Special Events

The Conference Committee has organized a series of Special Events to coincide with the conference, including a tour of the State Library of New South Wales, a film screening, a concert of Baroque music by the Marais Project, and an exhibition of holdings from the Rare Books & Special Collections of the University of Sydney Library. Scroll down for details on each event, which will be posted as they become available.

The following workshop precedes and is separate from the ANZAMEMS Conference but may be of interest to some participants:

Themes from the Work of Carla Rita Palmerino on Natural Philosophy

4–5 February 2019


CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building F09
Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney


  • Peter Harrison (Queensland)
  • Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney)
  • Alan Chalmers (Sydney)
  • John Schuster (Sydney)
  • Keith Hutchison (Melbourne)
  • Laura Kotevska (Sydney)
  • Luciano Boschiero (Campion)
  • Catherine Abou-Nemeh (Victoria, Wellington)
  • Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  • Raffaele Pisano (Lille, France)

Convener: Peter Anstey

Full program available via the University of Sydney Department of Philosophy.

Register here

Manuscript/Early Book Tour of the State Library of New South Wales

Tuesday 5 February 2019, 2.30-4.00 pm

State Library of New South Wales

Join curators from the State Library of New South Wales for a tour of the library, which can trace its history back to 1826. The tour will provide an overview of the different reading rooms in the Library and some of the beautiful spaces and exhibitions in its historic Mitchell Wing. The tour will also include a private viewing of some Renaissance treasures from the Library’s rich and varied collections.

The State Library of NSW is close by Martin Place train station, a short train ride from Redfern station and the University of Sydney campus. Participants in the tour can easily make it back to the campus in time for the conference Opening Reception at 5 pm.

Limited to 60 conference delegates.

Register now through this link

Treasures of the Fisher Library

Tuesday 5 February – Friday 8 February 2019, select times

Fisher Seminar Room, Fisher Library, University of Sydney

The librarians of the Rare Books and Special Collections in the Fisher Library at the University of Sydney have generously arranged to show some treasures of the library to conference attendees at a number of scheduled times during the conference. The books include manuscripts and early printed books generally related to the conference theme. The numbers in these sessions will be capped so that visitors can examine the books and talk with the librarians about them.

Please register for your preferred time-slot using the appropriate link below:

Tuesday 5 February 2019, 1.00-2.00 pm

Wednesday 6 February 2019, 10.00-10.30 am

Wednesday 6 February 2019, 12.00-1.00 pm

Thursday 7 February 2019, 10.15-10.45 am

Thursday 7 February 2019, 12.15-1.15 pm

Friday 8 February 2019, 10.00-10.30 am

Friday 8 February 2019, 12.00-1.00 pm

Early Career Session with the Parergon Editorial Team

Wednesday 6 February 2019, 12.00-1.00 pm

Main Quadrangle, The Refectory

Film Screening

The Devil’s Country 

Wednesday 6 February 2019, 12.15-1.00 pm

Main Quadrangle, History Room, S223

The Devil’s Country is a documentary that explores the intersection of the medieval demonic, the colonial experience of the Australian landscape, and the Indigenous experience of invasion and westward expansion through NSW.

Directed by Cassandra Charlton; written and produced by Juanita Feros Ruys.

The Marais Project Concert

Wednesday 6 February 2019, 6.00–7.00 pm

The MacLaurin Hall, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney

Founded in 2000 by viola da gambist, Jennifer Eriksson, The Marais Project has a focus on the music of the baroque era with a particular emphasis on the works of our namesake, Marin Marais, a performer and composer at the Court of Louis XIV. The early baroque was a time of artistic as well as scientific and philosophical creativity. This performance will present 17th century vocal music from around the globe with instrumental interludes. We feature songs by two giants of the time, Monteverdi and Purcell, as well as works by lesser known composers such as the Swede, Johan Helmich Roman and Marais.

Tommie Andersson (theorbo), born in Bodafors, Sweden and based in Sydney since 1984 is regarded as Australia’s leading specialist in lutes and early guitars. He completed his studies at the State Conservatorium of Music (Musikhögskolan) in Göteborg, Sweden, with a Masters Degree in Performance (Solist Diplom), studying under Josef Holecek. He was then awarded a Swiss Government Scholarship for further studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where his teachers included Eugen M. Dombois and Hopkinson Smith. He has toured extensively in Sweden and has given performances and master classes in Scandinavia, Western Europe, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan including tours of South America and Asia. Tommie Andersson is highly sought after both as a soloist and as a continuo player and performs regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia, the Song Company, Pinchgut Opera, the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Ensemble Battistin, Sydney Chamber Choir and The Marais Project amongst others. He is a founding member and principal player of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and co-directs (with Marshall McGuire) the harp/theorbo consort Ludovico’s Band. As a recitalist he has performed in all the major Australian capital cities and festivals and he gives regular concerts and live broadcasts for the ABC. Tommie Andersson appears on more than 50 discs including a solo CD of baroque lute and guitar music released on the Swedish label Musica Rediviva. He lectures in Lute and Early Guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is frequently approached by Universities and Conservatoriums around the country to teach and perform.

Susie Bishop (voice and violin) is a prominent vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in the Sydney music scene. After receiving her Bachelor of Creative Arts in Drama with distinction in 2005 at the University of Wollongong, she was a recipient of the BBM Scholarship for Music and Drama in 2005 and was accepted into the Royal Northern College of Music, UK where she obtained her M Mus in Opera in 2010. Alongside this training she continued with her rigorous classical studies on violin which she had first started at age four. Her interests and skills in performance are wide-ranging, and she regularly performs and tours with some of Sydney’s highest profile ensembles in both her capacities as violinist and singer, with a music career that is quickly gaining momentum. Her operatic engagements have included a recital series at the Independent Theatre in 2013, regular recitals with the Resonance Concert series, touring with The Song Company and performing as soloist with the Marais Ensemble. Her other collaborations include guesting as violinist and vocalist with multi-ARIA award winning ensemble Monsieur Camembert, performing at the prestigious MONA FOMA festival in Hobart as violinist with the Hinterlandt ensemble and performing with new early music jazz fusion ensemble Elysian Fields as vocalist and violinist. She has also co-founded and recorded two albums with world influenced fusion ensemble Chaika (http://www.chaikaband.com), received a Jumpstart grant to study in Argentina after recording an album with Sydney-based tango quintet Tangalo, and composed and recorded a duo album in collaboration with her sister Laura Bishop.

 Jennifer Eriksson (viola da gamba) completed her initial musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She then studied the viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, The Netherlands, for three years where she completed postgraduate studies in baroque music. Jennifer is widely recognised as one of Australia’s best known and most versatile viola da gambists. She has performed and broadcast widely in Australia and in Holland, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand and New Caledonia. She as awarded residency at the Banff Arts Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada, in 2014. She founded her primary ensemble The Marais Project in 2000, with the aim of performing the complete works of Marin Marais, a task that is nearly 90% complete. The Marais Project has released six commercial CDs of which 3 have been CD of the week on ABC FM radio. Jennifer has a long term interest in music education and for more than 25 year has directed professional early music groups that tour schools across the nation. She has commissioned more than twenty works for viola da gamba and electric viola da gamba by Australian composers and is the founder and director of the jazz ensemble, “Elysian Fields”, Australia’s only electric viola da gamba group. Elysian Fields has recently recorded its first CD.

“A culture beauty of tone and a confidence that placed her among the viola da gambist worth going a long way to hear” – Sydney Morning Herald

“An exciting and rather unusual concert” – Arts Hub

“A beautiful and varied collection of early and recent music for Baroque ensemble” – The Music Trust

“Eriksson has created an ensemble that performs this thoughtful programme with brilliant musicianship. It is an intimate recording, rich in detail” – Sounds Like Sydney

“Under the curating of Jenny Eriksson the Marais Project continues to present unusual and engaging programs of first rate quality” – ClassikON

“[An] impeccably performed and hugely enjoyable musical smorgasbord” – Limelight Magazine

Sample The Marais Project on YouTube and SoundCloud.

Postgraduate Reception: Let’s Meet and Eat

Thursday 7 February 6.00-7.00 pm

Courtyard Restaurant and Bar, University of Sydney

Per ANZAMEMS conference tradition, the current Postgraduate Representatives to the Executive Committee (Lisa Rolston and Hannah Skipworth) will hold a reception for ANZAMEMS postgraduates. The ambition behind this year’s event is to provide postgraduates with an opportunity to meet their peers from around Australia and New Zealand and establish connections that will carry them into future endeavours. During this event, we encourage students in the final stages of their dissertations to seek out those who may be new to further research. After all, everyone needs a friendly bit of encouragement (but also some real talk) now and then!

Sharing platters and a modest bar tab will be provided.

Honours students and ECRs are more than welcome to attend this event.

Find full details and register to attend via Eventbrite.

Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group (SMRG) Reception

Friday 8 February 6.00-7.00 pm

Main Quadrangle, MacLaurin Hall

End of Conference Reception hosted by the Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group including book launch by John O. Ward of its history by Sharon Davidson, with fairly substantial medieval nibbles (inspired by recipes in Lorna Sass’ cookbook To the King’s Taste) and drinks (including Hippocras).