Centre for Renaissance Studies
The purpose of the centre is to maintain and strengthen the interdisciplinary evironment for teaching and research in Renaissance Studies across a wide range of disciplines, including philology (classical and modern languages), philosophy, history, literary history, art history, performative arts, musicology, archeology and church history.
Due to departmental reorganization and lack of human resources the centre has been passive during 2017-2018.
The centre aims to gather both researchers with an interest in the Renaissance as a period c. 1350-1650 – often corresponding to the Early Modern– and researchers with an interest in the Renaissance as a movement, often synonymous with Renaissance humanism.
The centre is also inter-institutional welcoming members and affiliated researchers not only from the universities, but also from the museums, the Royal Library and other cultural institutions.
The centre aims to strengthen and facilitate existing contacts with researchers abroad and to create new contacts between scholars at different institutions in Copenhagen and elsewhere.
The steering committee of the centre counts four members (Mikael Bøgh Rasmussen, Hanne Kolind Poulsen, Peter Hauge, and Pia Schwarz Lausten, principal coordinator). However, all members of the network are invited to contact the steering group with proposals for seminars or ideas for other kinds of research presentations
The centre is responsible for the interdisciplinary teaching programme in Renaissance Studies (BA level for all students at the Faculty of Humanities) offered at the Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies. See also courses.
The Centre has grown out of a long tradition of existing networks first and foremost gathered in the Forum for Renaissance Studieswhich was established in 1984 by a group of scholars at the University of Copenhagen. The Centre is an independent unit collaborating with the Forum for Renaissance Studies and with the New Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies organizing seminars and guest lectures.
Through different kinds of meetings, conferences and seminars the centre aims to strengthen and facilitate existing contacts with researchers abroad and to create new contacts between scholars at different institutions in Copenhagen and elsewhere.
The centre aims to welcome and assist Ph.d. students, postdocs and guest researchers working at renaissance projects of all kinds.
The members of the centre are currently working within the following research areas or projects:
- "Feminae doctae" or The Learned Ladies, with special reference to Scandinavia Letter Writing
- Birgitte Thott, The Tenth Muse of the North
- Neostoicism and Ethics
Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen:
- Funeral culture of the Royal court and the Danish power elite
- Interchange of court culture and rituals
- Memory and gender studies
- Sacred spaces of the post-Reformation church
- Renaissance philosophy, metaphysics and ethics in particular
- Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499)
- Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)
- The historiography of Renaissance philosophy
- English and French renaissance theatre (in particular history plays and tragedy)
- Renaissance receptions of classical drama
- Renaissance historiography and political theory
Anne Mette Hansen:
- Devotional literature in Denmark and Scandinavia
- Medieval and early modern manuscript studies and book history
- Artefactual/material philology
- Digital philology
Poul Grinder Hansen:
- Gift giving in Renaissance Denmark
- King Frederik II of Denmark, his life and times
- Rituality and theatricality: entries, coronation ceremonies etc.
- The Turk as an actual, imagined and performed figure
- The staging of history
Minna Skafte Jensen:
- Danish Latin poetry of the 16th and 17th centuries as a revival of ancient Roman poetry
- The Albanian humanist Marinus Barletius (c. 1450-c.1512)
- Latin literacy in Iceland and its impact on the vernacular literature
- The reception of Old-Norse literature in Neo-Latin scholarship
- Arngrímur Jónsson (1568-1648) and Icelandic purism
- John Barclay (1582-1621) and Neo-Latin political romance
Louise Nyholm Kallestrup:
- Witchcraft studies
- Moral crime
- Reformations studies
- The Renaissance concept of history
- 16th and 17th c. history plays
- The literary system and literary genres
Hanne Kolind Poulsen:
- Albrecht Dürer and the Arch of Honour for Emperor Maximilian I. (Research project for an exhibition at the Statens Museum for Kunst in spring 2015.)
- King Christian II of Denmark and His Visual Strategies. (Research project for an exhibition at the Statens Museum for Kunst in 2017.)
- Lucas Cranach the Elder & Younger
- Reformation and Image. The Impact of the Lutheran and Calvinistic Reformations on the image.
Jakob Leth Fink:
- Representation and Reality in the Aristotelian tradition in its Arabic, Greek (ancient and Byzantine) and Latin branches. (Housed at Gothenburg University from August 2014)
- The Metaphysics of the Jesuit philosopher/theologian Francisco Suárez (1548–1617) especially his Disputationes Metaphysicae (first edition 1597), the merits of his interpretation of Aristotle’s Metaphysics and his interpretation of Aristotelian causality.
- Byzantine philosopher (?) Pletho (Georgios Gemistos) and his interpretation of Aristotle’s Ethics.
Pia Schwarz Lausten:
- Renaissance Humanists and Ottoman Turks (including Francesco Petrarca)
- Representation of Turks and Saracens in Renaissance Chivalric Poems (M.M. Boiardo, L. Ariosto)
- Islamic culture in Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio
- Italian Historiographical Writings on the Turks (Cambini, Giovio, Menavino ecc.)
- Representations of Turks in Italian Plays (16th-17th centuries)
- Neo-Latin literature in Denmark and Scandinavia
- Early modern historiography and book history
- The writings of Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754)
- Digital philology
- Renaissance political philosophy
- Niccolò Machiavelli and new 'Italian Theory'
- Politics and War
- Mazarinades in the collection of The Royal Library, Copenhagen
- Giacomo Castelvetro, his collection of proverbs (The Royal Library, GKS 2052 quarto) and italianism in Renaissance Denmark
- Book History
- History of literary genres: essay (Montaigne), dialogue (Speroni), novella (Boccaccio).
- Illuminated Manuscripts, especially Italian, French and English
- Venetian and Florentine Painting, especially female patronage and women as subjects of representations
- Material culture of the Florentine Renaissance, especially works made for weddings, including painted furniture, clothing, and jewellery
- Image and Text, especially Boccaccio, chivalric romances, and Roman authors
- Painting and Sculpture in Coastal Croatia, in particular artistic ties between Dalmatia and Venice
We offer three courses each worth 15 ects at the Department of English, German and Romance Studies:
The Italian Renaissance (modul I), The Renaissance in Europe (modul II), The European Renaissance in a global perspective (modul III).
We offer modul II in spring semester 2019, and modul III in the autumn semester 2019. Modul I will be offered again in spring 2020.
For general informations about the programme of Renaissance Studies please see the curriculum (only in Danish).
For more information (programme for the current semester, bibliography ecc.) regarding the actual courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Marita Akhøj, Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab (DSL)
- Marianne Alenius, managing director Museum Tusculanum Press, and The Royal Library
- Birgitte Bøggild Johansen, National Museum of Denmark
- Peter Woetmann Christoffersen, Emeritus associate professor, Musicology, University of Copenhagen
- Rasmus H. C. Dreyer, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology, Department of Church History
- Jeppe Priess Gersbøll, Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
- Poul Grinder Hansen, The Nationalmuseum of Denmark, Research & Exhibition
- Peter Hauge, The Royal Library, Copenhagen
- Steffen Heiberg, researcher, author
- Minna Skafte Jensen, researcher
- Louise Nyholm Kallestrup, University of Southern Denmark, Department of History
- Hanne Kolind Poulsen, Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
- Sofie Kluge, University of Stockholm
- Martin Schwarz Lausten, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology, Department of Church History
- Eleonora Mattia, researcher
- Johan Møhlenfeldt Jensen, The Royal Library
- Eva de la Fuente Pedersen, Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
- Erik Petersen, The Royal Library, The Collection of Manuscripts & Rare Books
- Karen Skovgaard-Petersen, Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab (DSL)
- Anders Toftgaard, The Royal Library, The Collection of Manuscripts & Rare Books
- Marina Vidas, The Royal Library, Copenhagen
- Anna Vind, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology, Department of Church History
- Matthias Wivel
- Peter Zeeberg, Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab (DSL)
- Michael Bøgh Rasmussen, HM the Queen's Reference Librarian, The Royal Danish Collection.
|Anne Mette Hansen||Associate professor||+45 353-28713|
|Christian Dahl||Associate professor||+45 353-29269|
|Gert Sørensen||Associate professor, research and development||+45 51 26 90 78|
|Julio Hans C. Jensen||Associate professor||+45 353-28455|
|Leo Catana||Associate professor||+45 353-28877|
|Maria Fabricius Hansen||Associate professor||+45 353-28193|
|Pia Schwarz Lausten||Associate professor||+45 353-28461|