The researchers of the early modern period are organised within the Utrecht Centre for Early Modern Studies (UCEMS, part of the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University). UCEMS’s aim is to encourage exchanges of ideas and practical collaboration among early-modernists, both junior and senior, and to facilitate the organisation of conferences in the wide field of early modern studies.

With early modern Europe as its chief area of interest, UCEMS serves a wide range of disciplines: History, Language and Literature, Religion, Philosophy, (History of) Science, Cartography, Arts, Music, Drama.


21 February 2017
The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing. Paul Franssen received an honourable mention.
A party in the Open Air. Allegory on Conjugal Love (1590-1595) by Isaac Oliver. Source: Wikimedia Commons
15 February 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.
7 February 2017
In this book, David Onnekink reinterprets the view that the Dutch Forty Years War (1672-1713), was a struggle against the expansionism of Louis XIV.


3 July 2017 - 5 July 2017
From 3-5 July 2017, the Faculty of Humanities will host the fourth Digital Humanities Benelux conference.
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 8635, 112r.
2 February 2018
For this graduate conference on book history (c. 650-1600) Research Master students and PhD students are welcome to submit paper proposals before 1 September.
early modern Europe | nation-building and colonialism | intellectual history | social and economic history | religion | literature | visual arts | music | drama | philosophy