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The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, one of the Trinity Research Centres, was established in the spring of 1999 with two major aims:

  1. to promote inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary collaboration between scholars working in the fields of Medieval and Renaissance studies both within and outside Trinity;
  2. and to raise the profile of Medieval and Renaissance studies at a national and an international level.

To this end, the Centre organises conferences, seminars, and public lectures on a regular basis, and also has a schools liaison programme. It also promotes research and collaboration through the scholarship of its Visiting Research Fellows and its various Research Networks:

  • Early-Modern Gardens;
  • Chaucer in Context;
  • Byzantine Studies;
  • Early-Modern Women in Europe;
  • Irish Conflict Archaeology
  • The Arts and Politics of Virtue in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

It also has a refereed book series, ‘Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance’, which is published by Peter Lang. It offers a taught interdisciplinary M.Phil. in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture. It has developed close ties with a number of other institutions, works closely with the Society for Renaissance Studies,The Chaucer Hub, and is a member of CARMEN, the Confederation for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network.

The Centre has an Advisory Board which regularly consults with the Director. The Advisory Board includes: the Head of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; a member of the Centre's Editorial Board; a Research Associate of the Centre; the Strand Directors of each of the Centre's Research Networks; the School Liaison Co-ordinator; a representative of the Old Library.

Director: Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, FTCD, Académie de Savoie, Chevalier de l'ordre national du mérite,
French Department/Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Trinity College
Dublin 2
E-mail:; telephone (00 353 1) 896 2686.

Last updated 18 February 2019 by Sarah Alyn Stacey (Email).