The long ninth century was an important period for the history of vernacular languages in Europe in both Eastern and Western Christendom. Some of those languages appeared for the first time in written form and others changed considerably. This conference will compare and contrast the different histories of a wide variety of languages in this period including Old English, Old Norse, Frisian, Slavonic, Old Irish and Old High German. We will address questions such as: To what extent were their histories inter-connected? Why was this happening in the ninth century? To what extent was this mainly a religious and elite phenomenon or was it more widespread?
Speakers include: Alban Gautier (Université de Caen Normandie), Robert Gallagher (University of Oxford), Francesca Tinti (Universidad del País Vasco), Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham), Bianca Patria (Universitetet i Oslo), Marco Mostert (Universiteit Utrecht), Helen Gittos (University of Oxford), Martin Gravel (Université Paris VIII Vincennes Saint-Denis), Katy Cubitt (University of East Anglia), Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (University of Cambridge), Elizabeth Tyler (University of York), Anna Adamska (Universiteit Utrecht), Thomas Lienhard (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), Mirela Ivanova (University of Oxford), David Kalhous (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), Magali Coumert (Université de Bretagne occidentale, Brest), Jens Scheider (Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée), Christine Rauer (University of St Andrews), Ciaran Arthur (Queen’s University, Belfast), Élise Louviot (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), Pierre-Yves Lambert (École pratique des hautes études, Paris), Nicolai Egjar Engesland (Universitetet i Oslo), and Benoît Grévin (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris).