Call for Papers: Studies on the Heliand at Kalamazoo 2022

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To get things started, I am thrilled to announce that my essay “Teaching the Ninth-Century Heliand in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom” was recently published in the spring 2021 issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. You can find the proof version of this article in the “Research” section of this website.

I am also happy to announce that Old Saxon at Kalamazoo will be making a return at the 2022 International Congress on Medieval Studies. While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from hosting panels in 2021, we are happy to say that both our traditional paper panel and a roundtable discussing “Teaching the Old Saxon Heliand” will take place at the 2022 Congress. Past paper panels have included excellent work by scholars from a wide range of disciplines, and we hope 2022 will be no exception. You can find the call for papers below, and I hope you will consider submitting an abstract.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Studies in the Heliand: Special Session for the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, hosted online 9-14 May 2022

The Heliand is the primary surviving text written in the Old Saxon language. In this remarkable work, the poet adapts Tatian’s Diatessaron into a Germanic epic by, among other things, adopting alliterative verse and refiguring Jesus as a Germanic lord. While all topics and approaches are welcome, we are especially interested in: the relationship between the Heliand, its sources, and other Germanic translations of the Diatessaron; the poet’s choices while adapting the text; and the Heliand‘s relationship to works of Old English literature.

You can submit your abstract and information at

Submission deadline: Wednesday, September 15

For questions, please contact Perry Neil Harrison: