New Voices 2023 at Kalamazoo

Since 2003, the “New Voices on Early Medieval England” sessions at Kalamazoo (formerly “New Voices in Anglo-Saxon Studies”) have been an ongoing and successful tradition for scholars of early English literature, history, archaeology and culture attending the annual conference.

In 2023, the two sessions were very well-attended, with both rooms filled nearly to capacity. New Voices I was a hybrid session, with two of the participants presenting their papers via Zoom. New Voices II was a fully in-person session. The Q&A session following the papers in both panels featured thoughtful questions for all presenters and facilitated much fruitful discussion.
It was a pleasure to organize and attend these sessions, with their rich and thought-provoking papers, followed by collegial and engaging discussion. On behalf of ISSEME, I’d like to thank our presenters and session chairs for facilitating two wonderful and very successful sessions at this year’s congress!

Chelsea Shields-Más, SUNY Old Westbury
ISSEME Board and Climate Committee

Programme for 2023:

New Voices on Early Medieval England I

Sponsor: International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England
Presider: Christopher Riedel, Albion College
Organizer: Chelsea Shields-Más, SUNY College–Old Westbury
The Lands Out East: The Language of Exploration and Imperial Reminiscences in the Voyage of Ohthere in the Context of New Archaeological Evidence
Dmitri Starostin, St. Petersburg State Univ.
Glittering Letters and Sinful Illustrations: The Early Medieval Illustrated Psychomachia in England
Stephenie McGucken, Ringling College of Art and Design / Univ. of Tampa
Liquid Restraint: Using Sensology to Make Sense of Cultural Perceptions in Old English Literature
Danielle Williams, Arizona State Univ.
The Ars Grammatica in King Alfred’s Court
Megan Renz Perry, Yale Univ.
Karrer Travel Award Winner

New Voices on Early Medieval England II

Sponsor: International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England
Presider: Andrew Rabin, Univ. of Louisville
Organizer: Chelsea Shields-Más, SUNY College–Old Westbury
Beowulf as a Medium of Cultural Collective Memory
Katarzyna Myśliwiec, Univ. Warszawski
Under the Oak Tree: The Significance of the Oak in “The Wife’s Lament”
Amelia Lehosit, Univ. of Washington
Home is Where the Concept of Self Is: The Identity of Place and Placing Identity in Beowulf
Novella Rowan Frasier, Rutgers Univ.
Brimmana and Sæmanna: Neutral Language in “The Battle of Maldon” and the Problem of Wicing
Gavin Howard Rogers, Univ. of Colorado–Colorado Springs
Tashjian Travel Award Winner