The American Society for Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS) seeks to engage a diverse group of medievalists in broad scholarly conversations about Ireland and its relationship to Britain and the continent. To that end, we have sponsored sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies since our foundation. Below are the current proposed sessions as well as sessions which ASIMS has sponsored in past years.
Art and Material Culture in Medieval Ireland: Papers in Memory of John Bradley I
Art and Material Culture in Medieval Ireland: Papers in Memory of John Bradley II (The Robert T. Farrell Lecture)
Easter 1916: Revolutionary Medievalists, the Celtic Revival, and the Cultural War for Irish Independence (A Roundtable) (Co-sponsored with the Roinn Theanga agus Litríocht na Gaeilge—Department of Irish Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame)
Female Tricksters (Co-sponsored with MEARCSTAPA)
The American Society for Irish Medieval Studies sponsored two sessions in 2015.
The first session will be the Robert T. Farrell Lecture, which is named after the distinguished former Professor of English, Archaeology and Medieval Studies at Cornell University, in honor of his commitment to multi-disciplinary research in medieval Ireland and his convivial approach to academic pursuits. Professor Farrell had wide ranging interests: everything from the Ruthwell Cross to Viking art and archaeology to Chaucer and Tolkien received his attention, and above all he was interested in the perception and reception of items and texts that formed the core of his academic work. ASIMS seeks to continue that work in both its breadth and range. This session is the keystone of ASIMS’ contributions to the International Medieval Congress and will be chaired by Dr. Lahney Preston-Matto (Adelphi University). The lecture itself consists of a 45 minute address, followed by a 20 minute presentation from a second speaker, and a response from a third speaker.
The second session will be entitled Celebrations in the Heroic Age and is organized in association with The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe. In honor of the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, this session will explore the varied ways in which medieval peoples celebrated and commemorated the major events of their lives. Archaeologists, historians, and literary scholars will discuss the ways in which events such as birth, marriage, and death were marked in medieval society, as well as how significant political and religious events were celebrated in commemorative rituals. This session will be chaired by Dr. Deanna Forsman (North Hennepin Community College).