Parergon is the journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Inc.) - known as ANZAMEMS.

Parergon publishes articles on all aspects of medieval and early modern studies. We are especially interested in material that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and takes new approaches. Parergon asks its authors to achieve international standards of excellence. The article should be substantially original, advance research in the field, and have the potential to make a significant contribution to the critical debate. Parergon does not accept submissions that have already been published elsewhere.

Parergon is edited from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia, is fully refereed, and has an international Advisory Board.

Parergon is available in electronic form as part of Project MUSE (From Volume 1 (1983)), Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (from 1994), and Humanities Full Text (from 2008).

Parergon is included in the Clarivate Analytics Master Journal List of refereed journals and in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH), and is indexed for nine major database services, including ABELL, IMB and Scopus.


Parergon goes global!
Posted 27 June 2018

Parergon went global yesterday with various news agencies including BBC News, ABC News, and The Guardian featuring research published in the latest issue (35.1) on the discovery of the oldest-known European illustrations of an Australasian cockatoo, in a manuscript dating from the 13th Century.

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The full article features in the latest issue of Parergon (35.1). Details are: Heather Dalton, Jukka Salo, Pekka Niemelä, and Simo Örmä, "Frederick II of Hohenstaufen’s Australasian Cockatoo: Symbol of Detente between East and West and Evidence of the Ayyubids’ Global Reach." Parergon 35.1 (2018): 35-60.

You can read more about this groundbreaking research at The University of Melbourne's blog, Pursuit: Heather Dalton, 'How Did A Cockatoo Reach 13th Century Siciliy,' Pursuit (25 June 2018).


New front cover for Parergon!
Posted 15 June 2018

Parergon has undergone a slight makeover. As well as a new cover colour scheme and title font, from issue 35.1 the front cover of Parergon will feature medieval or early modern related objects from collections across Australia and New Zealand.

The front cover of Parergon 35.1 features the following illustration:

Marcus Gheeraerts (Flemish, b. 1561, d. 1635/36), Margaret Hay, Countess of Dunfermline, 1615, oil on canvas, 1130 x 885 mm stretcher size, 1255 x 1005 mm frame size, 1-1974. De Beer/Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Given 1974 by Mary, Dora, and Esmond de Beer.

35.1 Cover


New Parergon Editor and Reviews Editor!
Posted 28 April 2017

At the 2017 ANZAMEMS AGM, Professor Susan Broomhall, of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia, was elected as the new editor of Parergon. Also at the AGM, Dr Hélène Sirantoine, of the Department of History at The University of Sydney, was elected the new Reviews Editor. Congratulations Sue and Hélène!

In addition, the meeting formally voted to award our previous editor, Associate Professor Anne M. Scott, Honorary Life Membership of ANZAMEMS in honour of her many years of service to both ANZAMEMS and Parergon. It is a fitting tribute for the many hours of work Anne has put into the Association—most of them behind the scenes.


Launch of the new Parergon website
Posted 20 February 2017

At the ANZAMEMS Conference in Wellington, Professor Andrew Lynch, on behalf of editor A/Prof Anne M. Scott, launched the new Parergon website. Professor Lynch was introduced by Dr Chris Jones, the President of ANZAMEMS. The website contains all the information required to submit to the journal, and those who attended the launch were given a virtual tour of the new site and the submission system by ANZAMEMS Committee Member Aidan Norrie.