I'm excited to share that I'll be joining Jordan Zweck and Mary Kate Hurley's seminar, "Archives of the North Atlantic," at Seafaring: An Early Medieval Conference on the Islands of the North Atlantic, which will be held in Denver in November. I'm looking forward to being part of such a fantastic group and an all-around wonderful conference.
This morning I delivered a paper at Digital Britain: New Approaches to the Early Middle Ages on tenth- and eleventh-century epistolary networks, which linked England to Cornwall, Denmark, Francia, Lotharingia, Flanders, Saxony, Vatican City, and beyond. In this emerging project, I argue that the letter--fictional or historical, forged or legitimate--is an extremely important genre throughout the early Middle Ages and that social network analysis can enable us to reconstruct an archive of late Anglo-Saxon social ties.
This afternoon I delivered a paper on hidden labyrinths, disorienting paradigms, and late Anglo-Saxon aesthetics at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting at Harvard. My thanks to Ana Garriga Espino (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Victor Sierra Matute (University of Pennsylvania) for organizing a wonderful session.