The University of Western Australia
On the 17th and 18th of August 2012, the conference that led to this volume took place at Saint Catherine’s College, The University of Western Australia.2 Co-sponsored by the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, this conference sought to explore cultural appropriations in, by and of the medieval and early modern world, across a range of disciplines. The conference was particularly notable for the richness and variety of appropriations covered in its papers and plenaries, but also for the quality of those papers given by postgraduate students and early career researchers. This volume represents a selection of these papers, outlining the many ways by which the pre-modern was, has, or will be adapted and appropriated to fit new and diverse contexts.
As Julie Sanders has suggested, literature creates not only more literature, but the methodologies to appreciate the continuities and novelties of change. In the essays collected within this volume, a group of early career scholars have each presented an insight into the process by which ideas merge and spawn new progeny, both within the medieval and early modern reception of the classical, and the modern reception of the pre-modern.