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Conferences

Conferences are a vital element of academic life. Here is an overview of the conferences I have organised (or am currently organising) and a list of conference papers I have presented.

Conference organisation

  • Scholarly Correspondence on Medieval Germanic Language and Literature (17 November, 2017)

An international symposium on scholarly correspondence at Leiden University. Part of the research project Pieter Jakob Cosijn’s Correspondence and Scholarly Collaboration at the End of the Nineteenth Century. Organised with Amos van Baalen and Jodie Mann (both leiden University).

  • Three sessions on ‘Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles’ during International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (3-6 July, 2017)
Sessions 101 (Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles, I: Medical Perspectives on Ageing, Gender, and Physical Change), 201 (Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles, II: The Life Course as Narrative in Old English Literature) and 301 (Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles, III: Shameless Students and Invisible Bastards – Cross-Generational Dynamics of Pedagogy and Inheritance) at the twenty-third International Medieval Congress in Leeds. Organised with Hattie Soper (University of Cambridge).
  • Thirty-Eighth Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries (16 December, 2016)

A national symposium for scholars in the fields of Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics connected to universities and polytechnics in the Low Countries. Keynote speaker: prof. Winfried Rudolf (Universität Göttingen). Sole organiser.

  • 7th Unquendor Lustrum Conference 2016: Tolkien among Scholars (18 June, 2016)

An international Tolkien conference, jointly organised by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society and the Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor. Keynote speakers: prof.dr. Thomas M. Honegger (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena) and prof.dr. Paul J. Smith (Leiden University), Organised with Jan van Breda and Renée Vink (both Unquendor). Conference website.

  • Junius Symposium voor jonge Oudgermanisten II (7 Apil, 2016)

A national symposium for young scholars of the history, culture and language of the Old Germanic tribes in the early Middle Ages. Keynote speaker: dr. Guus Kroonen (Københavns Universitet). Organised with Peter Alexander Kerkhof (Leiden University). Conference website.

  • Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Saxonists: Symposium in Honour of Rolf H. Bremmer Jr. (29 January, 2016)

An international symposium on the occasion of the retirement of Rolf H. Bremmer Jr. as Professor of English Philology at Leiden University. Keynote speaker: Tom Shippey (Saint Louis University). Organised with Luisella Caon and Erik Kwakkel (both Leiden University). Report.

  • Thirty-Seventh Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries (18 December, 2015)

A national symposium for scholars in the fields of Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics connected to universities and polytechnics in the Low Countries. Keynote speaker: prof. Elizabeth Archibald (University of Durham). Organised with Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr. (Leiden University). Report.

  • Junius Symposium voor jonge Oudgermanisten (24 Apil, 2015)

A national symposium for young scholars of the history, culture and language of the Old Germanic tribes in the early Middle Ages. Keynote speaker: Han Nydam (Fryske Akademie). Organised with Peter Alexander Kerkhof (Leiden University). Conference website and report.

  • LUCAS Graduate Conference 2015 ‘Breaking the Rules! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions’ (29-30 January, 2015)

An international conference for PhD students in the humanities, from Leiden as well as other universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Keynote speakers: prof. Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) and prof. Barbara H. Rosenwein (Loyola University Chicago). Organised with Wieneke Jansen, Nouzha Baba, Cui Chen and Katarzyna Durys (all Leiden University). Conference website and report.

  • Thirty-Sixth Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries (19 December, 2014)

A national symposium for scholars in the fields of Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics connected to universities and polytechnics in the Low Countries. Keynote-speaker: prof. Susan Irvine (UCL, London). Organised with Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr. (Leiden University). Report.

Conference keynotes

  1. ‘Medieval Medicine and the Human Life Cycle: Curing Old Age in Medieval England’, Science Days  Internal Medicine Erasmus MC 2017, Antwerp (12-13 January, 2017)

Conference papers

  1. ‘Oudgermanistiek uit de archieven: De correspondentie van P.J. Cosijn (1840-1899) en een Oudengels gedicht van G.J.P.J. Bolland (1854-1922)’, Oudgermanistendag, Utrecht (20 May, 2017)
  2. ‘Will It Blend? Anglo-Saxons, Missionaries, Vikings and Cultural Blending in Early Medieval England’, Faculteitssymposium Humanities: You Might Be One of Us, Cultural Identity & Change, Leiden University (20-21 April, 2017) 
  3. blanded leornung: Digital Approaches to Teaching Old English’, Annual Meeting of TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland, King’s College London (22 October, 2016)
  4. ‘Of Old People and the Things that Pass: Motifs of Old Age in Old English Homilies’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (4-8 July, 2016)
  5. ‘New roads and secret gates, waiting around the corner: Investigating Tolkien’s other Anglo-Saxon sources’, 7th Unquendor Lustrum Conference: Tolkien among Scholars, Leiden University (18 June, 2016)
  6. ‘Old but not Obsolete: Elderly Heroes and Saints in Anglo-Saxon England’, Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Saxonists: Symposium in Honour of Rolf H. Bremmer Jr, Leiden University (29 January, 2016)
  7. ealde ethelweardas: Beowulf as a Mirror for Elderly Kings’, 27th International Conference of Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature (SELIM), University of Granada (17-19 September, 2015)
  8. hare hilderincas: Old Warriors in Anglo-Saxon England’, MANCASS Easter Conference ‘Manhood in Anglo-Saxon England’, University of Manchester (7-9 April, 2015)
  9. eldo gebunden: Beowulf as a Mirror for Elderly Kings’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (7-10 July, 2014)
  10. gomela iomeowlan: Old Women in Anglo-Saxon England’, MANCASS Easter Conference ‘Womanhood in Anglo-Saxon England’, University of Manchester (15-17 April, 2014)
  11. har hilderinc: The Old Warrior in Anglo-Saxon England’, Thirty-Fifth Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, Leiden University (13 December, 2013)
  12. gomol on gehðo: No Joy for the Anglo-Saxon Elderly’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (1-4 July, 2013)
  13. ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Traces of Anglo-Saxon Culture in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, Dragons & Swords: Fantasy Symposium, Utrecht University (27 March, 2013)
  14. Leeve mooder, leet me in — Attitudes towards Old Age and Death in Medieval English Literature’, LUCAS Graduate Conference 2013 ‘Death, the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life’, Leiden University (25 January, 2013)
  15. ‘Revaluing Ageing in Anglo-Saxon England: Was the early medieval period a golden age for the elderly?’, Second VALUE AGEING seminar ‘Law and Technology Perspectives on Intergenerational Justice’, Free University Brussels (12 October, 2012)
  16. atol yldo: Growing Old in Anglo-Saxon England’, MANCASS Post-Graduate Conference ‘Domesticity in the Anglo-Saxon World’, University of Manchester (5 March, 2012)
  17. ‘De Brederodekroniek’, Symposium Kastelenstichting Holland en Zeeland ‘Yolande van Lalaing’, Leiden University (27 February, 2010)
  18. ‘That Is No Country for Old Men: Anglo-Saxon Connotations of Old Age’, Thirty-First Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, Leiden University, (18 December, 2009)