Spring 2008

Feb 7

Andy Orchard (University of Toronto) 

“Placing the Patterns of Old English Poetry” 

reception to follow 
6.00 pm

Teleconference Lecture Hall, 
Scholarly Communications Center, 4th floor
Archibald S. Alexander Library,
Rutgers University, College Ave. Campus

Feb 8

Andy Orchard (University of Toronto)

“Writing Wrong: Beowulf, the Scribes, and the Editors”
A workshop 

In this workshop, Professor Orchard will explore Anglo-Saxon editing practices, with a particular focus on the various corrections made to Beowulf by the scribes themselves and the implications of such corrections. He will also provide a critical look at how Old English has been edited in modern times.

9.30 am – 10.00 am: Coffee and Bagels
10.00 am – 12.00 pm: Workshop
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm Lunch

Plangere Writing Center
Room 303 Murray Hall
Rutgers University, College Ave Campus

Feb 16

Pleasure in Anglo-Saxon England
The Fourth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference 
at Yale University

Click here for the participants and a schedule of talks.

The Call for Papers (Click Here)

Mar 4

David F. Johnson (Florida State University)
“Forensic Philology and the Interventions of the Tremulous Hand of Worcester” 

Columbia University
Butler Library 523, reception following 

How can we know that medieval manuscripts were actually read by medieval people? What traces of their readerly activities did medieval readers leave behind in the texts they read? What can these traces tell us about the reception and functions of these texts? This paper will consider the interventions in a range of manuscripts of one medieval reader in particular, the so-called Tremulous Scribe of Worcester, in order to discover more about how and why he read the texts he did. 

April 3

David Damrosch (Columbia University)

“A Rune of One’s Own: Negotiating Latinity in Medieval Iceland and Colonial New Spain”

5.30 pm reception 
6:00 pm lecture

13 University Place, Room 222
New York University

April 16

Haruko Momma (New York University)

“Anglo-Saxon Borders: The Representation of Text and Christ on the Ruthwell Cross”

a Faculty Work-In-Progress

In this work-in-progress session, Haruko Momma will discuss her project on the borders of Anglo-Saxon England and use the Ruthwell Cross as an example of an artifact that stands at both geographical and temporal thresholds–temporal, because this stone monument contains arguably one of the earliest specimens of writing in the Anglo-Saxon period, and geographical, because Ruthwell is located on the southern border of Scotland today. Of particular interest are the materiality of writing, the ekphrastic use of inscriptions, and the function of texts in post-conversion England, which itself is located on the periphery of hegemonic culture. The runic inscription on the cross will be compared to its counterpart in The Dream of the Rood to consider how the positioning of the Cross’s self-narrative varies as it appears on an eighth-century cross and in a tenth-century manuscript. She will also argue that the representation of Christ serves as a point of reference for exploring texts produced in a liminal space. 

5.30 pm

103 Chancellor Green 
Princeton University

May 23-24

Anglo-Saxon Futures II: About Time

an international workshop of seminars and roundtables

King’s College London

Council Room, Strand Campus


Friday May 23 (Council Room, Strand)

2:15-2:45 pm Coffee and Registration

Welcome (Clare Lees, King’s College London)

Current Times
Kathleen Davis (Princeton), ‘Time, Poetry, and the Stillness of Speech’ 
Patricia Dailey (Columbia), ‘He is ure heafod. and we sind his lima: How Ælfric Times the Body’
Sharon M. Rowley (Christopher Newport University), ‘Who Read Æthelbert’s Letter? Translation, Mediation and Authority in the OE Bede’


Translating Old English Poetry: The Ruin and Durham Workshop led by Marijane Osborn (UC-Davis). Discussants: Aaron Hostetter (Princeton) and Matt Kohl (NYU). Respondent: Chris Jones (University of St Andrews)


Saturday May 24 (Council Room, Strand)

Queer Futures
Lisa Weston (California State, Fresno), ‘Desire and the Anglo-Saxon School Girl’
Eileen A. Joy (Southern Illinois, Edwardsville), `Queer Times, Queer Bodies, and the Erotics of a Nomadic Anglo-Saxon Studies’
Gillian Overing (Wake Forest), ‘Beowulf on Gender’


1:00- 2:30
Disciplines through Time
Hal Momma (NYU) and Josh Davies (King’s College London), ‘Past Presents: Temporality Collaboration’ Diane Watt (Aberystwyth) and Clare Lees (King’s College London), ‘GenderQueer Collaboration’

Coffee Break

The Old English Life of Mary of Egypt Roundtable discussion, Brigit McGuire (Columbia), Stacy Klein (Rutgers), Carrie Ho (Rutgers), Laura S. Bailey (King’s College London)