Converting the Isles


Literacy, Memory and the Conversion of the Isles

November 2-4, University College Dublin


Session 1: The Introduction of Literacy

Dr Anthony Harvey, 'Insular languages and literacy in the mid-first millennium: new questions to some old answers' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Professor Anne-Sofie Gräslund, 'Runestones as evidence of the conversion of Scandinavia' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 2: Literacy, Memory and the Book

Dr Mark Stansbury, 'Tales from the script: the coming of Latin writing to Ireland' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Dr Alan Thacker, 'Remembering the saints: the role of the written word' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 3: The Use of Symbols and Images

Professor Nancy Edwards, 'Chi-rhos, crosses and Pictish symbols: inscribed stones and stone sculpture in early medieval Wales and Scotland' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Dr Lise Gjedssø Bertelsen, 'The power of the images of DR 42, the larger Jelling picture runestone' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 4: The Power of the Law

Professor Liam Breatnach, 'The church in early Irish law' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Dr Helen Foxhall Forbes, 'Searching for conversion in the Anglo-Saxon laws' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 5: Memory and Landscape

Conor Newman, 'Conversion through the prism of art' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Dr Alex Woolf, 'Plebs: the parish before the parish in the sub-Roman West' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 6: The Role of the Saint

Dr Siân Grønlie, 'Not quite saints' lives: hagiography and early accounts of Iceland's conversion' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Dr Barry Lewis, 'The saints in narratives of conversion' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Keynote Lecture

Dr Elva Johnston, 'Reassessing literacy in early medieval Ireland' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)




Supported by:

The Leverhulme Trust