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Medieval & Early Modern

Meet our staffThe Medieval and Early Modern Studies research group (MEMS) combines a range of interdisciplinary and intersectional expertise, from environmental, political, cultural and social history to English literature, music, art history and iconography, comprising postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff.

Our expertise extends across Europe and focuses primarily on pre-1700 chronologies, incorporating postgraduates, early career researchers and academic staff. MEMS works in partnership with external organisations, including St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Tyneside Cinema and the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle.

Our research, discussions and symposia focus on multiple themes, including: women and cultural production; Republican writing; Puritan and nonconformist prose and poetry; Shakespeare and early modern drama; the British Civil Wars; self-fashioning and interpreting dress; orality; queens and consorts; music and sound; material culture; the festive world; sex and gender politics; identity and cultural exchange; social networks; emotion and the body; environmental knowledge; and infrastructural change.


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