Category Archives: Seminar

Seminar: Conversations on the Political Thought of Giles of Rome


Dear Colleagues,

Please find here the announcement for the first session of the online seminar on Giles of Rome, 15 December at 8pm Paris time zone (NB this is 8am 16 December in NZ).

This is a multi-lingual online seminar intended to facilitate new discussions and raise new questions concerning the political thought, context and influence of Giles of Rome. The group will focus, in particular, on philological issues and questions of historical context.

Please register through the links in the below pdf. The organisers, Chris Jones and Frédérique Lachaud, can provide texts if the papers to read in advance of the seminar.

Seminar: A Social Revolution? Married Clergy in the Anglo-Norman Realm, 1050–1200

On Friday 3 November, the Flinders University History Seminar series is pleased to welcome Dr Hazel Freestone (Independent Scholar/ Cambridge). Dr Freestone’s paper is titled: ‘A Social Revolution? Married Clergy in the Anglo-Norman Realm, 1050–1200’ .

The session is online only via TEAMS at 9am ACDT (9.30am AEDT and 10.30pm in the UK). See the below flyer for further details.

2023 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture

Monday 13 November, 6.00-8.30pm

6.00-6.25pm: Guest arrival and registration
6.30-7.30pm: Bill Kent Memorial Lecture
7.30-8.30pm: Light refreshments will be provided

Venue: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne

Associate Professor Nick Eckstein will speak on: Time and Space in Renaissance Florence (and the Mouse in Matteo Cavalcanti’s Underpants).

Nick Eckstein taught and researched for 22 years in the History Department at the University of Sydney, where he was Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance History. He is also former Deborah Loeb Brice fellow (1999-2000) and Visiting Professor (2003,2006) at The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence.

Nick’s research and publications emphasise the social and cultural history of renaissance and early-modern Italy. His articles and books include a major study reconstructing the changing social context and reception of Florentine art by lay audiences in the fifteenth century, Painted Glories: The Brancacci Chapel in Renaissance Florence (Yale University Press, 2014). More recently, he has published articles and chapters on the perception, utilisation and evolution  of urban and rural space during periods of plague crisis in early-modern Italy, and has also been writing a book on this subject.

Registrations: Please ensure you have registered via the online registration form by Wednesday 8 November 2023.

For further details, see

Call for Applications: ANZAMEMS Seminar – Medieval and Early Modern Sources


The MEMS program at the Australian Catholic University, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash University, the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the Australian National University, the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia in partnership with ANZAMEMS are delighted to host a masterclass on:

Medieval and Early Modern Sources:
Skills for reading medieval and early modern manuscripts and printed texts

This two-day masterclass will introduce postgraduate students and ECRs from across Australia and New Zealand to a range of textual sources for medieval and early modern research and provide some introductory skills training for how to identify, read and analyse these materials. The event will draw together experts in each of these fields and provide participants with opportunities to network and expand disciplinary horizons as well as develop palaeographic, reading and analytical skills. Texts will include medieval charters, sources from the State Library of Victoria’s early modern Emmerson collection, early modern German printed texts, medieval hagiographies, manuscript fragments from the Bischoff collection at Monash University’s Sir Louis Matheson Library, and more.  Participants will be brought into contact with leading scholars in medieval and early modern studies from different institutions around Australia and the UK. The masterclass is organised by a new national consortium of medieval and early modern studies centres in Australia (established in 2022), and participants will have the opportunity to engage with members of those centres (ACU, ANU, Sydney, UWA, Monash) as well as other specialists.

Confirmed presenters include: Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL); Professor Chris Ocker (ACU/University of Redlands; Dr Susanne Meurer (UWA); Dr Anne Holloway (Matheson Library, Monash); Dr Anna Welch (State Library of Victoria); Professor Ros Smith (ANU); Dr Hélène Sirantoine (University of Sydney).

DATE: Thursday 2 November and Friday 3 November 2023
VENUE: ACU, Melbourne Campus (Fitzroy/East Melbourne)
BURSARIES: Available to assist with travel costs if required. Accommodation (1 or 2 nights), lunch, morning and afternoon teas are also provided.
ELIGIBILITY: Current ANZAMEMS members currently enrolled in a higher degree program or within 7 years of completion of a higher degree program. Independent scholars as well as those with institutional affiliation are welcome to apply. Attendance will be capped at about 15-20 participants.

APPLICATIONS should be emailed to Professor Megan Cassidy-Welch ( and should include in one page: a statement of current HDR or ECR status; proof of current ANZAMEMS membership; statement about need/interest in this research skills training; whether a bursary is needed to support attendance; any other relevant statement re. career/candidate interruption that may be relevant to the application.

Applications should be received by OCTOBER 15 2023.

Seminar: The Scattering of Shahjahanabad – Indian Musicians’ Lives in a Time of Crisis, 1739-88

Tuesday 31 October 2023
6:30 pm (AEDST) online only
ANU Centre for Early Modern Studies

Dr Katherine Butler Schofield
Senior Lecturer, King’s College London

After more than a decade of political insecurity in Mughal India, the relative stability of the first twenty years of emperor Muhammad Shah’s reign (r. 1720–48) ushered in a significant revival of the arts at the imperial Mughal court in Delhi, Shahjahanabad. Right at the centre of this vibrant milieu was the emperor’s singing teacher and master of the imperial musicians, Anjha Baras Khan. But posterity has forgotten him. Instead, it is his rivals Ni‘mat Khan “Sadarang” and Firoz Khan “Adarang” whom we remember today as the greatest Indian classical musicians of the eighteenth century. Why?

This musical rivalry played out against the geopolitical backdrop of a much more tumultuous drama: what eyewitnesses called the “scattering of Shahjahanabad”. Delhi was repeatedly invaded, sacked, and occupied 1739–61, and Mughal court musicians were forced to flee to the four corners of India, where they had to seek new patrons and employ novel strategies to survive. What happened to Delhi’s musicians during this time of crisis is copiously documented in a biographical genre new to Indian musical literature at this time: the commemorative compendium of “lives”, or tazkira. In this talk, I will be looking at musicians’ biographies and genealogies in Persian, Urdu and classical Hindi as both a product of this era’s upheaval, dispersal, diversification, innovation, and anxieties; and as a record of these things. Both views give us unusual access to the history of elite artisans on the move in late Mughal India.

Dr Katherine Butler Schofield is a historian of music and listening in Mughal India and the paracolonial Indian Ocean. Working with Persian, Urdu, and visual sources for elite musical culture in North India and the Deccan c.1570–1860, Katherine’s research interests lie in South Asian music, visual art, and cinema; the history of Mughal India; Islam and Sufism; empire and the paracolonial; musicians at risk; and the intersecting histories of the emotions, the senses, aesthetics, ethics, and the supernatural. She has been Principal Investigator of a European Research Council Starting Grant (2011–15/16) and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2018). Her books include Music and Musicians in Late Mughal India: Histories of the Ephemeral, 1748–1858 (CUP, 2023), Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature, and Performance in North India, with Francesca Orsini (Open Book, 2015), and Monsoon Feelings: a History of Emotions in the Rain, with Imke Rajamani and Margrit Pernau (Niyogi, 2018).

Katherine trained as a viola player before embarking on postgraduate studies in Indian music history at SOAS University of London. She came to King’s in 2009 after a research fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and a lectureship at Leeds. She was formerly known as Katherine Butler Brown.

Seminar: The Forms of Jealousy in Early Modern Europe

Friday 8 September 2023
12:00 (AEST) online only

Bradley J. Irish – History of Emotions Seminar
(Associate Professor, Arizona State University)

In broad, prototypical terms, the English concept of “jealousy” has maintained a relatively stable meaning over the last 500 years, referring to the painful feelings triggered when one’s claim to something is threatened by a rival. Yet, relative to modern understandings of this emotion, the early modern theorization of jealousy was hypercognized: the 16th and 17th Century English discourse of jealousy had a robustness and richness that doesn’t endure to the present day. This talk will review the features of early modern jealousy, to show some of the surprising ways that the emotion was thought about in the period, with aims of demonstrating that jealousy had an oversized place in the affective world of Renaissance England.

Bradley J. Irish is an associate professor of English at Arizona State University, where
he studies the literary and cultural history of emotion in early modern England. He is
the author of Emotion in the Tudor Court: Literature, History, and Early Modern Feeling (Northwestern UP, 2018), Shakespeare and Disgust: The History and Science of Early Modern Revulsion (Bloomsbury, 2023), and the forthcoming The Universality of Emotion: Perspectives from the Sciences and Humanities (Cambridge UP, 2024), and is co-editor of Positive Emotions in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Manchester UP, 2021) and The Routledge Companion to Literature and Emotion (Routledge, 2024). He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary journal Emotion Review, and curates the digital project Sources of Early Modern Emotion in English, 1500-1700 (

Lecture: Shakespeare’s First Folio – From London to Australia and Many Points in Between

The ANU Centre for Early Modern Studies is delighted to welcome Professor Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, University of Oxford to present a special lecture on Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Shakespeare’s First Folio is the world’s most important secular book. This illustrated lecture explores its significance, from the collaboration between the theatre and print worlds which brought it into being, to the readers, collectors and actors who have used it over the last four centuries. Lots of people have left their mark on this book in ways which tell us about its importance at different times and different places, including, since 1885, Australia.

Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Emma has been a Fellow of Hertford and Lecturer in the Faculty of English since 1997 and is the 2023 Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She has written and lectured widely on Shakespeare, including the bestselling This Is Shakespeare (Pelican, 2019). Her latest publications are Portable Magic: A history of books and their readers (Penguin 2022), and two books on Shakespeare’s First Folio in 2023: The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio, on how this book came to be produced, and Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, on its long afterlife.

Emma’s research focuses on Shakespeare, early modern drama, and book history, and is particularly interested in Shakespeare’s reception in print, performance, and criticism. She is interested in early modern plays in performance, and has acted as consultant, dramaturge or reviewer for a number of recent productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, and Donmar Warehouse.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing in the NLA’s bookshop.

HDR Bursaries: Emmerson Symposium, State Library of Victoria

The Emmerson Symposium ‘Beyond the Book: Transforming the Early Modern Archive’ is being hosted by ANU and the State Library of Victoria on the 11th and 12th of August. We want to encourage as many HDR Students from across Australia to come. Recognising the current cost of living crisis, we are offering 10 bursaries at a maximum of $500 for HDR Students. These bursaries are to assist with the cost of travel and accommodation to the Symposium. Please fill out the linked EOI form by the 30th of June and we will let you know by the 7th of July if you are successful. To register for the Symposium please click this link and follow the details. 

ANZAMEMS Reading Group: Semester 2 2023

The ANZAMEMS ECR/Postgraduate Reading Group discusses the latest research in medieval and early modern studies, with the aim of promoting engagement with emerging and established fields of inquiry in MEMS research.

Virtual sessions of the reading group will take place via Zoom monthly between June and October/November 2023. Each session will take one or two recent articles or chapters related to a certain topic/methodological approach/trend in MEMS scholarship, and feature a short presentation from an ANZAMEMS member (whose own research is ideally in the vicinity of their chosen session theme), followed by questions-led discussion.

The reading group will be co-convened by Emma Rayner (PhD candidate, ANU) and Emily Chambers (PhD candidate, University of Nottingham).

We hope to foster a convivial and intellectually productive online space—think advanced graduate seminar!—where we can come together to talk all things MEMS research in a fairly informal manner, while expanding our networks or strengthening existing connections. Everyone is welcome, including more senior members of ANZAMEMS.

ANZAMEMS members who are interested in leading a session based around one of the below themes or a topic of your own selection, AND/OR who are interested in providing a short write-up of a session for a planned ANZAMEMS postgrad blog, please email / no later than June 16, 2023.

A finalized schedule and Zoom link will be circulated ahead of our first meeting for the semester on June 27.

Possible session themes include:

  • Periodization
  • Affect / emotion studies
  • Critical race studies
  • Cultures of materiality
  • Ecocriticism
  • Comparative / transnational studies
  • Travel and cultural encounter
  • Visual culture
  • Religion, religious culture
  • Borders, borderlands
  • Language and translation
  • Genealogies
  • Geography, cartography
  • Rhetoric
  • Poetics
  • Epistemologies
  • Historiography
  • Time and temporality
  • Performance studies
  • Knowledge production
  • Humanism
  • Virtue, vertu
  • Cultures of collecting
  • Book history
  • Afterlives, reception studies
  • Adaptation
  • Digital Humanities
  • Manuscript studies
  • Incunabula
  • Intellectual networks
  • Devotional communities
  • Reading, coteries
  • Marginalia
  • Disability studies
  • Canonicity
  • Gender studies
  • Class studies
  • Archives
  • Methodologies
  • Pedagogy