A two day workshop at Durham University
April 1-2, 2019
Birley Room, Hatfield Conference
Who were Britain’s earliest philosophers? What were Alcuin of York’s contributions to philosophy? To what extent can we consider thinkers such as Hild, Bede, Cuthbert, Gildas, and Cædmon philosophers? How did philosophy reach Britain? Who was reading it, who was writing it, who was teaching it, who was learning it? In this seminal exploratory workshop, we will be considering these questions as well as other questions such as: What counts as philosophy in the early medieval British period? What are the boundary/ies between philosophy and theology? Is there a specifically/uniquely early British philosophical tradition? Just who was reading Alfred’s translation of Boethius?
|10:00-11:15||Invited talk: Barbara Denison||10:00-11:15||Invited talk: Mary Garrison|
|11:15-11:45||coffee break||11:15-11:45||coffee break|
|11:45-12:30||Contributed talk: Jack Coopey||11:45-12:30||Contributed talk: Eric Perl|
|13:30-14:15||Contributed talk: Conor P. O’Brien||13:30-14:15||Contributed talk: Alisa Kunitz-Dick|
|14:45-15:30||Contributed talk: Clelia Crialesi||14:45-16:00||Roundtable|
|16:00-17:15||Invited talk: Fred Biggs|
- Dr. Fred Biggs (Connecticut), “Bede as Witting and Unwitting Aesthetician: Scribere nempe libet namque uacare piget“
- Dr. Barbara Denison (Shippensburg)
- Dr. Mary Garrison (York)
- Jack Coopey (Durham), “Alcuin and Logic: The Task of True Philosophical Thinking in the Carolingian Renaissance in Alcuin’s Prologue“
- Dr. Clelia Crialesi (Rome/Paris), “Abbo of Fleury and His Arithmetical Teaching at Ramsey”
- Dr. Alisa Kunitz-Dick (Cambridge), “Place (Locus) in Alcuin’s Metaphysics”
- Dr. Conor P. O’Brien (Durham), “Why Do We Not Think of Bede as a Philosopher?”
- Dr. Eric Perl (Loyola Marymount), “‘Eall ϸeos mære gesceaft:’ Metaphysical Sensibilities in The Dream of the Rood“
An optional excursion to Lindisfarne is planned for April 3, after the conclusion of the workshop.
Registration & practical information (travel, accommodation, costs)
There will be no cost for attending the workshop. However, so that we can have appropriate number for catering, please email Dr. Sara L. Uckelman by March 22, 2019 if you wish to attend.
There will be a restaurant dinner on the evening of April 1, 2019. Non-speakers who wish to attend the dinner will be responsible for their own costs, and should email Dr. Sara L. Uckelman by March 25, 2019 if they wish to join, so that appropriate reservations can be made.
Accommodation is available through the Durham colleges B&B arrangements. For more information, see here and here. There are also a number of hotels and B&Bs within walking distance of Hatfield College, including:
- Garden House Inn
- The Victorian Townhouse
- The Bridge Hotel
- Castle View Guest House
- The Victoria Inn
- Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
- Radissun Blu Hotel
- Premier Inn