Since 1981, the graduate students of the Harvard Celtic Department have organized and hosted the Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium and have published selected papers in The Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium. The Colloquium attracts students and scholars from North America, Ireland, Great Britain and Europe, and welcomes paper proposals dealing with any aspect of the Celtic languages, their literatures and their cultures in any period, including papers with an interdisciplinary or theoretical perspective.

The Colloquium is held each year in October, and opens with the John V. Kelleher Memorial Lecture sponsored by the department on the Thursday afternoon of the Colloquium weekend.

34th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

10, 11 and 12 October 2014
The Thompson Room (Room 110)
Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street

The organizers of the 34th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium acknowledge with thanks the support of
The Provostial Funds Committee for the Arts and Humanities
The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures & The Friends of Harvard Celtic Studies.

The John V. Kelleher Lecture

Ann Parry Owen
Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
University of Wales.

"An audacious man of beautiful words" Ieuan Gethin (c.1390-c.1470)
Thursday, October 09, 2014, 5:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street Cambridge, Massachusetts


Ann Parry OwenAnn Parry Owen leads the medieval poetry projects at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. After graduating from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (now Aberystwyth University), she gained a Ph.D. on the awdlau poetry of the twelfth-century poet Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr under the supervision of of Professor Marged Haycock. She was appointed research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in October 1985, when the Centre was formally adopted by the University of Wales and awarded a research grant to edit the complete works of the Poets of the Princes, a project which was directed by Professors R. Geraint Gruffydd and J.E. Caerwyn Williams.

Dr Parry Owen worked with Dr Nerys Ann Jones on the poetry of Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr, and published the work in two volumes in 1991 and 1995 as part of the University of Wales “Poets of the Princes Series”. On Professor Gruffydd’s retirement in 1993, Dr Parry Owen was invited to devise and lead a similar project on the Poetry of the Welsh gentry, between 1282-1527. The fruits of this project have been published by the Centre in its Cyfres Beirdd yr Uchelwyr (the Poetry of the Nobility Series), of which she is the General Editor, and to which she has contributed volumes on Gruffudd ap Maredudd, Llywelyn Brydydd Hoddnant, Ieuan Gethin amongst others.

The series recently celebrated the publication of its 42nd volume. In 2007 Dr Parry Owen received an AHRC research grant for a project to re-edit the poetry of the 15th-century master of praise poetry, Guto’r Glyn. The research team’s new edition can be viewed on the Guto’r Glyn Website (www.gutorglyn.net): a fully bilingual site, in Welsh and English, using some very innovative functionality. Dr Parry Owen’s recent work includes an edition of the poetry of Ieuan Gethin, a fifteenth-century poet from Glamorgan who will be the focus of her J. Kelleher Lecture.


This event is open to members and invited guests of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. The public is invited to attend if space is available. Due to limited seating space, admission to the event is not guaranteed.


Future Dates for the John V. Kelleher Lecture and the Harvard Celtic Colloquium. 
N.B.: Please note that these dates are tentative and may be subject to change.      

Twelfth John V. Kelleher Lecture                                              October 8, 2015
Thirty-fifth Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium                       October 9, 10, 11, 2015            

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