The Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Reading has a long-standing international reputation for research excellence. It brings together academic staff and their postgraduates from English, History, Politics,
European Studies, and Classics; supports MAs in early modern English and in early modern History; provides the context for a number of externally-funded research projects; runs a series of conferences, colloquia and seminars; and hosts the Palgrave Macmillan series Early Modern Literature in History.
Research in the EMRC is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. The centre supports networks of scholars specialising in key areas across the spectrum of early modern studies – cultures of print and manuscript, cultures of performance, history of ideas, the clergy and the long reformation, and economic history. Reading has an excellent infrastructure for supporting research projects in the period.
The Centre hosts a well-established and innovative annual programme of seminars and international conferences. Past conferences include: ‘Drink and Conviviality’ (2001); ‘Text and Image’ (2002); ‘James VI and I’ (2003); ‘Europe and the Islamic World’ (2004), ‘Land, Landscape and Environment’ (2008), ‘Authority and Authorities’ (2009), ‘Controversy, Protest, Ridicule and Laughter’ (2010), and ‘Commerce: Negotiations and Exchanges’ (2011). The EMRC provides a lively and supportive environment for academic staff and postgraduate students.
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