Monthly Archives: January 2021

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of History, Durham University

The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor of History (grade 7/8) in the period c.300-c.950 (CE). We welcome applications from candidates with expertise in Asian, Eurasian, Mediterranean, North African, Islamicate, Byzantine or European history, whose research complements or expands the department’s current strengths. Applications from candidates whose research draws connections between multiple geographical regions and who share our commitment to decolonising the curriculum are especially encouraged.

Applications close on 16 Feb, 2021. For more information about the position and to apply online, please see here.

CFP Weapons, Wounds, Warfare online workshop series

Weapons, Wounds, Warfare – An Interdisciplinary Online Workshop Series, 2021, University of Auckland, New Zealand

If death and injury are central to warfare, so are the tools that cause bodily harm. This interdisciplinary workshop series, hosted by the University of Auckland’s ‘War in Context’ research hub across March-October 2021, explores the cultures of violence and control that form around military weaponry by focusing on the wounds they inflict and the (at least perceived) pain and suffering they provoke. It investigates the ways in which individuals, communities, states, and militaries imagine, represent, adapt, and receive military technologies in the context of their wounding capacity.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone and then reimagine the more traditional conference on this theme we had initially planned for December 2020. We therefore invite proposals for panels or papers to be offered either in person (for New Zealand-based contributors), via live-stream, or pre-recorded as part of a series of events spread throughout 2021. Individual presentations should be 30 minutes in length, and those offered in person or live-streamed will be followed by a Q&A session of no more than 20 minutes in length. Panels should be approximately 40 minutes in length, with 20 mins for Q&A.

Papers should focus on particular weapons (or types of weapons), the context in which they are used, and the ‘wounds’ they cause. We welcome papers from any historical period, including today, and hope to attract scholars from a wide range of disciplines and cultural perspectives. As such, ‘wounds’ can, and indeed should, be interpreted in a broad way and can encompass not only physical, but psychological, social, cultural, and political damage.

It is planned that the workshop will form the core of a publication – either a peer-reviewed edited collection or special edition of an academic journal. All presenters will be encouraged to contribute to this publication. If you would like to offer a paper for the publication (but not present to the public) please let us know.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract (no more than 250 words), a brief presenter
biography (no more than 250 words) and your preferred mode of delivery (in person, livestream or pre-recorded). Please indicate when (in terms of dates: March-October) suits you best. We welcome proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers, including graduate students and early career scholars. Please send you proposals to the Series organizers at this email address: by 20 February 2021.

We have a small amount of funding available to bring New Zealand-based scholars to
Auckland to contribute in person.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Prof. Maartje Abbenhuis
(, Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Armstrong
(, and Dr Thomas Gregory (

ACU Medieval and Early Modern Seminar Series

The members of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at ACU are delighted to invite you to attend our next virtual seminar on February 18 at 4:00 PM AEDT:
“Erasmus on Emotion Between the Old and New Testaments,” presented by Kirk Essary (University of Western Australia)

Please see the seminar poster below. To RSVP for Zoom details, please email:

World Shakespeare Congress, 18-24 July 2021

Every five years, the World Shakespeare Congress regenerates understandings of Shakespeare across the world, bringing together scholars whose geo-cultural vantage points for working with Shakespeare both overlap and differ. A historical nodal point in global economies for Shakespeare, Singapore will form a digital meeting point for the international aims of the first online Congress.

The 11th World Shakespeare Congress will be held online from the National University of Singapore, 18-24 July 2021. The Congress theme of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. The theme is particularly suited to the online medium of the Congress, that gathers together such passages of Shakespeare’s work not by the movements of persons between places, but by creatively connecting and expanding our circuits in multimedia and live conversations.

For more information see the conference website.

‘Our Aelred’ conference

‘Our Aelred’: Man, monk and saint
Date(s): 11 – 12 Jan 2021
Presented by: English Heritage and the British Archaeological Association
Venue: Zoom

Join English Heritage and the British Archaeological Association for this major online conference focused on Aelred, abbot of Rievaulx between 1147 and 1167.

Called ‘our Aelred’ by his monks, the abbot was one of the most important monastic leaders of the Middle Ages and remains an inspirational figure to this day.

Bringing together leading scholars and heritage professionals, this conference provides a unique opportunity to examine Aelred’s impact on the architectural development of Rievaulx, his role in the Cistercian settlement of northern England and his activities as an author.

Speakers will address the abbot’s impact in the wider monastic world and Aelred’s legacy, including his veneration as a saint and how his extraordinary life and achievements can be interpreted for 21st-century visitors to Rievaulx.

The event also features a round-table discussion focused on debates about Aelred’s sexuality.

The conference has been scheduled to coincide with Aelred’s feast day on 12 January.

For more information and to register, see the conference website.