Monday, February 20, 2012

8th Annual ASSC Grad Student Conference at UC Berkeley, Feb 24-25

The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium

The Eighth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference

  University of California, Berkeley
24 - 25 February 2012

***Please remember to register by emailing if you plan to attend***


Conference Program
All talks to be held in 300 Wheeler Hall
Friday, 24 February
5:00 Keynote - “We Philologists”
Jan Ziolkowski
Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Department of Classics, Harvard University
Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Reception to follow in 330 Wheeler Hall
Saturday, 25 February
9:30 Light breakfast & registration

10:15 Opening Remarks

10:30 Session I: Words, Words, Words: Lexical Approaches to Old English

- Dave Wilton, University of Toronto,
“You Keep Using That Word.  I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means: Fæhð in Beowulf

- David Pedersen, Fordham University,
Wyrd in the Old English Poem Solomon and Saturn II

- Leonard Neidorf, Harvard University,
“Beow in Beowulf: New Evidence for an Old Emendation”

 Respondent: Jacob Hobson, UC Berkeley

12:00 Lunch – 330 Wheeler Hall

1:30 Session II: Where Did the Middle Ages Go? The Modern Reception of Anglo-Saxon England

Peter Buchanan, University of Toronto,
“Caedmon and the Gift of Song in Black Mountain Poetics”

Josephine Livingstone, New York University,
“‘Like solid rocks’: Language, Nature and the Nature of Language”

Annie Abrams, New York University,
“‘Mutilated Remains’: Longfellow’s Historicized Anglo-Saxons

Respondent: Marcos Garcia, UC Berkeley
3:00 Coffee break – 330 Wheeler Hall

3:30 Session III: The Form of the Content: Formal Approaches to Old English Literature

Kathryn Jagger, University College London,
“Words for Learning in Alfred’s Preface to the Pastoral Care: Philology and the History of Intellectualism in West Saxon Literature”

Leslie Carpenter, Fordham University,
“A New English Verse Form: Poems of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Emile Young, New York University,
“Runes, Wisdom, and Textual Transmission”

Respondent: Jennifer Lorden, UC Berkeley

5:00 Banquet – 330 Wheeler Hall – please RSVP by 16 February if planning to attend

This conference has been generously sponsored by: The UC Berkeley Department of English, College of Letters and Sciences, Program in Medieval Studies, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for British Studies, Student Opportunity Funds, Graduate Assembly, Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley, and the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium.       
The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium is a forum for scholars of early medieval England.  ASSC aims to foster intellectual exchange among faculty and graduate students whose interests embrace the language, literature, and culture of early medieval England. Currently based in Columbia, New York University, the University of Rhode Island, Rutgers, UC Berkeley, and King's College London, the Colloquium seeks to expand the resources available to Anglo-Saxonists from these universities and other institutions in the area, and also to create a welcoming intellectual community for anyone who is interested in Anglo-Saxon studies.


Organized by: Marcos Garcia, Jacob Hobson, Jennifer Lorden, R. D. Perry, and Benjamin A. Saltzman
For other ASSC events and for further updates on this conference, please visit the ASSC website at

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