Welcome to Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Ceræ (ISSN: 2204-146X) is an award-winning, peer-reviewed, academic journal of medieval and early modern studies. Since its inception in 2013 at the University of Western Australia, Ceræ has intentionally been both a digital-only and an open access publication. This conscious choice was made in order to highlight the similarities between the ubiquitous wax tablets – ceræ – of the ancient, medieval, and early modern worlds, and the palimpsest-like nature of how information in the twenty-first century is both disseminated and stored within a variety of digital media. To read more about the inspiration behind our journal’s name and logo, please find this short manifesto from one of our founding members.

All of our articles, book reviews, and varia are published on this website. You may also find information about our international Editorial Committee, links to all of our Blog posts, including extended article content, Calls For Papers, as well as information about both Essay Prizes and Sponsorship.

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Recent Posts

Conference Review – Thoughts on the 2020 digital Leeds IMC and the future of meetings and conferences in the age of COVID-19

In this blog post, Victoria Shirley of the Ceræ editorial board shares her impressions of the 2020 virtual Leeds IMC The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic has upended the models of teaching students and exchanging research that we have used for decades. Large, in-person classes for most of 2020 have been changed to online classes. Mass gatherings … Continue reading Conference Review – Thoughts on the 2020 digital Leeds IMC and the future of meetings and conferences in the age of COVID-19

Research and Working During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The spread of the COVID-19 virus in 2020 has presented unique challenges to students, professors, researchers, and professionals around the world. Conferences have been cancelled, classes have been shifted to taking place online, and access to libraries is now limited for many in affected countries. We at Cerae will continue to work on creating Volume … Continue reading Research and Working During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Soldier of Christ in Medieval Hagiography

How did the figure of the milites – the sanctified warrior laymen of the church – grow out of medieval saints’ lives? In her new article (now live on the Cerae website), Sofia Fagiolo tackles this question through the lens of two vitae – she introduces her article, and the inspiration for it, for us here… My … Continue reading The Soldier of Christ in Medieval Hagiography

Walking into mythology

How fluid is Icelandic place-lore; how do medieval narratives relate to modern folklore and local landscapes? These are just some of the questions Matthias Egeler explores in his new article (now live on the Cerae website). In this accompanying blog-post, Matthias introduces us to his interest in toponymy, in the intersections of landscapes and the … Continue reading Walking into mythology

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