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


The Cabinet of Curiosities is CREMS's postgraduate-led forum, organising everything from workshops and conferences to dramatic readings, days out, and more.
Forthcoming events include a seminar on Queens' marginalia, a workshop on miracles and the divine, and a trip to the wonderful Bolsover Castle.


CREMS postgraduates awarded AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowships

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Congratulations to CREMS postgraduates Elizabeth Biggs (History) and Anna Reynolds (English) who have been awarded prestigious AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellowships.

Latest PhD success

Monday 22 June 2015

Warm congratulations to Christine Knaack, the latest of our doctoral candidates to pass her viva with flying colours!

CREMS postgraduates recognised for teaching excellence

Friday 5 June 2015

Gabriela Leddy, a PhD candidate in History, and Emma Kennedy, who recently received her doctorate from the Department of English, won the hotly-fought YUSU Excellence Awards for PGWT Teacher of the Year and for Outstanding Feedback.

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Sounding Catholic in Post-Reformation England: a Public Lecture at Markenfield Hall, Ripon

CREMS alumnus, Dr Emilie Murphy (NUI Galway) will give a public lecture on how English Catholics used music to enhance their faith in the midst of persecution.


3-day Summer School on Embroidered Bindings, Amsterdam

CREMS is delighted to co-sponsor a three-day seminar on the theme of embroidered bindings, taking place in Amsterdam, Leiden, and the Hague.


Epistolary cultures - letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe.

This conference will explore the many aspects of early modern epistolary culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth century in its Latin and vernacular forms. It will consider topics such as the intellectual geographies of letter-writing, the connections between vernacular and Latin letter cultures, questions of genre, rhetoric and style, as well as the political, religious, and scientific uses of letters.

Postgraduate Study