Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies



The Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York is a leading centre for the study of the Renaissance. CREMS provides an interdisciplinary forum for more than thirty academic staff from eight leading departments. With a lively annual programme of seminars, conferences, and lectures, the Centre offers a stimulating research environment, with particular strengths in the history of the book, the dissemination of knowledge, and the history of religion. Between 2010 and 2013, CREMS played host to the major Arts and Humanities Research Council-Funded interdisciplinary project, Conversion Narratives in the Early Modern World (CNEMW).

helen-smithHelen Smith, Investigator, CREMS


Helen Smith, Reader in Renaissance Literature at the University of York, is author of ‘Grossly Material Things’: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England and co-editor (with Louise Wilson) of Renaissance Paratexts. With Simon Ditchfield, Helen directed the 3-year AHRC-funded project ‘Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe’ and is editing a collection on the mutual transformations of gender and conversion. An article on ‘Metaphor, Cure and Conversion in Early Modern England’, is forthcoming in Renaissance Quarterly.


ditchfieldSimon Ditchfield, Investigator, CREMS


Simon Ditchfield is Reader in History at the University of York and is currently writing a major survey volume about the making of Roman Catholicism as a world religion (1500-1700) to be published by Oxford University Press. Simon is co-director (with Helen Smith) of the AHRC project Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe. Since 2010 he has been editor of the Journal of Early Modern History. His latest publications include, (as co-editor and contributor:) Sacred History: uses of the Christian past in the Renaissance world (2012) and the chapter: ‘Tridentine Catholicism’ in A. Bamji et al, The Ashgate Research Companion to the Counter Reformation, (2013).