Call for Papers – Panel on the Old English Alfredian Translations

Panel on the Old English Alfredian Translations

Deadline: June 1st, 2019
Babeș-Bolyai University (UBB), Cluj, Romania
Department of English Language and Literature
10th ‘Constructions of Identity’ International Conference
October 24-25, 2019;

Panel on the Old English Alfredian Translations

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the translations made under King Alfred’s patronage. The research leading to a new edition of the Old English Boethius (ed. by Malcolm Godden and Susan Irvine, Oxford UP, 2009) has reopened the discussion about Alfredian authorship, the Alfredian canon, the Latin and Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, the commentary tradition, translation strategies, the prefaces and epilogues to the Old English translations etc. The Brill Companion to Alfred the Great (ed. by Nicole Guenther Discenza and Paul E. Szarmach, Leiden/Boston, 2015) provides a useful status quaestionis, and opens new discussions about the Alfredian texts and their contexts. We invite papers on any aspect related to the Alfredian translations, or to their sources and influence.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Susan Irvine (University College London) will give a talk on the Alfredian prefaces and epilogues (title tbc).

Please submit an abstract of 200 words and a short CV to Dr Adrian Papahagi at by June 1st, 2019. Applicants will be notified by June 30th, 2019.

Conference fee: 100 EUR; 50 EUR for PhD students.

Accommodation can be provided at the University hotel (Hotel Universitas, 30 €/night).

After-conference excursion to Alba Iulia and other medieval sites from Transylvania on Saturday, 26th October.

The University of Cluj (est. 1581) is Romania’s leading and largest university (36,000 students). Cluj is the main city of Transylvania, and can be reached by direct flights operated by Wizzair, Lufthansa and Tarom from many major cities in Europe, including London Luton and Gatwick, Birmingham, Liverpool, Doncaster-Sheffield in the UK.

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