AEMA 2021 Conference – Registrations Now Open!

Eruption / Disruption / Interruption

Hosted Online from the University of Melbourne, Australia, 1-2 October 2021 

As we continue to process the impact of COVID-19 on global and local societies, the jury is still out on whether the eruption of a global pandemic, and the subsequent disruptions and interruptions to contemporary routines, are a ‘game-changer’ or an inconvenience. The 2021 AEMA conference reflects on this tension in an early medieval context. Eruptions can be understood in many different ways, as they can describe both natural phenomena and human activity, including the sudden appearance of new movements, of groups of people, or of ideas. Were eruptions revolutionary? Or were they merely a disruption or interruption to the longue durée?


  • Constant Mews (Monash University): Plague, injustice, and last things in early medieval Ireland
  • Darius von Güttner Sporzyński (University of Melbourne): Violence and Sacred Violence in the Chronica Polonorum by Bishop Vincentius of Cracow

Both the full conference programme along with the all of presenters’ abstracts are now available to view on the AEMA website, as well as through the direct link below.

Please note that each session has been set up with a separate zoom link, and we recommend that you register in advance for each session of the two day conference.

While the organising committee had originally hoped that our conference this year would have included an element of in person sessions – unfortunately, due to the current public health measures in Australia and the ongoing Covid outbreak in some states, this is not longer a possibility. However, we do look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our online conference!