The Society for Historical European Martial Arts Studies (SHEMAS) is a learned society dedicated to the promotion and support of research on Historical European Martial Arts. It reaches out to affiliated academic researchers, independent researchers, and expert practitioners worldwide.

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The Society aims to promote HEMA studies, by means of

  • a network of university institutions, academic organisations, museums, publishers, and individual researchers involved in the study of historical European martial arts and their cultural contexts;
  • a website including a specialised bibliography of source material and secondary literature, a presentation of research projects, and researcher portfolios;
  • the organisation of international conferences dedicated to the academic study of historical European martial arts, as well as panels within renowned international congresses;
  • the support of funding applications, institutional collaborations, and the publication of high standard research.

Our partner organisations ensure scientific visibility (Acta Periodica Duellatorum) and international outreach to the communities of practitioners (International Federation for Historical European Martial Arts).

What is the Society?

SHEMAS is a learned society (non-profit association based in Switzerland). Its organs are the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, the Scientific Committee, and the Advisory Committee. Members of SHEMAS are individuals with a track record of scientific publication, independent publication or research endeavours related to HEMA studies (these records are documented on a public portfolio provided by SHEMAS), or legal members (any organisation interested in the aims and goals of the Society, represented by a delegate).

The Statutes of the Society can be read here (enforced by the General Assembly, May 5, 2017).

Who’s behind the Society?

The General Assembly consists of all members of the Society.

The Executive Committee is elected by the General Assembly. Currently, it is formed by:

Dr. Daniel Jaquet (University of Geneva), Dr. Sixt Wetzler (German Blade Museum, Solingen), Dr. Eric Burkart (University of Trier), Dr. Rainer Welle (independent), and Dr. Matthias Johannes Bauer (independent).

The Scientific Committee is composed of:

Currently being constituted under mandate of the Executive Committee (May 2017)

The Advisory Committee is composed of:

Currently being constituted under mandate of the Executive Committee (May 2017)

The Staff is composed of individual with reporting lines to the EC committee:

Webmaster: Dominique Mucaria (University of Lausanne). Cashier: Vincent Deluz (University of Geneva). Community Manager: to be named (May 2017).

The actual commissions are listed below with their head and main objectives:

Information forthcoming