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November 2015. A New Series Focusing on Religion and Mythology of the Celtic-Speaking peoples.
‘New Approaches to Celtic Religion and Mythology’ is published by University of Wales Press, under the general editorship of Professor Jonathan Wooding of the University of Sydney. The first volume in the series is Understanding Celtic Religion: Revisiting the Pagan Past, edited by Katja Ritari and Alexandra Bergholm.
In his Introduction Professor Wooding said:
‘It is timely that one of the major university presses in the Celtic nations is launching a series on approaches to Celtic religion and mythology. The myths and religious ideas of the Celtic-speaking peoples have had an enduring appeal for scholars as well as general readers. Our new series acknowledges this long-standing interest, while also picking up on the particular energy that approaches to religion and spirituality have brought to studies of Celtic sources across recent decades. … The studies in this first volume all set examples of how to bring new approaches to traditional data. Together they make an outstanding collection and an exciting start to our series.’
Sydney University to Co-Host Celtic Studies Conference with Humanities Research Centre at Australian National University
July 2015. Australian Scholars at the International Congress of Celtic Studies, Glasgow
At the 2015 International Congress of Celtic Studies, Australian representation was of a scale to invite frequent comment! Programme lecturers Jonathan Wooding and Pamela O’Neill were among the presenters, joined by Jay Johnston (Religious Studies), our recently-retired professor Anders Ahlqvist, and former Sydney colleagues Helen Fulton (Bristol) and Geraint Evans (Swansea). Also presenting were present Sydney students Sam Leggatt (Archaeology), former Sydney students Kristen Erskine and Bridgette Slavin, as well as Dr Juliana Grigg from Melbourne.
The presentations by Jay Johnston and Jonathan Wooding were part of a panel on eastern influences in the Celtic lands, organised by Jacqueline Borsje (University of Amsterdam). This is presently a field of renewed interest in Celtic Studies (as those who attended Michelle Brown’s Medieval and Early Modern Centre lecture in June will certainly have noted!).