Wednesday, July 19, 2017

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2018
CFP: Bede and Material Culture (I and II)
Sponsored by:
 Organized by: Paul Hilliard, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Sharon M. Rowley, Christopher Newport University, Peter Darby, University of Nottingham,  Máirín MacCarron, University of Sheffield
 Fueled by recent discoveries and benefiting from over 70 years of meticulous labor, the study of insular material culture has become essential to any scholar seeking to understand the societies located in early medieval Britain and Ireland.  The relationship between Bede, the primary textual source, and that material record continues to be a source of dialogue and debate.  While both the study of insular material culture and the understanding of Bede have greatly developed over the past thirty years, these new perspectives have not always been brought together.  It seems fitting then to facilitate further dialogue and integration by focusing our two sessions on Bede and material culture.
 For these sessions the theme of Bede and material culture is broadly understood and may include the impact of material culture on Bede and the use of material culture for understanding the age of Bede.  Additionally, papers are also welcome which place Bede himself in a thick context of early Anglo-Saxon material culture and/or advance ways in which the study of material culture helps us to read better Bede’s own scholarly writings.  In short, these sessions are dedicated to explore what things have to tell us about Bede and his world. Please contact Paul Hilliard at with questions and submissions. 

Dr. Sharon M. Rowley
Department of English
Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
fax 757.594.8870

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