Upcoming Conference

We invite participants from around the world to join us for the twelfth biennial ANZAMEMS Conference to be held in Sydney, Australia, 5-8 February, 2019 at the Camperdown Campus of the University of Sydney.

Conference website: https://anzamemsconference2019.wordpress.com

For social media users, the conference hashtag will be #ANZA19

The theme for ANZAMEMS 2019 is: Categories, Boundaries, Horizons.

The Conference convenor is Associate Professor Daniel Anlezark.

We are delighted to announce the following confirmed, keynote speakers:

  • Assoc. Prof. Seeta Chaganti (English, University of California – Davis)
  • Prof. Jane Davidson (Music, Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne)
  • Assoc. Prof. Yuen-Gen Liang (History, National Taiwan University)
  • Prof. C.H. Lüthy (Philosophy, Radboud University)
  • Prof. Elaine Treharne (English, Stanford University)

The Call for Papers is now open. Submissions close on 31 August, 2018.


Categories and boundaries help us to define our fields of knowledge and subjects of inquiry, but can also contain and limit our perspectives. The concept of category emerges etymologically from the experience of speaking in an assembly, a dialogic forum in which new ways of explaining can emerge. Boundaries and horizons are intertwined in their meanings, pointing to the limits of subjectivity, and inviting investigation beyond current understanding into new ways of connecting experience and knowledge. Papers, panels, and streams are invited to explore all aspects of this theme, including, but not limited to:

  • the limitations of inherited categorization and definition
  • race, gender, class, and dis/ability boundaries and categories
  • encounters across boundaries, through material, cultural, and social exchange
  • the categorization of the human and animal
  • national and religious boundaries and categorization
  • the role of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research
  • temporal boundaries and categories, including questions of periodization

Proposals for papers on all aspects of the medieval and early modern are also welcome.


Please send proposals to anzamems2019@gmail.com

Submissions close on 31 August 2018.

You may submit a proposal for a paper (20 minutes), a session (normally three 20 minute papers) or a strand of sessions (normally limited to four sessions). Individual paper abstracts will be anonymised for peer review.

When submitting a proposal, you will need to include the following information:

  • Name
        •    Affiliation (if any)
        •    Preferred email
        •    Is this a proposal for a paper/session/strand?
        •    Is there a day(s) of the conference on which you will NOT be able to give your paper? (The committee will work to accommodate your request.)
        •    Do you have any audiovisual requirements?
        •    Paper/Session/Strand Title
        •    Abstract (up to 300 words)

Abstracts submitted for strands or sessions should indicate the name of the strand or session proposed. Proposals for strands should indicate the number of sessions required.

Strand and session organisers are encouraged to be mindful of the ANZAMEMS Equity and Diversity guidelines which state that “ANZAMEMS’ preference is for diversity among the speakers in an individual session or panel”. For more information on Equity and Diversity at ANZAMEMS, see our Equity and Diversity Conference Guidelines


A two-day Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS) will take place prior to the conference on 4-5 February, 2019. Full details will are available HERE.