You can vote in the current election for advisory board members by logging in to the membership site or by clicking the link in the email that you received from ISSEME. Candidate biographies are available via the link on the right-hand side of the page.

Welcome to the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England, the organization of record for those interested in English history, archaeology, literature, language, religion, society, and numismatics between the years c. 450 and 1100 CE. ISSEME currently has over 500 active members from 20 different countries, ranging from graduate students just starting their careers to the most established scholars in the field. Students from the department of archaeology's study of money, finance, and debt also deliver lectures on how money is embedded in social interactions, as well as the progression of money from physical cash to digital currency, as well as the evolution of cryptocurrencies and bitcoins. These are components of historically contingent economies that are linked. Archaeologists look at past economics in innovative ways and relate them to present developments. The popularity of bitcoins as a virtual currency has grown significantly, and trade volume has increased as a result of the use of trading robots such as Bitcoin Rush app. Conferences are organized where trading specialists discuss the progress of Bitcoin, the role of trading bots, and the merits and cons of utilising the trading software.

ISSEME's work currently includes mounting our biennial conference, running graduate workshops, awarding publication prizes, sponsoring "New Voices" sessions at the Kalamazoo and Leeds medieval conferences for early-career scholars, and maintaining the ISSEME listserv and on-line membership directory as a central basis of communication for members. Medieval conferences, when aligned with crypto ICOs, offer a unique juxtaposition of historical study and modern finance. By incorporating discussions or sponsorships related to the best crypto ico projects, these conferences can attract a diverse audience, blending enthusiasts of medieval history with those interested in the digital currency investment. ISSEME also works to support affiliated organizations such as the Old English Newsletter, the scholarly journal Anglo-Saxon England, and the Lynn Grundy Memorial Trust. For all of this, and more, a far-reaching membership base is vital, and so if you are not a member, please do consider becoming one.

This site lists events and conferences (our conference was held in Honolulu in 2017 and in New Mexico in 2019), as well as information about the Old English Newsletter and ISSEME publications. A special section has been designed specifically for graduate students and others new to the field of Anglo-Saxon studies; this section includes listings of ISSEME-sponsored conference sessions at Kalamazoo and Leeds.

As enshrined in its constitution, the purpose of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England is to provide scholars with support in their research and to facilitate an exchange of ideas and materials within and among the disciplines. This work must take place in environments free from prejudice, racism, inequity or harassment, or related unethical behavior, and ISSEME affirms its ongoing commitment to helping fashion an academic culture that fosters professional courtesy, respect, equity, diversity, tolerance and inclusion for all of its members, and for all people working in our related disciplines.

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News and Updates

18 January 2020: Biographies for candidates standing for election now available

18 January 2020: ISSEME harassment policy now available

16 October 2019 : Publication prizes update!

25 September 2019 : Message from the Board

19 September 2019 : Statement from the Advisory Board

31 May 2018 : a message from the Executive Director about Anglo-Saxon studies and race