Abstracts of Papers



For a full program including the titles of sessions, the names of speakers, and the titles of papers, CLICK HERE.


I. Pre-organized sessions (3)

Abstracts of individual papers are listed alphabetically in section V below.

 1. “Place-Names and the Visual Imagination.”  Carol Hough, organizer.  Presenters: Paul Cavill (Univ. of Nottingham), Carole Hough (Univ. of Glasgow), and Maggie Scott (Univ. of Salford).

2. “Of Coins and Kings.”  A special session on numismatics in honor of Professor Mark Blackburn, to follow directly after Dr Gannon’s plenary lecture.  John Niles, organizer. Presenters: Rory Naismith (Univ. of Cambridge) and Philip Shaw (Univ. of Leicester).

3. “Visions of the Flesh.” Eileen Joy and Carol Braun Pasternack, organizers. Presenters:  Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois Univ.), Mo Pareles (New York Univ.), Carol Braun Pasternack (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), Daniel Remein (New York Univ.).

II. Project reports (2)

Abstracts of individual project reports are listed alphabetically (by presenter) in section V  below.

1. “The Revision of Laistner-King, A Hand-List of Bede Manuscripts.” George Hardin Brown (Stanford Univ.) and Joshua A. Westgard (Marco Institute, Univ. of Tennessee).

2. “The Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Project.” Gale R. Owen-Crocker (Univ. of Manchester).

III. “Poster Slam” session

Graduate students and recent PhDs who have participated in the Pre-Conference Workshop on “Making (and Theorizing) the Early Medieval Book” will make individual one-minute presentations of their Workshop project.  After those presentations, we will adjourn to a lounge where each project will be on display on a posterboard, so that informal discussion can ensue over wine and cheese.

IV. Brown-bag lunches (2)

1. “Beowulf as Radio Drama.” 

Dick Ringer (Professor Emeritus of English, UW – Madison) and Norman Gilliland (Wisconsin Public Radio) will discuss the audio production of Ringler’s translation of Beowulf that they created with the assistance of professional actors, with sound effects and music. Highlights from the 2006 WPR broadcast (which is available from the University of Wisconsin Press as a 3-CD set) will be heard.

2. “Thought-Processes Underlying Anglo-Saxon Art and Architecture.” 

Carol Neuman de Vegvar (Ohio Wesleyan University) will lead a workshop on the imaginative visual language that served the goals of the makers and users of Anglo-Saxon art. As a starting point, the workshop will look at the Anglo-Saxons' application of such devices as anachronism and synecdoche in art and architecture, considering their use of the visual imagination to evoke levels of perception beyond directly experiential knowledge.



Mary Blanchard, Western Michigan University, USA.

“The Wisdom of Whiskers: Visual Signs of Disobedience in Clerical Dress.”



Herbert Broderick, Lehman College, CUNY, USA. 

“Visualizing Moses in the Illustrated Old English Hexateuch (London, BL Cotton MS Claudius B.iv).”



George Hardin Brown, Stanford University, USA. 

Project report: “The Revision of Laistner-King, A Hand-List of Bede Manuscripts.”


Michelle P. Brown, University of London, UK

“Imagining the Exotic: Insular Attitudes to the Cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East


Paul Cavill, University of Nottingham, UK.

“The Battle of Brunanburh in Ancient and Modern Imagination.”



Peter Darby, University of Leicester, UK.

“‘Living Scriptures’: Visual Images for Instruction in the Age of Bede.”


Craig Davis, Smith College, USA.

Beowulf, Jordanes and the Statue of Theoderic at Aachen.”



Nicole Guenther Discenza, University of South Florida, USA.

“Fruitful Wastes in Beowulf, Guthlac A, and Andreas.”


Helen Foxhall Forbes, University of Leicester, UK. 

O Domine libera animam meam! Visualizing Purgatory in Anglo-Saxon England.”


Martin Foys, Drew University, USA. 

“Hearing the Bell in Anglo-Saxon England.”


Jay Gates, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA.

“Display or Dumping: The Visibility of Eadric Streona’s Execution.”


Anna Gannon, University of Cambridge

Plenary lecture: “A Debt and an Honour: New Approaches to Coin Studies.”


Tom Hall, University of Notre Dame, USA. 

"Consonance in Old English Poetry."


Carole Hough, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. 

“Bottoms and Buttocks: Place-names and Semantic Change in Old English.”


Matthew Hussey, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

“Scarlet Letters: The Old English Daniel and the Materiality of Writing.”


Christopher A. Jones, The Ohio State University, USA.

“The Text of the "Exeter Benedictional" (London, British Library, Add. 28188).”


Alice Jorgensen, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

“Historicizing Emotion: Two Old English Saint’s Lives and the ‘Shame-Rage Spiral’.”


Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, USA.

“Not Wanting to Escape out of the Snare as a Sparrow: The Importance of Being Embodied in the Old English Seven    Sleepers.”


Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds, UK.

“The Nunburnhome Cross: A Visual Palimpsest.”


Johanna Kramer, University of Missouri – Columbia, USA.

“Coming Back to the ‘Disappearing Christ’: The Liminal Theology of Christ’s Ascension in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Art.”


Leslie Lockett, The Ohio State University, USA.

“Models of Mental Activity in Old English and Old Saxon Poetry.”


Rosalind Love, University of Cambridge, UK.

“The Consolation of Diversity: Reading Glossed Boethius in Tenth-Century England.”


Kathryn Lowe, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

“Sight and Sound: The Visual and the Vernacular in Anglo-Saxon Charters.”


Colin Mackenzie, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

“Comparing Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse ‘Minds’.”


Nicole Marafioti, Trinity University, USA.

“Translating a Conqueror: Svein Forkbeard’s Posthumous Homecoming in the Encomium Emmae Reginae.”


Nathan Mertes, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. 

“Letters of Lore: Runic Materiality and Linguistic Atavism in the First Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn.”


Alessandra Molinari, Università degli Studi "Carlo Bo," Urbino, Italy.

“Visualizing the Invisible: Somatic Cosmology in MS Junius 11.”


Rory Naismith, Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK. 

“Kings, Moneyers and Royal Imagery in the Late Eighth Century: Offa's Coinage in Context.”


Brian O'Camb, Indiana University Northwest, USA.

“Christ’s þeoden-stol in Advent Lyric XI and the Illustrated Frontispiece of King Edgar’s Privilege for New Minster, Winchester.”


Karin Olsen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

“Earthworms, Fire Serpents and Visual Poetics in Old English Poetry.”



Gale R. Owen-Crocker, The University of Manchester, UK.

Project report: “The Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Project.”


Carol Braun Pasternack, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

Seo gemengnes þæs flæsces: The Responsa of Gregory the Great and the Junius Genesis.”


Mo Pareles, New York University, USA.

Maccabees and the Problem of Meat in Ælfric.”



Andrew Rabin, University of Louisville, USA.

“Holy Bodies, Legal Matters: Law, Gender, and the Anti-Monastic Reaction.”


Daniel C. Remein, New York University, USA.

Fell ne flæsc: Flæsc and the Poetics of Visibility in the Exeter Book Riddles.”



Mercedes Salvador-Bello, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.

“Visualizing the Animal World in Eusebius’s Enigmata: the Isidorean Classification Method Disclosed.”


Maggie Scott, University of Salford, UK. 

“Place-Names and the Visual Imagination.”


Annina Seiler, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

“Factual and Fictional Inscriptions: Literacy and the Visual Imagination in Anglo-Saxon England.”


Philip Shaw, University of Leicester, UK.

“Early Anglo-Saxon Letter-Forms: The Evidence of Coin Epigraphy.”


Peter Stokes, King's College London, UK.

“Measuring the Immeasurable? A New Approach to the Study of Medieval Script.”


Robert Upchurch, University of North Texas, USA.

“Ælfric’s Pastoral Imaginary: Shepherding the Shepherds in the Ways of Pastoral Care.”


Leslie Webster, the British Museum

Plenary lecture: “Image, Identity and the Staffordshire Hoard.”