Session Title

The Business of Old English (A Panel Discussion)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Old English Forum, Modern Language Association

Organizer Name

Stephen J. Harris

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst

Presider Name

David F. Johnson

Presider Affiliation

Florida State Univ.

Paper Title 1

Journals

Presenter 1 Name

Stephen J. Harris

Paper Title 2

Teaching

Presenter 2 Name

Matthew T. Hussey

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Simon Fraser Univ.

Paper Title 3

Administration

Presenter 3 Name

Andrew P. Scheil

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Paper Title 4

Books

Presenter 4 Name

Thomas A. Bredehoft

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

14-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 106

Description

We are all expert in the ways that narratives shape perceptions of reality. Competing narratives about the “field of Old English” are no exception. Some are fashioned from a handful of examples, others, extrapolations from a personal story. These are contextualized within narratives about the decline of American education, increasing monetization of the university, lack of sufficient respect for teaching, and inequalities of wage, status, and opportunity. The MLA Old English Forum welcomes four speakers to describe the shape of the field based on statistically significant samples. We hope to discuss historical narratives of institutional change that account for changes in population and demographics, the evolving status of advanced degrees in the marketplace, funding models in private and public schools, tectonic shifts in publishing and distribution, digital delivery, teaching methods, assumptions about student preparedness, changes in pedagogical goals, and so forth. Four areas will be addressed: 1) Journals, 2) Administration, 3) Teaching, and 4) Books. Presentations are ten minutes, followed by a collaborative discussion.

Stephen Harris

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May 14th, 10:00 AM

The Business of Old English (A Panel Discussion)

Bernhard 106

We are all expert in the ways that narratives shape perceptions of reality. Competing narratives about the “field of Old English” are no exception. Some are fashioned from a handful of examples, others, extrapolations from a personal story. These are contextualized within narratives about the decline of American education, increasing monetization of the university, lack of sufficient respect for teaching, and inequalities of wage, status, and opportunity. The MLA Old English Forum welcomes four speakers to describe the shape of the field based on statistically significant samples. We hope to discuss historical narratives of institutional change that account for changes in population and demographics, the evolving status of advanced degrees in the marketplace, funding models in private and public schools, tectonic shifts in publishing and distribution, digital delivery, teaching methods, assumptions about student preparedness, changes in pedagogical goals, and so forth. Four areas will be addressed: 1) Journals, 2) Administration, 3) Teaching, and 4) Books. Presentations are ten minutes, followed by a collaborative discussion.

Stephen Harris