Early Modern World at Harvard is a multi-disciplinary group composed of faculty, graduate students, and visiting researchers who study the historical traditions of early modernity across the globe. “Early Modern” refers to the dynamic period of cultural exchange within and between different regions of the world from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The complex legacy of the Early Modern era in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe—a period of political change, movement of peoples and colonization, scientific and technological discovery, and artistic innovation—continues to shape the present day. As research and teaching in these fields becomes increasingly diverse and global, this group fosters inclusivity, connection, and collaboration among Harvard’s community of early modernists.
EMW is Harvard’s central hub for early modern activities of all kinds. It serves scholars, librarians, archivists, curators, and digital specialists working across departments and units, recognizing shared goals and fostering opportunities for collaboration in research, teaching, and public engagement. We maintain a coordinated list of lectures, workshops, seminars, and events hosted by affiliated groups and programs. We publish course offerings and promote awareness of the activities of our community members. We run two mailing lists—one newsletter for Harvard-based early modern events and one for events in the broader New England area. We welcome your input as we work to support ongoing and emerging projects in early modern fields across the university. If you would like to join one or both of our mailing lists, please write to our Program Coordinator, Anja Goeing, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome to Early Modern World at Harvard!