Thursday, December 9, 2010

Conference: Celts in the Americas, June 2011

Michael Newton of St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) in Antingonish, Nova Scotia, is organizing a conference, Celts in the Americas, to take place at St. FX at the end of June 2011. 

"The Celts in the Americas conference will offer a unique opportunity to share scholarship about the history, culture, and literature of Celtic-speaking peoples in North and South America: it will be the  first academic conference devoted to this theme, with presentations about aspects of the  experiences and literatures of the communities speaking Breton, Cornish, Irish Gaelic, Manx Gaelic,  Scottish Gaelic, or Welsh in the Americas. One day of the conference will be devoted to examining  the interactions between Celtic peoples and non-Celtic peoples in the Americas, with a special emphasis on indigenous peoples and peoples of African descent."
(from the conference details)

The deadline for proposals has just passed, but he is still interested in proposals on the following subjects:

* The Cornish, Breton and Manx peoples in North and South America
* Interactions between Celtic peoples and subalterns in North and South America
* Lesser known geographical regions where Celtic-speaking communities lived (outside of NS for Scottish Gaels, for example)
* Efforts now underway to teach and revitalize Celtic languages in the Americas
* History of Celtic Studies as a discipline in North and South America

Details about the conference are here and the CFP (Call for Papers) is here.

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