Early Modern Exchanges

Early Modern Studies MPhil/ PhD


The Centre for Early Modern Exchanges (EME) draws on UCL's strengths in early modern studies found in departments from English to Spanish, Italian, French, and German, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES), History and Philosophy of Science, Centre for the History of Medicine, Law and History of Art. 

The library resources in central London are unrivalled. Apart from the UCL Library and the University of London Library, there are the specialist collections of SSEES and SOAS, the various research institutes of the University of London and, beyond these, the British Library. All these collections are within a few minutes' walk of UCL.

Research Themes

Example themes addressed by the Centre for Early Modern Exchanges (EME) include:

  • Travel, exile and migration in early modern Europe and the New World
  • Trade and flows of material as well as cultural goods within and beyond Europe
  • Translation, translators and language learning
  • Literary influences across national, provincial and linguistic borders
  • Representations of intra- and extra-European ‘others’ in literature and art
  • Religious and political interactions in the wake of the Reformation
  • Occasions of significant cultural contact and/or heightened intranational anxiety
  • The production, circulation, and collection of books and manuscripts across Europe, the emergence of libraries and the book trade
  • Dissemination and development of scientific and medical knowledge, spread and transfer of technology
  • Old worlds and New worlds, from botanical and medicinal exchanges to pathogens, people and practices, colonialism and ethnography
  • Interplay between past and present, historiography, the archaic, nostalgia and the newfangled, classical and medieval pasts, archaeology and material cultures.


Details of opportunities and deadlines can be found on the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS) pages for research students: