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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.


CREMS Recipes research project results in Early Modern Studies Journal publication

Thursday 17 November 2022

CREMS PhD students have published a co-authored article in the 2022 issue of the Early Modern Studies Journal.

Travel and Wonder, 1450-1750: Call for Papers

Monday 3 October 2022

Conference 27-28 April 2023 to be held at the University of York

Former CREMS Masters student wins prestigious US Ph.D. studentship

Monday 21 February 2022

Julia Kossowska to become Graduate Scholar at Penn State University.

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Travel and Wonder, 1450-1750

You're invited to our conference which is running 27-28 April 2023. We will explore questions around the theme of 'Travel and Wonder'.


Ambivalent Neighbours: Living Together - or not - in Early Modern Tuscany

Professor Nicholas Terpstra joins us for this event discussing early modern Tuscany.



Professor Sinem Arcak Casale will be joining us from the University of Minnesota for this enlightening talk


Patrides Lecture: Thomas Nashe, Women, and Gender Slippage

Professor Jennifer Richards explores ‘gender slippage’ in relation to contemporary representations of Nashe (encouraged by him), and the foregrounding of reading as impersonation, and the experience this creates for us.


Erasmus’s Nose

Desiderius Erasmus was self-conscious about his nose. In caricatural self-portraits doodled in the margins of his working papers, he lampooned its size and shape. Unsurprisingly, it features prominently in the drawn, painted, engraved and sculpted portraits Erasmus commissioned from Quinten Matsys, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Albrecht Dürer. Yet while those images have attracted considerable attention, the sitter’s nose has been curiously overlooked. By situating this feature in the context of humanist metaphors that invoke the nasus, sniffing and wiping, a playful pictorial game is revealed: one which treats wittily of acumen, character and style. Professor Alexander Marr (University of Cambridge) will be leading this engaging talk.

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