The Centre for Early Modern Studies is host to the largest, most vibrant early modern scholarly community in the world. Based in the Faculty of English but interdisciplinary in its range, the CEMS is built around the activities and interests of faculty members, researchers, and postgraduate students.
The Oxford Kafka Research Centre
aims to advance and co-ordinate research on Franz Kafka, and more generally on German-language and especially German-Jewish literature and culture in the period of Modernism. The Centre aims to serve the whole spectrum of Kafka studies, ranging from biographical and historical research via literary and cultural studies to methodological and theoretical inquiries. It particularly aims to encourage interdisciplinary and intermedial approaches.
The Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment is a new and fast-expanding research centre with an annual programme of lectures, seminars and conferences on every aspect of the Enlightenment and the Eighteenth Century — from debates about tolerance and freedom of speech, questions of intelligent design and atheism, to issues of colonialism and commercial economy.