Monthly Archives: March 2024

John Emmerson Research Fellowship

State Library Victoria welcomes applications for the John Emmerson Research Fellowship for a project on Britain in the early modern period. You’ll have access to the John Emmerson Collection, which comprises more than 5000 books and pamphlets from the 15th to 18th centuries, with a focus on the period of the Stuarts and the English Civil Wars. 

The fellowship is open to Australian and international applicants. It offers $15,000 AUD, a research office for 12 months, and access to both the collection and its specialist curators. Please find more information and the application portal here:

There is general information and FAQs about the Library’s Fellowships here:

Applications close at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time on Tuesday 26 March 2024

Dr Anna Welch, Principal Collection Curator, can be contacted by prospective applicants with questions about this opportunity:

CFP: Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales

Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group have opened the Call for Papers for their 2024 conference: Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales, to be held hybrid on Zoom and at the University of Western Australia on Saturday 26 October. Further details can be found in the below flyer and at:

Australia Academy of the Humanities: 2024 Symposium, Awards & Grants

Grants & awards: Opening soon

Nominations for the 2024 grants and awards will open on Monday 25 March, 2024 and will close on Sunday 5 May 2024. This year, the Australian Academy of the Humanities will accept nominations for:

Max Crawford Medal
Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the Humanities, the Max Crawford Medal recognises an early-career scholar in the humanities whose publications contribute towards an understanding of their discipline.

John Mulvaney Fellowship
Awarded to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early-career researcher or PhD student working in any area of the humanities, the John Mulvaney Fellowship provides $4,000 to support research or fieldwork in Australia or overseas.

Medal for Excellence in Translation
Recognising outstanding achievement in translation and the vital role of translators and translation, this medal accepts book-length translation into English of a work of any genre (including scholarship), from any language and period.

Ernst & Rosemarie Keller Fund
Developed to support humanities scholars concerned with German Studies, this fund provides $5,000 to support research activities such as travelling fellowships, masterclasses, and workshops.

Publication Subsidy Scheme
The Publication Subsidy Scheme supports early-career researchers with costs of up to $3,000 associated with the publication of scholarly works that advance knowledge in the Humanities.

Humanities Travelling Fellowship
Awarded annually, the Humanities Travelling Fellowships support early-career researchers with costs of up to $4,000 to undertake research overseas.

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CFP: Imaginary Communities – Reading, Writing and Translating Early Modern Women’s Fiction

Second call International Seminar

Imaginary Communities: Reading, Writing and Translating Early Modern Women’s Fiction

University of Huelva, Spain
17-18 October, 2024

Traditional approaches to the ‘origins of the novel’ question in the English context have often overlooked the role played by women’s contribution to the development of the genre. Minor works, anonymous texts, fiction signed by women, as well as those works bearing a female pseudonym, were usually considered second-rate and were rarely included—with only a few exceptions—in canonical histories of the novel. A female history of the novel genre cannot be written in isolation from other women novelists across Europe, who no doubt exerted an enormous influence on the English novel market, and on women novelists in particular. This seminar proposes a discussion of women’s printed fiction during the seventeenth century from a pan-European perspective to help us situate the early days of the novel in their true transnational context. The fictional works translated into English from different European tongues, the growing popularity of women’s fiction among readers, as well as the cross-influences between English and non-English novels allegedly authored by women, or their different markets—accounting for the influence that women printers and booksellers played in the publication and dissemination of fiction—will also be of our concern. It is our contention that it is possible to read the complex network of readers, writers and other agents of the novel market as belonging to an active, though imaginary, community contributing to the development of the novel form. We would like to assess the relevance that this growing female contribution had in the evolution of the genre.

We invite 20-minute papers which discuss crosscurrents or influences among texts authored by European women, as well as about biographical and/or cultural relationships at work between women writers and intellectuals in the period of study. We aim to discuss whether we can trace a continuum in European women’s fiction which explains transitions of genre/gender and literary culture, from the perspective of transculturality, drawing on all literary sources as fields of cross-media influences. We will consider papers about English women’s native fiction, like Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Mary Pix, as well as about translations and adaptations of continental women’s works printed in England, as the examples of Marie de Lafayette, Mlle de la Roche Guilhem, Madeleine de Scudéry, or María de Zayas, among others, make clear.

Some of the suggested topics are the following:

·    Women’s contribution to the rise and development of fiction in English

·    French nouvelles and English novels: mutual allegiances and liaisons

·    Spanish novelas, the picaresque and the world of roguery

·    Letter exchanges: the early novel and epistolarity

·    Assessing gallantry across borders: from French to English

·    Towards a transnational theory of the novel

·    Political diatribes and religious debates in early prose fiction by women

·    Intersections of gender and genre across national borders

·    Translation, revision and adaptation in the seventeenth-century novel: translations of women’s texts, female translators of works by men

·    Female histories of the book: printing, publishing and bookselling across national borders

·    Popularity, canonicity, and the new female readership for the novel: reality or wishful thinking?

·    Romancing the novel and novelizing the romance

·    Framed-nouvelles and female narrators

·    Women’s worlds in historical fictions

·    The worlds of domesticity: wives, daughters, she-workers, servants

Keynote speakers:

Dr Erin Keating, University of Manitoba

Dr Mary Helen McMurran, Western University

Dr Leah Orr, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Please, send your titles and 150-word abstracts to (cc/ by 15 April, 2024.

ANZAMEMS Reading Group

The first session of the 2024 ANZAMEMS ECR/Postgraduate reading group is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26. This will be a session on astrology and public health. See schedule below.

All readings and any updates to the schedule will be shared through the reading group’s Google Drive folder:

Please contact the convenors with any queries: Alexandra Forsyth (University of Auckland),, and Emily Chambers (Murdoch University),