6TH 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.
The Association is led by a committee elected annually at the AGM, held during the conference. All students attending the conference can vote and stand for election to the committee. Also at the AGM, a vote is taken to select the next location for the conference, and the main office-bearers on the committee are typically from this insitution. Other members of the committee come from other locations and represent the Association at the own institutions. The current committee membership can be found here.
The latest version of our constitution is available here. We are currently working on an emended constitution which will be presented at the next AGM.
Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain Sixth Annual Conference
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
2–4 March 2018
The Association of Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain will be holding its sixth annual conference at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday and Sunday, the 3rd and 4th March 2018.
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.
Abstract submissions of no more than 200 words in length should be submitted by Wednesday 31st January 2018. To submit, click here or for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
You'll be contacted by email to confirm whether you have been accepted to present at the conference.