The Medieval and Early Modern Centre (MEMC) is a cross-disciplinary research centre that fosters collaboration, training, and research across disciplines. We host a regular seminar series, student reading groups, workshops, and special events. Our affiliates belong to a wide range of departments and faculties across the university.
We also support postgraduate students and early career researchers in a community that encourages intellectual range and exploration.
These are our current medieval and early modern research projects:
Our centre is made up of academics and researchers from the University of Sydney. We welcome the opportunity to connect with other researchers in various and similar disciplines.
The centre holds lectures, workshops and reading groups throughout the year to showcase our academics and their work. To register for an event or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about these past events, please contact us.
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Why a Theme?
MEMC would like to bring our diverse community into conversation more regularly around major issues in our field. An annual theme allows us not only to find specific thematic and analytical resonances between our research projects, but also to bring our community up to speed with new developments in medieval and early modern studies. We aim to align our theme with active research in the MEMC community and with specialties of the year’s visitors and speakers.
Language – Mobility – Communication
The 2020 theme invites us to reconsider the premodern world as a space of encounters: linguistic, cultural, textual, economic, material, etc. Encounters were both local and global, personal and corporate. Recent scholarship – stimulated by global history – has begun to revise our view of premodern chains of transmission, whether of the classical heritage, of disease, or of material culture. How do we fruitfully rethink the complex system of exchange that characterises the world before 1800?
We offer a short bibliography (pdf, 922KB) from a range of disciplines that we invite the MEMC community to dip into over the course of 2020, as we build toward an end-of-year symposium that will allow us to take up this discussion as a Centre.