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Administered from the University of Western Australia, Cerae is an open-access, peer reviewed journal directed by a committee of interstate and international graduate students and early career researchers. We are united in our commitment to open access publishing, the possibilities of the digital humanities, and to forging a strong community of medieval and early modern scholars.

Volunteering for Cerae will give you invaluable experience in operating a journal – from drafting calls for papers, to the review process, through to copyediting – all skills which will make you more competitive in the academic job market. It will also give you the chance to make a difference and work with a very passionate and dedicated team. To nominate yourself for a role, please email ceraejournal@gmail.com by 25th September 2017.

DEPUTY EDITOR
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to work closely with the Editor to prepare each volume for publication. The Deputy Editor will:
– Arrange the provisional screening and peer review of articles.
– Liaise between reviewers and authors to finalise articles for publication.
– Organise the typesetting and copyediting of articles.
This role requires <2 hours per week.

SECRETARY
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer, ideally based at the University of Western Australia, to take care of the administrative tasks involved in running the journal. The Secretary:
– Monitors our main email account
– Organises meetings, writes agendas, and takes minutes as needed
– Oversees our ‘virtual office’
– Maintains contact lists
This role requires a minimum of 2 hours per week.

TREASURER
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer, ideally based at the University of Western Australia, to take care of the accounting tasks involved in running the journal. The Treasurer:
– Keeps records of incoming/outgoing funds
– Organises payments and receipts as necessary
– Generates a basic financial report annually
– Disburses prizes to our winners
– Works closely with the Fundraising Officer
This role requires <1 hr weekly, especially between the EOFY and our AGM.

FUNDRAISING OFFICER
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to identify sources of funding to support the journal’s running costs. The Fundraising Officer will:
– Find and apply for prizes or grants aimed at graduate student organizations.
– Send fundraising letters to heads of departments/organizations soliciting sponsorship.
– Consider creative methods of raising funds.
This role requires <1 hour per week.

DEPUTY REVIEWS EDITOR
We are looking for a reliable, motivated volunteer to work alongside the Reviews Editor. The Deputy Reviews Editor will:
– Assist the Reviews Editor to identify publications, including digital works, for review.
– Work with the Reviews Editor to approach and liaise with reviewers.
– Perform other tasks as required, including assisting with the preparation of reviews for
submission to the Editor.
This role requires 1-2 hours per week.

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2016 Call for Papers – “Influence and Appropriation”

Influence and Appropriation

CERAE: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is seeking contributions for its upcoming volume on the theme of “Influence and Appropriation”, to be published in 2017. We are, additionally, delighted to announce a prize of $200 for the best article published in this volume by a graduate student or early career researcher (details below).
Both individuals and entire cultural groups are influenced consciously and subconsciously as part of a receptive process, but they may actively respond to such influences by appropriating them for new purposes. Perhaps human beings cannot escape their influences, but think in terms of them regardless of whether they are taken as right or wrong, useful or otherwise. Such influences may have enduring effects on the lives of people and ideas, and may be co-opted for new social contexts to fit new purposes.
Contributors to this issue may consider some of the following areas:

  •     How writers adapt received ideas and novel conceptual frameworks or adapt to them
  •     How entire cultural groupings (national, vocational, socio-economic, religious, and so on) may be influenced by contact and exchange
  •     The mentorship and authority of ideas and people
  •     The use and abuse of old concepts for new polemics
  •     The shifting influence of canonical texts across time
  •     The way received ideas influence behaviours in specific situations
  •     How medieval and early modern ideas are reshaped for use in modern situations

 

These topics are intended as guides. Any potential contributors who are unsure about the suitability of their idea are encouraged to contact the journal’s editor (Keagan Brewer) at editorcerae@gmail.com.

The deadline for themed submissions is Friday 18th November, 2016. In addition to themed articles, however, we also welcome non-themed submissions, which can be made at any point throughout the year.

 

SUBMISSION DETAILS: 

Articles should be approximately 5000-7000 words. Further details regarding submission, including author guidelines and the journal’s style sheet, can be found online at http://openjournals.arts.uwa.edu.au/index.php/cerae/about/submissions.

 

PRIZES:

Cerae is delighted to announce a prize for the best article to be published in Volume 4 by a graduate student or early career researcher (defined as five years out from PhD completion), on the theme of ‘Influence and Appropriation’. Cerae is able to offer this prize thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. For a full list of organizations which have supported us in the past, see our list of sponsors. The journal reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year if no articles of sufficiently high standard are submitted.

 

ABOUT THE JOURNAL: 

Cerae is a peer-reviewed Australasian journal of medieval and early modern studies. Administered from the University of Western Australia, the journal is directed by a committee of Australian and international graduate students and early career researchers, united in our commitment to open-access publishing, the possibilities of the digital humanities, and to forging a strong community of medieval and early modern scholars in the region. Cerae accepts manuscripts from any discipline related to medieval and early modern studies, including submissions with accompanying audio-visual material. Previous issues of the journal can be viewed online at http://openjournals.arts.uwa.edu.au/index.php/cerae/issue/archive.

 

For further information, please contact editorcerae@gmail.com, or follow our blog at ceraejournal.com for news, updates and articles of general interest.

 

Opportunity Knocks!

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is looking for new graduate students and early career researchers to join the Executive and Extended Committees for Volume 4, to be published in 2017!

Extended Committee members are an essential part of the day-to-day running of the journal. Members can write posts for our blog ‘Impressions’, conduct preliminary reviews and copy-edits of submitted articles, receive first choice of books for review, and help generate publicity and reach for the journal as a whole. Membership is not limited to scholars working in the field of medieval and early modern studies, although scholars working in this field are particularly encouraged to apply.

Executive Committee members, meanwhile, play a more specific part in the journal by fulfilling the role of Editor, Deputy Editor, Reviews Editor, Social Media Editor, Secretary, Treasurer, or General Committee Members. Although new Extended Committee members are welcome at any time of the year, individuals interested in one of the Executive Committee roles are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible before the roles are all filled!

If you’re interested in getting some valuable experience working with an academic journal (and adding a line to your CV!) then send us an e-mail at ceraejournal@gmail.com and we can have a chat about how you can best contribute to the growth and development of this exciting new journal.

Visit our website at: http://openjournals.arts.uwa.edu.au/index.php/cerae/index

Congratulations to our Volume 2 Essay Prize Winner

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Volume 2 prize for best article by a graduate student or early career researcher has been awarded to Richard Firth-Godbehere for his article “For ‘Physitians of the Soule’: The roles of ‘flight’ and ‘hatred of abomination’ in Thomas Wright’s The Passions of the Minde in Generall.

Abstract

This article attempts to understand how Thomas Wright’s 1604 work, The Passions of the Minde in Generall, might have fitted into his overall mission as an English Catholic preacher, particularly when read via Wright’s understanding of Thomas Aquinas’s passion of fuga seu abominatio. Some historians claim that Wright was a controversialist, previously describing The Passions as either a radical departure from Wright’s mission, or the work of a different Thomas Wright. Earlier attempts to find a missionary element within The Passions have been inadequate. Through a close reading of The Passions, specifically analysing Wright’ʹs interpretation of fuga seu abominatio within the context of Wright’s intended readership, the main message of The Passions, and his background, this article suggests a possible reading of the text as a work aimed specifically at fellow English Catholics. To Wright, the passions of hatred of abomination and flight or detestation, derived primarily from Aquinas’s fuga seu abominatio, were not simply a form of disgust, as often assumed, but the potential worldly or otherworldly harm that someone we love, such as a neighbour, might face from the abominable evil of sin and damnation. By linking hatred of abomination, flight or detestation, and Wright’s particular view of sin together, Wright was teaching English Catholics how these passions might be used to cure diseased souls, turning the work into a guide for preaching.

 We would like to congratulate all seven contributors to this volume for their exceptional work; their articles can be found in Volume 2: Transitions, Fractures, and Fragments. Special thanks are due to the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia who provided the funds necessary to offer this years’ prize. We are looking forward to publishing Volume 3: Words, Signs, and Feelings throughout 2016, and remind readers that we accept non-themed submissions at any time throughout the year.

Ceræ is committed to open-access publishing, exploring the possibilities of the digital humanities, and forging a strong community of medieval and early modern scholars in the Australasian region. If you would like to support our publication of this journal, and assist us to continue offering prizes to recognise our contributors, you can make a pledge through PayPal, or contact the editor at editorcerae@gmail.com.

UPDATE: Extended Call for Papers

UPDATE: The Call for Papers for Volume 3 has been extended to Friday 4th of December! If you had something in the works but didn’t quite make the deadline, now’s your chance!


 

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is excited to open its call for papers for Volume 3 (2016). Articles are welcome on any topic relating to Medieval and Early Modern studies, in any discipline.

In addition, Volume 3 will contain a themed section on the topic “Words, Signs, and Feelings”, to be interpreted in any way the author sees fit. Authors wishing to be considered for the themed section of Volume 3, or the prizes listed below, must submit their articles by 20 November 2015; however, non-themed articles will continue to be accepted throughout the year. Possible topics for the ‘Words, Signs and Feelings’ strand include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations and depictions of emotions and feelings in words, images, music, architecture and other expressive arts.
  • Emotional states prompted by and responsive to religious experiences
  • Manifestation of emotional states in physical symptoms and/or the diagnosis of disease
  • Affective responses to words, images or music by individuals or groups
  • Architecture and the affects of place
  • Literary theory and the reception of Medieval and Early Modern texts
  • Contemporary reception/adaption of Medieval and Early Modern thought, texts and ideas

Prizes

We are delighted to announce two prizes of $200 each to be awarded to articles published in Volume 3:

Best Essay Published in Volume 3
Thanks to the support of the University of Western Australia (UWA) Postgraduate Students Association and the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, we will be awarding a prize of $200 to the best article published on any topic related to the theme of “Words, Signs and Feelings” in Volume 3, by a graduate student or early career researcher (five years out from PhD completion).

Best Essay Published in Volume 3 on a topic relating to the History of Emotions
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions is generously sponsoring one prize for the best essay, in either the themed or non-themed sections, on any topic relating to the History of Emotions, by a graduate student or early career researcher.

Submissions: Please submit articles at our online portal. Articles should be approximately 5000 to 7000 words, and conform to MHRA guidelines for referencing.

Publication: Ceræ publishes articles on a rolling basis, as soon as they successfully pass the double-blind peer-review process and copyediting stages. The first few articles for Volume 2 are already available online; we expect seven articles to be published in Volume 2 by the end of December.

Call for Papers for “Words, Signs and Feelings”, and Non-Themed Submissions

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is excited to open its call for papers for Volume 3 (2016). Articles are welcome on any topic relating to Medieval and Early Modern studies, in any discipline.

In addition, Volume 3 will contain a themed section on the topic “Words, Signs, and Feelings”, to be interpreted in any way the author sees fit. Authors wishing to be considered for the themed section of Volume 3, or the prizes listed below, must submit their articles by 20 November 2015; however, non-themed articles will continue to be accepted throughout the year. Possible topics for the ‘Words, Signs and Feelings’ strand include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations and depictions of emotions and feelings in words, images, music, architecture and other expressive arts.
  • Emotional states prompted by and responsive to religious experiences
  • Manifestation of emotional states in physical symptoms and/or the diagnosis of disease
  • Affective responses to words, images or music by individuals or groups
  • Architecture and the affects of place
  • Literary theory and the reception of Medieval and Early Modern texts
  • Contemporary reception/adaption of Medieval and Early Modern thought, texts and ideas

Prizes

We are delighted to announce two prizes of $200 each to be awarded to articles published in Volume 3:

Best Essay Published in Volume 3
Thanks to the support of the University of Western Australia (UWA) Postgraduate Students Association and the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, we will be awarding a prize of $200 to the best article published on any topic related to the theme of “Words, Signs and Feelings” in Volume 3, by a graduate student or early career researcher (five years out from PhD completion).

Best Essay Published in Volume 3 on a topic relating to the History of Emotions
The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions is generously sponsoring one prize for the best essay, in either the themed or non-themed sections, on any topic relating to the History of Emotions, by a graduate student or early career researcher.

Submissions: Please submit articles at our online portal. Articles should be approximately 5000 to 7000 words, and conform to MHRA guidelines for referencing.

Publication: Ceræ publishes articles on a rolling basis, as soon as they successfully pass the double-blind peer-review process and copyediting stages. The first few articles for Volume 2 are already available online; we expect seven articles to be published in Volume 2 by the end of December.

Ceræ’s Volume 2 kicks off with its first article

I hope you’re sitting firmly in your seat, because I have some exciting news – Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be publishing its articles from Volume 2 in the format of a rolling release over the remainder of 2015!

As part of our committment to both open-access publishing and the possibilities of the digital medium, we will be moving away from the print-based format of publishing all articles at the same time in favour of the individual publication of articles over a period of months as soon as they are ready for release.
By moving to a rolling release format, Cerae will be able to shine a spotlight on each article in turn with author interviews and guest posts on our blog. It is our hope that by providing this kind of individual attention we can improve the reach and penetration of each article among not only its target academic audience but also a broader audience of educated general readers, who will be able to read and share not just links and media related to each article but also the article itself across Facebook and Twitter.

Our first article is “‘Nonsence is Rebellion’: John Taylor’s Nonsence upon Sence, or Sence, upon Nonsence (1651–1654) and the English Civil War” by Emily Cock, which is available here.

Watch this space for a guest post by the author very soon!

— Michael Ovens, Editor