Research Scholarship/ Fellowship is now open. More details are online now! Read more
- Professor Susan Broomhall of UWA and the Centre for the History of Emotions has been appointed the inaugural CMRS Visiting Senior Scholar Read more
- Join Monash CMRS members at the Prato Centre and Villa I Tatti on 4-5 June for this joint conference on Renaissance Religions: Modes and Meanings in Read more
- Watch the 2014 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture online: William Wallace, “Michaelangelo and the Sistine Chapel… 500 years” Read more
- Applications are now invited for Australian European University Institute Fellowships which provide the opportunity to carry out research at the European University Institute in Florence. The Read more
- Applications are now open for the inaugural CMRS Visiting Senior Scholar Program. More details here. Read more
- CMRS PhD candidate Lisa Di Crescenzo has been awarded one of two prestigious ACIS Cassa Marca Scholarships in 2015 Read more
- Prof. Constant Mews, distinguished scholar of twelfth century thought and theology, has been elected as Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America Read more