First International Conference on John Bradburne

First International Conference on John Bradburne (1921-1979): Mystic Poet and Martyr

Venue: University for Foreigners of Perugia, Aula Magna, Thursday, March 30, 2017

This conference is a tribute to a neglected poet and Franciscan martyr. It is a privilege to host it in Umbria. John Bradburne wrote many poems inspired by Umbria and Saint Francis, and one of the reasons for his strong African ‘sense of place’ was that the hills of Zimbabwe reminded him of the Apennine  and the Assisi The influence of Franciscan poetics and a theology of militant love, as well as a mystical wedding to Our Lady is recurrent in his themes. He is now recognized as the most prolific poet in the history of Anglophone literature having written twice as much verse as Shakespeare. French historian Didier Rance has translated his poems into French. An online corpus of his John Bradburne’s poems has been compiled and edited by the British linguistics author and reference-book editor David Crystal.

John Bradburne, FTO (Franciscan Third Order) was born into an English ecclesiastical family. After heroic war-time service (Military Cross)  with Gurkhan Indian Army in Malay and Burma, and miraculous survival in the jungle, he entered the Catholic  Church. He studied theology in Louvain where he was a novitiate (1950-52). In the 1950s, he embarked on spiritual journeys through France and  Greece. His pilgrimage to the Holy Land took him through Italy twice: to Umbria and Campania, where he lived for one year. He spent the last ten years of his life in a leprosy settlement in Rhodesia . During the Rhodesian civil war, he refused to leave his lepers; after being abducted and tortured, he was tried by the guerrillas and released, only to be shot. At the moment of his passing away and at his Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of Salisbury, inexplicable events occurred.

Old and Middle English Summer School

Naxos, Greece: Old and Middle English Summer School, 19-27 July 2017

Host Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of English.

The summer school will offer Old and Middle English intensive language and linguistics classes for a period of nine days. The aim is to attract students and scholars to study Old and Middle English in a relaxed yet very focused and stimulating atmosphere that promotes in depth analysis and discussion.

Certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants plus certification of the 6 ECTS gained.

Please notice that the registration fees cover the accommodation in the municipality hostel for the whole period of classes.

Students will also be offered a discount of 50% for the ferry tickets, and a light lunch will be offered to participants.

Summer school site:

http://www.enl.auth.gr/summerschool/2017

Faculty:

Alexander Bergs, University of Osnabrück
Olga Fischer, University of Amsterdam
Nikolaos Lavidas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Donka Minkova, University of California, Los Angeles

Courses:

An introduction to Old English phonology and meter (Donka Minkova)
How did English change? A basic course in Old English and the circumstances that led to its modern appearance (Olga Fischer)
Variation in Old and Middle English (Historical corpora and linguistic theory) (Nikolaos Lavidas)
Historical Sociolinguistics: Old and Middle English (Alexander Bergs)

Workshop (26 July):

New Approaches to the History of Early English(es) II

EJES – 20th Anniversary

ejes-logoCelebrating 20 Years of EJES (The European Journal of English Studies)

2016 brings the publication of the 20th volume of the European Journal of English Studies (EJES). To mark this occasion, the Editors have curated a special collection of articles which not only showcases the breadth of scholarship that has been a feature of the journal over the last two decades, but also hopes to inspire contributions for future issues. The anniversary collection features an article from each volume of EJES, free to read, with a commentary from the Editors. It also includes an insightful introduction from Professor Kayman which is designed not only to look back on previous content, but also to inspire contributions for future themed issues.

You can see the Virtual Special Issue on the Taylor & Francis website here: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/neje-20th-anniversary-vsi.

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