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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

To contact the IMEMS administrative office please use the following details:


T: 0191 334 2974

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Dr Sare Aricanli

Assistant Professor (Early Modern and Modern Chinese History) in the Department of History

Contact Dr Sare Aricanli (email at

Sare Aricanli is a historian of late imperial/early modern China, with particular interest in history of science and medicine.

Sare’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of medicine in China. Her book project, Diversifying the Centre: Reform and Exchange in Eighteenth Century Chinese Imperial Medicine examines institutional reorganisation and exchanges of medical knowledge between a plurality of actors in eighteenth century imperial medicine. She is also interested in questions of ritual, textual transmission, state-society relations, and the human-animal ‘divide’. Her article “Reconsidering the Boundaries: Multicultural and Multilingual Perspectives on the Care and Management of the Emperors’ Horses in the Qing” considers ‘Mongolian’ methods of equine care and management that were incorporated into Qing state practice. Sare has received fellowships including the Fulbright-Hays IIE for conducting doctoral research, and the China Scholarship Council for her master’s study at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Interests

  • History of medicine
  • History of science
  • Ritual
  • Text


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Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: