Research at MEMS
MEMS is a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. With 28 members of staff drawn from departments of English, History, Architecture, Classics and Archaeology, History and Philosophy of Art, as well as the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, MEMS brings together a diverse range of research expertise. Some highlights of our latest research include projects as wide-ranging as: Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (1580-1800); Material Witness - The Interrogation for Physical Objects for Humanities Researchers and DocExplore - Discovering and Augmenting Historical Documents in the Digital Age.
The Centre runs a weekly research seminar to which we welcome distinguished national and international speakers. This seminar is at the heart of our discussions and the development of our research as staff and students. Our students are encouraged to develop the intellectual and practical tools they need to embark on original research, from languages and palaeography to critical theory. The MEMS' 'Masterclass Series' brings visiting experts to the Centre to provide practical, skills-based training - for example editing from manuscript materials, codicological methodolgies, textual relations and stemmata.
There are opportunities throughout the year for students to present their own research in the weekly research seminar and at conferences. Additionally, the MEMS Working Papers Series showcases unpublished research and provides a platform for graduate students, academic staff and visitors of the University of Kent to present new results from their research. The Centre supports a lively Early Modern Discussion Group, and an Old English Reading Group to help enrich our programmes, and graduate students are encouraged to organise and attend a large number of research conferences and colloquia.
The historic city of Canterbury itself provides a rich environment for research, and we have close relationships with Canterbury Cathedral and the Canterbury Archaeological Trust which allow our students access to a wide range of unique historical, literary and material evidence.