Research cluster

Early modern cultures

About us

This research cluster, which studies Europe in the years 1450-1750, is formed of well-known and expert scholars of Europe, European colonies and the Atlantic World. 

Our scholars have diverse and exciting research interests including witchcraft, martyrdom and religious violence, gender, material culture, early modern space, the body, urbanization and the history of the book.

We are interested in the continuities with preceding eras in European history as well as the causes and consequences of the massive, social, religious, economic and political changes of this period. Our methodologies range from archival history to digital approaches to history.

Above all our approach to the history of the period focuses upon the lived experience of ‘ordinary people’ and their interactions with power and culture, as well as their approaches to the natural and supernatural worlds.