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The Early Modern Research Centre (EMRC) at the University of Reading has a long-standing international reputation for research excellence. The Centre builds on the successful collaboration between the Departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Politics. It provides the context for a number of externally-funded research projects; runs a series of conferences, colloquia and seminars; hosts the Palgrave Macmillan series Early Modern Literature in History; and runs The Early Modern Blog. Reading has excellent facilities for early modern research as well as having strong links with the Berkshire Record Office and the Archives of St George's Chapel Windsor. The University Library, founded over 100 years ago, contains a rich variety of early printed books.

Research in the EMRC is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Early modernists at Reading contribute expertise in a very wide variety of aspects of early modern literature and history spanning Britain, Europe and the wider world. The Centre promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching, and offers research programmes with the potential for interdisciplinary studies. Particular areas of research strength include cultures of print and manuscript, cross-cultural encounters, cultures of performance, Reformation studies, history of political thought, and economic history. The EMRC provides a lively and supportive environment for academic staff and postgraduate students.


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The centre's director:
Professor Michelle O'Callaghan

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  • Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science
  • Department of History


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