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Royal Society of New Zealand: New Category of Membership for Early Career Researchers

Are you an active researcher and within 10 years of completing your highest qualification (usually a PhD)? If yes, then you may qualify for ECR (Early Career Researcher) membership of the Royal Society of New Zealand, which attracts a 50% rebate on the full subscription.

You can find out more and apply here:

ECR membership is a new category of RSNZ membership. In addition to the benefits of all individual members, ECR members will also belong to the RSNZ ECR Forum, a section of the Royal Society dedicated to engaging ECRs across all disciplines and fostering a collaborative, communicative, and respected community. ECR members can participate in all ECR events that RSNZ runs throughout the country. These events are targeted to the needs of ECRs, including communication, mentoring, networking skills, and career building. There will also be an emphasis on fostering relations between ECRs and Constituent Organisations, such as The New Zealand Historical Association (NZHA).

The Society for the History of Emotions

The Society for the History of Emotions welcomes members working in the field of the history of emotions across the world, including independent scholars, early career researchers and postgraduates.

It aims to:

    • organise conferences, symposia and postgraduate training events to further knowledge of the history of emotions;
    • provide global information, networking and collaborative opportunities for scholars of emotions;
    • produce the journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS).

The Council of the Society includes Jacqueline Van Gent (Convenor), Susan Broomhall, Ute Frevert, Piroska Nagy, Carly Osborn, Miri Rubin, Giovanni Tarantino, Stephanie Trigg and Paul Yachnin.

Emotions: History, Culture, Society

Emotions: History, Culture, Society is published under the auspices of the Society and edited by Katie Barclay and Andrew Lynch. Giovanni Tarantino is Reviews Editor. It has a distinguished Advisory Board. The first issue will appear in mid-2017.

EHCS is a bi-annual journal dedicated to understanding emotions in historical, social and cultural contexts, and to exploring the role of emotion in shaping human experience, societies, cultures and environments.

It will publish theoretically-informed work from a range of historical, cultural and social domains. It will embrace multidisciplinary approaches (both qualitative and quantitative) from history, art, literature, law, languages, music, politics, sociology, cognitive sciences, cultural studies, environmental humanities, religious studies, linguistics, philosophy, psychology and related disciplines.

For enquiries about EHCS, email


To join the Society for the History of Emotions and receive two issues of EHCS per year, visit:

Membership plus online journal:

  • $70 (standard)
  • $45 (concession)

Membership plus printed journal and online version:

  • $85 (standard)
  • $60 (concession)


Book and Place: University of Otago, Center for the Book Annual Research Symposium (2016) – Registration Now Open

Book and Place
2016 Centre for the Book Annual Research Symposium
Centre for the Book, University of Otago, Dunedin
27-28 October, 2016

This year’s event will open with a public lecture on Thursday night (27 October, 2016), followed by a day of stimulating papers (Friday 28 October 2016). Thursday night’s lecture at the Dunedin Public Library will be given by Neville Peat, author of numerous books about Southern New Zealand ( Come listen to this well-known author reflect on his sense of book and place as he describes, in words and pictures, some of New Zealand’s most remote and precious areas and landmarks, and his ideas for an autobiography that explores an array of New Zealand islands spanning 8,500 kms of latitude, from the tropical to the frozen.

Friday will consist of panels of 20-min papers, with a plenary lecture by Dr. Ingrid Horrocks of Massey University after morning tea. Ingrid is one of the editors of the forthcoming Victoria University Press title, Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as an online anthology about a particular place, Pukeahu ( The day will open with reflections by Professor Tony Ballantyne. The full program is available to download here:

We are also delighted that Nicky Page will be joining us. As Director to Dunedin’s City of Literature program, Nicky will have lots of thoughts about our topic and will also look forward to hearing the insights of others.

Thanks to support from the Department of English and Linguistics, the Division of the Humanities, and the Centre for Research on Colonial Cultures, we are delighted that there will be no charge for the symposium, though participants will need to bring or buy their own lunch. We will provide a reception following the evening lecture, and morning and afternoon tea.

We look forward to seeing you. We can accommodate 70 people in the Marjorie Barclay Theatre of the Otago Museum, so please ensure you register early to secure a place. To register, please send an email providing your name as you wish it to appear on your name tag and your email address to You will also need to notify the Public Library that you wish to attend the Thursday evening lecture by going to the Library’s event site to let them know you are coming:

Petition – Save Humanities at the University of Otago

Spread the word and help save Humanities at the University of Otago:

“Some of you may have heard about the restructure of Humanities at the University of Otago. Owing to a decline in student numbers, the University is claiming the Division of Humanities has a budget shortage that must be balanced by cutting staff. A number of Departments within the Division are being targeted for staff redundancies by the end of the year. See here:…/humanities-division-cuts-focus-reve…

The Tertiary Education Union is running a Heart Humanities campaign to support affected staff and to challenge the time frame and scope of the cuts. Some context to this situation is the National Government’s funding of Maths and Science students at a higher rate than Humanities enrolments and the University’s budget priorities, which include spending millions on campus beautification projects and sponsoring rugby teams!

While we have strong support from within the University from staff and students, we also need public support, and in particular, support from external Universities and scholars. We have set up a petition to collate external support. Please sign & share:”

Australian and New Zealand Branch of International Arthurian Society – Renewal of Subscriptions for 2016 Now Due

This is a call for anyone interested in joining the Australian and New Zealand Branch of International Arthurian Society (ANZIAS).

Renewal of your subscriptions for 2016 is now due, so it is the perfect time to join. The registration is AUD$35, which includes a copy of the forthcoming edition of the  Journal of the International Arthurian Society (JIAS). This edition includes a suite of essays on ‘Positive Arthurian Emotions’ edited by Andrew Lynch. Excellent value!

Also, another reason for joining is that the next International Arthurian Congress, is to be held in Wuerzburg, Germany, from July 24th-29th, 2017. In order to participate in the Congress, which is always a vital and illuminating event, you are required to be a member of one of the IAS branches. The deadline for proposals is 1 October, 2016. The topics are:
a. Voice(s), Sounds and the Rhetoric of Performance
b. Postmedieval Arthur: Print and Other Media
c. Translation, Adaption and the Movement of texts
d. Current State of Arthurian Editions: Problems and Perspectives
e. Sacred and Profane in Arthurian Romance
f. Critical Modes and Arthurian Literature: Past, Present and Future

For more information, visit the website:

If you would like to join, or you have any questions, please contact Peta Beasley at

The Society for the History of Emotions

The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) is a project of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 (CHE). It is a professional association for scholars interested in emotions as historically and culturally-situated phenomena within past and present societies.

Its aims are:

  • To understand the changing meanings and consequences of emotional concepts, expressions and regulation over time and space;
  • To establish the history of emotions as a widely-used framework for understanding past societies and cultures;
  • To organise conferences and similar events to further knowledge of the history of emotions;
  • To produce a journal called Emotions: History, Culture, Society which will appear in two issues each year;
  • To promote the interests of the Society for the History of Emotions, following the direction of its Council.

The Society welcomes members working in the field of the history of emotions across the world, including independent scholars, early career researchers and postgraduates. Membership information will soon be available through our website but in the meantime please email us at:

Current committee members consist of: Jacqueline Van Gent (Convenor); Giovanni Tarantino (Research Development Officer); Ute Frevert, Miri Rubin, Stephanie Trigg, Paul Yachnin (Ordinary Members); Andrew Lynch and Katie Barclay (Journal Editors).

Jenny Wormald Obituary

Thanks to Sybil Jack for writing this short obituary of Jenny Wormald, who was the keynote speaker at the 1990 ANZAMRS (Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Renaissance Studies) Conference in Otago. As many of you are aware of, ANZAMRS and AHMEME (Australian Historians of Medieval and Early Modern Europe) merged in 1996 to form ANZAMEMS.

Jenny Wormald, born Jenny Brown in 1942, read history at Glasgow university and taught there until she was appointed Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at St Hilda’s College in 1985 where she stayed until she ‘retired’ in 2005. Thereafter she returned to Edinburgh to be an Honorary Fellow at the University. From the start of her career she was both brilliant and provocative — she subjected the accepted ideas and explanations of the medieval and early modern period to devastating criticism that forced her colleagues in Scottish history to re-examine and reconstruct their understanding of the period. In the last fifty years she may well have been the most influential historian of medieval and early modern Scotland and her contribution to the re-writing of its history both in her own work and in her editing of volumes of collected studies. She was an incisive speaker as ANZAMRS discovered when she came to the Otago conference in early 1990 as the keynote speaker — an appropriate one for a city established by Scots. She spoke on Mary Queen of Scots, whom she could not abide and attempted to demolish her romantic image. This unpopular approach, which led to considerable argument, saw her later modify her assumptions as she always held everyone should do.

Her students remembered her as a stimulating teacher who drew out reticent students and encouraged them to debate. Her friends and colleagues found her both supportive and helpful in matters of research and teaching. In her retirement she continued to work and to give lectures and papers at conferences — perhaps the last in August this year at the Scottish Legal History Group Annual Conference when she spoke on James VI and I — another person about whom she changed her mind.

She married Patrick Wormald, a distinguish historian of early English law, when he moved from Oxford to Glasgow in 1974 and they assisted one another to develop penetrating new ideas. She had two sons but domesticity did not impede her research and writing.

Save Ashgate Publishing Petition

Ashgate Publishing Company was purchased by Informa (Taylor & Francis Publishing) in 2015. On November 24th, 2015, the North American office of the press in Burlington, Vermont will close, and Ashgate’s US staff members will cease to be reprsentatives of Ashgate.

The following petition appeals to Informa to stop a planned closure of the Ashgate office in the United States, and rumored closings of an office in Britain.

Self-Nominations for the MAA Graduate Student Committee – Call For Applications

The Medieval Academy of America is currently accepting self-nominations for vacancies opening up on the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) for the 2016-2018 term. The GSC comprises five members appointed for a two- year term on a rotating basis. Self-nominations are open to all graduate students, worldwide, who are members of the MAA and have at least two years remaining in their program of study.

The GSC was founded more than ten years ago to represent and promote the participation of graduate student medievalists within the MAA and the broader academic community. In addition to fostering international and interdisciplinary exchange, the GSC is dedicated to providing guidance on research, teaching, publishing, professionalization, funding, and employment, as well as offering a forum for the expression of the concerns and interests of our colleagues. Our responsibilities, thus, include organizing pre-professionalizing panels and social events annually at ICMS Kalamazoo, the MAA Annual Meeting, IMC Leeds, and biennially at ANZAMEMS. We also run a successful and popular Mentorship Program that pairs graduate students with faculty to discuss any aspect of our profession such as teaching, publishing, finding a successful work/life balance, maneuvering the job market, and more. In addition, we seek to bring together graduate students through virtual communities such as the growing Graduate Student Group on the MAA website, Facebook, Twitter, the med-grad listserv, and this tri-annual newsletter.

GSC members are asked to attend the Committee’s annual business meeting at Kalamazoo for the duration of their term and to communicate regularly with the group via email and Skype. Ideal applicants are expected to work well both independently and as part of a team in a collaborative environment. Previous experience with organizing conference panels and social events, as well as facility with social and digital media are not required, but may be a benefit.

Interested applicants should submit the following by December 15, 2015:

  • The Nomination Form;
  • A brief CV (2 pages maximum) uploaded as part of the Nomination Form;
  • A recommendation letter from your faculty advisor, sent to the Executive Director of the Medieval Academy by mail or as a PDF attachment (on letterhead with signature, to

New members will be selected by the Committee on Committees and confirmed by the Council of the Medieval Academy at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, February 25-27. If you have any questions, please contact us at