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Welcome to  the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS)

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.

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CEMERS Day Trip Gives Students a Look at History
Group visits The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Met Cloisters in New York City. 

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cemers books 2019

CEMERS acquires two Books of Hours, 15th-century illuminated manuscripts, for Bartle Library's Special Collections.

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, CEMERS celebrated the generosity of the B. H. Breslauer Foundation Inc., Alex Huppé '69, and Reta A. Bernardo PhD '79, for enabling the recent acquisition of two Books of Hours, 15th-century illuminated manuscripts.


MEDIAEVALIA 39 (2018): Special Issue, “Authority and Materiality in the Italian Songbook: From the Medieval Lyric to the Early‑Modern Madrigal"

The essays in this issue of Mediaevalia, co-edited by Olivia Holmes and Paul Schleuse, arise from presentations given at an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by CEMERS at Binghamton University on May 1–2, 2015. The volume brings together contributions from experts in diverse fields, from literary and book history to musicology, with a shared interest in the material sources of lyric poetry and music, principally in Italian, from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. More Info.

reconsidering boccaccio

Reconsidering Boccaccio: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts
Holmes, Olivia and Dana Stewart, ed.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.

The essays in this volume stemmed initially from the presentations given at an interdisciplinary conference on Boccaccio sponsored by CEMERS and held at Binghamton University in 2013.

The great Florentine writer Giovanni Boccaccio's remarkable achievements in the fourteenth century as a cultural mediator; his exceptional social, geographic, and intellectual range; his dialogue with the voices and traditions that surrounded him; and the influence of his legacy on numerous cultural networks. The volume contains essays by scholars not only of Italian and French literature, but also of history, law, classics, and Middle Eastern literature.

Last Updated: 3/25/19