Winner winner!

Cerae are pleased to announce the winner of our volume four essay prize.  This prize was awarded to an article submitted under our volume four theme of Influence and Appropriation.  We published two articles related to this theme, and it was a very hard decision as to whom the prize should be awarded, as both articles were of excellent quality and hugely interesting.  The committee have decided to award this year’s prize to Jocelyn Hargrave for her article ‘Aphra Behn: Cultural Translator and Editorial Intermediary.’

Jocelyn’s article, which draws on her PhD research on the evolution of editorial practice in early modern England, struck a particular chord with the committee as editors ourselves.  It was interesting to draw parallels between modern editorial practices and those of one of our predecessors in the historical periods that we research.

Please join us in congratulating Jocelyn.  As with all research published by Cerae, as an Open Access academic journal, her winning article is available to download for free by any interested party, so do go and have a read!


Volume 3 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the essay competitions for Volume 3 of Cerae.

Lisa Tagliaferri won the prize for Best Themed Essay, with the theme of the issue being ‘Words, Signs, and Feelings’.  Tagliaferri’s article, ”A Gentlewoman of the Courte’: Introducing and Translating the Court Lady’, explores the pro-feminist agenda, or lack of such, of Baldassarre Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier and its subsequent English translation by Thomas Hoby.  Tagliaferri argues that the book was presented as an appeasement to ladies within the court, but is actually a behavioural manual designed to retain masculine authority.

Matthew Firth won the prize for Best Essay Related to the History of Emotions, with his article Allegories of Sight: Blinding and Power in Late Anglo-Saxon England.  Firth’s essay details the use of blinding as a punitive punishment in Anglo-Saxon England, from an initial reluctance to employ such a debilitating disability to a recognition of its effectiveness in curtailing the power of one’s enemies.  Anglo-Saxon culture believed that sight was inherent to power, argues Firth, making the decision to blind a person particularly complex.

Both essays, and the rest of volume 3, are available on Cerae‘s website.  The deadline for themed submissions for volume 5 is 30th November, but non-themed essays are welcomed throughout the year.  The theme for volume 5 is Representations and Recollections of Empire.

Volume 5: Call for Papers – ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’


‘Representations and
Recollections of Empire’

Cerae invites essay submissions on the theme of ‘Representations and Recollections of
Empire’. In its broadest sense, empire as a term is used to describe a state or cluster of
lands and states ruled by a monarch or emperor. With its implications of wide and far
reaching dominion, empire as a concept also lends itself to a broad range of subject
areas that may consider a number of cultural groups and historical periods, concepts of
power and dominance, influence and control. Topics may include but are not limited to:

• representations of cultural legacy and achievement in claims to power
• studies in the visual, literary and material culture of empire
• the birth of Renaissance humanism with its focus on classical notions of civic duty
• religious appropriations of the imperial claim to political supremacy
• medieval romance and epic as genres innovating on classical styles and themes
• the imperialist legacy in early colonial propaganda.
As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions across the fields of art
history, literature, politics, intellectual history, social studies and beyond. Articles should
be approximately 5000-7000 words. Further details regarding submission and author
guidelines including the journal style sheet can be found online at:

Ceræ is delighted to offer two prizes each for Volume 5. The first prize, of $200 (AUD), will be awarded to the best article submitted by a graduate student, an is sponsored by the University of Western Australia Graduate Research School. This award may be given to either a themed or non-themed submission. The second prize, also of $200 (AUD), will be awarded to the best essay on the theme of ‘Representations and Recollections of Empire’ by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Non-themed articles are welcome at any point in the year.

Cerae Receives the Matilda Award


Michael, Tara and Imogen accepting the Matilda Award

Cerae is proud to announce that we have been selected to receive the Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence, 2017. The Matilda Award recognises outstanding achievement in cultural pursuits and acknowledges the talents and hard work of the Cerae team and journal contributors. Michael Ovens, Tara Auty and Imogen Forbes-Macphail attended the ceremony to receive the reward on behalf of the team. We would like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible.

Cerae is currently accepting abstracts for our Leeds IMC 2018 panel ‘Memories of Empire’ at Deadline: 31st AUGUST 2017. More details can be found here.

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

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.



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



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.



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


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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.


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

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


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.