About Us

MEMS is an interdisciplinary program, with students and faculty from many departments and degree programs across the university. Among similar programs nationally and internationally, the University of Michigan’s program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies 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. We cover a similarly broad temporal range, from ca. 500 CE to 1800 CE, that is, late antiquity through the Industrial Revolution (in the European context) and encourage exploration of the cultural range of this period in and across other geographic regions. Within this historical period, MEMS affiliates study history, the history of art and architecture, archaeology, history, literature, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, music, and the history of science and technology. The MEMS program organizes the University’s extraordinarily rich resources in medieval and early modern studies into an interdisciplinary and often collaborative community where we can share work, information, and interests.