ANZAMEMS Conference 2024
Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand
8 – 11 February 2024
Legacies and Relevance: Exploring the Medieval & Early Modern World Beyond Europe
What is the role of the medieval or Early Modern scholar in Australasian society?
How does pre-modern European History “add value” in Australasia? Is its study the vestige of an outdated colonial legacy? Or is it something else? Where does it stand in a world of toppled statues and questioned legacies? In the face of an Australian government overtly committed to defunding the Arts and a New Zealand government with similar aims (but a less confrontational way of putting it), should we now re-focus the curricula of universities across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand on what matters? But what does matter? And who should decide?
In the wake of a global pandemic, which has re-written “business as usual,” is it time for a reformation or for holding fast? This conference will showcase the best of scholarship across a range of disciplines pursued by medieval and Early Modern scholars, but will also seek to ask complex and challenging questions about the future of our discipline. Can the study of medieval and Early Modern Europe help to meet the needs of our times? What is the role of the medieval or Early Modern scholar in Australasian society? Indeed, what was it? In considering these issues, we encourage the exploration of questionable as well as positive legacies, and offer a forum to consider the possible future(s) of our discipline.
Call for papers now open; submissions due Friday 15 September 2023
To submit your abstract for consideration please visit the 2024 ANZAMEMS Conference submission portal.
Additional information can be found on the conference website.