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NEW: TOEBI 2017: Old English Across Borders

Saturday 21 October, University College Cork

Registration for TOEBI 2017 is now open at the following link: http://www.uccconferencing.ie/product/toebi-2017-old-english-across-borders-2/

Registration will close on Friday 13 October.

If you plan on attending the conference dinner at La Dolce Vita (vegetarian and gluten-free catered for), please choose this option when registering, as we need to give numbers to the restaurant. The programme can also be downloaded from the registration page.

Looking forward to welcoming teachers of Old English to Cork!

Conference poster is available for download: TOEBI 2017

Submitted by Tom Birkett, University College Cork

TOEBI annual meeting 2017 at University College Cork

The annual TOEBI meeting will take place at University College Cork on 21st October 2017. This year’s theme is ‘Old English Across Borders’ (see below). Registration is open at the following link: http://www.uccconferencing.ie/product/toebi-2017-old-english-across-borders-2/

TOEBI 2017 ‘Old English across Borders’
Saturday 21st Oct, North Wing Council Room, Main Quad, University College Cork

9:15 – 11:15 Teaching across Disciplines
Elizabeth Boyle (Maynooth University), ‘Old English in a University without Old English’

Jacqueline Cordell and Katrina Wilkins (University of Nottingham), ‘Crossing Academic Boundaries: Linking Literary Linguistics to Old English Literature and Pedagogy’

Colleen Curran and Daniel Thomas (University of Oxford), ‘The CLASP Project as a Teaching Tool for Anglo-Latin and Old English Poetry’

Thijs Porck and Krista A. Murchison (Leiden University), ‘The Leiden University Old English ColloQuest: A Digital Teaching Edition with Adaptive Glosses’

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 – 1:15 Literary Boundaries

Robin Norris (Carleton University), ‘Crossing Borders in Old English Hagiography’
Frances McCormack (National University of Ireland, Galway), ‘The Contours of Compunction in Old English Poetry’

Caroline Batten (University of Oxford), ‘A Cure for the Harm of Another Poison’: Bodily and Social Boundaries in the Poetics of the Metrical Charms’

LUNCH – 1:15 – 2:30 (TOEBI Committee Meeting)

2:30 – 3:45 Locating Borders

Neville Mogford (Royal Holloway), ‘On a Road to Nowhere: Describing the Use of the Word mearcland’

Margaret Tedford (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Drawing Lines and Blurring Borders: Negotiating Boundaries on the Anglo-Saxon Cotton Map’

Richard North (UCL), ‘South of the border: King Cynewulf’s death in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (s.a. 755)’

3:45 – 4:30 Crossing Borders

Helen McKee (Royal Holloway), ‘Battling Across Borders: The Battle of Brunanburh and Armes Prydein’

Carl Phelpstead (Cardiff University), ‘‘On Both Sides’: Anglo-Saxonism, Autobiography, and Offa’s Dyke’

4:30 – 4:45 Comfort Break

4:45 – 6 Report from Committee and Round Table: Current Issues in Old English

Christine Rauer (University of St Andrews), ‘The Implications of Brexit for Teachers of Old English’

Laura Creedon (UCC), ‘GYB: Grab your bælc (and leave it at the door) – Addressing Female Scholars in Anglo-Saxon Studies’

Clare Lees (King’s College London), ‘On Listening and Looking to the Future: Learning from Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers in Old English’

6pm – Wine Reception

7:30pm – Dinner at La Dolce Vita

Approaching the historical: a symposium of Early Modern and Medieval stylistics (SEMMS)

University of Nottingham, June 14, 2017

In collaboration with the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), the University of Nottingham’s Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Group in the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) invite abstracts for a one-day symposium exploring the intersection of stylistics and early English literatures.

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by 27 February 2017. Full details can be found in the  PDF document here. For further information, please contact
Katrina Wilkins at  katrina.wilkins@nottingham.ac.uk.

Submitted by Katrina Wilkins, University of Nottingham


Architectural Representation in the Middle Ages

There’s still time — just under one month — to submit an abstract for the forthcoming two-day conference ‘Architectural Representation in the Middle Ages’. This is an interdisciplinary conference spanning the whole of the medieval period in Britain and on the Continent, but we are of course very keen to have plenty of Anglo-Saxon representation. We’re understanding ‘Architectural Representation’ as broadly as possible, so if you have anything that you want to say that you think will come under that heading, we’re ready to believe you. For more information, or any questions, please feel free to email daniel.thomas@ell.ox.ac.uk or hannah.bailey@ell.ox.ac.uk.

Download a poster with more information.

Submitted by Daniel Thomas, Oxford University

Borderlines XXI

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Borderlines XXI: Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern World. This conference will be held in University College Cork, 14-16 April 2017. Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of both Medieval and Early Modern studies.

CFP is here.

Submitted by Patricia O Connor, University College Cork

Approaching the Historical, Call for Papers

In collaboration with the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), the University of Nottingham’s Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Group in the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CRAL) invite abstracts for a one-day symposium exploring the intersection of stylistics and early English literatures.

Approaching the historical: a symposium of Early Modern and Medieval stylistics (SEMMS)
June 14, 2017
University of Nottingham
Website: https://historicalstylistics.wordpress.com/

Call for Papers is here.

Submitted by Katrina Wilkins and Jacqueline Cordell, University of Nottingham

Crossing Borders 2017 Conference, Call for Papers

The 2nd Biennial Crossing Borders in the Insular Middle Ages conference will be held at the University of Birmingham, 3-5 April 2017, with keynote lectures from Carolyne Larrington and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh. The conference series is designed to facilitate dialogue between scholars working in English, Celtic and Scandinavian Studies, with a mind to connective and comparative approaches. The CFP is here.

Submitted by Victoria Flood.

TOEBI annual meeting at King’s College London

The annual TOEBI meeting will take place at King’s College London on 22nd October 2016. This year’s theme is ‘Performance, Pedagogy and the Profession’ (see below). Registration is open via the King’s College London online store.

Performance, Pedagogy and the Profession
    10:30-10:50 Coffee & Registration
    10:50-11:00 Welcome, Clare Lees, King’s College London
    11:00-12:30 Pedagogy and Play (Chair, Philip Shaw, Leicester)
    ‘Reimagining Medieval Animals with Deor-hord’, Hana Videen (King’s College London)
    ‘blanded leornung: Digital Approaches to Teaching Old English’, Thijs Porck and Jodie Mann (Leiden)
    ‘Dancing Beowulf’: Teaching Old English Poetry with Dance and Movement’, Jennifer Neville (Royal Holloway, University of London)
    12:30-1:45 Lunch (Old Committee Room) and TOEBI Committee meeting
    2:00-3:30: Performance and Pedagogy (Chair, Josh Davies, King’s College London)
    ‘Old English in the Archive: re-creation, revival and teaching’, Carl Kears (King’s College London)
    ‘Hwæt is þeos wundrung’: wonder and emotional performance in the Advent Lyrics of the Exeter Book’, Alice Jorgensen (Trinity College, Dublin)
    ‘Playing with Medieval Visions: Exploring The Dream of the Rood through Images, Sound and Text’, Fran Allfrey and Fran Brooks (King’s College London)
    3:30 -4:00 Coffee/Tea
    4:00-5:00 pm Profession: Matters, Issues, Mentors
    Roundtable discussion: Mike Bintley (Canterbury Christ Church), Megan Cavell (Oxford), Marilina Cesario (Queen’s University, Belfast), and Kathryn Maude (Swansea)
    5:00—5:30 TOEBI Business Meeting, followed by Reception

‘Academics in the Classroom’: English Outreach Conference for ECRs and Teachers – 15/16 August at Hertford College, Oxford

‘Academics in the Classroom’ is an English outreach project led by Dr Catherine Redford and funded by the British Academy. It is a two-day workshop involving teachers and academics and focusing on English outreach work, that will take place at Hertford College on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 August 2016. The workshop will be free, and reasonable travel expenses reimbursed.

This event is open to UK doctoral students and academics within 10 years of the award of their doctorate working within the field of English literature and/or language.

The workshop will provide training, networking, and a space for discussion and reflection for teachers and early career academics (ECAs) interested in how universities can deliver research-led English language and literature outreach work. ECAs and current teachers of Key Stage 4 and 5 English will work collaboratively at an intensive two-day workshop structured around a series of talks, reflective roundtable discussions, and forums. Adrian Barlow, President of the English Association, and Emma Smith, University of Oxford, are confirmed keynote speakers.  

To apply for a place on the workshop, please send the following details in a Word document to catherine.redford@hertford.ox.ac.uk by Sunday 19 June:
  • Your name and email address
  • Your university affiliation and job title
  • Estimated travel costs to and from Oxford
  • A short statement of c.100 words detailing your research interests
  • A short statement (250 words max.) outlining why you would like to attend the workshop (please include details of past outreach work and any future plans)
More details about the project are on our website: http://english-outreach.blogspot.co.uk/
See also our Twitter handle: @EnglishOutreach


Submitted by Emily Mayne
Conference Assistant and D.Phil. candidate in English Literature
University of Oxford