Past Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars (PATS)

For details of past PATS, please select the PATS year in the list below. 

 

Hildegard reading and writing
Hildegard reading and writing, 12th C., Wikimedia Commons

PATS 2011: Editing Medieval and Early Modern Texts: Principles and Practice

Held at The University of Otago, 7–8 February 2011 (following the Eighth ANZAMEMS Conference), this PATS was convened by Prof. Peter Anstey (formerly Otago, now at USyd). It featured experts Prof. Eva Schlotheuber (University of Münster), Prof. Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, London), and Dr. Greg Waite (University of Otago) who provided guidance on how to describe, transcribe, and fully edit materials from the medieval and early modern periods.

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PATS 2012: Interdisciplinarity in Medieval and Early Modern Research

This PATS was held at The University of Otago, 29–30 August 2012 and was convened by Prof. Peter Anstey (formerly Otago, now at USyd) and Dr. Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck). Prof. Peter Harrison (Queensland), Prof. Peter Marshall (Warwick), Prof. John Sutton (Macquarie), Dr. Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck), Prof. Lyn Tribble (Otago), A/Prof. Takashi Shogimen (Otago), Prof. Andrew Bradstock (Otago), and Prof. Peter Anstey (Otago) instructed participants on research methods and theoretical frameworks for approaching interdisciplinary research.

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PATS 2013: Understanding and Using Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

This PATS was held at The University of Western Australia, Perth, 27–28 November 2013. It was co-ordinated by Prof. Emerita Michelle Brown (formerly Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library) and covered palaeography, scribal practice, material features of manuscripts, and the technology of the book.

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PATS 2014: Political Ideas and Medieval Texts: Methodologies and Resources

This PATS was hosted by The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash University, on Saturday 25 October 2014. It was co-ordinated by Prof. Constant Mews and Associate Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and featured the speakers Kriston Rennie (University of Queensland), Chris Jones (Canterbury University), and Clare Monagle (Monash), who instructed participants on the theme of medieval political ideas across the three broad domains of law, literature, and theology.

Participants of the PATS agreed to compile a report which details their experience and what they gained from the seminar. Many thanks to attendee Amanda McVitty (Massey University) for the report which can be accessed, here.

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PATS 2015 #1: 2015 ANZAMEMS Conference

This PATS was hosted by The University of Queensland on July 20, 2015, and followed the 2015 ANZAMEMS Conference held at The University of Queensland (1418 July, 2015)

Keynote speakers for the PATS spanned the areas of history, literature, and musicology:

  • Professor Alexandra Walsham (The University of Cambridge)
  • Professor Laura Knoppers (Notre Dame University)
  • Professor Jessie Ann Owens (UC Davis)

Participants of the PATS agreed to compile a report which details their experience and what they gained from the seminar. These reports can be accessed on the ANZAMEMS newsletter by searching the ‘Member News’ tag.

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PATS 2015 #2: Medieval and Early Modern Digital Humanities

This PATS was hosted by The University of Canterbury on November 18 2015. Attendees discussed digital research in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The PATS consisted of two keynote presentations by Prof. Evelyn Tribble (The University of Otago) and Prof. Patricia Fumerton (University of California, Santa Barbara), an interactive session, and a panel discussion. The two keynotes focused on using digitised sources in researching the medieval and early modern periods, and on the key issues and digital archival work on the digital English Broadside Ballad Archive respectively. The panel discussion focused on digital humanities project management, and students had the opportunity to discuss their own research and gain hands-on experience of digital tools in the interactive session.

Some participants of the PATS compiled reports which details their experience and what they gained from the seminar. These reports can be accessed on the ANZAMEMS newsletter by searching the ‘Member News’ tag.

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PATS 2016 #1: The Manuscript Book

This PATS was hosted by The University of Sydney on 910 February 2016. Open to postgraduate students and early career researchers in any field who are engaged in a study of the manuscript book, this PATS was designed to equip the students with the requisite skills and care necessary for the proper use and study of manuscript materials.

This PATS consisted of an intensive two-day course run by Professors Margaret Manion (The University of Melbourne) and Rod Thomson (The University of Tasmania), and was devoted to a full range of activities involved with working with manuscript evidence and utilize the collection of books and fragments of books preserved at The University of Sydney.

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PATS 2016 #2: Medieval and Early Modern Gender Matters

This PATS was hosted by The University of Western Australia on 7 October 2016, and co-sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS), the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe, 11001800). The PATS included sessions focused on gender theory and methodology led by a panel of gender scholars, including Susan Broomhall, Andrew Lynch, Joanne McEwan, Stephanie Tarbin, Jacqueline Van Gent (all of UWA), and Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee).

This PATS consisted of a morning session, focussed on pre-circulated readings, and an afternoon session on how gender theories and methodologies could be applied and incorporated more specifically into the projects and research interests of participants.

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PATS 2017: Marginalia and Markings: Reading Early Modern and Medieval Readers

This PATS was hosted by The National Library of New Zealand, Wellington on Saturday 11 February 2017, and followed the 2017 ANZAMEMS conference. Presenters included: Prof. Lorna Hutson (Oxford University), Associate Prof. Rosalind Smith (The University of Newcastle, Australia), Dr. Malcolm Mercer (Royal Armouries, Tower of London), Dr Anthony Tedeschi (The National Library of New Zealand). Each of the presenters has distinct expertise in working with marginalia and other reader markings in medieval and early modern manuscripts and printed books, and the National Library’s collections provided ample materials for hands-on examination and discussion by PATS participants.


This PATS consisted of speaker presentations in the morning, followed by student-focused workshop sessions in the afternoon.

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PATS 2019: ANZAMEMS Conference

This PATS was hosted by The University of Sydney on 4–5 February 2019, and preceded the 2019 ANZAMEMS conference. There were two PATS strands. Strand one focused on Digital Editing and the Medieval & Early Modern Manuscript and addressed the following topics:

  • The Paleography and Codicology of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
  • The Basics of Manuscript Transcription and Scholarly Editing
  • Introduction to the Digital Edition: Challenges and Best Practices
  • Collaborative Editing
  • Text Encoding Fundamentals: XML and the TEI Schema
  • Using Digital Editing Tools: The Graphical XML Editor oXygen

Strand two focused on Doing Digital Humanities: From Project Planning to Digital Delivery and addressed the following topics:

  • Digital Project Planning and Project Management
  • Building Collaboration Networks in the Digital Humanities
  • Gaining Funding for (DH) Research Projects: Potential and Challenges
  • Introduction to Current Digital Tools: Digital Editions, Digital Texts, Digital Databases, and other Digital Approaches
  • Developing your own Digital Project
  • Working with Digital Texts; Working with Digitised Artefacts

Guest speakers included Professor Elaine Treharne, Stanford University, Dr Francesco Borghesi (The University of Sydney), Dr. Katherine Hindley (Nanyang Technical University, Singapore), Dr. Anya Adair (Hong Kong University), and Dr. Mitchell Harrop (The University of Melbourne).

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