Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Center for the Study of the Early Modern World

Research

The Center for the Study of the Early Modern World serves as the forum for a vibrant research community.

Graduate Research

Graduate students play a vital part in the intellectual life of the center, which offers or relays a variety of interdisciplinary opportunities, including a research travel grant.

The Early Modern World Graduate Colloquium is a forum for all graduate students at Brown who profess an interest in the early modern period (broadly defined as 1400–1800) to meet and exchange ideas on topics of mutual interest in a convivial setting. A highly diverse body with many different disciplinary and language backgrounds represented, the group meets three times a semester, and the purpose of individual meetings is decided collectively. The center’s graduate student representatives serve as the main coordinators.

To receive announcements about the colloquium and for questions, please email the current representatives, Emily Hirsch (History of Art and Architecture) and Isa Velasco (Comparative Literature).

Colloquium Schedule

Faculty Research

The Center for the Study of the Early Modern World serves as a research and teaching hub for a large group of faculty and staff members with diverse interests. The center also hosted Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Jessica Stair from 2019 to 2021 in partnership with the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. Queries about affiliation, programming, and course cross-listing can be addressed to the director of the center.

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Faculty Reports and News

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Long considered sacred, during the medieval era the mountain evolved from a venue for solitary ascetics into a well-regulated pilgrimage site. In Faith in Mount Fuji Janine Sawada asserts that the rise of the Fuji movement epitomizes a broad transformation in popular religion that took place in early modern Japan.
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The project surveys the work of the first known European poet on the American continent, who wrote in Latin. Profoundly influenced by Erasmus of Rotterdam, Cabrera addressed contemporary concerns: his invectives against the corruption of the Spaniards in the Indies anticipated the stance that would be adopted later in the 1540s by Fray Bartolomé de las Casas.
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We are delighted to announce that this year's Chair's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities from the Rhode Island Humanities Council is Professor Onésimo Almeida!

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ annual Celebration of the Humanities event recognizes leadership, creative achievement, innovation, and scholarship. Each fall they host a Celebration of the Humanities to celebrate the people and projects that make Rhode Island a vital place to live and recognize the work of extraordinary members of Rhode Island’s public humanities community.
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