Water in Anglo-Saxon England
a one-day IHR colloquium
24 October 2015
Water is both a practical and symbolic element in the Anglo-Saxon world. Whether a drop blessed by saintly relics or a river flowing to the sea, water formed part of the natural landscape, religious lives, cultural expressions, and physical needs of early medieval men and women. This one-day colloquium seeks to broaden our understanding of overlapping secular and sacred qualities of water in the Anglo-Saxon world (c. 400–c. 1100) from the perspective of multiple disciplines; archaeology, history, theology, literature, geography, anthropology, and art history. A focus on water and its associated people, places, and things will bring together studies of the natural and supernatural, the routine and ritual, the mundane and holy. Invited speakers and participants will lead sessions arranged around principle themes with an emphasis on discussion.
Thanks to the generous support of the Institute of Historical Research and the Boston College Institute for the Liberal Arts, the colloquium will be free of charge, though attendees are encouraged to register online to allow for an accurate count and to purchase lunch for the day.