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 – RmN802); Italian (with Goffredo Polizzi – RmN702), 3:30–5:30; and French, 4.00-6.00 (with James Bourne – Rm N502). Latin 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.
- 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
- Adjunct Professor John Griffiths, an Associate of the CMRS, has recently been elected a Corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society in recognition of his Read more
- The Villa I Tatti Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Prize for the Best Essay Published in 2013 is now open for applications. Read more
- Visiting Scholar Prof Zyg Baranski speaks on “Language as sin and salvation in Dante: Inferno XVIII”, 10 October, 11am. Read more
- CMRS Associate Tomas Zahora has recently published a fascinating new study of the medieval tradition of encylopedic knowledge. It is available now from Brepols. Read more