Author Archives: ANZAMEMS

Holiday Book Sale – Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society


Penny Nash’s book Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017,  is on holiday sale at US$14.99 plus VAT until December 31 with the code PALHOLIDAY17

The link is here: (scroll down to see the book)

Otago Printer in Residence Programme – SNAP

The latest University of Otago Printer in Residence programme resulted in SNAP, a volume of verse by poet/writer David Eggleton; images by artist Nigel Brown; and hand-printed by John Holmes.

Check out the first two at: and

SNAP would be the perfect gift for some bookish sort. Limited edition, hand printed, and wonderful images to the text. 100 copies were hand printed and each copy sells for NZ$120.00 & postage.

If you or your institution are interested in this truly local production, please contact Donald Kerr to secure a copy, or two.

Special Collections, University of Otago Upcoming Activities

Two activities coming out of Special Collections, University of Otago.

Online link to the very successful Martin Luther and the Reformation exhibition, held earlier this year. What was exciting was the fact that most of the materials for the exhibition came from holdings within Special Collections, especially the Shoults Collection. As we like fostering collegiality, thanks to the Hewitson Theological Library, Knox College, and Prof. Peter Matheson (Theology and Religion) for supplementing the display with their own books.

The link:
500 years on. Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation …
500 years on. Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Online exhibition, University of Otago Library, Dunedin, New Zealand

The second is a link via OUR Archive to an inventory of Middle Eastern and Islamic books and manuscripts held at Special Collections. Again, most are from the Shoults Collection, and again there is collegiality. The inventory highlights a manuscript held at the Heritage Collection, Dunedin Public Library. Dr Daneshgar is now at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and he has almost completed a census of Middle Eastern and Islamic manuscripts throughout New Zealand. It will be a useful resource.

The link:

Cite this item: Daneshgar, M., & Kerr, D. (2017). Middle Eastern and Islamic Materials in Special Collections, University of Otago (Working Paper). Retrieved from
Permanent link to OUR Archive version:

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature – St. Andrews

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

The School of English invites applications for a Lectureship in Early Modern Literature, 1500-1640 from 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Candidates may have interests in any aspect of the period, but teaching and research experience in Shakespeare and the drama may be an advantage.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant area, a strong record of recent and relevant publication, substantial teaching experience and administrative experience.

Informal enquiries to: Professor Jane Stabler, Head of School, or Professor Neil Rhodes, Director of the Medieval-Renaissance Research Group,
The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at

Please quote ref: AC2145SB

Closing Date: 4 January 2018

Further Particulars: AC2145SB FPs.doc

School of English
Salary: £39,992 – £49,149 per annum
Start Date: 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter

Call for Papers – Medievalism, Public History, and Academia


Call for Papers – Medievalism, Public History, and Academia: the Re-creation of Early Medieval Europe, c. 400–1000

Conference Date: 26-28 September 2018
Malmö University, Sweden
The deadline for paper proposals is 15 December 2017.
Proposals with an abstract of maximum 100 words to Sara Ellis Nilsson.–Medievalism-Public-History-and-Academia-the-Re-creation-of-Early-Medieval-Europe-c-400-1000/


Medieval Prizes & Conferences


1. CARMEN, The World Wide Medieval Network, Project Prize 2018

New CARMEN Project Prize – for a research project *idea* in Medieval Studies. Applications close 15 Jan 2018

2. Royal Studies Journal Prizes

Two prizes, one for the best new book in the field and another to recognize new research from students and early career scholars.

Nominations due 1 March 2018


“Call of the Mockingbird: Responding to Maternal Mental Health Concerns in the Perinatal Period Performance”

A one day conference followed by Mockingbird performance that arose out of a project that began with Margery Kempe and her episode of postnatal psychosis.

14 February 2018

Western Sydney University Building EA.G.18

Parramatta South Campus

Registration and Payment Required

See attached

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Conferences – Overseas

Kings and Queens 7


Call for papers for K&Q7: Ruling Sexualities. Closing date for proposals is 31 December 2017

Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference

23 – 26th August 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 24th biennial conference of SASMARS will be held at Mont Fleur in Stellenbosch, South Africa from Thursday the 23rd to Sunday the 26th of August 2018.

“Ancestry and Memory in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge

Medieval and early modern societies weathered various socio-cultural changes, including religious, economic, and political transformations, across a range of different geographies and in both urban and rural spaces. We seek papers from any applicable discipline that explore ancestry and memory within a variety of geographic locales in the medieval and/or early modern eras. We shall welcome broad and imaginative interpretations of “ancestry” and “memory”.

Deadline: Please send a conference proposal and a short biography to Retha Knoetze: by 18 February 2018. Any inquiries can be directed to the same email address.

Sensory Cultures and the Communication of Belief – Call for Papers

Sensory Cultures and the Communication of Belief

Religious History Association, Canberra, 3 July 2018 (in association with the Australian Historical Association Conference 2-6 July 2018)

The Religious History Association invites presentations that explore the material and sensory dimensions of the communication of belief.

Our knowledge of devotional practices and rituals, and of beliefs and attitudes, can be enriched by exploring the material and sensory heritage through which religions are interpreted, expressed and understood. We are especially interested in how the material aspects of religion, such as music, movement, architecture, objects, foodways, and clothing, as well as sensory responses to these material forms, express and translate religious commitment.

We welcome papers that look particularly at how material and sensory practices shape and express the dynamics of religious belief across geographical areas, eras of history or between distinct communities; that explore cross-cultural and interfaith exchanges, including the re-interpretation of religious texts, art or artefact in missionary encounters; and in diverse social and cultural contexts. Papers may also examine how objects or devotional practices are the products of encounter between diverse religious cultures and exchanges.

Proposals for 20 minute individual papers, panels (3 x 15 minute papers with chair and respondent), and roundtables (90 minute conversation by several scholars on an issue, book or object) are welcome.

Proposals should be submitted through the Australian Historical Association conference site:, indicating RHA Stream.

CFP Deadline: 28 February 2018 Participants will be invited to submit papers to the Journal of Religious History.

Teaching the Middle Ages – ARC Humanities Press

Teaching the Middle Ages

This series aims to reflect the best and most innovative in medieval pedagogies, providing resources for instructors, students, and administrators wishing to understand the current and future place of medieval studies in the modern academy. Books in Teaching the Middle Ages will respond to current trends and debates reshaping modern classrooms and curricula, including issues of identity, race, gender, sexuality, religion, violence, disability, environment, technology, and how medievalists teach these topics in our classrooms. These projects should be grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or data-driven pedagogical research methods.

The series editors are particularly interested in proposals for two kinds of publications: first, monographs and collections, aimed at instructors, libraries, and administrators, detailing innovative pedagogical theories and demonstrably effective techniques for teaching pre-modern topics in undergraduate settings. Second, the series editors are interested in proposals for texts and tools best suited for student use. These might be paperback texts for classroom adoption, including sourcebooks, translations, or essay collections. The series board will also consider proposals for hybrid projects (i.e., classroom texts linked to digital resources).

Geographical Scope
Global medieval studies, primarily as taught in the United States

Chronological Scope

ISSM 2018 Boundary Crossings – Call for Papers

Calls for Papers
ISSM 2018 Boundary Crossings
October 12-13, 2018
Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada

St Catharines, Ontario, Canada, the location of Brock University, is just 19 kilometres from the Niagara River, the boundary between Canada and the United States of America. In this location, then, it seems appropriate to think about medievalism and boundary crossing. Plenary sessions will cross disciplinary boundaries by investigating similarities in concerns, methods, and themes between the fields of (neo)medievalism(s) and the Neo-Victorian. For regular conference sessions, proposals are invited on the conference theme. Papers might address the ways in which medievalism crosses the boundaries of, or is used to interrogate the boundaries of

• genres/subgenres
• national designations
• temporal periods
• academic disciplines
• the academic and the popular
• gender
• sexuality
• class
• race
• human / non-human

Please send one-page proposals to Dr. Ann F. Howey, Associate Professor at Brock University (, by March 26, 2018.

St Catharines, in the Niagara Peninsula, is located midway between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Buffalo, New York, USA; both cities have international airports, and airport shuttles service the Niagara region from both airports. St Catharines is located in the heart of Niagara’s wine producing region and is also close to tourist attractions such as Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, with its famous Shaw Festival theatre productions.