Program & Keynotes


The amended, final ANZAMEMS programme is now available.

Maps of the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus and the Main Quadrangle showing all relevant locations.

Paper Abstracts

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 February Abstracts

Thursday 7 February Abstracts

Friday 8 February Abstracts

Post-grad and Early Career Attendees

The conference committee would like to highlight two workshops and two special events that may be of particular interest to post-grad and ECR participants, please see the Program or the Special Events page for full details:

Early Career Session with the editorial team of Parergon – Wednesday 6 February (12.00-1.00 pm)

“Professional Boundaries, Career Horizons” (sponsored by the Maddern-Crawford Network) – Wednesday 6 February, Session 4 (2.30-4.00 pm)

“What I Wish I’d Known: Mentoring” (sponsored by the Maddern-Crawford Network) – Thursday 7 February, Session 7 (4.15-5.45 pm)

Postgraduate Reception (ECRs welcome) – Thursday 7 February (6.00-7.00 pm)

Acknowledgement of Country

The University of Sydney Camperdown Campus is built in the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We encourage chairs of sessions acknowledge this with a form of words at the beginning of each session: “Before we begin the proceedings, I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet; the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney is built. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and research practices within this university may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.”

Keynote Speakers

IMG_0167 (1)Seeta Chaganti is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, where she has taught since 2001. Her first book, The Medieval Poetics of the Reliquary (2008), argues that the visual features of reliquaries theorize the inscriptional and performance-based functions of medieval poetic language. Her most recent book, Strange Footing: Medieval Poetic Form and Dance (2018), contends that a medieval audience habituated to the practice and spectatorship of dance brought these habits to bear on their apprehension of poetic form. In this process, poetic form reveals itself not as ordered and periodic but instead as virtual, uncanny, skewed, and strange. She has published on topics ranging from Old English poetry and artifacts, to fifteenth-century dance manuals, to nineteenth-century ballet as an instrument of medievalism. Her new book, intended for a general audience, is a collaboration with the ethologist Dr. Gabrielle Nevitt. “Chicken Lyric: Poetry and the Avian Sense World” argues that many well-known Anglophone poets, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Williams, and Bishop, reveal in their work the influence of the chicken’s sensory habits upon their poetic projects. This book not only moves the analysis of poetic form beyond its human borders but also foregrounds a longstanding intimacy between animal and human sensory experience, one whose relatively recent loss has limited our perspective on the history of poetic expression. Chaganti’s awards include the Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities for her dissertation at Yale and the Cornell Society for the Humanities Fellowship for her work on Strange Footing. She has also received UC Davis’s Senate Faculty award for distinguished undergraduate teaching. She is a Steering Committee member of the Medievalists of Color collective, which mentors medievalists who identify as scholars of color and speaks publicly about issues of race and racial injustice in the field.

Chaganti Keynote Abstract

Jane Davidson_9150 (1)Jane Davidson is Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Associate Dean Engagement and Partnerships, and Professor of Creative and Performing Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music at The University of Melbourne. Her research interests are broadly in the areas of social psychology of music, performance studies, and the history of emotions. Specific projects include: music and conciliation; emotion, expression and wellbeing through performance; vocal studies and musical development. She has an extensive publication record with research grants in both Australia and overseas and a long experience of supervising higher degrees as well as mentoring postdoctoral research fellows. She was Editor of Psychology of Music (1997-2001), Vice-President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (2003-2006), and President of the Musicological Society of Australia (2010 and 2011). She was a member of the Research Evaluation Committee for the Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) in 2009 and 2012. She has worked as an opera singer and music theatre director, and was coordinator of vocal studies at the University of Western Australia over an eight-year period. Over the past twenty-five years she has directed many operas, with those in the past decade focusing on historical performance practice.

Davidson Keynote Abstract

Liang PhotoYuen-Gen Liang (Ph.D. Princeton University) is Associate Professor at National Taiwan University and previously Associate Professor at Wheaton College, Massachusetts.  He teaches Spanish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and public histories and is currently researching Spanish sensory perceptions in North Africa in the early modern period.  Liang is author of Family and Empire: The Fernández de Córdoba and the Spanish Realm (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) and co-editor of three volumes of essays including Authority and Spectacle in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Teofilo F. Ruiz (Routledge, 2017).  He is the founder of the Spain-North Africa Project, co-founder of the Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities, and is on the founding boards of the Asian Federation of Mediterranean Studies Institutes and the journal The Medieval Globe. Liang has been awarded grants from Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, Spanish Ministry of Culture, United States National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and IIE-Fulbright. He has lived in Taiwan, Syria, Spain, and the United States.

Liang Keynote Abstract

20160603_luthy_3688Christoph Lüthy is Professor in the History of Philosophy and Science at Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Born in Switzerland, he studied philosophy and modern languages (Oxford), physics (Basel), and the history of science (Harvard). His research and publications belong to three main areas. The first area is the development of rivaling matter theories from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period, and specifically the seventeenth-century nexus of atomistic, corpuscular and mechanistic theories of matter. Lüthy has attempted to reconstruct the reasoning of several early-modern atomists and got particularly enchanted by the figure of David Gorlaeus, who died at twenty-one years of age but left behind two fairly influential atomistic treatises (see Lüthy’s David Gorlaeus, 1591-1612. An Enigmatic Figure in the History of Philosophy and Science. Amsterdam University Press, 2012). Lüthy’s second topic concerns the status and evolution of scientific (or ‘epistemic’) imagery. In a series of case studies, he has tried to understand what exactly it was that early-modern images (including diagrams, maps, or emblems) were expected to show or prove. What were images expected to deliver what mere words could not? His most recent case study investigates the controversy between Johannes Fludd and Robert Fludd over the status and rigor of their respective types of diagrams (forthcoming, 2018). Lüthy’s third topic is the evolution of anthropology before and after the emergence of evolutionary theories, and their implications for mental categories such as mind, consciousness, or free will. He has been editor of the journal Early Science and Medicine for the past twenty years and is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Luthy Keynote Abstract

et_stanford_englishElaine Treharne is Professor of English, Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, Director of the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and Director of Stanford Text Technologies at Stanford University. Her main research interests are in Early British manuscripts–their intentionality, materiality, functionality and value. She has published widely in this area, focusing most specifically on religious poetry and prose, and manuscripts dating from ca. 1020 to ca. 1220. Her current projects focus on the book as object together with the long History of Text Technologies from the earliest times (c. 60,000 BCE) to the present day. She researches the hapticity and phenomenology of the Medieval book, and will be publishing The Phenomenal Book, 500-1200 based on this work. This research also extends to a more modern period of the Medieval, and to the work of artists, including William Morris, Edward Johnston, Philip Lee Warner, Eric Gill and David Jones.

Treharne Keynote Abstract