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NEW: The deadline for paper proposals for TOEBI Annual Conference 2016, to be held at King’s College London, has been extended until 16 September.  Please download the CFP.

NEW: TOEBI Annual Conference 2016 will be held on Saturday October 22 at King’s College London (Strand campus).

‘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.

Part-time lectureship in Old English at University College Cork

Submitted by Tom Birkett

University College Cork is advertising a one-year, part-time lectureship in Old English. This is a post funded by an IRC ‘New Horizons’ Grant, and the appointee will be covering Old English language and literature teaching in the School of English at both undergraduate and MA level.
The closing date for applications is 23 November, with the post starting in January.
Further details can be found at

Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the University of Cambridge

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.

The text of the advertisement can be viewed here, and may also be found at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/8035/ (which includes a link to further particulars).

 

Columbia University Medieval & Renaissance Program

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/.

Annual Conference, Trinity College, Dublin

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

https://www.tcd.ie/English/toebi-conference-2015/registration.php

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 jorgena@tcd.ie.

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

Fourth London-Ango-Saxon Symposium

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.

Voyager au Moyen Âge

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.Amiatinus