Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Binghamton University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) is an organized research center that coordinates and disseminates scholarship in medieval and early modern studies in association with a range of departments and programs on campus. The Center organizes interdisciplinary conferences, lecture series, and workshops; CEMERS also administers undergraduate and graduate programs in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Read more about CEMERS.


Medieval Night, First Friday, DEC. 2.

University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St.

Medieval Night will feature the chart-topping, world-music group Piccola Banda Ikona from Italy. This group performs medieval music on traditional instruments in many languages, including Italian, Spanish, Latin, Arabic, Persian, and Sabir (a lingua franca once used by sailors, pirates, fisherman, merchants, and ship-owners in Mediterranean ports). Binghamton University students and faculty will recite medieval poetry and perform medieval music and drama; there will be presentations by students who have been studying medieval manuscripts and the history of the book.

These presentations will conclude with a public “transcribe-athon” which will give the audience an opportunity to do what medievalists do—and write themselves into the ongoing story of an authentic 15 th -century book.

Student/faculty presentations will begin at 6pm and Piccola Banda Ikona will take the stage around 7:30pm.

CEMERS Conference 2016

The Pre-Modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality and Visuality 

The year 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University. In celebration of fifty years of research in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, CEMERS will host a conference on the materiality and visuality of the pre-modern book (from late antiquity until 1600). | The Pre-Modern Book Conference.

Mediaevalia 36/37 (2015/2016)


Special Issue, “Medieval Futures”

This special issue of Mediaevalia contains essays by past and present CEMERS faculty and doctoral students. Guest-edited by Marilynn Desmond, the twelve essays in this issue address the concept of futurity in medieval cultures in order to celebrate the past and future of medieval studies at Binghamton University. More Info.

Last Updated: 11/21/16