Category Archives: Seminar

2022 Aotearoa Gender History Network

This is a regular, online seminar. Each session (held via zoom) features 2 x 10–12-minute research presentations on current research in Gender History with a focus on Aotearoa New Zealand, followed by discussion. Please be in touch if you would like to present your own research – we have speaking slots available on Wednesday Rāapa 7 September.

Wednesday Rāapa 16 March, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom
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Amelia Barker
PhD Candidate, Massey University

Constance de Rabastens (d. c.1386): a woman who fought to be heard
Constance de Rabastens was a lay female visionary during the Great Western Schism (1378-1417), a period in which Western Christendom was divided between two rival papacies, and political and religious differences divided communities and even families. Unlike most female visionaries at the time, Constance’s visions supported the “wrong” pope for her region, and she was forbidden from recording her experiences. Despite this, she fought to be heard by religious authorities, challenging their decisions, and eventually disappearing after being arrested. Her recorded letters and visions reveal her agency in making her voice heard, providing historians with a clear example of how medieval women were not just silent witnesses of great political and religious turmoil in their communities, but actively engaged and desperate to influence those in power.

Amanda McVitty
Lecturer in History, Massey University

Sexual regulation and the evolution of patriarchal judicial culture: Towards a feminist history of the legal profession
In his now-classic study, Robert Moore stressed the pivotal role of lawyers in transforming premodern Europe into a ‘persecuting society’ that was heavily invested in surveilling and regulating moral and sexual ‘vice’. This new project centres lawyers’ gendered agency in this process, asking how and to what extent these men created and enabled a patriarchal judicial culture in which were born ‘sticky’ myths and stereotypes about sexual misconduct, rape and gendered violence, and about those who perpetrate it. Using feminist methods, I aim to transform the way we think about and teach this legal history across the premodern-modern divide.

Coming up next:
Wednesday Rāapa 4 May, 12 pm – 1 pm, via zoom

Hayley Goldthorpe, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington
The Three Graces against the Taranaki War, 1860-61

Rachel Caines, Australian Catholic University
Interrogating Gender through First World War Propaganda Posters

SEMINAR: Robbie Richardson (Princeton), “The Souls of Departed Utensils”: Death and Indigenous Material Culture in Eighteenth Century Britain

Please join us for CEMS ANU Seminar Two presented by Robbie Richardson, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Princeton University, who will speak on

The Souls of Departed Utensils”: Death and Indigenous Material Culture in Eighteenth Century Britain.
Register to attend: Eventbrite

If you are unable to attend the live event, please register to receive a notification for the recording afterwards.

TIME/DATE: 19:00, Wednesday, 27 October (NYC); 10:00 Thursday, 28 October (Canberra/Sydney)

Our Inaugural Seminar, What is Early Modern History?, with Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks, is now available to view online at our YouTube channel. The Centre for Early Modern Studies, Australian National University, brings together researchers and HDRs from the disciplines of history, literary studies, art and design, theatre and performance history, languages, linguistics, music, and the digital humanities who study the long early modern period (1450-1800). Sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Twitter @AnuCems, or see our website to read about current projects and future events.

ANZAMEMS Development Scheme (ADS)

Dear ANZAMEMS ECRs and HDR Students,

In pre-covid times ANZAMEMS funded PATS (Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars), which brought HDR students and ECRs together for skills and methods seminars. Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has not been possible to run these workshops for obvious reasons.

So, we’ve decided to try something different. In second semester 2021, beginning in mid to late September, we are going to offer a virtual seminar series, organised by the cohort for the cohort. We will offer seven two-hour sessions, held fortnightly. The program will offer a mix of career development and state of the field/s reflections. We will have three sessions devoted to the job market, offering reflections on how the sector works in different locations focusing on the USA, the UK and the European Union, and Australasia. We will also offer two sessions that focus on timely issues and challenges in the field of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Finally, we will offer two sessions devoted to methodological issues, designed to offer insights into working with particular types of sources, or with relatively new theoretical paradigms.

We have not yet decided on the times and dates for these sessions, as we will seek information from participants about their availability, and work to accommodate as many people as possible.

In the past, we have offered face to face sessions that enabled skill-based training in things like palaeography. The virtual does not lend itself to that sort of training, but we promise we plan to return to face to face training in the future. For now, however, we hope that this new format will provide equally valuable advice and support in different areas of development.

Should you wish to apply to join this seminar series, please email Clare Monagle by 22 August to register your interest, supplying the information below. Participation is only open to ANZAMEMS members.

  1. Name;
  2. Brief Bio (100 Words);
  3. Reason for Interest (100 Words);
  4. Preferred Times and Days of Week for Sessions (please provide as many as possible);

Numbers are not capped, but we ask that participants commit to the entirety of program (pending timing), as we are keen to provide a supportive and open space and offer an opportunity for relationship building as well as career development.

Centre for Early Modern Studies ANU Inaugural Seminar

What is Early Modern History?

Please join us in person or through the Zoom platform for our Inaugural Seminar on Tuesday July 13, when Professor Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks will talk about her latest book, What Is Early Modern History?, which was published in March in the Polity ‘What Is History?’ series.

The work offers a concise guide to historical research from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, within and beyond Europe, including subfields and approaches to the period. She will discuss how she conceptualized and wrote it, and the ways this changed while writing during the COVID pandemic. The seminar will be followed by a Q&A and discussion.

See the following flier for further information: