Upcoming Conferences and Events



in collaboration with the Celtic and Gaelic departments of the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Highlands & Islands, our Department of Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies is co-organizing a joint meeting of the Ulidia (Ulster Cycle) conference and the Finn Cycle conference. It will be held at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (University of the Highlands and Islands) in the Isle of Skye from 13-17 June 2018. A call for papers will be issued in due course. Visit the conference website for more information or contact Professor Ralph O'Connor.

Current Research Awards


Ralph O'Connor has secured a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to carry out a research project entitled 'The Rise of Fiction in Icelandic Saga-Writing, 1150-1900', between September 2015 and September 2017.


Previous Research Awards


In 2012-13 Ralph O'Connor was a fully funded Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in a project entitled 'The Representation of the Warrior in Relation to the King in the European Middle Ages, 600-1200'. A team of specialists in mediaeval Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon history and literature was led by Professor Jan Erik Rekdal at the University of Oslo. The book which emerged from that project, Kings and Warriors in Early North-West Europe, has now been published by Four Courts Press, Dublin (click here for details) and features Professor O'Connor's exploration of just how unhelpful it was when people went berserk in the Middle Ages.


The John Strachan of Keith Memorial Lecture 2012/13 was held on 9 May 2013 on the Old Aberdeen Campus:


Professor Seosamh Watson (UCD)spoke on‘Boats, bibles and boy ans:Gaelic language and lore in Easter Ross'


The Alexander Souter Memorial Lecture on Late Antiquity


Dr Scott Spurlock (University of Manchester) joined Latin late Antiquity and British early modernity in his lecture:

'Richard Baxter and his "Gildas Salvianus"'

22 March 2013, The Seminar Room, RIISS, Humanity Manse