CFP for Kalamazoo 2018

ASIMS requests proposals for two of our sessions at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (colloquially known as “Kalamazoo”):

Early Ireland in a Roman Context

This session of papers will be co-hosted with The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe. Even though Ireland was not a Roman colony and always on the outskirts of the Empire, nevertheless there was Roman influence. With Christianization came Roman language, culture, and texts. This session wishes to explore Ireland and it’s relationship to Rome in the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods addressing issues of influence, perception, identity, transmission, syncretism, and related issues. This session will be chaired by Dr Deanna Forsman (North Hennepin Community College).

Living and Dying in Viking-Age Ireland

New research from archaeology, bioarchaeology, historical and literary writing and more, reveal much about the inhabitants of the Viking towns in Ireland. Scholarship can now focus on close-up views of the people who lived and died at these sites. This session seeks to include topics ranging from everyday economies, lives of women, the violent deaths of men, and more, to provide us with insights about living and dying in Viking-Age Ireland. This will be chaired by Dr James Lyttleton (Maynooth University).

Please submit abstracts to Dr James Lyttleton

Conference of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies

Glenstal Abbey, September 22nd–September 24th, 2017

Comhdháil Éireann An Cumann Meiriceánach um Léann na Meánaoise Éireannaí

Mainistir Ghleann Stáil, 22ú Mheán Fomhair–24ú Deireadh Fomhair

Thursday 21st September (Dublin events)

17.30: Evensong at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
18.30: ASIMS Reception in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Deanery (generously hosted by William Morton, the dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral).

Friday 22nd September

Conference attendees make their own way to Glenstal (Glenstal is c. 3hrs from Dublin).
18.00 Registration and Welcome
19.15 Supper with Monastic Community

20.00: Keynote Address: Colmán Ó Clabaigh (Glenstal Abbey), ‘When Brothers Live in Unity’: the Eucharist and Social Cohesion in Late Medieval Ireland.

21.30: Reception

Saturday 23rd September

Breakfast 07.30

8.30-10.00 Session 1

  • Speaker 1: Brian Ó Broin (William Paterson U, NJ), How did the Early Irish Saints Acquire Land for their Establishments?
  • Speaker 2: Westley Follett (U of Southern Mississippi), Holy Men From the Sea: Origins of Monastic Life in Ireland.
  • Speaker 3: Laura McCloskey Wolfe (George Mason U, VA), Exploring Meditatio and Memoria in Ireland through the Book of Durrow: Theological and Artistic Traditions Intersect in Manuscript Illumination.

10.00-10.30 Coffee/Tea in the Library

10.30-12.00 noon Session 2

  • Speaker 4: Fiona Beglane (with James Bonsall) (IT Sligo), Dísert: a Place Apart.
  • Speaker 5: Jimmy Schryver (U of Minnesota), Inhabiting the Landscape: The O’Conors and their Integration with the Land in Late-Medieval Ireland.
  • Speaker 6: Miriam Clyne (U of Dublin), The Landscape and Settlement of Kilmacduagh: Change and Continuity.

12.10 Conventual Mass in the Abbey Church
12.45 Lunch in the school’s boardroom

14.00 – 15.30 Session 3

  • Speaker 7: Thomas Finan (Saint Louis U, MO), Medieval Lough Key Archaeological Project, 2014-17: A Study of a Gaelic Lordship in the Thirteenth Century.
  • Speaker 8: James Lyttleton (Independent Scholar), Scottish settlement in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-century Ulster, an Archaeological Perspective.
  • Speaker 9: D Blair Gibson (El Camino College, CA) and Susan Saul (California State U, Los Angeles), Viewing Maya Political Systems through Irish Eyes.

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee/Tea, in the library

16.30 – 17.30 Session 4

  • Speaker 10: Katja Ritari (U of Helsinki), Remembering the Saints in Félire Oengusso.
  • Speaker 11: Nora White (U of Limerick), Layout, Carving and Epigraphy of Ogham in Ireland.
  • Speaker 12: Niamh Wycherley (NUI, Galway), The Enduring Power of the Cult of Relics — an Early Irish Perspective.

18.00 Monastic Vespers
19.15 Supper with the Monastic Community

Sunday 24th September

Sunday 10.00: Conventual Mass

11.15 – 12.15 Session 5

  • Speaker 13: Margaret Murphy (Carlow College), Objects and Identity: a Consideration of ‘Things’ in Late-Medieval Ireland.
  • Speaker 14: Emerson Storm Richards (Indiana U), Apocalypse, Then: A Comparative Analysis of Ninth through Thirteenth Century Irish, Carolingian, and Anglo-Norman Representations of Apocalypse in the Visual Cultures.

Sunday 12.30: Outing/Field Trip to Cashel, Holy Cross, and Athassel, led by Br. Colmán Ó Clabaigh.

Conference Organizing Committee

Brian Ó Broin
Shannon Ambrose
James Lyttleton

Conference Fees

Residential Accommodation is now full.
Registration (includes attendance at lectures and presentations, teas, coffees, and snacks): €100/$110 (Unwaged: €80/$90).
If you plan to register, please notify Brian Ó Broin ( by the 15th September.

Nearby accommodation can be found by contacting the Abbey. The Abbey recommends the following venues for non-residential delegates wishing to stay over. Please contact the venues directly and make your own arrangements.

B&B: Rinnaknock (beside the Abbey): 061 386 189
B&B: Millbank (some 5 miles distance): 061 386 115
Hotel: Kilmurry Lodge (nr University of Limerick): 061 331 133
Hotel: Castle Oaks (Castleconnell): 061 377 666

Getting to Glenstal Abbey:
We plan to run a minibus from Dublin on Friday morning, returning on Monday morning. Please let Brian Ó Broin know if you plan to take the minibus (

Conference Flyer

Please feel free to download and distribute our conference flyer and schedule.


ASIMS is a multi-disciplinary society promoting trans-Atlantic collaboration in research on medieval Ireland. The Society sponsors regular panels for current Irish research at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Kalamazoo, MI, and is represented at regional conferences in the USA, such as the South-Eastern Medievalists Association (SEMA). The Society publishes Eolas as its peer-reviewed annual journal, volume 10 appearing in May 2017.

The Ireland Conference 2017 is the third meeting of the Society in Ireland, and will present leading scholarship on the period between 500AD and 1650 AD from medievalists working in Europe and North America.

For more information, see or email:

CFP ASIMS Conference

Call for Papers: The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies Irish Conference

Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick,
September 22nd-24th, 2017

The Ireland Conference of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies is the second meeting of the Society in Ireland, and it hopes to advance leading scholarship on the period between c. 500-1650 AD from medievalists working in Ireland and the United States. The organizers welcome proposals for the 2017 congress on papers addressing any aspect of medieval Irish studies. Possible topics of exploration might include settlement and landscape studies, monastic practice and foundation, hagiography, gender theory, ecocritical approaches, material culture, law, Hiberno-Latin textual culture, or medieval Anglo-Irish texts.

Interested participants should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr. Brian Ó Broin, President of ASIMS, at by March 1st, 2017. Those who submit proposals will be notified of their acceptance by March 31st, 2017.

ASIMS is a multi-disciplinary society promoting trans-Atlantic collaboration in research on medieval Ireland. The Society sponsors regular panels for current Irish research at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Kalamazoo, MI, and is represented at regional conferences in the USA, such as the South-Eastern Medievalists Association (SEMA). In addition, ASIMS publishes Eolas, a peer reviewed journal advancing the interdisciplinary and international study of Irish medieval studies. Eolas is cataloged by EBSCO and available in digital format at JSTOR.

Please feel free to download and distribute the conference poster.

CFP for Kalamazoo 2017

We are looking for more contributors to two of our sessions sponsored by ASIMS for the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo 2017. Prospective presenters can contact Dr James Lyttleton at

‘The Life Course in Medieval Ireland’

Life is marked by various stages: birth, childhood, the coming of age, marriage, the raising of a family, old age and death. Although correlated with the biological processes of aging, each stage is also characterised by different kinds of knowledge, social roles, and symbolic meanings. The ways in which medieval society marked transitions between stages such as childhood with social rituals has recently become a topic of great interest to scholars, and this session shows how this cultural narrative of aging helped shape the everyday experience in medieval Ireland. Scholars in this session draw upon literary sources and material remains to provide insights and commentary on aspects of the life course in early and late medieval Ireland. This session will include contributions from the fields of history, literary studies, art history and archaeology, and will be chaired by Dr James Schryver (University of Miinesota, Morris).

Roundtable session ‘Pedagogical Approaches to Medieval Irish Studies’

As medieval studies and Irish studies become more popular at the university level, scholars teaching these courses draw on increasingly varied perspectives. We bring ideas into our classes inspired by archaeology, architecture, art history, literary studies and history, among many others. Courses can involve workshops, field trips, project based learning, and various ‘hands-on’ activities and assignments. These types of work build the students’ knowledge base, increase their understanding of the Middle Ages, and deliver a more enhanced learning experience. Digital humanities, building on the strengths of traditional scholarship, has also contributed to new ways of delivering course content. This roundtable session seeks to share various perspectives on teaching these subjects, including the incorporation of new pedagogical approaches in the classroom. This will be chaired by Dr James Lyttleton.

ASIMS is also co-sponsoring a session with The Heroic Age:

Echoes of Columbanus

Contact: Deanna Forsman North Hennepin Community College 7411 85th Ave. North Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 Phone: 763-488-0405

The Irish ascetic Columbanus is the most famous example of the classic peregrinus: an individual who chooses a life of exile among foreigners as a form of religious devotion. Columbanus is also famous for his monastic establishments and Rule, as well as his interactions with royalty and the bishop of Rome. This session seeks to further explore the long-term influence of Columbanus in multiple venues. Papers will examine the influence of the Columbanian Rule on ascetic practice, the relationship between monastery and royalty, sources of spiritual authority, the practice of peregrinatio, etc.

Indefinable Boundaries

Call for Papers

MLA in Philadelphia, January 2017

Indefinable Boundaries: Session Co-Sponsored by Old English and Celtic Studies

The conference theme for 2017 encourages us to define boundaries. We should like to explore those phenomena within which, or between which, boundaries are indefinable. For instance, dialects are clearest at their geographical and cultural centers, but dissipate as they meld into neighboring dialects. Genres become indistinct as they approach each other, as do fictional and non-fictional narratives. Transitional periods, genders, genres, influences, literacies, and more—all exhibit boundary-defying characteristics. In that spirit, we invite papers that explore the permeability of boundaries and the ways in which borders resist definition.

Submit 300-word abstracts to by March 15th, please.

The Material World of the Early Middle Ages

Call for Papers

Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
October 7–9, 2016

Keynote Speakers:SEMA-2016-Call for Papers
Paul Edward Dutton (Simon Fraser University)
Robin Fleming (Boston College)
Thomas F. X. Noble (University of Notre Dame, Emeritus)

Scholars have long relied upon material evidence in order to understand the early Middle Ages. With the “material turn” of recent years in Medieval Studies, we invite early medievalists of all disciplines and specialization to a conference meant to examine, question, and build upon recent work on materiality. We seek to explore the whole world of the early Middle Ages by including papers that discuss the ways in which early medieval people experienced, altered, and were transformed by the material. By “material,” we include objects, artworks, buildings, texts, and other tangible items that survived as well as the “materials” discussed in texts or found in the natural world that we know existed but have been lost to time, decay, and change. We welcome a range of papers that will investigate this “world” expansively from a variety of vantage points such as the natural world, the materiality of the human body, the built environment, society, religion, and the imagination.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Valerie Garver ( or Lynda Coon ( via email attachment. On your abstract please provide name, institution, and the title of your proposal.

Abstracts are due June 1, 2016.

ACIS 2016

The University of Notre Dame will be hosting ACIS (the American Conference for Irish Studies: from March 30th to April 3rd, 2016, with the theme, ‘The Worlding of Irish Studies’. Given Notre Dame’s investment in medieval studies and the success of the interlinked series of ‘Cultures of the North Sea’ panels at last year’s Medieval Academy, a series of linked medieval panels at ACIS under the broad umbrella of ‘Medieval Ireland in its Transnational Contexts’ is being organized by Amy Mulligan (Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies) and Lindy Brady (A.W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow, Medieval Institute). Really, what this means is that we’re planning a medieval ‘conference within a conference’ and would like to feature as many medievalist voices at ACIS as possible.

We are therefore seeking abstracts for papers on any aspect of medieval Irish studies. Some topics which we already know will be represented include panels on Hiberno-Latin textual culture, saints, gender and emotion, origin legends, place-lore and landscape, ecocritical approaches, specific texts (Táin, Buile Shuibhne, Acallam, Cogadh Gael re Gallaib, etc.) material culture, Viking Age Ireland, law, and medieval Anglo-Irish literature. We welcome abstracts for papers on these and other topics with the goal of making ACIS a productive conference for medievalists working on and around Ireland.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals of 250 words or less is November 15. Paper or panel proposals can be submitted directly to ACIS (, but we also encourage you to contact us directly with questions, queries, or abstracts, as we may be able to facilitate the placement of individual papers in pre-organized sessions. Please be in touch ( and with any questions, and we hope to see you at Notre Dame this spring!

Church & Settlement Conference Details

Originally posted Jan 26, 2015, 6:52 AM by ASIMS America-Ireland [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 7:21 AM ]

Please find attached the programme for the upcoming thematic conference on Church and Settlement in Ireland: Landscape, Life, Legacy. Abstracts of the papers are available at

The conference has been organised by the GSIHS in association with the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies. It will take place in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin from Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March.

Full conference Registration costs €80 (€50 for students). Single day registration is available for €30.

You may register for the conference online by credit card using PayPal by clicking on the following link:

Registration may also be paid by sending a cheque to the treasurer – Dr David Fleming, Department of History, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

Hotel standard B&B accommodation at All Hallows can be booked at the rate of €50 per night. Email Phone +353-1 852 0754.

For conference attendees who are arriving in Ireland a little earlier, a field trip to the Boyne River Valley is being organised for Thursday 26 February. Led by field experts Dr. Matthew Stout and Dr. Geraldine Stout, the tour will take in prominent medieval sites in the region: Bective Abbey, Slane, Mellifont and Monasterboice. A courtesy minibus is being provided, departing from All Hallows College at 9am, Thursday 26 February, arriving back by 6pm. There will be no fee, but people will need to book their place in advance. Please send an e-mail to Dr James Lyttleton at no later than Thursday 12 February.