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NEW: TOEBI invites applications from graduates to support conference attendance in 2017

We invite applications from TOEBI members who are graduate students or recent PhDs without a full-time post to support conference attendance in 2017. To apply, please, visit out ‘Grants for Graduates’ page.

Submitted by Alice Jorgensen


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

Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, Harvard University, 2016-2017

The Medieval Colloquium of the Department of English at Harvard University invites applications for the Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, a four-week residential fellowship that can be held at any time during the 2016-17 academic year (September through May).  Thanks to the generosity of the Morton W. Bloomfield Fund, established in the memory of one of Harvard’s most distinguished medievalists, we are able to provide up to $3500 towards travel, accommodation, and living costs.   We invite scholars at any stage of their postdoctoral career who could usefully spend a month at Harvard to apply.  In the past, some fellows with sabbatical leaves have elected to spend a semester with us.  Fellows are expected to attend the Medieval Colloquium and to give a paper on the subject of their research. They are also asked to meet with our graduate students, and they are welcome to attend other events at Harvard. We select fellows on the basis of the importance of their research and its interest to our intellectual community.

Applicants should send a brief letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a two-page project description by email to Daniel Donoghue (ddonogh@fas.harvard.edu) no later than April 25, 2016. Please include details on when and for how long you would be able to be in residence.  The fellowship is not normally compatible with teaching commitments at a home institution. We hope to be able to congratulate the successful applicant by the middle of May.

Sir Richard Trainor Scholarship at King’s College London

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.