The Cabinet of Curiosities

Welcome to a new year at CREMS!

The University of York’s Cabinet of Curiosities is an early modern postgraduate forum, which ranges across various disciplines. Our aim is to help create intellectual and social spaces that support postgraduates who are interested in the early modern period. Inspired by the material cabinets of curiosities that rose in popularity in the early modern period, our forum is a space for ideas without categorical bounds. Events include student symposiums, invited guest speakers, and socials such as academic speed-dating and film nights.

Check our events page or social media for upcoming events.

If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see in the near future, don’t hesitate to be in touch (!

Best wishes,

The Cabinet Committee


Join us for our 2021 Autumn seminar series: Mondays from 5:30 pm, locations forthcoming. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please email us at if you’d like to attend. Dates and speakers below:

OCTOBER 18, 2021 at 17:30-19:00 (The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York)
House of Horrors: Domestic Lodgings and Their Smells During Plauge Epidemics
Claire Turner, University of Leeds

NOVEMBER 1, 2021 at 17:30-19:00 (Venue tbc)
A Supplication to Mars: Recounting Warfare in Early Modern England
Emily Rowe, Newcastle University

NOVEMBER 15, 2021 at 17:30-19:00 (Venue tbc)
William Lilly and Astrologers’ Reputations in mid-Seventeenth Century England
Harry Morris, University of York

NOVEMBER 29, 2021 at 17:30-19:00 (Venue tbc)
Dreaming up the Past with Improvisation? A Musical Perspective on Early Modern Fantasy
Nina Kumin, University of York


Division, Dispute and Debate in the Early Modern World, c.1500-1750

The Cabinet is delighted to announce the programme for ‘Division, Dispute and Debate in the Early Modern World’, a Zoom symposium to be held 26th-27th April. Please see below for details and registration links:

Day 1

When: Apr 26, 2021 01:00 PM London 
Register in advance for this meeting:–uqDIuGdXkETnSWw1wJ3qEPUH4euuz

Day 2

When: Apr 27, 2021 01:00 PM London 
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Early Modern Virtual Café

Every other week, starting on Wednesday 27th January 2021

Our Early Modern Virtual Café is a friendly and informal chance to meet and catch up with fellow students and we warmly welcome all MAs, PhDs and ECRs. You can register to attend here Early Modern Virtual Cafe registration

Early Modern Songscapes

Wednesday 17th February 2021, Zoom, 17:00

Early Modern Songscapes is an intermedia project that aims more fully to animate song’s least tangible, yet essential facets: its generic fluidity; its ability to register multiple meanings and permeate boundaries in unexpected ways; and its rootedness in the air. In this seminar, Professor Larson will frame the presentation of the website in relation to her recently published book The Matter of Song in Early Modern England: Texts in and of the Air (Oxford University Press, 2019), which also includes an open access companion recording. For more information on the Early Modern Songscapes project please visit

You can register to attend here: