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Center for Early Modern History

Center for Early Modern History

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2014 Union Pacific Dissertation Research & Microfilm Grants

Applications are now open for the 2014 Union Pacific Dissertation Research and Microfilm Grants. Graduate students may apply for the awards to support their dissertation research between May 15, 2014 and May 15, 2015.

The Union Pacific Dissertation Research Grant awards up to $1,000 to graduate students for a brief examination of materials that will help them frame a dissertation topic and a research grant proposal. The Union Pacific Microfilm/Copy Grants awards up to $500 per person for microfilm or copy materials for their dissertations.

Eligibility is limited to University of Minnesota graduate students in the Department of History who have a major field in early modern history and to University of Minnesota graduate students who have officially declared a minor in Early Modern Studies. Preference will be given to students who have recently passed prelims, or who plan to take them by May 2014.

Click here for application requirements for the Research Grant and the Microfilm Grants. Applications are due April 25, 2014.


Register for the "Picturing Nature" Symposium, April 10-11

CEMH invites graduate students to register for an exciting interdisciplinary faculty-graduate student symposium entitled "Picturing Nature, Naturalizing Pictures," taking place at the University of Minnesota on April 10-11, 2014. 
This symposium will be a unique opportunity to meet about twelve graduate students from the University of British Columbia and McGill University and two professors: Angela Vanhaelen, Professor of Art History, McGill University; and Bronwen Wilson, Professor of Art History, University of East Anglia. Participants will spend two days working with them and with fellow UMN graduate students and faculty members JB Shank (History) and Michael Gaudio (Art History) on interdisciplinary questions about art, science, and visual representation in the early modern period.
All events are free and registration is open to any UMN graduate students, but you must register to participate. By registering, you agree to attend every single event in the symposium program. Click here for the symposium schedule and registration form. Return your completed application to the Center for Early Modern History office in person or via email by March 7.  



The Center for Early Modern History is a premier research, teaching, and resource center for studying the early modern world. The Center emphasizes a global and comparative approach and supports historical work drawing from a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives. CEMH collaborates with other centers and departments to coordinate interdisciplinary activities and graduate seminars on campus relating to the early modern period, and seeks to create scholarly connections between the University of Minnesota and other institutions.

Explore our website to view CEMH's many activities. Our calendar contains colloquia, workshops, and symposia that explore an array of early modern issues. Visit our publications section for more information about the Center's book series, Minnesota Studies in Early Modern History and Ming Studies Research Series, and the CEMH-affiliated Journal of Early Modern History. Finally, learn more about the new interdisciplinary graduate minor in Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events

CEMH Updates

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The CEMH hosts events every Friday at 12:15pm. Events are in 1210 Heller Hall on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota unless otherwise noted. Click here for the full Spring 2014 calendar. A record of our Fall 2013 calendar can be found here.