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.


15 June 2017 09:00 - 16 June 2017 18:00
This first general EDPOP conference aims to bring together European specialists in the field of popular print.
16 June 2017 14:30 - 15:45
In his dissertation Simon Groot follows the traces of work and life of Amersfoort musician Joannes Tollius (ca. 1555-ca. 1620), who was successful in Europe.
3 July 2017 - 5 July 2017
From 3-5 July 2017, the Faculty of Humanities will host the fourth Digital Humanities Benelux conference.
early modern Europe | nation-building and colonialism | intellectual history | social and economic history | religion | literature | visual arts | music | drama | philosophy