Category Archives: ANZAMEMS

ANZAMEMS and Equity and Diversity

Dear members,

You may already be aware of the statement released this week in relation to recent events in our wider community: “On Race and Medieval Studies: A Collective Statement by Medievalists of Color.”

The issues raised here concern the present and future of both medieval and early modern studies, and we encourage members to read and reflect on them.

In September last year, ANZAMEMS issued a statement describing its position on issues relating to Equity and Inclusion (link here). At the 2017 AGM, members agreed to establish an Equity & Diversity Sub-Committee, and the General Committee subsequently appointed two Diversity Officers: Stephanie Downes (Sub-Committee Chair and Australian Vice-President of ANZAMEMS) and Aidan Norrie (New Zealand Postgraduate Representative). Further Diversity Officers will be appointed and will be available to be contacted or approached at future ANZAMEMS events.

The Equity & Diversity Sub-Committee will continue taking steps to ensure that ANZAMEMS fosters a safe and welcoming environment for all members at all times. In the meantime, the Chair may be reached by members directly: stephanie.downes@unimelb.edu.au.

Sincerely,

Chris Jones, President

Stephanie Downes, Chair of the Equity & Diversity Sub-Committee and Australian Vice-President

New Parergon Website – Now Online

ANZAMEMS and the Parergon Editorial Committee, are delighted to announce that the new website for Parergon, the journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Inc.) is now online.

The new website can be accessed at: http://parergon.org and was officially launched at ANZAMEMS’ Eleventh Biennial Conference held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in early February 2017.

Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize Announcement

ANZAMEMS is delighted to announce Anna Milne-Tavendale as the winner of ANZAMEMS’ inaugural Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize for her article:

‘John of Paris and the Apocalypse: The Boundaries of Dominican Scholastic Identity’, published in John of Paris: Beyond Royal and Papal Power, ed. Chris Jones (Brepols, 2015), pp. 119–49. http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503532806-1.

All four judges agreed that Anna’s article was of exceptionally high quality in a field of strong entrants.

Congratulations Anna!

Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize Announcement

ANZAMEMS is delighted to announce Dr Heather Dalton as the winner of its inaugural Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize for her article:

‘A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo in Fifteenth Century Mantua: Rethinking Symbols of Sanctity and Patterns of Trade’, published in Renaissance Studies 28/5 (November 2014): 676–94. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rest.12042/abstract

All four judges agreed that Heather’s article was of exceptionally high quality in a field of strong entrants.

Congratulations Heather!

ANZAMEMS 2017 Conference: Programme and Abstracts Now Online

ANZAMEMS is delighted to announce that the programme for the 11th Biennial ANZAMEMS conference has been released.

The ANZAMEMS conference programme and abstracts are now available online: https://anzamems2017.wordpress.com/programme-and-keynotes

Corrections to the programme should be notified by email to anzamems2017@gmail.com by 9 January, 2017.

Registration for the conference is still open. Please visit https://anzamems2017.wordpress.com/registration to register.

ANZAMEMS 2017 – Early-Bird Registration Closes on 15 December

A reminder that Early-Bird registration for the 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (to be held at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand from Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 February 2017) closes in one week!

The deadline for Early-Bird registration is 15 December, 2016.

To register, please visit: https://anzamems2017.wordpress.com/registration

ANZAMEMS 2017 – Registration Now Open

A reminder that registration is now open for the 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, to be held at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand from Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 February 2017.
To register, please visit: https://anzamems2017.wordpress.com/registration

Please note that we are asking all speakers to register by 30 November, 2016 so that the final programme can be devised with certainty. (If this causes a particular problem with institutional funding deadlines, please contact the conference organisers at: anzamems2017@gmail.com).

ANZAMEMS 2017 PATS: “Marginalia and Markings” – Some Places Remaining, Apply ASAP

There are some places remaining at our Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS), to be held at the National Library of New Zealand on Saturday 11 February (see information below). If you are a Postgraduate Student or an ECR (up to two years’ standing), do apply asap. The remaining places will be filled on a rolling basis.


The topic of the PATS is “Marginalia and Markings: Reading Medieval and Early Modern Readers”, and it will be held at the National Library of New Zealand. The PATS will be held on the day following the ANZAMEMS conference in Wellington, on Saturday 11 February (9-5pm).

Because of the facilities and resources at the NLNZ, places at the PATS are strictly limited to 20.

Full information about the PATS can be found at the ANZAMEMS conference website: https://anzamems2017.wordpress.com/pats

ANZAMEMS: Diversity and Equity Statement

Dear ANZAMEMS Members,

At the 2016 ANZAMEMS AGM, Professor Stephanie Trigg drew the Association’s attention to recent discussion in social media concerning some disturbing anti-feminist material circulating on the website of a prominent medievalist. She highlighted that further reports had been circulated of sexual harassment, plagiarism, and sexist behaviour from a range of institutions and conferences of medieval and early modern studies worldwide. Following discussion, it was determined that, in line with a number of medieval societies, the Association would formulate a statement of principle about behaviour at conferences, and the conduct of academic business.

An ad hoc committee on Equity and Diversity, chaired by the Secretary, has recently completed work on a general statement of ethical principles that pertains to equity and diversity in our Association. We are extremely pleased to be able to circulate this statement to the membership. As part of this process, the General Committee will be appointing Diversity Officers from the existing ad hoc committee to assist any members if there is an issue they wish to raise. At the next AGM, the General Committee we will propose the permanent establishment of a committee on Equity and Diversity.

We hope you will agree that this is a positive and meaningful step forward for the Association. We have always been a friendly organisation that is respectful of the rights, views and orientations of others and this statement is intended to affirm and entrench those values.

A copy of the Association’s Diversity and Equity Statement can be downloaded at the ANZAMEMS website: http://anzamems.org/?page_id=12

Clare Monagle, Secretary
Chris Jones, President