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About the Centre

Established in 2007, the Centre for Early Modern Studies capitalises on the exceptional concentration of scholars of the early modern era based at the University of Exeter. Formally located within the College of Humanities, it provides a focus for intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary activity between academic staff and postgraduate students in History, English, Drama, Modern Languages and Cultures and Art History and Visual Culture.

Led by the Co-Directors Dr Freyja Cox Jensen (History), Dr Felicity Henderson (English), Dr James Fisher (History), Dr Laura Sangha (History) and Dr Helena Taylor (Modern Languages) Centre staff are engaged in research on all aspects of the period between c.1500 and 1800. Expertise ranges from Britain and Europe to the Middle East and North America. Key areas of activity include: religious culture; social and economic relations; political and intellectual thought; gender and sexuality; space, landscape and national identities; the history of the book; and theatre and performance.

For enquiries about the programme or to be added to the mailing list please email the CEMS Team at You can also follow the Centre twitter account, which is currently managed by Nick Collins.

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Postal Address

The Centre for Early Modern Studies
College of Humanities
Amory Building
Rennes Drive