Research and activities
Medieval research includes the saints and relics of the Orthodox world, the relationship between Byzantium and the East Slavs, the history of Spanish oral, scribal and print cultures, and criticism of Spanish manuscripts and Spanish books of the Jewish diaspora. We take a leading role in the Institute of Medieval Research.
Research in the Early Modern period spans topics such as humanism in Renaissance and Baroque Spain and Germany, and Renaissance remapping of the world and the European episteme, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French and Spanish prose, poetry and drama, “scientific marvels”, the work of seventeenth-century German grammarians, the library of the Count-Duke of Olivares, and Hispanic religious painting, art theory and festal culture.
Our eighteenth century work includes French Enlightenment thought and literature, linguistic corpus research on medical texts, Anglo-German cultural transfer, and the origins of “modernity” in Latin America.
Recent and current work in Medieval and Early Modern studies includes the Orthodox Christian culture of pre-Mongol Rus, womens writing in Renaissance France, late sixteenth-century Spanish treatises on aesthetics, the representation of high and low culture in Baroque Madrid, the lives and writings of nuns in seventeenth-century Spain, and the notion of libertinage in seventeenth-century France.
You can find out more about our postgraduate research opportunities by consulting the online prospectus.