Celtic Literature and Culture topics include aspects of Celtic literatures and cultures from ancient to modern times, with an emphasis on new approaches to these topics. In addition, the seminar seeks to explore interfaces with other literatures and oral traditions.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events 2018 - 19

Brian Frykenberg, Natasha Sumner, Greg Darwin, Michael Newell, and Máire Concannon
Boston and the Irish Language Project
Memorable Conversations and Oral Histories: Interviewing Irish-Language Speakers in Boston
Christine Primrose, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College, University of the Highlands and Islands
A Lone Voice: Acclaimed Scottish Singer Christine Primrose Performs Traditional Gaelic Songs and Discusses the Gaelic Song Tradition
Pádraig Ó Siadhail, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Contemporary Irish-Language Novel: Authors, Genres, Themes, and Issues
Paul Russell, University of Cambridge
Saints on the Move: The Later Lives of St David
Sìm Innes, University of Glasgow
Fionn mac Cumhaill to Cinderella: Cultural Change in Early 20th-Century Scottish Gaelic Children’s Plays
Joshua Byron Smith, University of Arkansas
Fictional Old Books in Medieval Ireland and Wales
Roy Flechner, University College Dublin
Identifying Debates in the Current Historiography of Early Medieval Ireland

Past Events 2017 - 18

Margo Griffin-Wilson, University of Cambridge
Editing and Interpreting Teallach coisreagtha críoch Bharrach (c. 1600): A Bardic Poem to Dáibhídh de Barra
Dorothy Africa, Harvard University
Telling a Book and its Cover: Medieval Western Book Construction
Sim Innes, University of Glasgow
Pastoral for Warriors: 18th-Century Scottish Enlightenment in Gaelic Poetry
Geraldine Parsons, University of Glasgow
The Cáma enigma: re-reading the opening of Acallam na Senórach
Roy Flechner, University College Dublin
Pseudo-Origen and the Earliest Irish World Chronicle
Máiréad Nic Craith, Heriot-Watt University
The “Almost Medieval” World of Tomás Ó Criomhthain: Perspectives of Visiting Folklorists
Liam Breatnach, Dublin Institute for Advanced Study
Marriage in Early Medieval Ireland: Sources and Interpretations

Past Events 2016 - 17

Peredur I. Lynch, Bangor University
Welsh Poetry and Neuroscience
Huw Pryce, Bangor University
History and Legend: Remembering Rulers in Medieval Wales
Aidan Doyle, University College Cork, Ireland
Language and Religion in Ireland, 1800-1870
Brian Frykenberg
Evocations of Immortality: Interpreting Suibhne's Praise of the Garbh
Nancy Edwards, Bangor University
Early Medieval Wales: Material Evidence and Identity
Tudur Hallam
The Poetics of Biculturalism: Lessons from Wales: Dylan Thomas and Saunders Lewis
Margo Griffin-Wilson, University of Cambridge
Recognition and Reconciliation in an Irish Bardic Poem of Petition
Margaret Lloyd, Springfield College
Traveling on My Own Errands: Voices of Women from The Mabinogi

Past Events 2015 - 16

E. Wyn James, Cardiff University
Identity, Immigration, and Assimilation: The Case of the Welsh Settlement in Patagonia
Katharine Olson, Bangor University
"The Seven Journeys of the Soul": Women, Manuscript Culture, and the Apocalypse in Medieval and Renaissance Wales and Ireland
Christopher Loveluck, University of Nottingham
Atlantic Networks and Social Change in the Early Medieval West: Western Britain and Ireland in an Expanding Archaeological Context, c. AD 400-1200
Vera Kreilkamp, Boston College
Diana Larsen, Boston College
Planning “The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish”
Edel Bhreathnach, Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland
Kings, Ceremonies, and Landscapes: Understanding the Royal Sites of Ireland
Chris Killip, Harvard University
On Being Manx
Matthieu Boyd, Fairleigh Dickinson University
On Not Eating Dog
Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Glenstal Abbey and Boston College
Daughters of Eve: Women and Religion in Late Medieval Ireland
Natasha Sumner, Harvard University
Fionn mac Cumhaill from the Revival to the Big Screen

Past Events 2014 - 15

Francis Ludlow, Yale University
Extreme Weather, Violence, and Conflict in Medieval Irish Chronicles
Aled Llion Jones, Bangor University
Poets, Princes, Grammar, Death: Reading the Gogynfeirdd with Heidegger
Maureen Murphy, Hofstra University
Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine

Past Events 2013 - 14

Helen Fulton, University of York
Troy on the Medieval March of Wales: The Welsh Troy Story and the Middle English Seege or Batayle of Troy
Geraint Evans, Swansea University
Robert Southwell and Welsh Printing in Paris, c. 1610
Liam Breatnach, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Fíngen mac Flainn’s Poem to the Fir Arddae: An Early Medieval Irish Threat of Satire
Clare Carroll, Queens College, CUNY
The Historian as Exile: Luke Wadding’s Franciscan Annals Between Global and Local Affiliations
Brian Frykenberg, Museum of Printing
The Death of the Wild-Man in the Legend of Suibhne Geilt
Matthieu Boyd, Fairleigh Dickenson University
Seven Ways of Looking at the Barzaz Breiz
Sìm Innes, University of Glasgow & Harvard University
The Minority Language Stage: Shakespeare’s Scottish Play in Scottish Gaelic

Past Events 2012 - 13

William Nolan, University College Dublin
"Young Ireland, The Nation, and the Irish language in the 1840s"
Elizabeth FitzPatrick, Harvard University and NUI Galway
“The Mindful Past: Exploring Ways of Finding Medieval Gaelic Royal Demesnes in Ireland”
Sarah Covington, Queens College
"The Irish Afterlives of Oliver Cromwell: Folklore, Memory, and Landscape, 1650-1800"
Elizabeth A. Gray, Harvard University
"Visible Raven, Virtual Wolf: Deirdre as Satirist and Fénnid in Longes mac n-Uislenn"
Elizabeth A. Gray, Harvard University
"Visible Raven, Virtual Wolf: Deirdre as Satirist and Fénnid in Longes mac n-Uislenn"
Nancy Netzer, Boston College
“The Book of Durrow: Old Story amidst New Discoveries”

Past Events 2011 - 12

David Dumville, University of Aberdeen
"In Conversation with an Irish Penguin: What is Mediaeval Gaelic Poetry?"
Francis Ludlow, Harvard University
"Exploring the Reliability and Potential of the Environmental Record in the Irish Annals, c.425-1650 AD"
Fiona Dunn, University of Glasgow
“Minority Language Policy & Planning: The Promotion of Scottish Gaelic in Higher Education”
Daniel Williams, Harvard University
"Convergence and Divergence in African American and Celtic Studies"
Katharine Olson, Harvard University
"Religious Identities, Cultural Reorientation, and the Literary Tradition in Britain and Ireland, c.1435-c.1700: The Case of Wales"
Barbara Hillers, Harvard University
“’The Wandering of Ulysses’ and the Makings of Early Irish Literature”
E. Wyn James, Harvard University
“Images of Slavery and Welsh Print Culture”
Paul Russell, University of Cambridge
“In aliis libris: Adaptation and Reworking in the Commentaries to Amrae Coluimb Chille”

Past Events 2010 - 11

Rory McTurk, University of Leeds and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
"Ferguson’s Fight with the Worm: An Ulsterman’s Viking Death-Song"
Paul Russell, University of Cambridge
"Etmic Dinbych: Some Thoughts on Editing an Early Welsh Poem"
Brendan Kane, University of Connecticut
"Irish Views of England and London, 1500-1660"
Jerry Hunter, Bangor University
"Byd Anafus - Staging Anarchy: Folk Culture and Popular Drama in Early-Modern Wales"
Bryan Carella, Assumption College
"Irish Vernacular Law and the New Testament: Pseudo-history and Gentile Identity in Early Irish Legal Thought"