Plenary speakers


RoadNorth.jpgProf. Richard North (UCL)

Prof. Richard North got his BA from Oxford in 1983 and his PhD from Cambridge in 1987. He held a postdoc in Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 1987-8, and was appointed lecturer in Old and Middle English at UCL a year later, promoted to Reader in 1999 and to Prof in 2007. Since then he has taught English literature of all kinds, but mainly Old and Middle English, and also some Old Icelandic, to undergraduates and MA students, as well as supervising a small posse of PhD students.

In the past he has written on Anglo-Saxon paganism as this is reflected in Old English literature (Pagan Words and Christian Meanings 1991, Heathen Gods in Old English Literature 1997). More recently (2007, 2012) he has edited (with the late Joe Allard) ‘Beowulf’ & Other Stories, a collection of essays on Old English, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman literature, which is now in its second edition; and he produced most of the edited and translated texts in Pearson Longman Anthology of Old English, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman Literatures (2011).


Dr. Stuart Lee (Oxford)stuart-lee2

Dr. Stuart Lee got his BA from the University of Keele and his PhD from the King’s College, University of London. He holds a position as Lecturer; Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries and as Director, Computing Systems and Services (OUCS) at Merton College, University of Oxford.

His main area of research started as Old English (his PhD was on Ælfric’s Old Testament Homilies). In 1991 he began work in elearning and applying these to the arts (hence humanities computing). His research since then has been primarily in elearning, electronic libraries, digital publishing etc. He also has run major projects on the War poets which culminated in two large online projects (see; has worked on the fiction and manuscripts of J R R Tolkien, and ran the 2013 Tolkien and 2014 WW1 Poetry Spring Schools  at Oxford.


Prof. dr. Ans van Kemenade (Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen)

Prof. Van Kemenadedr. Ans van Kemenade holds the chair of English Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research group focuses on grammatical variation and historical change in the West-Germanic languages.

Her main research interests are in historical syntax and in syntactic variation and change, with emphasis in recent work on the interaction between syntax and information structure. She has published Syntactic Case and Morphological Case in the History of English (Mouton 1987) and co-authored The Syntax of early English (CUP 2000), and Morpho-syntactic Change: a Comparative Study of Particles and Prefixes (CUP 2012). She has edited special Issues of Lingua, Linguistics, the Yearbook of Morphology 2003, Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change (CUP 1997); the Handbook of the History of English (Blackwell 2006), and Historical Linguistics 2009 (John Benjamins 2012). She has furthermore published numerous articles, mainly on syntactic change in the history of English.


Dr. Belén Méndez Naya (USC)

Dr. Belén Méndez-Naya obtained an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1987 and a PhD in English Linguistics in 1995, with a dissertation, supervised by Teresa Fanego, on complementation in Old English. From January 1988 to October 1997 she worked as a researcher and lecturer in the English Department of Santiago de Compostela, and in November 1997 she obtained a position as tenured Senior Lecturer in English.

Belén serves on the Editorial Boards of Folia Linguistica and SELIM, the official journals of, respectively, the Societas Linguistica Europaea and the Spanish Society for Mediaeval English Language and Literature. She is the treasurer of AEDEAN, the Spanish Association for English and American Studies.

Her main research interests are grammaticalization processes in the history of English, clausal complementation and mood selection in Old and Middle English, and the development of English intensifiers.