AEMA Events

It is with deep regret that the committee has cancelled the 2020 International AEMA conference due to the current COVID-19 global outbreak. However, we are considering a range of digital options for all of the wonderful conference papers you had planned to deliver that may be suitable for the AEMA community, and we encourage you to contact the committee with your suggestions.

In the interim, we would encourage you to consider submitting your planned paper as a article to our journal, JAEMA.

The 15th International AEMA Conference

The University of Western Australia

30 September – 2 October 2020.


Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (History, NUI Galway, retired).
Dr Victoria Flood (English, University of Birmingham).

Don’t forget to add these dates to your diaries now!

AEMA15 will start with a public lecture and reception for registrants on the evening of Wednesday, September 30. It runs from October 1-2, and will include a Masterclass for postgraduates and early career researchers on the afternoon of October 2. AEMA15 will be followed by a joint conference of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG) and Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, on October 3-4.

The conference committee invites papers on the theme Journeys: Discovery and Belonging. The period we study was marked by the disintegration of established political and social orders, widespread migrations and incursions, and rising competition between religious ideologies. Developing forms of inter-cultural contact and exchange gave rise to new ways of conceptualising and articulating identity and alterity, but while new boundaries – physical and ideational – were established, all boundaries remained porous. People, objects and ideas continued to circulate, to take journeys. How did existing communities and new migrants adapt to, or resist, each other? How were institutions modified to include, accommodate or exclude new worldviews? What was the role of material culture in holding fast to the old, and in legitimising and promoting new polities, new ethnicities, and new ideologies? How did cross-cultural contacts in the early medieval period shape history?

We invite submissions on any related topics, including the following:
· Exchange across borders- trade, culture, and human trafficking;
· Maintaining and modifying identity;
· Maritime exploration;
· Invasion, settlement, assimilation;
· Cultural geography: significant space and place;
· The book as traveller / the reader as voyager;
· Imagined otherworlds / imagined others;
· The idea and material expression of homelands;
· Emotions and journeys / emotional journeys
· Pilgrimage and adventure;
· Travel narratives;
· First contacts;
· Reading race and ethnicity: conflict and co-existence;
· Conversion and religious conflict;
· Accommodation and defiance—tensions in the quest to belong;
· Translation, adaptation, linguistic change;
· Viewing ‘Europe’ from outside;
· Afterlives of the early medieval in modern identity formation.
Submissions may be in the form of
· individual papers of 20 minutes duration;
· themed panels of three 20-minute papers;
· Round Tables of up to six shorter papers (total of one hour).

All sessions will include time for questions and general discussion. Please send proposals
(150–200 words per paper), along with author’s name, paper/panel/RT title, and academic
affiliation (if any) to by May 31, 2020. Enquiries about the
conference may also be sent to this address. A limited number of bursaries are available for low income PG/ECRs. Please attach an expression of interest with your paper proposal.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth in the Spring!

Andrew Lynch, Georgina Pitt, and Rosemary Atwell (Conference Conveners)