May 16

CENDARI Project Presentation

As delegates will remember, the conference opened with a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Edmond from CENDARI. The complete talk has been uploaded to YouTube and we wanted to provide the accompanying Powerpoint slides for any interested parties. You can find it here –  CENDARI Borderlines Project Presentation


April 14


As you may have noticed, CENDARI are opening the conference this year. We thought it would be useful for delegates to know a little bit about this new research initiative based in TCD. The mission statement says that:

“CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure) is a research collaboration aimed at integrating digital archives and resources for research on medieval and modern European history.

The project brings information and computer scientists together with leading historians and existing historical research infrastructures (archives, libraries and other digital projects) to improve the conditions for historical scholarship in Europe through active reflection of and considered response to the impact of the digital age on scholarly and archival practice.

CENDARI is a 4-year, European Commission-funded project led by Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with 13 institutions across 7 countries, to facilitate access to archives and resources in Europe for the benefit of researchers everywhere.”

We are delighted to offer a platform at Borderlines for CENDARI researchers to explain the project and get feedback from the very students and future academics who will benefit from it. It promises to be a mutually beneficial session! More information can be found here:


March 21

A note regarding panels this year

There are two types of session running at this year’s Borderlines Conference –


The panel sessions are the usual three papers, 20 minutes each, with 15 minutes at the end for questions, where the Chair will introduce speakers and chair the questions at the end.


The Boardroom Seminars (running parallel to some panel sessions) are in the Boardroom and will be chaired by a Respondent.  Two papers of 25 minutes will be circulated in advance to the Respondent and they will have some questions prepared.  Given its layout, this room will hopefully be congenial to open audience discussion and participation.


March 20

Keynote Speaker & Conference Programme

The conference programme is up! We had such a high standard and volume of submissions that we’re able to run parallel panels, so there’s plenty for delegates to sink their teeth into.

Given that Borderlines is an Irish-run conference, we felt that this year’s keynote speaker should reflect this, and so we can confirm that Dr. Frances McCormack (NUI Galway) will be giving a talk on Prosopopoeia and Compunction in Old English Literature on Friday April 19th. 


January 30, 2013

We can finally confirm news of a treat lined up for delegates! The conference will close with a talk from John Gillis, the paleographer working on the Faddan More Psalter, one of Ireland’s finest archaeological discoveries.


The talk will then be followed by a visit to museum to view the psalter and the other medieval treasures housed there. More information on the Faddan More Psalter can be found here.


December 7, 2012

Performance of Medieval Mystery Play

Here’s one for lovers of medieval drama! There will be two performances of The Second Shepherds’ Play tomorrow, December 8. Short notice, but well worth rearranging your schedule for.

~ The first performance is at 14.30, Medieval & Renaissance Room, Walker Gallery, Liverpool. This is a free event and is part of ‘Walker’s Family Christmas’ weekend.

~ The second performance is at 19.00, Ormskirk Parish Church, Ormskirk. Admission is £5. All proceeds go towards the Church Organ Repair Fund.

You’ll find the poster with all the details here. Directed by Dr. Sarah Peverley, senior lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.


November 29, 2012

Possibility of Publication

Exciting news! We’re currently in discussion with publishers with the aim of producing an edition from Borderlines XVII. It’s obviously still early days, but the theme has attracted some interest, so when you’re writing your papers, keep this in mind. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted.


October 20, 2012

New content – Archives

Just a quick note to keep you all up to date – information on past Borderlines conferences has been posted in the Archives section. All credit must go to last year’s organisers at QUB for compiling this. We merely copied and pasted!


October 19, 2012

Call for Papers is posted

Hi folks,

The Call for Papers is finally up! You’ll find the link at the top of the page. In addition, we’re delighted to have secured funding from the English and History departments, as well as the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

It’s been a busy few weeks, what with the excitement of conference organising and the natural high that comes with being final year PhD students. Some call it “stress” or “temporary insanity”. Whatever it is, it keeps us out of trouble!

The structure of the conference programme is more or less laid out, the keynote speaker will be announced shortly and we’re working on a little surprise for our delegates. More on that later! For now, check out our Twitter and Facebook pages (links on the right) to stay up to date on everything that’s going on.


Prosopopoeia and Compunction in Old English Literature


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