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Welcome to brand new JNR

Welcome to the new website of JNR. We hope you like it here.

Since the inception of our journal in 2009 we have kindly been hosted by the University of Stirling, but it was time for us to move on, and to refresh our presence on the internet. What you see now is a completely new website which is powered 100% from renewable energy, at Hostpapa.

We are very pleased with our new website, not least because it was lovingly crafted by ourselves. That is, coded and designed by a group of academics with little prior knowledge of building a WordPress theme from scratch. For those of you that might be contemplating your own Open Access e-journal, we would gladly speak to you about the joys and dismal depths of taking matters of web design and hosting entirely into your own hands.

Whether you are a reader, a JNR author or a book reviewer, or are perhaps only casually passing by, please let us know what you think of the new website by dropping us a comment below or emailing us here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sebastiaan, Patrick, Elizabeth, and Catriona.

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☞  JNR 13 : open-themed (2022)
JNR 12 : Communities and Margins in Early Modern Scotland (2021)

A JNR first! ‘Dance of the Northern Renaissance’, edited by Lynsey McCulloch and Emily Winerock, is our very first special issue dedicated to dance. Situating dance as a key cultural practice of the early modern period, this issue asks two important and related questions. How might we characterise Northern European dance? And how can we challenge the domination of French, Spanish and Italian traditions within dance history?

Based on the hugely successful 2021 Warburg Institute conference, ‘Emotional Objects: Northern Renaissance Afterlives in Object, Image and Word, 1890s–1920s’, our next special issue is edited by Gabriele Rippl and Juliet Simpson and brings together a talented and diverse group of scholars. Looking at the legacy of the Northern Renaissance, this issue examines the fascinating relationship between early modern visual, material and literary practices and the cultural modernities of the early twentieth century.


JNR is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the study of the full variety of early modern Northern European cultural practices. We place a special emphasis upon questioning the derivation of our inherited paradigms and upon exploring alternative conceptualisations, geographies and periodisations of the Renaissance.

As a member of the Radical Open Access Collective, JNR is committed to providing genuinely open access scholarship while upholding rigorous academic standards. This means that while all articles in JNR are double-blind peer-reviewed (see Information), authors do not pay to publish with us, and readers do not pay to read or download articles or reviews (no hidden fees, no article processing charges). Everything we publish is free to access immediately from the date of publication, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs 3.0 Unported License.

 Highlights from the JNR archives:
☞  Jennifer Richards, The voice of Anne Askew (issue 9, 2017)
☞  Douglas Bruster, The New Globalism’s Bubble (issue 2, 2010)
☞  Andrew Hadfield, The Idea of North (issue 1, 2009)