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
- Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama
- The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment
- Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book
- Cultures of Knowledge
- 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
- Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford (RECSO)
- History of Science, Medicine and Technology
- The Thomas Gray Archive
From the Blog
Visitors to the Bodleian Library can still catch the exhibition accompanying the CEMS conference on ‘Scholarship, Science and Religion in the Age of Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) and Henry Savile (1549-1622)’ (Merton College, 1-3 July). The conference was a truly international and interdisciplinary event, devoted to scholars who have never previously been commemorated by conferences in their own right. Though posterity does...
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.
Michaelmas Term 2014
Seminar details may be found on the Current events page.
Seminars in the next seven days
Sanctity: Interdisciplinary Discussion Group
Discussion, 'The Material Culture of Sanctity'
Monday 12.30pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Third Floor Common Room
Early Modern Literature Seminar
Nicholas McDowell, '"Seasoned with Witty Sayings": How Andrew Marvell Heard his Rabelais'
Tuesday 5.15pm, Faculty of English, St Cross Building
Early Modern World Seminar
Jo Hedesan, '”God Loves Women More than Men”: Female Excellence in Early Modern Alchemical Philosophy'
Wednesday 11.15pm, Old Common Room, Balliol College
Early Modern Britain Seminar
John Walter, 'England’s Shibboleth? The Protestation Oath 1641–1642'
Thursday 5pm, Breakfast Room, Merton College
Ideas and Society c. 1600 – 1800
David Womersley, 'Ideas and Society in the Pays de Vaud: Edward Gibbon and Georges Deyverdun Read the Classics'
Friday 5pm, Examination Schools