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Welcome to Warwick’s interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of the Renaissance!

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR) is a world-leading research community based at the University of Warwick. It is an independent and interdisciplinary centre with very strong international connections and an active programme of MA and PhD study.

The CSR aims to support – through research, teaching, and outreach – the study of the period stretching from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, at Warwick and beyond. It is particularly dedicated to exploring Renaissance Studies in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way and within a context of international collaboration. It also promotes activities that intersect with the work of medievalists and early modernists.

Members include around forty faculty (academic staff) from Warwick’s departments of Classics; English & Comparative Literature; History; History of Art; and the Schools of Modern Languages & Cultures (especially Hispanic Studies, French, and Italian); Creative Arts, Performance & Visual Studies; and Cross-Faculty Studies. In addition, the Centre counts two professors (one emeritus), one honorary reader, six postdoctoral research fellows, and eighteen honorary research fellows.

The Centre is well-known for its organization of international conferences and symposia. With sponsorship from Warwick's Humanities Research Centre, the CSR also hosts a well-established series of research seminars (STVDIO), with a listing of national and international speakers.

International Ties

The CSR is one of few UK organizations to be a member of the Consortium of Renaissance Centers associated with the Newberry Library’s Center for the Renaissance (Chicago), and of FISIER (the Fédération internationale des Sociétés et Instituts pour l’Étude de la Renaissance). It is an Associate Organization of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), the largest society in the world for the study of the Renaissance.

The CSR has excellent ties with institutions and universities across the UK, the rest of Europe, North America. and Australia. In particular, close partners include:

  • the Warburg Institute in London, with which it organizes and runs a yearly training programme for doctoral students (‘Resources and Techniques for the Study of Renaissance and Early Modern Culture’)
  • Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (building on long-standing collaborations, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed recently at University level)
  • Paris Nanterre and its multiple international partners through the project Renaissances
  • the Charles S. Singleton Center of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland), with which it runs a doctoral-student exchange programme
  • Monash University in Australia, with which Warwick runs a joint-PhD scheme; the CSR is also an active participant in the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, led by Monash University.

The CSR and the global community of researchers

The CSR has a very active social media presence (Facebook & Twitter), and sends out a weekly e-bulletin: if you would like to join our international mailing list, please write to

Centre Director,
Professor David Lines 
Director of Graduate Studies,
Dr Aysu Dincer
Centre Administrator,

Jayne Sweet

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Normal (currently virtual) Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 09:00-17:00
Room: R2.30 Ramphal Building
Tel: 024 7652 4587