Research Overview

CMEMS sponsors or co-sponsors a wide range of workshops and research groups that cohere into a stimulating program of opportunities for students and faculty to engage in focused discussion and debate


CMEMS Workshop

Our vision is to engage a cohort of graduate students working on the medieval and early modern periods. To that end we sponsor an ongoing workshop, with presentations of work-in-progress by graduate students as well as faculty at Stanford and other institutions. The CMEMS group was founded with the purpose of promoting an intellectual community at Stanford by bridging disciplinary boundaries; this remains its core function.


Speculum Reading Group

This faculty-graduate reading group meets quarterly to discuss the latest issues of Speculum, a leading journal of medieval studies published by the Medieval Academy of America. For more information, contact Prof. Rowan Dorin (


Medieval and Early Modern Paleography Workshop

This faculty-graduate workshop meets once or twice monthly to transcribe unpublished medieval and early modern sources, focusing in particular on the decipherment and analysis of script. Sources are drawn chiefly from the manuscript holdings of the Stanford University Library Special Collections, but participants are also enthusiastically encouraged to contribute materials that they are using in their own research. For more information, contact Prof. Rowan Dorin (