Wednesday, 15 March

David Holthouse, PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia and PMRG member – Conspicuous Serration of Blades.

6.30 pm Arts Lecture Room 5, UWA

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Tuesday, 28 February

6.30 pm Arts Lecture Room 5, UWA

AGM (6.30 pm) and Public lecture (7.00 pm) 

The 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group Incorporated will be held at 6.30 pm, Tuesday, 28 February.  The venue is Arts Lecture Room 5 (ground floor), Arts Building, University of Western Australia.

Following the close of the meeting, Professor Susan Broomhall will speak on Writing women into the history of Joseon Korea 1392-1910. This talk explores both the historical and historiographical challenges of developing a biographically-oriented history of women in Joseon Korea, a period that extends from Europe’s late fourteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. The Joseon period was deeply informed by Neo-Confucian values and practices, which shape how we can understand women’s lives as a cohort and as individuals, and their participation in society, from the extant sources. This talk will highlight examples of women whose voices and activities demonstrate the wide range of opportunities and choices that women negotiated, in political life, the spiritual world, intellectual culture and creative production.
Susan Broomhall is Director of the Gender and Women’s History Research Centre at the Australian Catholic University. She researches women and gender in the early modern world and recently completed Encounter, transformation and agency in a connected world: Narratives of Korean Women, 1550-1700 for Routledge.


Tuesday, 29 March

PMRG AGM followed by presentations by Emily Chambers, Dr Ellen O’Brien and Helen Thomas on their current research.

  • Emily Chambers – ‘Elite Female Local Affinity and Influence in Mid-Tudor England’
  • Ellen O’Brien – ‘Émile Péhant and the “Lioness of Brittany”: Translating the Life of Jean de Belleville’
  • Helen Thomas – ‘The Feakes: A Quaker Family in Colonial Barbados – A Case Study of Change in the 17th Century’

6.30 pm Arts Lecture Room 8, UWA

Thursday 21 April

Dr. Victoria Bladen, University of Queensland and Emeritus Professor Christopher Wortham for the launch of The Tree of Life and Arboreal Aesthetics in Early Modern Literature followed by a presentation and lecture.

5.00 pm Arts Lecture Room 8, UWA

Wednesday May 18

Emeritus Professor Andrew Lynch, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia Andrew Lynch – ‘The Modern Arthur at War’

6.30 pm Arts Lecture Room 8, UWA

Tuesday 5 July

Anna-Rose Shack, PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies, University of Amsterdam – ‘“I walked out”: Perambulatory poetics in Isabella Whitney’s A sweet Nosgay

ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Perth and Medieval Renaissance Group, Inc.

6.00 pm Arts Lecture Room 4, UWA

Wednesday, 17 August

Emeritus Professor Chris Wortham – ‘Personal Relations: As You Like It and Twelfth Night in the Life of William Shakespeare’

6.00 pm Arts Lecture Room 8, UWA

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Monday, 22 August

Call for Papers closes – 2022 Annual Conference – Colonialism: Subaltern Voices, Contested Histories, Subverted Spaces


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Wednesday, 24 August

Associate Professor Victoria Flood, Department of English, University of Birmingham – Witchcraft and Communities of Wonder: From Gervase of Tilbury to the Malleus Maleficarum

A public lecture hosted by The University of Western Australia

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Studies, ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions, Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia, and Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, Inc.

7.00 pm Arts Lecture Room 8, UWA

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Wednesday, 14 September

Dr Georgina Pitt, Honorary Research Fellow, UWA – ‘Alfred the Great and the Vikings: defeating the scourge of God’

6.30 pm Arts Lecture Room 8, UWA

Friday, 14 and Saturday, 15 October

2022 Annual Conference – Colonialism: Subaltern Voices, Contested Histories, Subverted Spaces

Murdoch Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, UWA, Perth and online


Wednesday, 9 November

Dr Bill Louw, International Visiting Professor to Coventry University – ‘The Corpus Revolution in Lexicography: Findings and Consequences’

6.30 pm Webb Lecture Theatre, UWA

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