Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium

The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium

The Sixth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference

Fear and Loathing: Encountering the Other in Anglo-Saxon England

Harvard University
Friday, February 19, 2010

***To register please email***
and indicate whether you will attend lunch and dinner.



10:30-12:00: Session I (Thompson Room, Barker Center): Encountering the Other: Psychoanalytic Readings

Audrey Walton (Columbia University), “‘Ungelic is Us’: Separation Anxiety and the Search Hypothesis in the Old English Elegies”
David Lennington (Princeton University), “The Dream of the Rood and the Cross as Fetish”

Natasha Sumner (Harvard University), “Efnisien ‘Othered’: A Case Study of a Medieval Psychopath-Trickster”
Respondents: Mary Kate Hurley (Columbia University) and Brandon Hawk (University of Connecticut)

12:00-1:30: Lunch (Thompson Room, Barker Center, open to all registrants)

1:30-3:00: Session II (Thompson Room, Barker Center): Place and Geography

Matthieu Boyd (Harvard University), “‘Paganism, woman, and the ocean, these three desires and these three great fears of man,’

in Latin and Old English Lives of Machutus (St. Malo)”

Tomás O’Sullivan (Saint Louis University), “Early Insular Eschatology: The Apocalyptic and Eschatological Texts in Vat. Pal. lat. 220”

Kevin Caliendo (Loyola University Chicago), “Land Grants in Old English Poetry: Beating the Boundaries of Hell in Christ and Satan”
Respondents: Katherine McCullough (New York University), Andrew Grubb (University of Connecticut) and Eric Weskott (Yale University)

3:00-3.30: Coffee Break

3.30-5.00: Session III (Thompson Room, Barker Center): Fear and Loathing: Encountering the Non-Christian

Benjamin Saltzman (University of California, Berkeley), “Suspicion, Secrecy, and the Hermeneutics of Elene”

Eunice Eun (Brown University), “Fear of the ‘Femme Fatale’: The Feminine Threat in a Masculine Society”

Len Neidorf (New York University), “Hæþene æt hilde: Rethinking Heathenism at Maldon”
Respondents: Brigit McGuire (Columbia University); Mo Pareles (New York University)

6:00: Conference Dinner at the home of Professor Joseph Harris (361 Harvard Street, Unit 1 and 2, Cambridge, MA 02138).

Conference Location:

All sessions will be held in the Thompson Room of the Barker Center (12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138). The Barker Center is just across from Harvard Yard on the corner of Harvard and Quincy Streets. Enter through the gate from Quincy Street. The Thompson Room is located on the first floor. For a campus map and directions to the Barker Center, see:

Sponsored by: The Harvard Committee on Medieval Studies and the ASSC

Organized by: Alexis Becker, Sara Gorman, John Radway, Laura Wang and Kasi Conley

Conference is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

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