Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS)

Marginalia and Markings: Reading Early Modern and Medieval Readers

Saturday 11 February 2017
The National Library of New Zealand, Wellington

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)

This PATS workshop will maximise the presence of multiple international experts in Wellington for the ANZAMEMS biennial conference, and link their scholarship on marginalia and markings in early books to the special collections of the National Library of New Zealand. Each of the presenters has distinct expertise in working with marginalia and other reader markings in medieval and early modern manuscripts and printed books, and the National Library’s collections provide ample materials for hands-on examination and discussion by PATS participants.

This one-day workshop will take the form of speaker presentations in the morning, followed by student-focused workshop sessions in the afternoon. Numbers are strictly limited to 20 students.

Morning tea, afternoon tea, and lunch will be provided for all participants.

How to apply

Interested postgraduate students are invited to apply for a place at the PATS by Friday 4 November 2016, by sending us:

  • Name, affiliation, research degree and title of research project
  • A statement (up to 500 words) detailing the benefit of the PATS to your research
  • One academic reference, normally from your research supervisor. This can be brief (up to 500 words), and included in your application.

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.


A strictly limited number of bursaries will be available to support postgraduate student attendance at the PATS. Applications for these bursaries can be submitted with your application for the PATS, and should include:

  • A copy of a quotation for travel to and from the PATS, and for accommodation expenses
  • An indication of whether any other funding is available for the purpose of attending the PATS and / or the associated ANZAMEMS conference

Enquiries and applications

Please send your completed application or any questions to, with PATS in the subject line.