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 (ANZAMEMS) 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 can be found on the ANZAMEMS website.


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:

  • 2018, 35.2 Translating Medieval Cultures Across Time and Place: A Global Perspective, guest-edited by Saher Amer, Esther S. Klein and Hélène Sirantoine
  • 2017, 34.2 Exile and Imprisonment in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, guest-edited by Lisa Di Crescenzo and Sally Fisher
  • 2016, 33.2 Approaches to Early Modern Nostalgia, guest-edited by Kristine Johanson
  • 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
  • 2015, 32.2 A Road Less Travelled: The Medieval and Early Modern World Reflected in New Zealand Collections, guest-edited by Chris Jones
  • 2014, 31.2 Medieval and Early Modern Emotional Responses to Death and Dying, guest-edited by Rebecca McNamara and Una McIlvenna

We now call for proposals for future themed issues, most immediately for 2021 (38.2).

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.

Parergon asks its authors to achieve international standards of excellence. The article should be substantially original, advance research in the field, and have the potential to make a significant contribution to the critical debate.

Parergon is available in electronic form as part of Project Muse, Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (from 1994) and Humanities Full Text (from 2008). Parergon is included in the Clarivate Analytics 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.

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 for the 2021 issue (38.2) should be submitted to the Editor,, by 1 February 2019.

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.

Proposals will be considered by a selection panel drawn from members of the Parergon International 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

Guest editors will be notified of the result of their application by the beginning of April 2019.

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 (for issue 38.2, 1 June 2020).
  2. The Parergon editor will arrange for independent and anonymous peer-review in accordance with the journal’s established criteria.
  3. 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.
  4. Essays which have already been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for inclusion in the journal

Please send enquiries and proposals to the Editor, Susan Broomhall, at