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Ars effectiva et methodus:
the Body in early modern science and thought

Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel, 30 June – 1 July 2014

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Postgraduate Study Week-End at The Burn in cooperation with the Centre for Reformation Studies,
University of St Andrews: 8-9 November 2014.

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The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together distinguished early modern scholars in all the major disciplines, and fosters collaborative research in the fields of history, philosophy, religion, literature, and the other arts. It is situated in one of the oldest British universities, whose extensive and unique Historic Collections go back to the library of the university’s founder, Bishop William Elphinstone (1431-1514). The collection of 7,000 early printed books includes 231 published before 1501, and more than 4,000 sixteenth-century items. It contains many early books on the history of science and medicine, a wide collections of religious writings as well as literary works. Important collections include the MacBean Collection of Jacobite books and pamphlets (one of the largest Jacobite collections in the country) and the Boyndle collection of rare books. Manuscript holdings include papers of the philosopher Thomas Reid, who taught at Aberdeen, and the Scottish Catholic Archive.

Research Areas

The geographical scope of the Centre spans Europe and the Atlantic world, focusing on the British Isles, France, Italy, Germany, North-eastern Europe and the Baltic. Special interests include:

  • Religious Cultures of the Post-Reformation
  • Early Modern Political Thought in Context
  • Literature and Culture of the Three Kingdoms
  • Empire and Nation-Building
  • The Material Text and Manuscript Culture
  • Poland-Lithuania, the Baltic and Northeastern Europe
  • Renaissance and the Baroque in Art and Music

MLitt and PhD Programmes

The Centre provides a stimulating and supportive environment for students taking postgraduate degrees within the period. The MLitt in Medieval and Early Modern Studies encourages students to familiarise themselves with a variety of multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches. Its core course helps them to explore different perspectives, and a menu of elective courses across schools and departments will offer the chance to study this complex and fascinating period from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment.
We also invite students to apply for the PhD programme via the graduate school, which offers studentships and bursaries.
We also cooperate with the Programme for Interdisciplinary Studies ’Artes Liberales’ at the University of Warsaw, as part of the Refo500 project, through an exchange of PhD students on the theme of the Universal Reformation. See the Warsaw website for more information.