San Apollinaris in Classe, Ravenna
(Photograph: Andrew Stephenson)

First Annual Meeting of the ‘Mediterranean Archaeology Australasian Research Community’ (Maarc)

28-30 January 2021 - The University Of Melbourne.

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the inaugural meeting of the ‘Mediterranean Archaeology Australasian Research Community’ (MAARC), hosted by the University of Melbourne on January 28-30, 2021. This network aims to encourage interaction, communication and collaboration between staff and students in universities in Australia and New Zealand that work on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean (in the broadest possible sense), with a yearly conference that rotates around the various institutions in the region.

Although we would have liked to kickstart the network with a face-to-face meeting, this unfortunately is not possible due to the current uncertainties around the coronavirus pandemic. We have therefore decided to hold the inaugural conference entirely online over the course of three days in the following format:

28th of January:

* two 2-hour sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), each containing four papers (20min each, with 10min for questions).

* in the late afternoon a 2-hour online social event, hosted by the University of Melbourne postgraduate society.

29th of January:

* in the morning, a 3-hour flash session, consisting of 15-minute contributions (10-minute presentation, 5 minutes for questions and discussions). These short papers are specifically intended to present current findings, test new ideas or discuss a specific problem related to your research.

* in the afternoon, a 2-hour ‘virtual poster session’, during which attendees can view posters online and engage with authors via individual discussion/chat channels.

30th of January:

* A series of small group discussions on particular topics/areas, proposed and hosted by an individual (or group of individuals), which can be used for fostering research collaborations; the preparation of grant proposals and/or publications; etc. Possible topics might include things like the Aegean Bronze Age, pottery studies, societal collapse, etc. We solicit themes/topics from individuals who wish to host the discussion.

Once a topic is accepted, we will advertise it, manage EOIs, and coordinate the digital space for the discussion.

We are currently inviting proposals for all aspects of this event, including the main paper sessions, contributions to the flash and poster sessions, as well as for the organization of discussion panels.

Proposals for papers and posters must include the following information:

* Title of the Paper/Poster

* Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s)

* Mention of the session to which you are submitting

* A short abstract of not more than 200 words.

Proposals to organise discussion panels should include the following information:

* Title of the panel

* Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s)

* A short description of the theme or subject area of the session of not than 250 words

Submissions should be sent by email to the organizing committee before the 30 November 2020 via The closing date for panel submissions is 6 weeks earlier, on  15 October 2020, so there is sufficient time to advertise them.

Attending the conference is free of charge, but registration (using the same email address) is required in order to be granted access to the online sessions.

We hope to welcome you in great numbers!

The Organizing Committee,

Gijs Tol, Maddi Harris-Schober, Emily Simons and Larissa Tittl

ASCS 42 (2021)

Due to COVID-19, ASCS 42 will be held online from 8–12 February 2021. The conference organisers are Bob Cowan, Elizabeth Minchin, David Rafferty, and Kathryn Welch.

Further information.

The call for papers is now open.

Form for submitting an individual abstract.

Form for submitting a panel proposal.

Enemies in the Early Modern World

Enemies in the Early Modern World 1453-1789: Conflict, Culture and Control, Live from the University of Edinburgh, 27-28 March 2021.

From Luther’s insistence that the Pope is the antichrist, to Cortes’s justification of the conquest of Mexico on the grounds of Aztec human sacrifice, from the expulsion of Jewish people from the Iberian peninsula following the Reconquista to the subjugation and enslavement of human lives to fuel the trans-Atlantic slave trade, from Dutch trials for homosexuality in the 1730s, to accusations of witchcraft during the British Civil Wars, the conflicts and exploitations of the Early Modern World were often fueled and ‘justified’ by a belief in an enemy. Such belief systems would inspire textual, visual and auditory polemic, and propel physical action, thereby ‘othering’ people of a different religion, ethnicity, culture, dynastic allegiance, gender and sexuality into imagined enemies, justifying the need to control and inflict violence upon them. This conference, open to researchers of history, literature, visual culture, politics, theology, philosophy and archaeology etc, will explore the processes by which individuals, communities, and countries were fashioned into the role of the enemy, as well as the dreadful consequences, such as war and persecution.

By moving from the local to the national, from the national to the global, and through an interdisciplinary vantage point, we aim to reconstruct the construction of enemies in the Early Modern World. We invite papers from researchers at every stage of their academic journeys, and PhD students and Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this conference will be completely online via a TBD conferencing platform.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to along with a brief bio of circa 100 words addressed to Thom Pritchard and Eleonora Calviello by 30 September 2020.

Further information.

Renaissance Society of America Dublin 2021

Conference website.

The Renaissance Society of America warmly invites submissions for its 67th Annual Meeting, to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 7–10 April 2021. The Convention Centre Dublin will serve as the site of our conference headquarters, with sessions also held at premier cultural and scholarly institutions such as the Chester Beatty, Marsh's Library , and the Royal Irish Academy. We are delighted to announce that the Dublin conference has been expanded to four days instead of three, to accommodate more presenters and allow plenty of time for special events and visits to the city's museums and archives. Rooms at a selection of hotels near the Convention Centre will be available. The options will be posted in early fall. The deadline for conference registration is 31 December 2020.

No matter what transpires over the next several months, the RSA will hold its Annual Meeting in 2021—either in Dublin or virtually. Our Society's board of directors and staff will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and related events, maintaining close contact with our collaborators in Ireland. If circumstances render it unsafe or impossible for a large group to meet in Dublin next spring, we will cancel the meeting no later than 1 February 2021 and convert it into a virtual conference. This virtual meeting would not be compressed into the exact same four days, so as to accommodate people located in different time zones.

Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting

“Women on the Move: Gender and Migration in the Early Modern Period”
Call for Papers – Panel at the 67th Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, April 7-10 2021

Although globalization is thought to be a recent phenomenon, the early modern period saw an intense uptick in global migration, specifically within the European continent and throughout the Atlantic World. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which women navigated this newly global system through structures of voluntary and forced migration for a variety of religious, social, and economic reasons. Women migrated as wives, laborers, missionaries, indentured servants, and enslaved persons. This panel especially seeks proposals that are committed to interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches that are historically sensitive and theoretically innovative. In analyzing the specific ways early modern women’s gender affected their experience of migration in the Atlantic world, this panel broadens the conversation of early modern globalization.

Paper topics might include but are not limited to:

-Women’s travel writings
-The intersection of religion, gender, and migration
-Gender, travel and migration in the early modern imagination
-The limits of women’s travel or migration
-Conceptions of travelling, gender, and “the Other” in the early modern world
-Migration and gender in the context of emerging settler colonial systems
-Migration as a mode of increased globalization
-Migration, colonialization, and the early modern economy

Please send a CV, a presentation title, and a 150-word abstract to the session organizer Kelly Douma Kaelin ( In addition, please detail any A/V requirements that you expect to have.

All presenters must register for the 67th Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting, be committed to attending the conference in Dublin, and make their own travel arrangements.

For more information about the RSA Annual Meeting, please see the conference website.

The deadline for the submission of materials for this panel is Saturday August 1 2020.

41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum

41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance  - Friday and Saturday 16-17 April 2021.

Call for Papers and Sessions
We are delighted to announce that the 41st Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place virtually on Friday, April 16 and Saturday April 17, 2021.  

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss smell and fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Papers and sessions, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.  

This year’s keynote speaker is Deirdre Larkin, Managing Horticulturist at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens from 2007 to 2013,who will speak on “Every Fragrant Herb: The Medieval Garden and the Gardens of The Cloisters.”

Deirdre Larkin is a horticulturist and historian of plants and gardens. She holds an MA in the history of religions from Princeton University and received her horticultural training at the New York Botanical Garden. She was associated with the Gardens of The Cloisters for more than twenty years and was responsible for all aspects of their development, design, and interpretation. Ms. Larkin was the originator of and principal contributor to the Medieval Garden Enclosed blog, published on the MMA website from 2008 through 2013. Ms. Larkin lectures frequently for museums, historical societies, and horticultural organizations. In 2017, she was a Mellon Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Institute of the New York Botanical Garden, where she researched the fortunes and reputations of medieval European plants now naturalized in North America. Her gardens in upstate New York serve as a laboratory for further investigations in the field.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information (including email address) on your proposal.  

Graduate students will be eligible for consideration for the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award. More information about this new award will be available soon.  

We welcome undergraduate sessions but ask that students obtain a faculty member’s approval and sponsorship.  

Please submit abstracts and full contact information on the google form.

Abstract deadline: 15 January 2020

Presenters and early registration: 15 March 2020

56th International Congress on Medieval Studies

The 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 13-16 May 2021 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Women, Wealth and Power in the Roman Republic

CFP for Zoom Conference in May 2021.

Conference convenors: Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) and Lewis Webb (University of Gothenburg)

Wealth constituted power and status in the Roman Republic. Despite elite claims to frugality, acquiring, accumulating, and transmitting various forms of capital lay at the heart of elite practices in Italy and drove elite expansionist moves throughout the Mediterranean. Elite families and networks in Italy, Roman and non-Roman, were united par le capital et pour le capital. An influx of wealth from agriculture, trade, and warfare from the fourth through second centuries BCE radically transformed Roman society and fuelled intense status competitions among the elite. In Rome itself, wealth was a prerequisite for seeking and obtaining the public offices that granted elite Roman men political power and conferred enhanced status on themselves and their families; in the pursuit of these, elite families mobilised, displayed, and expended capital throughout Italy and beyond. The interconnections between wealth and power for Roman men in the Republic have been well explored, but Roman women remain either absent or marginal in key studies from Israël Shatzman’s Senatorial Wealth and Roman Politics (1975)onwards. At the same time, studies examining elite Roman women—from Friedrich Münzer’s foundational Römische Adelsparteien und Adelsfamilien (1920) onwards to Francesca Rohr Vio’s more recent Le custodi del potere: Donne e politica alla fine della repubblica Romana (2019) and Susan Treggiari’s Servilia and her family (2019)—have long recognised the breadth of their wealth, their conspicuous display thereof, and their various public roles. Mindful of these latter studies, our conference seeks out the various relationships between women, wealth, and power in the Roman Republic, as well as the changes and continuities among them. Some possible lines of enquiry include the intersections between Roman women and:

  1. Forms of wealth (e.g., capital, money, property, resources) and power (informal and formal).
  2. Wealth and politics (informal and formal).
  3. Wealth and status (e.g., informal and formal status, status groups, prestige).
  4. Wealth and social networks.
  5. Wealth and social mobility (e.g., marital alliances, exogamy, endogamy, nouitas, nobilitas).
  6. Wealth and regulation (e.g., property rights, legislation, court cases).
  7. Wealth and visibility (e.g. conspicuous displays).
  8. Wealth and power in crisis (e.g., during external wars, internal conflicts, financial crises, proscriptions).
  9. The census.
  10. Benefactions (to individuals, groups, the state, and the gods).
  11. Inheritance strategies (planning, execution) and the transmission of wealth.
  12. Spatial aspects of wealth and power (physical property, monuments, processions etc.).
  13. Wealth and power in Rome, Italy, and beyond (e.g. provinces).

Potential contributors are welcome to propose papers in these or other adjacent areas.

The conference will take place digitally via Zoom in late May 2021. There will be no registration fee.

Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract of 300 words and a bio of 100 words to the conference convenors and by November 30 2020 at the latest.

Confirmed speakers include Christian Hjorth Bagger (Aalborg Universitet), Lea Beness (Macquarie University), Tom Hillard (Macquarie University), Bronwyn Hopwood (University of New England), Christiane Kunst (Universität Osnabrück), Carsten Hjort Lange (Aalborg Universitet), Aglaia McClintock (Università degli Studi del Sannio di Benevento), Kit Morrell (University of Queensland), Alessandra Valentini (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Francesca Rohr Vio (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), and Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney).

Shifting Frontiers XIV: Scale and the Study of Late Antiquity

3-5 June 2021, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

This event will take place virtually via Zoom.

For the Fourteenth Meeting of the Society for Late Antiquity, we invite papers that investigate scale, which can be defined as a graduated range of values or measurements, whether, for example, of time, space, social organization, cosmology, or agency. Participants are encouraged to explore scale either as a methodological framework used by modern historians to interpret the past and/or as a type of late Roman analytic category, developed and employed by late ancient persons for their own heuristic purposes. Questions papers might ask include: To what extent does the world of Late Antiquity look different if we approach its events, institutions, and processes (whether political, economic, social, or religious) from a micro scale rather than a macro scale, and vice versa? How can we better understand the late Roman Empire through the examination of macro- and micro-scalar environmental phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions and mutating plague DNA, which were only partially (if at all) perceptible to the late Romans themselves? Alternatively, what graduated categories of measurement and values did late ancient thinkers deploy in their philosophical, scientific (including astrological), and religious works to make sense of metaphysical, ethical, or even physical quandaries? And what did scale mean to individuals on an everyday level, for agriculturalists or merchants whose livelihoods were embedded within multi-scalar economic, environmental, legal, social, and religious networks? Other papers might consider the fractal replication of structures and relationships across the Empire, for example in conciliar operations (Senate, local curia, church councils), patterns of deference across the social scale, or in the provincial extensions of imperial authority. Comparativists are encouraged to consider how problems of scale inflect transhistorical arguments that encompass both late antiquity and other periods of history.

Featured Keynote Speakers

C. Michael Chin, Department of Classics, UC Davis
Ann Marie Yasin, Department of Art History and Classics, University of Southern California

Special Directions for Virtual Format

The program committee recognizes that online conferencing opens opportunities for scholarly presentations and discussions that deviate from the traditional model of “present a paper and then take questions.” The past few months have been a time of experimentation for all of us. Rather than define (and thereby limit) those alternative modes in advance, we encourage you to propose them to us, and so our task will be to decide not only which papers will be included, but which formats too. Options include thematically linked papers that are posted before the conference so that attendees can read them before their authors hold a panel discussion at the conference; or scholars who wish to pre-post textual, visual, video, or audio material and then take only five minutes to present their argument, leaving more time for discussion. Each submission will still need to have a regular abstract, but please indicate whether you would like to experiment with an alternative mode of presentation.

To apply to present at Shifting Frontiers XIV, please fill out the application/abstract form . Please provide all the requested information, but do not include your name anywhere on the form.  All completed application/abstract forms should be emailed to Applications must be received by 4 December 2020 in order to be considered for participation at the conference.

Sailing with the Gods: Religion and Maritime Mobility in the Ancient World

Sponsored by: The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Location: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana, Malta
Dates: June 16-20, 2021

Ritual practices dedicated to maritime success appear across a wide span of human cultural history, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, Southeast Asia across the Pacific to the west coast of the Americas. Culturally-constructed seafaring rituals could be seen as spiritual or superstitious, and respond to the combination of risk and profit endemic in even short voyages by water. Maritime religion infuses all water-borne contact across cultural boundaries; the crafts of those who build rafts, canoes, and sailing vessels; navigational skills which may reach back to ancestors who have faded into cultural legend; and myriad mnemonic and naming strategies extending to littoral markers and celestial patterns. Mythic and ritual responses are accordingly complex, ranging from apotropaia to the divine authorisation of civic structures, shipboard shrines and functional epithets which could link divinities, heroes and nearly-deified rulers to the control of the waves and winds.

Studies of religion and maritime mobility are often framed within individual cultural contexts, but this international conference seeks to bring together scholars from across a range of disciplines and historical periods, from prehistoric to the seventh century CE, to address critical questions in method and theory relevant to religion in the context of maritime mobility. Among these questions are:

Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment as .doc or .docx files to and should be from 500-600 words in length for a paper to last between 25 to 30 minutes. Abstracts should contain a title and a word count, but should not have any information regarding the identity of the submitter. All abstracts for papers will be reviewed anonymously. Please direct all queries to SAMR at The organisers of the conference are Sandra Blakely (Emory) and Amelia Brown (UQ).

Register for the conference and see schedules as they develop.

International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England

Flinders University, Adelaide, 21 June 2021

The twelfth biennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England will be held in four different locations in June 2021: Winchester, UK; Montreal, Canada; Leiden, Netherlands; and Adelaide, Australia. The conference will take place either in a hybrid fashion (online and in-situ) or fully online. This means that it will always be possible for you to attend and/or deliver your paper online; if circumstances allow it, you will be able to attend one (or more) days on location.

The Flinders hub in Adelaide particularly welcomes papers that fall under the following four themes:

1. Interpretation, transmission, adaptation and reception
2. Emotions
3. Trade, travel, maritime power and the sea
4. Science and Medicine

Details for the conference as a whole can be found here. For the Adelaide venue, including the full CFP and application portal, see here.

Shakespeare Circuits

2021 World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore, 19-23 July 2021

Every five years, the World Shakespeare Congress regenerates understandings of Shakespeare across the world, bringing together scholars whose geo-cultural vantage points for working with Shakespeare both overlap and differ. A historical nodal point in global economies for Shakespeare, Singapore will form a digital meeting point for the international aims of the first online Congress.

The 11th World Shakespeare Congress will be held online from the National University of Singapore, 18-24 July 2021. The Congress theme of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. The theme is particularly suited to the online medium of the Congress, that gathers together such passages of Shakespeare’s work not by the movements of persons between places, but by creatively connecting and expanding our circuits in multimedia and live conversations.

For more information see the conference website.

International Arthurian Society 26th Congress

The 26th IAS Congress will be held in Catania on 26-31 July 2021. The main information is already available on the website.   More key details can be found below.

New submissions:

- proposals for individual papers / round tables / thematic sessions must be submitted from  September 1st to no later than 15 November 2020;

- please follow guidelines regarding the number of characters;

- the conference scientific committee will notify proposers by 31 December, 2020.

Confirmation of prior submissions:

- if you wish to confirm the same proposal (individual paper, round table, thematic session), simply tick the appropriate box on the form. Please note that nothing must be changed, neither the title nor the abstract;

- the Scientific Committee will not notify you, as your proposal will be automatically added to the program.

Important recommendation for Round Tables and Thematic Sessions: only the Organizer will have to fill out the form according to the instructions and send it.

Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 6th Forum Medieval Art

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 6th Forum Medieval Art, Kunstgeschichtlichen Instituts, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, September 29–October 2, 2021. The biannual colloquium is organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.

The theme for the 6th Forum Medieval Art is Senses. The arts and the senses have always been reciprocally related to one another. In the Middle Ages, sensual encounters with art and architecture offered a variety of ways to perceive, comprehend and structure the world. Pledging to relics enclosed in precious reliquaries, incorporating color from Byzantine icons, distinguishing the holy space by swinging golden polished censers, wearing inwardly decorated jewelry on the body or ringing the church bells to make audible the presence of God – such actions leave no doubts about the significance of the senses in the Middle Ages, and furthermore bring to light the role of art within such operations.

Although the senses and their interplay are well defined in theoretical treatises, theories are of limited use when it comes to understanding the sensual perception of images, objects, and spaces. While, for instance, the knowledge of God is described as a dematerialized act, the senses were nevertheless used to obtain and mediate spiritual insight. Since antiquity, seeing has been the dominant sense, as the works of authors such as Aristotle, Plato, Augustine and Isidore of Seville suggest. This privileged position was further ascribed by cultural and art historical research over a long period of time. Nevertheless, in recent years, studies on materiality have argued that the dominance of this one singular sense misrepresents the multisensory nature of medieval art. The ‘close-up’ senses such as tasting and touching are as essential for the understanding of artefacts as the ‘distant’ senses of seeing, hearing and smelling. In particular, liturgical and courtly ceremonies offer convincing evidence that processes of production and reception are related to multisensory experiences. The role of the senses in the architecture and decoration of sacred space has been revaluated not only within Latin Europe and the Byzantine Empire, but also within Islamic dominated regions. Furthermore, in order to comprehend the codex, one of the leading media throughout the Middle Ages, questions of sensual perception through tasting and sometimes kissing of its different elements such as parchment and paper, as well as textiles, leather, metal and ivory have also proved to be essential.

For the 6th Forum Kunst des Mittelalters, the organizers anticipate discussions on the role of sensual perception and the interplay of senses in medieval image and object cultures as well as in architecture, including topics from interreligious and cross-cultural perspectives. Studies on individual senses and the ways in which they played, guided, deceived and disturbed sensual perception are welcome, as well as proposals which privilege a multisensory and synesthetic approach. Proposals that discuss the methodological challenges that arise from these perspectives are encouraged. Furthermore, which possibilities do digital methods offer for understanding historical contexts of perception, e.g. through virtual reality or the reconstruction of auditive and oratorical spaces? This includes studies on the increasing popularity of multimedia concepts in exhibitions that question how the historicity of sensual approaches could be represented and, beyond that, how it could help to reveal new interpretative frameworks.

The Mary Jaharis Center invites session proposals that fit within the Senses theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies.  Additional information about the Forum Medieval Art.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is May 10, 2020. Proposals should include:

**Session abstract (500 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session chair)

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by May 22, 2020. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 1, 2020.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse will reimburse a maximum of 5 session participants (presenters and session chair) up to $300 maximum for residents of Germany, up to $600 maximum for EU residents, and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.


The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference committee seeks proposals for its 2021 conference on the theme ‘Reception and Emotion’, to be held in Perth, Australia at The University of Western Australia on 7-11 February 2022.

The committee welcomes all approaches to topics related to ‘reception and emotion’ broadly conceived (and conceived either together or separately: i.e., on reception and emotion, or on either reception or emotion), including but not limited to: trans-cultural, trans-temporal, trans-disciplinary, translation, global studies, creative misreadings, theatrical and literary revivals, forgeries, homages, cultural counter-strikes, regimes of periodisation, etc. We welcome proposals considering the usefulness or otherwise of reception history as a methodology: is ‘transformation’ more helpful than ‘reception’, for example, for appreciating the active role of the audience of a text, play, or idea?

Work on emotions can be similarly broad, covering, e.g., what’s evidenced from the ‘receivers’ and from the ‘received’ (thinking of work, for example, on how Indigenous people have received missionaries and their doctrines; how medievalists have reacted and acted in relation to the worrying associations of their discipline; even how humanities scholars feel about their reception in contemporary political circles; Jan Plamper’s suggestion that historians should keep ‘field diaries’ about their personal response to work in the archives; are there ‘objective’ studies?). What’s been the value and downside of the ‘emotional turn’ in humanities studies? How do we as scholars of the past deal with presentist notions of ‘relevance’, and need we consider past scholarship as ‘outdated? How can we marry approaches from humanities and life sciences in ‘emotions history’?

The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers, 90-minute themed panels (of no more than 4 speakers) or workshops. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The reception of ideas about emotion in medieval/early modern texts;
  • Reception and transformation of ideologies across time and space;
  • The emotions of an audience in the reception of a play or sermon;
  • The emotional impact of a text on a reader;
  • Rituals and practices of receiving guests and dignitaries (and their emotional effects?);
  • The reception of the past: medievalism and early-modernism;
  • The reception of bodies / emotions and bodies / embodiment;
  • Reception / emotion and sexuality;
  • Reception / emotion and race;
  • Reception / emotion and gender;
  • Reception / emotion and music / art.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals for 20-minute conference papers should consist of:

  1. A title;
  2. An abstract (max. 200 words);
  3. A short biography (max. 50 words).

The conference committee welcomes themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:

  1. Panel/Workshop Title;
  2. Proposed Chair (if available);
  3. Details of each presenter and paper as described above.

NB: Workshops will be allotted 90 minutes, 30 of which should be reserved for general discussion. We suggest a maximum of 6 speakers.

Submissions should be emailed (as a Word document attachment) by 31 July 2021 to:

NB: Should you require early acceptance of your proposal please highlight this in your email and the committee will do our best to accommodate your request.

The conference will be preceded by an ANZAMEMS seminar. An invitation for expressions of interest will follow in a separate email.

For more information please see the conference website.

ANZAMEMS Seminar: ‘Vectors of Emotion’

The committee of ANZAMEMS 2021 is delighted to Call for Expressions of Interest in the ANZAMEMS Seminar ‘Vectors of Emotion’, which will precede the conference in February 2022 from 11am–4pm (lunch and afternoon tea will be included).

Seminar Leader: Assoc. Prof Kathryn Prince (The University of Western Australia)

About the Seminar 

Drama relies on the palpable circulation of emotions onstage and in the audience, which is one reason for its reliable function as a vector of emotion between the moment of its creation and of its performance. Working with medieval and early modern scripts, participants in this Seminar will apply various History of Emotions approaches to the performance of selected scenes in order to develop an understanding of the emotional practices within plays of various genres, styles, and periods from the medieval to the early modern. No performance skills are required or expected, and the workshop is designed to engage anyone with an interest not only in theatre but also in cultural and intellectual history, scholarly editing, music, art, and literature. Participants will gain an understanding of the relationship between theories of emotions and their practice, both in performance and more broadly. Because this Seminar will involve various kinds of active participation, applicants should advise the organiser of any accessibility requirements, which will be quietly and cheerfully accommodated.

How to Apply 

Expressions of Interest should consist of:

  1. Your name, institutional affiliation, and year of HDR candidacy (MA, MRes, PhD) or ECR status (with priority to those who have not yet found permanent employment);
  2. Your field/s of research;
  3. A 250-word statement explaining your interest in participating in the Seminar and how you believe participation will assist your research and/or career development;
  4. Any accessibility requirements.

Please email Expressions of Interest for the ANZAMEMS Seminar (as a Word document attachment) to: (with the email title 'Vectors of Emotions Seminar Application').

Reception, Emotion and the Royal Body: Panel at ANZAMEMS 2022

This panel will convene at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (#anza21), to be held at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, February 2022.

The idea of the ‘king’s two bodies’, a duality predicated on the idea that a monarch possessed two bodies, a body natural and a body politic – the former mortal, the latter an embodiment of both the nation and the authority of sovereignty – has long been of interest to scholars of medieval and early modern monarchies.

The body of a monarch remains a contest site, with the life, health, fertility, and sexuality of kings or queens continuing to be an important part of politics. Royal scandal graces the covers of newspapers and magazines and trends on social media, and royal weddings, births, and deaths continue to capture the public’s imagination and interest.

We seek papers that examine the significance of the royal body, in particular, the reception of the royal body across time periods, cultures, and media and how royal bodies both convey and elicit emotions:

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* Historiography
* Iconography and representation
* Drama and literature
* Political theory
* Divine bodies
* Rituals and ceremony
* Effigies and monuments
* Age, health and pregnancy
* Fertility, chastity, virility
* Royal births and deaths
* Christenings, coronations, weddings and funerals
* Regicide
* Royal touch
* Deformity and disability
* Royal Dress
* Sex and Scandal
* Gender
* Sexuality
* Race
* Medievalism and early-modernism
* Performance
* Audiences
* Popular culture
* Film and television
* Comics and graphic novels
* Fandom
* Celebrity

Proposals for 20-minute conference papers should consist of:
1. A title
2. An abstract (max. 200 words)
3. A short biography (max. 50 words)

Submissions should be emailed (as a Word document attachment) to:

Aesthetics in Early Modern Poetry

We invite scholarly proposals for papers on aesthetics in medieval and early modern poetry (c. 400 to 1800), as part of a panel or panels being established at ANZAMEMS 2022.

The panel(s) will examine the influence of aesthetic styles, movements, rhetorical and aesthetic techniques and theories on the development of poetry, or the work of specified poet(s) at any time during the relevant periods in Europe and Britain. Papers should be set within the broader topic of the overall conference, and deal with questions of reception and/or emotion. Papers might consider:

* The role of emotions in medieval or early modern aesthetic theories;
* Models of embodiment in aesthetic theories during the period;
* Theories of affect, ‘affectus’ and/or feelings;
* The impact of theological and biblical sources (for example, by Augustine and Aquinas);
* The impact of philosophy of mind, body, morality and ethics (such as Platonic and Aristotelian);
* Formal theories of poetics and rhetoric, including the role of style in poetic and rhetorical figures and tropes;
* The impact of artistic movements (such as Neoplatonist, Neoclassical, Baroque) and the reciprocal influence of visual arts on poetry (eg ut pictura poesis);
* Public and private models of ‘taste’, audience and reception;
* The role of pleasure, the imagination and sensuous and vivid imagery;
* Techniques for the aestheticization of the sacred (such as the poetics of enigma);
* Theories of the sublime and the beautiful;
* Participatory versus objectivist aesthetics;
* Materialist, or transcendental and idealist models;
* Poststructural or psychoanalytic approaches; or
* The role and value of historicist and/or modern theory.

We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. If you are interested in presenting your work, please send the title, a 200 word abstract and a 50 word biography, at the first instance to Dr Jane Vaughan at

The panel(s) will be held as part of the biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, at the School of Humanities, The University of Western Australia, Perth, February, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Jane Vaughan at