23 November 2023 [Australian Central Daylight Time]
Online via Microsoft Teams
Keynote speakers: Prof. Daniel Anlezark (University of Sydney) and Dr Courtnay Konshuh (University of Calgary)
The complex series of interrelated Old English annals known as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles (ASC) constitutes one of the richest surviving examples of historical writing from early medieval England. Compiled in several extant manuscripts at different centres of monastic, episcopal, and royal activity, these annals shed crucial light on changing dynamics of power, on important cultural developments, on linguistic evolution, and on the crystallisation of communal identities in England between the late ninth and mid-twelfth centuries. In recent decades, increased linguistic, palaeographical, historical, and literary scrutiny of the annals has laid secure foundations for fine-grained work on the ASC as cultural artefacts that were reworked, redeployed, and reinterpreted in many different contexts throughout the middle ages (and beyond).
This online symposium, hosted by researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, seeks to build on this scholarship by foregrounding new approaches to the ASC. In particular, we invite scholars from various disciplines and different career stages to submit proposals for 20-minute papers (to be presented in English) relating in some way to themes of conflict, connection, and/or community in the ASC and their wider context.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Representations of war and/or violence in the ASC
- Discrepancies within and/or between separate versions of the ASC
- Cross-cultural encounters and interactions in the ASC
- Relationships between manuscripts of the ASC and related texts
- Representations of particular communities and/or their relationships in the ASC
- The creation and use of copies of the ASC within specific communities in early medieval England
- The dissemination of the ASC and related texts
Please send paper proposals, including a title, 150–200-word abstract, and short biography, to Dr James Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org) and A/Prof. Erin Sebo (email@example.com).