Monday 29 October 2012

Literacy, Memory and the Conversion of the Isles

Dr Brittany Schorn writes:

Literacy, Memory and the Conversion of the Isles
November 2-4, 2012 
University College Dublin 

The Leverhulme Trust Converting the Isles network, based in ASNC, looks forward to our next colloquium this week at University College Dublin. Its theme of 'literacy, memory and the conversion of the Isles' will explore conversion and literate culture. We will ask how literacy developed in the context of the spread of Christianity, whether there was ever an independent non-ecclesiastical literate culture, and how we can use written texts to gauge the interaction between Christian and traditional cultures. Please see our website for a full programme, registration information and, in due course, podcasts and other materials from the colloquium. We hope to see you in Dublin!

Monday 22 October 2012

E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture 2012

The 2012 E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Professor of Modern Irish at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The title of his lecture is:

Marriage, Law and Tochmarc Emire ('The Wooing of Emer')

The lecture will take place at 5pm on Thursday 29th November in Room GR 06/07 of the English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge, and will be followed by a wine reception. All welcome.

Edmund Crosby Quiggin (1875-1920) was the first teacher of Celtic in the University of Cambridge. His extraordinarily comprehensive vision of Celtic studies offered an integrated approach to the subject; his combination of philological, literary and historical approaches paralleled those which his older contemporary, H.M. Chadwick, had already demonstrated in his studies of Anglo-Saxon England and which the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic continues to seek to emulate.

Sunday 14 October 2012

Anglo-Saxon Portraits on Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting a series of 'Anglo-Saxon Portraits' in their 'Essay' slot, over thirty programmes (3 sets of ten 15-minute episodes) beginning on Monday 15th October at 10.45pm and continuing into 2013. The first essay, on Vortigern, is by Barry Cunliffe. Further information about the series here. Future programmes are set to cover Augustine of Canterbury (presented by the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams) and King Raedwald (presented by Martin Carver), amongst many other topics. And the episodes should be available from the Radio 3 website via the 'listen again' function.