Forthcoming Conferences of Interest


The 43rd ASCS Conference and Annual Meeting will be hosted in hybrid format at The University of Tasmania’s Hobart city campus between 8-11 February 2022. It will be possible to participate in the conference online or in person.


The conference will make use of the University’s interactive ‘Zoom Rooms’ in its Hobart city campus. All paper sessions and workshops will take place in one of two hubs: the ‘Podium Building’ (Melville St), and the former ‘KPMG Building’ (Harrington St). These are venues 12 and 14 respectively on this campus map: UTas Hobart City Campus.pdf

Conference Programme

A draft programme will be published in early December.


Conference registration will run between 1 December 2021 and 1 February 2022.

$80: Standard rate (waged delegates)
$30: Concession rate (student or unwaged delegates)

Funds raised through registration will cover the basic expenses of running the conference for all participants. Please note that registration does not include any meals or beverages: for those attending the conference in Hobart, a range of food and drink options will be available for purchase at the conference venues. Any funds left over at the end of the conference will be put aside for postgraduate travel support for the 2023 ASCS 44 conference at the University of Canterbury.

Registration includes:

  • The ASCS Conference: Tuesday 8 February – Friday 11 February 2022
  • The Whova conference app (web and/or mobile)
  • A.D. Trendall Lecture (Australian Academy of the Humanities)
  • ASCS Keynote Lecture
  • A range of workshops and plenary sessions
  • Conference Materials

Postgraduate Travel Support

Funding is available to support students travelling to Hobart in 2022. Anyone wishing to apply for funding should complete the form below and return it to the ASCS Honorary Secretary (Dr Daniel Osland) via 15 January 2022.

ASCS Conference Travel Subsidy 2021.docx

ASCS 43 Organising Committee

Dr Jonathan Wallis (Convenor)
Dr Graeme Miles
Dr Jayne Knight
Dr Charlotte Dunn


February 2022 Zoom Conference – 18-20 February in the East; 17-19 February in the West

“Persistence and Resistance: 100 to 1000 CE”

The Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity (PPLA) plans to have a conference on
Zoom in February 2022 on the topic of persistence and resistance in late
antiquity, defined here capaciously as running from 100 to 1000 CE.

The theme is broad and we encourage creativity in its interpretation.
Presentations could treat texts of all kinds, from poetry to law codes to
epigraphy and beyond; the built environment; textiles; reception in late
antiquity or of late antiquity; the resistance to and persistence of
institutions, pathogens, genres, antiquity, iconographies, icons, etc.

We welcome scholars at all levels (graduate student to professor) to propose
presentations of one of two kinds:

20-minute paper (the usual sort of conference paper)

5-minute lightning talk (presenting an exciting idea, sharing some thoughts on
a problem, etc.) Each of these will have 5 minutes of discussion afterwards.
(If possible, we will have session of general questions after a panel of

The plan is to have around three hours of sessions at a sensible time each day
over three days.

Please submit the following to Mark Masterson ( by
15 January:

A title for the presentation

c.100-word abstract

the kind of presentation it is (paper or lightning talk)

If you have questions, please contact Ed Watts (


18-20 March 2022, Corpus Christus College & All Souls College, Oxford (deadline 10th December).

The 54th Annual Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies will be held in Oxford on the theme of Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond. The Symposium brings together Byzantine studies with a series of innovative approaches to the material nature and realities of religion – foregrounding the methodological, historical and archaeological problems of studying religion through visual and material culture. Taking a broad geographical and chronological view of the Byzantine world, the Symposium will range across Afro-Eurasia and from Antiquity to the period after the fall of Constantinople. Panels will be arranged around the themes of ‘Objects in motion’, ‘Religion in 3D’, ‘Religious landscapes’, ‘Things without context’, ‘Things and their context’ and ‘Spatial approaches to religion’.

In addition to the customary panel papers, an inaugural lecture and a closing lecture for a wider public, we now invite Communications of 10 minutes in duration on current research in fields linked to the theme of the Symposium. Please send your abstract (of not more than 300 words) to Ine Jacobs ( by 10 December 2021.


The 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 9-14 May 2022 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.


To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 9–14, 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

PLEASE NOTE: The 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies will be virtual.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center web site ( The deadline for submission is May 18, 2021. Proposals should include:

**Session abstract (300 words)
**A description of the importance and/or timeliness of the proposed session (100 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session presider)

Applicants will be contacted by May 25, 2021, regarding the status of their proposal. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse up to 5 session participants (presenters and presider) for the cost of conference registration. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Receipts are required for reimbursement.


Call for Papers

Proposals for papers are sought for a hybrid conference (participation possible both in person and online) on 16-17 June 2022 exploring the writing of historiography in context of the developments in biographical literature during late antiquity.

The relationship between historiography and biography in antiquity has always been an uneasy one. Despite their mutual interest in strong characters, the writing of history and the writing of lives were regarded by ancient authors as two distinct genres. This separation proved influential too among modern scholars, but there have long existed voices suggesting that the boundaries between the two were much more blurred in practice (Momigliano 1971; Geiger 1985; Kraus 2010). Such considerations are particularly important for the later period because of the dynamic literary transformations it catalysed. The changing literary landscape from the fourth century on, in East and West, was shaped not only by the rise of new genres but also by the shift, redefinition, and even breakdown of established generic boundaries (Greatrex/Elton 2015).

Recent scholarship has shown the fruitful interrelationships with contemporary literature of both later historiography (Blaudeau/van Nuffelen 2015; van Nuffelen 2019; Conterno/Mazzola 2020) and biography (Urbano 2013, Hägg/Rousseau 2000). But the link between the two remains largely unexplored. With the emergence of new biographical sub-genres – like hagiography or heresiology – and the blossoming of old ones – such as panegyric or philosophical biography – historians could draw on a hitherto unmatched spectrum of different models when incorporating the lives and deeds of individual characters into their historical narratives. This conference aims to investigate how historians adjusted to this increasing diversity of life-writing and what impact this development had on the evolution of historiography.

We invite scholars of varied specialisms and disciplinary backgrounds interested in the history and literature of the late antique world to submit 500-word abstracts for 30-minute papers. Papers might treat, for example:

  • the factors that influenced historians’ choice of a particular model of biographical presentation over another;
  • the incorporation and adaptation of biographical source material (including translations) into historiography;
  • how historians played with their readers’ expectations by both alluding to and breaking the generic conventions of different types of biographical literature;
  • the differences in the presentation of lives across the historiographical traditions of alternative writing cultures, like Syriac or Coptic;
  • how imagined audiences determined the stylistic and compositional choices of historians narrating the life of a historical character.

We are happy to announce Peter van Nuffelen (Ghent University) and Anne Alwis (University of Kent) as confirmed keynote speakers of the conference.

Applications from all scholars, including postgraduate students, are welcome. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to by 5.00pm on 14 January 2022.


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 on 27 June-1 July 2022.  The conference will be a hybrid conference, with both online and in-person presentation and attendance catered for.

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’?

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.

Submitting a Proposal

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) by 10  January 2022 to:

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.

The conference will be preceded by an ANZAMEMS seminar. An invitation for expressions of interest will follow in a separate email.

For more information please see the conference website.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies is available at


University of Leeds, 4-7 July 2022

Conference website.

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome, while every year the IMC also chooses a special thematic focus. In 2022 this is ‘Borders’.

Medieval borders have preoccupied scholars for several decades in various guises. The term ‘border’ designates a wide variety of phenomena: physical geographical limits, that can be signalled by border markers or natural features, points where toll has to be paid, political boundaries, that vary from points in space to linear and fortified military fronts, ways of controlling space, frontier zones, borderlands, porous zones of encounters and contact, ways of limiting community and identity, ideological and metaphorical delimitation including discourse and representation, bordering practices, the process of creating and performing borders, and borderscapes to capture fluidity and change over time.

Paper proposal deadline: 31 August 2021

Session proposal deadline: 30 September 2021


To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 2022 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 4-7 July 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2022 IMC is “Borders.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is 3 September 2021. Proposals should include:

*100-word session abstract
*Session moderator and academic affiliation
*Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract

Applicants will be contacted by mid-September about the status of their proposal.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please note that all listed speakers and the moderator should be prepared to participate remotely should health conditions necessitate a virtual conference or should local conditions make travel inadvisable for a participant. In the case of remote participation, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.