ANZAMEMS 2021: Reception and Emotion

deadline for submissions: 
July 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
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ANZAMEMS Conference Postponed Until February 2022

​We have been closely monitoring the situation in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact upon the ‘Reception and Emotion’ conference in early February 2021.

Based on current Australian Government advice, we have decided to postpone the conference until 2022.

We are mindful of uncertainty prompted by the outbreak and cannot predict what impact it will have in the coming weeks and months.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of all involved in the conference, and we are aware of the need to ensure the conference is as safe an environment as possible for all.

Our Call for Papers and applications for Prizes and Travel Bursaries remains open. New application forms for the latter will be uploaded soon and new deadlines will be announced shortly.

​We look forward to seeing you in Perth in 2022! Updates about the conference will be posted on this website as details are confirmed.


The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference committee seeks proposals for its 2021 conference on the theme ‘Reception and Emotion’, to be held in Perth, Australia at The University of Western Australia in February 2022.


The committee welcomes all approaches to topics related to ‘reception and emotion’ broadly conceived (and conceived either together or separately: i.e., on reception and emotion, or on either reception or emotion), including but not limited to: trans-cultural, trans-temporal, trans-disciplinary, translation, global studies, creative misreadings, theatrical and literary revivals, forgeries, homages, cultural counter-strikes, regimes of periodisation, etc. We welcome proposals considering the usefulness or otherwise of reception history as a methodology: is ‘transformation’ more helpful than ‘reception’, for example, for appreciating the active role of the audience of a text, play, or idea?


Work on emotions can be similarly broad, covering, e.g., what’s evidenced from the ‘receivers’ and from the ‘received’ (thinking of work, for example, on how Indigenous people have received missionaries and their doctrines; how medievalists have reacted and acted in relation to the worrying associations of their discipline; even how humanities scholars feel about their reception in contemporary political circles; Jan Plamper’s suggestion that historians should keep ‘field diaries’ about their personal response to work in the archives; are there ‘objective’ studies?). What’s been the value and downside of the ‘emotional turn’ in humanities studies? How do we as scholars of the past deal with presentist notions of ‘relevance’, and need we consider past scholarship as ‘outdated? How can we marry approaches from humanities and life sciences in ‘emotions history’?

Call for Papers

The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers, 90-minute themed panels (of no more than 4 speakers) or workshops. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:


  • The reception of ideas about emotion in medieval/early modern texts;

  • Reception and transformation of ideologies across time and space;

  • The emotions of an audience in the reception of a play or sermon;

  • The emotional impact of a text on a reader;

  • Rituals and practices of receiving guests and dignitaries (and their emotional effects?);

  • The reception of the past: medievalism and early-modernism;

  • The reception of bodies / emotions and bodies / embodiment;

  • Reception / emotion and sexuality;

  • Reception / emotion and race;

  • Reception / emotion and gender;

  • Reception / emotion and music / art.


Proposals for 20-minute conference papers should consist of:


  1. A title;

  2. An abstract (max. 200 words);

  3. A short biography (max. 50 words).


The conference committee welcomes themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:


  1. Panel/Workshop Title;

  2. Proposed Chair (if available);

  3. Details of each presenter and paper as described above.


NB: Workshops will be allotted 90 minutes, 30 of which should be reserved for general discussion. We suggest a maximum of 6 speakers.

Submissions should be emailed (as a Word document attachment) to:


Deadline for submissions: TBC.


NB: Should you require early acceptance of your proposal please highlight this in your email and the committee will do our best to accommodate your request.