Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Sex and Sexuality in Celtic Cultures

A conference to explore the literature, history, linguistics and folklore of sex and sexuality in Celtic cultures.

Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, 1-3 November 2013

From the earliest evidence, sources deriving from Celtic-speaking areas testify to a significant interest in sex and sexuality. Discussion of these sources, however, has been largely absent from the numerous recent studies in the humanities which have developed new theoretical perspectives on the understanding of sex in literary, historical and cultural studies. This conference will provide a forum in which, for the first time, Celtic scholars engaged or interested in the theme can discuss lines of enquiry, form networks, and explore the potential for future collaborations. As our intention is to revitalise a neglected field and to challenge preconceptions, we have proposed a broad remit, ranging from the medieval to modern periods and taking in aspects of literature, folklore, lexis and sociolinguistics, as well as contextualising and comparative material involving historical, visual arts, and material culture studies.

Keynote speakers

Prof Angela Bourke, University College Dublin
'Sexuality in the Wilderness in Ireland'
Prof Thomas Clancy, University of Glasgow
‘Sex at Samhain: “Cosmological” Sex in Medieval Celtic Narratives’
Prof Dafydd Johnston, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies
‘The unruly foster-son: Medieval Welsh erotic poetry revisited’
Dr Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI and Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh
‘Gaelic Bawdy Verse: A Missing Key to Highland Social History?’