The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together a new group of scholars specialising in research on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a concentration of expertise in the literature of Renaissance England, France and North America.

We are interested in the use of new methodologies within material and rhetorical cultures, the intersection of early modern scholarship with the digital humanities and the challenge of bringing the early modern period into conversation with the present. Since 2012, our researchers have gained over $2.5 million in competitive external research funding from the Australian and other national grant schemes, and we collaborate both nationally and internationally with other early modern scholars and research centres across the globe. We form a lively and inclusive community with an active postgraduate culture and a growing body of early career researchers.


  • A $1,054,816 ARC Future Fellowship was awarded to Professor Ros Smith in 2018 to examine women’s marginalia in the English Renaissance.
  • International teams from the Early Modern Women Research Network were awarded over $1,000,000 in funding from the Australian Research Council and Marsden Trust for three projects (2012, 2016, 2017) on the material cultures of early modern women’s writing and early modern women and the mode of complaint.
  • Emeritus Professor Hugh Craig was awarded a 2016 ARC Discovery Project Grant of $202,327 on Folio Shakespeare texts and their Quarto and Octavo Antecedents.
  • Associate Professor Trisha Pender was awarded a 2014 ARC Discovery Grant of $157,309 on Early Modern Women and the Institutions of Authorship: Publication, Collaboration, Translation.