The H.M. Chadwick Lectures, the Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lectures and the E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures all take place annually. Booklets based on these lectures are available to purchase through the department.
A list of this year's lectures, together with other events hosted by the Department, can be found here: Departmental Events in 2016-17
For more information on each series of lectures please click on the individual links below.
Hector Munro Chadwick (1870-1947) was the Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Cambridge (1912-41). The Department of ASNC, which owes its existence as well as its interdisciplinary outlook to H.M. Chadwick, has wished to commemorate his enduring contribution to Anglo-Saxon studies by establishing an annual series of lectures in his name. The H.M. Chadwick Memorial Lecture (established in 1990) is delivered by a scholar who is invited to Cambridge for the occasion, on a subject calculated to be of interest to the whole Department. The H.M. Chadwick Memorial Lecture usually takes place in March, towards the end of Lent term.
Twenty-Eighth Annual Lecture, March 2017
This year the twenty-eighth annual lecture will be held on 16th March, 2017 and will be given jointly by Dr Anthony Harvey (Royal Irish Academy, Dublin) and Dr Philip Durkin (Oxford English Dictionary). Further information can be found here.
For details on how to purchase pamphlets from the lecture series, please click here.
Past H.M. Chadwick Lectures
2016: Susan Irvine, Uncertain Beginnings: The Prefatory Tradition in Old English
2015: Catherine McKenna, ‘Py Ganwyf?’ Some Terminology for Poetry in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Wales
2014: Margaret Clunies Ross, The Cult of Othin and the Pre-Christian Religions of the North
2013: John Blair, The British Culture of Anglo-Saxon Settlement
2012: Michael Lapidge, H.M. Chadwick: A Centennial Commemoration
2011: Wendy Davies, Water Mill and Cattle Standards: Probing the Economic Comparison between Ireland and Spain in the Early Middle Ages
2010: Joseph Falaky Nagy, Mercantile Myth in Medieval Celtic Traditions
2009: Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, Stealing Obedience: Narratives of Agency in Later Anglo-Saxon England
2008: Sverre Bagge, Order, Disorder and Disordered Order: Interpretations of the World and Society from the Pagan to the Christian Period in Scandinavia
2006: Dennis Green, A room of their own? Women readers in the Middle Ages
2005: Patrick Sims-Williams, The Iron House in Ireland
2004: Peter Foote, The Early Christian Laws of Iceland: Some Observations
2003: Malcolm Godden, The translations of Alfred and his circle, and the misappropriation of the past
2002: James Graham-Campbell, Pictish Silver: Status and Symbol
2001: Richard Gameson, The Scribe Speaks? Colophons in Early English Manuscripts
2000: Andrew Wawn, ‘Fast er drukkið og fátt lært’: Eiríkur Magnússon, Old Northern Philology, and Victorian Cambridge
1999: Marged Haycock, 'Where cider ends, There ale begins to reign': drink in medieval Welsh poetry
1998: Donald Scragg, Dating and Style in Old English Composite Homilies
1997: Peter and Ursula Dronke, Growth of Literature: the Sea and the God of the Sea
1996: Isabel Henderson, Pictish Monsters: Symbol, Text and Image
1995: Daniel Huws, Five Ancient Books of Wales
1994: Peter Sawyer, Scandinavians and the English in the Viking Age
1993: Gad Rausing, Emperors and popes, kings and bishops: Scandinavian history in the 'Dark Ages'
1992: Pádraig Ó Riain, Anglo-Saxon Ireland: the evidence of the Martyrology of Tallaght
1991: Bruce Mitchell, H. M. Chadwick, the Study of Anglo-Saxon: Fifty Years On
1990: D. A. Bullough, Friends, Neighbours and Fellow-drinkers: Aspects of Community and Conflict in the Early Medieval West
In 2000 Hughes Hall, Cambridge, instituted an annual lecture in memory of Dr Kathleen Hughes, who at her death in 1977 was Reader in Celtic Studies in this Department. The lecture series is dedicated to mediaeval Welsh history and the inaugural lecture was given by Professor David Dumville. The Hughes Memorial Lecture is usually held during the Easter Term.
May 2017 Lecture
This year's lecture will take place on Monday, 1 May 2017 and will be given by Dr Elva Johnston (University College, Dublin). Further details of this year's event can be found here.
The Hughes Memorial lectures are published jointly by Hughes Hall and the Department in April each year.
Past Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lectures
2016: Julia Smith, Relics and the Insular World, c.600-c.850
2015: James E. Fraser, Iona and the Burial Places of the Kings of Alba
2014: Nancy Edwards, The Early Medieval Sculpture of Wales: Text, Pattern and Image
2013: Robert Bartlett, Gerald of Wales and the Ethnographic Imagination
2012: Alex Woolf, The Churches of Pictavia
2011: Thomas Charles-Edwards, St Patrick and the Landscape of Early Christian Ireland
2010: Marie Therese Flanagan, Reform in the Twelfth‐century Irish Church: A Revolution of Outlook?
2009: Colmán Etchingham, The Irish 'Monastic Town': Is This A Valid Concept?
2008: Oliver Padel, Slavery in Saxon Cornwall: the Bodmin Manumissions
2007: Paul Russell, 'Read it in a Glossary': Glossaries and Learned Discourse in Medieval Ireland
2004: Ken Dark, Archaeology and the origins of Insular monasticism
2003: Scott Gwara, Education in Wales and Cornwall in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries: Understanding De raris fabulis
2002: R. R. Davies, The King of England and the Prince of Wales, 1277‐84: Law, Politics and Power
2001: David Stephenson, The Aberconwy Chronicle
2000: David N. Dumville, Saint David of Wales
Edmund Crosby Quiggin (1875-1920) was the first teacher of Celtic in the University of Cambridge. The Department has wished to commemorate Dr Quiggin’s contribution by establishing in his name, and with the support of his family, an annual lecture and a series of pamphlets. The E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture (established in 1993) is delivered by a scholar invited to Cambridge for the occasion. Up until 2004, the focus of the series was The Sources of Mediaeval Gaelic history; since 2006 it has been any aspect of the philology and the textual culture of the Celtic and Germanic languages and literatures taught in the Department. The E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures are held annually at the end of the Michaelmas Term.
December 2016 Lecture
This year's lecture will be on Thursday, 1 December 2016. The lecture will be given by Professor Dafydd Johnston (University of Wales, Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies). Further information can be found here.
To purchase pamphlets from the lecture series, please click here.
Past E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures
2015: Lars Boje Mortensen, Meritocratic Values in High Medieval Literature
2014: Matthew Townend, Antiquity of Diction in Old English and Old Norse Poetry
2013: Mark Stansbury, Iona Scribes and the Rhetoric of Legibility
2012: Ruairí Ó hUiginn, Marriage, Law and Tochmarc Emire
2011: Odd Einar Haugen, 'So that the writing may be less and quicker, and the parchment last longer': The Orthographic Reform of the Old Icelandic First Grammatical Treatise
2010: Liam Breatnach, On the Early Irish Law Text Senchas Már and the Question of its Date
2009: Carole Hough, Toponymicon and Lexicon in North‐West Europe: 'Ever-Changing Connection'
2008: Uáitéar Mac Gearailt, On the Date of the Middle Irish Recension II Táin Bó Cúailnge
2007: Henrik Williams, Rune-stone Inscriptions and Queer Theory
2006: Eriche Poppe, Of Cycles and Other Critical Matters. Some Issues in Medieval Irish Literary History and Criticism
2005: Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, The Kings Depart: The Prosopography of Anglo‐Saxon Royal Exile in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries
2002: Pádraig P. Ó Néill, Biblical Study and Mediaeval Gaelic History
1999: Tadhg O'Keefe, The Gaelic Peoples and their Archaeological Identities, A.D. 1000‐1650
1998: John Hines, Old-Norse Sources for Gaelic History
1997: T. M. Charles-Edwards, The Early Mediaeval Gaelic Lawyer
1995: David N. Dumville, Councils and Synods of the Gaelic Early and Central Middle Ages
1994: Dauvit Broun, The Charters of Gaelic Scotland and Ireland in the Early and Central Middle Ages
1993: John Carey, The Irish National Origin-Legend: Synthetic Pseudohistory