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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


IMEMS is one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of medieval and early modern studies in the world. A versatile ensemble of academics, curators, students, practitioners, and volunteers, we cover a comprehensive range of areas from Late Antiquity to the late eighteenth century, with a global range from the Silk Road to the Anglo-Saxon and Viking North. We promote the global standing of Durham University’s research, and its museums and collections, by initiating, co-ordinating and supporting networks, programmes and projects, and lectures and workshops for both specialists and the wider public. As the academic hub for Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, we champion a framework for rigorous research, impact, and dissemination, in order to strengthen the global understanding and appreciation of one of Europe’s great Palatinates. Durham is a site of Outstanding Universal Value: by studying its past, we engage with the present and map strategies for its future.



Have you booked your place at our EARLY MODERN CONFERENCE? This takes place from 23-25 July 2018 in Durham University - to book please visit


Palaeography Summer School

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - Friday 20th July 2018, 12:00am - 5:30pm, tbc, Alessia Berardi, University of Toronto

Durham Early Modern Studies Conference 2018: Authority, Gender and Social Relations

Monday 23rd July 2018 - Wednesday 25th July 2018, 9:00am - 3:30pm, The Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham University