A curated selection of past events involving Celtic and Scottish Studies.
- 2nd February 2018 - 'Celtic Revivals and Reappropriations'. Professor Murdo Macdonald (University of Dundee).
- 9th February 2018 - 'Heritage, motivation and cultural identity among new Gaelic speakers in New Scotland'. Dr Stuart Dunmore (University of Edinburgh).
- 16th February 2018 - 'Gaelic Medium Education choice in Barra: the educational, linguistic and political context'. Dr Kirstie McLeod (University of Edinburgh).
- 2nd March 2018 - 'Song of Granite (CANCELLED)'. Dr Virginia Blankenhorn (University of Edinburgh).
- 9th March 2018 - 'At the fulcrum: Joe Heaney and the Folk Revival'. Dr Virginia Blankenhorn (University of Edinburgh).
- 16th March 2018 - 'The value of fieldwork in contemporary ethnology'. Dr Svetlana Pogodina (University of Latvia).
- 23rd March 2018 - 'Dancing with the divine hag: connecting cailleach lore across music, song, story and dance'. Dr Lucy MacRae (University of Edinburgh).
- 30th March 2018 - 'MSc Student Conference (1)'.
- 6th April 2018 - 'MSc Student Conference (2)'.
- 29th September 2017 - 'Traditionalist and Moderniser'. Professor Rob Dunbar (University of Edinburgh).
- 6th October 2017 - 'My high heart is a knot of blood, my soul is tearing from my body: Bodies, emotions, and fosterage in medieval Irish literature'. Thomas O’Donnell (University College London).
- 13th October 2017 - 'Orpheus Caledonius: Bringing William Thomson's 1725 Collection to Life'. Žak Ozmo (Artistic Director of L'Avventura, London).
- 20th October 2017 - 'Trends in the ‘new speaker’ discourse in the context of the Celtic languages: problems and suggestions'. PhD candidate, Christopher Lewin (University of Edinburgh).
- 27th October 2017 - 'Hungarian Heritage House – Keeping the folklore alive'. Boglarka Szabad (Hagyományok Háza, Hungary).
- 3rd November 2017 - 'The Regional Ethnologies of Europe Project: Dumfries and Galloway'. Caroline Milligan, Mark Mulhern, and Prof Gary West (University of Edinburgh).
- 10th November 2017 - 'Ways of Reading - themes and approaches in Conceiving a Nation'. Gilbert Márkus (University of Glasgow).
- 17th November 2017 - '’s na cnàmhan gu bhith ris/a-nis: ways of reading contemporary Gaelic poetry'. Dr Peter Mackay (University of St Andrews).
- 24th November 2017 - 'Revisiting ‘Mary O'Hara's Scotland’: a deferred moment in the early folk music revival'. Dr Stuart Eydmann (University of Edinburgh).
- 1st December 2017 - 'Craobhscáoileadh coibhniusa: An Introduction and Progress Report on the IrishGen Project (Early Irish Genealogies as a Graph Database)'. Dr Eystein Thanisch and Dr Chris Yocum.
- 7th April 2017 - 'Autoethnography in Dumfries and Galloway: Reflections on the Recent Work of the European Ethnological Research Centre'. Caroline Milligan, Mark Mulhern, Dr Kenneth Veitch, and Prof Gary West (University of Edinburgh).
- 31st March 2017 - 'The Cult of Saints Kentigern and Cuthbert in Relation to Politics and National/Regional Identity in Scotland'. Dr Greta-Mary Hair and Alan Henderson.
- 24th March 2017 - 'Fabric and Fashion in Gaelic Poetry'. Dr Anja Gunderloch (University of Edinburgh).
- 17th March 2017 - 'Chieftains and great men: The Rev. James McLagan's Gaelic collection and the Scottish Enlightenment'. Dr Sìm Innes (University of Glasgow).
- 10th March 2017 - 'Research with minority language practitioners in bilingual education: a trio of studies investigating Gaelic medium education'. Dr Sarah MacQuarrie (University of Manchester).
- 3rd March 2017 - 'Last (wo)man standing: NLS MS 72.1.40 and the internal chronology of Ulster Cycle death tales'. Abigail Burnyeat (University of Edinburgh).
- 24th February 2017 - 'Presenting the history of oral culture three-dimensionally in actual and virtual museums'. Dr Emily Lyle (University of Edinburgh).
- 17th February 2017 - 'Screening of ‘The Last Storyteller’ (2002) and panel discussion'. Prof Desmond Bell (National College of Art and Design, Dublin).
- 10th February 2017 - 'Folklore, History and the Appin Murder'. Ronald Black.
- 3rd February 2017 - 'Death, Landscape and Water'. Fañch Bihan-Gallic (University of Aberdeen).
- 27th January 2017 - 'An Irishman, a Scotsman and the search for safe harbour in eighteenth-century Gaeldom'. Dr Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh (University of Aberystwyth).
- 1st March 2017 - 'New speakers of Gaelic: perspectives from Scotia and Nova Scotia'. Professor Rob Dunbar and Dr Stuart Dunmore (University of Edinburgh).
- 8th March 2017 - 'Minority languages and cultural representation: lessons from the Basque Country and Scotland'. Dr Miren Manias (University of the Basque Country/University of Edinburgh).
- 10th March 2017 - 'Research with minority language practitioners in bilingual education: a trio of studies investigating Gaelic-medium education'. Dr Sarah MacQuarrie (University of Manchester).
- 15th March 2017 - 'Promoting the Scots language as the National Library of Scotland’s Scots Scriever'. Hamish MacDonald (Scots Scriever, National Library of Scotland).
- 22nd March 2017 - 'Becoming a (new) speaker of a minority language'. Professor Bernadette O’Rourke (Heriot-Watt University).
- 29th March 2017 - 'Language shift and neoliberalism – the Irish language in the wake of Ireland’s recent recession'. Ben Ó Ceallaigh (University of Edinburgh).
- 5th April 2017 - 'Language as gatekeeper at the UK Border'. Róisín McKelvey and Professor Rob Dunbar (University of Edinburgh).
- 26th April 2017 - 'A triple minority? Gay new speakers of Irish – legitimacy and identity'. Dr John Walsh (National University of Ireland, Galway).
- 24th February 2016 - 'Soillse Seminar: Money talks, but it might not speak Irish'. Sara Brennan (Heriot-Watt University).
- 2nd March 2016 - 'Soillse Seminar: Accent aim and phonetic variation in new Gaelic speakers'. Claire Nance (Lancaster University).
- 9th March 2016 - 'Soillse Seminar: New times, ‘new speakers’ of Faroese and multilingual ‘native’ speakers'. Elisabeth Holm (University of the Faroe Islands).
- 17th March 2016 - 'Soillse Seminar: Provision for a reviving language'. Kenneth MacKinnon (University of Aberdeen).
- 23rd March 2017 - 'Soillse Seminar: Telebhisean, cothroman cànain agus an dachaigh'. Catrìona NicNèill (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig).
- 30th March 2016 - 'Soillse Seminar: The accent in modern Scottish Gaelic spelling'. Susan Ross (University of Glasgow).
- 20th April 2016 - 'Soillse Seminar: The evolution of Canada's language rights regime'. Stéphanie Chouinard (Université de Montréal).
Conferences and symposia
Our sixth annual colloquium, jointly organised by the departments of Celtic and Scottish Studies and Scandinavian Studies, which this year has ‘Boundaries’ as its theme.
Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig is a biennial academic conference series established in 2000 to promote research on any and all topics related to Gaelic as well as to promote research through the medium of Gaelic. We welcome the submission of abstracts for research papers and for posters on any area of scholarship relating to Gaelic, including literature (oral and written), song and musical traditions, history, onomastics, linguistics, sociolinguistics, education, language policy, media studies, politics, social policy, economics, and so forth.
’S e co-labhairt sgoilearach a thèid a chumail gach dàrna bliadhna a tha ann an Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig. Chaidh an sreath cho-labhairtean seo a stèidheachadh anns a’ bhliadhna 2000 gus gach seòrsa rannsachaidh co-cheangailte ris a’ Ghàidhlig, agus gus cleachdadh na Gàidhlig ann an rannsachadh, adhartachadh.
Ulidia VI Fíanaigecht III
A joint meeting of the Ulster Cycle and Finn Cycle Conferences, hosted by the Scottish Celtic departments at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Co-labhairt Oileanaich na Ceiltis. The sixth annual meeting of emerging Celtic Studies scholars, representing a range of disciplines and Celtic languages.
Announcing the programme for our fifth annual colloquium, which this year focuses on Celtic and Scandinavian mythology.
The 4th Annual Colloquium on Thinking about Celtic Mythology in the 21st Century will take place on the 19th and 20th of November 2016.
Gaelic broadcasting and the media was the focus of a one-day conference organised at Edinburgh University in March, with campaign groups’ representatives, broadcasters and audiences debating current issues and potential future developments.
Chaidh saoghal craolaidh na Gàidhlig a chur fon phrosbaig aig co-labhairt an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann anns a’ Mhàrt le riochdairean bho luchd-cleachdaidh, craoladairean is eile a’ deasbad an t-suidheachaidh a th’ann an dràsta, agus dè dh’fhaodadh a bhith an dàn.
The 3rd Annual Colloquium will be held at the University of Edinburgh on 24-25 October 2015. It will include a day conference on Celtic Mythology on the Saturday and there will be informal discussion of potential developments within the field of Celtic Studies on the Sunday.
Lectures and talks
This lecture by Dr William Lamb considers what we can learn about the Gaels’ traditional music and dance through their own inter-generational tales.
The 2017 O'Donnell Lecture will be given by Professor William Gillies. He will speak on the work of the North Uist poet John MacCodrum (1693-1779).
All are welcome to join us at this first in what we hope will be an annual series of Mòd Lectures, sponsored by Celtic and Scottish Studies.
Film screenings and festivals
The Scottish Poetry Library is pleased to present a screening of "Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle". Featuring the screenwriting and acting talents of two of Scotland's leading Gaelic poets, Angus MacNicol and Angus Peter Campbell.