Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland aims to promote and support the teaching of Old English in British and Irish Universities, and to raise the profile of the Old English language, Old English literature and Anglo-Saxon England in the public eye. The organisation consists of some 200 professionals, students and other enthusiasts; it produces its own newsletter, holds an annual meeting and an AGM.
The theme of the 2017 Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland conference is ‘Old English Across Borders’. Papers consider the notion of borders, boundaries and transitions in Old English literature; the transmission of material between Anglo-Saxon England and its neighbours; crossing generic and disciplinary boundaries in the teaching of Old English; outreach and public engagement initiatives; and the challenges (and opportunities) for closer cross-national collaboration and research in the current academic climate. Many papers have a pedagogical focus, and graduate students are particularly encouraged to participate.