Converting the Isles


The Isles and the Wider World

September 19-21, University of Cambridge



Session 1: The Conversion Processs

Bernhard Maier, 'Early Christianity in South-West Germany: the Conversion of the Alemanni' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Krisztina Szilágyi, 'Muslim Conversion to Christianity in the Islamic World, 700-1000 AD' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis and Powerpoint)

Roy Flechner, Response (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 2: Francia and Northern Europe I

Ingrid Rembold, 'The Christian Message and the Laity: Vernacular Literature in Post-Conquest Saxony' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis and Handout)

Geneviève Bührer-Thierry, 'Why and for Whom is Conversion Helpful? Missionaries on the Margins of Francia between Royal and Aristocratic Power (7th–10th centuries)' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis and Handout)

Erik Niblaeus, Response (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 3: Francia and Northern Europe II

Erik Niblaeus, 'Liturgies of Conversion in the Early Middle Ages' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis and Handout)

Stanislaw Rosik, 'The Conversion of the Pomeranians: History and Memory in the 12th Century' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Nora Berend, Response (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 4: The Meanings of Conversion

Tomas Sundnes Drønen, 'Conversion in Context: Anthropological and Missiological Perspectives from African Studies' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis and Powerpoint)

Fenella Cannell, 'The Meaning of Conversion in the Anthropology of Christianity' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Lesley Abrams, Response (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Keynote Lecture: Jean-Michel Picard and Sébastien Bully, 'Mensa in Deserto: Reconciling Jonas's Life of Columbanus with Recent Archaeological Discoveries at Annegray and Luxeuil' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Session 5: Insular Missionaries Abroad

James Palmer, 'Martyrdom and the Rise of Missionary Hagiography' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Sven Meeder, 'The Carolingian Memory of Insular Missionaries' (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Response (MP3 or Ogg Vorbis)


Conference Report and Programme





Supported by:

The Leverhulme Trust