What is GEMYR?

The research Group of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (GEMYR) was founded in 2005 by the professors of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED, Spain's National Distance Education University) Francisco Javier Vergara Ciordia (Faculty of Education) and Francisco Calero Calero (Faculty of Philology).

GEMYR acquired legal status within the UNED on 24 April 2007, through the document UNED G25Edu1. This official recognition credits it as an established research group at the seat of the Faculty of Education.

The GEMYR is open to the scientific community since its inception, with a clear interdisciplinary and interuniversity mission.

Since its foundation, a number of different research institutions both public and private have helped to underwrite a considerable part of GEMYR's research and academic projects.

GEMYR's goals

Vision: The creation of GEMYR responds to the noble desire, through research and reflection, to recover the humanistic culture for the world today.

Mission: To promote the recovery of medieval and Renaissance written sources, scarcely known or even unpublished ones, that have played a role in the configuration of western thought in the realms of education and culture.

Values: A rigorous investigation of the sources. An iterdisciplinary approach to research. Publishing of selected critical editions. All these define as well the the Collectio scriptorum mediaevalium et renascentium.



  • A corpus of medieval and renaissance sources not published since their first editions or editions published prior to the nineteenth century.
  • Obras de este corpus inéditas o apenas conocidas en castellano.


  • To reclaim texts in order to translate them, bring them up to date and disseminate them.
  • To compare and contrast the sources of research with other earlier or contemporary sources that reveal possible influences.
  • To encourage reflection able to apply to current and future education.

Selection criteria

  • GEMYR selects works based on the exceptional influence they had at the time of publication and/or afterwards.
  • GEMYR recovers from archives the works that are significant for historiographical reference.
  • GEMYR provides the Spanish translation of the most essential works with their critical edition.

Channels of dissemination

  • Publishing of GEMYR's members research achievements on our web page and on own scientific Collectio scriptorum mediaevalium et renascentium.
  • Publication of members' research in other scientific forums.
  • Organization of interdisciplinary seminars encouraging the exchange on updates and advances in the field.


  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Government of Spain)
  • Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (Government of Spain)
  • Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) National University of Distance Education
  • Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos (BAC)
  • Audiovisual Media Center (UNED)
  • Research Laboratory in Digital Humanities (LINHD)
  • Dual Solution. Computer Services www.dualsolution.com