Mara R. Wade



Current Work

“Skokloster as  Laboratory of Early Modern Studies,” organized with Elisabeth Wåghäll-Nivre, Stockholm University,  August 2017.  Uniting extensive collections of books, weapons, and art in a single location, Skokloster provides a compact and efficient way to study early modern Europe. The breadth and depth of these collections demand scholars with a wide array of expertise in languages and subject specialization. The project is interdisciplinary involving academic researchers, museum curators, and librarians with special skills to interrogate the collections; the project is comparative in its aim, as the rich collections at Skokloster demand a variety of linguistic and cultural approaches. Carl Gustav Wrangel’s palace at Skokloster is a self-contained historical toolbox for the study of this period.

“Emblematica Politica in Early Modern Nürnberg” explores the intellectual, political, and artistic contexts of a recently discovered book at the Newberry Library (see below). Lia Markey (Director, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library) and Mara R Wade (University of Illinois) will work with graduate students to transcribe the manuscript.  The conference, workshop, and volume of expert essays about the “Emblemata Politica” are in planning stages thanks to generous support from the Kress Foundation.

Please see: “Emblematic of the Lost Art of Nürnberg,” about my discovery at the Newberry Library, Chicago:

Recent Lectures

“Emblems Across the Religious Divide: Mobility, Polyglot Emblems, and the
Education of Dorothea, Princess of Anhalt,” 27 October 2017, Sixteenth Century Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

“The Album amicorum and Women’s Networks of Knowledge,” 23 May 2017, University of Chicago, Renaissance Seminar.

“Emblems and Civic Identity: Georg Rem’s Emblemata Politica,” 16 May 2017, Fellows’ Seminar, Newberry Library, Chicago.

Emblematica Online: A Virtual Window into the European Renaissance,” a public presentation on 19 April 2017 at the Newberry Library:

Home Department

Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures


Courtesy (Zero-time) Appointments

Campus Honors Program

Comparative and World Literature

Gender and Women’s Studies

Library Administration

Scandinavian Studies

Jewish Culture and Society

LAS Global Studies

European Union Center

Media and Cinema Studies

Center for Global Studies

Contact Information


Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
2090 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois 61801 USA

Phone: (217) 333-8777

Fax: +217 244-2223