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37th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

6- 8 October 2017 • The Thompson Room (Room 110) • Barker Center • 12 Quincy Street

2017 Colloquium Sessions

October 6, 2017
Dydd Gwener / Dé hAoine / Friday

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. registration

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. opening remarks

Joseph Shack and Joe Wolf

9:15-10:45 a.m. Session One

Medieval Welsh

Michaela Jacques (Harvard University)
"Llywarch Hen as poet: anonymity, authorship, and the reception of the early Welsh englyn cycles

Stephen Hopkins (Indiana University, Bloomington)
"Heaven and Hell in the Garden of Eden: Typological Imagery in the Ystoria Adda”

Craig Davis (Smith College)
“Do the Math: Zero-Sum Sovereignty in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi”

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session Two

Medieval Manuscripts

Charlene Eska (Virginia Tech)
“Lost and Found: Aidbred-text”

Nicole Volmering (Trinity College Dublin)
"The Prose Preface to the Félire Óengusso: Scribes, Editors and Text Arrangement"

Katie Hill (Old Sturbridge Village) Elizabeth Kading (Independent Scholar), Brendan Kane      (University of Connecticut),
“Wiliam Helys book’: introducing a previously unknown Irish manuscript, c. 1825”

2:00- 3:30 p.m. Session Three

Modern Irish

Aidan Doyle (University College, Cork)
“Letters Home: The American Correspondence of Pádraig Phiarais Cundún”

Matthew Knight (University of South Florida)
“From Irish Echo to Macalla Éireannach: The Evolution of the Official Journal of the Boston Philo-Celtic Society”

Philip O’Leary (Boston College)
“'Best Forgotten?’: The Irish Civil War on the Gaelic Stage”

3:45- 5:15 p.m. Session Four

Old Celtic

Lukas Kahl (Harvard University)
“Celtic Equatives and Abstract Nouns: Parallels in Indo-European and Elsewhere”

David Wallace-Hare (University of Toronto)
“Seeing the Silva Through the Silva: The Religious     Economy of Timber Communities in Aquitania and Gallia Narbonensis”

Joseph Eska (Virginia Tech)
“On the Mutability of Mutations”

5:30- 6:30 p.m. Session Five

Manuscript Glosses

Dylan Cooper (NUI Galway)
“Continuing the Study of Code-Switching in the Old Irish Glosses: A Case Study of the Milan Glosses”

Bernhard Bauer (NUI Maynooth)
“Language Contact in the Celtic Glossing Tradition"

October 7, 2017
Dydd Sadwrn/ Dé Sathairn / Saturday

9:00 -10:30 a.m. Session Six

20th Century Brittonic

Erwan Hupel (University of Rennes)
“What is Celtic in Breton culture? The Case of the Flooded City of Ys ”

Andrew Webb (Bangor University)
“Edward Thomas and Welsh Culture”

Peredur Lynch (Bangor University)
“Saunders Lewis and Postcolonial Esthetics”

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session Seven

Early Modern Welsh

Gwilym Owen (Bangor University)
The Acts of Union 1536-43—Not quite the end of the road for Welsh Law

Shaun Evans (Bangor University)
Portraying Uchelwriaeth: Bardic Decline and the Development of Portraiture in Wales, c.1560-1640”

Steffan Donnelly (Invertigo Theatre Company), Jerry Hunter (Bangor University)
“Troelys a Chresyd: From Manuscript to Stage”

1:45- 3:15 p.m. Session Eight

Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Interactions

Diane Auslander (Lehman College, CUNY)
“Variations on a Theme: The Veiling of St. Darerca of Ireland and her Alter Egos, Moninna and Modwenna”

Elizabeth Krajewski (Colby-Sawyer College)
“The Lindisfarne Cuthbert: The Celtic Story of an Anglo-Saxon Saint”

David Callander (University of Cambridge), Rebecca Thomas (University of Cambridge)
“‘Reading across Borders in Early Medieval Wales: Asser’s Life of King Alfred and Armes Prydein Vawr

3:30- 5:00 p.m. Session Nine

Scottish and Canadian Gaelic

Robert Dunbar (University of Edinburgh)
“Post-Mac-Talla Periodicals in Nova Scotia: An Assessment

Wilson McLeod (University of Edinburgh)
“Contemporary Irish Perceptions of Gaelic Scotland and Scottish Gaelic: Evidence from Three Sociolinguistic Studies”

Roxanne Reddington-Wilde (Cambridge College)
“‘O'n Là dh'Eug Thu: Death Rituals, Gender Roles and Social Cohesion in Early Modern Scottish Gaelic Poetry”

5:15-6:15 P.M. Keynote Address

Katherine Forsyth (University of Glasgow)
“Playing with Status: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Boardgames in Early Medieval Celtic Culture”

October 8, 2017
Dydd Sul/ Dé Domhnaigh / Sunday

9:00-10:30 a.m. Session Ten

Celtic Miscellany

Jennifer Mary Bell (Bangor University)
“From Lifris to Caradog: The Changes in the Cult of St Cadog””

Charles MacQuarrie (CSU Bakersfield)
“The Nightmare of the Celt: Mario Vargas Llosa, Roger Casement and The Aesthetics of Nationalism

Sam Lasman (University of Chicago)
“Singing in Chains: Prison, Porter, and Inspiration in Medieval Welsh Antiquarian Narrative

10:45-12:15 P.m. Session eleven

Medieval Irish

Patrick McCoy (Harvard University)
“Sloiged már rucsat Gréic co Hebríb fechtas n-aile: a Middle Irish Retelling of a Greek Battle

Jennifer Knight (University of South Florida)
“The Role of Dispute in the Deaths of Ulster Heroes”

Matthieu Boyd (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
“Mesca Ulad Revisited”

12:30-1:30 P.m. Session Twelve

Medieval Medicine

Kate Leach (Harvard University)
“Some Healing Charms from Medieval Wales”

Deborah Hayden (NUI Maynooth)
“The Terminology of Anatomy and Disease in Two Medieval Irish Medical Compendia”

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