Welcome to the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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, click here.

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: in 1/2015 HDR Language Acquisition Workshops – 24 hours during semester – will be on Wednesdays: German, 1.30-3.30 (with Andeas Dorrer – Rm N802); Italian (with Goffredo Polizzi – Rm N702), 3:30–5:30; and French, 4.00-6.00 (with James Bourne – Rm N502). Latin language will operate as a class on Tuesday lunchtimes, while Latin reading group will continue as usual on Friday mornings.

Events in 2015 include:

  • April 24: a symposium “Language of Exile and Imprisonment in Medieval and Renaissance Europe” (contact Lisa di Crescenzo and Sally Fisher)
  • June 4-5: joint Monash CMRS – Harvard (Villa i Tatti) Conference, Florence-Prato: “Renaissance Religions: modes and meanings in history” (contact Peter Howard)
  • July 6-9: PCMRS sponsored sessions at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds (contact Diana Jeske)
  • August: the CMRS Visiting Scholar (applications close 1 June 2015)
  • 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), and a symposium honouring Alison Brown.
  • For details, click on the ‘events’ tab.

Peter Howard