Welcome to the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England, the organization of record for those interested in history, art, archaeology, literature, languages, religion, society, and numismatics of England between the years c. 450 and 1100 CE. ISSEME currently has over 500 active members from 20 different countries, ranging from graduate students just starting their careers to the most established scholars in the field.
As enshrined in its constitution, the purpose of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England is to provide scholars with support in their research and to facilitate an exchange of ideas and materials within and among the disciplines. This work must take place in environments free from prejudice, racism, inequity or harassment, or related unethical behavior, and ISSEME affirms its ongoing commitment to helping fashion an academic culture that fosters professional courtesy, respect, equity, diversity, tolerance and inclusion for all of its members, and for all people working in our related disciplines.
ISSEME’s work currently includes mounting our biennial conference, running graduate workshops, awarding publication prizes, sponsoring “New Voices” sessions at the Kalamazoo and Leeds medieval conferences for early-career scholars, and maintaining the ISSEME listserv and on-line membership directory as a central basis of communication for members. ISSEME also works to support affiliated organizations such as the Old English Newsletter, the scholarly journal Anglo-Saxon England, and the Lynn Grundy Memorial Trust. For all of this, and more, a far-reaching membership base is vital, and so if you are not a member, please do consider becoming one.
Effective 29 January 2020, the officers of ISSEME are:
- President: Thijs Porck (Leiden University)
- First Vice-President: Chelsea Shields-Más (SUNY Old Westbury)
- Second Vice-President: Rebecca Stephenson (University College Dublin)
- Executive Director: Kristen Carella (Assumption University, Worcester, MA)
The elected members of the Advisory Board are:
- Helen Foxhall Forbes (Durham University)
- Judith Kaup (Universität zu Köln)
- Lilla Kopár (The Catholic University of America)
- Elise Louviot (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
- Aman Nadhiri (Johnson C. Smith University)
- Thijs Porck (Leiden University)
- Chelsea Shields-Más (SUNY Old Westbury)
- Emily Thornbury (Yale University)
- Hirokazu Tsurushima (Kumamoto University)
The ex officio members of the Advistory Board are:
- Stephen Harris (Old English Newsletter)
- Rory Naismith (Anglo-Saxon England)
- [vacant] (Dictionary of Old English)