Public lecture: From Melancholy to Euphoria and More: Visual Representation of Emotions in Persian Illustrated Manuscripts

The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation presents a free Lecture by Dr Stefano Carboni, director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia:

From Melancholy to Euphoria and More: Visual Representation of Emotions in Persian Illustrated Manuscripts

6pm-7pm Wednesday 27 June at the University of Melbourne

The common perception about Persian miniature painting – better described as book illustration because almost invariably it has a textual, literary or oral context – is that it is elegant, colourful, rather formal in composition, and overall restrained in the way the characters are emotionally involved in a particular moment of the story. Persian illustrators, however, had a clear set of tools and visual tropes to convey feelings such as surprise, love, grief, fear, heroism in the face of death, and many more. Many of the stories told in poetic works by Firdausi, Jami and Nizami, all of which were often illustrated, are heavily charged with impossible love, death-defying trials, heroic quests, and mystic ardour: the written language, often memorized by the reader, is the protagonist while the visual image provides in some way an oasis, a respite for the eye, breaking away from the incessant emotional narrative of the verses. A great chapter for the visual representation of emotions, however, was written during the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period in Iran in the 14th century, a time during which all pictorial rules – if they previously existed – were subverted and we can witness a full range of demonstrative engagement with the viewer.

This lecture is part of the From Melancholy to Euphoria: The Materialisation of Emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts Symposium, made possible by support from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Crescent Foundation. Full symposium details at:

Free lecture. All welcome. Bookings essential. For full details and registration:

Entries now open for ANZAMEMS Publication Prizes

Entries for ANZAMEMS’ two major biennial publication prizes are now open and will close on 30 September 2018. Prize-winners will be announced at the ANZAMEMS 2019 conference in Sydney, Australia. An overview of each prize is provided below. Please visit the ANZAMEMS website for full criteria and submission instructions:

Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize

The Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize is awarded to an Early Career Researcher (ECR) for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the previous two years.

Philippa Maddern (1952–2014) was Professor of History at The University of Western Australia, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, an ANZAMEMS stalwart, and an active member of the Association from its inception. Philippa contributed enormously to the development of medieval and early modern studies, both in Australia and globally. She gave great service as an office bearer of ANZAMEMS, serving in a range of capacities on the committee including many years as its Treasurer. Philippa was a great champion of researchers embarking on academic careers and ANZAMEMS is proud to establish a Publication Prize for Early Career Researchers in her honour.

Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize

The Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize will be awarded to a postgraduate student for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the previous two years.

Patricia Crawford (1941–2009) was Professor Emerita of History at The University of Western Australia. A pioneering feminist historian, she is remembered as a leading scholar of early modern England whose work brought new depth to the study of women’s lives and thereby transformed understanding of the period. Trish was internationally recognised and served The University of Western Australia, her discipline, and ANZAMEMS with distinction. An active member of ANZAMEMS and the Parergon Editorial Committee, Trish was a scholar passionate about collaboration, and a mentor of extraordinary generosity, and ANZAMEMS is delighted to establish a Publication Prize for postgraduate students in her honour.

Symposium: From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts

Symposium: From Melancholy to Euphoria: The materialisation of emotion in Middle Eastern Manuscripts

Date: Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June
Venue: The University of Melbourne

This symposium will examine the relationship between materiality, the textual content, and the emotional resonance that is elicited by those engaging with the texts. Taking the various manifestations of love, both religious and secular, depicted within these texts, and linking these to the great Persian stories told in text and music, this seminar will explore how a deep understanding of the text and the depiction of the stories within traverses an emotional continuum from melancholy to euphoria.


Associate Professor Mandana Barkeshli, Dr Stefano Carboni (Director of Art Gallery of Western Australia), Prof Amir Zekrgoo (Professor of Islamic & Oriental Arts Department of Applied Art & Design, IIUM), and local and international experts.

The program includes a Public Lecture by Dr Carboni, ‘The materialisation of emotion in Islamic illustrated manuscripts’; Persian musical performance with Timothy Johannessen; a poetry recital with Professor Amir Zekrgoo; and Sama dance with Samira Khonsari.

This symposium is supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Crescent Foundation. Full symposium details and registration details at:

CFP: Summer School Relations and Relationality in Romance Literatures and Cultures (deadline extended)

Summer School: Relations and Relationality in Romance Literatures and Cultures
10-14 September, 2019
University of Rostock
Rostock, Germany

The last decade has been marked by the abundant emergence of dating applications and websites. As veritable markets of promises, they function as digital matchmakers: Offering to users a potential range of matches in the shape of a multitude of different profile-personae they can like or dislike, contact, meet and even fall in love or spend an adventure with. It is in this sense that networking does not only dominate the professional arena and carrier strategy but also the pursuit of personal and individual happiness. The development of a singular personality reveals itself in this sense – paradoxically enough – as an act of absorption of the self into a social network.

Online dating seems to substitute the love letter and gallantry with a new form of relationality, at the same time connected to the self and the other, that is appropriate to the life of the digital natives. Relationality can consequently be considered a contemporary cultural paradigm of mutual connectedness and self-unfolding alike.

The summer school seeks to conceptualize the notion of relationality as sociocultural vector with its own aesthetic performativity. Taking the virtual encounter and the affective inter- und intramedia exchange of personae as a starting point, the summer school will systematically and diachronically analyze intermedia relations in which personae are involved, their intramedia filiations, their generic and aesthetic effects as well as their performative influence on the conception of social relations in everyday life.

The following questions shall serve as examples:

  • What are the possibilities of relation and relationality between texts and media? How does their interdependence influence the reception and production of texts? How have they evolved in literary, cultural and media history? How have they been transformed?
  • What are aesthetic strategies to establish relations between intramedia characters? How are relations between readers and media established?
  • Is aesthetic relationality created through the process of reading or already inherent to the aesthetic artefact itself?
  • How are ways of reading and ways of living intertwined? Can re-readings of relationality pave the way for understanding/deconstructing e.g. gender inscriptions in mediatized relations? 
  • How can transformations of relationality be described in relation to cultural, literary and media history and transformations?
  • What is the relationship between mediatized relationality and everyday life?

The summer school invites (post-)doctoral researchers as well as advanced master students in Romance literary and cultural studies and affiliated subjects (art history, theater and performance studies, philosophy, social sciences etc.) whose current research project responds to the proposed topic.

Participants will not only be able to work with experienced researchers and specialists in the field of affect theory, intertextuality and performance studies, but also be able to discuss their current research project and give a paper on a topic inspired by the call.


    Hermann Doetsch (Munich)

    Nanette Rißler-Pipka (Tübingen)

    Mirjam Schaub (Berlin/Halle)

    Tanja Schwan (Leipzig)

    Philipp Wüscher (Berlin)


Please provide a short biography, a one-page description of your current research project as well as a short abstract (max. 300 words) for a paper (20min) that will be given during the conference. Main working language will be German, papers can also be given in any Romance language and English. Applications open until 23 June (deadline extended).

Apply at:

Participants will be contacted by mid-July. Generous funding for travel and accommodation is guaranteed.

Organizing team

    Christoph Behrens (Rostock)

    Christoph Groß (Rostock)

    Valerie Kiendl (Würzburg)



CFP: Stepfamilies in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800

Paper proposals are invited for the conference Stepfamilies in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, 30-31 May 2019.

This is a comparative conference to understand the stepfamily in its various forms across Asia, Europe and its colonies, and across world faiths. Themes include historical demography, stepfamilies through widowhood and in cultures with divorce, inheritance and the position of children from 1st, 2nd or 3rd marriage beds, half-siblings, stepsiblings, extramarital children, domestic arrangements, laws, emotions, folk tales, visual sources.

For more information on themes and updates see our conference blog website:

Potential contributors are welcome to contact us prior to submission to discuss possible topics, themes, and regions.  Some papers may be further developed and eventually published in the speciai issue of a journal subject to blind peer review.

We invite abstracts by 30 September 2018 including contact information, title, up to 500 words, and short author profile.

Contact Info: 
  • Gabriella Erdélyi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Momentum  “Intregating Families” Research Group
  • Lyndan Warner, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada
Contact Email: 

English Postgraduate Essay Prize – Call For Applications

The editors of English: the Journal of the English Association are pleased to
invite submissions to the journal’s annual essay competition exclusive to
postgraduates. The competition provides an ideal opportunity for students to
enhance their CV through the publication of their work in an excellent high-profile
journal that caters to a very wide range of genres, periods, and critical approaches.
We are looking for essays that provide new perspectives on canonical and/or noncanonical
Anglophone literatures, and therefore welcome submissions that focus on
single authors/texts or a range, and which develop original arguments beyond simple
close reading, while engaging with recent scholarship in relevant fields.

The competition is open to any postgraduate student who is registered on a
doctoral programme at any institution anywhere in the world, by, or within
three months of, the submission deadline: September 30th, 2018 (Winner
announced January 2019).

All essays are subject to an anonymous peer review by a panel of established experts
in literary studies and all will be considered for publication in English: the Journal of the
English Association. The award of £250 and publication in the journal will be made to
the winner. There will also be a runner-up prize of £100. Each will receive a year’s
subscription to English.

Submissions should be made through the journal’s submission portal:

Please include EPEP in the submission title to indicate it is to be considered for the

Submissions should meet the journal’s criteria for publication outlined on the journal

CFP: IONA seminar on (Re)constructing history through landscape and practice

Proposals are invited for the seminar “(Re)constructing history through landscape and practice”, to be held as part of IONA: Early Medieval Studies on the Islands of the North Atlantic – Transformative networks, skills, theories, and methods for the future of the field (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 11-13, 2019).

Seminar organisers: Dr Pamela O’Neill and Associate Professor Jay Johnston (University of Sydney)

This seminar will draw together academics and practitioners to investigate how we experience, represent and ultimately construct history. It will consider the creative processes that are triggered when the subject is physically immersed in the landscape: archaeologists who seek to authentically reproduce artefacts and sites, historians and toponymists who travel hypothesised early routeways, folklorists who seek to replicate encounters with the otherworld, artists who create through physical immersion in landscape, religious practitioners who (re)enact pilgrimage, heritage bodies who curate historic sites, writers who publish or blog their travel experiences. This seminar aims to explore multiple questions regarding the relationship between discursive academic and creative modes of enquiry including:

  • In what ways do we create historical, artistic and other narratives in response to immersion in landscape?
  • In what ways do such narratives differ from those created in a disengaged, physically separate context traditionally espoused by scholarship?
  • Of what value are such narratives to historians and other scholars working in the traditional mode?
  • What does a close physical experience of landscape add to scholarly understanding?
  • What could be the ultimate effect of a physically immersive model of scholarship being integrated into the academic endeavour?
  • How do these modalities of research and exploration relate to Critical Practice (practice-based methodology)?
  • What could such scholarship contribute to the understandings and experiences of the general public?

We invite expressions of interest from all who are keen to take part. Please include:

  • a very short biographical statement (100 words),
  • a brief explanation of your interest in the seminar
  • and a suggestion for a presentation you could contribute (200 words).

Please send expressions of interest to: AND by 31 July 2018.

Sewanee Medieval Colloquium: Lives and Afterlives – Call For Papers and Panels

‘Lives and Afterlives’
The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
University of the South in Sewanee, TN
April 12-13, 2019

Conference Website

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites proposals for panel themes engaging with the lives and afterlives of medieval cultures for its 2019 meeting. These sub-themes address a particular aspect of our general theme, and could be the basis for either one or two panels. As a rule of thumb, panel themes should be broad enough to encourage numerous applicants, and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. Possibilities might include the theologies of heaven, medieval ecologies, everyday life in the Middle Ages, the production of reliquaries, ordering of public space, and popular medievalism. If a panel theme is accepted, organizers will be responsible for selecting participants (from abstracts submitted through the website by October 26, 2018) and choosing a commenter (a well-established expert in the field) to respond to the papers at the panel session.

Panel theme proposals should include a description/rationale of the panel theme, a list of possible commenters (organizers may serve as commenters), and the CVs of the organizers, all submitted via e-mail to Panel proposals are due July 27, 2018. Commenters are generally established figures in the field with a significant record of publication; participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium also invites proposals for individual papers engaging with any aspect of our 2019 theme, ‘Lives and Afterlives.’ Possibilities might include the theologies of heaven, medieval ecologies, everyday life in the Middle Ages, the production of reliquaries, ordering of public space, and popular medievalism. Papers should be twenty minutes in length, and commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented. We invite papers from all disciplines, and encourage contributions from medievalists working on any geographic area. A seminar will also seek contributions; please look for its separate CFP soon. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., via our website (, no later than 26 October 2018. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Completed papers, including notes, will be due to commenters no later than 12 March 2019.

You may also propose a complete panel of either two or three papers; please submit all abstracts together, and attach all relevant CVs. Complete panel proposals will be due at the same time as our general call, October 26, 2018.

Baths and Spa Waters in the Culture and Literature of Early Modern England – Call For Papers

Baths and Spa Waters in the Culture and Literature of Early Modern England
Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA), France
11-13 October, 2019

Organizers: Pr. Sophie Chiari and Dr. Samuel Cuisinier-Delorme

Under the aegis of the French Shakespeare Society


  • Dr. Richard Kerridge (Bath Spa University)
  • Dr. Amanda Herbert (Folger Institute and Amherst College)
  • Pr. Tiffany Stern (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Dr. Tiffany J. Werth (UC Davis, University of California)

Water has been used for recreational or therapeutic purposes, shaping landscapes, cleansing bodies and spirits alike throughout the centuries. Cities such as Bath in England, Spa in Belgium, and Vichy in France, have prospered because of their spa activities. While balneology has frequently been studied in connection with classical Antiquity or with more recent times (in particular the nineteenth century, often seen as the Golden Age of spa activities), much work remains to be done regarding its significance in the early modern period. This conference will highlight the various uses of water in sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century England, while exploring the tensions between those people who praised the curative virtues of waters and those who rejected them for their supposedly harmful effects.

During the Middle Ages, steam baths, whose purpose was more recreational than regenerative, flourished in many Christian cities. Yet the bad reputation of stews (dry or moist heated baths) was early established: over time they were increasingly regarded as places that facilitated prostitution and promiscuity. No wonder that, in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Vincentio describes how corruption will ‘boil and bubble / Till it o’er-run the stew’. After his ascension to the throne, Henry VIII came to regard public baths as places of debauchery in which infections and contaminations easily spread. When he developed syphilis, he ordered that the baths be closed down. As a result, in the Tudor era, they became synonymous with forbidden practices. Turkish baths, famed for their exoticism, were seen as privileged places for female eroticism, as is suggested in Thomas Washington’s translation of The Navigations, Peregrinations, and Travels Made in Turkey (1585). In the seventeenth century, many people feared that hot water could infuse their bodies with dangerous humours; they turned, domestically, to waterless grooming achieved by rubbing or wiping the skin. The habit of bathing became general relatively late, when public baths reopened in London at the end of the century, and only in the mid-1750s did bathing come back into fashion as a medical resource. Cold water was favoured since it was thought to be invigorating and to regulate blood circulation.

The early modern period marked a parallel shift in spa activities. What healing waters were thought to be differed according to faith: Catholics understood them ritualistically and superstitiously, Protestants pragmatically. The medical treatises of the period, meanwhile, no longer systematically described water as a sacred or sacramental element, examining instead its curative properties. Dr William Turner, a pioneer of spa medicine in England, drafted the first English-language treatise on hot springs called A Book of the Natures and Properties of the Baths in England and other baths in Germany and Italy. Published in 1562, the volume recorded the healing properties of spa waters for nearly a hundred diseases, compared Bath with spa towns on the continent, and pleaded for improvements to be undertaken in the English city. A few decades later, in 1626, Elizabeth Farrow discovered a spring in Scarborough. The publication in 1660 of Scarborough Spaw or A description of the Nature and Virtues of the Spaw at Scarbrough in Yorkshire by Dr Robert Wittie made Scarborough one of the most important spa resorts of the time. Wittie’s observations were extended in the second edition of the book (1667) in which he provides a description of the benefits of water on nerves and lungs as well as on mental health. According to him, water could even cure ‘hypochondriack melancholly and windiness’. While Bath, Bristol, and Harrogate were recognized as established spa towns, Scarborough’s reputation soared when spa treatments developed there and when sea water baths were introduced in addition to spring water ones.

Beyond their medical dimension, the social and cultural life of spa towns, frequently described in the literary productions of the early modern period, need examination. For example, at the beginning of the eighteenth century, Bath became a fashionable holiday destination for the English aristocracy and the upper middle classes. Queen Anne’s visit in 1702 and the arrival there of Richard ‘Beau’ Nash in 1704 turned Bath into the most elegant resort in Georgian England. Not only did people go to Bath for spa treatments, but also for entertainment: concerts, dances, card games and gambling thrived in this ‘curative’ city. The international ‘Baths and Spa Waters’ conference will be held in Vichy which, along with Bath and nine other European spa towns, has submitted a joint nomination for inclusion in a UNESCO World Heritage List of ‘Great Spas of Europe’. The symposium will take stock of current research on the connections between literature, culture, baths, and hydrotherapy in early modern England. We welcome a diversity of approaches and a wide variety of sources, such as pamphlets, poems and plays extolling, condemning or deriding baths, travel narratives that depict baths, and scientific treatises that either praise or criticize the curative use of water. Contributors are also invited to examine sources of information such as travel guides and conduct manuals that became popular in the eighteenth century, as well as newspapers and gazettes describing the activities and daily life in spa towns.

Please send your 500-word abstract along with a short biographical note to Sophie Chiari ( and Samuel Cuisinier-Delorme ( by September 15th, 2018.

Participants will be notified in November 2018.

CFP: History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland, annual conference 2018

For its upcoming conference, the HSTM Network invites proposals on all topics in the history of science, technology and medicine, no Irish connection required.

26-27 October 2018

Keynote: Professor Nick Hopwood (University of Cambridge) on a visual history of embryos, tentatively titled ‘Why you expect embryos when you’re expecting.’
Hosted at: The School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast.

Call for Papers/Panels:
Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract including five key words, and mention the name and affiliation (unless independent) of the speaker. Individual presentations should be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes afterwards for questions. Panel submissions should include three papers (each with a 250-word abstract including five key words) , a chair if possible, and a 100-word panel abstract. In both cases, please have ‘Submission 2018 conference’ as your email subject to help speed things along for us. We aim to confirm acceptance of papers within a month of the call for papers closing date.

Call closing date: 21 June 2018
Address for paper submissions/queries:
Website for registration:
Registration fees: £20 for unwaged/students – £40 for waged.