Project Title: Bishops, giants and the idea of Rome in early Anglo-Saxon literature
Principal Advisor: Dr Kriston Rennie
Australian Early Medieval Association Conference 2014: In early February, I attended the Australian Early Medieval Association Conference at Macquarie University, Sydney. The atmosphere was as stimulating as it was collegial, with wonderful keynote presentations on Pierre Gilles' Antiquities of Constantinople (Ken Parry, Macquarie), and issues of love and trauma in the early medieval classroom (Juanita Feros Ruys, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Sydney). A highlight of the conference was a personalised tour of the storage area at the Powerhouse Museum, which houses, among a multitude of other things, a Viking sword with an enigmatic inscription, and an impressive numismatic collection. I presented a paper entitled "Dustsceawung and the remains of Roman Britain in The Ruin" at the conference and was fortunate enough to win the Best Post-graduate or Early Career Researcher Paper Prize for this.

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