UCLA’s world-class research hub promotes and sustains transdisciplinary studies of the periods from the 3rd to the 17th century CE across the globe. More than a half-century after its founding, the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) is now known as CMRS Center for Early Global Studies (CMRS–CEGS).Find Out More
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Publications at CMRS-CEGS
The volumes published under the CMRS-CEGS aegis include the highly-regarded journal Viator, the graduate student journal Comitatus, the Cursor Mundi book series, and the proceedings from many of our conferences.CMRS Publications
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News at CMRS-CEGS
Open Position for Wellman Chair in Medieval History
The Wellman Chair in Medieval History. The UCLA History Department seeks a historian of any region of Europe (including the Byzantine world) whose period of focus lies...
CFP: Frontiers, Borders, & Borderlands in the Early Global World
The officers of MEMSA are pleased to announce this year's conference, "Frontiers, Borders, & Borderlands in the Early Global World." The conference will be held in the...
Professor Michael J. B. Allen, 1941-2023
We were saddened to hear the news that Michael J.B. Allen passed away on Saturday, February 25. Professor Allen was Director of the UCLA Center for Medieval...
Call for Book Reviews – Comitatus 54
The books listed here are available for review in Comitatus 54 (2023), the graduate student journal published by the UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies. If...
Thematic Priorities 2023-2025
CMRS Center for Early Global Studies operates on an open collaborative research platform of five main research axes. Across our research axes, the Center puts forward a...
Viator 52.2 Now Available
The latest volume of our journal Viator is now in print and online, available through the publisher Brepols. Table of Contents Ganelon’s Muslim Refashioning in the Paris...
UCLA’s CMRS Center for Early Global Studies promotes and sustains transdisciplinary studies of the periods from the 3rd to the 17th century C.E. across the globe. The Center’s mission is grounded in the disciplinary study of early periods and worlds (late antique, medieval, Renaissance, and early modern). Five main research axes structure the multi-faceted inquiry of the Center’s diverse faculty: Sustainability-Repurposing; Fluidity-Permanence; Bodies-Performance; Conversion-Mobility; and Communication-Archive.
This research platform is open to the widest variety of historical and methodological approaches. It enables a transdisciplinary and global research model in response to the challenge of regional world systems and the plurality of early worlds. That is, in addition to the narratives of spatial and/or temporal connectivities, the research platform of connected methodologies and epistemologies and comparison facilitates the study of a range of shared and global phenomena in an unconnected and early-connected world.
The Center has three primary goals:
1. To stimulate and support the scholarship and research activities of its affiliated faculty, associates, students, and scholars;
2. To foster and prepare the next generation of scholars and researchers by providing educational opportunities, and financial, logistical, and other support; and,
3. To create and disseminate knowledge, encourage intellectual exchange, and promote study of the early global periods and worlds at the campus, local, regional, national, and global levels.
CMRS-CEGS is dedicated to promoting research, teaching, and new methodologies in underrepresented and nontraditional areas of study and in traditional fields and frameworks. It is guided by the conviction that without the study of the past, the present and the future are inaccessible and opaque.