The University of Warwick boasts an unusually high concentration of staff with research interests in the Renaissance period, many of whom are recognised international experts in their field. Their joint expertise offers unparalleled opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Staff who teach for the Centre are drawn from the departments of Classics, English, French, History, History of Art and Italian.
Geographically, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance has particular strengths in Renaissance and Early-Modern England and Britain, Italy, France, and central Europe (especially Germany and Switzerland). Particularly strong topics include:
• History of the Book and Reading Practices
• Religious Art, Polemics, Thought, and Literature
• The Classical Tradition (including neo-Latin and vernacular cultures; Plato; Aristotle)
• The History of Ideas (especially science and medicine, ethics and politics)
• Theatre and Performance (especially in England)
• Society and Power
• Court and Civic Culture
• Renaissance Learned Culture (including humanist circles, academies, universities)
• Popular Culture
• Visual Culture and Debates on the Arts
• Venetian Economy, Art and Culture
• Travel, Colonialism and the New World
Warwick is well-placed to offer teaching and research programmes in Renaissance Studies, both because of its own staffing resources and library provisions (which offers excellent electronic resources such as ITER , BIHR, Early English Books Online and The Making of the Modern World), and because of its proximity to major research collections at Oxford, Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. In addition, it has well-established links with other prestigious centres of Renaissance excellence, including the Warburg Institute in London and the Newberry Library in Chicago. The Centre also maintains ERASMUS student-exchange programmes with the University of Venice (Cà Foscari) and the Centre V.-L. Saulnier (Sorbonne, Paris).
The University campus is 750 acres of world-class academic departments, serene lakes and leafy woodland. Warwick provides a brilliant social, sports and arts scene for its members and visitors, and the campus is a diverse and exciting community in its own right.. The University also has research and conference facilities in Venice, (Warwick in Venice), based in the 15th century, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava.
The Centre encourages its postgraduates to take an active involvement in the dissemination of research in their field, through initiatives such as the Centre's various Postgraduate Conferences or by supporting quality applications to the Humanities Research Centre's Doctoral Fellowship Competition (link), which gives students the opportunity and means to organise a day conference in their area of expertise.
Warwick’s Renaissance MA continues to be one of the most exciting and compelling programmes of this kind in the UK, and beyond...Students taking this MA not only have the opportunity to study canonical texts and authors, but are enabled to explore very widely into the territories of Renaissance knowledge and scholarship."
Dr Dario Tessicini, (external examiner 2012-2016)