El Centro

The Seminario de Estudios sobre el Renacimiento is a research centre based in the Department of Spanish Philology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

It brings together a vibrant community of researchers from various European universities interested in the cultural, political and religious history of the Renaissance, with the aim of making Renaissance Spain part of international academic debate. The Seminar strongly supports early-career scholars, offering them an extensive local and international research network and support for grant applications in Catalonia, Spain, and Europe.

It also promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among its members and publication in journals and with publishers of international impact. Founded in 2001, it has obtained regular funding from research agencies to develop innovative projects in subject areas – religion and politics, censorship and dissent, books and reading practices – that have set the international agenda in Renaissance studies.

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Team, Projects and Research Lines

The Seminar consists of a team of 43 researchers grouped into 3 major academic disciplines and developing 13 research lines and 9 projects.


The Seminar is made up of researchers from different disciplines. It also hosts ten pre-doctoral researchers who are developing their thesis projects in the team. View team


The Seminar’s research is structured into three main thematic areas. View research lines


The Seminar hosts research projects funded by regional, national and European calls for proposals. View projects