ANZAMEMS 2017 Call for Papers

Please find below a CFP for the biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, which will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, on 7-10 February 2017. The theme is mobility and exchange, and paper proposals are invited from all disciplinary/interdisciplinary perspectives. Paper proposals from graduate/postgraduate students are welcomed and there are a range of bursaries and prizes available to assist with their conference costs.

Feel free to circulate widely.

Best wishes,
E. Amanda McVitty
PhD Candidate/Lecturer, School of Humanities
Massey University, New Zealand

Call For Papers: ANZAMEMS 2017, Wellington, 7-10 February 2017,

The biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, on 7-10 February 2017, on the theme of mobility and exchange.

Call for Papers:, Closing 1 September 2016

We welcome paper and panel proposals addressing any aspect of this theme, including:

  • social, cultural, and intellectual exchange
  • the circulation of texts, ideas, and people
  • commercial and mercantile exchange
  • legal interchange
  • transport and transportation
  • rural and urban mobilities
  • pilgrimage, exploration, and migration
  • transglobal and trans-temporal medievalisms and early modernisms


Plenary Speakers:

Dr Erin Griffey (Art History, Auckland), Professor
Martha Howell (History, Columbia), Professor Lorna Hutson (English
Literature, St Andrews), Professor Cary Nederman (Political Science,
Texas A&M University).

Conference Convenor:

Postgraduate Bursaries

There are a range of travel bursaries and prizes available to postgraduate students to assist with conference costs. For further information see


ARC Centre for the History of Emotions;
Early Modern Women’s Research Network, University of Newcastle;
W.H. Oliver Humanities Research Academy, Massey University;
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington;
Department of History and Art History, University of Otago;
and in partnership with the National Library of New Zealand.

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$50 at Fifty

Dear Friends,

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of the Medieval Association of the Pacific is swiftly approaching!

As we look forward to the Annual Meeting at the University of California, Davis, the site of the Organization’s founding in 1966, it behooves us to ponder MAP’s illustrious past as well as its long-term future.

In the first issue of Chronica, published in Fall 1967, President James J. Murphy recounted the origins of the new organization. Describing the initial planning meeting, Murphy wrote:

It was anticipated that perhaps fifteen or twenty of those attending the Conference [on Medieval Studies at Davis] would appear at the meeting. Instead, a total of almost one hundred jammed into a room designed for sixty-six.

The same newsletter also published an essay by Loy Bilderback (Fresno State College) on “The Computer as an Aid to Control of Medieval Bibliography.” In light of a pressing need to manage the rapidly expanding bibliography of published studies on the Middle Ages, Bilderback proposed implementing “a system of control” using the computer. While admitting that “the abandonment of customary bibliographical practices and the learning of new ways born of new conceptual schemes is not easy,” Dr. Bilderback concluded, “if we look forward to a day when selections [of bibliographic entries] must be made from among thousands of items, it is clear that the problem of exclusion of the irrelevant will be as important as the problem of gaining control of the useful.” Prophetic words, indeed.

MAP has flourished for a half-century because of the dedication and support of its membership. Many of us presented our first academic papers at an annual meeting, and MAP today continues to be a welcoming venue for graduate students and senior scholars alike.

To support this tradition of excellence for years to come, please consider making a gift to MAP this year:

“$50 at Fifty”

A $50 gift to MAP when you renew your membership supports our Prizes – the Founders’ Prize, which awards up to $1000 for the outstanding graduate papers presented at the annual conference, and the Benton Prize, which supports travel to any academic conference, MAP included. Your gift also assists in conference planning and organization.

Or round your annual membership dues – in 1968, set at $4/year ($2 for students!) – from $35 to $50.  MAP remains a tremendous bargain for regular members and graduate students, whose dues and conference registration fees are nominal.

For half a century, MAP has offered extraordinary service to our profession and to the development of young scholars. We need your support to carry this important work forward in the decades to come.


John Ott, Treasurer