The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Image courtesy State Library Victoria
Image courtesy State Library Victoria

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies supports and promotes the study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods in New Zealand and Australia. Membership is open to all interested researchers, students and academics. The Association publishes the journal Parergon twice yearly and members can also subscribe to an email list-serv. The Association also holds a major regional conference every two years.

Details, the membership application form and the online newsletter are at


Parergon website

The journal Parergon, in print since 1971, has recently developed a policy of producing one open issue and one themed issue annually.

The most recent themed issues have been:

2014, 31.2 Medieval and Early Modern Emotional Responses to Death and Dying, guest-edited by Rebecca McNamara and Una McIlvenna

2015, 32.2 A Road Less Travelled: The Medieval and Early Modern World Reflected in New Zealand Collections, guest-edited by Chris Jones

2015, 32.3 Religion, Memory and Civil War in the British Isles: Essays for Don Kennedy, guest-edited by Dolly MacKinnon, Alexandra Walsham, and Amanda Whiting

2016, 33.2 Approaches to Early Modern Nostalgia, guest-edited by Kristine Johanson (in print)

2016, 33.3 Poetry, the Arts of Discourse and the Discourse of the Arts: Rethinking Early Modern Poetic Theory and Practice, guest-edited by Zenón Luis-Martínez, Attila Kiss and Sonia Hernández Santano (forthcoming)

We now call for proposals for future themed issues, most immediately for  2018 (35.2).

Parergon publishes articles on all aspects of medieval and early modern studies, from early medieval through to the eighteenth century, and including the reception and influence of medieval and early modern culture in the modern world. We are particularly interested in research which takes new approaches and crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Themed issues contain up to ten essays, plus the usual reviews section. The guest editor is responsible for setting the theme and drawing up the criteria for the essays.

Proposals should contain the following:

  1. A draft title for the issue.
  2. A statement outlining the rationale for the issue.
  3. Titles and abstracts of all the essays.
  4. A short biographical paragraph for the guest editor(s) and for each contributor.
  5. An example of a completed essay if available. (This is not essential.)


Proposals for the 2018 issue (35.2) are required by 30 January 2017, and completed essays by 30 November 2017 for publication in late 2018.

Preliminary expressions of interest are welcome at any time.

Proposals will be considered by a selection panel drawn from members of the Parergon Editorial Board who will be asked to assess and rank the proposals according to the following criteria:

  1. Suitability for the journal
  2. Originality of contribution to the chosen field
  3. Significance/importance of the proposed theme
  4. Potential for advancing scholarship in a new and exciting way
  5. Range and quality of authors

The Editorial Process

Once a proposal has been accepted:

  1. The guest editor will commission and pre-select the essays before submitting them to the Parergon editor by the agreed date.
  2. The Parergon editor will arrange for independent and anonymous peer-review in accordance with the journal’s established criteria.
  3. Once the essays have been peer-reviewed, the Parergon editor will communicate the feedback to the guest editor.
  4. The guest editor will then be asked to work with the authors to bring the submissions to the required standard where necessary.
  5. Occasionally a commissioned essay will be judged not suitable for publication in Parergon. This decision will be taken by the Parergon editor, based on the anonymous expert reviews.
  6. Essays which have already been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for inclusion in the journal.

Parergon is available in electronic form as part of Project Muse (from 2005), Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (from 1994) and Wilson’s Humanities Full Text (from 2008); it is included in the Thomson Scientific Master Journal List of refereed journals and in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) and is indexed for nine major database services, including ABELL, IMB and Scopus.

Please correspond with Anne Scott