A Message from the Executive Director

January, 2016

In light of recent controversies in the field of medieval studies (and in academic culture at large) concerning ethical conduct and practices, the Executive Committee and the Advisory Board of ISAS have unanimously approved the following, public statement:

“As enshrined in our Constitution, the purpose of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists is: to provide all scholars interested in the languages, literatures, arts, history, and material culture of Anglo-Saxon England with support in their research and to facilitate an exchange of ideas and materials within and between the disciplines.

This work cannot take place in environments that tolerate prejudice, inequity, harassment of any kind, or related unethical behavior, and ISAS affirms its ongoing commitment to helping fashion an academic culture that fosters professional courtesy, respect, equity, tolerance and inclusion for all of its members, and for all people working in our related disciplines.”

In addition, ISAS has been and will be taking a number of active initiatives related to this commitment. These include:

Other initiatives are too early in the planning states to announce, but are to follow.

Thank you to all who continue to support Anglo-Saxon studies, and strive to make our field a welcoming place for all.


Martin Foys

Executive Director of ISAS, on behalf of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board of ISAS


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Welcome to ISAS, the organization of record for the field of Anglo-Saxon Studies. ISAS currently has over 600 active members from 20 different countries, ranging from graduate students just starting their careers to the most established, experienced and respected scholars in the field. ISAS's work currently includes mounting our biennial conference, running graduate workshops, awarding publication prizes, sponsoring "New Voices" sessions at Kalamazoo and Leeds for young scholars in the field, maintaining the ISAS list-serv and on-line membership directory as a central basis of communication for active members in the field, and working to support affiliated organizations such as the Old English Newsletter, Anglo-Saxon England, and the Lynn Grundy Memorial Trust. For all of this, and more, a far-reaching membership base is vital, and so if you are not a member, please do consider becoming one—you can do so by clicking on the link to Join ISAS above.

This site is a gateway for those interested in English history, art, archaeology, literature, language, religion, society, numismatics, and related fields between the years c. 450 and 1100 AD. We also list events and conferences (our biannual conference will be held in Dublin in 2013, and Glasgow in 2015), as well as information about the Old English Newsletter and ISAS publications. A special section has been designed specifically for graduate students and others new to the field of Anglo-Saxon studies; this section includes listings of ISAS-sponsored conference sessions at Leeds and Kalamazoo, as well as a catalouge of web resources.