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

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 ( 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


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).



'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 ­'

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:'