Friday, December 4, 2015

Anglo-Saxons 2016
Exchange: Cultures, Ideas, and Materials

The organising committee is delighted to announce the final call for papers for Anglo-Saxons 2016, a multidisciplinary two-day conference celebrating Anglo-Saxon culture and history. This event is to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 9-10 June 2016.

Anglo-Saxons 2016 is calling for papers on the impact of Anglo-Saxon culture and history, engaging with the theme of ‘exchange’.

The year 2016 marks the one thousandth anniversary of Cnut’s Danish Conquest and 950 years after William marched onto British shores, but what of those they conquered? The Anglo-Saxon kingdoms stood for four centuries before the Danes or Normans took the monarchy, and even after these conquests, the Anglo-Saxon peoples remained the primary indigenous population. Anglo-Saxons 2016 reflects upon the culture, history, and impact of the Anglo-Saxons, looking back over their influence across the medieval world.

Anglo-Saxons 2016 is a two-day multidisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early-career researchers. The conference brings together scholars from different disciplines studying the Anglo-Saxon period in order to share papers outlining their current research around a central core celebration of Anglo-Saxon culture, history, and impact. We will promote discussion, and explore how a range of perspectives can lead to a new understanding of the Anglo-Saxons.

The early medieval period is one of exchange in all senses of the word. The fifth to eleventh centuries in England marked a period of great transformations in culture, history, intellectual development, and materiality through internal and external factors and different cultural influences. Beyond this, we ourselves as researchers will come together in an exchange of knowledge, thoughts, and approaches.
We invite those working in any facet of Anglo-Saxon history (inclusive of art history), culture, literature, or archaeology (inclusive of osteoarchaeology) to submit abstracts for papers of approximately 20 minutes.  Papers should be delivered in English. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr Alan Thacker MA, DPhil (Oxon)
               Institute of Historical Research

We welcome proposals for papers and sessions related to, but not limited by, this list:
The exchange of ideas in the Anglo-Saxon world
Exchange, trade, and economic relations 
North Sea/Scandinavian cultural exchange and influence
Intellectual exchange 
The Danish and/or Norman Conquests
The Anglo-Saxons and the rest of the early medieval world
Transformation or continuity in the Anglo-Saxon world
Anglo-Saxon art as a means of idea exchange
Old English literature
Anglo-Saxon coinage
The Danelaw
Anglo-Saxon laws
Material culture in the later Viking Age
Submission details:
Please send all proposals to:

Individual Paper Proposals:
Title of Paper;
Abstract – including potential strand (250 words maximum);
Short Speaker’s Biography (approximately 50 words)

Session proposals:
Session Title
Session Abstract/Rationale (approximately 100 words)
Organisers’ details
Details for each paper (3) as per Individual Paper Proposals

Title of Poster;
Abstract (250 words maximum);
Short Speaker’s Biography (approximately 50 words)

Please note the deadline for abstract submissions is 31 December 2015.

Send all submissions and queries to
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