About the Birkbeck Early Modern Society

We are a trans-disciplinary society whose members are interested in life during the early modern period, which we define as starting during the Renaissance and finishing with the French Revolution. We are interested in all facets of life at this time, and the ideas that were in circulation. Areas of particular interest are art and images, consumption, gender roles, literature, magic, politics, religion and belief, science, sexuality, and travel and exploration.

Our aims are:

  •  To organise educational activities, such as lectures and visits
  •  To provide a forum for students and staff to present papers on work in progress
  •  To throw the best parties!

Joining the Birkbeck Early Modern Society (EMS)


Membership can be obtained in person at any of our events. Membership for the academic year is £7 and you will be provided with a membership card. Once a member, there is no charge to attend our regular lectures, and we will not charge for as many other events as is possible.We may be able to offer special rates for our other events and conferences.

Unless otherwise specified the charge for each event is: members free (membership £7), non-members £4, donations welcome.

You can also join the Society or book non-member tickets online. Please go to www.birkbeckunion.org/groups to join the Early Modern Society or to buy non-member tickets online.

We are a non-profit making society, and the membership fees are used to finance the day to running of the society and its events, for example, paying speakers’ expenses, and providing refreshments at lectures.If it transpires that we have some ‘extra’ money in our accounts, we use this to provide special offers to members – for example, we have bought tickets for performances at The Globe, and then given these to members for free.

So turn up, pay and become part of this exciting society. Membership is open to all and you do not have to be a Birkbeck student to join the Birkbeck EMS.

Officers and committee members

President: Becky Tomlin
Secretary: Laura Jacobs
Treasurer: Sue Dale

Committee members: Stephen Brogan, Sue Jones, Robin Rowles, Karen Baston, Timothy Alves, Alistair Brown, Karen Chester, Rebecca Clossick

You can visit our official Birkbeck Student Societies Page here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/about-us/societies-student-groups/early-modern-society/

AGM Archive

9th AGM 2014 Minutes
8th AGM 2013 Minutes
6th AGM 2011 Minutes
5th AGM 2010 Minutes
4th AGM 2009 Minutes

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