Welcome to the Centre for Early Modern Studies
Oxford University offers unparallelled resources for the study of early modern English literature and has the world's largest concentration of specialists in this field. Based in the English Faculty, the Centre for Early Modern Studies serves as a central forum for research, conferences and graduate study, and aims to encourage collaboration across a wide range of related disciplines.
Centres of related research at Oxford
- Centre for Early Modern British and Irish History
- The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment
- Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book
- Oxford Early Modern South Asia Project
- The Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material culture of the Middle East
- La Maison Française d'Oxford
- Medieval Studies at Oxford
- The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
- Museum of the History of Science
- History of Science, Medicine and Technology
- Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama
- The Thomas Gray Archive
- Cultures of Knowledge
From the Blog
The CEMS workshop on ‘Describing, Analysing and Identifying Early Modern Handwriting: Methods and Issues’ (25 April) may have had an arcane title but it drew over 70 attendees. This showed how far the study of early modern manuscripts has burgeoned since the pioneering work of Peter Beal and others. Many issues remain to be resolved, however. Methods of describing, distinguishing and identifying hands differ...
Faculties at Oxford
The establishment of the Centre for Early Modern Studies was funded with a grant from the John Fell OUP Research Fund. Read more about John Fell and the history of the book.
Trinity Term 2013
Seminars in the next seven days
Early Modern Catholicism Network
Caroline Bowden, 'Medicine and Health Care in the English Convents in Exile: Conventual Sources and Their Creators '
Tuesday 5pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road
Early Modern Literature Graduate Seminar
Richard McCoy , '"Take Pains, Be Perfect": Bottom as Actor in A Midsummer Night’s Dream"'
Tuesday 5pm, Breakfast Room, Merton College
Faculty of Music: Research colloquia
Edmund J Goering, 'Two voices of Mozart historiography'
Tuesday 5.15pm, Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music
Belief and belonging in the early modern world
Josh Teplitsky, 'Building a library, collecting a reputation: a Jewish bibliophile in eighteenth-century Prague'
Wednesday 2pm, MacGregor Room, Oriel
Religion in the British Isles, 1400-1700
Gabriel Glickman, 'Robert Boyle and the project of a Protestant empire, 1660-1691'
Thursday 5pm, Seminar Room, Corpus Christi College
Literature and Medicine seminar series
Katherine Duncan-Jones, '“To move wild laughter in the throat of death”: palliative mirth in the age of Shakespeare'
Thursday, 6pm, Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building
Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment, Oxford.