Welcome to the information site for the Making Early Middle English Conference, held at the University of Victoria, 23-25 September 2016. This conference was funded by a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), by the NEH-funded Archive of Early Middle English (AEME), and by the University of Victoria (UVic) Faculty of Humanities and Department of English. The UVic Religious Studies Program and UVic Libraries Special Collections also sponsored conference events. Book tables and conference discounts were provided by Broadview Press and MIP-Arc Humanities Press.

This three-day conference on the Early Middle English period (roughly ca. 1100- 1350 CE), and its literary and cultural history, included approximately 60 presenters, delivering research in concurrent sessions each of the three days, as well as presentation on digital editing of medieval materials, a gallery of manuscript materials held at UVic, and networking events. The schedule was organized around a keynote-speaker series: major scholars in their fields, who spoke to the multilingual and multicultural contexts of Early Middle English literature, via Celtic languages, Latin, French (Anglo-Norman), Hebrew, and trilingual/macaronic literary productions with English. With this field-defining event, we encouraged new research clusters, editorial projects, and collaborations.

We give special thanks to all those who provided institutional support at UVic (Margaret Cameron, Alejandra de la Hoz, Kaisha de Ochoa, Iain Macleod Higgins, Martin Holmes, Susanne Murphy, Patricia Ormond, Dailyn Ramirez, Amelia Santos, and Lisa Surridge); and to the many student volunteers and assistants who made this event a success (Michael Carelse, Reuben Copley, Catriona Duncan, Ravana Eagleheart, Brooke Isherwood, Megan Kazakoff, Sydney Kemp, Stephanie J. Lahey, Iona Lister, Rachel Ludwig, Sydney Terepocki, and Katie Yakovleva). We also acknowledge the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territories the University of Victoria stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Adrienne Williams Boyarin (UVic)
Dorothy Kim (Vassar)