Conference: London Early Medieval England Symposium, 3 Sep 2022, 12:30—17:30 (BST), London

When: 3 September 2022, 12:30 — 17:30
Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street, London

The London Early Medieval England Symposium returns after a two-year hiatus with a programme devoted to ‘making and curating early medieval England’. This year’s theme draws on various aspects of the textual and material cultures of early medieval England, considering acts of creation and curation in the past and present from a range of different disciplinary perspectives, and drawing on the expertise of museum specialists, practitioners, and academics. Central to these discussions are questions about how early medieval people understood acts of making in their own world – in treasure, poetry, manuscripts, and music – and how people in the present have sought to revoice and enliven our understanding of these experiences. Join us for an afternoon of discussion and exploration open to all with an interest in this period and its cultures.

Programme (Provisional)

1.00-2.30: Session 1: Treasures, Poetry, and Song

Dr Sue Brunning: Curating Sutton Hoo Beyond the Glass
Dr Amy Faulkner: Grand designs: Construction, Decoration and Demolition in the Old English Phoenix
Dr Steven Breeze: The Early Medieval Round Lyre and Old English Poetry

2.30-2.45: Break

2.45-4.15: Session 2: Voices of the Past and Present

Dr Fran Allfrey and Dr Carl Kears: Revoicing Medieval Poetry: Reflections
Dr James Aitcheson: Writing the Early Middle Ages: Rethinking the Role of Historical Fiction
Dr Mike Bintley: Inventing Eanswythe: Public Histories of an Early Kentish Saint, c. 900-2020

4.15-4.30: Break

4.30-5.00: Dr Sara Charles: Manuscript-Making in the Middle Ages: A Practice-Based Approach

Chair: Professor Catherine Clarke

5.00 Thanks and closing

5.15 End

Find out more here and register here.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

One thought on “Conference: London Early Medieval England Symposium, 3 Sep 2022, 12:30—17:30 (BST), London

  1. Is it possible to attend remotely via zoom or other internet means? Thank you.

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