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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.


York graduate wins prestigious Wolfson postgraduate studentship

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Livvy Golby Kirk, who did the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies MA in 2020/21 has just won a prestigious Wolfson postgraduate studentship to study with Karen Harvey at Birmingham.

Scientific poetry and poetics in Britain and Germany, from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment (1580-1750)

Monday 11 December 2023

This AHRC-DFG funded project will run from 2024-2027.

Transgender Embodiment: 1400 to 1700

Friday 2 June 2023

We invite 20-minute papers on a range of topics and disciplines addressing transgender themes in 1400 to 1700.

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What Are Poetical Essays?

Ted defines exactly what is a poetical essay is and how it came into being.


Women, colonisation and enslavement in 17th century England and the Caribbean

Misha considers how women were involved in Caribbean colonisation and slavery.


Anti-Colonialism as the Analytical Lens of the Early Modern British Empire

David deliberates about the British Empire's expansion and how resistance from non-European and Indigenous power shaped the empire's development.


Title tbc

Details to be announced nearer the time.