Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute




IRISH AND CELTIC STUDIES SUCCESS IN REF 2014

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The Irish and Cref2014_logoeltic Studies Research Institute at the University of Ulster is today celebrating an excellent performance in REF 2014 in which it was placed second in the UK in Celtic Studies. A total of 66% of our research was assessed as internationally excellent or better, with 25% of our work being deemed world-leading.

In terms of impact, which was introduced for the first time, Irish and Celtic Studies research was graded as 60% world-leading and 40% internationally excellent. Research environment was deemed to be 90% internationally excellent or world-leading while 50% of our outputs were assessed as being in the two highest categories (4* and 3*).

In total, 46 outputs were submitted by the ICSRI including 13 monographs and many articles published in leading international journals. Our world-leading impact was exemplified in two case studies entitled ‘Language Policy and Planning in Northern Ireland’ and ‘The History of the Irish Language in an Urban Environment’.

The ICSRI performance is grounded in its international collaborations which have driven the agenda for the continued internationalisation of the discipline through societies such as Societas Celtologica Nordica and Societas Celto-Slavica which focus on Celtic Studies in Nordic and Slavic countries respectively.

Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin, Director of the ICSRI, welcomed the REF 2014 results saying “We are delighted to have been ranked so highly by HEFCE and are particularly happy that in the new category of impact our research was assessed as 100% world-leading or internationally excellent. This is also a resounding endorsement of our research environment and we gratified that so much of our research was assessed as being world-leading. This reaffirmation of our contribution to Irish and Celtic Studies gives renewed impetus to our core mission which is to produce cutting-edge research, with demonstrable impact, in an environment that unlocks creativity and will significantly advance the discipline.”

The Research Excellence Framework Exercise results for 2014 are now available on www.ulster.ac.uk/ref2014

An Droim Deileoir – The Great Famine and Language

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The Great Famine and Language:

Linguistics and Representation

University of Ulster, Belfast

26–28 March 2015

An Droim Deileoir (the barren ridge) is the location of Seosamh Mac Grianna’s classic short story of the Great Famine, ‘Ar an Trá Fholamh’ (On the Empty Shore). The fictional place name is a metaphor for the very crisis that was central to the making of modern Ireland, its society and economy, politics and culture. The concern here is language. The Great Famine accelerated the decline of the Irish language, and it left its mark on oral and print culture. More immediately, this mortality crisis precipitated a crisis of representation. How do you describe what you have seen? And language shaped how the hungry and diseased themselves understood and expressed their suffering. This bilingual conference assembles scholars from Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States to discuss the Great Famine and Language from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The keynote speakers are economist Cormac Ó Gráda, a leading authority on famine, and critic Terry Eagleton.

Ar an Droim Deileoir a thosaíonn gearrscéal iomráiteach sin Sheosaimh Mhic Grianna ‘Ar an Trá Fholamh’, mar a gcuirtear síos ar aimsir an Drochshaoil. Meafar atá sa logainm féin don ghéarchéim sin ónar eascair Éire na nua-aoise, idir shochaí, gheilleagar, pholaitíocht agus chultúr. Is ar theanga atá ár n-aird anseo. Thapaigh an Gorta Mór meath na Gaeilge agus d’fhág sé a lorg ar an chultúr béil agus ar chultúr an chló. Thairis sin, lean géarchéim léirithe an éigeandáil básmhaireachta seo. Cad é mar a chuirfeá síos ar a bhfaca tú? Agus mhúnlaigh teanga an tuiscint agus an friotal a bhí ag lucht Gorta agus plá ar a n-anás féin. Tiocfaidh scoláirí as Éirinn, an Ríocht Aontaithe agus S.A.M. le chéile don chomhdháil dhátheangach seo ina bpléifear impleachtaí iomadúla an Ghorta Mhóir i gcúrsaí teanga agus léirithe de réir réimse peirspictíochtaí agus disciplíní. Is iad Cormac Ó Gráda, eacnamaí agus saineolaí ar ghorta, agus Terry Eagleton, criticeoir, a thabharfas na príomhléachtaí.

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Éigse Loch Lao 2014

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Ollscoil Uladh i gcomhar le Cumann CultúrthaMhic Reachtain a bhunaigh Éigse Loch Lao chun léann agus litríocht na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh agus a bhuanú i gcathair Bhéal Feirste trí imeachtaí léannta agus sóisialta a thionscnamh ar bhonn bliantúil. Is as an dán sean-Ghaeilge a cumadh os cionn Loch Lao a baisteadh an Éigse agus tugtar Léacht Chuimhneacháin Roibeaird Mhic Ádhaimh (1808-95) in ómós duine de cheannródaithe athbheochan na Gaeilge sa chathair. Is de thraidisiún Gaeilge Bhéal Feirste an cumasc beo sin idir traidisiún dúchasach na Gaeilge agus traidisiún na hathbheochana sa chathair agus is é aidhm Éigse Loch Lao an traidisiún bisiúil sin a chomóradh agus a bhuanú.

Éigse Loch Lao was founded by the University of Ulster and Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain with the aim of celebrating and advancing Irish-language scholarship and literature in the city of Belfast through an annual series of events both scholarly/literary and social. The name Éigse Loch Lao (‘Literary assembly of Belfast Lough’) invokes the words of a ninth-century Irish poem composed from a vantage point over Loch Lao/ Belfast Lough and the ‘Robert ShipboyMacAdam (1808-95) Lecture’ pays tribute to one of the pioneers of the Irishlanguage revival in the city. This vital convergence of the native Irish tradition and the dynamic of the Irish revival in the city typifies the Irish language tradition in Belfast which Éigse Loch Lao embraces.

pdflogoÉigse Loch Lao 2014 Programme

Celtic Cosmology

Celtic CosmologyShort Lecture and Book Launch

Monday 9 June at 5.30 in the Minor Hall Magee

Jacqueline Borsje will give a brief talk on ‘The making of Celtic Cosmology’ and Ailbhe Ó Corráin will launch Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland edited by Jacqueline Borsje, Ann Dooley, Séamus Mac Mathúna and Gregory Toner, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (2014).

Light refreshments will be provided

Tá fearadh na fáilte roimh gach duine

Celto-Slavica 7

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Societas Celto-Slavica, in association with the School of Welsh, Bangor University (Wales) and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies announces its 7th colloquium to be held in Bangor University, Wales, between 4-6 September 2014, with a focus on the following aspects of Celtic Studies:

  • Celtic linguistics,
  • historical poetics of Celtic narrative traditions
  • Celtic archaeology and toponymy  of Central and South Eastern Europe, and
  • Modern Celtic literatures

Colloquium’s contributions will include

 John T. Koch (CAWCS, Aberystywth) ‘Indo-European from the east and Celtic from the west: reconciling models for languages in later prehistory’,

Tatyana A. Mikhailova (Moscow State University) ‘“Teaming of Islands”:  overcoming a monster by a Christian Saint as a motif of Irish Hagiography’

Jadranka Gvozdanovic (University of Heidelberg) ‘Northeastern Croatia in the light of Celtic heritage’

Elena Parina (Institute of Linguistics RAS (Moscow) / Philipps-Universität Marburg) ‘A comparative study in polysemous adjectives: ‘heavy’ in Welsh and Russian’

Ksenia Kudenko (St. Petersburg University) ‘The Survival of Aér ‘Satire’ in Early Christian Ireland’

Marina Snesareva (Moscow State University), ‘Palatalisation in L2 Irish – voiced consonants, deviations and ambiguity’

Steve Hewitt (UNESCO) ‘Welsh “syntactic mutation” and Arabic “faulty accusative”: case or configuration?’

Oksana Dereza (Moscow State University) ‘Polysemous adjectives in Goidelic languages: ‘heavy’ and ‘light’’

Anna Bondaruk (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) ‘PRO vs. overt subjects in Irish non-finite clauses – A Case-based analysis’

Dmitry Hrapof (Moscow) ‘Math Mathonvich: A New Mabinogi Translation into (Old) Russian’

Václav Blažek (University of Brno) ‘The northeast border of the Celtic world’

Krzysztof Jaskuła (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) ‘A diachronic analysis of the definite article in Irish’

Nikita Koptev (Russian State University for Humanities)Inis do do Mháthair gur Shábháil Biodaí Eibhlíne, a Báitheadh Fad ó Shin, or The Functions of Drowned People in Irish Folklore’

Grigory Grigor’yev (Russian State University for Humanities) ‘St. Patrick’s Crozier and its role in St. Patrick’s hagiography’

Linus Band (CAWCS, Aberystywth) ‘The History and Usage of Brythonic Compound Verbs with ‘to be’’

Vera Potopaeva (Moscow) ‘The Bold Queen: Some legal notes on Genemain Aeda Sláne

Tatyana Shingurova (Moscow) ‘The history of the 10th century’s Eoganachta according to Laud genealogies and tribal histories’

Dr Maxim Fomin (University of Ulster) will present a short talk on ‘Righteous Kings in Ireland and India’, followed by the book launch of Dr Fomin’s Instructions for Kings: Secular Images of Kingship in Early Ireland and Ancient India (Winter Universitäts Verlag, Heidelberg, 2013, 580 pp.).

Éigse Loch Lao 2013

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Pictured are (from left to right) Professor Alastair Adair (Provost of University of Ulster Belfast Campus), Dr Fionntán de Brún (Director of Éigse Loch Lao), Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Professor Bertie Ó Corráin (Head of the Irish and Celtic Research Institute)

Pictured are (from left to right) Professor Alastair Adair (Provost of University of Ulster Belfast Campus), Dr Fionntán de Brún (Director of Éigse Loch Lao), Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Professor Bertie Ó Corráin (Head of the Irish and Celtic Research Institute)

Ollscoil Uladh i gcomhar le Cumann CultúrthaMhic Reachtain a bhunaigh Éigse Loch Lao chun léann agus litríocht na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh agus a bhuanú i gcathair Bhéal Feirste trí imeachtaí léannta agus sóisialta a thionscnamh ar bhonn bliantúil. Is as an dán sean-Ghaeilge a cumadh os cionn Loch Lao a baisteadh an Éigse agus tugtar Léacht Chuimhneacháin Roibeaird Mhic Ádhaimh (1808-95) in ómós duine de cheannródaithe athbheochan na Gaeilge sa chathair. Is de thraidisiún Gaeilge Bhéal Feirste an cumasc beo sin idir traidisiún dúchasach na Gaeilge agus traidisiún na hathbheochana sa chathair agus is é aidhm Éigse Loch Lao an traidisiún bisiúil sin a chomóradh agus a bhuanú.

Éigse Loch Lao was founded by the University of Ulster and Cumann Cultúrtha Mhic Reachtain with the aim of celebrating and advancing Irish-language scholarship and literature in the city of Belfast through an annual series of events both scholarly/literary and social. The name Éigse Loch Lao (‘Literary assembly of Belfast Lough’) invokes the words of a ninth-century Irish poem composed from a vantage point over Loch Lao/ Belfast Lough and the ‘Robert ShipboyMacAdam (1808-95) Lecture’ pays tribute to one of the pioneers of the Irishlanguage revival in the city. This vital convergence of the native Irish tradition and the dynamic of the Irish revival in the city typifies the Irish language tradition in Belfast which Éigse Loch Lao embraces.

pdflogoÉigse Loch Lao 2013 Programme

Bho Chuan gu Cuan II: the Scottish Gaels of Canada

17 & 18 October 2013

University of Ulster, Belfast

 Bho Chuan gu Cuan: Scottish Gaelic in Canada, April 2007, was a multimedia academic conference on the history and present development of the Canadian Gàidhealtachd in the midst of a multicultural and officially bilingual country. The model of Canadian bilingualism and multiculturalism, and the setting of the conference at the University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, under the aegis of Professor Séamus Mac Mathúna and the Irish & Celtic Studies Research Institute and organised in conjunction with Professor Seosamh Watson University College Dublin, brought a range of new dimensions to the discourse on language and culture and contributed to the debate on relationships between Scottish and Irish Gaelic with papers from Professor Seosamh Watson, UCD, Dr John Shaw, University of Edinburgh and Dr Robert Dunbar, University of Aberdeen, among others.

Bho Chuan gu Cuan II: the Scottish Gaels of Canada proposes to continue in the same vein, with a mix of multimedia, arts, academic and community-related events to be held in and around the University of Ulster’s Belfast Campus in the city’s historic and regenerated Cathedral Quarter 17 & 18 October 2013. The conference event, organised by Iain MacPherson, University of Ulster, and Professor Robert Dunbar, Chair of Celtic at the University of Edinburgh, will be hosted by the University of Ulster’s Irish & Celtic Studies Research Institute, led by Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin along with assistance by Colmcille. It will begin on the evening of 17October with an opening talk on Canada’s historic and enduring Gàidhealtachd to be followed by the screening of a Scottish Gaelic documentary Bothan air a’ Phrèiridh. The next day, 18 October, the academic conference will see papers by Professor Robert Dunbar, Lewis MacKinnon, head of Oifis na Gàidhlig/Gaelic Office, Nova Scotia, Dr Karly Kehoe, Glasgow Caledonian University, Dr Stephanie Conn, University of Toronto, Dr Sheila Kidd, University of Glasgow, Gilleasbuig Ferguson, University of the Highlands & Islands and Iain MacPherson, University of Ulster. The day of papers will finish with a panel discussion, chaired by Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ulster, on the role of minority heritage languages in larger multicultural and multilingual societies with the emphasis on Gaelic in Scotland and Canada and Irish on the island of Ireland. And finally the conference will draw to a close with a cèilidh featuring musicians and singers from the Cape Breton Island, Scottish Highland and Irish traditions.

Tea and coffee will be provided but lunch and dinner will be by individual arrangement except for invited guests. In order to register, please fill in the attached form and return to Caroline Elvin (c.elvin@ulster.ac.uk).

For further information please contact Iain S MacPherson (js.macpherson@ulster.ac.uk).

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Stories of the Sea: Maritime Memorates in Ireland and Scotland

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The team of the AHRC-funded major research project ‘Stories of the Sea: A Typological Study of Maritime Memorates in Modern Irish and Scottish Gaelic Folklore Traditions’ hosted a public outreach event – a project showcase at Ionad Chaluim Cille Ile on the Isle of Islay, Scotland, on 10 May 2013.

Dr Maxim Fomin, Principle Investigator of the project, and Prof Séamus Mac Mathúna, Co-Principle Investigator of the project, gave a talk on ‘Stories of the Sea of Scotland’ at the centre.

The talk was accompanied by an audio soundtrack with voices of the informants telling the stories collected by the project in the National Folklore Collection, UCD, Dublin and School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh as well as by posters where such stories accompanied by images from NFC and SSSA were exhibited in print. The consultants to the project, Mr Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Archivist, NFC, Dublin and Dr John Shaw, formerly Senior Lecturer in Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh, were also present.

The talk and exhibition were extremely well attended, and well received by local audience. A local historian and curragh-builder Jim McFarland, originally of Irish origin, now living on Islay and a fluent Gaelic speaker, welcomed the project on behalf of the hosts.

The staff of the Research Institute for Irish and Celtic Studies also travelled, including Professor Ailbhe Ó Corráin, RI Director, Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Head of the School of Irish Language and Literature, Mr Padraig Ó Tiarnaigh and Mr Conal McShane, PhD student, and Seosamh Ó Bhrolcháin, MRes student.

The Celtic Evil Eye and Related Mythological Motifs in Medieval Ireland

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The Celtic Evil Eye and Related Mythological Motifs in Medieval Ireland

Institiúid Taighde na Gaeilge agus an Léinn Cheiltigh Research Institute for Irish and Celtic Studies INVITATION to the launch of…

Ceardlann Ghuthanna na nOileán/Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices

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Áislann Rann na Feirste 9-10 Márta

AG FORBAIRT ÁISEANNA FÍSE AGUS TÉACS CHUN SAOL NA GAELTACHTA A LÉIRIÚ AR-LÍNE

Ceardlann 2 lá arna eagrú ag Ollscoil Uladh agus Sabhal Mór Ostaig i gcomhar le hÁislann Rann na Feirste

Tá sé mar aidhm ag an cheardlann seo eolas a roinnt faoi thionscadal fíor-spéisiúil atá ar siúl in Inse Gall na hAlban a léiríonn saol phobal na Gaeltachta ansin don domhan mór trí fhíseáin agus trascríbhinní dátheangacha a phléann le réimse an-leathan ábhar. Beidh triúr cuairteoirí ag teacht ó Bheinn na Faoghla, Gordon Wells, Archie Campbell agus Neil Campbell, leis an cheardlann a reáchtáil agus le rannpháirtithe na ceardlainne a spreagadh le haithris a dhéanamh ar a bhfuil bainte amach acu. Chuige sin cuirfear buntraenáil ar fáil i bpleanáil agus i ndéanamh scannán agus in eagarthóireacht físe. Beidh deis ann fosta plé a dhéanamh ar na dóigheanna gur féidir le tionscadal den sórt seo oiliúint mar is ceart a chur ar phobal na Galltachta faoi shaol na Gaeltachta. Tá an cheardlann seo á maoiniú ag Colmcille ar an tuiscint go gcuirfidh sí le comhthuiscint idir phobal na Gaeltachta in Éirinn agus in Albain agus go gcuirfidh sí an dá phobal i dteagmháil lena chéile, go fisiciúil agus go fíorúil.

 B’fhiú go mór spléachadh a thabairt ar shuíomh idirlín an tionscadail roimh an cheardlann ag http://guthan.wordpress.com/about/

CLÁR:

SATHARN 9 MÁRTA

 Séisiún na Maidine (10.00 – 12.30)

  • Fáilte: Aodh Mac Ruairí (Áislann Rann na Feirste) agus Caoimhín Ó Dónaill (Ollscoil Uladh)
  • Cúlra Guthan nan Eilean: léiriú ar chur chuige agus buntáistí an tionscadail
  • Léiriú ar ábhar an tsuímh idirlín agus ar fhorbairt téamaí
  • Bunoiliúint sa scannaíocht: pleanáil agus déanamh ábhar físe.
  • Déanamh scannán samplach.

 Lón (12.30 – 1.30)

(Cuirfear lón ar fáil do rannpháirtithe na ceardlainne san Áislann.)

 Séisiún na hIarnóna (1.30 – 4.00)

  • Bunoiliúint in eagarthóireacht físe
  • Ag léiriú ábhair ar-líne
  • Plé faoi aithris a dhéanamh ar thionscadal na hAlban agus na buntáistí a bheadh le tionscadal den sórt seo don phobal áitiúil, don Ghaeilge agus don chaidreamh idir Gaeilge na hÉireann agus Gaeilge na hAlban.

 Oíche Airneáil san Áislann (9.00 – mall)

  DOMHNACH 10 MÁRTA

 

  • Rang Ghaeilge na hAlban (12.00 – 1.30)

Díreoidh an rang seo ar intreoir a thabhairt do dhuine ar bith atá fiosrach faoi Ghaeilge na hAlban nó a bhfuil spéis acu í a fhoghlaim. Beidh fáilte roimh dhaoine a bhfuil eolas acu ar Ghaeilge na hAlban cheana féin agus atá ag iarraidh tuilleadh a fhoghlaim.

  • Déanamh scannán (2.00 – 4.00)

 Dóibh siúd nach bhfuair a sáith ar an Satharn, beidh an séisiún seo dírithe ar scannáin ghairide a dhéanamh bunaithe ar smaointe atá i ndiaidh teacht chun cinn thar an dá lá. Déanfar áiseanna as na scannáin seo ag úsáid mhúnla Ghuthan nan Eilean.

Is dócha gur imeacht trítheangach a bheas sa cheardlann seo, rud is cinnte a chuirfidh leis an eispéireas d’achan duine.

Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais déan teagmháil le: Caoimhín Ó Dónaill c.odonaill@ulster.ac.uk nó Aodh Mac Ruairí aislannrnf@gmail.com

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