The Department hosts, or is affiliated with, a number of research seminars, memorial lectures and other events that are held throughout the year. A list of events being held this term can be found below:

Easter Term 2024

Please note that, unless otherwise stated, events will be in-person only in the English Faculty Building.

  • 25 April 2024, the 2024 Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lecture: Professor Gordon Noble (Aberdeen), The Development of the Pictish Kingdoms in Northern Britain, c.AD300-900
  • 26 April 2024, Research Seminar: Dr Fangzhe Qiu (University College Dublin), Mar aderid na dligthi-so: construction of textual networks in late medieval Irish ‘digests’
  • * CANCELLED*, Graduate Seminar: Prof. Massimiliano Bampi, Fictional worlds and generic awareness in late medieval saga writing
  • 10 May 2024, Research Seminar: Dr Jonathan Hui: Constructing Irishness in Medieval Icelandic Romance
  • 13 May 2024, Graduate Seminar: Dr Samuel Cardwell, Biblical Commentary at Wearmouth-Jarrow Before Bede? The Hereford Commentary on Matthew
  • 17 May 2024, Research Seminar: Dr Luisa Ostacchini (Stipendiary Lecturer in English at Oxford), title tbc
  • 24 May 2024, Research Seminar: Dr Victoria Krivoshchekova (DIAS), title tbc

Future Events

Further Information

For more information on each series of events, including future events scheduled to take place this academic year, please click on the individual links below. For previous major events held in the Department, please click here.


H.M. Chadwick Lectures

The H.M. Chadwick Memorial Lecture is held annually at the end of Lent term. The next lecture will be given by Professor Julia Crick on 14 March 2024. Further information about the series can be found here. For details on how to purchase pamphlets from the lecture series, please click here.

Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lectures

The Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lecture is held annually at the beginning of Easter Term. The next Hughes Lecture will be given by Professor Gordon Noble (date to be confirmed). Further information about the series can be found here. The Hughes Memorial lectures are published jointly by Hughes Hall and the Department in April each year.

E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures

The E.C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture is held annually at the end of the Michaelmas Term. The next Quiggin Lecture will be given by Professor Kristen Carella on 30 November 2023. Further information about the series can be found here. To purchase pamphlets from the lecture series, please click here.

Cambridge Festival

Further details to be published shortly.

ASNC Graduate Seminars

The Graduate Seminar meets regularly in all three terms. It provides a forum for current PhD students in their second or higher year to talk about their research, and to engage in discussion with all of the graduate students (MPhil and PhD) and the senior members. On special occasions it meets to hear papers given by leading academics from Cambridge and elsewhere. Further information on future events scheduled for this academic year can be found here.

ASNC Research Seminars

The ASNC Research Seminar is a forum for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and senior members of the ASNC department to hear research papers by new leaders in the field. The seminar meets fortnightly during term-time, usually on Friday evenings at 5pm. The seminar is open for all members of the university to attend. Further information on future events scheduled for this academic year can be found here.

CCASNC (Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic)

The Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (CCASNC) was held for the first time in 2000. It is organised by the graduate students in the Department. A plenary paper is given by an invited speaker, generally from outside the University, and shorter papers are given by graduate students from Cambridge and elsewhere, on the designated theme. The proceedings are published in Quaestio Insularis. Further information on the Colloquium can be found here, and for details on how to purchase copies of Quaestio Insularis please click here.

ASNC Alumni Reunion

Every year the Department hosts an alumni reunion during September, usually scheduled to coincide with the University Alumni weekend. The event provides an opportunity to meet and catch-up with fellow students and staff and to see some friendly faces. Some of the current graduate students are also invited along to speak about the research they are conducting within the Department. Details of previous events can be found here and information on donating to the Department can also be found if you click here.

The Clemoes Reading Prize

Peter Clemoes was Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon (1969-82). He was an enthusiastic reader and ‘performer’ of Old English poetry, and often participated in readings from ‘The Battle of Maldon’ on the site of the battle itself (the mainland opposite Northey Island in the Blackwater estuary, Essex). The Clemoes Reading Prize was established in his memory. The annual Prize is open to all junior members of the University. Competitors select a short passage in any of the languages taught by the ASNC Department (Old English, Old Norse, Insular Latin, Medieval Irish, Medieval Welsh, Medieval Cornish or Medieval Breton), submit to the Department a written translation into modern English and for the competition read or perform the piece. The total prize fund is £350, to be awarded as the judges determine. The readings take place in May and further details will be published closer to the date.


Past Events

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

The annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas celebrated the rich contribution the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences make to our culture and showcases the huge breadth of research at the University of Cambridge and beyond. The Festival included a huge array of free activities for all ages, from inspiring, thought-provoking evening lectures and panel discussions to music, theatre and art sessions, department open days and school visits. 2019 was the twelfth year of the Festival and the theme was Change. The Department contributed with a variety of events. From 2020-21, the festival has been merged with the annual Cambridge Science Festival to become simply the 'Cambridge Festival'; further details on which can be found above.

ASNC Departmental Conference 2016

Writing History: Battles and the Shaping of the North Atlantic World has been a series of three conferences focusing on a group of military encounters and their protagonists from a millennium ago (1014 - 1016), which took place in the broad of the North Atlantic World (Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia). In our elucidation of the historiography of conflict of a particular time and region, we will also seek to highlight the universal features of writing war and each conference will include a modern perspective.

The third and final conference '1016, England and the Wider World' took place 16 April 2016. Speakers included Simon Keynes on Æthelred the Unready, Alex Woolf on the House of Bamburgh, Caroline Brett on Brittany, Elizabeth Ashman Rowe on the Danish of the Vikings raids on England, and Levi Roach on German dimensions. Continuing the pattern established in the last two conferences of looking to a more recent anniversary, there was a special lecture from Professor Robert Tombs commemorating events a hundred years ago.