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Member research profile: Dr Julie Davies, Science in an Enchanted World

In a new feature, the ANZAMEMS newsletter is taking the opportunity to highlight the research of some of our members. Dr Julie Davies recently published her book Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill (Routledge, 2018). She tells us more about her book and what she is working on now…

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Dr Julie Davies

I work primarily on the intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe. I am motivated by an interest in cosmologies: the way societies have understood how the world works and the role humankind has within in the universe. My research interests include demonology, witchcraft, science and experimental philosophy, theology, metaphysics, mythology and the supernatural. I received my doctorate from the University of Melbourne and am currently research assistant to Charles Zika at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne. I am also the announcements editor for the International Society for Intellectual History.

Glanvill is well known in the history of both witchcraft and the Royal Society of London. He was, after all, friends with notable figures like Henry More, Robert Boyle and Richard Baxter. However, few scholars have attempted a comprehensive investigation into Glanvill’s eclectic body of work. Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill is an exploration of the relationship between Glanvill’s work on witchcraft, the Saducismus triumphatus, and the ideas he presented in his well-regarded works on the experimental method of the Royal Society, metaphysics, theology and pastoral care. The result is a multidisciplinary work that offers a unifying perspective on Glanvill’s diverse works and a resource to help future scholars navigate through the multiple editions and versions of Glanvill’s complex corpus.

In current research I am looking at remedies for melancholy and am heading to the Herzog August Bibliothek in early 2019 to compare the work and motivations of some early English and German female botanists. This kicks off my next big project on the place of horticulture, herbalism and botany in the lives of European women. I’m also particularly interested in when scientific and religious practices were recommended as paths towards emotional well-being.

My other recent publications include a collection edited with Michael Pickering A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins (2014), “Botanizing at Badminton House: The Botanical Pursuits of Mary Somerset, First Duchess of Beaufort” in Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science, edited by Donald Opitz, Brigitte van Tiggelen and Staffan Bergwik (2015) and “German Receptions of the Works of Joseph Glanvill: Philosophical Transmissions from England to Germany in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Century” in Intellectual History Review (2016).

You can find Julie on Twitter @JulieD1680 and on at

ANZAMEMS members who would like to profile their recent book-length publications via the newsletter should contact the editor, We particularly encourage early career scholars and those with first books to get in touch.


Member publication From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past

Congratulations to Aidan Norrie and Marina Gerzic on the publication of their edited collection From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past, which is now available to pre-order from Routledge. The collection features several ANZAMEMS members both current (including Aidan Norrie, Annie Blachly), and past (Marina Gerzic, Hilary Jane Locke, and Martin Laidlaw). The contributed chapters are based on a panel organised at the ANZAMEMS 2017 conference in Wellington.

From Medievalism to Early-Modernism is a collection of essays that both analyses the historical and cultural medieval and early modern past, and engages with the medievalism and early-modernism—a new term introduced in this collection—present in contemporary popular culture. By focusing on often overlooked uses of the past in contemporary culture—such as the allusions to John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi (1623) in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and the impact of intertextual references and internet fandom on the BBC’s The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses—the contributors illustrate how cinematic, televisual, artistic, and literary depictions of the historical and cultural past not only re-purpose the past in varying ways, but also build on a history of adaptations that audiences have come to know and expect. From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past analyses the way that the medieval and early modern periods are used in modern adaptations, and how these adaptations both reflect contemporary concerns, and engage with a history of intertextuality and intervisuality.

The table of contents can be accessed at 

ANZAMEMS members wishing to promote recently published monographs or edited collections through the ANZAMEMS newsletter are welcome to send publication details to the newsletter editor Amanda McVitty.

New member publication: Women and Work in Premodern Europe

Congratulations to ANZAMEMS members Merridee L. Bailey, Tania M. Colwell, and Julie Hotchin on the publication of their edited book Women and Work in Premodern Europe: Experiences, Relationships and Cultural Representation, c. 1100-1800 (Routledge).

This book re-evaluates and extends understandings about how work was conceived and what it could entail for women in the premodern period in Europe from c. 1100 to c. 1800. It does this by building on the impressive growth in literature on women’s working experiences, and by adopting new interpretive approaches that expand received assumptions about what constituted ‘work’ for women. While attention to the diversity of women’s contributions to the economy has done much to make the breadth of women’s experiences of labour visible, this volume takes a more expansive conceptual approach to the notion of work and considers the social and cultural dimensions in which activities were construed and valued as work. This interdisciplinary collection thus advances concepts of work that encompass cultural activities in addition to more traditional economic understandings of work as employment or labour for production. The chapters reconceptualise and explore work for women by asking how the working lives of historical women were enacted and represented, and they analyse the relationships that shaped women’s experiences of work across the European premodern period.

A flyer for the book is attached. This includes a 20% discount offer to purchasers.

ANZAMEMS members who would like to promote recent book publications through the ANZAMEMS newsletter are welcome to forward the details to the newsletter editor Amanda McVitty (

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AHA 2018 – Deadline Extension

In a time-honoured tradition, the AHA 2018 organising committee is pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended from 28 February to Monday 12 March 2018 at midnight. If you have been prevaricating you still have the chance to submit!

Full call for papers. Paper and panel submissions can be made through the online abstract submission website; if you have a proposal for a roundtable please email the convenor direct. The committee would be grateful if you could spread the word to your non-AHA member colleagues as well.

We are also pleased to announce that there will be no increase in the price of conference registration.

The Canterbury Roll – A Digital Edition (*repost with links included)

The Canterbury Roll – A Digital Edition

Edited by Chris Jones, Christopher Thomson, Maree Shirota, Elisabeth Rolston, Thandi Parker, and Jennifer Middendorf

Open Access Digital Facsimile of Christchurch, University of Canterbury, MS 1
With Latin transcription, English translation, notes, and introductory material.

Canterbury University Press
December 2017
Original document: 4890 x 334mm, full colour
ISBN: 978-1-98-850307-3

The Canterbury Roll is a 15th-century English genealogical text. It was created in the late 1420s/early 1430s and subsequently modified on a number of occasions before final revisions were made to it, most probably during the reign of Richard III (1483—1485). The genealogy is accompanied by an extensive commentary in Latin. The five-metre long manuscript roll, the work of at least four scribes, was purchased by the University of Canterbury in 1918 from the Maude family of Christchurch.

This open access Digital Edition presents a new transcription and English translation of the Roll, both of which are mapped to a high quality digital facsimile. The edition is accompanied by academic apparatus, a detailed introduction, and full documentation. It is embedded within a website that provides further contextual information on the Roll and its history.

The Digital Edition includes:

A new, high definition facsimile of the complete Canterbury Roll manuscript.
The first new English translation and Latin transcription of the Roll produced in a century.
A downloadable edition of Arnold Wall’s 1919 edition of the Roll as well as a “Getting Started” handbook and detailed User Guide.
Accompanying essays that explore the origins of the Roll, its use as medieval propaganda, and its place in New Zealand history.
The Project Team welcome feedback on any aspect of the project and are particularly interested in commissioning peer review reports that will inform the release of Stage 2 in 2019. Expressions of interest from established scholars and any comments should be sent to the General Editor (



Palsgrave Macmillan Christmas Special – Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda

Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society compares two successful, elite medieval women, Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda, for their relative ability to retain their wealth and power in the midst of the profound social changes of the eleventh century. The careers of the Ottonian queen and empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda of Tuscany reveal a growth of opportunities for women to access wealth and power. These two women are analysed under three categories: their relationships with family and friends, how they managed their property (particularly land) and how they ruled. This analysis encourages a better understanding of gender relations in both the past and the present.

Palgrave Macmillan are offering a special Christmas price of US$14.99/€14.99 until Dec. 31 with the code PALHOLIDAY17.

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

See attached for front and back covers and flyer for the Holiday price.

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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)

A World of Empires. Claiming and Assigning Imperial Authority in the High and Late Middle Ages

Recent Publication:

A World of Empires. Claiming and Assigning Imperial Authority in the High and Late Middle Ages

Chris Jones (Canterbury), Klaus Oschema (Ruhr University Bochum) and Christoph Mauntel (University of Tübingen) published the co-edited collection A World of Empires. Claiming and Assigning Imperial Authority in the High and Late Middle Ages as a special issue of The Medieval History Journal (20:2 [2017]). The volume is a collection of seven articles that explore the use of the Latin terms ‘empire’ and ‘emperor’ and their vernacular equivalents in the later medieval centuries. A product, in part, of sessions held at the Leeds International Medieval Congress in 2014, the volume features the work of scholars based in New Zealand, Germany, France and the Netherlands. 

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Magna Carta and New Zealand: History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa

Recent Publication:

Magna Carta and New Zealand
History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa

This volume is the first to explore the vibrant history of Magna Carta in Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal, political and popular culture. Readers will benefit from in-depth analyses of the Charter’s reception along with explorations of its roles in regard to larger constitutional themes.
The common thread that binds the collection together is its exploration of what the adoption of a medieval charter as part of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements has meant – and might mean – for a Pacific nation whose identity remains in flux. The contributions to this volume are grouped around three topics: remembrance and memorialization of Magna Carta; the reception of the Charter by both Māori and non-Māori between 1840 and 2015; and reflection on the roles that the Charter may yet play in future constitutional debate. This collection provides evidence of the enduring attraction of Magna Carta, and its importance as a platform of constitutional aspiration.

Edited by Stephen Winter & Chris Jones 

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