Graduate students at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies can look forward to working in a friendly, relaxed and cross-disciplinary environment where the diverse research interests of the Centre's staff are matched by the wide-ranging number of visiting scholars to the Centre. Extracurricular field trips, masterclasses, discussion and reading groups, as well as participation in major national conferences, all enrich the programme - helping you to define topics for your final dissertation.
At the heart of our research culture is a weekly seminar, at which visiting scholars, MEMS faculty and advanced research students give papers. Additionally, the MEMS Working Papers series gives graduate students a platform to present new results from their research. We encourage our students to develop the intellectual and practical tools they need to embark on original research, from languages and palaeography to critical theory. We support our students to organise conferences and workshops, and to develop their professional profile through work placements.
Some highlights from the last academic year for our graduate students have included:
- Participating in 'Reading St-Denis' - a two-day workshop at our Paris campus with students from the University of Bern, Switzerland to introduce one of the most important medieval sites in Europe
- Organising and hosting 'Quadrivium IX: Bridging the Gap' - an anual UK postgraduate training event
- Running the MEMS Early Modern Research seminar series and the Old English Reading Group
- Researching and authoring articles for 'Picture this...'a collborative project with Canterbury Cathedral Library, designed to reveal some of the Library's treasures
- Convening the international conferences, 'Early Stuart Politics: The Anglo-Spanish and Anglo-French Marriage Negotiations and their Aftermath, c. 1604-1630' and 'Moveable Types: People, Ideas and Objects - Cultural exchanges in Early Modern Europe'
MEMS is an essential and vibrant hub where we can come together to share, to explore, to support and learn from each other.