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TOEBI panel for English: Shared Futures 2020

Old English Futures

TOEBI (Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland) Call for Papers, for English: Shared Futures 2020 conference, Manchester/Salford June 26-28th 2020 @EngSharedFuture

TOEBI invites submissions for a panel to be submitted to the English: Shared Futures 2020 conference on the future of Old English studies within and beyond global English literary studies.

We particularly welcome submissions that show how the teaching of Old English naturally engages with issues such as ecology and ecocriticism, transnational literatures, literatures of the body, anachronic and transhistorical readings of literature, issues of migration and ethnicity, and inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to the past and present.

E:SF indicates that approaches may cover:

  • new research from any area of the discipline, including practice-based research;
  • learning, teaching and pedagogy;
  • aspects of professionalization (including precarity, mental health, employability, recruitment, gender and BAME imbalance).

Areas of Old English studies which may be particularly relevant to the themes of E:SF 2020 include:

  • inequalities: working-class literature, language and creative writing; regional differences; access to literature and social capital;
  • literature, language, creativity and music;
  • ‘applied’ English: how English language, literature and creative writing work in the world beyond universities and address local, national and global challenges;
  • refugees and displacement;
  • translation;
  • publishing and book history;
  • issues around decolonization, broadly understood, including decolonizing the profession and curriculum;
  • migrancy and borders.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to for 20-minute papers by Friday 13th September 2019.

Letter of Recommendation: Old English

By Josephine Livingstone (The New York Times Magazine, 04-01-2019)

I went to college a little bit later than most. Excited but nervous to plunge into a degree — in English literature — that demands all students learn Old English, I asked a friend what studying the language was like. “It sounds bizarre,” Roberta said, “but it’s what people spoke in Britain in the early medieval period. And there are these beautiful things called kennings in the poetry.” We were just in the pub, I think, but I got this feeling. Something like stars in my eyes, but more like starlight dancing on a deep, dark sea.

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