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ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day

ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day
Wednesday 30 November 2022
The University of Melbourne (and online)
(Part of the Congress of HASS,

ANZAMEMS is excited to announce it will be running a Professional Development Day for postgraduates and early career researchers from both Australia and New Zealand at the upcoming Congress of the Council of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) in Melbourne, in late November 2022.

The event will be held both in person at The University of Melbourne, and online via Zoom on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

The ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day will assist postgraduate and ECR scholars in their development as researchers and provide opportunities to network with experts and other postgraduates working in similar fields. The program will offer a mix of career development and state of the field/s reflections. A detailed program and list of speakers will be announced shortly.

All attendees will be expected to abide by the ANZAMEMS Equity and Diversity policy ( and Covid-Safe procedures.

Registration for the ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day is required. Registration is FREE for all attendees.

To register to attend the ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day either in-person or online, please visit:

Covid-Safe Event
Please note: Covid-Safe measures will be in place during the Event for those attending in person:
Free masks, RATs and hand sanitiser will be provided by Event organisers;
In-person attendees will be required to wear masks whilst indoors, and to provide proof of a negative RAT the morning of the Event;
ANZAMEMS strongly encourages individuals to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations;
Covid-safe meal options for morning/afternoon tea and lunch will also be provided.

The Congress of HASS is a child friendly event. For more information about childcare options, please visit the Congress website:

Travel and Carer Bursaries
A limited number of Travel and Carer bursaries will be available to ANZAMEMS members who are current or recent Postgraduates or Early Career Researchers to attend the Professional Development Day. This includes members from New Zealand. The amount of funding available, and hence the number of bursaries funded, will be determined by the Event organising committee after they have considered all the applications. Bursaries will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be ranked according to distance travelled, financial need, current employment status, and access to other sources of funding.​

Current Postgraduates should be enrolled in higher degree research programs (MA by research or PhD) at the time of their application.

Early Career Researchers should have graduated from a higher degree research program (MA by research or PhD), and should not yet be employed in an ongoing academic position.

To apply for a bursary, please send an email titled 2022 ANZAMEMS Professional Development Day Bursary Application to Dr Marina Gerzic ( with the following information included in a Word document attached to the email (please do not send these details directly in the email itself):
Name, and affiliation (if any);
Type of bursary you are applying for, i.e., Travel or Carer;
Confirm whether you are a Postgraduate or Early Career Researcher;
Confirm that you are a financial member of ANZAMEMS for 2022;
A short budget (no more than 1/2 page) detailing the cost of attending the Event;
Details of any other sources of funding.

The closing date for bursary application is Friday 30 September.

Applications open: Rome Seminar, June 10-July 5, 2020

This seminar is designed to introduce graduate students from across the humanities to the unique primary sources available in Rome. Working hands on with materials in the city’s archives and libraries, students will be exposed to the rich potential of a wide range of sources produced from 1100 to 1750. Seminar meetings will be held at the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Biblioteca Nazionale, and the Archivio di Stato, and elsewhere. The seminar will also include a series of presentations by senior scholars who will discuss how they have collected and interpreted Roman primary sources in their own research.

Each successful applicant will receive a stipend of up to $3,500 to defray travel costs, housing, and meals in Rome. We welcome applications from students from any discipline at any stage in their graduate education. To be eligible to apply, you must be enrolled full-time in a graduate program. The focus of your research need not be Rome but you should have an interest in developing that research through the use of primary sources located in the city.

There are extraordinary and understudied materials in libraries and archives in the city for archeologists and classicists, art historians and historians, musicologists and students of theater and performance, historians of late antiquity, the Middle Ages, the early modern period and the world, specialists in the Near East and East Asia. The holdings of the Vatican Library alone include priceless manuscripts and documents from East Asia, the near East, and North Africa – as well as a vast collection of ancient, medieval and early modern texts in Greek and Latin, a unique resource for the history and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, of Christianity from its origins until recent times, of relations between Christians and Jews from antiquity onwards, and other subjects without number.

For more information, please visit the website:

ANZAMEMS PATS: Approaching Medieval and Early Modern Conflict

Approaching Medieval and Early Modern Conflict
ANZAMEMS Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar 2019
University of Queensland (St Lucia campus), 11–12 August 2019

Applications are invited from postgraduates and ECRs in Australia and New Zealand who would benefit from taking part in this year’s ANZAMEMS Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar, which will focus on the study of medieval and early modern conflict.

Day One will be comprised of four methodological workshops:

Conflict in Crusade Narrative (Dr Beth Spacey);
Conflict in Monastic Narrative (Assoc. Prof. Kriston Rennie);
Conflict and Material Culture (Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch); and
Conflict in Early Modern Print Culture (Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar).

The sessions will be followed by a roundtable discussion for broader reflection on the study of historical conflict. The workshops are designed to expose participants to a variety of approaches towards conflict in a historical setting, to enable engagement with ‘research in progress’, and to develop skills in textual, visual, and material cultural analysis. This is also an opportunity for participants working on cognate topics to connect with academics, students and ECRs from UQ and beyond.

On Day Two, participants will attend the one-day symposium at UQ, Landscapes of Conflict and Encounter in the Crusading World. This symposium brings together medievalists working on diverse areas of crusading activity in Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, to give papers on the relationship between landscape, conflict and encounter. By focusing in on a particular aspect of medieval conflict, this symposium will allow participants to build their own knowledge around the theme, while providing an opportunity to network with an international group of scholars in the field.

The costs of participants’ return airfare and accommodation will be covered by ANZAMEMS and the University of Queensland.

To apply, please send the following information to Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch ( by 17 May 2019:

  • Your name, affiliation and status (i.e. currently enrolled MA/MPhil, PhD, or ECR within 5 years of completing a postgraduate degree);
  • A copy of your academic CV;
  • A c.300-word overview of your research, including reflection on how you might benefit from participation in this PATs;
  • Estimated cost of your return economy airfare to Brisbane.

Please direct any queries to .

Conference Masterclass: Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group

The Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG) welcomes all who have an interest in the culture, life and history of medieval and early modern Europe. PMRG offers a forum to showcase local, national and international scholarship in the field by hosting seminar papers and presentations by local and visiting scholars throughout the year. The highlight of the year is the annual conference, attracting scholars of all stages from around the world to present their research. Themes in previous years have included such diverse areas as magic and marvels, houses, households and families and the world as stage.

To create more support for undergraduate and postgraduate students, PMRG member Laura Collier has developed a Conference/Abstract Masterclass to work in tandem with the Study Smarter Conference Workshop.

The Masterclass is designed to assist students with such things as crafting an abstract, sourcing CFPs, joining professional memberships, public speaking skills, and general conference information (such as what to wear, how to network and how to follow up on connections you’ve made once the conference in question is over).

What makes PMRG’s Masterclass unique is the opportunity for students to:

  • Present your abstract on the day, as though it were an actual paper being presented at a real conference.
  • Experience receiving questions during the question time following your paper (and also how to ask them!) and,
  • Have the unique opportunity to submit your abstract to the CFP for PMRG’s annual conference in October of this year, with a view that all students whose abstracts are within the realm of our conference’s topic, and who have attended our Masterclass, will be accepted to present. You will also then receive guidance on writing their paper between CFP acceptance and the conference itself.

The PMRG Masterclass will be held on Friday 5 April 2019, and will run from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The conference itself will be on Saturday 19 October, 2019, and will run for a full day. The theme for the conference is “Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds”.

The Masterclass is free for all to attend, however for catering purposes we are asking attendees to register by following this link:

For further information, please feel free to contact Masterclass organiser Laura Collier (

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Australian Academy of the Humanities and The British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Forum

The British Academy and the Australian Academy of the Humanities are inviting applications for humanities, arts and social science Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to attend the Knowledge Frontiers Forum on the broad theme ‘The Future’ to take place Monday 11-Tuesday 12 November 2019 in Brisbane.

The Forum will bring together up to 40 ECRs (understood as up to seven years after obtaining a PhD) from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region to discuss key questions around the futures theme. This has been broadly envisaged, and areas of expected discussion include experiences of rapid social and cultural change, evolving notions of heritage, imaginations of the future, environmental futures, and co-designing and producing knowledge in the future. Recognising the contribution of Indigenous knowledge to discussions of the future, applications from Indigenous researchers working across these thematic areas are encouraged.

Travel and accommodation expenses will be met for successful applicants.

See the Australian Academy of the Humanities website for full details of the event and application process. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm GMT Wednesday 10 April 2019.

New Zealand and Pacific applicants:

The British Academy and Australian Academy of the Humanities have made places available for up to four New Zealanders and two Pacific Islands delegates, with Royal Society Te Apārangi providing travel grants of up to NZ$750 (up to $750 for ECR Forum Members and Pacific delegates, two-thirds of cost up to $500 for non-member New Zealand delegates). For further information, see the Royal Society of New Zealand website.

Call for EoI: ANZAMEMS PATS training seminar

ANZAMEMS invites expressions of interest from Association members to host a Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS) in Australia or New Zealand in the second half of 2019. The Association makes up to $5,000 available for the PATS. Preference may be given to applications which can provide matching funding.

Expressions of interest should include:

  • Proposed title / skill area to be addressed
  • Name(s) of local presenters
  • Name(s) of international presenters (if applicable)
  • Proposed venue(s)
  • Proposed budget
  • A draft day-by-day plan of the event

A copy of the Association’s Equity and Inclusivity Guidelines for ANZAMEMS Conference and Event Planners can be downloaded at the ANZAMEMS website:

Expressions of interest must be submitted by 31 March 2019 by email to the Executive Administrator, Marina Gerzic at

Expressions of interest will be judged by a three-member panel of the ANZAMEMS Committee (Sue Broomhall, Clare Monagle, Peter Sherlock). The outcome will be announced no later than 14 April 2019.

About PATS

ANZAMEMS is committed to supporting postgraduates and early career scholars by providing funding for specialist, intensive training seminars that can assist in their development as researchers. PATS events also provide attendees with valuable opportunities to network with experts and other postgraduates working in similar fields. Recent PATS include “Digital Editing and the Medieval & Early Modern Manuscript”, “Doing Digital Humanities: From Project Planning to Digital Delivery”, and “Marginalia and Markings: Reading Early Modern and Medieval Readers”. For more information about ANZAMEMS PATS, please see

Call for nominations: Parergon Early Career Researcher (ECR) Committee

Parergon, the journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Inc.), seeks nominations for interested early career scholars who are members of ANZAMEMS to participate as members of the 2019 Early Career Researcher (ECR) Committee. The aim of this committee is to recognise and support early career researcher contributions to ANZAMEMS, and specifically, Parergon.

The ECR Committee will meet quarterly, and offers an opportunity to provide advice to the Editorial team and gain a deeper understanding of the detailed intellectual and practical processes of production of a prestigious, peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

Additionally, participation in the ECR Committee will provide valuable service experience for those interested in pursuing academic and publishing career pathways. Membership of the ECR Committee is not a paid position.

A maximum of 5 places are currently available for the 2019 ECR Committee.

Terms are for a calendar year, with a possible maximal renewal of an additional, immediate year.

Nominations are sought from late-stage doctoral students through to those five years post PhD or equivalent), who are current members of ANZAMEMS.

Applications should consist of a CV, and a covering email outlining disciplinary expertise to the Editor of Parergon,

Doctoral students wishing to apply should also provide an email from their supervisor indicating support for their application.

Nominations close on 15 February 2019. Successful candidates will be notified in early March.

Selection criteria

  • Candidates are expected to be available to make 4 meetings a year in person or by skype/zoom link.
  • No prior experience is necessary
  • The Editorial team will seek to achieve a broad disciplinary spread among the committee.

Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Parergon Early Career Research Committee Terms of Reference

1. Purpose

The Committee’s purposes are:

  • to provide advice to the Editor and Reviews Editor on the content, production and promotion of Parergon
  • to give the opportunity for early career researchers to gain experience in the intellectual and practical processes of production of a high-quality international peer-reviewed journa
  • to support the aims of the association with regard to the publication of its journal

2. Membership

The members of the Committee are:

  1. The Parergon Editor
  2. The Parergon Reviews Editor
  3. Up to 10 persons appointed by the Editor and Reviews Editor for one year.

Persons appointed in category 2.3:

  • must be members of ANZAMEMS; and
  • must be early career researchers (within five years of achieving a doctoral qualification) or currently enrolled doctoral students (with support of a doctoral supervisor)
  • are eligible for reappointment for a further term of one year.

3. Meetings

  • The Parergon Editor is the Chair of the committee.
  • The Committee normally meets quarterly
  • The Committee reports through the Editor to the ANZAMEMS Editorial Sub-Committee

Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

The University of Queensland (UQ) Node of the Centre for the History of Emotions is inviting expressions of interest for three postdoctoral visiting fellowships, for a period of up to ten weeks, from early career researchers who are Australian nationals or permanent residents. Applicants should possess a PhD awarded within the past five years, and be based within the disciplines of either English Literature or Art History. They should be working on a topic in the history of emotions, broadly conceived.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) is a national humanities research initiative undertaken collaboratively across eight Australian universities. Established in 2011 by the ARC’s Centres of Excellence program, CHE has its headquarters at University of Western Australia, with research and outreach Nodes at the Universities of Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Macquarie University, University of New England and Western Sydney University. The Centre draws on the expertise of scholars in such diverse disciplines as social and political history, the history of ideas, literary criticism, art history and musicology. By studying earlier experience and culture, the Centre aims to produce a new, cross-disciplinary, and comprehensive understanding of the long history of emotions.

The three UQ CHE Visiting Fellowships will be located within the University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) which will allow the opportunity for participation in the research activities of the Institute. IASH facilitates the deep and extended exploration of traditional humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy, and literature, while also developing the scope for further intersections with more recent developments in the humanities (for instance, cultural studies and communication) and significant applications of them in contemporary contexts (for example, science communication). Successful candidates will be required to be in residence during their tenure of the fellowship, which can be taken up within any consecutive ten-week period from February until July, 2019. They will be expected to present one academic seminar during the fellowship. Fellows will be assigned a working space and the use of UQ Library facilities. The fellowship includes a stipend of up to AUD10,000 to cover living expenses.

Expressions of interest should include a one-to-two page cover letter outlining research interests; a one-to-two page research and writing plan for the fellowship, with details of publication goals; a CV (maximum five pages) with contact details of two referees; and a writing sample of approximately five thousand words.

Please address the expressions of interest to Professor Peter Holbrook, Director of the UQ Node of CHE, at

Applications must be received by Friday, 30 November 2018. Please direct all enquiries about the fellowships also to the UQ CHE email.

Call for applications: Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History

The American Society for Legal History and the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to invite applications for the tenth biennial Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, to be held 9-22 June 2019 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The purpose of the Hurst Institute is to advance the approach to legal scholarship fostered by J. Willard Hurst in his teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. The Hurst Institute assists scholars from law, history, and other disciplines in pursuing research on the legal history of any part of the world.

The 2019 Hurst Institute will be led by Mitra Sharafi, Professor of Law and Legal Studies (with History affiliation) at University of Wisconsin–Madison. The two‑week program features presentations by guest scholars, discussions of core readings in legal history, and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute. The ASLH Hurst Selection Committee will select twelve Fellows to participate in this event.

Applicant Qualifications

Scholars in law, history and other disciplines pursuing research on legal history of any part of the world are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applications from scholars at an early stage of their career (beginning faculty members, doctoral students who have completed or almost completed their dissertations, and J.D. graduates with appropriate backgrounds).

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire two‑week term of the Institute, to participate in all program activities of the Institute, and to give an informal works‑in‑progress presentation in the second week of the Institute. Fellows are expected to engage with scholars from other fields and to foster an atmosphere of collegiality.

Application Deadline: 3 December, 2018

Application Process

(1) Submit the following materials in a single pdf file starting with your last name to Multiple attachments will not be accepted.

  • Curriculum Vitae with your complete contact information.
  • Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words) describing your current work, specific research interests, and the broader perspectives on legal history that inform your work.

(2) Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent electronically as a pdf files (these must be on institutional letterhead and signed) to by the deadline.

Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


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