Medieval and Early Modern Studies

MEMS (Medieval and Early Modern Studies) at Newcastle brings together the university's research expertise in medieval and early modern studies up to c. 1800.  We are an interdisciplinary group and our members come from English Literature, History, Archaeology, Music, Modern Languages and Classics.

Our research centres on two broad themes. The first is a well-established 'Textual/Material Cultures' theme which takes in work in book and print history, manuscript studies, digital humanities and scholarly editing across the School of History, Classics and Archaeology; the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics; the School of Arts and Cultures, and the School of Modern Languages. The second theme is 'Senses and Feelings', already well-established in some members' work, particularly colleagues working in Music, Archaeology and the History of Medicine, and reflecting a developing turn in other members' research towards examining the history and representation of bodies and matter, the history of affect and emotion, and the role of voice and orality in the medieval and early modern periods. MEMS also incorporates MedLAB, an interdisciplinary forum based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

What we do: We fund conferences and symposia and hold guest lectures by eminent scholars in our disciplines, including the annual Honigmann Shakespeare lecture in honour of the late Professor E. A. J. Honigmann. We support members' research by funding workshops on topics of shared interest, hosting research visibility sessions and offering opportunities for peer-review of projects and bid proposals. We support UG and PG research and teaching through our annual dissertation symposium and networking events.  

Please use the links above to find out more about us. The images used as illustrations on this site (all taken from the Robinson Library's Special Collections) and pictures from various performances can be found on our Flickr account.