LASS 2017: The London Anglo-Saxon Symposium

LASS 2017: The London Anglo-Saxon Symposium
25 March 2017, 2.00pm - 6.30pm
Conference / Symposium
The Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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 scholar): "The Representation of Animals in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts"

Paper 2: Corinne Dale (Royal Holloway): "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 fee
  • £10 Concessions (Students / unwaged / retirees)

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This conference is generously supported by Birkbeck, University of London, and the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.


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