Greetings to you all!

Eighteenth Biennial Meeting of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
31 July – 4 August 2017

Regular registration closes April 28!!  Please visit the registration page for information on how to register for the conference.

The Draft Program is now available:  ISASHonolulu2017DraftProgram

The conference theme for ISAS Honolulu is Global Perspectives on Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Saxonisms, with the aim to explore world comparative views of early medieval insular history, language, literature, art, and archaeology.

The Pacific venue is ideal for gaining a broader understanding of our field precisely because Hawaiʻi is not Anglo-Saxon England: viewing our research from halfway around the world puts Anglo-Saxon studies in perspective, looking from the outside in—and potentially inside out. In particular, a global and comparative view suggests new ways of thinking about the relationship between past and present and the role that English language, history, and culture play on a world stage.

Our two keynote speakers addressing the larger framework and theory behind world comparative approaches are:

Kathleekathleen-davis-webn Davis, Professor of English, University of Rhode Island, author of Periodization and Sovereignty: How Ideas of Feudalism and Secularization Govern the Politics of Time (2008) and co-editor with Nadia Altschul of Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “the Middle Ages” Outside Europe (2009). MWScott

Michael W. Scott, London School of Economics & Political Science, an anthropologist of Oceania and author of The Severed Snake:  Matrilineages, Making Place, and a Melanesian Christianity in Southeast Solomon Islands (2007).

We have over seventy papers and project reports planned for the program, the highest number of acceptances ISAS has done.  The reason for this increase is that the Honolulu conference will try out a new format creating a series of break-out sessions to accommodate various disciplinary strands within and beyond the conference theme. The program includes presentations applying global and comparative perspectives to the study of Anglo-Saxon England as well as specialized topics within our field.  A preliminary program will be posted in early March.

In the spirit of our conference global theme, we would like to say, on behalf of both ISAS and the Hawai‘i ‘ohana (community):  

We welcome everyone to ISAS 2017 and our multicultural state with aloha. 

The University of Hawai‘i “will not permit intolerance or harassment based on race, religion, immigration status, national origin, gender, LGBTQ+ status or disability” and remains committed  “to serve all members of our community, regardless of citizenship status.”  

ISAS is by definition an international organization of scholars, and one dedicated to tolerance, equity, inclusion and respect. As such it remains committed to fostering opportunities for academics of all nations to freely travel, meet and exchange ideas and research, regardless of citizenship or country of origin. 

Given the new U.S. President’s recent Executive Order restricting the travel of the citizens of some countries to the U.S., if you have any concerns about travel into the U.S. for this year’s conference, please contact Karen Jolly ( 

Questions related to the details of the conference should be directed to the conference event coordinator, Michael Corsi at