Space and Time in the Early Medieval World: 11th Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA) – Call For Papers

Space and Time in the Early Medieval World
The 11th Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA)

Medieval and Early Modern Centre, The University of Sydney
11–12 February, 2016

Throughout history humans have struggled to describe the world, but the concepts of space and time have persisted as touchstones. The 11th annual conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association in February 2016 at the University of Sydney will explore medieval conceptions of space and time across all disciplines.

Submissions are invited for papers on the broad theme of space and/or time in all aspects of the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods (c. 400–1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings:

  • issues of chronology and historiography
  • literary representations of space and time
  • calendars and cartography
  • cosmology, theology, science, and philosophy
  • town and country divides; rural and urban landscapes
  • colonisation and postcolonial attitudes
  • architecture and art history
  • rituals and traditions
  • religion and space
  • cultural spaces
  • timekeeping; recordkeeping
  • archaeological issues
  • the dating of sources

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted online at by 11 December, 2015.

The conference will also include some special sessions on digital methods related to the conference theme. If you would like to contribute to these, or for more information about the conference, please contact the conference organisers at

A Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar on manuscripts (sponsored by ANZAMEMS, full details TBA) will be held prior to the conference at the University of Sydney. For information about the PATS please contact Nicholas Sparks:

Limited financial assistance may be available for postgraduates and early career researchers travelling interstate or from New Zealand for this conference. For more information, please contact the conference organisers.