Welcome to the world of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Early 12th century
St. Augustine of Hippo
Detail. Ecole Fontainebleau, Allegorie de l'eau, late 16th c.
"Print Workshop," circa 1580-1590, by Giovanni Stradano, engraved by Philop Galle.
Annotated page from Essays of Montaigne
World Map, c 1320
Rasa Mancha Temple-Bishnupur, 1584
Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Explore Medieval and Early Modern Studies
At Michigan, Medieval and Early Modern Studies is an interdisciplinary program with students and faculty from many departments and degree programs across the university. Among similar programs nationally and internationally, MEMS is distinctive because of its global conception—embracing work on the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas as well as Europe, the traditional focus of MEMS scholarship.
- Comments by Alexander Knysh, professor of Islamic studies, were featured in an article about a ninth-century Muslim mystic poet cited by Pope Francis in his encyclical on climate change. June 24, 2015
- Alison Cornish and Yanay Israeli named to Institute for the Humanities May 14, 2015
- Warm congratulations to MEMS minors Sarah Ann Knutson and Stephanie Leitzel, who won History and Honors thesis prizes and are both proceeding to prestigous graduate programs! May 5, 2015
- The Premodern Colloquium: "Power, Perfection, and the Subject of Science in Descartes's Regulae ad directionem ingenii"
Speaker: Tarek Dika, Michgan Society of Fellows
- Performance and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
03/11/2016 - 03/12/2016;
- " Spectacular Matters and Print Culture: Cavalieri's Rappresentation di anima et di corpo"
Speaker: Jane Bernstein, Tufts University