The Early Modern Studies in Scotland Seminar

Post HorseThe Early Modern Studies in Scotland seminar, or EMSIS for short, was founded to provide a forum for research on the Renaissance period for staff and postgraduates based in Scotland. The series was launched at the University of Aberdeen in 2005 and seminars are now held twice a year at different universities in Scotland. EMSIS is a collaborative project involving different universities around Scotland and has links with the Scottish Institute for Northern Renaissance Studies, and the Centre for Early Modern Studies at Aberdeen. The Early Modern Studies in Scotland Seminar is supported by the Society for Renaissance Studies, an organisation dedicated to promoting study of the Renaissance period.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 22nd November, Early Modern Commonwealths

Venue: University of Edinburgh

A one day seminar examining early modern ideas of commonwealth. Speakers include Neil Rhodes, Rob Maslen, Andrew Gordon and Victoria Anker.


Previous Events

Saturday 25th May, 2013: The Hand in the Text: Renaissance Acts of Writing and Printerventions

Venue: University of Aberdeen

A one day conference examining material textuality in print and mansucript. Speakers include Professor Steve May, Sebastiaan Verwiej.

Organiser: Andrew Gordon (

26th March 2011: The Legacy of the Will

Venue: University of Strathclyde

A one day colloquium bringing together scholars working on the will and its place within early modern culture.
The Journal of the Northern Renaissance is preparing a follow up special issue on the Legacy of the Will.

Organiser: Alison Thorne (

Sat 24th July 2010: Cultures of Correspondence

Venue: The Town House, University of Aberdeen

A one-day colloquium bringing together scholars working on letter writing in the early modern period.


To reserve a place please contact

The colloquium will be followed up with a major conference at the University of Plymouth, 14-16th April 2011 organised by James Daybell and Andrew Gordon.

Sat 22nd May 2010: Renaissance Sovereignty

Venue: The Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling

A one-day SINRS symposium in collaboration with the Early Modern Studies in Scotland Seminar


For further information please contact

Saturday 20th June 2009: Literary and Cultural Contexts

The second EMSIS Postgraduate Colloquium

Venue: University of Edinburgh.

The colloquium featured research students from across Scotland.

Saturday 1st November 2008: Memory: Recollections of the Renaissance

Venue: University of Glasgow, SESLL
This colloquium brought together scholars working on the importance of Memory in the Renaissance.


The Colloquium was jointly organised with SINRS and GCMRS.

Saturday 16th February 2008: Structures and Strictures of the Renaissance

The First EMSIS Postgraduate Conference.

Venue: University of Aberdeen, Humanities Manse

Postgraduate students from throughout Scotland working on the early modern period are contributing papers for the first EMSIS postgraduate conference, ‘Structures and Strictures of the Renaissance’. The programme features panels on Religion, Drama, Rhetoric, Gender and Audiences.

For more details please contact or

Friday 6th- Saturday 7th October 2007: ‘Romance: a Conference in honour of Victor Skretkowicz’

Venue: University of Dundee

This conference honoured the contribution of Victor Skretkowicz to the study of the Renaissance bringing together major international scholars of Romance. A special issue of the The Sidney Journal will feature the conference proceedings. Plenary Speakers included:

Saturday 17 February 2007: 'Law, Evidence and Fiction'

Venue: University of St Andrews

Full details of this seminar (PDF)

Saturday 18 November 2006: 'Sovereignty and Nationhood'

Venue: Association for Studies in the Humanities (ASH), University of Edinburgh


And a round table discussion on the work of Julian Goodare

Saturday 14th May 2005 'Locating change in the Early modern environment'

Venue: Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen


EMSIS Contacts

EMSIS has an advisory board with representatives from universities around Scotland and will meet regularly to discuss subjects for future seminars. If you have a paper you are interested in offering, or would like to suggest a possible topic please contact either your local representative, or email

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