Monthly Archives: April 2024

Intercultural Encounters between Masculinities in the Pre-modern World: Emotions and Religion

Gender and Women’s History Research Centre, ACU
Hybrid Workshop
Melbourne and Online, 15-16 July 2024
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Jacqueline Van Gent (UWA)

This workshop aims to further the study of intercultural encounters in the pre-modern world through the lens of gender. More specifically, we mean to foster a discussion on how masculinities could affect the processes of cultural encounter and their outcomes, but also how masculinities emerged changed in turn from such processes. See below flyer for further details.

Abstracts are due by 3rd June 2024.

CFP: ANZAMEMS Seminars 2024 and 2025

The call for proposals for ANZAMEMS Seminars to be held in 2024 and 2025 is NOW OPEN.

The criteria and application form are to be found on the association webpage.

  1. Please read the criteria before completing the application form.
  2. Please ensure the total ANZAMEMS funding requested does not exceed $5,000.
  3. Please ensure the proposal and any attachments is no longer than four pages (single sided).
  4. Please return the proposal to Marina Gerzic, no later than 5pm (AWST) on 31 May 2024.
  5. Outcomes will be announced to all applicants in early June 2024.

ANZAMEMS Reading Group

The next session of the 2024 ANZAMEMS ECR/Postgraduate reading group is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23. 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),

Member Publication: Early English Queens, 850-1000

Member Matthew Firth has recently published a monograph with Routledge entitled Early English Queens, 850-1000: Potestas Reginae.

The book offers a comprehensive, biography-led examination of queenship in England between 850 and 1000, tracing the development of the queen’s role from bed companion to institutional office.

The period 850–1000 is critical to the development of English queenship. In the aftermath of viking invasion, the kings of Wessex expanded their hegemony over neighbouring regions, gradually establishing themselves as the kings of England. Parallel to this broad narrative of political change is the lesser-known story, told in this book, of the royal women who took part in it. The lives of three remarkable women – Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, and the West Saxon consorts Eadgifu and Ælfthryth – are central to the story, here retold through the careful analysis and reappraisal of source documents. These biographies set the stage for detailed study of the agency and advocacy of all women who held queenly office in England between 850 and 1000, as well as their legacies and reception by later generations.

Early English Queens, 850–1000 gives important insights into the role women played in the first 150 years of the West Saxon dynasty, offering a compelling narrative that will appeal to students and scholars of early medieval England and royal studies.

The book is available in ebook, softcover and hardcover. Available in all good bookstores, it is currently 20% off at Routledge (ebook is available for immediate download, physical books ship after 23 April).

National Library of Australia Fellowships

The National Library of Australia Fellowships program offers researchers an opportunity to undertake a 12-week residency at the Library.  Applicants may work in any field or discipline where the Library’s collections have appropriate depth and breadth to support the desired outcomes.

National Library of Australia Fellowships will:

  • contribute to a greater public understanding or knowledge of the Library’s collections.
  • promote discussion through research which informs and engages contemporary discourse.
  • enhance the national and international reputation of the National Library as an institution of major research significance.
  • actively promote the research experience and outcomes.

Applications close Monday 6 May. For details, see the NLA website.

Rechnitz Research Fund

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia is proud to manage the Wilhelm, Martha and Otto Rechnitz Memorial Fund. This fund supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars in the social sciences, and supports knowledge and understanding of the society, languages and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications for funding in 2024 are now open and will close on Monday 13 May. Outcomes will be announced during Social Sciences Week (9-15 September 2024).

For details, see the academy’s website.