Strand Definitions: Anglo-Saxon Studies

This strand aims to incorporate work on all aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture in its broadest sense. Papers and sessions in this strand can consider any point of time from the first arrival of Anglo-Saxons in the British Isles up to the Norman Conquest and beyond, including medievalist re-interpretations of the Anglo-Saxon period in modern cultures. The geographical spread of the strand includes Anglo-Saxon England, the kingdoms which border it, and the regions overseas with which it had connections.

In terms of topics and approaches, the strand is designed to accommodate work within and beyond the disciplines. This includes single-disciplinary work from the full range of relevant disciplines, including social, ecclesiastical, economic, and political history, Old English and Anglo-Latin literature, theology, linguistics, art history, architecture, archaeology and material culture, codicology, and palaeography. Interdisciplinary work which cuts across and synthesises more than one disciplinary approach is especially welcome, as is work on broad themes current in Anglo-Saxon scholarship, such as identities, space, cultural transmission and connections.

Anglo-Saxonists are welcome to submit papers and sessions on the special thematic focus for each year's IMC, but are always encouraged to submit on topics unrelated to the year's special focus too. Work on newly-emerging themes as well as linked sessions on a single theme are always particularly welcome.