Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies

A flourishing interdisciplinary community devoted to the study of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries

MA students, Castle Howard visit

Bringing together faculty and postgraduates from a wider range of disciplines than any other university in the UK

Humanties Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building

The Centre has its own dedicated space in the newly built Berrick Saul Building

Postgraduate study area, Humanities Research Centre

CREMS is part of the University of York's Humanities Research Centre

Well placed for research into the rich archival and cultural resources found in and around York

A lively programme of seminars and conferences attracting scholars of international standing


CREMS Programme Poster:
CREMS Events, Autumn 2014 (PDF  , 569kb)

Emilie graduating

Congratulations to Emilie Murphy who has just graduated with a Doctorate from York and is about to start a post-doc at the National University of Ireland, Galway, with ERC-funded project 'The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing 1550-1700'


Westminster iconSt Stephen's Chapel‌
AHRC-funded major collaboration with the Palace of Westminster

The Works of Sir Thomas Browne
AHRC 5-year project to bring to complete a new 8 volume OUP edition
Thomas Browne AHRC Project (PDF  , 284kb)
Thomas Browne Website

Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe
A Cross-Confessional and Comparative Study, 1550-1700
AHRC funded 3-year interdisciplinary project (English and History)
Project website
Project blog

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York Historic Papers online





History Dept Research Seminar 5.30pm

'The Ghost of Reformers Past: Memory in the English Reformation'. Susan Royal (University of York)


Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City

2 day conference organised by the AHRC-Funded Research Network ‘Imagining Jerusalem, 1099 to the Present Day’


Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City

2 day conference organised by the AHRC-Funded Research Network ‘Imagining Jerusalem, 1099 to the Present Day’


Cheap Print and Popular Culture, 1550-1750.

Peter Burke's influential term 'Popular Culture' has been the subject of much debate and criticism, but has recently resurfaced, often combined with (and replaced by) the concept of cheap print. Contributors to the workshop 'Cheap Print and Popular Culture' will think about the category of 'the popular' and what it means in relation to the development of the medium of print in the early modern period. Was there a popular print culture in this period? Should it be limited only to ballads and broadsides? Is 'the popular' always an elite creation, at best consumed by 'the people'? These are issues that will be explored in this workshop.


'Cheap Print and Popular Culture, 1550 -1750' Lecture by Angela McShane

'Cheap Print and Popular Culture, 1550 -1750' Angela McShane (RCA). This talk follows the CREMS afternoon workshop and is open to all.


Jerusalem’s Imprint on the European Visual Memory.

York Medieval Lecture Prof. Bianca Kühnel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Jerusalem's Imprint on the European Visual Memory

Conversion Narratives took 'Les Canards Chantants' to Hardwick Hall to celebrate the launch of a new exhibition...

Sir Thomas Browne Seminar "Poetics and Prose Theory in Early Modern English" - Watch videos of Keynote presentations...

Quick links

‌The staff have been very helpful, welcoming and eager to impart their knowledge.  I have made great friends in my programme and together we've had fantastic opportunities... 

Alumni Online: Yorkspace.net


Time and Early Modern Thought
10 May 2014
Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Thomas Browne Seminar: Classical Philosophers in 17th-century English Thought
28 May 2014

Godly Governance c.1500-1750
27-28 June
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