Programme now available

The ANZAMEMS 2017 conference programme and copies of all paper abstracts are now available and can be downloaded from the Programme and Keynotes section of our conference website.

We look forward to welcoming all our speakers and participants to Wellington, New Zealand in February!

Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar

We are delighted to announce details of the Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar, to be held on the day following the ANZAMEMS 2017 conference in Wellington, on Saturday 11 February (9-5pm). The topic of the PATS is “Marginalia and Markings: Reading Medieval and Early Modern Readers”, and it will be held at the National Library of New Zealand.

Presenters include: Professor Lorna Hutson (Oxford), Associate Professor Rosalind Smith (Newcastle, Australia), Dr Malcolm Mercer (Royal Armouries, Tower of London), Dr Anthony Tedeschi (National Library of New Zealand)

Because of the facilities and resources at the NLNZ, places at the PATS are strictly limited to 20. We are inviting postgraduate student applications for the PATS by Friday 4 November, at which point we will select the applicants to whom the PATS seems most helpful. Any places unallocated after this process will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The PATS is intended primarily for postgraduate students, but applications from early career researchers (within two years of completion of a doctoral degree) will also be considered if resources/space allows.
For further information and details on the application process, see the PATS page on the ANZAMEMS 2017 website.


Last Call for Papers!

Our inbox runneth over with terrific paper and panel proposals for ANZAMEMS 2017.

We will be responding to all proposals over the next couple of weeks.

While we do so, we will continue to accept proposals until 16 September 2016. This is a last call for papers: get those abstracts to us!



Panel CFP, ANZAMEMS 2017 – Alchemical Knowledge: Production and Transfer

In the past decades, alchemy has been finally established as a legitimate subject of scholarly interest. Instead of arguing for its acknowledgement as such, research can now focus on details and aspects that have not yet been fully explored. Alchemy was pursued in a variety of ways by a variety of practitioners belonging to different social groups in Europe and beyond.

Proposals are invited for a panel on late medieval and early modern alchemy with a special focus on the ways alchemical knowledge was produced and transferred between geographical regions, practitioners of various disciplines and social groups.

The panel will convene at the ANZAMEMS Eleventh Biennial Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand,  7–10 February 2017

Potential topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Places of alchemical knowledge production: laboratory, households, purpose-built buildings, imaginary spaces
  • Material culture of alchemical experimentation: the tools of the alchemists
  • Transfer of knowledge between practitioners: humanists and artisans, princes and intellectual vagabonds
  • Knowledge transfer between geographical areas
  • From alchemical theory to practice, from bookish knowledge to hands-on experience
  • The transfer of medieval alchemical knowledge and its reception in the early modern period

If you would like to contribute a paper to this panel, please send the following to Dr. Dora Bobory,, by 1 August 2016, with ‘Alchemical Knowledge’ in the subject line:

  1. Paper title
  2. Abstract (up to 150 words)
  3. Your name, affiliation, and email address
  4. A brief CV (2 pages maximum)
  5. An indication of AV requirements