Call for Applications: ANZAMEMS Seminar – Medieval and Early Modern Sources


The MEMS program at the Australian Catholic University, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash University, the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the Australian National University, the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia in partnership with ANZAMEMS are delighted to host a masterclass on:

Medieval and Early Modern Sources:
Skills for reading medieval and early modern manuscripts and printed texts

This two-day masterclass will introduce postgraduate students and ECRs from across Australia and New Zealand to a range of textual sources for medieval and early modern research and provide some introductory skills training for how to identify, read and analyse these materials. The event will draw together experts in each of these fields and provide participants with opportunities to network and expand disciplinary horizons as well as develop palaeographic, reading and analytical skills. Texts will include medieval charters, sources from the State Library of Victoria’s early modern Emmerson collection, early modern German printed texts, medieval hagiographies, manuscript fragments from the Bischoff collection at Monash University’s Sir Louis Matheson Library, and more.  Participants will be brought into contact with leading scholars in medieval and early modern studies from different institutions around Australia and the UK. The masterclass is organised by a new national consortium of medieval and early modern studies centres in Australia (established in 2022), and participants will have the opportunity to engage with members of those centres (ACU, ANU, Sydney, UWA, Monash) as well as other specialists.

Confirmed presenters include: Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL); Professor Chris Ocker (ACU/University of Redlands; Dr Susanne Meurer (UWA); Dr Anne Holloway (Matheson Library, Monash); Dr Anna Welch (State Library of Victoria); Professor Ros Smith (ANU); Dr Hélène Sirantoine (University of Sydney).

DATE: Thursday 2 November and Friday 3 November 2023
VENUE: ACU, Melbourne Campus (Fitzroy/East Melbourne)
BURSARIES: Available to assist with travel costs if required. Accommodation (1 or 2 nights), lunch, morning and afternoon teas are also provided.
ELIGIBILITY: Current ANZAMEMS members currently enrolled in a higher degree program or within 7 years of completion of a higher degree program. Independent scholars as well as those with institutional affiliation are welcome to apply. Attendance will be capped at about 15-20 participants.

APPLICATIONS should be emailed to Professor Megan Cassidy-Welch ( and should include in one page: a statement of current HDR or ECR status; proof of current ANZAMEMS membership; statement about need/interest in this research skills training; whether a bursary is needed to support attendance; any other relevant statement re. career/candidate interruption that may be relevant to the application.

Applications should be received by OCTOBER 15 2023.