Cerae (Vol. 4): Influence and Appropriation – Call For Papers Due 18 November

Influence and Appropriation

CERAE: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is seeking contributions for its upcoming volume on the theme of “Influence and Appropriation”, to be published in 2017. We are, additionally, delighted to announce a prize of $200 for the best article published in this volume by a graduate student or early career researcher (details below).

Both individuals and entire cultural groups are influenced consciously and subconsciously as part of a receptive process, but they may actively respond to such influences by appropriating them for new purposes. Perhaps human beings cannot escape their influences, but think in terms of them regardless of whether they are taken as right or wrong, useful or otherwise. Such influences may have enduring effects on the lives of people and ideas, and may be co-opted for new social contexts to fit new purposes.
Contributors to this issue may consider some of the following areas:

  • How writers adapt received ideas and novel conceptual frameworks or adapt to them
  • How entire cultural groupings (national, vocational, socio-economic, religious, and so on) may be influenced by contact and exchange
  • The mentorship and authority of ideas and people
  • The use and abuse of old concepts for new polemics
  • The shifting influence of canonical texts across time
  • The way received ideas influence behaviours in specific situations
  • How medieval and early modern ideas are reshaped for use in modern situations

These topics are intended as guides. Any potential contributors who are unsure about the suitability of their idea are encouraged to contact the journal’s editor (Keagan Brewer) at editorcerae@gmail.com.

The deadline for themed submissions is Friday 18 November, 2016. In addition to themed articles, however, we also welcome non-themed submissions, which can be made at any point throughout the year.


Articles should be approximately 5000-7000 words. Further details regarding submission, including author guidelines and the journal’s style sheet, can be found online at http://openjournals.arts.uwa.edu.au/index.php/cerae/about/submissions.


Cerae is delighted to announce a prize of $200 for the best article to be published in Volume 4 by a graduate student or early career researcher (defined as five years out from PhD completion). Cerae is able to offer this prize thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. For a full list of organizations which have supported us in the past, see our sponsorship page. The journal reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year if no articles of sufficiently high standard are submitted.