The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at Sussex is one of the foremost interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Britain. Consisting of distinguished and committed academics from the School of English and Departments of History and Art History, as well as a thriving postgraduate community drawn from across the country and the world, the Centre covers most aspects of early modern study and is currently undergoing a new expansion into the medieval period.
With an international reputation of many years' standing, and with strong links with local archives and libraries, Sussex offers an ideal environment for faculty and students to strive for research excellence. Our MA modules encourage flexibility and innovation, offering training in specialist skills such as palaeography, and a firm and diverse grounding while developing specialisation.
The Centre's many strengths are reflected in the large number of events we coordinate: a full programme of visiting speakers, recent international conferences, a postgraduate reading group and regular excursions. For those interested in developing their study of the medieval and early modern periods, the Centre is a welcoming, yet challenging, place to study.
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06/03/17: February saw the inaugural issue of the Brief Encounters journal, co-founded and co-edited by Nicole Mennell, a CEMMS PhD student studying the connections made between figures of sovereignty and animals in early modern drama. Brief Encounters was founded in April 2016 by postgraduate researchers from across the Consortium for the Humanities and Arts in South-East England (CHASE), and showcases research undertaken by CHASE-funded and affiliated individuals as well as non-HEI partner members. As an open access journal, Brief Encounters supports the dissemination of knowledge to a global readership, with the intent that the research it publishes encourages the exchange of ideas outside of traditional academic circles. All articles published by Brief Encounters are free to read and accessible to all with no registration required. Taking inspiration from CHASE’s biannual conference ‘Encounters’, and the 1945 film, Brief Encounter, the journal hopes to inspire intellectual relationships between individuals separated by geographical distances. In these brief, but still meaningful, academic encounters, the journal aims to start conversations which will lead to unexpected journeys.
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Nicole Mennell explores decorative weasel pelts in Zibellini as Animal-Made-Objects on the CEMMS blog.
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Image credits: Albrecht Dürer, The Rhinoceros, 1515; Martin Droeshout, frontispiece, Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, 1623; S. Arnoul-les-Metz book of hours, c.1325-2350, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.