Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand 2021 Conference: Call for papers

The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand 2021 Conference will be hosted online from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland on 22-23 November 2021.

The conference theme is Communities, books and the power of words.

We invite papers that explore the intersections and dynamics between communities, books and power. These could include reflections on texts and their uses to inspire, transform or suppress communities, or the ways in which people have resisted or subverted systems of power in and through bibliographic-related domains or means. Papers could look to the past or the future or contribute to current discussions generated by international movements examining power, including in heritage, cultural and academic institutions.

To find out more about BSANZ, the 2021 conference and the call for papers, which closes on 21 June, go to: bsanz.org

AEMA Conference CFP on Eruption/Disruption/Interruption!


Conference October 1-2, 2021!

The conference committee invites papers on the theme of Eruption/Disruption/Interruption. As we continue to process the impact of COVID-19 on global and local societies, the jury is still out on whether the eruption of a global pandemic, and the subsequent disruptions and interruptions to contemporary routines, are a ‘game-changer’ or an inconvenience.

At the heart of our theme is the concept of a rupture. This can refer to something that has broken, burst, or been destroyed. It can imply that either outside forces are too great for the structure in question and have destroyed it functionally, or that something within that which has ruptured was too volatile or incompatible to remain contained, controlled, or unified. Over the past 18 months, we have been witness to both of these types of rupture, as outside forces have challenged the very foundations of our society, while at the same time, internal tensions have broken forth and resulted in historic movements for democracy, equality, environmental awareness, and corporate accountability and transparency.

Global society is at a turning point of multiple ruptured points, and the 2021 AEMA conference aims to reflect on this tension in an early medieval context.

· Eruptions can be understood in many different ways, as they can describe both natural phenomena and human activity, including the sudden appearance of new movements, of groups of people, or of ideas.

· Were eruptions revolutionary? Or were they merely a disruption to the longue durée?

· Does hindsight make it easier to identify ruptures as epoch-altering events and ideas? Or does the passage of time, and attendant loss of witnesses, memories, and evidence muddy the waters too much?

· Why and in what ways did eruptions change things? And why and in what ways did they merely disrupt.

· When and how does an interruption become a disruption?

· What did the idea of a ‘new normal’ mean in the early medieval world? How quickly do societies adapt to internal and external pressures?

· And when societies change as a result of these pressures, are they still the same society?

This conference calls for papers that relate to this theme. Or, in the spirit of the theme, those that do not.

In 2021, AEMA intends to hold a hybrid conference, with both a physical location (or locations) as well as an online option. At this stage, the main physical location is likely to be in Victoria, with the potential for additional ‘hubs’ to be held in other Australian and/or International locations, depending on interest and availability.

Submissions may be in the form of individual papers of 20 minutes duration, themed panels of three 20-minute papers, or Round Tables of up to six shorter papers (total of one hour).

All sessions will include time for questions and general discussion. Please send proposals (150–200 words per paper), along with author’s name, paper/panel/RT title, and academic affiliation (if any) to conference@aema.net.au by 31 July 2021. Please also direct all other enquiries about the conference to this address, as well as any nominations for potentially hosting an in-person hub.

ANZAMEMS Publication Prizes!

The three ANZAMEMS publication prizes are now open!

Entry for all 2021 Prizes opened on 1 June 2021 and closes on 30 November 2021.

Philippa Maddern Early Career Researcher Publication Prize

The Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize will be awarded to an Early Career Researcher (ECR) for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the below date range.

Articles published between 1 January 2018 to 30 November 2021 are eligible. Early online publication of articles will also be considered. The article must have been published online before the above cut-off date.

More details and full eligibility requirements are available here.

The Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize application form can be downloaded here.

Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize

The Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize is awarded to a postgraduate student for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the within the below date range.

More details and full eligibility requirements are available here.

The Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize application form can be downloaded here.

Parergon Prize

In 2021 the Parergon Prize will be awarded to an emerging scholar for the best article-length scholarly work accepted to be published in Parergon during the three calendar years previous to the year in which the prize is offered. Eligible articles should have been accepted to be published in the period 2018–2020.

More details and full eligibility requirements are available here.

The Parergon Prize application form can be downloaded here.

Further information on all three Prizes can be found here. Please direct all queries regarding the Prizes to info@anzamems.org.

ANZAMEMS Conference Postponed Until Mid-2022

We have been closely monitoring the situation in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact upon the ‘Reception and Emotion’ conference.

Based on current Australian Government advice, we have decided to postpone the conference until mid-2022. The new conference dates are 27 June to 1 July 2022!

We are mindful of uncertainty prompted by the outbreak and cannot predict what impact it will have in the coming weeks and months.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of all involved in the conference, and we are aware of the need to ensure the conference is as safe an environment as possible for all.

Our Call for Papers and applications for Prizes and Travel Bursaries remain open and now close on Friday 12 November 2021. We look forward to seeing you in Perth in 2022! Updates about the conference will be posted on the conference website as details are confirmed.

The Past, Present, and Future of Digital Medieval Studies: A Global Digital Medievalist Symposium, 24 May, 11 June, and 21 June, 2021

The era of COVID-19 has been transformational for medieval digital humanities. Medievalists have come to learn the limits and possibilities of online scholarship, whether in the virtual classroom or in the transfer of knowledge among specialists. Although direct access to material sources and the easy face-to-face exchanges with colleagues are deeply missed, we have come to understand that digitally-inflected scholarship can be more economical, more global, and –in limited ways– more equitable for many medievalists. And because we have come to this inflection point, members of the Digital Medievalist Board are launching a conference series that marks this turn and aims to build upon what we have learned. Our theme, The Past, Present and Future of Medieval Digital Studies is both retrospective and prospective in scope, bringing digital medievalist practitioners into conversation with each other as we step into a new scholarly environment where digital methods take on a new importance.

Our new global awareness has inspired us to plan three conference dates, each of which is aligned with a geographic space and accommodates scholars from three time zones grouped as The Americas, Asia & Oceania, and Europe & Africa. The Americas conversation will take place on Monday, 24 May 2021, Asia & Oceania on Friday, June 11, and Europe & Africa on Monday, June 21.

For more information and to register link to the Digital Medievalist symposium website.

Excited by all the work going on in the DM world and want to get more involved? Think about nominating yourself or someone else to serve on the DM Executive Board! Nominations and self-nominations accepted until Wednesday, 26 May. For more information, please visit the 2021-2023 DM Board Elections website.


FISIER Séminaire Virtuel & Cotisation 2021 | Virtual Seminar & Membership 2021

Starting in June 2021, FISIER will organize a virtual seminar on the new ways of Renaissance studies (ReNov / ReNeW : Renaissance : Nouvelles Voies / Renaissance New Ways): digital humanities, cultural transfer and translation, historical continuities, women studies, new tools and new perspective on material culture, transmission and vulgarisation, cultural dominations, etc. Please, find a detailed description of the seminar’s scopes in the attached document. The seminar will unfold as a series of thematic panels to be held on a bi- or tri-monthly basis. Each session will include two presentations from leading scholars in the field, followed by responses coordinated by the member societies of FISIER. These events will be held in English and/or French, with translations and bilingual abstracts; recordings of the sessions will be made available online, pending the guests’ approval. The program of the seminar will be made available as soon as the sessions are planned; information will also be posted on the FISIER’s website.

The first session will be held on June 28, 202. Time: 9am-12pm (New York) / 3-6pm (Paris) / 10pm-1am (Tokyo) / 11pm-2am (Sydney).

This session will focus Digital Humanities with presentations by:

Anthony Grafton (Princeton University)
Digital Editions of Marginalia : Practices, Problems and Prospects

Marie-Luce Demonet (CESR, Tours)
Dérives et récidives : distance salutaire et approche cognitive

It will include responses by

Simone Albonico, Université de Lausanne, Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University, and Eric M. Johnson, Director of Digital Access, Folger Shakespeare Library.

The sessions are organized collegially by several institutions and member societies of FISIER. The inaugural sessions will exceptionally be open to all participants interested, even those who are not members of FISIER (there might be some limits to our capacity due to technical reasons).

Given that our research interests are partly similar to yours, we would be delighted to have you among our members, and we thank you in advance for your support. May we share our 2021 membership form. It should be sent to our treasurer, Christine de Buzon.

Call for Submissions: Metropolitan Museum Journal

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection. There are two sections: Articles and Research Notes. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship. Research Notes typically present a concise, neatly bounded aspect of ongoing investigation, such as a new acquisition or attribution, or a specific, resonant finding from technical analysis. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure.

The process of peer review is double-blind. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Editorial Board, composed of members of the curatorial, conserva­tion, and scientific departments, as well as scholars from the broader academic community.

Articles and Research Notes in the Journal appear both in print and online, and are accessible via MetPublications and the Journal’s home page on the University of Chicago Press website.

The Journal offers free image services to authors of accepted contributions.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 57 (2022) is September 15, 2021. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Please send materials to: journalsubmissions@metmuseum.org

Online Book Launch: Kathleen Neal, The Letters of Edward I: Political Communications in the Thirteenth Century

Kathleen B. Neal’s book The Letters of Edward I: Political Communication in the Thirteenth Century (Boydell, 2021) is being launched online on 29 April 2021, with comments from Prof Louise Wilkinson (Lincoln, UK) and Prof Chris Jones (Christchurch, NZ), and an opportunity for Q&A.

The free event will take place at 6:00pm AEST / 9:00am UK time. All welcome, but registration is essential: https://www.monash.edu/arts/philosophical-historical-international-studies/news-and-events/events/events/book-launch-kathleen-b.-neals-the-letters-of-edward-i

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Jyväskylä

The University of Jyväskylä has a postdoctoral position available in the history of philosophy. The Academy of Finland research project Vicious, Antisocial and Sinful: The Social and Political Dimension of Moral Vices from Medieval to Early Modern Philosophy is seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a fixed-term period from 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2024 (or as agreed).

Applications close on May 16, 2021. For more information and to apply see here.

CFP Ars Longa Journal

Ars Longa is a new, independent online journal and blog dedicated to Early Modern art and visual/material culture. Our aim is to create an open-access, creative platform where early career scholars and advanced graduate students can share their research and current projects. We present work that challenges conventional forms and categories, that is often open-ended and exploratory—but always based on a foundation of rigorous scholarship. We publish journal-quality work without the strictures of academic writing.

Our scope is global and we encourage a diversity of formats and methodologies. We welcome a variety of subject matter and interdisciplinary approaches, as long as they are in some way related to the visual art of the Early Modern, which we roughly define as the period from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, ca. 1400-1800.

For more information, including submission details for the journal or blog, see here.