Congress Speakers

The Richard Rawlinson Center at Western Michigan University annually invites a distinguished scholar to be the Rawlinson Center Congress Speaker at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.


2024 Rawlinson Center Speaker

Catherine E. Karkov (Univ. of Leeds) "Swimming Through It"


Past Rawlinson Center Congress Speakers

  • 2023 Bernard A. Meehan (Trinity College Dublin, Univ. of Dublin), "'Wiping Out Their Freshness of Inspiration': Irish Gospel-Books in Early Medieval England"
  • 2022 Joanna Story (University of Leicester), "Insular Vellum: Using Biocodicology to Understand Manuscript Production in the Insular World, ca. 650–850"
  • 2021 no Rawlinson Center congress speaker
  • 2020 congress canceled
  • 2019 Donald G. Scragg (University of Manchester), "Studies in the History of Manuscripts containing Anglo-Saxon"
  • 2018: Michael Wood (Independent Scholar), "Commemorating Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians (d. 918)"
  • 2017: Sarah J. Semple (Durham University), "Creating Kingdoms: Landscapes of the Living and the Dead in Anglo-Saxon England"
  • 2016: Barbara Yorke (University of Winchester), "The Year of the Three Kings: 1016 in the Context of Early Medieval Succession Disputes"
  • 2015: Sarah Foot (Christ Church, University of Oxford), "Bede's Kings"
  • 2014: Andrew Prescott (King's College London), "Electronic Beowulf @ 21"
  • 2013: Dawn M. Hadley (University of Sheffield), "Viking Winter Camps in England: New Archaeological Evidence"
  • 2012: Jennifer O'Reilly (University College Cork), "Devotion and Belief: Images of the Passion in Anglo-Saxon Art"
  • 2011: Julia Crick (University of Exeter), "Off the Map? Late Anglo-Saxon Literate Culture beyond the Metropolis"
  • 2010: Catherine Cubitt (University of York), "Does Penance Matter? Sin and Society in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century England"
  • 2009: Rosalind Love (University of Cambridge), "The Ox and the Ass at the Manger: Folcard, Goscelin and the Saints of Anglo-Saxon England"
  • 2008: Richard N. Bailey (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne), "Anglo-Saxon Sculpture and the Limits of Liturgical and Patristic Evidence"
  • 2007: Ole Crumlin-Pedersen (Viking Ship Museum, Roskild), "Viking and Anglo-Saxon Longships"
  • 2006: David A. E. Pelteret (King's College London), "An Anonymous Historian of Edward the Elder's Reign"
  • 2005: Patrizia Lendinara (Università degli Studi di Palermo), "Marvels and Monsters: What Kind of Source Study?"
  • 2004: James Graham Campbell (University College, University of London), "Looking and Seeing: The Face in Anglo-Saxon Art"
  • 2003: John Higgitt (University of Edinburgh), "Power at the Center from Constantine the Great to the Deerhurst Dedication Inscription"
  • 2002: Mark Blackburn (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), "Crosses and Conversion: The Iconography of the York Viking Coinage ca. 900"
  • 2001: Helmut Gneuss (Universität München), "A Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: Origins, Facts and Problems"
  • 2000: Rosemary Cramp (University of Durham), "The Changing Image: Divine and Human in Anglo-Saxon Art"
  • 1999: Leslie Webster (British Museum), "Encrypted Visions: Style and Sense in the Anglo-Saxon Minor Arts 400-900"
  • 1998: Simon Keynes (Trinity College, University of Cambridge), "Humfrey Wanley's 'Book of Specimens'"
  • 1997: Michelle Brown (British Library), "Explicit: The Book of Cerne and the Culmination of the Insular Tradition"
  • 1996: Patrick Wormald (Christ Church, University of Oxford), "Archbishop Wulfstan's Canon Collection"