Symposium for Ian Donaldson at ANU


A Symposium in Honour of Ian Donaldson

Humanities Research Centre, 29-30 March 2021, Sir Roland Wilson Building ANU and Online

This two-day symposium to honour the life and work of the Humanities Research Centre’s first Director, the literary humanist Professor Ian Donaldson (1935-2020), offers a rich array of papers by his friends and colleagues exploring a variety of issues to do with literary editing, literary criticism, and literary biography – like Professor Donaldson’s own work, largely though not exclusively in the area of early modern studies.

Please see the attached full programme of papers.

CFP Old English Poetry and its Legacy

John D. Niles, Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, has long been a major voice in Old English studies. This special issue of the international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Humanities, together with a resultant book, will celebrate his achievements while promoting innovative work in the field.

The collection will focus on the legacy of Old English poetry broadly conceived and will include, for example, studies of particular poems, themes, or verse passages; of the translation or reception history of particular texts; of linguistic features of the poetry and their subsequent influence; of current historical and archaeological studies and how they illuminate the poetry or vice versa; of Old English poetry’s influence on various fields such as music or art; and of how an understanding of Old English prose or medieval Latin literature enriches appreciation of the poetry.

We welcome contributions that address fundamental issues in the Humanities from any meaningful perspective, combining past and present concerns in order to blaze a path toward the future. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. All submissions will be critically reviewed by peers, aiming for the highest possible scholarly level. Being an online journal, the published papers will reach their desired audiences faster, more reliably, and much more easily than traditional print versions, while upholding the same, if not even higher, scholarly standards.

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2021. For more information see the attached flyer.

CFP Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship at MLA

Join the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship at the MLA Convention in Washington, DC, January 6-9, 2022 | PROPOSALS DUE March 15, 2021

1. Magic and Gender in Medieval Literature
Magic was omnipresent in the Middle Ages: theorized by natural philosophers, debated by theologians, written about in a wide variety of practical texts and literary genres, and undertaken by a wide range of practitioners, including what Richard Kieckhefer has described as “a clerical underworld.” Unlike the early modern obsession with witches, most medieval magical instruction books limit the knowledge they hold to learned men. Yet in literature, gender seemingly is no barrier for who can cast spells, create potions, or divine the future. While the “authority” of magic is recorded in books understood as the parvenu of men and in particular, of clerics, the practice of magic throughout the medieval period is undertaken by male and female, alike. In fact, more often women, particularly women of the fey and euhemerized goddesses, are wielders of powerful magic. This panel investigates the gendered slipperiness surrounding depictions of magic in medieval literature.

Submit 300-word abstracts and a brief bio for 15-20-minute papers to Melissa Ridley Elmes ( and Kersti Francis ( by March 15, 2021.

2. Gendered Violence in Old English Literature
The Old English MLA forum and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship are proposing a jointly-sponsored session on gendered violence in Old English literature. The last decades have witnessed an increased interest in research on the relationship between gender and violence in the Middle Ages, with new studies exploring the construction of gender through violence and women as its victims. Gender theory and feminist studies have done much to refine methodologies used in this research, especially in the late Middle Ages. Still, there is a great deal of work to be done in the area of gendered violence, in particular in the literature of the early English era.

Submit 300-word abstracts and a brief bio to Melissa Ridley-Elmes ( or David F. Johnson ( by March 15, 2021

Panel co-sponsored by the Old English Forum and the Society for Medieval Feminist Studies. This panel is not guaranteed.

For more information and suggested topics please see the PDF below.

National Library of Australia Fellowships

The National Library has diverse collections that support, inspire and transform research. Fellowships enable scholars, writers and researchers to conduct intensive research into our collections in a supportive, intellectual and creative environment.

Who should apply?
Fellowships are open to researchers from Australia and overseas undertaking advanced research projects. Seven funded fellowships will be awarded for research areas where the Library’s collections have the depth to support the desired outcomes.

What do Fellows receive?
-an honorarium of AUD1,000 per week for 12 weeks
-travel and accommodation support*
-privileged access to the Library’s collections, staff and resources
-uninterrupted time for research

Additional Honorary Fellowships may be awarded to support research and special access but without financial support.

Applications close 5pm AEST, Monday 26 April, 2021. For guidelines and to apply, see here.

CFP Limina Journal

Limina: a Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies is a cross-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal at the University of Western Australia, run by the Limina Collective.
We are committed to decreasing barriers to the publishing process and the communication of research, especially for early-career researchers. As such we are completely Open Access and charge no Article Processing Fees.

Submissions to our annual General Editions are always welcome. A secondary issue of the journal is usually dedicated as a Special Edition: these are usually dedicated to papers from our annual conference, but proposals for Special Editions of papers from other workshops/symposia/conferences are welcome.
All articles are subject to a double-blind peer review process. We also accept Perspectives, and Book and Cultural Reviews for inclusion in our issues.
For more info see –

A Call for Papers is currently in place for our annual conference ‘Adaptations in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present, and Future’ to be held 30 September – 2 October 2021 (digitally enabled). Deadline 12 April 2021 – see

We welcome your support of Limina. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or join our mailing list to keep up to date with our CFP, editions and events. You can contact us directly at

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of History, Durham University

The Department of History at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor of History (grade 7/8) in the period c.300-c.950 (CE). We welcome applications from candidates with expertise in Asian, Eurasian, Mediterranean, North African, Islamicate, Byzantine or European history, whose research complements or expands the department’s current strengths. Applications from candidates whose research draws connections between multiple geographical regions and who share our commitment to decolonising the curriculum are especially encouraged.

Applications close on 16 Feb, 2021. For more information about the position and to apply online, please see here.

CFP Weapons, Wounds, Warfare online workshop series

Weapons, Wounds, Warfare – An Interdisciplinary Online Workshop Series, 2021, University of Auckland, New Zealand

If death and injury are central to warfare, so are the tools that cause bodily harm. This interdisciplinary workshop series, hosted by the University of Auckland’s ‘War in Context’ research hub across March-October 2021, explores the cultures of violence and control that form around military weaponry by focusing on the wounds they inflict and the (at least perceived) pain and suffering they provoke. It investigates the ways in which individuals, communities, states, and militaries imagine, represent, adapt, and receive military technologies in the context of their wounding capacity.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone and then reimagine the more traditional conference on this theme we had initially planned for December 2020. We therefore invite proposals for panels or papers to be offered either in person (for New Zealand-based contributors), via live-stream, or pre-recorded as part of a series of events spread throughout 2021. Individual presentations should be 30 minutes in length, and those offered in person or live-streamed will be followed by a Q&A session of no more than 20 minutes in length. Panels should be approximately 40 minutes in length, with 20 mins for Q&A.

Papers should focus on particular weapons (or types of weapons), the context in which they are used, and the ‘wounds’ they cause. We welcome papers from any historical period, including today, and hope to attract scholars from a wide range of disciplines and cultural perspectives. As such, ‘wounds’ can, and indeed should, be interpreted in a broad way and can encompass not only physical, but psychological, social, cultural, and political damage.

It is planned that the workshop will form the core of a publication – either a peer-reviewed edited collection or special edition of an academic journal. All presenters will be encouraged to contribute to this publication. If you would like to offer a paper for the publication (but not present to the public) please let us know.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract (no more than 250 words), a brief presenter
biography (no more than 250 words) and your preferred mode of delivery (in person, livestream or pre-recorded). Please indicate when (in terms of dates: March-October) suits you best. We welcome proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers, including graduate students and early career scholars. Please send you proposals to the Series organizers at this email address: by 20 February 2021.

We have a small amount of funding available to bring New Zealand-based scholars to
Auckland to contribute in person.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Prof. Maartje Abbenhuis
(, Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Armstrong
(, and Dr Thomas Gregory (