The Society promotes research through academic conferences dedicated to HEMA studies. Below are upcoming conferences and calls for papers at events organised by members.


Organiser: Curator Dr. Sixt Wetzler


SHEMAS at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 02/07/18-05/07/18

It is our pleasure to invite potential speakers to a series of panels sponsored by SHEMAS (Society for Historical European Martial Arts Studies) at the annual International Medieval Congress hosted by the University of Leeds across 2nd – 5th July 2018.

The aim of the sessions is to address issues concerning the practice of martial arts throughout late medieval Europe. Martial arts systems were used for a wide range of purposes, from self-defence needs, preparing for a judicial duel, to displaying or practicing skills for training and entertainment. These different applications are all governed by equally varying systems of rules. These studies are mainly based on investigations focusing on the so called ‘fight books’ – technical literature which codified the martial gestures both with text and illustrations from the early 14th c. Researchers also draw on other material and textual elements such as arms and armour, literary and normative texts, or iconography studied in context. Topics can be related to a wide variety of subjects such as the practice of historical European martial arts, their context within a wider martial culture, transmission of knowledge and memory, interpretation, material culture and literature. Proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of Acta Periodica Duellatorum.

Proposals for twenty minute papers should be submitted by email to by 21/08/2017. Successful applicants will be notified a week after this date and invited to submit their personal and institutional details to the conference website before the panel is submitted for consideration by the IMC Organisational Committee. The panels will be fully confirmed by November 2017.

Proposals should include your name, any academic affiliations, and contact details, alongside a title, abstract and two relevant index terms. Please provide a 100 word abstract for our official application to the IMC and an abstract of no more than 500 words for the consideration of our own Organising Committee. The 500 word abstract is not mandatory, but should be submitted alongside the 100 abstract, not in place of it. A short biography would also be appreciated.

We look forwards to reading your abstracts and seeing you at the conference.

Organising Committee
Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis – University of Leeds
Jacob Deacon – University of Leeds

N.B. Estimated costs for the IMC 2018 are as follows (based on data from the 2017 conference): Registration fee for full conference: £227 (standard), £125.50 (student, retired, unwaged), £121-31 (day rate). Accommodation in University Halls from £35 per night. As a non-profit organisation SHEMAS is unable to cover speaker’s expenses. Affiliated scholars should seek funding from their institutions. Unaffiliated scholars must find a way to cover their own expenses. Students, independent scholars, pensioners, and delegates from Central and Eastern Europe may be eligible for a bursary. See the IMC website for more details.

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 10/05/18-13/05/18

Call for Papers. Ken Mondschein has for the past few years run multiple sessions at Kalamazoo, Michigan, entitled `Can These Bones Come to Life?`, exploring the insights which can be gained from reconstructing historical arts. This year the panels will address the themes of authenticity and and authority. The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University on May 10-13, 2018. All papers will have the opportunity to be published. Abstracts should be sent to

For further information see:…/Kalamazoo_2018_Call_for_Papers

Information forthcoming about a conference in Tours (Centre for Renaissance Studies) about Pietro del Monte