Mellon Seminar: The Ideological Foundations of Insular Law and Its Sources, c. 600-c. 900


Location: Medieval Institute Reading Room, 715 Hesburgh Library

Bryan Carella, Assistant Professor of English Literature, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts

John Carey, Department of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork (Ireland)
Andrew Rabin, Department of English, The University of Louisville (Kentucky)
Charles D. Wright, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Carella is the 2009-10 Mellon Fellow at the Medieval Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation examined “Alcuin and Alfred: Two Anglo-Saxon Legal Reformers.” He is working on a book-length study that examines the various strategies employed by insular legalists to explain the relationship between secular and ecclesiastical law during the three centuries following the advent of Christianity in England (roughly from 600 to 900 A.D.).

The seminar will begin with an overview by Prof. Carella of his work to-date and conclude with individual critiques of his manuscript-in-progress by the three panelists. Audience members are encouraged to engage Prof. Carella and the panelists in a question-and-answer discussion after their presentations.

Event sponsored by the Medieval Institute.

Seminar attendees are invited to attend a lunch with the speakers at the conclusion of the morning’s proceedings.