Australian Early Medieval Association


Annual conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association brings together scholars engaged in early medieval studies from Australia, New Zealand and across the world.

aema13–Invasion, Migration, Communication and Trade

The Thirteenth International Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association

20–21 July 2018 | Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia


This conference invites papers on the broad theme of cultural exchange in the Middle Ages. New evidence is being uncovered by novel methods and digital humanities allow diverse sources to be accessed ever more widely; our current knowledge of the pre-modern world suggests that it was more interconnected than previously thought. Therefore, even though the early medieval period continues to exist in the popular imagination as backward and insular, in many ways it is a period marked by a keen interest in foreign cultures and places.

This conference aims to challenge the emergent perception that the English-speaking world is retreating into isolation despite the global nature of the human past, present and the future. We welcome any papers related to all aspects of the movement of people, goods and ideas in the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods (c. 400–1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings, even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme.

We invite submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• Cultural contact and exchange
• Mobility, migration, and invasion
• Economies and trade
• Technological, scientific, and cultural innovation
• Multiculturalism
• Cosmopolitanism and Isolationism
• Intertextuality and influence
• Development and innovation

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email to by 5 March 2018.


2018 Conference Call for Papers in PDF


Conference Programme 


The 2018 AEMA Conference - 20–21 July 2018

Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia