Update: Coming Up in Medieval and Early Modern Studies


Calls for Papers

Singing Death
Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume entitled ‘Singing Death’. This arises out of a day-long symposium and concert in August 2013, generously supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. The editors would like to extend the work of the symposium with a collection of essays focussing on death and music. Abstract submissions due 30 September. For submission information and further details, please see the ANZAMEMS website.


Grounding the Sacred Through Literature and the Arts

23-26 July 2015
Australian Catholic University
Abstracts are due 27 February 2015. Please see the Conference website for more details.



Public Lecture
Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories and the Politics of Fear in the Early Modern Iberian World

Friday, 19 September 2014
Room 210, Napier Building, University of Adelaide
Dr Francois Soyer argues that we should not merely understand such conspiracy theories as cultural phenomena derived from medieval anti-semitic lore and driven by popular animus. Rather, their longevity resides in the fact that they were primarily politically-driven and officially endorsed by elements within the State and Church to further their own agenda by deploying powerful emotional language and themes in official propaganda. For further information, click here.


Middle English Study Day
Discourses of Passion, Politics, Nurture, and Feeling: Emotions in Middle English Literature III

19 September 2014 (9.45am-4.45pm)
University of Melbourne
This study day explores the emotions in Middle English literature through a range of medieval texts, including Sir Orfeo, Troilus and Criseyde, Handlyng Synne, Pearl, Robin Hood and the Monk and The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathlyn. Leading the discussion will be Stephanie Downes (Melbourne), Rebecca McNamara (Sydney), John Ganim (UC Riverside), Melissa Raine (Melbourne), Stephen Knight (Melbourne), Andrew Lynch (UWA) and Louise D’Arcens (Wollongong). All are welcome to attend. Register interest with Leanne Hunt to receive a reading pack.


Music of the 1600s: Works for 3 Viols

12 September 2014 (7pm)
St George’s College Chapel, University of Western Australia
Includes music from Purcell, Gibbons, Byrd, Lassus and Du Caurroy. Performed by Shaun Ng, Andrew Tait and Makoto Harris Takao. Free entry.


Melancholia: John Dowland’s Seven Lachrimae Pavans

28 September 2014 (2-3pm)
UQ Art Museum, Level 3 Gallery
This performance accompanies ‘Five Centuries of Melancholia’, an exhibition which explores melancholy in art, to mark the 500th Anniversary of Dürer’s Melencholia I (1514). Performed by the Badinerie Players on original instruments of the baroque period. Free, all welcome. RSVP by 24 September: uqche@uq.edu.au or (07) 3365-3046.


Postgraduate Seminar
Empathy, Ethics, Aesthetics: Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar – Call For Applications
Thursday, 23 October 2014
University of Sydney
Specialists in the fields of Philosophy, Literature, Early Modern Studies, and Religious Studies will speak from their own perspectives about the interplay of ethics, aesthetics and empathy, and you will have the opportunity to work through the particular issues that affect your research in conversation with them. Places are limited. For more information, see the Centre for the History of Emotions website.

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