The Utrecht Centre for Early Modern Studies (UCEMS) is the largest research centre in the Netherlands for the period between ca. 1500 and 1800. Over sixty researchers from different disciplines collaborate in studying the history, language, literature, religion, philosophy, science, art, music and theatre of the early-modern period from an international perspective. They focus on themes such as cultural transfer, material culture, knowledge societies, language dynamics, and identity and reputation in the period of the Renaissance and Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Dutch Golden Age and the Enlightenment.

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A party in the Open Air. Allegory on Conjugal Love (1590-1595) by Isaac Oliver. Source: Wikimedia Commons
22 December 2017
The new international academic programme NEW FACES asks the question what we can learn from Shakespeare’s world about the current crisis in Europe.
19 December 2017
"Ancient Models in the Early Modern Republican Imagination" approaches the early modern republican political imagination from a fresh perspective.
8 December 2017
This work explores the relationship between law and drama in Europe between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries. Co-edited by Katell Lavéant.
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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 8635, 112r.
2 February 2018
The conference is devoted to current research in manuscripts and printed books of the premodern and early modern period (c. 650 - 1600).
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early modern Europe | religion | literature | visual culture | music | drama | philosophy | cultural industry | knowledge societies | identity and perception