The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium aims to
foster intellectual exchange among faculty and graduate students whose
interests embrace the language, literature, and culture of early
medieval England. Currently based in Columbia, New York University, the University of Rhode Island,
Rutgers, UC Berkeley, and King's College London, the Colloquium seeks to expand the resources available to
Anglo-Saxonists from these universities and other institutions in the
area, and also to create a welcoming intellectual community for anyone
who is interested in Anglo-Saxon studies.
To join our email list, please send a
message to: ASSC@columbia.edu
Core Faculty Committee: Patricia Dailey,
Columbia University; Kathleen Davis, University of Rhode Island; Stacy Klein,
Rutgers University; Clare Lees, King's College, University of London; Haruko Momma, New York University; Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, UC Berkeley.
Sponsored by: The Department of English and
Comparative Literature, Columbia University; The Office of the Dean for
the Humanities, FAS, New York University; The Department of English, Rutgers University; University of Rhode Island; The Department of English, UC Berkeley.
CURRENT COURSES OF INTEREST in
Consortium Universities (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)
PAST COURSES OF INTEREST in
ASSC Graduate Student Bios
The following events have been scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic
year. Further details will be added in due course. To learn about past events with ASSC, from Fall 2004 to Spring 2011 click here.
| Andrew Rabin (University of Louisville)
"Holy Bodies, Legal Matters:
Theorizing Law and Gender in an Early Medieval Saint's Life"
at Rutgers University
6:00 pm, Murray Hall, 302
| Nicholas Sparks (University of Cambridge)
"The Theft and Dismemberment of Ancient Codices: Two Case Studies
at Columbia University
2:40-3:55pm, Hamilton Hall, 503
This is the story of the theft and mutilation of two medieval English manuscripts. The first a copy of Ælfric's
Grammar and Glossary from Exeter, now MS Hh.1.10 in Cambridge University Library. The second, the Codex Amiatinus,
the best, oldest, and only complete surviving Latin Bible from before the time of Charlemagne.
How did these books come into being? What clues might dismemberment provide?
Neither manuscript bears any obvious indications of its provenance nor of circumstances of their dismemberment; however, these companion pieces allow us to think about books and their production as historical processes conditioned by time, space, and materials.
They are not lifeless objects, but artifacts with stories to tell,
often with cultural, political, social, and economic significance.
| Carol Braun Pasternack (UC Santa Barbara) two events:
"Bloodlines: Purity, Warfare and the Procreative Family in Bede's Historia
at Columbia University
4:30 pm, Reception to follow
Email for rsvp and readings: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Remaking Sex: The Holy Family and the Rest of Us in 'The Advent Lyrics'"
Workshop at Rutgers University
Murray Hall, 207
For readings, please contact email@example.com
|Feb 24 & 25
Friday & Saturday
| Eighth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference|
Conference Website: http://graduatemedievalists.org/assc.html
For full schedule see Conference Poster
All talks to be held in 300 Wheeler Hall
Friday, 24 February
5:00 Keynote - We Philologists
Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Department of Classics, Harvard University
Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Reception to follow in 330 Wheeler Hall
Saturday, 25 February
9:30 Light breakfast & registration
10:15 Opening Remarks
10:30 Session I: Words, Words, Words: Lexical Approaches to Old English
Dave Wilton, University of Toronto
You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means: Fæhð in Beowulf
David Pedersen, Fordham University
Wyrd in the Old English Poem Solomon and Saturn II
Leonard Neidorf, Harvard University
Beow in Beowulf: New Evidence for an Old Emendation
Respondent: Jacob Hobson, UC Berkeley
12:00 Lunch 330 Wheeler Hall
1:30 Session II: Where Did the Middle Ages Go? The Modern Reception of Anglo-Saxon England
Peter Buchanan, University of Toronto
Caedmon and the Gift of Song in Black Mountain Poetics
Joseph Livingstone, New York University
Like solid rocks: Language, Nature and the Nature of Language
Annie Abrams, New York University
Mutilated Remains: Longfellows Historicized Anglo-Saxons
Respondent: Marcos Garcia, UC Berkeley
3:00 Coffee break 330 Wheeler Hall
3:30 Session III: The Form of the Content: Formal Approaches to Old English Literature
Kathryn Jagger, University College London
Words for Learning in Alfreds Preface to the Pastoral Care: Philology and the History of Intellectualism in West Saxon Literature
Leslie Carpenter, Fordham University
A New English Verse Form: Poems of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle"
Emile Young, New York University
Runes, Wisdom, and Textual Transmission
Respondent: Jennifer Lorden, UC Berkeley
5:00 Banquet 330 Wheeler Hall please RSVP by 16 February if planning to attend
| Catherine Sanok (University of Michigan)|
Workshop: "Rethinking Community in the Middle Ages"
at Columbia University with Patricia Dailey (Columbia)
conference room, 602 Philosophy Hall, 10 am to 1pm, lunch following
This workshop pairs medieval texts (the South English Legendary and Ælfric's Colloquy in the faculty-led discussion)
with and against theoretical work on community (Jean-Luc Nancy, Maurice Blanchot, Saskia Sassen, Arjun Appadurai).
To what extent does critical theory help us question and model how we think about constellations of and identifications with community in the Middle Ages?
What are the limits of theoretical models --- as well as of those of medieval texts? The workshop will involve presentations and discussions
led by faculty, followed by student-led presentations and discussion. Students are welcome to present on texts of their choosing.
Presenters: Brigit McGuire (CU), Anna Kelner (CC), Erik Wade (Rutgers), Mary Kate Hurley (CU).
Co-sponsored by the Medieval Guild
| Seth Lerer (UC San Diego)|
"Authenticity and Aesthetics: George Hickes and the Idea of Anglo-Saxon Poetry"
at New York University
13-19 University Place, Room 222
2:00 pm, Reception to follow
Co-sponsored by The Medieval and Renaissance Center, NYU, Distinguished Lecture Series, together with
the Department of English, NYU, and in collaboration with the Medieval Forum
| POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2012 |
Jay Gates (John Jay College)
"Cleaving to God: Sovereignty and the Legal Individual in Cnut's Laws"
at Columbia University
10am-12pm 408A Philosophy, Lunch following
The dialogue surrounding "political theology" examines the
intersections of the common foundations of politics and religion
and the mobilization of groups. Carl Schmitt focused on the
political use of myth to legitimate the sovereign. Pushing against
such legitimation, Walter Benjamin examined how rulers exploit a
narrative of the past to justify their rule in the present. And it
was out of this dialogue that Ernst Kantorowicz developed his The
King's Two Bodies: A Study in Mediaeval Political Theology. However,
what has been largely absent from all such discussions is the role
of the individual. Following the change in the laws drafted by
Wulfstan for Æthelred and Cnut regarding mutilation, I show that
Cnut’s negotiation for legitimacy required a practical understanding
of the active subject that can interact with the law. It established
mutual personal obligations between sovereign and subject intended
to hold the society together, bind all within a Christian political
theology, and through a series of mechanisms, maintain every subject
as unexceptional, within society and law.
"How Best to Study Old English Language and Literature (and Why)"
at New York University
13-19 University Place
Workshop from 12:45-2:45 pm in Room 222
Reception to follow in Room 229
Fred C. Robinson (Yale University; A Guide to Old English), Peter S. Baker (University of Virginia, Introduction to Old English),
Robert Hasenfratz (University of Connecticut, Reading Old English), Michael Matto (Adelphi University, The Word Exchange)
Discussants: Martin L. Chase (Fordham, faculty), Heide Estes (Monmouth, faculty), Stacy Klein (Rutgers, faculty), Mo Pareles (NYU, Ph.D. candidate), Christine Venderbosch (Yale, Ph.D. candidate), Audrey Walton (Columbia, Ph.D. candidate), Erica Weaver (Columbia, undergraduate), Eric Weiskott (Yale, Ph.D. candidate), E. Gordon Whatley (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, Faculty), Evan Wilson (NYU, undergraduate)