Wednesday, March 27, 2013

100 Objects eBook

In honor of St Patrick's Day, the eBook version of A History of Ireland in 100 Objects is available free of charge till the end of March 2013.  This eBook is available for all major devices, including the iPad and Kindle Fire.  You can get your copy here.

Update: I have now had a chance to experience the iPad version of this book for myself, and I must say that the organizations responsible for its production -- the Royal Irish Academy, the National Museum of Ireland, The Irish Times along with the EU Presidency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Adobe -- are to be commended for their splendid work on this project.  A History of Ireland in 100 Objects is a truly multimedia affair, consisting of text, video and audio files, as well as high resolution photographs, maps, and links to social media.  I really hope that projects like this represent the future of publishing.  Kudos to all involved.

Gaeltacht Summer Awards 2013

The Gaeltacht Summer Awards provide opportunities 'for Irish Language Learners in the US to spend two to six weeks studying Irish in the Gaeltachtaí'.  Preference will be given to college students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who have not studied in the Gaeltacht before.  Completed applications are due by 30 April 2013.  For more information on the awards or to request application materials, send an email to awards[at]

Monday, March 18, 2013

Smithsonian Journeys, Tour of Scotland -- 2013

Smithsonian Journeys is organizing a guided tour of 'Scotland's Treasures', including the Highlands, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.  The June 2013 departure will be led by our own Charles MacQuarrie, while the August 2013 departure will be led by Cassandra Hannahs.  For more information on this trip, including booking information, visit the Smithsonian Journeys website.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Irish Immersion weekend -- Ontario

26 - 28 APRIL 2013

It's our language, our heritage, our identity, and our promise for the future. All welcome.

Full Package: $200
All meals (Friday supper to Sunday lunch)
2 nights accommodation at the Peachtree Inn
Irish language Instruction
Cultural Workshops
Céilí, Music, Dance, Singing


Genre in Celtic Literature -- Call for Papers

"Call for papers: Genre in Medieval Celtic Literature

The School of Celtic Studies is pleased to announce that it will be
hosting a colloquium on genre in medieval Celtic literature on 27–28
September 2013, at 10 Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland.

The aim of this colloquium is to open up the field to discussion of
the concept of genre in medieval literature and in particular in the
Celtic vernaculars. While recent years have seen a gradual increase
in publications on this topic, the potential of the discussion of
genre and generic analysis for the Celtic literatures has not yet
been fully explored. This colloquium aims to bring together current
research on the subject, with a view to exploring the role genre
plays in modern scholarship as well as in the medieval understanding
of reading and writing.

Proposals for papers of approximately 30 mins are invited on all
topics relevant to genre in medieval Celtic literature (not limited
to the vernaculars) including:

taxonomy and typology (medieval and modern)
methodology of generic analysis
medieval reading practices
artes liberales and medieval writing
individual genres

Proposals should include your name, affiliation (if applicable),
proposed title and an abstract of no more than 300 words. All
enquiries and proposals should be sent to
The deadline for submission is Friday 29th March 2013."

Symposium on Magic in Ireland

The Department of Early Irish at the National University of Ireland Maynooth is hosting A Symposium on Charms and Magic in Medieval and Modern Ireland, which will be held on their campus on 6 April 2013 from 9:30 till 18:00.  For the program and registration information, visit the symposium's website.

33rd Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium -- Call for Papers

"Thirty Third Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium
October 11th-13th, 2013
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Call for Papers

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 the 33rd Annual Celtic Colloquium, to take place at Harvard University, October 11-13, 2013.  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, plus a brief biographical sketch.  Submissions should be sent by e-mail ..., faxed, or posted to the departmental address; we encourage submissions in the form of RTF or Word Document email attachments.

Further information is available at our website....

Closing date for proposals: May 1, 2013."

The John V. Kelleher Lecture will be given by Thomas Owen Clancy of the University of Glasgow on Thursday, October 10th, at 5 p.m. in the Harvard Faculty Club Library.

Buhez sante Barba published

An edition of the 1608 Middle Breton text Buhez sante Barba, edited by Paul Widmer in collaboration with Christina Fischer and Ricarda Scherschel, has just been published.  The text of this previously unedited play was discovered in a library in Germany.  Copies can be obtained directly from the publisher for the very reasonable price of 13 €.