The heart of the CMRS is a weekly Friday seminar and associated reading, language and translation groups. During semester, the seminar follows a formal program of research presentations from academics and research students, interspersed with discussion weeks focussed on particular readings suggested by members of the seminar according to their research interests. Out of semester, the seminar generally continues to meet along less formal lines, with a larger focus on reading discussion interspersed with student presentations.
The Friday seminars generally take place in Room E561, 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus, unless otherwise advertised. Normal in-semester programming follows the pattern:
Other reading groups, such as an Italian translation reading group, are organised among members according to their interests, normally also on Fridays.
Medieval & Renaissance Seminar
This is the main weekly meeting of the Centre, including a range of presentations by research students, academic and visiting staff; discussions of pre-circulated material; or presentations on resources and skills from members of the library or other affiliated groups. Join the mailing list (see below) or consult our Seminar page to see the latest program.
This reading group focusses on translating Latin texts of relevance to the research projects of postgraduate and honours students in the Centre. Texts have included early medieval Saints’ lives, 12th-century love letters, commentaries on the poems of Ovid, and the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Suggestions are welcome from members, and all are encouraged to attend and participate, regardless of reading level.
HDR Academic Reading Language Acquisition Classes
In collaboration with LLCL, we offer academic reading classes in Italian, French and German for research students across Historical Studies. Students need basic familiarity with the target language before joining these reading classes, which are aimed at understanding academic prose. For more details, contact the CMRS postgraduate committee (see below).
CMRS Mailing List
Join the CMRS mailing list to be kept up to date with CMRS seminars, reading groups and lectures, as well as related events taking place across Melbourne, interstate, and overseas. (Contact: the CMRS postgraduate committee)
Alternately, consult our events calendar for details of upcoming Medieval and Renaissance happenings.
- 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 you think! Click here for access (NB. Authcate login required) 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. For details, see our events page. From the publisher’s website: An exploration of the encyclopaedias produced by Alexander Neckham (1157-1217) and the role they played in the intellectual culture of the twelfth ... 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
- 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
- Two CMRS members are celebrating success in the recent ARC round. Prof Constant Mews (DORA) and Dr Clare Monagle (DECRA) have received support for their research projects which reflect on different facets of the relationship between medieval religious thought and the wider world. Congratulations! Read more
- This fellowship, established in recognition of the Founding Director of the Monash University Prato Centre, normally seeks to support international opportunities for early career Monash research staff and deepen Monash’s research expertise and links in Italy and Europe. In 2011 and 2012 the Bill Kent Fellowship will be directed to postdoctorates and postgraduates with the aim ... Read more