XVI International Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø 31 August - 2 September 2017

Programme SCN2017:


Thursday 31 August

Venue: Linken, Forskningsparken meeting centre, Tromsø

09:00-10:00 Coffee and registration

Chair: Cathinka Dahl Hambro

10:00-10:10: Opening words by Ambassador Karl Gardner

10:10-10:20: Opening words by Head of Department Eystein Dahl

10:20-11:50: Session 1

Gregory Richard Darwin (Harvard): Orality, folklore, and the archive in Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s ‘mermaid’ poems

Eivor Bekkhus (Oslo): From a Greek king's daughter to punished sinners: The mythological motif of women at sea.

Unni Kolrud Lefébure (Oslo): “Mó is ainm damh Fer Benn” Literary functions in Buile Ṡuibhne


12:00-13:15: Lunch


13:15-14:00: Keynote lecture: John Carey (Cork): Tairchell and the Spectre

Chair: Ailbhe Ó Corráin


14:00-14:15: Coffee


14:15-15:00: Keynote lecture: Trond Trosterud (Tromsø): Working for a unified Cornish spelling

Chair: Eystein Dahl


15:00-15:20: Coffee


15:20-16:50 Session 2

Chair: Ruben Moi

Steve Hewitt (Independent): Grammatical dialect variation in Breton

Steve Hewitt (Independent): The problem of neo-speakers in language revitalization - the example of Breton

Esther Le Mair (Ghent): Nitorbe lasuidiu precept doib manidénatar ferte occa: Subject-like oblique arguments in Old Irish


17:00: Reception and book launch hosted by the Embassy of Ireland, Norway.

Venue: HSL Faculty Cantine, Breivika campus, Tromsø



Friday 1 September 2017

Venue: Auditorium, Nedre Lysthus, Centre for Peace Studies, Breivika campus

09:30:00-11:00: Session 3

Chair: Kjetil Aasen

George Broderick (Mannheim): Carl J. S. Marstrander in the Isle of Man 1929, 1930, 1933

Lars Ivar Widerøe (Independent): The Breton language archive after Carl Johan Sverdrup Marstrander in the National Library- the need and prospect of cataloguing, digitalization and dissemination

Eystein Dahl (Tromsø): Remarks on the Old Irish passive


11:00-11:20: Coffee break


11:20-12:05: Key-note lecture: Clodagh Downey (Galway): Etymologizing in the Dindṡenchas

Chair: Morgan T. Davies


12:10-13:30: Lunch (main cantine, Breivika campus)


13:30-14:15: Keynote lecture: Aidan Doyle (Cork): The Irish Language Revival a Hundred Years on: Where Are We?

Chair: Niamh Ní Shiadhail                                       


14:15-14:30: Coffee


14:30-16:00 : Session 4 

Chair : Katja Ritari

Ruben Moi (Tromsø): Pangur Bán and Paul Muldoon

Joanna Pettersson (Uppsala): Sheela-na-gig: a comparative analysis of different hypotheses and their arguments

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Cambridge): eDIL workshop



17.30/18:00: Pick up outside Scandic Ishavshotel for transport to the cable car (Fjellheisen)

19:00: Conference dinner at Fjellstua restaurant (

 Tromsø by night


Saturday 2 September 2017

Venue: Linken, Forskningsparken meeting centre, Tromsø

10:00-11:30: Session 5

Chair: Aidan Doyle

Mikael Males (Oslo): Native or Latin: Stanzaic Structure in Irish and Old Norse

Kristen Mills (Oslo): Bodies and Borders: Vortimer, Brân, and Ívarr beinlauss

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Cambridge): Textual Reflexes of the Norse-Gaelic Interface in the Thirteenth Century: Surprises and Significance


11:30-11:50: Coffee break


11:50-12:40: Keynote lecture: Joseph F. Nagy (Harvard): Heroes Telling Stories in Later Medieval Irish Literature

Chair: Jan Erik Rekdal


12:40-14:00: Lunch


14:00-15:30: Session 6

Chair: Clodagh Downey

Cathinka Dahl Hambro (Tromsø): Tasting the Good News: Food, Feast and Fasting in Altram Tige Dá Medar

Morgan T. Davies (Colgate): Father-Son Rivalry in Early Irish Narrative

Katja Ritari (Helsinki): The memory of the saints in Félire Oengusso


15:30-15:50: Coffee


15:50 - ca.16:30: Session 7

Chair: John Carey

Niamh Ní Shiadhail (Uppsala): A conversion narrative and accompanying dialogue poem from Co. Roscommon, c. 1835.

Jan Erik Rekdal (Oslo): Conclusive remarks/end of conference