‘Adaptation in the Humanities’ conference – COVID-19 Response

We are closely monitoring the situation in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact upon the ‘Adaptation in the Humanities’ conference this October.

Based on current Australian Government advice, we are continuing work as planned to hold the conference on 3–4 October 2020.

We are mindful of uncertainty prompted by the outbreak and cannot predict what impact it will have in the coming weeks and months.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of all involved in the conference, and we are aware of the need to ensure the conference is as safe an environment as possible for all.

We will keep you informed of any changes to the conference as soon as possible.

Call for Papers: ‘Adaptation in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present and Future’

Our knowledge of the world — imagined, experienced, or learned — is constantly in flux. As humans, we change, adapt, and mould the environments around us, the knowledge systems we use and the items we create. Adaptation can be forced through the presentation of an obstacle, or it can occur symbiotically within a group.

In 2020 Limina: The Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG), and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia are joining forces to provide a forum for the presentation of the myriad of ‘adaptations’ worlds, individuals, languages, ideas, and peoples, real or otherwise, experience.

The conference will be held at The University of Western Australia from the 3–4 October 2020. It will consist of a masterclass, opening plenary address and reception on 2 October. The main conference will take place on 3–4 October 2020. For full details, please visit the conference website:

The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers or panels (of no more than three speakers) from the breadth of humanities research to explore the products of adaptations, and the processes that bring them into being.

Papers topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Literary and popular culture adaptations (e.g. text to screen; children’s literature and YA adaptations of texts, graphic novel and video-game recreations of literary classics);
  • Adaptations throughout history (e.g. Cultural adaptations, reception, neoclassicism, medievalism, early modernism, Neo-Victorianism, Gothic revival, science fiction, utopianism, etc.);
  • Adaptation of memory (e.g. emotion or event based i.e. historical re-enactments, responses to crises/trauma/adversity/oppressive systems);
  • Translation studies (e.g. translations of medieval manuscripts or ancient papyri);
  • Adaptation and electronic literature (e.g. going beyond re-mediation to interface and recreate the text)
  • Childhood studies (e.g. learning; education; “adapting to and through the world”);
  • Critical studies on visual adaptations (e.g. interpretive dance; interactive artworks);
  • Adaptations of the self (e.g. biographies; auto-biographies, con-artists, fakes, forgeries and scams);
  • Adaptation and embodiment (e.g disability, immaterial bodies, in/corporality, disability; cyborgs, AI);
  • Adaptations of reality (e.g. sci-fi; hallucinogens, VR);
  • Museum and Material Studies (e.g. displaying/reinterpreting/rehousing material artefacts to contemporary audiences, heritage studies and technology, 3D modeling/printing);
  • Environmental adaptations (e.g. permanently or temporarily adapting the environment to suit the needs of humans, artificial environments, biospheres/biodomes);
  • Adaptation of space and place (e.g. rehabilitation, renovation, renewal, gentrification, repatriation).

Conference abstract submissions should consist of:

  • A title
  • An abstract (max. 200 words);
  • A short biography (max. 50 words).

Submit abstracts to: [email protected] by the 31 May 2020. The committee aims to have responses returned by 14 June 2020.

Limina and PMRG also welcome themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:

  • Panel Title;
  • Proposed Chair (if available);
  • Details of each presenter and paper as described above.

Submit panel/workshop proposals to:  [email protected] by 31 May 2020.

There will be a limited number of bursaries available for post-graduate students and early career researchers (within 5 years of the award of their degree) for presenters travelling from interstate or overseas. Details of the bursaries will be announced shortly.

‘Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World’ – Registration now open!

Registration is now open for the ‘Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World’, the annual PMRG/CMEMS conference, to be held at The University of Western Australia on 19 October 2019.

Please note: A conference dinner at local Thai restaurant Itsara will follow the conference.

Registration closes Friday 11 August 2019 (5pm AWST).

To register please visit the conference website:


Travel Bursaries: ‘Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World’ conference

The Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG) will fund TWO travel bursaries up to $500 each for it’s upcoming conference ‘Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World‘.

These bursaries are available on a competitive basis for two ECRs (no more than 5 years from the award of their PhD) who do not have substantive academic employment and whose conference paper is accepted. The bursary will be awarded on the basis of merit and the paper’s relevance to the symposium topic.

Should you wish to apply for the travel bursary, please send a short CV (no more than 1 page), along with your paper title, abstract, and biography by 31 May 2019 to [email protected].

Call For Papers: ‘Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World’

Modern stereotypes abound regarding how mental health was perceived during the medieval and early modern period ranging from mental illness being caused by sin to the idea that the attainment of mental wellbeing could only be achieved through the balancing of the bodily humours. But mental health was a more complex and expansive subject of discourse throughout the period that was widely explored in medical treatises, religious tracts and sermons, and prominent in art and literature, which speaks to a more subtle understanding of the human mental state.

This conference aims to look at both the changing and continuing perceptions of mental health throughout the medieval and early modern period.

We welcome papers from the fields of book culture and manuscript studies, history, material culture, medicine, art, and literature, but not limited to, the following broad headings:

  • Suicide
  • Marginal lives
  • Melancholy / Depression
  • Insanity / Mental disorder
  • Rapture / Ecstasy
  • Bodily humours
  • Addiction
  • Anguish
  • Therapies
  • Meditation / Mindfulness / Well-being
  • Imagination
  • Dreams / Visions / Memory
  • Criminality
  • Self-harm
  • Solitude
  • Natural / Kind / Unnatural

Keynote speaker: Professor Yasmin Haskell (The University of Western Australia)

The conference organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Please send a paper title, 250-word abstract, and a short (no more than 100-word) biography to: [email protected] by 31 May 2019.

Enquiries: [email protected]

Conference website:

AGM 2019 and Public Lecture ‘ “Go Draw Your Gourds!”: Some Editors and Readers of Cassius Dio in the 15th and 16th Centuries’

This year’s PMRG Annual General Meeting will be be held on Monday 18 March 2019. The meeting will begin at 6pm, in Arts Lecture Room 8 (first floor, Arts Building), UWA.The meeting will be followed, at approximately 6:30pm, by the 2019 AGM Lecture by Dr Chris Mallan (UWA): ‘”Go Draw Your Gourds!”: Some Editors and Readers of Cassius Dio in the 15th and 16th Centuries.’

Chris Mallan is a Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia. Chris’ research focusses on Greek Historiography under the Roman Empire and the reception of this tradition in Byzantium. He is currently working on a Commentary on Books 57 and 58 of Cassius Dio’s Roman History for OUP. Before joining UWA in 2018, Chris held teaching posts at St Benet’s Hall (Oxford) and the Queen’s College (Oxford).

This lecture examines the evidence for the transmission and reception of Cassius Dio’s Roman History in Western Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. The first part will focus on the editorial history of the Roman History leading up to the publication of the editio princeps in 1548. The second part will examine the marginalia corresponding to excerpts from Dio’s history in Sir Thomas Smith’s copy of Erasmus’ Scriptores Historiae Augustae (Queens’ College Cambridge F.2.15, pp. 131-147).

This is a free event, to which all are welcome. RSVPs are not required.

Image: ‘Sir Thomas Smyth, 1513 – 1577. Secretary of State and Diplomatist’ by Jacobus Houbraken. From

AGM 2018 & Public Lecture: ‘Music, Magic and Meraviglia: The Politics and Poetics of Festival in Medici Florence’

This year’s PMRG Annual General Meeting will be be held on Thursday 1 March 2018. The meeting will begin at 6pm, in Arts Lecture Room 5 (G.61, ground floor, Arts Building), UWA.

The meeting will be followed, at approximately 6.30pm, by the 2018 AGM Lecture. This is a free event, to which all are welcome. RSVPs are not required.

“Music, Magic and Meraviglia: The Politics and Poetics of Festival in Medici Florence”

by Dr Jennifer Halton

The Florentine festival of 1539 has long been noted by scholars as an occasion of historical importance and prestige for the alliance it forged between the Houses of Medici and Habsburg. The musical, architectural and visual programmes for the festival have been understood to be representative of an overt political agenda, bolstering Tuscan and international relations. However, this talk reveals that reevaluating the place of emotions in musical theory and practice can enrich our understanding of the intricate relationship between music, magic and the affective practice of performing meraviglia on the early modern stage. To illustrate this relationship, the talk will draw upon a number of musico-theatrical interludes (composed by Francesco Corteccia and staged by Giovan Battista Strozzi) performed at the Palazzo Medici on 9 July 1539.

Jennifer Halton is a researcher and curator with a diverse interest in collaboration across academia and the arts. She holds a PhD in Musicology from Maynooth University, Ireland, funded by the Irish Research Council. Her PhD thesis, ‘Mapping the Cine-Metropolis: Redefining Festival in Early Modern Florence’ is an interdisciplinary study of the phenomenology of music and space in sixteenth-century Florence. Taking the cultural practice of festivals as a conduit for analysing the relationship between people, place and identity, her research is framed by a methodology grounded in architectural, cultural and film theory. She is the founder of the Metamorphosis Project, an award-winning collaborative of academics and artists in Ireland, and has worked as a guest and educational curator with the Irish Architecture Foundation and the Illuminations Gallery at Maynooth University.