Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Call for Papers -- SCN Symposium 2012

The call for papers has just been announced for the XII International Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica, which will be held 11-13 June 2012 in Helsinki. Papers of 20 minutes in length are invited on any aspect of Celtic Studies. Abstracts of 200 words or less as well as proposals for sessions are due to conference oganizers by 29 February 2012.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Prof. Tom O'Loughlin, Prof. Peter Schrijver, and Dr. Jane Webster.

For more information on the symposium, visit the SCN website.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Online Irish Book Club -- Readings for 2012

Clubleabhar.com is an 'online book club [that] aims to encourage people in Ireland and abroad to read Irish language books'. Registration for groups and individuals is free and can be completed on the Clubleabhar website. The selections for 2012 are as follows:
  • January: Scéal Ghearóid Iarlaby Máire Mhac an tSaoi
  • February: Filíocht Ghrá na Gaeilge edited by Ciarán Mac Murchaidh
  • March: Filleann Seoirse by Éilís Ní Anluain
  • April: I gCóngar i gCéin by Pádraig Standún
  • May: Beirt Bhan Mhisniúla by Pádraig Ó Siadhail
  • June: Ólann mo Mhiúil as an nGainséis by Gabriel Rosenstock
Sample chapters and vocabulary lists are available on the Clubleabhar website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UCLA Celtic / CSANA Conference 2012

Here is the call for papers for the 2012 UCLA Celtic / CSANA Conference. Hyperlinks in the original announcement have been modified to suit the blog's format:

"CALL FOR PAPERS­ University of California Celtic Studies Conference/Annual Meeting of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, March 8-11, 2012

Members of CSANA are invited to submit paper proposals on Celtic topics for this upcoming conference, sponsored jointly by the UCLA Celtic Colloquium, the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the UCLA Department of English, the UCLA Indo-European Studies Program, the UCLA Dean of Humanities, and California State University, Bakersfield, along with the Celtic Studies Association of North America.

The proposal should be no longer than a double-spaced page and should indicate any audio-visual needs. Proposals may be submitted to Joseph Nagy as late as January 13 (Friday), and those whose proposals have been approved by the program committee will be informed no later than the end of that month.

Only proposals from members of CSANA in good standing (i.e., fully paid-up members) will be accepted. For information on how to join CSANA or renew your membership, please see the website.

Invited speakers include Thomas Clancy (Univ. Glasgow); Fiona Edmonds (Cambridge); Sìm Innes (Harvard); Tara MacLeod (Notre Dame); Torsten Meissner (Cambridge); Daniel Melia (UC Berkeley); Brian Ó Conchubhair (Notre Dame); Nollaig Ó Muraile (NUI Galway); Paul Russell (Cambridge); David Stifter (Maynooth); and Karin Stüber (Univ. Zürich).

A special session on texts pertaining to the “heroic biography” of Conchobar mac Nessa is being organized by Chantal Kobel (Trinity College Dublin) and Anna Pagé (UCLA).

Plans are also afoot for a reception Thursday evening, a concert Friday evening, a banquet in Westwood Village (next to the UCLA campus) Saturday evening, and an expedition Sunday afternoon for conference members staying on after the final paper session (which should be over by three o’clock). Details will be forthcoming.

For information about hotels in the UCLA area, see:
(Note: the UCLA Celtic Colloquium does not vouch for the “Banana Bungalow.”)

We hope to see you here in March! For more information, please contact Professor Joseph Nagy, co-chair of the program committee."

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Call for Papers -- Cambridge Colloquium 2012

"The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge invites paper proposals from Masters and Doctoral students for its annual interdisciplinary postgraduate conference."

The theme for this year's conference, which will take place on February 25, is "Junctions and Crossroads."

Proposals of no more than 250 words are due to conference organizers by 19 December 2011.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ICM 2012

The 26th Irish Conference of Medievalists will take place at University College, Dublin on 5-7 July 2012.  A call for papers is forthcoming and will be posted on the ICM website.

IASIL Montreal 2012

The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures has put out a call for papers for its conference on 'Weighing Words: Interdisciplinary Engagements with and within Irish Literatures'. The conference will be held 30 July through 3 August 2012 at Concordia University, Montreal. Proposals of 250 to 500 words and brief author biographies are due to conference organizers by 1 March 2012.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NAACLT Conference 2012

The North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers has just announced that its 2012 conference will be held at Indiana University from May 30 to June 2.  Further information about the conference will soon be available on the NAACLT website, and a call for papers is forthcoming.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Celtic Studies Conference, Bangor

The call for papers has just been announced for The Inaugural Bangor Conference of Celtic Studies, which will be held 21-23 July 2012 at Prifysgol Bangor University, North Wales. Twenty-minute papers in Welsh or English on any aspect of Celtic Studies are welcome. Proposals (250 words in length) are due to conference organizers by 31 January 2012.

ITS Seminar 2011

Na Ranna Gaeilge, COC ~ Cumann na Scríbheann nGaedhilge is hosting its thirteenth annual seminar on 5 November 2011 in the O'Rahilly Building 212 on the campus of University College, Cork.  This year's seminar, which begins at 9:30 and runs till 4:45, will focus on the late Munster text of Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh (ITS vols 26-27).  For more information on this event, contact Dr. Pádraigín Riggs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Graduate Student Conference at Notre Dame

Here is the call for papers for a new graduate student conference at Notre Dame:

"Hybrid Irelands: At Culture’s Edge
(Abstracts due November 15th, 2011)

A Graduate-Student Conference Exploring the Relationship between Hybridity and Irish Literature

Place:  University of Notre Dame
Date:   March 29-31, 2012
Keynote Speakers: Terry Eagleton (University of Lancaster, University of Notre Dame), David Lloyd (University of Southern California), Clair Wills (Queen Mary, University of London)

Poetry Reading: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Medbh McGuckian (tentative) (Queen’s University, Belfast)

In recent literary and cultural analyses, Ireland’s unique relation to various notions of hybridity has been given preliminary consideration. Whether pertaining to genres and styles, discourses and disciplines, or identities and influences, it has become apparent that a defining feature of many Irish works is their resistance to traditional, narrow categorization. In an attempt to expand upon these earlier approaches, the Keough-Naughton Institute at the University of Notre Dame will be holding a three-day graduate-student conference to address the relationship between hybridity and Irish literature, with a special focus on texts from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Submissions might interrogate past engagements with the concept of hybridity—a term itself which has no clear definition—as well as posit possible new understandings of “the hybrid” that are specific to Ireland. We invite criticism that focuses on conventionally understood literary genres (poetry, fiction, drama, memoir) as well as work from related fields, including but not limited to history, art, theory, folklore, material culture, and film studies. Furthermore, because the nature of hybridity suggests a coming-together of different elements, one of our goals is to cultivate a critical approach that is itself hybrid; in other words, we very much encourage interdisciplinary approaches to the topic. Our hope is to facilitate a critical conversation that envisions a hybrid Ireland—or, more appropriately, hybrid Irelands—and its literature.

Suggested topics:
Transnational Poetics
Generic Crossovers
Contemporary Engagements with Folklore
Transatlantic Fictions
Culture and Immigration
Ireland in Translation
Evolving Images in Film and Art
Recontextualizing “Literary Ireland”
Dialects and Language Change
Dislocated Spaces
Print Culture and Textual Authorship

Abstracts should be no longer than 150 words. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2011. Please email your abstracts to hybridIE@nd.edu.

For questions or concerns, please contact John Dillon and Nathaniel Myers at hybridIE@nd.edu, or look us up on Facebook (search: Hybrid Irelands)."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tionol 2011 -- Program

The program for this year's Tionól, which includes a wide variety of papers on many different aspects of Celtic Studies, has just been posted online.  It can be found at this address.  The Tionól will be held this year on 18-19 November at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.  Further information is available on their website.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

XII International Symposium of SCN, Helsinki 2012

The call for papers has just been issued for XII International Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica, which will be held 11-13 June 2012 in Helsinki under the auspices of the Finnish Society for Celtic Studies.  Panel proposals and abstracts for individual papers (200 words or less) are due to the symposium secretary by 29 February 2012.  For more information on the event, visit the symposium website.

Monday, September 12, 2011

CSANA at Kalamazoo 2012

The deadline for submitting paper proposals to the CSANA panels at 2012 International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo has been extended to 15 September 2011.  The themes for the panels are 'Concepts of History, Time, and the Past in Celtic Cultures and Texts' and 'New Work by Young Celtic Studies Scholars'.  Proposals can be submitted to the organizer of the panels, Professor Frederick Suppe, via email.

Irish Language Immersion Weekend -- Madison

The Lowell Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison is hosting an Irish language immersion weekend on 7-9 October 2011. Tuition is $120.00, which includes 'all instruction, evening socials, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch'.  Lodging is available at the Lowell Center , while additional information, including registration forms, can be obtained from Dineen Grow.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Call for Papers Extended

The call for papers has been extended to 16 September 2011 for the University of Ottawa's conference on the Irish language over the next two decades ('The Next 20 Years: Research and Teaching of the Irish Language in North America'), which will be held 27-28 October 2011. For submissions information, visit the conference website.

Online Irish Book Club

Clubleabhar.com is an 'online book club [that] aims to encourage people in Ireland and abroad to read Irish language books'. Registration for groups and individuals is free and can be completed on the Clubleabhar website.  After a brief hiatus during the summer, the book club resumes this month with Nicholas Williams' translation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Eachtraí Eilíse i dTír na nIontas) to be followed by Aodán Mac Póilín and Róise Ní Bhaoill's collection of short stories Bás in Éirinn in October, Eoghan Ó Tuairisc's novel L'Attaque in November, and Breandán Ó hEithir’s novel Lig Sinn i gCathú in December.  For more information on the book club, visit the Clubleabhar website.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Progress in Medieval Irish Lexicography

The program for the symposium on Progress in Medieval Irish Lexicography, which will be held on the campus of Queen's University Belfast, 16 September 2011, has just been posted online. It can be viewed here.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Workshop on Irish Manuscripts

On 12-13 September 2011, University College Cork will be hosting a seminar on Irish manuscripts under the title 'Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Workshop'. Participants will explore a wide range of topics, including paleography, codicology, insular script, and the challenges of editing Irish texts. To get more information about this workshop, contact Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh of UCC.

CSANA Panels at Kalamazoo 2012

Professor Frederick Suppe is organizing two Celtic Studies panels for the 2012 International Medieval Studies Congress at Kalamazoo.  The themes for this year's panels are 'Concepts of History, Time, and the Past in Celtic Cultures and Texts' and 'New Work by Young Celtic Studies Scholars'.  Proposals should include a provisional title, a one-paragraph summary of the topic, and the speaker's contact information.  They are due to Professor Suppe by 15 September 2011.  However, prospective speakers are urged to send in their proposals as soon as possible because priority will be given to early submissions.

Classic Irish Grammars Online

In their newsletter for July/ August 2011, Gaelchultúr notes that the Irish language resource page of the European Commission has posted .pdf versions of two classic Irish reference grammars, specifically Graiméar Gaeilge na mBráithre Críostaí and Gramadach na Gaeilge agus Litriú na Gaeilge: An Caighdeán Oifigiúil.  Both of these etexts are word searchable using the CTRL + F functionality of your browser or the FIND function in your native .pdf reader.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Irish in North America Conference -- Call for Papers

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) at the University of Ottawa will be hosting an international conference 27-28 October 2011 under the title 'An Fiche Bliain atá Romhainn: Taighde agus Teagasc na Gaeilge i Meiriceá Thuaidh'. 'The primary aim of this conference', according to the press release, 'is to explore a long-term vision for the Irish language in North America, one that aligns with and supports the 20-Year Strategy [for promoting the Irish language] approved by the Irish government last year.' Short papers, limited to 15 minutes, are invited on any aspect of this topic. Proposals are due to conference organizers by 31 July 2011.

Friday, June 24, 2011

SCE -- Johann-Kaspar-Zeuss-Prizes 2011

The Societas Celtologica Europaea has recently announced the recipients of the Johann-Kaspar-Zeuss-Prizes for 2011.  The prize for the best dissertation in Celtic Studies this year goes to Dr. Nicholas Zair of Oxford University for his work on 'The Reflexes of the Proto-Indo-European Laryngeals in Celtic', and the prize for the best M.A. thesis goes to Harald Flohr of Universität Bonn for his work on 'Harry Potter auf walisisch und irisch - eine komparative und sprachstatistische Untersuchung'.  Congratulations to both winners.

Friday, June 17, 2011

CSANA Yearbook 10 is now Available

Proceedings of the Celtic Studies Association of North America Annual Meeting 2008 (CSANA Yearbook 10) has just been published by Colgate University Press.  The volume is edited by Morgan Davies and includes eleven of the papers originally presented at the 2008 conference:
  • Timothy P. Bridgman, “Names and Naming Conventions Concerning Peoples Identified as Celtic in the Works of Posidonius of Apamea”
  • Dylan Foster Evans, “On the Lips of Strangers: The Welsh Language, the Middle Ages, and Ethnic Diversity”
  • Katherine R. Frazier, “More Than a Name: Place-Name Literature within Táin Bó Cúailnge
  • Charles Gerard Larkin, “Celts in the Holy Land”
  • Patricia Malone, “‘There Has Been Treachery from the Beginning’: The Historia Gruffudd ap Cynan as Narrative Hybrid”
  • Catherine McKenna, “The Prince, the Poet, and the Scribe: Reflections on the Elegiac Tradition in Medieval Wales”
  • Daniel F. Melia, “The Rhetoric of Patrick’s Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus”
  • Lahney Preston-Matto, “Derbforgaill before the Anglo-Norman Invasion: Sovereignty Goddess or Political Hostage in Twelfth-Century Ireland?”
  • William Sayers, “Celtic Kingship Motifs Associated with Bishop Aidan of Lindisfarne in Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica
  • Sarah K. Sieracki, “A Common Celtic and Norse Genesis: The Mythological Evidence”
  • Edgar M. Slotkin, “Frank O’Connor’s Irish Story”
CSANA Yearbook 10 is available directly from Colgate University Press for $27.50 plus shipping.

CSANA Yearbook 8-9 is now Available

Narrative in Celtic Tradition: Essays in Honor of Edgar M. Slotkin (CSANA Yearbook 8-9) has just been published by Colgate University Press and can be had for the reasonable price of $35.00.  The volume is edited by Joseph F. Eska and includes a wide variety of articles, nineteen in all, in honor of Professor Slotkin, one of the co-founders of CSANA:
  • Dorothy Ann Bray, “The Vita Prima of St. Brigit: A Preliminary Analysis of Its Composition”
  • Timothy Corrigan Correll, “Priests and Pisheogues: Fairy Healers, Religious Condemnation, and Narrative Approbation in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Ireland”
  • Joanne Findon, “Fabula, Story, and Text: The Case of Compert Conchobuir
  • Hugh Fogarty, “Aislinge Óenguso: A Remscél Reconsidered”
  • Patrick K. Ford, “Later Prose Prefaces to Medieval Welsh Poetry”
  • Helen Fulton, “Magic Naturalism in the Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Elissa R. Henken, “‘Then Was Spoken the Proverb…’: The Proverb Legend in Medieval Celtic Literature”
  • Kaarina Hollo, “Allegoresis and Literary Creativity in Eighth-Century Ireland: The Case of Echtrae Chonnlai"
  • Jerry Hunter, “From Death Token to O. Henry Ending: Traditional Narrative and the Early Fiction of Kate Roberts”
  • Charles MacQuarrie, “Recognizing Gods in Guises: Identity, Performance, and Performative reading in O’Donnell’s Kern
  • Catherine McKenna, “Angels and Demons in the Pages of Lebor na hUidre”
  • Daniel Frederick Melia, “Naked Men, Naked Humor, Naked Narrative?”
  • Joseph Falaky Nagy, “The Wisdom of the Couch Potato”
  • Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, “Aspects of Memory and Identity in Early Ireland”
  • Brynley F. Roberts, “Ystoriaeu Brenhinedd Ynys Brydeyn: A Fourteenth-Century Welsh Brut”
  • Patrick Sims-Williams, “Tochmarc Becfhola: A ‘Peculiar Confused Tale’?”
  • Maria Tymoczko, “Rewritings, Self-Reflexivity, and the Narrative of Celtic Studies”
  • Andrew Welsh, “Myths, Folktales, and Meaning”
  • Dan M. Wiley, “The Politics of Myth in Airne Fíngein

Irish Book Club -- Selection for June

Clubleabhar.com is an 'online book club [that] aims to encourage people in Ireland and abroad to read Irish language books'. Registration for groups and individuals is free and can be completed on the Clubleabhar website. The selection for the month of June is Alan Desmond's Seal sa Pholainn, a work of non-fiction that presents the author's reflections on the time he spent teaching Irish in Poland.  Once again, Clubleabhar has posted a comprehensive glossary of the book on their website.  Seal sa Pholainn will be the last book for the summer.  The book club will resume in September with a new selection.

Monday, June 13, 2011

International Celtic Studies Postgraduate Seminar, 2012

Philips-University of Marburg will be hosting an International Celtic Studies Postgraduate Seminar on 17-19 August 2012.  The seminar is meant to be an opportunity for younger scholars to get together and share their research.  An official call for papers is forthcoming in August 2011.  Till then, scholars can get more information about the event on the seminar website.

Irish Conference, University of Ottawa, October 2011

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute at the University of Ottawa is hosting a conference on the 'Research and Teaching of the Irish Language in North America: The Next 20 Years' on 27-28 October 2011. The two-day conference will include sessions on 'bilingualism, technology and pedagogy, research and writing in Irish in North America, and cooperation: institutions of higher learning and the Irish-speaking community'. For more information on the conference, visit the OLBI website.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Irish Language Classes for Adult Learners

Gaelchultúr's Irish language classes for adult learners in Dublin and Carlow begin on 23 May 2011.  Some classes are still open, but prospective students are urged to register quickly.  For more information, visit the Gaelchultúr website.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Postgraduate Scholarships in Wales

The University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies is offering three Ph.D. scholarships beginning fall 2011 for 'students wishing to work in any of the Centre's research areas'.  The three-year scholarships cover living expenses, fees, and research costs up to £1000 per year.  Information on the application process can be found on the Centre's website.

Electronic Version of Dinneen's Dictionary

An electronic version of Dinneen's indispensible Irish-English Dictionary is available online at this address.  Do note, however, that unlike the eDIL, which is optimized for mobile and runs beautifully on all sorts of platforms, this edition of Dinneen is coded in Flash and cannot be viewed on iOS devices like the iPad.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Irish Conference of Medievalists -- Program 2011

The final program for the Irish Conference of Medievalists, which will be held 24-26 June 2011 at the National University of Ireland, Galway, has just been posted on the ICM website.  Registration information is also available online.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NAACLT Conference Registration Changed

The registration deadline for the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers Conference, which will be held 11-14 May 2011 on the Isle of Man, has been moved up to 15 April 2011, two weeks earlier than the original deadline.  For more information on the conference, visit the NAACLT website.

Online Irish Book Club -- Selections for April and May

Clubleabhar.com is an 'online book club [that] aims to encourage people in Ireland and abroad to read Irish language books'. Registration for groups and individuals is free and can be completed on the Clubleabhar website. The selections for the month of April are a group of four CDs entitled Niall Tóibín ag léamh Gearrscéalta le Seán Mac Mathúna and the book Úlla, which is a print version of all of Mac Mathúna's short stories.  The selection for the month of May is Proinsias Mac a' Bhaird's murder mystery Rún an Bhonnáin.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Manx Conference Deadline Extended

The organizers of the conference on 'The Isle of Man -- Centre of the Celtic World', which will be held 11-14 May 2011 at Manx National Heritage Centre in Douglas, have extended the deadline for paper submissions to 15 April 2011.  Abstracts of 200-300 words should be emailed to Kevin Rottet before that date.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Midlands Viking Symposium 2011

The Midlands Viking Symposium 2011: Viking Age Ireland and its Wider Connections, which is hosted by the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, and Leicester, will be held 30 April 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  The symposium program includes talks by Seán Duffy, Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Patrick Wallace, Eamon Kelly, Catherine Swift, and others.  An opening lecture by John Sheehan and Christina Lee will take place at 6:00 pm the night before at the National Museum of Ireland.  Registration, which includes lunch, is 40 euro.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Call for Papers -- MLA 2011

The call for papers has just gone out for the 2011 MLA panel on 'Language, Literature, and Learning: New Research in Celtic Studies', which is being hosted by The Celtic Languages and Literatures Discussion Group.  Abstracts are due to Richard Murphy by 12 March 2011.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Online Irish Book Club -- Selection for March 2011

Clubleabhar.com is an 'online book club [that] aims to encourage people in Ireland and abroad to read Irish language books'. Registration for groups and individuals is free and can be completed on the Clubleabhar website. The book for the month of March is Anna Heusaff's detective novel Buille Marfach.  The first chapter of the book as well as a comprehensive glossary of the entire novel are available on the Clubleabhar site.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Call for Papers -- Harvard Celtic Colloquium 2011

Here is the call for papers for the 2011 Harvard Celtic Colloquium:

The Harvard Celtic Department cordially invites proposals for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social science topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.) for their 31st Annual Celtic Colloquium, to take place at Harvard University, October 7-9, 2011. Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited. Attendance is free.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will be a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

Potential presenters should send a 200-250 word abstract suitable for reproduction, plus a brief biographical sketch. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to hcc@fas.harvard.edu, faxed, or posted to the departmental address; we encourage submissions in the form of RTF or Word Document email attachments.

Further information available at our website: http://www.hcc.fas.harvard.edu/ '

Call for Papers -- Medieval Irish Lexicography

The electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language (eDIL) project will host a symposium under the title 'Progress in Medieval Irish Lexicography' on 15-16 September 2011 on the Queen's University Belfast campus.  Abstracts of 200 words are due to conference organizers by 3 June 2011.

Celts in the Americas Conference 2011

Registration information for the Celts in the Americas Conference, which will be held 29 June - 2 July 2011 at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, is now available online.

CSANA Conference 2011

Registration information for the 2011 CSANA conference, which be held 19-22 May on the campus of The Ohio State University, is now available online.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Call for Papers -- Sorley MacLean Conference

The call for papers has just been announced for 'A Centenary Celebration of Sorley MacLean (1911-2011)', which will take place 16-18 June 2011 at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.  Abstracts of 300 words on any aspect of the Gaelic poet's life and works are due to Rody Gorman or Kathryn A. Burnett by 18 March 2011.  Submissions in Gaelic or English are welcome.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bloomingtom Celtic Culture Weekend 2011

Registration is now open for the Third Annual Bloomington Celtic Culture Weekend, which will take place 8-10 April 2011 at Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington, Indiana.  This year's program includes a host of immersion classes on the Irish language for speakers of all levels of proficiency.  Students can save $25 off the $125 registration fee if they register before 11 March 2011 via this website.

Call for Submissions -- Studia Celtica Fennica 2011

The Finnish Society for Celtic Studies is soliciting manuscripts for the 2011 edition of Studia Celtica Fennica. The editors invite 'submissions of articles and book reviews written in all major European languages and Celtic languages as well as Finnish and Swedish'.  Further information on submissions, which are due by 31 August 2011, can be found on the society's website.

Study Abroad Opportunities for US Undergraduates

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers opportunities for US undergraduates in their first or second year to study in the UK during the summer of 2011.  Students can participate in programs at Newcastle University, Roehampton University London, and the Wales Summer Institute.  Further information about all three of these programs can be found on the commission's website.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Welsh Summer School 2011

Registration is now open for the 2011 Cardiff Summer Course, which provides instruction in Modern Welsh to adult learners.  The program is offered through the School of Welsh at Cardiff University.  For more information about this program, visit the school's website at http://www.learnwelsh.co.uk/.

A New Middle Cornish Grammar

Lauran Toorians has just made his Grammar of Middle Cornish available online.  The individual chapters are posted as a series of .pdf files that can be downloaded for free at this address.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Writing Welsh History Conference

The University of Bangor will host a conference entitled Writing Welsh History, 1850-1950: Contexts and Comparisons to mark the centenary of the publication of J.E. Lloyd's History of Wales.  The conference will take place on the Bangor campus from 20-22 July 2011.  Registration information and the preliminary programme can be found on the university's website.

Irish Conference of Medievalists 2011

The call for papers has just gone out for the Twenty-Fifth Irish Conference of Medievalists, which will be held at NUI Galway from 24-26 June 2011.  Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, and proposals are due to conference organizers by 28 February 2011. For more information, visit the conference website.

SCE Prizes Deadline

Submissions for the Johann-Kaspar-Zeuß-Prize for the best M.A. / Ph.D. thesis are due to the Societas Celtologica Europaea by 1 March 2011.  Eligible for this year's prize are 'all theses accepted by a European university in 2010'.  For more information on the prize and submissions guidelines, visit the SCE website.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Call for Papers -- NAACLT 2011 Conference

Here is the call for papers for the 2011 NAACLT conference:

'Announcing the 2011 Conference of the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT)

"The Isle of Man--Center of the Celtic World"

The conference will be held May 11-14, 2011 at The Manx National Heritage Center, Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man, website:


The Keynote speakers this year will be Brian Stowell, Manx radio personality, a key figure in Manx revival, and Catriona Mackie, lecturer in Manx Studies at the University of Liverpool. The honorary Stowell Lecture will be given by Pádraig Ó Laighin, Irish language activist, academic, poet and sociologist.

WHO is invited to present? NAACLT includes but is not limited to academic professionals. People involved in Celtic language learning and teaching from every walk of life are invited to participate, including

• Community-based language teachers
• Celtic language enthusiasts
• Celtic language policy makers
• Celtic-language musicians.

We are now accepting abstracts for twenty-minute talks in any of the following (or related) areas:

• Methods, Techniques, Best Practices in teaching Celtic languages
• Incorporating Celtic cultures into the classroom or learning experience
• Application of computer technology to Celtic language teaching or research
• Pedagogical materials: what works, what doesn't
• Topics in Celtic linguistics, sociolinguistics, and Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
• Language policy and planning in the Celtic world
• Promotion or appreciation of Celtic languages and cultures

Please send abstracts of between 200-300 words to Kevin Rottet (krottet@indiana.edu) by April 1, 2011.

We offer a $100 scholarship for financial assistance to partially offset the cost of attending the conference. If you are interested in presenting a paper and would benefit from this modest scholarship,please indicate on your registration form that you would like to be considered for the scholarship.'

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Irish Seminar 2011

Here is the press release for the Irish Seminar 2011, which will be held this summer at UCD:

'The IRISH SEMINAR 2011: Irish Modernisms

20 June – 8 July 2011


Modernism, marked by a strong self-conscious rupture with tradition and a formal and conceptual inventiveness, is often understood as a vigorous reaction against established religious, social and political views. Informed on one hand by the horrors of the Great War (1914-18) and governed on the other by a belief that our world is created in the very act of perceiving it, no absolute truth existed to provide guidance or solace. Dominated by a relativistic aesthetic, Modernists turned inward to examine the sub-conscious, advocating individuality and celebrating interiority. The crisis of representation, the rise of the cosmopolitan, cultural dislocation, the vexed issues of the subconscious, memory, sexuality, and gender all found expression in European modernism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Modernism exerted, and still exerts, a profound pressure on contemporary culture, literature, cinema, art and scholarship.

The Irish Seminar 2011 convenes a stellar cast of international scholars to examine Irish Modernism in its varied manifestations, as well as their interrelationships with Western and global Modernism. The contribution of Ireland’s English-language authors to Modernism is unparalleled: Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Bowen, and O’Brien. Recent criticism has engaged with issues of national, regional and local origin to construct a ‘Modernism of the Margins’. A three-week series of presentations, lectures and workshops probes the paradoxical and opposed trends of revolution and reaction (1916, War of Independence, Civil War), the struggles of nascent political parties in their clashes with established forces and older vested interests, the attrition of traditional elites and the emergence of new states north and south.

Yet Modernism, no less than Ireland itself, cannot be reduced to a caricature or stereotype. A key concern of the Irish Seminar 2011 is the interrogation of the standard account. In addition to exploring Modernism of the margins, the Seminar examines minority languages, vernacular culture, the local and the national, and gendered identities in the Irish Modernist experience.

As well as concentrating on historical and theoretical issues, the Seminar will focus on modernism as a mode of creativity that emphasizes disruption and fracture, questioning expressiveness, originality, tradition, revolution, gender, sexuality, language and identity. Exploring the constant tension between nihilism and enthusiasm, energy and ennui that emerged in Ireland between 1880 and 1940, and which sparked this efflorescence of modernist works, the Irish Seminar 2011 will provide challenging perspectives on Irish modernism in its multi-faceted dimensions.

Full Information available at http://www.irishseminar.nd.edu/.


The 2011 IRISH SEMINAR faculty includes the following speakers: Joe Cleary (Yale), Seamus Deane (Notre Dame), Wes Hamrick (Notre Dame), John Kelly (Oxford), Declan Kiberd (Notre Dame), José Lanters (Uni. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Joseph Lennon (Villanova), David Lloyd (Uni. of Southern California), Barry McCrea (Yale), Bríona Nic Dhiarmada (Notre Dame), Emer Nolan (NUI Maynooth), Brian Ó Conchubhair (Notre Dame), Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (NUI Galway), Kevin Whelan (Notre Dame).

E-mail: eclowry@nd.edu'


'Tuition for the IRISH SEMINAR, which includes housing for the three weeks in Dublin, is €2,250. Participants will be responsible for their own food, airfare, and other travel expenses. Some open fellowships will be available, covering tuition, travel, and accommodation, but applicants are urged to seek financial assistance from their home institutions. For more information please contact Eimear Clowry ­ eclowry@nd.edu.'

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MA Program in Manx Studies

The University of Liverpool has announced that it will offer a one-year MA in Manx Studies, starting in October of 2011.  Here is the press release:

'MA in Manx Studies

University of Liverpool, Centre for Manx Studies, Douglas, Isle of Man
Commencing October 2011

The MA in Manx Studies offers students the chance to study for a postgraduate qualification while spending a year on the beautiful Isle of Man, with its rich Celtic and Viking heritage. Although one of the British Isles, the Island is not part of the UK and has its own parliament, Tynwald.

The MA allows students to pursue a wide variety of subjects, which are taught with a combination of general study skills training, disciplinary background and Manx case studies. Students will learn about Manx history, archaeology, and culture, and will have the opportunity to learn Manx Gaelic and participate in Manx cultural events.

Please visit the Centre for Manx Studies website for more details: www.liv.ac.uk/manxstudies/'

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Eigse 37 (2010)

The latest issue of Éigse (vol. 37, 2010) has just been mailed to subscribers.  In addition to the usual book reviews, the volume contains nine articles in Irish and English:
  • 'On the Ó Cléirigh Recension of Leabhar Gabhála' by Pádraig A. Breatnach,
  • 'Approbationes' by P.A.B.,
  • 'The Áiliu Poems in Bretha Nemed Dédenach' by Johan Corthals,
  • 'A Poem on the Mutilation of Brian Óg Ó Néill (d. 1449)' by Gordon Ó Riain,
  • 'Scríobhaí "Leabhar Mhuintir Laidhe" agus "Rosa Anglica"' by Tomás Ó Con Cheanainn,
  • 'Sloinne agus Áitainm i gConamara' by Tomás Ó Con Cheanainn,
  • 'Cloich, Cruaich and Similar Forms in the Munster Dialect' by Diarmuid Ó Sé,
  • 'Further to the Drink of Death' by Sharon Arbuthnot,
  • 'Caoineadh Shéamais Óig Mhic Coitir (1720)' by Pádraig A. Breatnach.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Scholarship for Students Studying Scottish Gaelic

An Comunn Gàidhealach, Ameireaganach is accepting applications for its $2000 (USD) University Scholarship.  The scholarship is open to full-time American or Canadian university students who are studying Scottish Gaelic, although preference will be given to those enrolled in a Gaelic-medium program.  Details on the application process, which must be completed by 1 March 2011, are available on An Comunn Gàidhealach, Ameireaganach website.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Celts in the Americas Conference 2011

A preliminary schedule and list of abstracts for the Celts in the Americas Conference, which will be held 29 June - 2 July 2011 at Saint Francis Xavier University, has just been posted on the conference website.  Registration information will be posted in March.

Call for Papers -- California Celtic Conference 2011

The call for papers has just gone out for the 33rd Annual University of California Celtic Conference, which will be held 1-2 April 2011 on the Berkeley campus.  Papers on any aspect of Celtic Studies are welcome.  Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due to conference organizers by no later than 20 January 2011.

The New CSANA Website

The recently revamped CSANA website, which launched just before the holidays, has a new address at http://irishlanguage.nd.edu/programs/csana/homepage.htm.  Comments and questions about the new site should be addressed to Mattieu Boyd, the website coordinator.

Irish Film on DVD

ROSG, an Irish film and television production company, announced the dvd release of Cré na Cille, a film adaptation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s famous novel.  The film is directed by Robert Quinn and produced by Ciaran Ó Cofaigh.  To view trailers and to get more information about the dvd release, visit the ROSG website.