Renaissance Society of America – Berlin

I just returned from the huge Renaissance Society for America [RSA] conference in Berlin, where over 3000 Renaissance studies scholars gathered for an intense conference on early modern history.


I presented a research paper on siege warfare and war news, entitled “‘The Clamors of His Afflicted People’: Sensory Experiences of the City under Siege during the French Wars of Religion,” in a session on News and Conflict.

In addition, I chaired a session on “Networks and Connectivity in the Irano-Mediterranean Frontier Zone II: Texts and Individuals,” which was part of a five-session workshop on Mediterranean Networks within the broader RSA conference.

I was also able to attend several additional sessions on gender, violence, political culture, and chronicles in the early modern period. A roundtable discussed Guido Ruggiero’s new book, which provides a macrohistorical essay on the Italian Renaissance.

The RSA included an opening reception at the Bode Museum and a closing reception at the Gemäldegalerie, both of which included museum visits. I got to spend one morning at the Deutsches Historische Museum, focusing on their fabulous Renaissance, Reformation, and Thirty Years’ War collections. Then, I explored the contemporary art collections of the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum with a friend.

For more information on the conference, see the RSA website.

The full program of the RSA conference in .pdf format is available here.

This entry was posted in Conferences, Early Modern Europe, Early Modern World, European History, European Wars of Religion, French History, French Wars of Religion, History of the Book, Italian History, Mediterranean World, Museums and Historical Memory, Reformation History, Renaissance Art and History, Warfare in the Early Modern World. Bookmark the permalink.

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