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 and music of the early-modern period from an international perspective. They focus on themes such as cultural transfer, material culture, institutions and (in)equality, 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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News

15 March 2019
Three alumni talk about different Dutch seventeenth-century paintings in the digital tour of the exhibition 'In Praise of Painting'.
Malvolio and the Countess (Twelfth Night, or What You Will by Shakespeare) by Caniel Maclise (1806-1870). Bron: Wikimedia
8 March 2019
The new international academic programme NEW FACES asks the question what we can learn from Shakespeare’s world about the current crisis in Europe.
Handgekleurde 'zodiakman' (detail) in Der scaepherders kalengier (1516), Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division
4 March 2019
Andrea van Leerdam has been awarded two American research fellowships.
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Events

Interieur van een 16e-eeuwse boekhandel, Alfred Van Neste, ca. 1890 - ca. 1925. Bron: Rijksmuseum
26 March 2019 17:30 - 19:00
Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen will present their new book 'The Bookshop of the World'.
17 May 2019 - 18 May 2019
Submit an abstract of your paper about 'Freedom of speech in the medieval and early modern society' before the 10th of January 2019.
Book of Saint Albans: Page with the Royal Arms of England. Bron: Wikimedia/Cambridge University Library
23 May 2019 13:00 - 17:15
The two-part seminar is jointly organised by the 'Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies (UCMS)' and the 'Technical Art History Colloquium (TAHC)'.
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early modern Europe | identity and perception | cultural industry | knowledge societies | visual culture | language dynamics