LASS 2017: The London Anglo-Saxon Symposium

Saturday, 25 March 2017, Chancellor's Hall, Senate House

The London Anglo-Saxon Symposium is an opportunity for the general public and members of academic institutions to come together and share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for Anglo-Saxon England.  This year, our sixth, the theme is 'Animals'.  We will be looking at the Anglo-Saxons' relationships with animals from a number of angles, starting with some of the ways in which they represented animals in their art and literature, then looking at their use of animals in hunting and farming, and moving on to a handling session and discussion of animal products.  We will end  with a wine reception.


2.00pm    Registration and Tea/Coffee

2.45pm    Welcome and Opening

                Helen Brookman (KCL), "Connecting Old English with Broader Communities"

3.00pm    Representing Animals

                Paper 1: Carol Farr (Independent), "The Representation of Animals in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts"

                Paper 2: Corinne Dale (RHUL), "Animals in the Old English Riddles"

                Paper 3: Hana Videen (KCL), "The Deor-hord Project: A Modern and Medieval Bestiary"

4.30pm    Tea/Coffee Break

4.50pm    Using Animals

                Paper 1: Eric Lacey (Winchester), "Hawks and Birds"

                Paper 2: Debby Banham (Cambridge), "Animal Husbandry"

5.50pm    Workshop and Handling Session

                Animal products with Ken Rochester and Ann Jefferies from the Old English Gesithas

6.10pm    Closing Remarks and Wine Reception


  • £15 Standard rate
  • £10 Concessions (students / unwaged / retirees)


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This conference is generously supported by Birkbeck, University of London, University College London, King's College London, Royal Holloway, University of London and the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.