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Lake Mendota


On behalf of ISAS and the conference organizing committees, I offer you a warm welcome to Madison, Wisconsin, and the Society's 2011 conference. Participation in this event provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and learn from our colleagues in the profession, establish dialogues with them, and initiate both short-term collaborations and lifelong friendships.

This year’s conference theme, "Anglo-Saxon England and the Visual Imagination,” provides unique opportunities for the sharing of insights and discoveries having to do with visible or material things, whether as approached through such disciplines as archaeology, art history, manuscript studies, and the history of the book, or with relation to new directions in historical and literary studies.

The conference will begin at 6 pm on Sunday, 31 July, with a rooftop reception at the Pyle Center, overlooking Lake Mendota. It will end with a banquet on Friday evening, August 5. Conference sessions will take place through the day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Additional receptions will take place in the Pyle Center and in the University Library. There will be a choice of two midweek excursions into the beautiful countryside outside the City of Madison. One of these will take in Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s celebrated studio  and home. Those who wish to see more of the region after the formal close of the conference are invited to take part in a two-day excursion exploring some of the leading architectural and artistic treasures of Chicago and Milwaukee.

The conference will be preceded on July 29-30 by a pre-conference graduate-student workshop on “Making (and Theorizing) the Early Medieval Book.” Enrollment in the workshop is limited to fifteen persons who were selected in an international competition this past spring. For details click here.

The conference (with its pre-conference workshop) is hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Madison with support from the President of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin Library, the Department of English, the Department of Art History, the Program in Medieval Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Center for Visual Studies, and the Anonymous Fund.

While you’re in Madison, be sure to enjoy the city’s various lakefronts and attractions. Conference accommodations are right by the shore of Lake Mendota and the Library Mall of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, within walking distance to the State of Wisconsin Capitol, the cafes of State Street, the Overture Center for the Arts, lakeside paths, nightlife, and numerous ethnic restaurants. Take time to absorb the sights and sounds of our city to learn why it consistently is ranked near the top of lists of "America’s most liveable cites." We hope you enjoy the conference and your visit.


John Niles

John D. Niles


International Society of Anglo-Saxonists