Joint Celtic seminar series announcement


This year the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Jesus College Oxford will jointly hold their Celtic Seminars as part of the strategic alliance between the universities.

This year the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies and Jesus College Oxford will jointly hold their Celtic Seminars as part of the strategic alliance between the universities.

The Centre, founded by the University of Wales in 1985, holds two series of research seminars in the field of Celtic Studies annually. Since the start of the pandemic, these seminars have been held online with speakers and audiences joining not only from the Celtic Nations but also from many countries and continents.

This term the Centre has coordinated its programme with the seminars of the Celtic Chair at Jesus College Oxford and will be holding a joint seminar in December. The series is part of the strategic alliance between the University of Wales, the University of Wales trinity Saint David and Jesus College Oxford, in the field of Welsh and Celtic Studies.

Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, Director of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, said:

“I am delighted to be working with Professor Willis at Jesus College for the seminars this autumn. The cultural shift in the wake of the pandemic has enabled us to use technology to bring two research communities together on a regular basis through these seminars. ”

Professor David Willis is Professor of Celtic at Jesus College, Oxford. He said:

"I am delighted that Oxford and the Centre are holding joint seminars for the first time this year, and look forward to this and other similar activities in the future."

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice Chancellor said "The University’s collaboration with Jesus College offers us a unique opportunity to build academic relationships between the institutions for the benefit of Celtic Studies and the Welsh language at the highest international level.  This seminar series is an example of how such collaboration has identified new opportunities and will attract new audiences to take part in our activities."

The series will be opened by Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre, on Thursday 7 October at 5.00 o’clock, entitled ‘‘Hi Hên-Eleni y Ganed!’: Canu Llywarch Hen yn y cyfnod Rhamantaidd.

The series will be closed by Professor Michael Cronin of Trinity College, Dublin who specializes in travel writing, translation, environmental studies and minority languages, with his seminar ‘Minority Journeying in the Age of the Anthropocene’.

A full list of seminars can be found here:

Michaelmas Term 2021

7 October

CAWCS (online only)

Rhys Kaminski-Jones (CAWCS)

‘Hi Hên-Eleni y Ganed!’: Canu Llywarch Hen yn y cyfnod Rhamantaidd

14 October

History of the Book Room, English Faculty, Manor Road, Oxford (online and face-to-face)

William Lamb (University of Edinburgh)

Nouns by numbers: New insights from a

dialectometrical study of Gaelic nominal morphology

21 October

CAWCS (online only)

Ian Stewart (QMUL)

Celticism: An intellectual and cultural history

28 October

Oxford (online only)

Georgia Henley (Saint Anselm College)

Reading Geoffrey of Monmouth in south Wales and the Marches

4 November

CAWCS (online only)

Ken Dark (University of Reading)

Royal burial in fifth-to seventh-century western Britain and Ireland

11 November

Oxford (online only)

Janet Kay (Princeton)

Funerary archaeology and communities in fifth-century Britain

18 November

CAWCS (online only)

Eirian Alwen Jones

‘Tua Gloddaith, tŷ gwleddoedd’: Tomos Mostyn, Ysgwïer, a’r traddodiad barddol

25 November

Oxford (online or hybrid; to be confirmed)

Deborah Hayden (Maynooth)

Cryptography, linguistic origin legends and medical education in medieval Ireland

2 December

Joint research seminar between CAWCS and Oxford (online only)

Michael Cronin (Trinity College Dublin)

Minority Journeying in the Age of the Anthropocene


All CAWCS seminars to be held online at 5.00 pm on Thursdays via Zoom.  Please contact for the link.

All Oxford seminars to be held at 5.15 pm on Thursdays either in person or via Microsoft Teams. Please contact if you need a link.

Seminars will be presented in the language indicated in the title.  A warm welcome to all.

Note to Editor

Contact: Dr Angharad Elias (Administrative Officer)

1. The Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) was established by the University of Wales in 1985 as a dedicated research centre conducting team-based projects on the languages, literatures, culture and history of Wales and the other Celtic countries. It is located in Aberystwyth, adjacent to the National Library of Wales, which is an internationally-renowned copyright library with excellent research facilities.

2. CAWCS offers unique opportunities for postgraduate students to work alongside specialists in a dynamic and supportive environment. We welcome enquiries about MPhil/PhD topics in any of our research areas. For more information about research opportunities, or for an informal chat about possible topics, contact our Head of Graduate Studies, Elizabeth Edwards:

3. The Centre is the home of the Dictionary of the Welsh Language which celebrates its centenary in 2021.

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