Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies

“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…”

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 award-winning 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 Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies is a flourishing interdisciplinary community devoted to the study of the long 16th and 17th centuries. Find out more about our
MA in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.


Shakespeare and Co.: On the Page and on the Stage Registration now open!

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Come join our talented group of postgraduate and early career scholars and practitioners for our one-day conference as we explore the multiple functions of the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as both texts and performance pieces.

York International Shakespeare Festival

Wednesday 17 April 2019

The York International Shakespeare Festival (YorkShakes) is a major new cultural venture for York and for the North. It emerges from a productive and ambitious partnership between the York Theatre Royal, the University of York and Parrabbola, drawing in many other city, regional, national and international partners.

New publication from Simon Ditchfield: A Companion to Early Modern Rome, 1492-1692

Wednesday 20 March 2019

This volume, edited by Pamela M. Jones, Barbara Wisch, and CREMS Director Simon Ditchfield, focuses on Rome from 1492-1692, an era of striking renewal: demographic, architectural, intellectual, and artistic.

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The Architecture of Conversion and the Early Modern Stage

CREMS Research Seminar with Dr Abigail Shinn (Department of English, Goldsmiths London)


'Passing currant’: credit, ethos, and testimony in John Cartwright's Preachers Travel (1611)

Cabinet of Curiosities seminar with Dr Natalya Din-Kariuki (University of Oxford)


'Caesar Must Die' film screening

A York International Shakespeare Festival event


Early Modern Printing Workshop

A hands-on printing workshop with experts from the University of York


Objects and encounters at Songo Mnara

Department of Archaeology lecture with Dr Stephanie Wynne-Jones (University of York)

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