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

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

Session 5: Memory and Landscape

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