Jonathan M. Wooding, BA, PhD, FSA, FrHistS, will join the University from January 2014 as the second Sir Warwick Fairfax Professor of Celtic Studies. Jonathan was born in Sydney and educated at North Sydney Boys’ High School and the University of Sydney. After completing his PhD in 1993, under the supervision of Dr Lynette Olson, he subsequently did postdoctoral study at University College Dublin. Jonathan made many contributions to Sydney Celtic Studies in the 1980s and ‘90s, including as Convener of the First Australian Conference of Celtic Studies (1992). He returns to Sydney now after 15 years in Wales, where he was most recently Reader in Religious History at the University of Wales, Lampeter (now Trinity Saint David).

Jonathan has published widely in medieval Irish, Welsh and Scottish studies, as well as in Irish-Australian studies. His interests range across both literature and archaeology, with particular research interests in early Irish voyage tales, the cult of St Brendan, monasticism in early medieval Britain, and Irish-Australian monuments. Amongst his thirteen books are the monograph Communication and Commerce along the Western Sealanes AD 400–800 (1996) and the edited volumes The Otherworld Voyage in Early Irish Literature–an Anthology of Criticism (2000), Celtic-Australian Identities (with David Day, 2002), St David of Wales–Cult, Church and Nation (with J. Wyn Evans, 2007), Ireland and Wales in the Middle Ages (with Karen Jankulak, 2007), Solitaries, Pastors and 20,000 Saints–Studies in the Religious History of Bardsey Island (2010), and Adomnán of Iona–Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker (2010).

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