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.


Jon McGovern wins prestigious Gordon Forster Essay Prize

Monday 5 August 2019

We are delighted to announce that Jon McGovern, whose recently submitted PhD thesis investigates Anti-Sedition Literature in England 1536-1603, is this year's winner of the Gordon Forster Essay Prize.

York English academic helps bring seventeenth-century writer and polymath into the spotlight

Monday 10 June 2019

Professor Kevin Killeen has appeared on the BBC's In Our Time, presented by Melvin Bragg, describing the remarkable career and inventive writings of the seventeenth-century polymath Sir Thomas Browne.

Shakespeare and Co. a hit!

Wednesday 22 May 2019

CREMS is delighted with the success of its most recent conference.

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‘Courage, Language, Discretion and Learning’: Lancelot Andrewes and Early Modern Religious Culture

This conference will be the first to investigate the works of Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626) and his engagement with early modern cultures of religion, literature and learning.


Early Modern Soundscapes Workshop 3: Sound Affects

This final workshop builds upon our exploration of the sites, spaces and archives of sound to explore how people act on sound and sound on people.

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