Conferences are a vital element of academic life. Here is an overview of the conferences I have organised (or am currently organising) and a list of conference papers I have presented.
I have (co-)organised nine editions of three annually recurring conferences:
- The Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries (2014 [with Rolf Bremmer (Leiden)]; 2015 [with Rolf Bremmer (Leiden)]; 2016; 2017 [with Krista Murchison (Leiden)]; 2018; 2019)
- The Junius Symposium for Young Old Germanicists (with Peter Alexander Kerkhof [Ghent/Leiden]; 2015; 2016; 2018)
- De Oudgermanistendag (2018 [with Jodie Mann (Leiden)]; 2019 [with Robert Cloutier [Amsterdam))
In addition, I have (co-)organized nine panels at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds: four on the life course in early medieval England (with Hattie Soper [Cambridge]; 2017; 2018); two on Old English after 1500 (with Rachel Fletcher [Glasgow]; 2019); two on early medieval English in the modern age (with Rachel Fletcher [Glasgow] and Oliver M. Traxel [Stavanger]; 2020) and one on the modern reception of early medieval English missionaries (2018).
Furthermore, I have (co-)organised six stand-alone conferences:
- The Life Course in Early Medieval England (23 March, 2019)
Stand-alone conference in Cambridge on the life course of people, things and texts in early medieval England. Keynote speaker: prof. Gale Owen-Crocker (University of Manchester). Organised with Hattie Soper (University of Cambridge). Conference website.
- Unquendor Tolkien Seminar 2018: ‘The World Tolkien Built’ (12 May, 2018)
A seminar that brings together Tolkien researchers and enthusiasts to share new insights into Tolkien’s fiction and scholarship. Organised with Renée Vink (Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor). Programme.
- Scholarly Correspondence on Medieval Germanic Language and Literature (17 November, 2017)
An international symposium on scholarly correspondence at Leiden University. Part of the research project Pieter Jakob Cosijn’s Correspondence and Scholarly Collaboration at the End of the Nineteenth Century. Organised with Amos van Baalen and Jodie Mann (both Leiden University). Programme.
- 7th Unquendor Lustrum Conference 2016: Tolkien among Scholars (18 June, 2016)
An international Tolkien conference, jointly organised by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society and the Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor. Keynote speakers: prof.dr. Thomas M. Honegger (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena) and prof.dr. Paul J. Smith (Leiden University), Organised with Jan van Breda and Renée Vink (both Unquendor). Programme Booklet.
- Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Saxonists: Symposium in Honour of Rolf H. Bremmer Jr. (29 January, 2016)
An international symposium on the occasion of the retirement of Rolf H. Bremmer Jr. as Professor of English Philology at Leiden University. Keynote speaker: Tom Shippey (Saint Louis University). Organised with Luisella Caon and Erik Kwakkel (both Leiden University). Report. Programme.
- LUCAS Graduate Conference 2015 ‘Breaking the Rules! Cultural Reflections on Political, Religious and Aesthetic Transgressions’ (29-30 January, 2015)
An international conference for PhD students in the humanities, from Leiden as well as other universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Keynote speakers: prof. Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) and prof. Barbara H. Rosenwein (Loyola University Chicago). Organised with Wieneke Jansen, Nouzha Baba, Cui Chen and Katarzyna Durys (all Leiden University). Programme Booklet.
- ‘The Afterlives of Medieval English Songs: Music, Medievalism and Popular Culture’, Humanities Faculty Symposium: The Sound of Music, Leiden University (1 April, 2020)
- ‘Seeing the Boarcrest through the Trees: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Translation and Edition of the Old English Exodus‘, NederMoot: Mythgard Netherlands Speculative Fiction Symposium, Signum University (13 April, 2019)
- ‘Gerontophobia in Early Medieval England: Anglo-Saxon Reflections on Old Age’, MANCASS Easter Conference ‘The Anglo-Saxons at Home’, University of Manchester (4-5 April, 2018)
- ‘Medieval Medicine and the Human Life Cycle: Curing Old Age in Medieval England’, Annual Symposium of the Dutch Society of Human Genetics (NVHG), Eindhoven (21-22 September, 2017)
- ‘Medieval Medicine and the Human Life Cycle: Curing Old Age in Medieval England’, Science Days Internal Medicine Erasmus MC 2017, Antwerp (12-13 January, 2017)
- ‘Old Age and Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England: Beowulf as a Mirror for Elderly Kings’, Gerontology and the Humanities – Perspectives for Historical Ageing Studies and Approaches to Gerontological Medievistics, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Rome (4-6 November, 2019)
- ‘Where the old man does not groan: Old Age in the Afterlife and Columbanus’s De mundi transitu in Anglo-Saxon England’, Medieval English Research Seminar, University of Oxford (22 May, 2019)
- ‘Playing Beowulf on the Continent: The Reception of Beowulf in the Low Countries (1850-1950)’, Annual Meeting of TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland, University of Manchester (16 November, 2019)
- ‘Old English Is Dutch and Beowulf Is Ours! Literary Appropriations of the Anglo-Saxons in the Nineteenth-century Netherlands’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (1-4 July, 2019)
- ‘Exploring Anglo-Saxon Eloquence: A Researcher’s Perspective’, Exploring Anglo-Saxon Eloquence Workshop, Leiden University (1 February, 2019)
- ‘Learning Old English at your own pace and level with grammar videos and an adaptive learning module’, Best of both worlds: adding online experiences to on-campus education, Leiden University (31 January, 2019)
- ‘Willibrord’s Companions: Remembering and Inventing Anglo-Saxon Missionaries on the Continent’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (2-5 July, 2018)
- ‘A New Approach to Navigating Extensible Digital Text Editions: The Leiden University Old English ColloQuest’, Digital Humanities Benelux (7 June, 2018). [with Amos van Baalen, Jennifer Jansen and Krista Murchison]
- ‘Reshaping the Germanic Economy of Honour: Gift Giving in The Lord of the Rings’, Unquendor Tolkien Seminar 2018: The World Tolkien Built, Leiden University (12 May, 2018)
- ‘Scholarly Correspondence on Medieval Germanic Language and Literature’, Scholarly Correspondence on Medieval Germanic Language and Literature, Leiden University (17 November, 2017)
- ‘The Leiden University Old English ColloQuest: A Digital Teaching Edition with Adaptive Glosses’, Annual Meeting of TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland, University College Cork (21 October, 2017) [with Krista Murchison]
- ‘Young Dancers, Old Spinsters: The Ages of Man and the Ages of Woman in Early Medieval England’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (3-6 July, 2017)
- ‘Oudgermanistiek uit de archieven: De correspondentie van P.J. Cosijn (1840-1899) en een Oudengels gedicht van G.J.P.J. Bolland (1854-1922)’, Oudgermanistendag, Utrecht (20 May, 2017)
- ‘Will It Blend? Anglo-Saxons, Missionaries, Vikings and Cultural Blending in Early Medieval England’, Faculteitssymposium Humanities: You Might Be One of Us, Cultural Identity & Change, Leiden University (20-21 April, 2017)
- ‘blanded leornung: Digital Approaches to Teaching Old English’, Annual Meeting of TOEBI: Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland, King’s College London (22 October, 2016) [with Jodie Mann]
- ‘Of Old People and the Things that Pass: Motifs of Old Age in Old English Homilies’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (4-8 July, 2016)
- ‘New roads and secret gates, waiting around the corner: Investigating Tolkien’s other Anglo-Saxon sources’, 7th Unquendor Lustrum Conference: Tolkien among Scholars, Leiden University (18 June, 2016)
- ‘Old but not Obsolete: Elderly Heroes and Saints in Anglo-Saxon England’, Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Saxonists: Symposium in Honour of Rolf H. Bremmer Jr, Leiden University (29 January, 2016)
- ‘ealde ethelweardas: Beowulf as a Mirror for Elderly Kings’, 27th International Conference of Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature (SELIM), University of Granada (17-19 September, 2015)
- ‘hare hilderincas: Old Warriors in Anglo-Saxon England’, MANCASS Easter Conference ‘Manhood in Anglo-Saxon England’, University of Manchester (7-9 April, 2015)
- ‘eldo gebunden: Beowulf as a Mirror for Elderly Kings’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (7-10 July, 2014)
- ‘gomela iomeowlan: Old Women in Anglo-Saxon England’, MANCASS Easter Conference ‘Womanhood in Anglo-Saxon England’, University of Manchester (15-17 April, 2014)
- ‘har hilderinc: The Old Warrior in Anglo-Saxon England’, Thirty-Fifth Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, Leiden University (13 December, 2013)
- ‘gomol on gehðo: No Joy for the Anglo-Saxon Elderly’, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (1-4 July, 2013)
- ‘From Beowulf to Bilbo: Traces of Anglo-Saxon Culture in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit’, Dragons & Swords: Fantasy Symposium, Utrecht University (27 March, 2013)
- ‘Leeve mooder, leet me in — Attitudes towards Old Age and Death in Medieval English Literature’, LUCAS Graduate Conference 2013 ‘Death, the Cultural Meaning of the End of Life’, Leiden University (25 January, 2013)
- ‘Revaluing Ageing in Anglo-Saxon England: Was the early medieval period a golden age for the elderly?’, Second VALUE AGEING seminar ‘Law and Technology Perspectives on Intergenerational Justice’, Free University Brussels (12 October, 2012)
- ‘atol yldo: Growing Old in Anglo-Saxon England’, MANCASS Post-Graduate Conference ‘Domesticity in the Anglo-Saxon World’, University of Manchester (5 March, 2012)
- ‘De Brederodekroniek’, Symposium Kastelenstichting Holland en Zeeland ‘Yolande van Lalaing’, Leiden University (27 February, 2010)
- ‘That Is No Country for Old Men: Anglo-Saxon Connotations of Old Age’, Thirty-First Symposium on Old English, Middle English and Historical Linguistics in the Low Countries, Leiden University, (18 December, 2009)