Call for Papers

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference committee seeks proposals for its 2022 conference on the theme ‘Reception and Emotion’, to be held online via Zoom (hosted by The University of Western Australia), from 27–30 June 2022!


The committee welcomes all approaches to topics related to ‘reception and emotion’ broadly conceived (and conceived either together or separately: i.e., on reception and emotion, or on either reception or emotion), including but not limited to: trans-cultural, trans-temporal, trans-disciplinary, translation, global studies, creative misreadings, theatrical and literary revivals, forgeries, homages, cultural counter-strikes, regimes of periodisation, etc. We welcome proposals considering the usefulness or otherwise of reception history as a methodology: is ‘transformation’ more helpful than ‘reception’, for example, for appreciating the active role of the audience of a text, play, or idea?


Work on emotions can be similarly broad, covering, e.g., what’s evidenced from the ‘receivers’ and from the ‘received’ (thinking of work, for example, on how Indigenous people have received missionaries and their doctrines; how medievalists have reacted and acted in relation to the worrying associations of their discipline; even how humanities scholars feel about their reception in contemporary political circles; Jan Plamper’s suggestion that historians should keep ‘field diaries’ about their personal response to work in the archives; are there ‘objective’ studies?). What’s been the value and downside of the ‘emotional turn’ in humanities studies? How do we as scholars of the past deal with presentist notions of ‘relevance’, and need we consider past scholarship as ‘outdated? How can we marry approaches from humanities and life sciences in ‘emotions history’?

Call for Papers

[Download a PDF copy of the Call for Papers]

The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers, 90-minute themed panels (of no more than 4 speakers) or workshops. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:


  • The reception of ideas about emotion in medieval/early modern texts;

  • Reception and transformation of ideologies across time and space;

  • The emotions of an audience in the reception of a play or sermon;

  • The emotional impact of a text on a reader;

  • Rituals and practices of receiving guests and dignitaries (and their emotional effects?);

  • The reception of the past: medievalism and early-modernism;

  • The reception of bodies / emotions and bodies / embodiment;

  • Reception / emotion and sexuality;

  • Reception / emotion and race;

  • Reception / emotion and gender;

  • Reception / emotion and music / art.


Proposals for 20-minute conference papers should consist of:


  1. A title;

  2. An abstract (max. 200 words);

  3. A short biography (max. 50 words).


The conference committee welcomes themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:


  1. Panel/Workshop Title;

  2. Proposed Chair (if available);

  3. Details of each presenter and paper as described above.


NB: Workshops will be allotted 90 minutes, 30 of which should be reserved for general discussion. We suggest a maximum of 6 speakers.

The conference committee will also consider other formats for online presentations. Please contact us at with your query prior to submitting your proposal.

Submissions should be emailed (as a Word document attachment) to:


Deadline for submissions: Monday 10 January 2022.


NB: Should you require early acceptance of your proposal please highlight this in your email and the committee will do our best to accommodate your requestApplications for early acceptance will be answered after 31 May 2021.

Call for Papers for Sessions or Strands

Looking for a session to propose a paper to? Check out the CFPs below:

Session/Strand organizers: If you wish to advertise an individual Call for Papers for a session or strand please email details for posting to the conference website to:


Equity & Diversity

Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Incorporated)

Diversity and Equity Statement


It is ANZAMEMS’s goal to be a community in which all researchers feel comfortable and able to participate equally. ANZAMEMS understands that scholarship is practised by individuals working in many different conditions and with varying degrees of support for their work. We value the involvement of researchers at all career stages, and across the full range of difference within the academy, and we especially welcome newcomers to our community.

The organisation aims to provide a supportive and safe professional environment for all those interested in the study of the medieval and early modern eras and their reception. It supports all individuals—especially those from communities traditionally marginalised by the academy, including but not limited to people of colour, women, disabled people, LGBQTIA people, and members of all faiths—to share their research and develop professional networks within an environment that prizes inclusivity, generosity and courtesy.

ANZAMEMS refuses to accept bullying and harassment of any kind, whether intellectual, institutional, or personal. Because of the range of disciplines and historical periods of interest to our members, ANZAMEMS appreciates that people will approach their work from a variety of critical, ideological and methodological angles. We may not always agree, but we aim to foster an environment of respectful, engaged debate in which prejudice and intolerance have no place.

Our organisation is committed to developing safe mechanisms through which members are encouraged to voice concerns and seek support. This commitment includes the virtual communities fostered by ANZAMEMS and ANZAMEMS-sponsored events and publications.


The appointment of Diversity Officers is the first step in realising this commitment. The Diversity Officers will provide a thorough examination of existing processes and policies in relation to equity and diversity, and will continue to review and update these processes and policies on regular basis. The Diversity Officers will report regularly to the Committee on their activities, and will provide a written report to members at each AGM—with particular focus on communicating the ways that diversity has been perpetuated in programming at ANZAMEMS events and publications, and how support for individual researchers has been developed. The Committee will ensure that the Diversity Officers are visible in the ANZAMEMS community so that any member can approach them without hesitation.

ANZAMEMS endorses the MLA’s Statement of Professional Ethics, which may be read here.

Equity and Diversity Officers

Throughout the conference, a number of Equity and Diversity officers will be on hand to help you should you require.


ANZAMEMS 2022 officers are as follows:


  • Marina Gerzic (UWA)

  • Claire McIlroy (UWA)

  • James Youd (UWA)

Please contact the volunteer staff at the Registration desk and they will put you in touch with an officer.

Should you wish to communicate by email with the committee or Chair, please write to:


Key Dates



Call for Papers closes:                                  10 January 2022

Applications for bursaries and prizes closes: 11 April 2022

Registration opens:                                       12 April 2022

Registration closes:                                           24 June 2022

Image: The Hallstatt Altar. Credit: Ars Electronica / Vanessa Graf.