News and events

  • Free online event – The Experimental Archaeology of Medieval and Renaissance Food

    The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at The Ohio State University will host its “Popular Culture and the Deep Past” hybrid event on Friday-Saturday, February 11-12, 2022 ( ). The theme for the upcoming event is “The Experimental Archaeology of Medieval and Renaissance Food.” This event will feature a scholarly conference nested within a Renaissance-faire-like carnival (featuring tasting sessions, recipes transcription, book fair, commedia dell’arte, falconry, and activities of all kinds).

    We would greatly appreciate it if you would forward the save-the-date announcement below to your unit’s mailing list(s) as we hope the hybrid event will be of interest to a number of your faculty and students, and is free and open to all.

    Please check here for full schedule and registration info.

  • Free Online Event – Indigenous Slavery’s Archive and the Disappearance of the Past



  • Holiday Wishes from all of us in MARS

  • CALL FOR PAPERS – 2022 Conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies

    Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies

    The 2022 conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies / Société canadienne d’études de la Renaissance (CSRS/SCÉR) will be held online from May 12 to May 14, as a part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Transitions.”

    We are happy to announce that our plenary speakers will be Dennis Austin Britton (University of British Columbia) and Hélène Cazes (University of Victoria).

    The CSRS/SCÉR invites members to submit proposals that address the 2022 Congress theme in relation to the Renaissance and/or early modern period (approximately 1400-1700).  What aspects of the transitional period of the Renaissance seem especially germane to our current moment of transition?  Topics here might include race before race; environment and climate; the global Renaissance; early modern contact zones; travel and migration; religious conflict and reconciliation; the public sphere and forms of publicity; the histories of crime and sin, including the regulation or policing of conduct; early modern epistemologies; utopian and dystopian writing; aristocratic privileges and responsibilities; queer sexualities; and the status of women.

    In addition, we welcome proposals on any topic relevant to this period in a full range of disciplines, such as art history, bibliography, book history, cultural studies, digital humanities, history, literature, rhetoric, medicine, music, or philosophy. Trans/Multi/Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Proposals can be submitted in either English or French, and can fall into one of the following categories:

    1. an individual paper proposal (maximum 300 words);
    2. a panel of three or four proposed papers that address a defined theme (to be submitted in one file listing the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer(s), chair, and participants, the title of the session, a brief description (of 100 to 300 words) of the theme, and 300-word abstracts of each of the three proposed papers);
    3. a roundtable discussion (to be submitted in one file including the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer(s), chair, and 4-6 speakers, the title of the session, and a 300-word paragraph outlining the focus and goals of the session).
    4. a workshop, naming the leaders and describing the goals and the methods to be employed (maximum 300 words).

    We also welcome proposals for alternative forms of intellectual exchange, consistent with the possibilities and subject to the limitations of an online meeting. 

    Please submit your proposals together with a brief (100-word) bio for each participant indicating presenter or speaker’s name, institutional affiliation, position (graduate student, faculty member, independent scholar, etc.) and full contact information no later than 31 January 2022 to Program Co-chair Elizabeth Sauer at

    Please note: acceptance of successful submissions will be sent out by the end of February 2022.



  • Professor Elizabeth Sauer named VP of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies

    Professor Sauer has been named vice president of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies.

    Founded in 1976, the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies is dedicated to encouraging multidisciplinary studies in the Renaissance by students and established scholars in both official languages.

    Fondée en 1976, la Société canadienne d’études de la Renaissance a pour vocation d’encourager les études multidisciplinaires sur la Renaissance dans les deux langues officielles auprès des étudiants et des chercheurs.

    The Society sponsors the bilingual scholarly journal Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, a thrice-yearly News with information for members, and organizes an annual meeting as part of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities.

    Click here for more information, and watch our posts later in the Fall for the CFP for the next meeting of the CSRS at Congress.  This is a great opportunity for students to submit their work and present.

  • Leah Knight presenting a virtual workshop entitled “reinspire my dormant dust”

    Leah Knight will present a workshop entitled “reinspire my dormant dust”: An Editing Collaboratory with The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making at the invitation of The Western Early Modern Society, Western University, Friday, October 22, 2:30 to 4:00 PM; all are welcome.

    To join this Zoom session, please contact M. J. Kidnie:

  • Renee-Claude Breitenstein named Associate Editor of Renaissance and Reformation

    Renee-Claude Breitenstein, one of the MARS Advisory Committee members and incoming Director of MARS, has been named Associate Editor (Book Review Editor) of Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme.

    Renaissance and Reformation is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, bilingual quarterly. The journal publishes articles and book reviews on all aspects of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern world: literature, geography, history, religion, art, music, society, and economics. Articles on related periods of history are also considered.

    Click on this link for more information on Renaissance and Reformation.


  • Signed and Sealed: The Rise of the Charter in Medieval Scotland

    The Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies is thrilled to share with you an exciting online event and exhibit launch that will feature our valuable medieval Scottish land charter collection planned for November 6th.

    Registration is now open on Eventbrite and early registration is encouraged. The event is free and open to the public.

    Those interested in attending can click on the link provided below for full event details and to register.

    We look forward to you joining us!

  • Event planned to mark the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s Death

    Born in Florence in 1265, Dante Alighieri was both a poet and prominent political figure in his native city until his exile in 1302 (victim of a plot devised by the opposing party and the papacy). The rest of his life was spent in different cities (chiefly Verona and Ravenna), under the protection of powerful rulers. It is during his exile that Dante wrote his most important works, from philosophical, political, literary and linguistic treatises, to his highly celebrated The Divine Comedy, a journey through Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise.

    In addition to literary influences, Dante’s Comedy (particularly the Inferno) has inspired

    thousands of creative works of every genre and medium: painting, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, illustrations, maps, designs, cinematic works, music (from symphonies to heavy metal rock), operas, ballets, TV shows, graphic novels, video-games, architecture and even comics. In short, Dante’s work has had an enduring impact on global culture.

    Many countries throughout the world are honouring Dante, supreme poet and father of the Italian language, on the occasion of the 700th Anniversary of his death. At Brock, the Italian Program (of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures) and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies are organizing a Symposium with guest speakers and readings from the Inferno. Details will follow in September.

    For more information on Dante, contact Professor Ernesto Virgulti.   You may also be interested in ITAL/MARS 3P93 dedicated to Dante’s Inferno being offered in D2 on Wednesdays from 1800-2100 hours.  The course is taught in English by Professor Virgulti.  Click here to view course promo.

  • The rise and fall of the Kingdom of Man – Andrew McDonald

    On a small island in the Irish Sea, fortresses preside over the rugged shores. This unlikely location was the birthplace of a medieval empire that lasted 200 years. Rulers built coastal fortresses on cliffs, roved the seaways, and threw themselves into epic battles to consolidate control over an impressive maritime kingdom. Andrew McDonald uncovers this forgotten dynasty of sea kings.  Click here to watch.