2019 IONA Conference

Simon Fraser University - Vancouver Campus

April 11-13, 2019

IONA: Seafaring is a three-day international conference on the islands of the North Atlantic that brings together scholars of early medieval Ireland, Britain, and Scandinavia to imagine cooperative, interdisciplinary futures for the study of North Atlantic archipelagos during the early medieval period. The conference will be held at Simon Fraser University at the downtown campus in Vancouver, BC, April 11-13, 2019.


Opening Plenary and Reception

Wednesday, April 10th 5:30-7:30pm

Joseph and Rosalie Wosk Centre for Dialogue, ICBC Salons Simon Fraser University
580 West Hastings, Vancouver BC

Matthew Hussey, English, Simon Fraser University Welcome and Introduction

Eldon Yellowhorn (Archaeology & First Nations Studies, Simon Fraser University), “Understanding Blackfoot Antiquity on the Northern Plains of North America during the Medieval Period"


Thursday, April 11th 4:00 - 5:30pm

Harbour Centre 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre

Siân Echard (University of British Columbia), Introduction

Elaine Treharne (Department of English, Stanford University)
“‘Yn ol cynefin gynt’: What does it mean to 'belong' in Medieval Studies?”


Friday, April 12th 4:00 - 5:30pm

Harbour Centre 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre

Clare Lees (School of Advanced Study, University of London), Introduction

Nicola Griffith (author of seven novels including Hild (2013), Winner of the Lambda Award, Tiptree Award, Nebula Award)
“The Personal is Political and Scholarly and Creative”


Saturday, April 13th 4:00 - 5:30pm

Harbour Centre 1900, Fletcher Challenge Theatre

Deanna Reader (First Nations Studies and Department of English, Simon Fraser University), Introduction

Abraham Anghik Ruben (Order of Canada, sculptor in stone and bronze reflecting stories, myths, and legends of Western Arctic culture)
“Ancient Inuit and Norse: Myths, Shamanism, and Consequences of Contact”


IONA Sessions

IONA will be running three types of sessions in one hour and forty-five minute blocks. Seminars will run in two or three blocks over two or three days and invite participants to commit and contribute before the conference. Labs and workshops will mostly run for one or two blocks, mostly on a single day. Labs and workshops may also invite participants to contribute or commit beforehand, but some will not. All sessions will be open to registered conference attendees.


The Contemporary Medieval: Critical and Creative Methods, Practices, and Environments
            Organizers: Josh Davies, Clare A. Lees, Gillian R. Overing

Inclusive Pedagogies in Medieval Studies
            Organizers: Marjorie Housley, Courtney Barajas

Theorizing Bodies and Minds
            Organizers: Rachel Anderson, Marjorie Housley, Kristen Mills, Erin Sweany

Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA
            Organizers: Mary Rambaran-Olm, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, Valerie M. Wilhite

From Fibre to Decorated Textiles in the Early North Atlantic: Making, Methods, Meanings (workshop/seminar)
            Organizer: Alexandra Makin

We’re All Migrants: What Now? Borders and Indigeneity in the Early Middle Ages and Today
            Organizers: Dongwon Esther Kim, Kathryn Maude

(Re)constructing History through Landscape and Practice
            Organizers: Pamela O’Neill, Jay Johnston

Decolonizing Early Medieval Sovereignties
            Organizers: Mo Pareles, Robert Rouse, Wallace Cleaves

Revisiting Archives
            Organizers: Mary Kate Hurley, Jordan Zweck


Unexpected Islands
            Organizer: Jeremy DeAngelo

New Materialism, Old English
            Organizer: Jaqueline Fay

Re-voicing the Cross-cultural Networks of the North Atlantic Archipelagos: Modern and Contemporary Women’s Perspectives
            Organizers: Fran Allfrey, Francesca Brooks, Beth Whalley

Northern Osmosis: Literary Viscosity as Material Solidarity
            Organizers: Sarah-Nelle Jackson, C. Elizabeth Rosch, Scott Russell

Teaching the Middle Ages of the North Atlantic Outside the R1
            Organizers: Jay Paul Gates, Brian T. O’Camb

The Affordances of Seascapes: (Re)situating Island Monasteries
            Organizers: Ryan Lash, Adrian Maldonado


What are the Best Practices for the Evolving, 21st Century Job Market?
            Organizers: Georgia Henley, Joey McMullen

Celtic Pedagogies
            Organizer: Matthieu Boyd

Introductory Masterclass on Old and Middle Irish for Beginners
            Organizers: Joey McMullen, Georgia Henley

Introductory Masterclass on Middle Welsh for Beginners
            Organizers: Georgia Henley, Joey McMullen

Decentering Whiteness in Medieval Texts, in the Field and the Classroom
            Organizers: Mary Rambaran-Olm, Nahir Otaño-Gracia, Valerie M. Wilhite

Insular Latin Paleography
            Organizer: Lane Springer

Inscription and Textual Objects
            Organizer: Elaine Treharne