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Statement on sexual harassment and bullying

In light of recent reports in the media, TOEBI would like to condemn in the strongest terms all forms of sexual harassment, abuse, and bullying. We are committed to a fully inclusive, safe, and harassment-free environment for all our members. The TOEBI committee will take action against any person, regardless of perceived seniority, who violates our values and code of conduct. We want our members to be assured that we have zero tolerance for such behaviour and are committed to making the field of Old English studies a better, safer, and more inclusive environment for all. Any of our members is welcome to approach the TOEBI committee with any concerns or questions. 

We have made an additional statement in support of the victims of this abuse here

TOEBI Newsletter 2021: call for reviews and features

The annual TOEBI newsletter seeks to publish high-quality book reviews and feature articles on Old English literature and the teaching of Old English. As the current editors, we’re delighted to invite submissions for this year’s issue. You can find previous newsletters here.

We are inviting feature articles on any subject related to Old English and/or the teaching of Old English. Previously published pieces have included: 

  • Class plans 
  • Student work (e.g. translations) 
  • Reports on outreach projects 
  • Original creative work, including visual art and creative writing 

We also welcome articles on original research, academic practice, and cultures of research and teaching in universities today. Articles will ideally be between 500 and 1500 words, but we are very open to your pitches. We are especially keen to hear from the ECR and student cohorts, and from groups whose voices have been historically and presently marginalised in academia.

We also invite book reviews on any of the titles listed below for this year’s newsletter. We would greatly appreciate if you could also circulate this list to any postgraduates and ECRs in your department. Conversely, if there is a new release not on this list that you would like to review, do get in touch! 

  • Abbot, Jean, Elaine Treharne, and Mateusz Fafinski. Beowulf By All: A Community Translation and Workbook. Arc Humanities Press, 2021. 
  • Breay, C. and J. Story. Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Cultures and Connections. Four Courts Press, 2021. 
  • Grossi, Joseph. Angles on a Kingdom: East Anglian Identities from Bede to Ælfric. University of Toronto Press, 2021. 
  • Karkov, Catherine E. Imagining Anglo-Saxon England: Utopia, Heterotopia, Dystopia. Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2020.  
  • Karkov, Catherine E. Ed. Slow Scholarship: Medieval Research and the Neoliberal University. D. S. Brewer, 2019. 
  • Rozier, Charles C. Writing History in the Community of St Cuthbert c.700-1130. D. S. Brewer, 2020. 
  • Scattergood, John, with Niamh Pattwell & Emma Williams. Trinity College Library Dublin: A catalogue of manuscripts containing Middle English and some Old English. Four Courts Press, Dublin 2021.

For all entries and queries, please contact the Newsletter editors: Niamh Kehoe ( & Rachel Burns (

Four Courts Press have also asked us to make you aware of a special pre-publication offer on copies of Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Culture and Connections, which you can find here:

Call for Papers for TOEBI 2021

The TOEBI Annual Meeting for 2021 will be held on 27 November 2021online from the National University of Ireland Galway. 

The theme of the Meeting is “Feeling and Sense”. Papers on any aspect of the above theme are welcome including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • emotions
  • feelings
  • affect
  • the senses
  • pedagogies of empathy. 

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words for 20-minute papers to by 2nd August, 2021

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 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:
See also our Twitter handle: @EnglishOutreach


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

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