- The Department hosted a very successful 'ASNC Alumni Reunion Event', as part of the University's 2009 Alumni Weekend, on Saturday 26th September. It was lovely to see so many of the ' older faces' of the early 1980's and 1990s.
- The Department hosted a very successful two-day conference on 'India, Ireland and London: The Tripartite Life of Whitley Stokes (1830-1909)' on September 18-19th. (For more information, see below)
- We are pleased to announce that Mr J. P. Roed, of Tendring, Essex, has made another very generous donation to the Department to assist with the provision of teaching in Scandinavian history in the Medieval Viking Age.
- Congratulations to Dr Elizabeth Boyle who has been awarded a three year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to work on 'Religion and Thought in Ireland c.1050-c.1150' at the Department, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust.
- Congratulations to Dr Helen Forbes who has been awarded a two year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to work on 'Heaven and Earth in Anglo-Saxon England', to be held at the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Leicester.
- Congratulations to Moa Hoijer (Prelim to Part I, Hughes Hall) who won the 2009 Peter Clemoes Reading Prize held on Wednesday 6 May. Ms Hoijer read from the Old Norse text Völundarkviða in forna (Helgakviða Hundingsbana II). Congratulations also to Joseph Taylor (Prelim to Part I, Corpus Christi) who won the special recognition prize for his musical adaptation of Cædmon's Hymn.
- Congratulations to Dr Jonathan Grove who has received funding for a three year British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department to work on 'The cult of St Knud and the emergence of medieval Denmark', funded by the British Academy.
- Congratulations to Dr Pádraic Moran who will be moving on from the Early Irish Glossaries Project to work on a new digital edition and cultural study of the glosses in the St Gall Priscian manuscript. His two-year project will be based at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.
- Congratulations to Rory Naismith who has been awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at Clare College from October 2009.
- Congratulations to Dr Elizabeth Boyle who has won the annual essay prize of the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literatures for her essay, 'Neoplatonism in medieval Ireland: the evidence of Scéla na esérgi'.
- In the recently announced results of the UK Research Assessment Exercise, the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic has been rated in the highest terms. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the Department’s research, parts of our submission were considered by the English, History and Classics panels as well as by the Celtic Studies panel, which was responsible for the assessment overall. The Department’s profile is as follows: 45% world-leading research (category 4*), 30% internationally excellent research (3*) and 20% nationally excellent research (2*). As well as being ranked first in the Celtic Studies field (see the RAE Celtic Studies listing), the Department was also among the highest-ranked Departments and Faculties of the University (see RAE Cambridge listing). The quality of the research environment and the esteem in which members of the Department are held formed part of the assessment, along with the published research of the staff of the Department, post-doctoral research fellows and research associates.
- Congratulations to Dr Emily Lethbridge who has been awarded a three month Snorri Sturluson Fellowship at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.
- A generous donation from the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Dublin was received for the continuation of our Teaching in Modern Irish Language course taught by Dr Kaarina Hollo.
- The Department hosted a very successful 'Myth Busting' event as part of the University's Festival of Ideas week. Children of all ages took part in our ASNC themed activities such as Viking Shield making, Herbal Remedies mixing and Manuscript Illumination designing. The event was ended by a authentically bloody Viking Battle display organised by former student, Phil Howard.
- Professor Ciarán Carson delivered a special performance of his translation of the Medieval Irish epic,Táin Bó Cúailnge ‘The Cattle Raid of Cooley’,with accompanying flute music.
- Ms Helen Foxhall-Forbes joined the Department covering Dr Rosalind Love's academic leave for the 2008–9 year, teaching Insular Latin language and literature.
- Dr David Woodman joined the Department as a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
- Dr Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe joined the Department as a full time University Lecturer in Scandinavian History of the Viking Age.
ASNC in the News
- The conference organised by Dr Paul Russell and Dr Elizabeth Boyle on the Tripartite Life of Whitley Stokes was highlighted by the University's news office in the following article.
- Kith and Kin: The department was highlighted in the University's April - May bi-monthly staff newsletter. To read the full article (and for background on the photos below) please follow this link.
- Drs Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and Fiona Edmonds were interviewed by numerous newspapers (including The Daily Telegraph on 13th and 14th March,and The Independent) and various radio stations (including BBC Radio 5 Live, RTE and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire) on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March to highlight their three day interdisciplinary conference 'Between the Islands: Interactions with Vikings in Ireland and Britain in the Early Middle Period' which commenced on Friday 13 March in the English Faculty Building.
- Dr Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe was interviewed about Viking Culture by ABC Radio Canberra on Monday 27 October following the ASNC Festival of Ideas Event. Listen to the interview here (mp3 file)
- After an informal interview with Dr Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe, The Sunday Guardian [26 October] ran an article on 'Viking New Men' following the ASNC Festival of Ideas event.