Mission

UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies promotes and sustains transdisciplinary studies of the periods from late antiquity to the early modern era across the globe. Five main research axes structure the polyvalent and multi-faceted inquiry of the Center’s diverse faculty: Sustainability-Repurposing; Fluidity-Permanence; Bodies-Performance; Conversion-Mobility; Communication-Archive. All research axes are open to the widest variety of historical and methodological approaches.

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, financial, and other support; and, 3) To disseminate knowledge, encourage intellectual exchange, and promote Late Antique, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies at the campus, local, regional, national, and global levels.

CMRS is dedicated to promoting research, teaching, and new methodologies, both in underrepresented and non-traditional 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.

Founded in 1963 as an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, CMRS supports the research and teaching activities of 114 faculty members in nineteen different academic disciplines offering approximately seventy-five undergraduate and graduate classes each quarter.

The Center offers fellowships, research assistantships, travel grants and other support for both graduate and undergraduate students. We sponsor numerous lectures, seminars, and conferences, and host visiting scholars and other researchers.

Our publications include: Viator, internationally recognized as one of the best scholarly journals in the field; Comitatus, one of the oldest graduate student journals; Cursor Mundi, a series of single-authored books and multi-authored collections; and, the new Texts in Translation series. A variety of books and monographs are also published each year under the Center’s aegis.

CMRS does not award academic degrees but it provides support for the development of relevant classes, provides funding for up to three undergraduate and graduate CMRS Seminars each year, assists students to identify funding sources and educational opportunities in the field, and consults with faculty and departments on student recruitment strategies and support.