Call for papers: 24th Irish Conference of Medievalists, NUI, Galway, 25–27 June 2010

Proposals should include a title and short abstract (200 words), as well as the speaker’s name, postal and e-mail addresses. The deadline for submission is 28 February 2010. Please send proposals to:

Dr Jacopo Bisagni
Department of Classics
National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, Ireland
or by e-mail to:

Registration fee: full €40; students €25 (includes all tea breaks and Saturday lunch).
Conference dinner (Saturday evening): €50.

[Note: Paper length should be 20 minutes.]

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23rd Irish Conference of Medievalists, 27–30 June 2009

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Tracy Collins (Cork & Limerick) Medieval nunneries in the Irish archaeological record

Máirín Mac Carron (Cork) Columbanus, Brunhild and the question of illegitimacy

Lenore Fischer (Los Angeles) Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh–compiled or composed?

Joseph Flahive (Cork) L’alphabet runique–an insular display script

Dmitry Nikolaev (Moscow) Fintan mac Bochra and Norna-Gest: an age-old storyteller in Irish and Icelandic traditions

Catherine Swift (Limerick): Geinnti for Duiblinn beos: a royalist interpretation of early entries on Viking activity in Ireland

Fran O’Reilly (Dublin): St Brigit and the dog

Edel Bhreatnach (Dublin) Bendictines in early twelfth-century Ireland: a brief reflection

Diarmuid Ó Riain (Dublin) Pomp and process: secular and ceremonial uses of the Irish Benedictine churches in medieval Germany

Tatyana Mihailova (Moscow) How the Amra Coluim Cille was found again

Stephen Walker (New York) Moulding the Stem of the Ardagh Chalice

Robert Stevick (Washington) Designing St Patrick’s Bell Shrine panels

Mark Stansbury (Galway) Some thoughts on the origins of Insular script

Ciaran Parker (Cavan) Gaelic lordships in Uriel and Meath 1300-1500

Ann-Marie Long (Dublin) Ari’s Íslendingabók: early vernacular writing and Icelandic identity

Emer Purcell (Cork) The first generation 795-836: Viking raids and Viking bases?

Alex Woolf (St Andrews) Ecgfrith of Northumbria’s raid on Brega reconsidered

Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (Galway) The native school house in late medieval and early modern Ireland

David Woods (Cork) Gildas and the Mystery Cloud of 536

Robyn Neville (Atlanta) Perceived chastity and the dynamics of shame: unveiling the trope of the pregnant religious body in early medieval hagiography

Patricia Hanna (Limerick) Queen Victoria and the Book of Kells: some interesting highlights of her visit to the library at Trinity College Dublin

Tomas O’Sullivan (St Louis) Poor lonely Luke: in search of the fourth four-symbols page in the Book of Kells

Mick Gibbons (Cliffden) In the lands of the Conmaicne Mara–the Dog Sons of the sea

Patrick McCafferty (Queens) Wrathful raths and fairy thorns–why are people afraid of ring-forts?

22nd Irish Conference of Medievalists, 26–29 June 2008

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Kimberley Thounhurst (Cork) “Seldom-seen and lesser-known” cross sculpture of Tipperary and Waterford: context, function and distribution of the neglected minor carvings

Brian Hodkinson (Limerick) Hlymrek and the Old Norse origins of Limerick

Catherine Swift (Limerick) St Columbanus and an Irish solution to the French problem of Easter

Diarmuid Ó Riain (Dublin) An Irish contribution to the Austrian Romanesque–the impact of the Viennese Schottenkirche on the local architectural tradition

Jenifer Ní Ghradaigh (Cork) Drawing in ashes; creating/consecrating an early Irish church

Pádraic Moran (Cambridge) The cult of St Féíchín in Connemara

David Woods (Cork) St Columba, Silnán and the “male bovine”

Paul Gosling (Galway) St. Brigid and the Sick–some topographical evidence from the West of Ireland

Joseph Flahive (Cork) Ó Cleirigh’s Treatment of his Sources

Colmán Etchingham (Maynooth) Two notes on Vikings

D. Blair Gibson (Los Angeles) Celtic democracy: appreciating the role played by alliances and elections in Celtic political systems

Máirín Mac Carron (Cork) Bede, Patrick and the Virgin Martyrs: a study of female sanctity in the early Insular Church

Nicholas Evans (Glasgow) The Strathearn environs and Royal Forteviot Project: the historical context and potential European significance of a Scottish royal centre and its hinterland

Katja Ritari (Helsinki) Good and bad deaths and the posthumous destinies of souls in Adomnán’s Vita Columbae

Michael Gibbons (Clifden) The impact of World Heritage Status on Skellig Michael: authenticity versus visualisation

Áine Foley (Dublin) Royal manors in the Dublin hinterland

Dianne Hall (Melbourne) “Discomfited and outdone: women’s violence in late medieval Ireland

Colmán Etchingham (Maynooth) Anti-nativism and related matters: the heiress in Irish law and a witness from 5th C BC Crete

Sarah Thomas (Glasgow) The most attractive church in the Hebrides? The late medieval church and parish of Kilchoman on Islay

Emer Purcell (Cork) St Michan: Danish, Welsh or Irish?

Anna Matheson (Cambridge) Do Druthaib 7 Meraib 7 Dásachtaibh: a composite tract?

Tomás O’Sullivan (St Louis) In nomine Dei summi: a collection of Hiberno-Latin sermons?

Patrick Wadden (Oxford) The 684 attack on Brega and its impact on Irish perceptions of the English

Robert Lee (Manchester) Pictish symbols–are they symbols or language?

Stuart Rutten (Manchester) Old Irish ‘casal’ and Middle English ‘chesible’ in the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing–can Celtic and English co-exist?

Olga Karkishchenko (Moscow) Anglo-Norman borrowings into the Irish language

21st Irish Conference of Medievalists, 28–30 June 2007

Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

Anthony Harvey (Dublin) From full-text data-base to electronic lexicon and beyond: the role of computers in the Dictionary of Celtic Latin project

Elod Nemerkenyi (Budapest) Hiberno-Latin in medieval Hungary

Paul Cottar (Cork) The origins of the baile

John Soderberg (Minneapolis) Monastic towns twenty years on–implications of the new graveyard faunal assemblage from Clonmacnoise for urbanism in early medieval Ireland

Alexandra Bergholm (Helsinki) Meanings of madness: themes in the scholarly reception of Buile Shuibhne

Patricia Ronan (St Gall) “As to the weather…” on the use of climactic features in early Irish narrative

John L. Murphy (Long Beach) Horslips and Counter-cultural medievalism in Irish music of the 1970s

Stephen Walker (New York) Master models and mold making for early medieval chip carving in fine metalwork

Colleen Thomas (Dublin) Paul and Anthony on the Irish high crosses: a desert lineage

Niamh Whitfield (London) Reflections on the Steeple Bumstead boss

Donnchadh Ó Corráin (Cork) Retrospect and prospects: Medieval Studies in Ireland

Graham Isaac (Galway) Rule for Palatal Consonants in Old Irish

Áine Foley (Dublin) Royal manors in Dublin hinterland

Joseph Flahive (Cork) The O’Clery Leabhar Gábhala

Clare Stancliffe (Durham) Cummian, synods and the beginnings of the Easter controversy in Ireland

Kimberly LoPrete (Galway) Women, gender and power in France (eleventh to thirteenth centuries)

Celia Scott (Melbourne) Giant eels and naked thieves–humour in the vitae of early Irish female saints

Alex Woolf (St Andrews) The kingdom of Ireland in the early middle ages–past, present and future

Lenore Fischer (Limerick) The portrayal of Brian Boru in Irish literary tradition

Simon Taylor (Glasgow) Nevay, Newtyle and Newtibber–fragments of a super-Neimheadh by Meigle in Scotland

Kay Muhr (Belfast) Women and Northern Irish placenames

Laura Pachtner (Munich) The Irish in early medieval Bavaria–facts and fiction in popular tradition and scientific theory

Desmond O’Toole (Maynooth) Uraicecht na Ríar–legal/literary nodes and numbers

Bridgette Slavin (Sydney) Magic versus miracle in early Irish hagiography

Clodagh Downey (Dublin) Sruth Segsa ocus sruith éicse–Cúán ua Lothcháin and the Boyne

Herman Clerinx (Hasselt) The non-Celtic origins of Halloween

Mick Gibbons (Clifton) The neglected majority–unenclosed settlement in western and south-western Ireland in the Early Christian period

Fergus Cannan (London) The myth of naked men: the use and development of armour in the Irish Sea World

Robert Lee (Manchester) Comparative information analysis as a tool and its application to the Inscribed Stones of Ireland and Britain

James G. Schryver (Minnesota) Irish medieval studies as a field of study: a view from the Mediterranean

Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh (Cork) Unmasking Christ? Reinterpreting the Hiberno-Romanesque portal

Griffin Murray (Cork) Crosses and enclosures–the archaeology of Turlough O’Connor’s ecclesiastical patronage

Laura Peelen (Utrecht) Divina sapientia: divine wisdom in early Irish exegesis

Jonathan Wooding (Lampeter) Pergrinatio in the seventh-century vitae of Saint Patrick

Sven Meeder (Cambridge) The composition and reception of the Liber ex Moysi

David Woods (Cork) St Patrick and the ‘Sun’ (Conf. 20).

John Collis (Sheffield) Celtoscepticism–is it important?

Catherine Swift (Limerick) Celtoscepticism–a Celt’s skeptical reply