Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Engage the past, define the future
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) was established in 1981 by the Arizona Board of Regents as a state-wide, tri-university research unit that bridges the intellectual communities at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. Located centrally on the campus of Arizona State University, ACMRS is charged with coordinating and stimulating interdisciplinary research about medieval and early modern literature and culture.
Our mission is to enable and promote the most expansive, creative, and daring scholarship in medieval and renaissance studies. We do this not only by fostering a vibrant intellectual community for the faculty at our three universities, but also by publishing forward-looking, vanguard research through our in-house press. ACMRS promotes work that is historically grounded and theoretically expansive, with the aim of advancing dialogues that reach into the present moment and point us to different, more inclusive, futures. Moreover, we develop projects that explore complex topics in an accessible manner so as to reach as wide an audience as possible. In keeping with the ASU charter, we believe that our success in realizing this vision for premodern scholarship should be judged not by whom we exclude, but whom we include, and how they succeed.
Resources for faculty
The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers a variety of resources for faculty members and scholars in Arizona and beyond. Our support of premodern scholarship ranges from residencies, travel funding, publications, and more.
ACMRS Press publishes the most forward-looking, vanguard research in medieval and renaissance studies. Our publications include projects that are historically grounded and theoretically expansive, with the aim of fostering dialogues that reach into the present moment and point us to different, more inclusive, futures.
RaceB4Race is an ongoing conference series and professional network community by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history, and culture. RaceB4Race centers the expertise, perspectives, and sociopolitical interests of BIPOC scholars, whose work seeks to expand critical race theory.
Bridging many traditional disciplinary divides, RaceB4Race not only creates innovative scholarly dialogues, but also fosters social change within premodern studies as a whole.
ACMRS supports the scholarship of graduate and undergraduate students through a variety of resources, including funding opportunities, internships, fellowships, travel awards and student-generated events. We offer opportunities for emerging scholars to research, travel and get hands on experience in the field of premodern studies.
As part of our mission to make medieval and renaissance studies relevant and accessible, ACMRS hosts events ranging from symposia and conferences, to lectures and reading groups. Our events showcase high profile and influential speakers and artists, as well as affiliate faculty, graduate students, and scholars of premodern studies from around the world.