PATS Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar – Call for expressions of interest

The committee of ANZAMEMS 2019 is delighted to call for expressions of interest in the Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS), which will precede the ANZAMEMS 2019 conference on February 4-5, 2019 at the University of Sydney.

No prior digital or manuscript studies skills are required for participation in these PATS.


Professor Louise D’Arcens, Macquarie University


Professor Elaine Treharne, Stanford University
Dr Francesco Borghesi, University of Sydney

STRAND 1: Digital Editing and the Medieval & Early Modern Manuscript

This two-day PATS strand will address 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

This PATS strand has been developed from a Yale-based graduate workshop series in digital manuscript studies, which takes as its focus non-standard manuscript materials such as rolls and fragments. As in its model, the work of our seminar focuses on learning digital and manuscript skills through the act of creating a digital edition.

Building a digital version of a manuscript, with accompanying searchable transcription and commentary, is thus our energizing goal. This fast-paced PATS emphasises input from participants as we work to build an online edition.

Training goals include the paleography and codicology of medieval and early modern manuscripts, digital editing and TEI markup, the use of XML editing tools, and project-based collaboration in the digital arena.

These goals combine in the design of the seminar: participants will work closely with one another to transform newly learned skills into a concrete digital artifact, and so prepare themselves to take on future digital collaborations.

Learning in this workshop is driven by participants themselves, through their active role in the process of edition creation.


Dr Katherine Hindley, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, and Dr Anya Adair, Hong Kong University.

STRAND 2: Doing Digital Humanities: From Project Planning to Digital Delivery

This two-day PATS strand will address 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

This PATS strand is aimed at developing the skills of digital humanities through working closely with participants’ own projects and ideas.

In this course, instructors will provide an overview of some of the tools and models available for undertaking digital humanities work; they will also discuss the practical challenges of undertaking and funding digital scholarship. But beside and in application of this new information, participants will be asked to bring their own project ideas and research questions: time in the workshop will be given to developing these projects into their second stage.

One particular focus will be on the digital research potential of manuscript materials housed in the university collections: participants will be introduced to many of these manuscripts

The energising foundation of this strand will be the participants’ own project ideas, which we will collectively work to develop and refine; the PATS will include several funding opportunities to work towards.

By applying the ideas of the PATS directly to project development – either in the form of project proposals, PhD chapter methodologies, or beginning the work of digital development itself, participants will leave the workshop having taken concrete steps towards furthering their own digital research.


Dr Mitchell Harrop, University of Melbourne, and Dr Anya Adair, Hong Kong University.


Please go to and complete the online application form 31 August 2018. You will need to provide:

  • Your name, institutional affiliation, and year of HDR candidacy (MA, MRes, PhD) or ECR status (within two years of PhD completion).
  • Your field of research
  • A 250-word statement explaining your interest in participating in the PATS and how you believe participation will assist your research and/or career development.

A limited amount of financial assistance is available, to be distributed according to demonstrated need. Please indicate any such circumstances in the space provided in the online application form.


To keep up to date with full information on the ANZAMEMS 2019 conference and PATS, including keynote speakers, venue, and registration details please visit

ANZAMEMS 2019 Call for Papers – Sydney, 5-8 February 2019

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) and the organising committee invite proposals for presentations at the Association’s 12th Biennial Conference to be hosted at the University of Sydney from 5-8 February, 2019.

The theme for ANZAMEMS 2019 is Categories, Boundaries, Horizons. 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: by 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 (each session will normally have three 20 minute presentations).

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:


A PATS is to be held in conjunction with ANZAMEMS 2019. This will take place on 4-5 February at the University of Sydney. For more information and to apply, see

To keep up to date with full information on the conference including keynote speakers, venue, and registration details please visit

A PDF copy of the ANZAMEMS 2019 call for papers is provided below. Please feel free to circulate this widely. We look forward to seeing you at ANZAMEMS 2019.


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PhD Scholarship at Macquarie University

A PhD scholarship opportunity at Macquarie University (Sydney) is being offered on the topic of “The History of Inebriation and Reason from Plato to the Latin Middle Ages”.

This project explores the creative tension that emerged in the Greek culture between a negative view of inebriation as falling away from reason and the development of a positive, metaphorical sense of inebriation as the transformation of consciousness, transcending the limitations of reason. I argue that starting with Plato this tension gave rise to two powerful metaphors: inebriation as a description of spiritual elevation and drinking blood as a description of erroneous spiritual quests. The project examines the development of these metaphors in the Greek and Roman literatures as well as their reception in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance up to the fifteenth century. By informing major philosophical and theological debates of the centuries under examination as well as the poetics of the genres that expressed them the image of drinking can contribute significantly to redrawing the map of pre-modern intellectual history through a unique lens.

The successful candidate is asked to develop a project that is relevant (broadly defined) to the future fellowship topic: for example, candidates can choose to research the role of wine in pre-Socratic philosophy or Greek Lyric poetry; the reception of Platonic inebriation in Byzantine philosophy or as late as Ficino. Candidates interested in the Biblical tradition of wine are also invited to apply. All candidates are encouraged to discuss their project with the prospective supervisor prior to applying.

For further information and details on how to apply, visit

AEMA Conference Registration Open

The Committee of the Australian Early Medieval Association is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 13th AEMA Conference – Invasion, Migration, Communication and Trade.

The conference will be held over two consecutive days, 20-21 July, at the Bedford Park campus of Flinders University, Adelaide. See the PDF below for the list of keynote speakers and paper abstracts.

To register, go to

For more information on AEMA, see

A limited number of postgraduate/ECR travel bursaries available to conference delegates who meet the following criteria:

1. Be a current AEMA Member.
2. Be presenting at the conference.
3. Be a currently enrolled postgraduate, or an early-career researcher not more than two years out from the completion of their degree.
4. Be travelling from either interstate or overseas.

We encourage people who meet these conditions to apply for a bursary by emailing the conference committee here. The due date for bursary applications to be considered is 7 May 2018. Successful bursary recipients will remain anonymous, and be awarded their bursary at the conclusion of the conference.

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Journal of the History of Ideas Blog – seeking contributors

The Journal of the History of Ideas Blog promotes a wide range of scholarship on intellectual history, and we are eager to include scholars on our team of Contributing Editors who can promote work on women’s and intellectual history.

Contributing Editors either write their own or commission a short piece every 4-6 weeks. If you are interested in auditioning for a position, please contact our primary editors at for more information.

CFP: Neo-Medievalism

The French Journal of Medieval English Studies / Bulletin des Anglicistes Médiévistes (BAM) is seeking submissions for a special issue focusing on neo-medievalism. The papers, written in French or English, should be submitted to Nolwena Monnier by October 30, 2018 (see more information below). Authors who wish to submit a paper are advised to get in touch and submit a title with a brief description of content as soon as convenient.

Neo-medieval studies has become somewhat of a magnificent jungle, a scholarly experimental ground where researchers can revel in an amazing complex of multiple media shaking the boundaries between popular and elite culture; there one finds the Modern Classics – Tolkienian studies and their relation with medieval narrative poetry – intertwined with metamorphic Arthuriana in novels, films, artwork, music and videogames, ranging from historicised fiction (Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles or Last Kingdom) to Christopher Lee’s grand incursion into epic metal with his Magic of the Wizard’s Dream or the pseudo-medieval city of Stormwind in World of Warcraft.

Indeed, in his essay about “Le passé sans l’histoire: vers une anthrolopogie culturelle du temps”, Gil Bartholeyns suggests that the past, and especially the medieval past, forms an aesthetic category all its own, apart from history and memory, a category which he calls “le passé sans l’histoire”, or “les usages non historiques du passé.” The “past without history” thus becomes in film-making “un dispositif de création, un champ d’inspiration et d’expression à la fois formelles et idéelles à part entière” (Bartholeyns 51), while role-playing games involving medieval-fantasy worlds are similarly distinct from reminiscence and commemoration or nostalgia, and wholly shaped instead by aspects of medieval material culture and atmosphere: “le ‘Médiéval’ est plus qu’un genre, [c’est] un opérateur ludique” (Bartholeyns 57) – the historical Middle Ages has become a purveyor of non-historical worlds fraught with adventurous and narrative potentialities.

In order to tackle the endless fascination for and exploitation of the Middle Ages, between mimesis, idealisation, caricature and fantasy, this special issue of the Bulletin des Anglicistes Médiévistes (peer-reviewed) will welcome propositions covering:

  1. Theoretical approaches to neo-medieval studies, such as:
    • When does neo-medievalism begin?
    • The Middle Ages as a medium for modern representations of otherness and alienation, marginality and minority or minorities.
    • Is neo-medieval studies the future of English medieval studies in France?
  1. Contemporary revivals of medieval works:
    • Modern revivals of medieval forms, as in (but not exclusively) contemporary performances of medieval drama in English.
    • Modern takes on specific medieval works in retellings or translation, from Michael Morpurgo’s vision of the Arthuriad, to Seamus Heaney’s and Simon Armitage’s appropriations of Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
  1. The non-historical medieval past and the exploitation / distortion of the themes and aesthetics of medieval fantasy in literary works, graphic novels, films, TV series, videogames and musical creation.
  2. Commemoration and historical reconstitution:
    • The reenactment of medieval practices in leisure activities and cultural tourism.
    • Medievalising trends in architecture.
    • The English Middle Ages on the social networks, or #Chaucer Doth Tweet

The papers, written in English or in French, must be sent before October 30, 2018 to Nolwena Monnier: The BAM uses double-blind peer review. The stylesheet to be used may be found on our website: http:/ /

Bibliographical suggestions:

  • Ashton, Gail, Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Cultures, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
  • Bartholeyns, Gil , « Le passé sans l’histoire. Vers une anthropologie culturelle du temps », Itinéraires [online], 2010-3 | 2010, online 1 November 2010. URL :
  • D’Arcens, Louise, The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism, Cambridge University Press, 2016
  • Ferré Vincent, (ed.), Médiévalisme, Modernité du Moyen Âge, Itinéraires Littérature, textes, culturesn°3, 2010, [online]. URL :
  • Gally,  Michèle  et Ferré, Vincent, « Médiévistes et modernistes face au médiéval », Perspectives médiévales[online], 35 | 2014, online 01 january 2014. URL :
  • Kears Carl and Paz James, Medieval Science Fiction, Boydell and Brewer, 2016
  • Matthews, David, Medievalism: A Critical History, Boydell and Brewer, 2015
  • Umland, Rebecca, Outlaw Heroes as Liminal Figures of Film and Television, Mc Farland 2016
  • Utz, Richard, Medievalism: A Manifesto, Arc Humanities Press, 2017




CFP: Mid-America Medieval Association

Mid-America Medieval Association
42nd Annual Conference
University of Kansas, Lawrence
September 22, 2018

Theme: Skins
Plenary: Dr. Andrew Beresford, University of Durham: “Dermal Identities in the Legend of St Bartholomew”

We construe the notion of skin, or skins, as having multiple meanings, contexts, and sites of enquiry; it could pertain to humans or animals; as a covering or a disguise, revealing or concealing identity, a marker of difference and similarity, race, class, and gender; the mutilated witness to heroic and saintly deeds, or the epitome of idealized beauty; it can be sacred or profane; it may also evoke science, medicine, and the body; skin as writing surface and manuscript; as palimpsest, the scraping away of layers of meaning; it may allude to blank spaces and lacunae; skin as the polychrome surface of a statue, or a fresco; architectural skins and façades; it could relate to surfaces, spaces, and landscapes; to the veneers of civilization and society.

We invite papers that engage these topics, or any related to the field of medieval studies.

Please send proposals of 250 words by 1 June to Caroline Jewers at


Call for submissions: Essays in History

Essays in History (EiH), the annual peer-reviewed journal of the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, is currently soliciting articles, book reviews, and historiographical essays for its fifty-second issue, to appear in the fall of 2018.

EiH is a journal for emerging scholars that has been staffed and published by graduate students at the Corcoran Department of History since 1954. Each year we publish peer-reviewed articles, as well as book reviews and historiographical essays in all fields of history.

In recent years, we have published the work of scholars from all across the country, including Berkeley, Brown, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Rice, UNC-Chapel Hill, UPenn, UVa, Yale, as well as from institutions around the world such as Delhi University.

Our most recent issue can be found here: Volume 51: 2017

The deadline for article and book review submissions is May 2, 2018.

Article submissions should include a copy of the author’s curriculum vitae and an abstract of roughly 100 words in length. Authors interested in submitting book reviews and historiographical essays should provide a current curriculum vitae and contact the journal prior to their submission in order to confirm the monograph to be reviewed. Our submission guidelines are available at:

All submissions and any questions can be emailed to:

CFP: French Journal of Medieval English Studies

The French Journal of Medieval English Studies / Bulletin des Anglicistes Médiévistes (BAM) is seeking submissions for a special issue focusing on the notion of “revolution”. The papers, written in French or English, should be submitted to Nolwena Monnier by October 30, 2018 (see more information below). Authors who wish to submit a paper are advised to get in touch and submit a title with a brief description of content as soon as convenient.

The papers will be published in issue 93 of BAM. The text below offers suggestions for how this topic can be interpreted, but contributions on other relevant topics are welcome.

The word “revolution” does not appear in English before the 14th century. The word is borrowed from French revolucion, derived from the Latin revolvere. In medieval Latin the meaning of revolutio becomes both scientific and religious as it describes the movement of celestial bodies and the transmigration of souls (metempsychosis). The first known occurrence of the word “revolution” to describe an abrupt change in social order dates from 1450. However, that use does not become common until the end of the 17th century.

It would seem, then, that the use of the word “revolution” in a medieval context is anachronistic. However, one may argue that some confrontations leading to major changes in the established social or political order of Medieval England can indeed be called revolutions or revolutionary a posteriori. Could the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt be seen as a failed revolution?

As regards religion, the topic brings to mind the reformatio: one can think for instance of the various reformist ideas within the Church which, between the 11th century and 4th Council of the Lateran (1215), advocates libertas ecclesiae and tries to get rid of corruption. From the 14th century onwards, Lollards also try to bring profound changes to the Church. Some of their ideas, like the translation of the Bible in the vernacular and the end of celibacy for priest, considered heretical then, could be called revolutionary.

Less polemically, “revolution” can also be understood as a renovatio in English culture. The word suggests both an abrupt departure and a return to an initial position, not unlike the concept of renaissance, which has been used to describe all at once an intellectual upheaval, a rejection of the immediate past and the rediscovery of a distant idealized past. This could lead us to re-examine the various “renaissances” of the Middle-Ages: the Northumbrian, the Alfredian or the 12th century renaissance in particular.

Orality and literacy also undergo massive changes in the Middle-Ages. Some historians describe the multiplication of texts between the 11th and the 14th century as the “first revolution of writing” and of course the invention of printing at the very end of the medieval period constitutes a revolutionary event, which can be studied from a cultural and/or technological standpoint. Before that, the professionalization of the production process of manuscripts can also be considered a great upheaval, even if it was more gradual.

As regards language, one can consider the various foreign influences on the English language throughout the period: was the “natural” evolution of English disrupted by historical events? Can the return to the vernacular in literature be considered a renaissance? Can the shift from a flexional language with a relatively free word order to a more and more isolating one with a fixed word order be called a revolution?

One can also think of the end of anonymity for authors, which signals an important change in how the past and its canonical authors are considered, as well as a form of liberation.

As well as revolutions that did take place, revolutions that might have been are also worth considering, especially those that did occur in other European countries: how come English authors favoured verse over prose in narratives for much longer than some of their neighbours, for instance?

The papers, written in English or in French, must be sent before October 30, 2018 to Nolwena Monnier:

The BAM uses double-blind peer review. The stylesheet to be used may be found on our website: http:/ /

ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship Mentoring Scheme at the University of Melbourne

This scheme is fully funded by the Australian Research Council and is a part of Professor Joy Damousi’s ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship. It will be offered annually for the next 5 years. The aim is to attract outstanding early career female researchers who have completed their PhDs within the past 10 years in the humanities and the social sciences to an intensive mentoring programme. All travel and accommodation costs to Melbourne will be covered.

Applications for the 3-7 December program are now open. Applications close 14 May 2018, 5PM (AEST) For more information and to apply, go to

The focus of this programme is on research leadership and conducting best practice in research activity. It will involve workshops on all aspects of developing a research career: preparation of publications such as articles and books; writing grant applications; developing networking opportunities; honing presentation and public speaking skills; and conducting ethics in research. It will involve participants presenting their research; commenting and providing feedback on drafts; and exposing participants to a variety of speakers who would share their own experiences. In addition to these practical activities and direct mentoring of their own research projects, this programme will also offer participants an exploration of a range of skills such as developing career strategies and enhancing career progression. Over five days, the participants will gain insight into these aspects of career advancement and cover the following themes: focusing on issues confronting women researchers; identifying career opportunities; engaging in national and international research environment; managing institutional change and developing time management skills. The programme aims to reach outside of institutional boundaries to develop broad professional supportive networks that will assist those committed to fully developing their research career.

Enquiries: email