Welcome to Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
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.
MEMS offers graduate students a number of opportunities: a Graduate Certificate Program, funding for travel and research, ongoing colloquia and interdisciplinary workshops, the MEMS lecture series, and several conferences each year. Graduate students with MEMS interests are always welcome to participate in our various programs, and we make a point to arrange opportunities for conversation and intellectual exchange between our graduate students and visiting scholars. Since MEMS is a voluntary affiliation, you need not be formally admitted to the Graduate Certificate Program to participate in our events or be eligible for MEMS funding. Your interest is the only requirement! To get on our mailing list, receive announcements, and keep up with current happenings, contact Terre Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Any graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program in the Rackham School of Graduate Studies is eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate Program in MEMS. We have rolling admissions, so you may apply at any time.