Converting the Isles

An International Network for the Study of Conversion
to Christianity in the Insular World

Supported by the Leverhulme Trust

 

News and Highlights

  • 'Mapping Conversion', a Pilot Database of Conversion Episodes in Medieval Insular Hagiography, produced with the assistance of the University of Cambridge's Isaac Newton Trust, is now live. To access it, please click here.
  • ANNOUNCING the first volume of Converting the Isles, edited by Dr Roy Flechner and Prof Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, which is now available for pre-order here.
  • READ Dr Roy Flechner's chapter Pope Gregory and the British: mission as a canonical problem, which will appear soon in En marge, ed. H. Bouget and M. Coumert.
  • LISTEN to a podcast of Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Anthropology, in conversation with medievalists at ASNC on 27 February 2014. Professor Robbins revisited some of the issues he discussed in a recently published paper.
  • FOLLOW the evolving conversation between anthropology of conversion and medieval history in a new article by Professor Joel Robbins with a response by Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh.
  • READ the Norwegian version of Dr Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide's chapter The Conversion of Scandinavia, an English translation of which will appear here soon.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sarah Waidler, Julianne Pigott and Robert Gallagher of ASNC who, together with Jennifer Key of the University of St Andrews were awarded a grant from the Newton Trust to pursue research on their project Mapping Miracles: A Database of Motifs in Insular Hagiography.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Dr Roy Flechner, Professor Aidan O Sullivan, and Terry O Hagan of UCD for receiving UCD Seed funding towards their project Becoming Christian in Early Medieval Ireland and Britain: Re-Examining the Textual and Material Evidence. This project is proud to be partnered with Mapping Miracles, above.
  • READ a debate on the origins of St Patrick in the Irish Times, featuring contributors to the Network.
  • LISTEN to podcasts from the Network's colloquium The Isles and the Wider World.
  • READ more about the colloquium on Dr James Palmer's blog, Merovingianworld.
  • FOLLOW the Network on its Twitter account @ConvertingIsles and find us on Facebook.

 

Past Events

  • 7–8 July 2014. For the second year running, the Network sponsored sessions at the Leeds IMC, featuring an international line-up of speakers. For full details and the programme, click here.
  • 3 June 2014. Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh gave a talk titled 'The Hector of Ireland: Medieval myth-making, Clontarf and Troy' at the London Society for Medieval Studies.
  • 27 May 2014. Dr Roy Flechner gave a talk titled 'The Law of the Faith and Faith in the Law: Normative Sources and Conversion History', at the Debating Conversion in Different Historical Contexts Conference of the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters, Ben-Gurion University.
  • 16 May 2014. Dr Roy Flechner spoke on the Gregorian mission to Kent at a conference on the Margins of Continental Europe as part of the Histoires des Bretagnes project at the University of Brest.
  • 2 May 2014. A day conference on Mapping Miracles: A Database of Motifs in Insular Hagiography, organised by Sarah Waidler, Julianne Pigott and Robert Gallagher of ASNC, together with their collaborator from the University of St Andrews, Jennifer Key.
  • 27 February 2014. Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, gave a talk entitled, 'A Discussion on Anthropology and the Study of Christianity'. An audio podcast of the talk is available here. Professor Robbins revisited some of the issues he discussed in a recently published paper which can be accessed here.
  • 17 February 2014. Dr Erik Niblaeus, spoke at the ASNC Graduate Seminar on 'The Liturgy of Medieval Lund: Sources and Influence'.
  • 27 November 2013. A workshop on Aspects of Hagiography and the Hagiography of Conversion took place at the Faculty of English, Cambridge. Speakers included Professor Pádraig Ó Riain, Dr Barry Lewis and Dr Gilbert Márkus.
  • 25 November 2013. Dr Barry Lewis of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies spoke on `Welsh and Irish Elements in the Hagiography of St Cybi of Holyhead', at the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Department's Graduate Seminar at the University of Cambridge.
  • 11 November 2013. Dr Anna Gannon spoke at the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Department's Graduate Seminar.
  • 12 November 2013. Dr Roy Flechner spoke at the Irish Historical Society seminar on 'Conversion to Christianity and social-economic change in the early middle ages: Methodological challenges and the contribution of Insular evidence'.
  • 1 November 2013. Dr Roy Flechner spoke at the Micheál Ó Cléirigh Institute (UCD) seminar on 'Conversion to Christianity, law, and legal status in early medieval Ireland'.
  • 28 October 2013. Dr Immo Warntjes (Queen's University, Belfast) spoke on 'Willibrord the computist: harbinger of the Carolingian renaissance?' at the ASNC Graduate Seminar.
  • 1921 September 2013. The Network held a colloquium on 'The Isles and the Wider World' at the University of Cambridge. See the full programme here, or for podcasts click here.
  • 13 September 2013. Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh spoke on ‘Scandinavian Conversion in the Fragmentary Annals of Ireland’ at the University of Oslo.
  • 12 August 2013. Dr Elizabeth O’Brien spoke on ‘Contacts between Ireland and Britain in the Iron Age/ Early Medieval Peroid, as Revealed by the Irish Burial Record’ at Rathmichael Historical Society. For further information, click here.
  • 3-10 August 2013. Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Dr Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide, and Professor Orri Vésteinsson were contributors at the 17th Viking Congress, Lerwick, Shetland.
  • 29 July–2 August 2013. Dr Roy Flechner presented a report of the Network's progress and Dr Elizabeth O'Brien spoke on 'Mapping the movement of peoples and ideas in Early Medieval Ireland' at the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Conference in Dublin. For full details, click here.
  • 1–4 July 2013. The Network sponsored four sessions at the Leeds IMC on Tuesday, 2 July. For full details and the programme, click here.
  • 17 May 2013. Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by 'Converting the Isles' at the Lunchtime Research Forum, at the University of Cambridge.
  • 14 May 2013. Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin from University College Cork gave a paper entitled 'Recalling Jerusalem, Recalling Rome: The Sacred Topographies of Major Ecclesiastical Sites in Early Medieval Ireland' at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
  • 13 May 2013. Dr Máirín MacCarron from the National University of Ireland, Galway, spoke on 'Saints and Saint-Making: Modern Canonisation and Medieval Hagiography' at the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Department’s Graduate Seminar at the University of Cambridge. 
  • 3 May 2013. Professor Ian Wood gave a special 'Converting the Isles' lecture at the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Seminar at University College Dublin (Newman Building K114) entitled 'What is a Mission?'. You can listen to the lecture here.
  • 27 April 2013. Dr Brittany Schorn, as part of the Orkney Project, presented an exhibition at the 2013 Midlands Viking Symposium. The theme of the event, open to all, was 'Connecting Islands'. For further information, click here.
  • 21–25 April 2013. Dr Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide presented a paper entitled 'A Landscape Approach to the Study of Christianization', and together with Dr Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir, she also moderated a session on the 'Fringes of Christianity', at the 13th Nordic Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference (Nordic TAG) on in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Further information can be found here.
  • 22–23 March 2013. The Network held a colloquium on 'Converting Landscapes' at Bangor University. You can read a report here. Podcasts from the colloquium are now online here.
  • 25 April 2013. Dr Roy Flechner spoke at the Dublin Medieval Society seminar on 'Conversion and economic change: consequence or coincidence?' at Trinity College Dublin.
  • 7–10 March 2013. Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire Conference, Central European University in Budapest. Dr Elizabeth O'Brien gave a paper entitled 'Impact beyond the Empire: Burial practices in Ireland 4-th-8th centuries AD'.
  • 13–18 January 2013. Dr Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide presented a paper on ‘Medieval Christian Bog Bodies from Norway’, at the 7th World Archaeology Congress, Dead Sea, Jordan.  Further information can be found here.
  • 7 December 2012. Dr Brittany Schorn spoke at the ASNC Research Seminar (English Faculty Room GR05) at the University of Cambridge on 'Genre and eddic poetry'.
  • 12 November 2012. Dr Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide spoke at the University of Cambridge on 'The emergence of Christianity in Norway: who, how, where, and when'? For details, click here.
  • 2–4 November 2012. The Network's colloquium 'Literacy, Memory and the Conversion of the Isles' was held at University College Dublin. You can read a report on the conference here. Podcasts are available here, and the programme can be downloaded here.
  • 4–6 October 2012. Dr Roy Flechner spoke on 'Converting the Isles: a research agenda' at the Centre for Medieval Studies closing conference 'Culture and Society in the Middle Ages' at the University of Bergen.
  • 21–23 September 2012. A conference organised by our partnered project, 'Making Christian Landscapes', was held at University College Cork and attended by members of our steering committee. For details, visit the project's website here.
  • 1 September 2012. Leverhulme grant commences; Dr Brittany Schorn begins work as Network facilitator.
  • 29 June 2012. Congratulations and welcome to Dr Brittany Schorn, our Network facilitator.
  • 17 May 2012. 'Converting the Isles' in The Times Higher Education Supplement. For details, click here.
  • 12 May 2012. The colloquium 'Society Transformed?' took place at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in Cambridge. Speakers were Dr Roy Flechner (UCD), Dr Elizabeth Dawson (UCD), Professor Wendy Davies (UCL/Oxford), Dr Sam Turner (Newcastle), Professor Dawn Hadley (Sheffield), and Professor Máire Herbert (UCC). The day concluded with a special lecture by Dr Sam Lucy (Cambridge) entitled 'Christianity and portable material culture: recent finds from East Anglia', which focused on the Anglo-Saxon burial site recently discovered near Trumpington. Audio podcasts and other materials are available here. Thanks is owed to the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund, and Trinity College Cambridge for their generous financial support.
  • 2 April 2012. 'Converting the Isles' wins Leverhulme grant for International Research Networks. For details, click here.
  • 23–24 September 2011. The colloquium 'Pagan and Christian' took place at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in Cambridge. Audio podcasts of the talks are available here. Thanks is owed to the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Conference Series Fund for their generous financial support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supported by:

The Leverhulme Trust