The Seventeenth-Century Studies group was founded in 1985. It provides a focus for interdisciplinary contact, collaboration, and exchange of ideas, while maintaining a high profile internationally through its conferences, publications, postgraduate courses, and other activities. In 2013 the group became an integral part of IMEMS, beginning a new role within one of Durham University’s flagship research institutes.
We organise a major biennial conference, held in the magnificent setting of Durham Castle. The programme consists of around 50 papers, and the total attendance is always well in excess of a hundred scholars, from a very wide range of disciplines, the majority of whom come to Durham from beyond the United Kingdom. These conferences have been an established feature of the international scholarly scene since 1985. The emphasis is deliberately multi- and inter-disciplinary, with papers displaying a full range of methodological approaches and spanning national and disciplinary boundaries.