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European Renaissance

Explore the Renaissance Culture as a key to the construction of a European Cultural Tradition based on the Classical Heritage, from Petrarch to Erasmus

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
Course dates
13 -17 June 2022

The CIVIS course on European Renaissance attempts to respond to the objective of contributing to the restoration of civic life in the European academic culture after months of uncertainty and fragility imposed upon us by the coronavirus pandemic. It will therefore focus on the variety of shifting modes that emerged, at the beginning of the Early Modern period in Europe, as a cultural response to the economic and social demands upheld on the European community by modern epidemics, in terms of faith, social roles, political forms, aesthetic experiences etc.

This course has a strong interdisciplinary perspective, from philosophy to religion, from literature and linguistics to figurative arts and music; from history and historiography to social and natural sciences. 

The European Renaissance course stems from the rediscovery of antiquity and the geographical and intellectual expansion of civic life: it encompasses the very heart of the European cultural tradition and it is essential as a founding moment of our cultural heritage. A reassessment of the European Renaissance seems just necessary in today’s Europe, as a basis to rebuild our cultural foundations both in terms of its internal dynamics, as in view of the cultural and geographical links between the European mainland, the Mediterranean Sea, the Americas.

Main topics addressed

  • Art and Literature
  • Epic and Lyrical Poetry
  • Politics and Society
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • History of Printing
  • Travelling and Intercultural relations
  • History and Historiography
  • Humanistic Philology

Learning outcomes

The course offers a concentrated educational experience over a short period of time, promoting the exchange of knowledge, ideas and discussions on the European Renaissance, in collaboration with Spanish institutions such as the Prado Museum, or the Círculo de Bellas Artes. 


Duration of the course: 1 week, 30 hours

Course format: Physical

Locations:  Madrid, Spain

Language: English (B1)

Nb of students accepted: 50

Nb of CIVIS scholarships offered: 36

Academic credits: 1 ECTS 


Selected students will be supported by a grant for physical mobility to Spain.

The recognition of ECTS depends on your home University. 

Certificates of attendance will be awarded to local and visiting students. 


This CIVIS course is open to Master's and PhD students at the nine CIVIS member universities enrolled or interested in the following fields of study: literature, history, philosophy, politics, art history and music.

A B1 level of English is required.

Application process

Students should apply by 31 January 2022 by filling in the following application form: 

For further information, please contact


The evaluation will be based on students' participation in classes, seminars and workshops (50%) and an oral presentation (50%).

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Lorenzo Bartoli

Associate professor of Italian at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Member of the Board of the Instituto Universitario La corte en Europa at UAM, Vice-Director of the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages and o-director of the IRMA research group (Italia Rinascimentale e Moderna). 

Manuel Rivero Rodríguez

Full Professor of Early Modern History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Director of the Instituto Universitario la Corte in Europe (IULCE) and of the IRMA research group (Italia Rinascimentale e Moderna).