9TH ANNUAL CELTIC STUDENTS CONFERENCE
The Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain was founded in 2012. Our first conference was held in Edinburgh in March 2013, and subsequent conferences have been held each spring in Aberystwyth, Falmouth, Galway and Glasgow. We also publish the proceedings of our conferences, containing many of the papers presented. The first volume (papers from Edinburgh and Aberystwyth) is available to purchase here. We have also had a presence at events such as the National Eisteddfod in Wales and the Mòd in Scotland.
The purpose of the Association is to bring together students of Celtic languages, literatures and related disciplines both academically and socially, as well as to represent and promote their interests. We also support students who wish to use the modern Celtic languages as a medium for academic work. Outside these aims, the Association is a strictly non-political organization.
Although the association is centred geographically on Britain and Ireland, the region with the greatest concentration of institutions with departments dedicated to the Celtic languages, we welcome delegates and speakers from across Europe, North America and the rest of the world.
Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain Ninth Annual Conference
University College Dublin
22-24 / 10 / 2021
The Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain will be holding its ninth annual conference online from University College Dublin, Ireland from the 22nd to 24th October 2021.
We welcome presentations on any aspect of Celtic Studies, including literature, language, linguistics, history, archaeology, art, music, ethnology and politics. Our conferences attract a mix of budding scholars studying all the Celtic languages and all periods: ancient, medieval, early modern and contemporary. It doesn’t matter if you formally study a programme called ‘Celtic’ or not. Many of our speakers are on degree programmes called ‘Irish’, ‘Welsh’, ‘Gaelic’, ‘Breton’ etc., or are in departments of history, linguistics, literature, ethnology etc.
We invite proposals for 20 minute papers (10–15 minutes speaking + questions) on any subject relating to the field of Celtic Studies or related disciplines. We also welcome posters and panels (see below).
Current students (undergraduate or postgraduate) from any institution are eligible to present, although we may accept recent graduates so long as their presentation is based on work done while they were a student.
Papers may be presented in English or any of the Celtic languages. There will be live interpretation available for Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Welsh and Breton. Those presenting in Cornish or Manx are asked to provide a written English translation for the audience. Those presenting in a language other than English will be asked to provide a script or at least an outline closer to the time of the conference to assist the interpreter’s preparation.
We especially welcome first-time presenters. The conference is a great opportunity to present your work in a supportive environment among your peers and get constructive feedback. Don’t worry if your presentation represents a work in progress: even professional academics are constantly learning and modifying their conclusions. For undergraduates, the conference may be especially useful for presenting and getting feedback on your final year dissertation (or draft thereof).
If you would prefer not to give an oral presentation, we welcome abstracts for posters. There will be a dedicated session in one of the breaks for viewing posters when people can chat to you about your work, and the posters will be on display throughout the conference.
A panel is a chance for a group of you (3 or 4 speakers) to present a series of related papers on a particular topic, with a joint question and discussion session at the end. Please submit an abstract outlining the topic of the whole panel and naming all the proposed participants (make sure they have agreed first!). Each participant should also separately submit an abstract for their individual paper.
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