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 2016, 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). Contact the postgraduate committee to be included on the mailing list.

Some exciting events from 2015 included:

  • 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.
  • August 24-28: the CMRS Visiting Senior Scholar for 2015 was Professor Susan Broomhall from UWA. 

Still to come:

  • 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.

Peter Howard