Monthly Archives: June 2023

Symposium: Beyond the Book, Transforming the Early Modern Archive

ANZAMEMS members and friends are invited to Beyond the Book: Transforming the Early Modern Archive, a free two-day symposium to be hosted by State Library Victoria, on 10-11 August, 2023. 

Join digital designers, specialist librarians and early modern scholars to explore how traditional archival scholarship and emerging digital technologies can combine to bring materials from the past to new audiences.

This event will celebrate the culmination of the ARC Linkage Grant project Transforming the Early Modern Archive: The John Emmerson Collection at State Library Victoria and will launch its digital exhibition, Beyond the Book: A digital journey through the treasures of the Emmerson Collection.

Register here to attend in person, watch via livestream, or access recordings afterwards.

ANU’s Centre for Early Modern Studies is offering 10 bursaries of $500 AUD to enable HDR students to attend in person.  Applications can be made here

Link to the collection of events: Beyond the Book: Transforming the Archive | Eventbrite

10th August events

11th August events

CFP: Forum on Early-Modern Empires and Global Interactions

The Forum on Early-Modern Empires and Global Interactions (FEEGI) invites paper proposals for its fifteenth biennial conference, to be held April 19-20, 2024 at the John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI. This conference marks the 30th anniversary of FEEGI, which we will celebrate by returning to the JCB, where the founding meeting took place.

FEEGI conferences investigate the histories of places and people touched directly and indirectly, advantageously or catastrophically, by the process of enhanced global interactions that commenced in the fifteenth century. Our conferences provide an opportunity for exchanges about the circumstances, causes, and consequences of increased global interaction in the early modern period (roughly 1450 to 1850). We welcome proposals exploring political, economic, and socio-cultural interactions from a variety of fields and perspectives. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches.

One hallmark of FEEGI conferences is the creation of a space for comparative thinking and intellectual exchange among scholars across traditional temporal, geographic, and imperial boundaries. To promote such dialogue the Program Committee configures panels to make deep thematic connections, and all our sessions are plenary.

FEEGI members may submit proposals for individual papers no later than 30 September 2023 on (Details on membership can be found on ). Submissions should include a 200-400 word abstract as well as a brief (1-2 page) CV. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students. 

Graduate students papers accepted for the program will be eligible for consideration for the FEEGI prize for best presentation by a graduate student. Additionally, in collaboration with Itinerario: Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions, FEEGI offers the FEEGI/Itinerario article prize. The paper awarded this prize receives a “fast-track” to publication in Itinerario. For further details, including the timeline, please contact FEEGI’s Vice-President.

For more information, please visit the FEEGI website ( or contact Ernesto Bassi, FEEGI Vice-President & 2024 Program Chair, at

FEEGI 2024 Program Committee:
Danna Agmon, Virginia Tech
Alejandra Dubcovsky, University of California Riverside
Kristie Flannery, Australian Catholic University
Faisal Husain, Penn State
Tessa Murphy, Syracuse University
Ernesto Bassi, Cornell University

ANZAMEMS Reading Group: Semester 2 Schedule

The convenors of the ANZAMEMS reading group are pleased to provide the below confirmed schedule for Semester 2 2023.

The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4; please find all further details, including the session topic and hour, in the schedule.

The organisers are still interested to hear from members who may be interested in leading one of the listed sessions, for which readings have already been selected. Please email / if you would like to participate in this way.

CFP: Metropolitan Museum Journal

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection.  

The Journal publishes Articles and Research Notes. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship, whereas research notes are often smaller in scope, focusing on a specific aspect of new research or presenting a significant finding from technical analysis. The maximum length for articles is 8,000 words (including endnotes) and 10–12 images, and for research notes 4,000 words with 4–6 images. 

The process of peer review is double-blind. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Editorial Board, composed of members of the curatorial, conserva­tion, and scientific departments, as well as scholars from the broader academic community.

Articles and Research Notes in the Journal appear in print and online, and are accessible in JStor on the University of Chicago Press website.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 59 (2024) is September 15, 2023.

Submission guidelines:

Please send materials to:

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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

Commemoration: John O. Ward

Further to the recent sad news of the death of long-standing ANZAMEMS member, John O. Ward, a commemoration will be held for him at 2pm on 29th July at the Ashfield Bowling Club, located in Ashfield Park at the corner of Orpington St & Parramatta Rd, Ashfield NSW 2131. Guests will be invited to speak and share their memories. RSVP is not necessary for personal attendance.

For those unable to attend personally the Zoom link is

 Meeting ID: 815 6966 2469

Passcode: Rhetoric