My first conference of the summer will be the Middle Ages in the Modern World conference at the University of Lincoln. I attended this conference when it was held at the University of St. Andrews in the summer of 2013, and I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a conference experience so much. I’ll be presenting in Panel 3C–Medievalism and the Modern Novel–on Wednesday, 1st July from 3 to 4:30. My paper will focus on Paul Kingsnorth’s novel The Wake, and will explore modern understandings of 1066 and the Anglo-Saxon relationship to nature.
I’ll also be attending the International Medieval Congress at Leeds for the second time, and I’m very much looking forward to reconnecting with friends and learning from colleagues from across the world. I’ll be presenting in panel 801–More Than A Feeling?: Anglo-Saxons on Emotions–on Tuesday, 7th July from 4:30 to 6. My paper, “‘The Work Of Giants’: Nationalism and Nostalgia in the Old English Ruin” stems from research conducted while writing my dissertation. Please do come by if you’ll be in Leeds!