NEW: Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, Saturday 10th October 2015
NEW: TOEBI Newsletter 32 (2015) now available.
King’s College London invites applications for Sir Richard Trainor Scholarship for postgraduate research into ‘Waterways: Arts, Culture and Practice’. The Scholarship (of £15, 000 a year for three years) will support PhD research, under the supervision of Professor Clare Lees (English) and second supervisor, Dr Alex Loftus (Geography) in partnership with the Canal & River Trust. This is an exciting opportunity for a postgraduate researcher to develop expertise in the public and contemporary arts alongside their PhD research. Candidates with research training and interests in Anglo-Saxon and medieval culture are very much encouraged to apply.
Please note that candidates must apply for the PhD programme in English at King’s College London to be considered for this Scholarship.
Further details here. The deadline is 12pm on 29 February 2016.
Submitted by Tom Birkett
TOEBI members may be interested to know about a post-doctoral research position in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (Faculty of English) in the University of Cambridge, which has just been advertised.
Columbia University Medieval & Renaissance Program is currently accepting applications for the MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
The MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides the opportunity to undertake graduate level work in any relevant field of interest. Students have the flexibility to take a variety of courses in art history, religion, history, philosophy, literature or other relevant fields offered by departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This flexibility offers the opportunity to concentrate in one area while also exploring other aspects of the life, thought, and culture of the Middle Ages and/or the Early Modern Period. Through this unique interdisciplinary and cross-period approach, students gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the periods.
The program is appropriate for students who will go on to apply to PhD programs as well as for those who wish to complete a terminal MA. In addition to choosing from a wide range of courses, students develop their skills in relevant languages, and are introduced to the study of manuscripts and early printed books. The MA culminates in a final thesis in which students develop an original research project. Students have the option to pursue the degree full time or part-time. The deadline for spring admission is November 1st. For more information, please visit http://medren.columbia.edu/programs/academic/admissions-information/.
The TOEBI annual conference will take place at Trinity College Dublin on Saturday 10th October 2015.
Online registration is now open. Please register by the end of September at
Confirmed programme is at https://www.tcd.ie/English/toebi-conference-2015/programme.php
If you would prefer not to pay online, please get in touch with Alice Jorgensen at email@example.com.
The organisers have booked a meal on the Saturday evening for anyone who is interested. The day’s programme should be over by 5.30, so an early dinner at 6.15pm was booked in The Farm restaurant on Dawson Street. We’ll take advantage of the Early Bird menu, which is €22.95 for two courses or €26.95 for three (see the menu). Please email Alice Jorgensen if you’d like to come along to the dinner.
The poster may be downloaded here: TOEBI Dublin CFP 2015
Submitted by Sara M. Pons-Sanz
The London Anglo-Saxon Symposium (LASS) aims to provide a forum for the multidisciplinary discussion of Anglo-Saxon topics in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere. LASS brings together internationally renowned experts and interested members of the public, an interaction that promises to be highly informative and enjoyable for everyone involved.
This year’s LASS will take place on Wednesday 11h of March (afternoon) in Senate House and will focus on the topic ‘Constructing Gender in Anglo-Saxon England’. For further information about the programme and registration details, please visit http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/node/501.
A spectacular exhibition, ‘Travelling in the Middle Ages’, mounted in collaboration with museums in Florence, Catalonia and Cologne, is running in Musée de Cluny in Paris from 22 October 2014 to 23 February 2015 (http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/activites/expositions/expositions-en-cours-/exposition-voyager-au-moyen-age.html). The exhibition illustrates many aspects of travel in the Middle Ages, and different motivations for travel, such as pilgrimage, war, exploration and social aspirations. The choice of exhibits is highly imaginative and includes manuscripts, maps, fragments of a medieval boat, personal objects, such as clothing, trunks, amulets and portable candle holders, as well as tapestries, paintings and sculpture depicting travel. Among the objects on display are a signet ring of the Black Prince and a Viking Age memorial stone with an inscription in runes. Undoubtedly the most important exhibit from the point of view of an Anglo-Saxonist is the Codex Amiatinus (click on image below), an enormous Vulgate pandect made at Monkwearmouth-Jarrow under the direction of Abbot Ceofrith, now in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence. This Bible known for exceptional quality of its text and execution is 250mm thick and weighs over 34kg.
21-22 March 2015, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Following the feast day commemorating St Cuthbert’s death on 20 March, this two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to fill a strategic gap in our understanding of the wider implications of the medieval cults of saints and the lives and social importance of hermits and anchorites. The conference will bring together scholars working on the liturgical, political, military, social and economic aspects of sanctity in Durham, Northumbria, Cumbria, Yorkshire and modern-day Scotland.
TOEBI aims to promote and support the teaching of Old English in British and Irish Universities, and to raise the profile of the Old English language, Old English literature and Anglo-Saxon England in the public eye.