Keynote Speaker: Prof. Em. Pádraig Ó Riain

Pádraig Ó Riain was lecturer in Celtic Languages and Philology at University College Cork from 1964 until he was appointed to the Chair of Early and Medieval Irish in 1973, a post he held until his retirement in 2002. Among other distinctions, he received the Humboldt Prize in 1995 and the Parnell Fellowship in Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 2002. He is a member of the Placenames Commission of Ireland and one of the editors of the Locus project. His research interests include hagiography, onomastics, Irish manuscripts and, most especially, the Irish martyrological tradition. He has spearheaded research on Irish martyrologies and hagiography over the last few decades, and is well-known for his edition of the Corpus Genealogiarum Sanctorum Hiberniae (1985), and his A Dictionary of Irish Saints (2011). He published his most important research on the martyrologies in Feastdays of the Saints: A History of Irish Martyrologies (2006).


Frederick Biggs, University of Connecticut

Frederick Biggs obtained his doctorate from Cornell University and is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. Prof. Biggs has published widely on religious literature and poetry and the apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England and has edited two volumes in the Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture series.


Pádraig Breatnach, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Professor emeritus of the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and co-editor of Celtica. Author of The Four Masters and their manuscripts: studies in palaeography and text (Dublin 2013).


Sarah Corrigan, National University of Ireland, Galway

Sarah Corrigan has recently completed her PhD thesis in the Dept. of Classics at the University of Galway and is currently employed as a part-time teaching assistant. Her thesis is entitled ‘Images and representations of the sea in early medieval Hiberno-Latin and Latinate literature: studies in intertextuality and innovation’. She recently published ‘Hisperic Enigma machine: sea creatures and sources in the Hisperica famina’ (Peritia 24).


Westley Follett, University of Southern Mississippi

Westley (Lee) Follett is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. He specializes in religious history, with emphases on monasticism, hagiography, liturgy and manuscript studies, and a geographical focus on pre-Norman Ireland.  He is the author of Céli Dé in Ireland: Monastic Writing and Identity in the Early Middle Ages (2006). His recent research examined the veneration of Saint Michael the Archangel in early medieval Ireland and his current project investigates the holdings of a now-lost medieval Irish library.


Giuseppe A. Guazzelli, Independent Scholar

Giuseppe Antonio Guazzelli (Dottore di Ricerca in 2005 at University of Rome, “Tor Vergata”) is currently an independent scholar. Recent publications include: “Cesare Baronio and the Roman Catholic Vision of the Early Church,” in Kate Van Liere, Simon Ditchfield and Howard Louthan, eds., Sacred History. Uses of the Christian Past in the Renaissance World (2012); and “L’immagine del Christianus Orbis nelle prime edizioni del
Martyrologium Romanum”, in Sanctorum (2008).


Elva Johnston, University College Dublin

Elva Johnston is an early medieval Irish historian. Her research focuses on the histories of conversion, hagiography, literacy and sexuality. Her book Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland (2013) was awarded the Irish Historical Research Prize in 2015. She is currently researching a project examining the role of the frontier in Irish society before the year c. AD 600 and is the co-editor of Peritia, Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland.


Kazutomo Karasawa, Komazawa University

Kazutomo Karasawa is Professor of English Philology at Komazawa University, Tokyo. He is a graduate of Sophia University, Tokyo, and a former Visiting Research Fellow at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. He recently published the monograph The Old English Metrical Calendar (Menologium) (2015).


Christine Rauer, University of St. Andrews

Having received her MA from Leeds and her PhD from Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic), Christine Rauer held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and taught at the University of Birmingham, before joining the staff at St Andrews as a Senior Lecturer in the School of English. Her research has mainly concentrated on the relationship of Old English literature with Continental, Celtic and Scandinavian cultures and Latin literature (classical, patristic and medieval). She is well-known for her edition of and publications on The Old English Martyrology.


Patricia Rumsey, Nottingham University

Patricia Rumsey is a Poor Clare nun and an Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University. Her PhD thesis was on the history of the Liturgy of the Hours in early medieval Ireland (published as: Sacred Time in Early Christian Ireland, 2007) and her post-doctoral research on early Irish martyrologies. Her most recent book is Women of the Church: the Religious Experience of Monastic Women (2011) and she is currently working on the influence of the Protevangelium Jacobi on mariology, liturgy, asceticism and iconography.


Nike Stam, University of Utrecht

Nike Stam is currently finishing her dissertation, which focuses on code-switching in the commentary of the Félire Óengusso and includes a diplomatic edition of the commentary text from Rawlinson B505. This dissertation is the product of the research project ‘Bilingualism in Medieval Ireland – Language Choice as a part of intellectual culture’, which ran at Utrecht University from June 2012 until June 2016. The project was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (http://www.medievalirishbilingualism.eu/). Nike holds a BA in Celtic Studies and an RMA in Medieval Studies, both from Utrecht University. Before embarking on the project, she taught at Utrecht University as a Junior Lecturer. She is also a board member of the A. G. van Hamel Foundation for Celtic Studies.


Marta Tycner, University of Oxford

Marta Tycner trained as an historian and economist specialising in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. She earned a PhD from the University of Warsaw (2013) with a thesis on the foundation and dedication of Constantinople and worked as a research assistant at the German Historical Institute Warsaw. Her main research interests include the history of religion and imperial ideology in the early Byzantine Empire, and the role of relics in the public space and ritual. She has published a monograph on the legend of the Holy Image of Edessa. She is currently working on the Cult of Saints Project at the University of Oxford, where she is preparing a study on the Martyrologium Hieronymianum, a 5th/7th-century Latin compendium of saints from the entire Christian world.


Nicole Volmering, Trinity College Dublin

Nicole Volmering is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Irish and Celtic Languages and the Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute at Trinity College Dublin. She previously held an O’Donovan Scholarship at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and a De Finibus Fellowship at University College Cork, where she obtained her PhD in Early and Medieval Irish. Her doctoral dissertation won the Johann-Kaspar-Zeuß prize for Best Dissertation in Celtic Studies for 2015. Her current project is entitled ‘Religious Writing in Ireland, 800-1630: The Transmission and Reception of the Félire Óengusso’.


Jonathan Wooding, University of Sydney

Jonathan Wooding holds the Sir Warwick Fairfax Chair of Celtic Studies at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Senior Lecturer in Religious History and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion in Celtic Societies at the University of Lampeter. He is well-known for his work on travel narratives, otherworld tales and other religious literature of medieval Ireland and Wales. He is also the Series Editor of New Approaches to Celtic Religion and Mythology published by the University of Wales Press.


Immo Warntjes, Trinity College Dublin

Immo Warntjes studied history and mathematics at the universities of Oldenburg (Germany), Galway (Ireland), and Göttingen, graduating from Göttingen University in both subjects in 2003 (1. Staatsexamen). In 2007 he completed his Ph.D. in Medieval History in Galway and became Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Greifswald (Germany). In 2012-2013, he was research fellow at the German Historical Institute (London) and the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (Munich). He joined Queen’s University Belfast in 2013, and took up the Ussher Assistant Professorship in Early Medieval Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin, in September 2016.