The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium

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Fall 2014

"Parenting and Childhood in The Fortunes of Men", co-sponsored by the Medieval Forum
Stacy Klein (Rutgers University)
6:10-8:00pm in event space at 244 Green Street

Spring 2015

"Moses the Egyptian in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch"
Herbert Broderick (Lehman College)
Co-Sponsored by the University Seminar in Medieval Studies
5:30 in the Faculty House, Columbia University
MARCH 10th
"Cannibals, Revenants, and Angels of Stone: The Wondrous Poetics of the Old English Andreas"
Irina Dumitrescu (University of Bonn)
at Columbia University
6:00PM-7:30PM IRWGS seminar room, 754 Schermerhorn Ext., Columbia University
Old English Meter Workshop followed by a talk, 
Tom Bredehoft (Independent scholar)
12:00-2:00pm workshop, 6:00-8:00pm talk
at 244 Greene Street, NYU
contact Carla Thomas to RSVP
More information here.
May 1ST
“The Implied Author of the Old English Soliloquies: Who Did the Anglo-Saxons Think Augustine of Hippo Was?”
& Workshop on Problems Editing the Old English Soliloquies
Leslie Lockett (The Ohio State University)
10:00AM-2:00PM 752 Schermerhorn Ext., Columbia University
May 18th
Exeter Cathedral Library 3501 (The Exeter Book): A Paleography Workshop and Conversation
Chris Baswell, Consuelo Dutschke, and Carmela Franklin (Columbia)
11:00am-12:30pm, Location TBA

Fall 2014

Workshop on "The Fortunes of Man"
Stacy Klein (Rutgers University)
10:10-11:25am in Schermerhorn Ext. 754, Columbia University,
email for workshop materials
Elaine Treharne (Stanford University)
5-7pm in 300 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkley, with a reception to follow in 330 Wheeler
Three brief talks based on the authors' contributions to the book Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England (2014).
Thursday 13 November
Valerie Allen (John Jay College)
'When Justice Costs an Arm and a Leg: Revenge, Compensation, and Punishment in Early England'
Nicole Marafioti (Trinity University)
'Crime, Sin, and Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England'
Jay Gates (John Jay College)
'Getting Medieval: Memories of Punishment'
4:15-5:30 pm in room 9.64, New Building at John Jay College (524 West 59th Street). All are welcome. 
Friday 14 November
Nicole Marafioti (Trinity University)
‘The King's Body: Burial and Succession in Late Anglo-Saxon England’
7:00 pm History Department Lounge (room 5409), CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue)

Spring 2014


 Joshua Davies(King's College, The University of London)

"Visions and Ruins: History, Temporality, and Affect in the Ruin and St Erkenwald"

12:00-2:45 PM

at Columbia University

754 Schermerhorn Extension





Dorothy Kim (Vassar College) 

“Building Pleasure in the Archive of Early Middle English"

 6-8 PM

at New York University Event Space (244 Greene St)


Co-sponsored with the Medieval and Renaissance Center at NYU and the Digital Commons in English at NYU

Professor Kim will tak about the Early Middle English Society's Archive of Early Middle English which has just received a NEH grant. The project includes creating electronic editions of two important Early Middle English manuscripts, the Ormulum(Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 1) and one that contains the earliest version of the South English Legendary (Oxford Bodleian Library MS Laud. Misc 108).








The Tenth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference

at Columbia University
10 AM-4:30PM

This year's graduate student ASSC event will consist in a workshop with graduate students and advanced undergraduate students on any aspect of Anglo-Saxon studies. We will pre-circulate papers approximately

5 pages (single-spaced) in length, providing commentary and discussing the work on the day of the workshop. 
Participants: Helen Christian (Columbia), Fred Dulson (Columbia),  Nicholas Hoffman (Vassar), Mary Catherine Kinniburgh (Columbia), Bernardo Sarmiento-Hinojosa (Columbia), Erik Wade (Rutgers), Audrey Walton (Columbia)
If you would like to receive the materials for the workshop please email
Fred Dulson:
Organized by: Fred Dulson, Mary Catherine Kinniburgh, and Audrey Walton.

Fall 2013


"Written by the Body: Sin, Redemption, and Anglo-Saxon Subjectivity."

Renée R. Trilling, Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lecture 5-7 p.m.
300 Wheeler Hall
UC Berkeley

Renée R. Trilling is Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of The Aesthetics of Nostalgia: Historical Representation in Old English Verse and she is currently working on a book-length study that draws on recent trends in neuroscience and related fields to to explore the role of the body in the production of subjectivity in Anglo-Saxon literature. 

This event is sponsored by the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium, Department of English, and the Program in Medieval Studies, UC Berkeley.


ASSC Translation Group


Our first meeting will be at the home of Patricia Dailey. Please email to reserve a spot and for location information. We will be working on the Riming Poem from the Exeter Book.  Come with your translations if you can. Pizza following.


Spring 2013

April 4-5

The Ninth Annual
Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium Graduate Conference

at New York University 
19 University Place

April 4
6-8pm in Room 222
Keynote by Asa Mittman (California State University, Chico):
"Riddles, Codes and a Bone Labeled 'Bone': The Franks Casket as a Space for Making Meanings"

April 5
Conference on April 5 in the Great Room
Read More about the conference schedule


March 25

a workshop with
Roy Liuzza
(University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

on translation

4:10-6 pm at Columbia University,
754 Schermerhorn Extension

This workshop will focus on Riddle 26 (K-D). No Preparation necessary.

Co-sponsored by the Medieval Guild


March 12

a conversation with
Elizabeth Tyler
(University of York)

on her recent work and on building a career

5:30 pm at the home of Chris Baswell

601 W. 113th St. Apt 9G
(the NW corner of Broadway and 113th)

Co-sponsored by the Medieval Guild


February 21st

Patricia Dailey
(Columbia University)

"Responsive Subjects: The Art of Ælfric's Colloquy"

3:00-4:45 pm at Columbia University
754 Schermerhorn Extension

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Fall 2012

October 10th

Rosalind Love
(University of Cambridge)

'"Alcibiades was a beautiful woman, so they say': Authority and the Study of Ancient Texts"

5pm at UC Berkeley
300 Wheeler Hall

In this paper Rosalind Love focuses primarily on evidence from early commentary on the Consolation of Philosophy, exploring the transmission and mis-transmission of classical learning.

Rosalind Love works on glossed manuscripts from Anglo-Saxon England, and Anglo-Latin literature, particularly hagiography and biblical exegesis.

Thursday, October 11th

Jay Gates (John Jay College)

"'Wulfstan's Shaping of the "Holy Society'"

2:00-4:00 pm
Columbia University
754 Schermerhorn Extension
Monday, November 5th

a special workshop by
Paul E. Szarmach
(Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley)

on "The Vernacular Boethius"

3:30 pm (Reception at 3 pm)
New York University
13-19 University Place
Great Room (1st floor)

Pre-registration is recommended. To register and receive the materials for the workshop please contact Hal Momma (

Monday, November 12th
(Lecture was changed from Oct 29th)

Benjamin Saltzman
(University of California, Berkeley)

"Spiritual Secrecy and the Regulation of Secrets in Anglo-Saxon Monasticism"

2:40 pm
Columbia University
511 Hamilton Hall

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Spring 2012

Feb 24 & 25


Eighth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference


UC Berkeley

Conference Website

All talks to be held in 300 Wheeler Hall

Friday February 24th

5:00 Keynote- "We Philologists", Jan Ziolkowski

Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Department of Classics, Harvard University

Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Reception to follow in 330 Wheeler Hall

Saturday, 25 February

9:30 Light breakfast & registration

10:15 Opening Remarks

10:30 Session I: Words, Words, Words: Lexical Approaches to Old English

Dave Wilton (University of Toronto)
"“You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means: Fæhð in Beowulf”"

David Pedersen (Fordham University)
“Wyrd in the Old English Poem Solomon and Saturn II”

Leonard Neidorf (Harvard University)
“"Beow in Beowulf: New Evidence for an Old Emendation”"

Respondent: Jacob Hobson (UC Berkeley)

12:00 Lunch – 330 Wheeler Hall

1:30 Session II: Where Did the Middle Ages Go? The Modern Reception of Anglo-Saxon England

Peter Buchanan (University of Toronto)
“Caedmon and the Gift of Song in Black Mountain Poetics”

Joseph Livingstone (New York University
“‘Like solid rocks’: Language, Nature and the Nature of Language”

Annie Abrams (New York University)
“‘Mutilated Remains’: Longfellow’s Historicized Anglo-Saxons

Respondent: Marcos Garcia (UC Berkeley)

3:00 Coffee break – 330 Wheeler Hall

3:30 Session III: The Form of the Content: Formal Approaches to Old English Literature

Kathryn Jagger (University College London)
“"Words for Learning in Alfred’s Preface to the Pastoral Care: Philology and the History of Intellectualism in West Saxon Literature”"

Leslie Carpenter (Fordham University)
“"A New English Verse Form: Poems of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle"

Emile Young (New York University)
“"Runes, Wisdom, and Textual Transmission”"

Respondent: Jennifer Lorden (UC Berkeley)

5:00 Banquet – 330 Wheeler Hall – please RSVP by 16 February if planning to attend



March 2 FridayCatherine Sanok (University of Michigan)

Workshop: "Rethinking Community in the Middle Ages"
at Columbia University with Patricia Dailey (Columbia)
conference room, 602 Philosophy Hall, 10 am to 1pm, lunch following

This workshop pairs medieval texts (the South English Legendary and Ælfric's Colloquy in the faculty-led discussion) with and against theoretical work on community (Jean-Luc Nancy, Maurice Blanchot, Saskia Sassen, Arjun Appadurai). To what extent does critical theory help us question and model how we think about constellations of and identifications with community in the Middle Ages? What are the limits of theoretical models --- as well as of those of medieval texts? The workshop will involve presentations and discussions led by faculty, followed by student-led presentations and discussion. Students are welcome to present on texts of their choosing.

Presenters: Brigit McGuire (CU), Anna Kelner (CC), Erik Wade (Rutgers), Mary Kate Hurley (CU).

Co-sponsored by the Medieval Guild
March 23 FridaySeth Lerer (UC San Diego)

"Authenticity and Aesthetics: George Hickes and the Idea of Anglo-Saxon Poetry"

at New York University
13-19 University Place, Room 222
2:00 pm, Reception to follow

Co-sponsored by The Medieval and Renaissance Center, NYU, Distinguished Lecture Series, together with the Department of English, NYU, and in collaboration with the Medieval Forum
April 13 FridayPOSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2012
Jay Gates (John Jay College)

"Cleaving to God: Sovereignty and the Legal Individual in Cnut's Laws"

at Columbia University
10am-12pm 408A Philosophy, Lunch following

The dialogue surrounding "political theology" examines the intersections of the common foundations of politics and religion and the mobilization of groups. Carl Schmitt focused on the political use of myth to legitimate the sovereign. Pushing against such legitimation, Walter Benjamin examined how rulers exploit a narrative of the past to justify their rule in the present. And it was out of this dialogue that Ernst Kantorowicz developed his The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Mediaeval Political Theology. However, what has been largely absent from all such discussions is the role of the individual. Following the change in the laws drafted by Wulfstan for Æthelred and Cnut regarding mutilation, I show that Cnut’s negotiation for legitimacy required a practical understanding of the active subject that can interact with the law. It established mutual personal obligations between sovereign and subject intended to hold the society together, bind all within a Christian political theology, and through a series of mechanisms, maintain every subject as unexceptional, within society and law.
April 27 FridayWorkshop

"How Best to Study Old English Language and Literature (and Why)"

at New York University
13-19 University Place
Workshop from 12:45-2:45 pm in Room 222
Reception to follow in Room 229

Panelists: Fred C. Robinson (Yale University; A Guide to Old English), Peter S. Baker (University of Virginia, Introduction to Old English), Robert Hasenfratz (University of Connecticut, Reading Old English), Michael Matto (Adelphi University, The Word Exchange)

Discussants: Martin L. Chase (Fordham, faculty), Heide Estes (Monmouth, faculty), Stacy Klein (Rutgers, faculty), Mo Pareles (NYU, Ph.D. candidate), Christine Venderbosch (Yale, Ph.D. candidate), Audrey Walton (Columbia, Ph.D. candidate), Erica Weaver (Columbia, undergraduate), Eric Weiskott (Yale, Ph.D. candidate), E. Gordon Whatley (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, Faculty), Evan Wilson (NYU, undergraduate)

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Fall 2011

Oct 25 Tuesday

Andrew Rabin (University of Louisville)

"Holy Bodies, Legal Matters: Theorizing Law and Gender in an Early Medieval Saint's Life" at Rutgers University 6:00 pm, Murray Hall, 302

Nov 2 WednesdayNicholas Sparks (University of Cambridge)

"The Theft and Dismemberment of Ancient Codices: Two Case Studies

at Columbia University
2:40-3:55pm, Hamilton Hall, 503

This is the story of the theft and mutilation of two medieval English manuscripts. The first a copy of Ælfric's Grammar and Glossary from Exeter, now MS Hh.1.10 in Cambridge University Library. The second, the Codex Amiatinus, the best, oldest, and only complete surviving Latin Bible from before the time of Charlemagne. How did these books come into being? What clues might dismemberment provide? Neither manuscript bears any obvious indications of its provenance nor of circumstances of their dismemberment; however, these companion pieces allow us to think about books and their production as historical processes conditioned by time, space, and materials. They are not lifeless objects, but artifacts with stories to tell, often with cultural, political, social, and economic significance.
Nov 7 Monday

Carol Braun Pasternack (UC Santa Barbara) two events:

"Bloodlines: Purity, Warfare and the Procreative Family in Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica"

at Columbia University
Butler 523
4:30 pm, Reception to follow

Email for rsvp and readings:

Nov 8


"Remaking Sex: The Holy Family and the Rest of Us in 'The Advent Lyrics'"

Workshop at Rutgers University
Murray Hall, 207
4:30-7:30 pm

For readings, please contact

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Spring 2011


Feb  12 Saturday

Seventh Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference University of Toronto

Crises of CategorizationAll events to be held at the Centre for Medieval Studies, third floor, 125 Queen's Park, unless otherwise noted.9.00 AM Breakfast and Registration9.45 AM Welcome10.00 AM Session I: Transhistorical Anglo-Saxon EnglandEric Weiskott (Yale University) "Where They Please: the punctuation of Old English poetry"
Respondent: Patrick Meusel (University of Toronto)
Sarah Miller (Trent University) "The Battle of Maldon: A Medieval Screenplay"
Respondent: Kathleen Ogden (University of Toronto)
Stephen Pelle (University of Toronto) "'The Fifteen Signs before Doomsday': and Post-Conquest English Identity"
Respondent: Carla Thomas (New York University)
Camin Melton (Fordham University) “Vernacular Authority in a Materialized God: Reading the Text of Christ’s Body in Old and Middle English”
Respondent: Emma Gorst (University of Toronto)

12.00 PM Lunch

1.00 PM Session II: Storms Within and Without
Paul Langeslag (University of Toronto) “Winter: Landscape and Season”
Respondent: Josephine Livingstone (New York University)
James Paz (King’s College London) “Internal/External Interactions in the Exeter Book ‘Storm’ Riddles”
Respondent: Alex Fleck (University of Toronto)
David Lennington (Princeton University) “The Anglo-Saxon Death Lists: Crisis and Categorization”
Respondent: Julia Bolotina (University of Toronto)

2.30 PM Coffee break

3.00 PM Session III: Sex and Magic in Anglo-Saxon England
Grant Leyton Simpson (Indiana University) “Crises in the Pronoun Paradigm and the Transgendered Body: Crossdressing in the Old English Saints’ Lives of Euphrosyne and Eugenia”
Respondent: Kristen Mills (University of Toronto)
Richard Shaw (University of Toronto) “At the Borders of Medicine and Magic: A New Work by Ælfric?”
Respondent: Jessica Lockhart (University of Toronto)
Leif Einarson (University of Western Ontario) “Sex and the Smithy: (mis-)representations of sexuality in Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse narratives of metalworkers”
Respondent: Elizabeth Walgenbach (Yale University)

4.30 PM Coffee break

5.15 PM Tour of the Dictionary of Old English
Hosted by Professor Antonette diPaolo Healey
Robarts Library, University of Toronto
130 St. George Street

6.00 PM Dinner & reception
Hosted by Professor Andy Orchard
Provost’s Lodge, Trinity College
6 Hoskin Avenue

Please click here for the Schedule PDF.

Please click here for the Registration Form. Please fill out and return by January 31, 2011.

Sponsored by: Centre for Medieval Studies, Department of English, Trinity College

Organized by: Peter Buchanan (University of Toronto) and Colleen Butler (University of Toronto).

Conference Website

Feb 15 Tuesday

Daniel Donoghue (Harvard University)

"Reading Old English Poems with Anglo-Saxon Eyes"

UC Berkeley 5:00 pm

Wheeler Hall 300


Mar 29 Tuesday

Kathleen Davis (University of Rhode Island)

Faculty Work-in-Progress

"Lyric Time: A Poetics of Transcience"

5pm, Columbia University

Board Room, Heyman Center

Apr 13 Wednesday

Patricia Dailey (Columbia University)

Faculty Work-in Progress

"Naming and Unknowing: Responding to the Exeter Book Riddles"

5:30pm, NYU

Room 405, 19 University Place

Apr 26 Tuesday

Renée Trilling (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

"Past Perfect: Nostalgia in Anglo-Saxon 'Popular Culture'

6pm Rutgers University

302 Murray Hall

Apr 29 FridaySecond Annual Medieval Studies Society Symposium
in collaboration with the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium
"The Culture of Anglo-Saxon England"

13-19 University Place, Room 222
New York University


9:30-10:00 Registration, breakfast

10:00-11:15 Contextualizing Early Anglo-Saxon Culture
Katherine McCullough (Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology, New York University), “Is there an Early Anglo-Saxon culture?: Regional differences in England c.450-c.600 AD”
Emile Young (Undergraduate, English and MARC, New York University), “Laws and Kingdom Formation in Early Anglo-Saxon England”
David Lennington (Ph.D. candidate, English, Princeton University), “Poetry and the Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons”

11:30-12:15 Keynote Address
Kathleen Davis (faculty, English, Rhode Island University)
"Temporality and the Law: Isidore to Alfred"

12:15-12:45 Coffee Break (light snack will be served)

12:45-2:00 Latinity and Vernacular Poetry
Erica Weaver, (Undergraduate, English, Columbia University), “"The Opus Geminatum and the Meters of Boethius”
Johanna Rodda (Ph.D. candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto), “A Vernacular Version of the Ascension: Cynewulf's Transformation of Gregory the Great's Homily on the Ascension”
Leonard Neidorf (Ph.D. candidate, English, Harvard University), “Wilfrid of Northumbria & Daniel of Winchester: The Beowulf Poet’s Contemporaries?”


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Fall 2010

Oct 8 FridayColloquium on the Soliloquies through the Twelfth Century

Leslie Lockett (The Ohio State University), Emily Thornbury (English, UC Berkeley), and Frank Bezner (Classics, UC Berkeley)
will lead a wide ranging seminar on theories of mind and soul in Old English and Latin texts.

10 AM-3 PM Wheeler Hall 306
at UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the UC-Berkeley Department of English
Oct 27 WednesdayPeter Dendle (Pennsylvania State University)

"The Old English Life of St. Malchus: Desert Creatures and Spiritual Primitavism"

Two short tales of the Desert Fathers, along with Saint Jerome's complete "Life of Malchus the Captive," appear in Old English as a cluster in a unique manuscript (MS Cotton Otho C.i, volume 2). These tales contain lively scenes with demons, seductresses, ravenous lions, and daring escapes, alongside philosophical musings and quiet meditations. Aside from being inherently fascinating stories, these texts provide fascinating glimpses into late Anglo-Saxon responses to monasticism and spirituality. The talk will unpack some of the recurring anxieties and narrative trajectories of this brief series of texts, drawing special attention to some of the changes in meaning that have been introduced in the Old English version from the Latin originals.

6.30 pm
at New York University
19 University Place Room, Great Room

Co-sponsored by the Medieval Forum, NYU
Nov 5 FridayWes Yu (Mount Holyoke)

"Carolingian Allegory and the Logic of Found Objects"
at Columbia University, Philosophy Hall 201B
Precirculated Paper upon request. Email

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Spring 2010


Jan 22 Friday

David Towsend (University of Toronto)

"Latinities in England, 894-1135" a workshop in two parts

New York University

13-19 University Place, Room 229

Co-sponsored with the NYU English Department

Morning Session (11am-12:30pm) Asser and Æthelweard

Afternoon Session (2 pm- 3:30pm) Goscelin and William of Malmesbury

Please note: the event is open to pre-registered participants only; for pre-registration and recommended reading, please contact Gerald Song (

Feb 19 Friday

Sixth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference Harvard University

Fear and Loathing in Anglo-Saxon England

To register please email, and indicate whether you will attend lunch and dinner


10:30-12:00 Session I (Thompson Room, Barker Center):
Encountering the Other: Psychoanalytic Readings
Audrey Walton (Columbia University): “‘Ungelic is Us’: Separation Anxiety and the Search Hypothesis in the Old English Elegies” David Lennington (Princeton University): “The Dream of the Rood and the Cross as Fetish”
Natasha Sumner (Harvard University): “Efnisien ‘Othered’: A Case Study of a Medieval Psychopath-Trickster”
Respondents: Mary Kate Hurley (Columbia University) and Brandon Hawk (University of Connecticut)

12:00-1:30: Lunch (Thompson Room, Barker Center, open to all registrants)

12:30: musical performance of Old English riddles by Scott Perkins et al., Faculty Room, University Hall

1:30-3:00: Session II (Thompson Room, Barker Center):
Place and Geography
Matthieu Boyd (Harvard University): “‘Paganism, woman, and the ocean, these three desires and these three great fears of man,’ in Latin and Old English Lives of Machutus (St. Malo)”
Tomás O'Sullivan (Saint Louis University): “Early Insular Eschatology: The Apocalyptic and Eschatological Texts in Vat. Pal. lat. 220”
Kevin Caliendo (Loyola University Chicago): “Land Grants in Old English Poetry: Beating the Boundaries of Hell in Christ and Satan”
Respondents: Katherine McCullough (New York University), Andrew Grubb (University of Connecticut) and Eric Weiskott (Yale University)

3:00-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-5:00: Session III (Thompson Room, Barker Center):
Fear and Loathing: Encountering the Non-Christian
Benjamin Saltzman (University of California, Berkeley): “Suspicion, Secrecy, and the Hermeneutics of Elene”
Eunice Eun (Brown University): “Fear of the ‘Femme Fatale’: The Feminine Threat in a Masculine Society”
Leonard Neidorf (New York University): “Hæþene æt hilde: Rethinking Heathenism at Maldon”
Respondents: Brigit McGuire (Columbia University) and Mo Pareles (New York University)

6:00: Conference Dinner at the home of Professor Joseph Harris

Click here for the CFP

Feb 24

Daniel Donoghue (Harvard University)

"Reading Poems with Anglo-Saxon Eyes:

5pm, Columbia University (Reception to follow)

523 Butler Library

co-sponsored by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

Mar 29

Seeta Chagnanti (UC Davis)

"Figure and Ground: Elene's Nails, Cynewulf's Runes, and Hrabanus Maurus's Painted Poems"

6pm, Rutgers University

302, Murray Hall Room

Apr 1 Thursday

Christopher A. Jones (Ohio State University)


Details TBA

APR 1 Thursday

Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville)

Always Historicize?: Historicism, Post-Historicism, and Medieval Studies- A Forum of Discussion

The Panel: Patricia Dailey (Columbia University); Dan Remein (New York University); Karl Steel (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Reception 6 pm

panel 6:30 pm

New York University

13-19 University Place, Room 222

Apr 12-13 Mon-Tues

Martin Foys (Drew University)

Monday April 12

"S/word: Runes, Weapons and Media Transliteracies in Old English Expression"

6pm Lecture

Rutgers University

Room 302, Murray Hall

Tuesday April 13

Medieval Transliteracies: Material, Media Beowulf and Beyond Workshop

4:10-6pm Columbia University

Please contact Mary Kate Hurley at for more information and to register.

Apr 29 Thursday

A Wulfstan Symposium

Joyce Tally Lionarons (Ursinus College)

Wulfstan and the Late Old English Handbook for a Confessor

David Lennington (Princeton University)

"Ne ænig man": Wulfstan, Power and Prohibition

Leonard Neidorf (New York University)
The Uses of Geardagum: Wulfstan and Old English Heroic Poetry

Milton McC. Gatch (Union Theological Seminary)
Reflections on Wulfstan Studies: Past Achievements and Future Challenges

5 pm New York University
13-19 University Place Room 222

Co-sponsored by the ASSC and the NYU Department of English, in collaboration with the Medieval Studies Society, NYU.

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Fall 2009

Nov 18 Wednesday

Martin Chase (Fordham University)

"Siðbót´: A Late Medieval Icelandic Trúarkvæði about the Judgment of Susannah"

Columbia University
co-sponsored by the Columbia University Medieval Studies Seminar

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Spring 2009

Feb 5 Thursday

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (George Washington University)

"The Weight of the Past"

Reception at 6.00 pm
Lecture at 6.30 pm

13 University Place, Room 222
at New York University

Co-sponsored with the NYU English Medieval Forum

Feb 20 Friday

Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference

at the University of Connecticut


9:45-10:30 Breakfast
UConn Student Union room 304 C

10:30-12:00 Session 1: Material Spaces, Places of Value

Jeremy DeAngelo (University of Connecticut):
"Things of Real Value: The Dragon, the Hoard, and Society"
Joseph Ackley (New York University):
"Once Feminine, Now Masculine: Treasured Spaces in the Encomium Emmae Reginae"
Michael Bintley (University College London):
"Buildings, Burrows, and Barrows: Wood and Stone in the Landscapes of Beowulf"
Respondent: Andrew Pfrenger (University of Connecticut)

12:00-1:00 Poetry Reading: Lytton Smith
UConn Co-op

1:00-2:00 Lunch
UConn Student Union room 304 B

2:15-3:45 Session 2: Travellers in the Landscape

Lytton Smith (Columbia University):
"'Þu mid rihte rædan scealdest' ("you ought, by right, to read"): The Interpretation of Travelers in Beowulf"
Christopher Riedel (Boston College):
"Manipulating Miracles: Instructing Pilgrims with St Swithun"
Respondent: Jordan Zweck (Yale University)

4:00-5:30 Session 3: Spaces of Individuality and Collectivity

Daniel Remein (New York University):
"Where Wisps of Being Mingle: Theorizing The Space of the Wræclast in Christ and Satan"
Mary Kate Hurley (Columbia University):
"Beowulf's Collectivities"
Mo Pareles (New York University):
"The Devil Inside: Mapping Self-Mutilation and Exorcism in the Old English Gospel of Mark"
Respondent: Britt Rothauser (University of Connecticut)

6:30 Dinner at the house of Robert Hasenfratz

Click here for Conference Registration form

April 21-22 Monday and Tuesday

Stephen Harris (University of Massachussets)

"Did the Anglo-Saxons Understand Beauty?"

Seamus Heaney obliquely observed of North Germanic poetry its tendency to "trust the feel of what nubbed treasure/ your hands have known." With few exceptions, the poetic vocabulary of Old English shies from explicit abstraction. There is no mention of the True or the Good, let alone of physical beauty--descriptions of people and landscapes are exceedingly rare, for example. As a consequence, post-Enlightenment critics trying to recover an Anglo-Saxon Weltanschauung are faced with methodological difficulties that become increasingly pronounced as we come to search for literary reflexes of identity, ethnicity, gender, and so forth. What form did their abstract world take? How was it manifested in material form? How did their poetry relate to ideas of the Beautiful—if it did at all? And if we are to answer such questions, what would our answers look like? In this talk, I discuss Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and Anglo-Saxon ideas of the Beautiful and how one might go about looking for Beauty in Old English poetry.

6.00 PM Lecture
April 20
302 Murray Hall
at Rutgers University

 Workshops at Columbia University
April 21

Workshop One: "Beautiful Materialities"
401 Hamilton Hall
1 pm to 2.30 pm

Workshop Two: "Community"
501 International Affairs Building (SIPA)
4.10 pm to 5.30 pm

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 Fall 2008

Nov 6 Thursday

Mark Amodio (Vassar)

"Embodied texts, entexted bodies: performance and performative poetics in and of Beowulf"

Reception at 6pm

Lecture at 6:30 pm

13 University Place, Room 222

New York University

Co-sponsored with the NYU English Medieval Forum

Dec 2 Tuesday

Scott Gwara (University of South Carolina)

"Appreciating the Heroic Catastrophe: Why Beowulf's Dragon Fight Resembles The Battle of Maldon and What It Means for Germanic Heroic Literature"

Developing a Case made in his new book, Heroic Identity in the World of Beowulf, Dr. Scott Gwara (University of South Carolina) proposes unobserved narrative homologies between Beowulf's dragon fight and Byrhtnoð's rout at Maldon. Gwara suggests that the trope of "Men Dying for Their Lord" motivates aspects of Beowulf's dragon fight. A new definition of "Men Willing to Die to Avenge Their Lords" highlights potentially reckless engagement by exploring the limits of vengeable action. In these terms Gwara finds that oferhygd (overconfidence) functions in Beowulf as ofermod does in Maldon. Appreciating Maldon as a reflex of Beowulf's dragon fight means evaluating how reckless heroism confronts the responsibilities of leadership in portrayals of ambivalent heroic action. Supporting reference will be made to continental Latin, Germanic, and other Anglo-Saxon sources.

5:30 pm, Butler Library

Room 523, Columbia University

Co-Sponsored by the Medieval Seminar Series

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Spring 2008

Feb 7 ThursdayAndy Orchard (University of Toronto)

"Placing the Patterns of Old English Poetry"

reception to follow
6.00 pm

Teleconference Lecture Hall,
Scholarly Communications Center, 4th floor
Archibald S. Alexander Library,
Rutgers University, College Ave. Campus
Feb 8 FridayAndy Orchard (University of Toronto)

"Writing Wrong: Beowulf, the Scribes, and the Editors"
A workshop

In this workshop, Professor Orchard will explore Anglo-Saxon editing practices, with a particular focus on the various corrections made to Beowulf by the scribes themselves and the implications of such corrections. He will also provide a critical look at how Old English has been edited in modern times.

9.30 am - 10.00 am: Coffee and Bagels
10.00 am - 12.00 pm: Workshop
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm Lunch

Plangere Writing Center
Room 303 Murray Hall
Rutgers University, College Ave Campus
Feb 16 SaturdayPleasure in Anglo-Saxon England
The Fourth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference
at Yale University

Click here for the participants and a schedule of talks.

The Call for Papers (Click Here)
Mar 4 TuesdayDavid F. Johnson (Florida State University)
“Forensic Philology and the Interventions of the Tremulous Hand of Worcester"

Columbia University
Butler Library 523, reception following

How can we know that medieval manuscripts were actually read by medieval people? What traces of their readerly activities did medieval readers leave behind in the texts they read? What can these traces tell us about the reception and functions of these texts? This paper will consider the interventions in a range of manuscripts of one medieval reader in particular, the so-called Tremulous Scribe of Worcester, in order to discover more about how and why he read the texts he did.
Apr 3 ThursdayDavid Damrosch (Columbia University)

"A Rune of One's Own: Negotiating Latinity in Medieval Iceland and Colonial New Spain"

5.30 pm reception
6:00 pm lecture

13 University Place, Room 222
New York University
Apr 16 WednesdayHaruko Momma (New York University)

"Anglo-Saxon Borders: The Representation of Text and Christ on the Ruthwell Cross"

a Faculty Work-In-Progress

In this work-in-progress session, Haruko Momma will discuss her project on the borders of Anglo-Saxon England and use the Ruthwell Cross as an example of an artifact that stands at both geographical and temporal thresholds--temporal, because this stone monument contains arguably one of the earliest specimens of writing in the Anglo-Saxon period, and geographical, because Ruthwell is located on the southern border of Scotland today. Of particular interest are the materiality of writing, the ekphrastic use of inscriptions, and the function of texts in post-conversion England, which itself is located on the periphery of hegemonic culture. The runic inscription on the cross will be compared to its counterpart in The Dream of the Rood to consider how the positioning of the Cross’s self-narrative varies as it appears on an eighth-century cross and in a tenth-century manuscript. She will also argue that the representation of Christ serves as a point of reference for exploring texts produced in a liminal space.

5.30 pm

103 Chancellor Green
Princeton University
May 23-24 Friday, SaturdayAnglo-Saxon Futures II: About Time

an international workshop of seminars and roundtables

King's College London

Council Room, Strand Campus


Friday May 23 (Council Room, Strand)

2:15-2:45 pm Coffee and Registration

Welcome (Clare Lees, King's College London)

Current Times
Kathleen Davis (Princeton), 'Time, Poetry, and the Stillness of Speech'
Patricia Dailey (Columbia), 'He is ure heafod. and we sind his lima: How Ælfric Times the Body'
Sharon M. Rowley (Christopher Newport University), 'Who Read Æthelbert's Letter? Translation, Mediation and Authority in the OE Bede'


Translating Old English Poetry: The Ruin and Durham Workshop led by Marijane Osborn (UC-Davis). Discussants: Aaron Hostetter (Princeton) and Matt Kohl (NYU). Respondent: Chris Jones (University of St Andrews)


Saturday May 24 (Council Room, Strand)

Queer Futures
Lisa Weston (California State, Fresno), 'Desire and the Anglo-Saxon School Girl'
Eileen A. Joy (Southern Illinois, Edwardsville), `Queer Times, Queer Bodies, and the Erotics of a Nomadic Anglo-Saxon Studies'
Gillian Overing (Wake Forest), 'Beowulf on Gender'


1:00- 2:30
Disciplines through Time
Hal Momma (NYU) and Josh Davies (King's College London), 'Past Presents: Temporality Collaboration' Diane Watt (Aberystwyth) and Clare Lees (King's College London), 'GenderQueer Collaboration'

Coffee Break

The Old English Life of Mary of Egypt Roundtable discussion, Brigit McGuire (Columbia), Stacy Klein (Rutgers), Carrie Ho (Rutgers), Laura S. Bailey (King's College London)


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Fall 2007

Oct 5 Friday

Celia Cazelle (The College of New Jersey)

"Ritual, Reverance and Art in the Churches of Wearmouth and Jarrow"

4:30pm at Princeton University

Chancellor Green 105

OCt 17 Wednesday

Joyce Hill (University of Leeds)

"Identifying Aelfric's Version of Paul the Deacon's Homilary" Principles, Processes and Problems"

5:30 pm Reception

6pm lecture at New York University

13-19 University Place, Room 222 (First Floor)

Oct 30 Tuesday

Heide Estes (Monmouth University)

"Stige nearwe, enge anpaðas’": Landscape and Ecology in Beowulf"

6.30 pm
at Columbia University
657 Schermerhorn Extension

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Spring 2007

Jan 30 Tuesday

Elaine Treharne (University of Leicester) Lecture at Rutgers University

Further details TBA

Jan 31 Wednesday

Elaine Treharne (University of Leicester)

Anglo-Saxon Paleography workshop at Rutgers University

further details TBA

Feb 16 Friday

Third Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference

Echoing Anglo-Saxon England: Continuities, Encounters, Influence

at Columbia University

Ware Lounge, 6th floor Avery Hall

Call for Papers Available Online: please click here

Conference Poster

Mar 1 Thursday

Christopher Jones (Ohio State University)

4:30pm at Princeton University

103 Chancellor Green

Apr 3 Tuesday

Clare Lees (King's College, University of London)

"Gender Indifference? Women, Sexuality and Anglo-Saxon Studies"


at Columbia University

Ware Lounge, Sixth Floor, Avery Hall

for directions see map

Apr 12 Thursday

Medieval Academy Panel at the University of Toronto

"Refiguring the Fall: Genesis B for the Twenty First Century"

4pm- Roundtable discussion with Kathleen Davis (Princeton); Catherine Karkov (Leeds); Stacy Klein (Rutgers); Haruko Momma (NYU); Paul Remley (U. Washington) Chair: Patricia Dailey (Columbia)

in Vic Chapel, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Apr 26 Thursday

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (University of York, UK)

"Cultural Traditions and Anglo-Norman Women in Earlier Medieval England"

6pm at New York University

19 University Place, 1st floor, Great Room

This event is co-sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Center at New York University

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Fall 2006 

Nov 9 Thursday

Christopher Jones (University of Saint Andrews)

"Strange Likeness: the use of Old English in Twentieth Century Poetry"

4:30pm at Princeton University

209 Scheide Caldwell House

Dec 1 Friday

Robert Young (New York University)

A Workshop: "Multilingualism, or a New Approach to HEL" at New York University

Dec 8 Friday

Mary Ramsey (Fordham University)

"Texting the Dead: Lament and Loss in Medieval Germanic Literatures"

4pm at Columbia University

628 Kent Hall


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 Spring 2006

Jan 20 Friday

Marlent Ciklamini (Rutgers)

Workshop: "the Call of Britain in Old Norse Sagas"

Lunch 12 to 1 pm, followed by the workshop from 1 to 2.30
East Pyne 010,
Princeton University

Sagas are renowned for exploration: exploration of character in dramatic form, of ethical questions and of the world that lay close to, and beyond, Iceland's geographical confines. Anglo-Saxon England was part of this world. The question before us is thus an expansive and elusive one. How did thirteenth-century sagas preserve or transform the oral tradition that commemorated Viking activities in Britain?

Feb 2 Thursday

Allen Frantzen (Loyola University)

"Dialogue and Drama in Old English Poetry: Juliana and Beowulf"

5:30pm Rutgers University

Pane Room - Reception to follow

This event is co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Libraries

Feb 3 Friday

ASSC Graduate Student Conference

"Friendship and Community in Anglo-Saxon England"

9:30 am to 2pm

Plangere Writing Center, Room 302, Murray Hall (Third Floor)

Rutgers University

For full schedule click here

Feb 23 Thursday

Roy Liuzza (University of Tennessee)

"Senses of Time in Anglo-Saxon England"

5:15 pm lecture, 4:30 pm reception

Language and Literature Building: 19 University Place, Room 222 NYU

Mar 17-18 Thursday and Friday

Anglo Saxon Futures

First Internation Workshop of the ASSC at King's College with Clare Lees

For more information: King's College Anglo Saxon Futures Site


Mar 23 Thursday

Maths Bertell (Stockhlm University)

"The Thundergod Thor and the World Pillar: A Comparative Perspective"

6pm NYU, Medieval and Renaissance Center

This event is co-sponsored by the ASSC

Apr 7 Friday

"Recent Work in Anglo-Saxon Studies" organized by The Medieval Club of New York

Speakers: Patricia Dailey, Kathleen Davis, Stacy Klein, Haruko Momma, and Gordon Whatley

7:30pm at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave (at 34th St.), Room 4406

APR 21 Friday

Peter Jeffery (Princeton University)

"Traces of the Anglo-Saxon Encounter with Roman Chant" co-sponsored by the Liturgy Group

4pm at Mobia, 1865 Broadway at 61st Street

May 6 Saturday

ASSC Panel at Kalamazoo: "The Powers of Language and Old English Texts"

10 am Session 403: Valley I, 102

Old English and the Powers of Agency

Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, University of Notre Dame

Lacnunga XIX: An Anglo-Saxon Phenomenon

Martha Dana Rust, New York University

The Work of Words: The Powers of Old English -Patricia Dailey

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Fall 2005

Sept 16 Friday

Nicolas Howe (UC Berkeley)

"Writing the Map of Anglo-Saxon England"

5:30 pm Columbia University (reception starts at 4:30pm)

628 Kent Hall

Oct 7 Friday

Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia)

"The Parable of Caedmon's Hymn: Liturgical Invention and Literary History"

5:30 pm, Princeton University

Chancellor Green 103

Oct 21 Friday

Stacy Klein (Rutgers University)

Faculty Work-in-Progress

"I Sing of Arms and Yet Much More: Sex, War and Anglo-Saxon Literature"

Respondents: Olga Burakov (NYU) and Phillip Brian Harper (NYU) 2:30pm at the Department of English, New York University, 19 University Place, Room 222.

Professor Klein will also be offering a seminar on Thursday, October 20, 1pm to 3 pm, 19 University Place, Room 505

This event is co-sponsored by The Colloquium on Early Literature and Culture in English (Department of English, NYU)

Nov 4 Friday

Michael Sargent (Queen College and The Graduate Center, CUNY)

"An Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Paleography"

5-6pm, CUNY Graduate Center, *followed by a reception

Mina Rees Library in the Eighteenth- Century Reading Room (in the basement of the library) at the CUNY Graduate Center

This seminar is intended primarily for interested students who have taken, or are taking, a course in Anglo-Saxon language and literature

The event is being sponsored by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program, The Graduate Center, CUNY, in addition to ASSC sponsors

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Spring 2005

Jan 21 Friday

An Introduction Old Norse,

a quick lesson in Old Norse grammar for students of Old English, led by Richard Sacks (Columbia)

10:30 am - 1:00 pm at Rutger University

Feb 25 Friday

A Graduate Student Roundtable Discussion

Selfhood and Interiority in Anglo-Saxon Poetry: The Wanderer, The Seafarer and Beyond

with opening remarks by Michael Matto (Adelphi University)

10:30 am - 1 pm (lunch to follow) at the NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center

Mar 2 Wednesday

Gordon Whatley (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center) "Hagiography and Violence: Saint Edmund and Other Warrior Knights in Aelfric's LIves"

Reception at 5:45pm, Lecture at 6:30pm at the NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center

Mar 23 Wednesday

Faculty Work-in-Progress

Kathleen Davis (Princeton University)

"Ruling Time: the Venerable Bede and Amitov Ghosh" fro her book-in-progress, Ruling Time: Modern Sovereignties and the Middle Ages

5pm at Columbia University

(Heyman Center, Boardroom)

April 15 Friday

Jonathan Wilcox (University of Iowa)

"A Ticklish Feeling: Embarrassment and Shame in Apollonius of Tyre and Æelfric"

4:30pm at Rutgers

(Pane Room, Alexander Library)


April 22 Friday

Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe (Notre Dame University)

"The Silence of Eve"

on Goscelin of St. Bertin, The book of encouragement and consolation 4pm at Columbia University

April 28 Thursday

Susan Kim (Illinois State University)

Discussion on OE Riddles and St. Margagret

4 to 7pm at Columbia University in Patricia Dailey's Seminar, "Host Bodies"

April 29 Friday

Graduate Student Conference Workshop

Princeton, Chancellor Green 103

10-10:30 Coffee

Conference Moderator: Wes Yu, Princeton University

History, Language, and Pedagogy 10:30-11:45

-Kate Olsen, Columbia University, "Sounding Off in The Owl and Nightingale: What Sounds Signify in a Post-Conquest Poem"

Respondent: Nicole Smith, Rutgers University

-Spencer Keralis, New York University, "Anglo Saxonism and Pedagogy in Antebellum America"

Respondent: Michael Powell, New York University

Discussants for both panels: Hannah Elmer, Columbia; Darryl Ellison, Rutgers; Ross Knecht, NYU; Matthew Kohl, NYU; Matthew Saks, Princeton; Bess Miller, Columbia; Benjamin Saltzman, Pace

The Spaces of Elegy 12:00-1:15

-Mary Kate Hurley, Columbia University, "The Exile and the Other: Voice and Psychological Landscape in the Wanderer

Respondent: Lee Fulton, City University of New York

- Aaron Hostetter, Princeton University,  "Swefeth After Symle': Human Anglo-Saxon Elegy"

Respondent: Kevin Cattrell, Rutgers University, 1:15 Lunch

Sponsored by: The Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; The Office of the Dean for the Humanities, FAS, New York University; The Department of English, Princeton University; The Medieval Studies Program, Princeton University; The Department of English Rutgers University

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Fall 2004

Nov 19 Friday

Gillian Overing (Wake Forest University)

"Anglo-Saxon Horizons: Places of the Mind in the Northumbrian Landscape"

12 noon at 103 Chancellor Green, Princeton University

Luncheon sandwiches will be provided following the lecture

Dec 2 Thursday

Robert Bjork (Arizon State University/ Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton)

"The Symbolic Function of Job in Aelfric's Homily on Job, Christ II, and the Phoeniz"

5:30 pm at Columbia University, reception to follow

628 Kent

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