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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.


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.

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

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CREMS Introductory Shindig

Event details to be confirmed.


Challenging Evangelization: Jesuits and Ideas about Blackness and Mission Work in New Spain

In this talk, Dr Danielle Terrazas Williams will share their research into Challenging Evangelization.


John Dee and the 'Holy Art' of Alchemy

In this seminar, Dr Stephen Clucas will discuss the work of Renaissance polymath, John Dee.


Commerce, Credit, and Transaction: the Rhetorical Origins of Big Science

In this lecture, professor Claire Preston will discuss her paper on 'big science', from Henry Oldenburg to Robert Oppenheimer.


Milton conference

Event details to be confirmed.