The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) area of research excellence in the University of Calgary’s Department of English has international prominence, with three Full Professors (Susan Bennett, Jim Ellis, and Murray McGillivray), three Associate Professors (Jacqueline Jenkins, Mary Polito, and Michael Ullyot) and a Senior Instructor (Jenny McKenney) constituting the research and teaching group.
MEMS has a strong record of book and article publication in widely diverse areas of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and is particularly innovative in cultural studies and digital humanities approaches.
Challenging and rewarding graduate courses, offered in both medieval and Early Modern every year, include both traditional and new topics. (Here is more information about the English Department’s graduate program.)
Faculty and graduate students from MEMS speak at all the major international conferences in the field. Almost all MEMS members are current or recent holders of national (SSHRC) grants, and our grant funding continues to attract excellent graduate students to the department. The two largest grants ever held in English went to MEMS members for The Osborne Project and The Cotton Nero A.x Project.
MEMS also forms the core of the active Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies (MARCS) research group, initiated in 2002 with faculty from eight departments as well as English, and area specialists from other local universities.
For information on any of our teaching and research activities, or on faculty members‘ areas of expertise, please leave a comment below, or e-mail us individually.