Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England

An Interdisciplinary Conference in Durham, England
August 3-4, 2001
St. John's College, University of Durham

Seminar Program

Friday, 3 August

8:30 a.m. coffee and tea service

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:15-11:00 Session 1 (Re)presenting and Contextualizing the Cross

CHAIR: Phyllis Brown, Santa Clara University
11:00-11:30 coffee and tea service

11:30-1:15 Session 2 Memorializing and Addressing the Cross

CHAIR: Helen Damico, University of New Mexico
1:15-2:30 Break for Lunch

2:30-4:15 Session 3 Venerating the Cross in Text, Sign, and Performance

CHAIR: David Rollason, University of Durham
4:15-4:45 coffee and tea service

4:45-5:45 Session 4 The Signficance of the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England: an Interdisciplinary Dialogue

CONVENER: Karen Louise Jolly, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Prelimary Questions:
  1. How, within our specific disciplines, do we see ways in which the Anglo-Saxon mind equated the specific shape of the cross with a larger, aesthetic meaning?
  2. In what ways do superstition and ritual meet or become contiguous in Anglo-Saxon England?
  3. What are the implications of the tension represented by the dual aspects of the Cross as objective symbol and the Cross as personal gesture?

Saturday, 4 August

Day tour to Bewcastle and Ruthwell Monuments