Professor Jonathan Wooding

BA, PhD (Sydney), FSA, FRHistS, FHEA
Sir Warwick Fairfax Chair of Celtic Studies
Chair of Program
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 3841

Research interests

  • Travel and Narratives of Travel in the early Celtic world
  • Faith Heritage, Pilgrimage and Tourism in Celtic Countries
  • Medieval Otherworld Tales and the Cult of St Brendan
  • Gaelic Revivals in the Irish Disapora

Current research students

Project title Research student
An Assessment of Holy Asceticism in the Byzantine and Insular Christian Traditions (from the Fourth to Tenth Centuries) Chris BAGHOS
Ancient and Medieval Tattooing Amongst the Insular Celtic Peoples and its Impact on Identity Erica STEINER

Selected publications

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Books

  • Wooding, J., Yates, N. (2011). A Guide to the Churches and Chapels of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  • Grimley, A., Wooding, J. (2010). Living the Hours: Monastic Spirituality in Everyday Life. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press.

Edited Books

  • Wooding, J., Aist, R., Clancy, T., O'Loughlin, T. (2010). Adomnán of Iona: Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker. Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2010). Solitaries, Pastors and 20,000 Saints: Studies in the Religious History of Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli. Lampeter: Trivium Publications.
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2007). Ireland and Wales in the Middle Ages. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press.
  • Evans, J., Wooding, J. (2007). St David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation (Studies in Celtic History, 24). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.

Book Chapters

  • Wooding, J. (2018). Introduction: Celtic Myth in the 21st Century. In Emily Lyle (Eds.), Celtic Myth in the 21st Century: The Gods and their Stories in a Global Perspective, (pp. 1-8). Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2017). The Representation of Early British Monasticism and Peregrinatio in Vita Prima S. Samsonis. In Lynette Olson (Eds.), St Samson of Dol and the earliest history of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales, (pp. 137-161). Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer Ltd.
  • Wooding, J. (2017). Tyrannies of Distance? Medieval Sources as Evidence for Indigenous Celtic and Romano-Celtic Religion. In Ralph Haeussler, Anthony King (Eds.), Celtic Religions in the Roman Period: Personal, Local, and Global, (pp. 57-70). Haverton: Celtic Studies Publications.
  • Wooding, J. (2015). Peregrini in the Ocean: Spirituality and Reality. In Emer Purcell, Paul MacCotter, Julianne Nyhan & John Sheehan (Eds.), Clerics, Kings and Vikings: Essays on Medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh O Corrain, (pp. 411-417). Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2014). The Location of the Promised Land in Hiberno-Latin Literature. In Jacqueline Borsje, Ann Dooley, Seamus Mac Mathuna, Gregory Toner (Eds.), Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland, (pp. 93-111). Toronto, Canada: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.
  • Wooding, J. (2011). Recent research at St Davids Cathedral. In J. R. Kenyon and P. Ottaway (Eds.), South-West Wales: Pembrokeshire and Western Carmarthenshire, Report and Proceedings of the 156th Summer Meeting of the Royal Archaeological Institute, (pp. 59-62). London: The Royal Archaeological Institute.
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2011). The British Cult of St Gildas. In Bernard Merdrignac and Georges Provost (Eds.), Colloque Saint Gildas: Saint-Gildas de Rhuys, 30-31 janvier 2009, (pp. 25-42). Gourin: Editions des Montagnes Noires.
  • Tipp, D., Wooding, J. (2010). Adomnán's Voyaging Saint: The Cult of Cormac Ua Liatháin. In Jonathan M Wooding with Rodney Aist, Thomas Owen Clancy and Thomas OLaughlin (Eds.), Adomnán of Iona: Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker, (pp. 237-252). Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2010). Near Eastern Monasticism and the Celtic West: Two Worlds of Derwas Chitty. In Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), Solitaries, Pastors and 20,000 Saints: Studies in the Religious History of Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli, (pp. 105-125). Lampeter: Trivium Publications.
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2010). The Life of St Elgar of Ynys Enlli. In Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), Solitaries, Pastors and 20,000 Saints: Studies in the Religious History of Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli, (pp. 15-47). Lampeter: Trivium Publications.
  • Wooding, J. (2009). St Ninian: Archaeology and the Dossier of a Saint. In Jane Murray (Eds.), St Ninian and the Earliest Christianity in Scotland, (pp. 9-18). Oxford, UK: Archaeopress.
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2009). The Historical Context: Wales and England 800-1200. In Helen Fulton (Eds.), A Companion to Arthurian Literature, (pp. 73-83). West Sussex: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. [More Information]
  • Wooding, J. (2009). The Medieval and Early Modern Cult of St Brendan. In Steve Boardman, John Reuben Davies, Eila Williamson (Eds.), Saints Cults in the Celtic World, (pp. 180-204). Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2008). Saint and Beast in Nauigatio S.Brendani abbatis. In Bernard Merdrignac, Herve Bihan, Gildas Buron (Eds.), A travers les iles celtiques: A dreuz an inizi keltiek Per insulas scotticas, (pp. 287-296). Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.
  • Wooding, J. (2007). Island and Coastal Churches in Medieval Wales and Ireland. In Karen Jankulak and Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), Ireland and Wales in the Middle Ages, (pp. 201-228). Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2007). The Figure of David. In J. Wyn Evans and Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), St David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation (Studies in Celtic History, 24), (pp. 1-19). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2004). Issues in the Teaching of Insular Medieval Theology. In Paul Cavill (Eds.), The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England: Approaches to Teaching and Scholarship, (pp. 193-203). UK: D.S. Brewer.
  • Wooding, J. (2003). Fasting, Flesh and the Body in the St Brendan Dossier. In Jane Cartwright (Eds.), Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults, (pp. 161-176). UK: University of Wales Press.

Journals

  • Wooding, J. (2017). 'A Native Style Springing from a People Possessed of Original Power and Mind': The Irish Round Tower in Australian Architecture. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 17, 59-79.
  • Wooding, J. (2015). Irish manuscripts in facsimile: The Schaffhausen Adomnan. Studia Hibernica, 41, 177-188. [More Information]
  • Wooding, J. (2013). Historical-Theological Models of Pilgrimage as a Resource for Faith Tourism. Journal of Tourism Consumption and Practice, 5(2), 61-72.
  • Wooding, J. (2011). The Date of Nauigatio S. Brendani Abbatis. Studia Hibernica, 37, 9-26.
  • Wooding, J. (2009). Reapproaching the Pagan Celtic Past: Anti-Nativism, Asterisk Reality and the Late-Antiquity Paradigm. Studia Celtica Fennica, 6, 61-74.
  • Wooding, J. (2007). 'It was in human nature to love one’s native land and make sacrifices for it.' Monumental Commemorations and Corporeal Relics in 1920s Irish Australia. History Australia, 4(2), 39.1-39.18. [More Information]
  • Wooding, J. (2005). The Munster Element in Nauigatio Sancti Brendani abbatis. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 110, 33-47.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Mac Suibhne, B., Wooding, J. (2018). The informer who disappeared in 1856, and has shown up again. The Irish Times. [More Information]

Reference Works

  • Wooding, J. (2017). Otherworlds. In Sian Echard and Robert Rouse (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. (pp. 1462-1464). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. [More Information]

Other

  • Wooding, J. (2015), St Fursey: Pilgrim and Visionary [Fursey Occasional Paper 7].

2018

  • Wooding, J. (2018). Introduction: Celtic Myth in the 21st Century. In Emily Lyle (Eds.), Celtic Myth in the 21st Century: The Gods and their Stories in a Global Perspective, (pp. 1-8). Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  • Mac Suibhne, B., Wooding, J. (2018). The informer who disappeared in 1856, and has shown up again. The Irish Times. [More Information]

2017

  • Wooding, J. (2017). 'A Native Style Springing from a People Possessed of Original Power and Mind': The Irish Round Tower in Australian Architecture. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 17, 59-79.
  • Wooding, J. (2017). Otherworlds. In Sian Echard and Robert Rouse (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. (pp. 1462-1464). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. [More Information]
  • Wooding, J. (2017). The Representation of Early British Monasticism and Peregrinatio in Vita Prima S. Samsonis. In Lynette Olson (Eds.), St Samson of Dol and the earliest history of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales, (pp. 137-161). Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer Ltd.
  • Wooding, J. (2017). Tyrannies of Distance? Medieval Sources as Evidence for Indigenous Celtic and Romano-Celtic Religion. In Ralph Haeussler, Anthony King (Eds.), Celtic Religions in the Roman Period: Personal, Local, and Global, (pp. 57-70). Haverton: Celtic Studies Publications.

2015

  • Wooding, J. (2015). Irish manuscripts in facsimile: The Schaffhausen Adomnan. Studia Hibernica, 41, 177-188. [More Information]
  • Wooding, J. (2015). Peregrini in the Ocean: Spirituality and Reality. In Emer Purcell, Paul MacCotter, Julianne Nyhan & John Sheehan (Eds.), Clerics, Kings and Vikings: Essays on Medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh O Corrain, (pp. 411-417). Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2015), St Fursey: Pilgrim and Visionary [Fursey Occasional Paper 7].

2014

  • Wooding, J. (2014). The Location of the Promised Land in Hiberno-Latin Literature. In Jacqueline Borsje, Ann Dooley, Seamus Mac Mathuna, Gregory Toner (Eds.), Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland, (pp. 93-111). Toronto, Canada: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

2013

  • Wooding, J. (2013). Historical-Theological Models of Pilgrimage as a Resource for Faith Tourism. Journal of Tourism Consumption and Practice, 5(2), 61-72.

2011

  • Wooding, J., Yates, N. (2011). A Guide to the Churches and Chapels of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2011). Recent research at St Davids Cathedral. In J. R. Kenyon and P. Ottaway (Eds.), South-West Wales: Pembrokeshire and Western Carmarthenshire, Report and Proceedings of the 156th Summer Meeting of the Royal Archaeological Institute, (pp. 59-62). London: The Royal Archaeological Institute.
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2011). The British Cult of St Gildas. In Bernard Merdrignac and Georges Provost (Eds.), Colloque Saint Gildas: Saint-Gildas de Rhuys, 30-31 janvier 2009, (pp. 25-42). Gourin: Editions des Montagnes Noires.
  • Wooding, J. (2011). The Date of Nauigatio S. Brendani Abbatis. Studia Hibernica, 37, 9-26.

2010

  • Wooding, J., Aist, R., Clancy, T., O'Loughlin, T. (2010). Adomnán of Iona: Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker. Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • Tipp, D., Wooding, J. (2010). Adomnán's Voyaging Saint: The Cult of Cormac Ua Liatháin. In Jonathan M Wooding with Rodney Aist, Thomas Owen Clancy and Thomas OLaughlin (Eds.), Adomnán of Iona: Theologian, Lawmaker, Peacemaker, (pp. 237-252). Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • Grimley, A., Wooding, J. (2010). Living the Hours: Monastic Spirituality in Everyday Life. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2010). Near Eastern Monasticism and the Celtic West: Two Worlds of Derwas Chitty. In Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), Solitaries, Pastors and 20,000 Saints: Studies in the Religious History of Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli, (pp. 105-125). Lampeter: Trivium Publications.
  • Wooding, J. (2010). Solitaries, Pastors and 20,000 Saints: Studies in the Religious History of Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli. Lampeter: Trivium Publications.
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2010). The Life of St Elgar of Ynys Enlli. In Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), Solitaries, Pastors and 20,000 Saints: Studies in the Religious History of Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli, (pp. 15-47). Lampeter: Trivium Publications.

2009

  • Wooding, J. (2009). Reapproaching the Pagan Celtic Past: Anti-Nativism, Asterisk Reality and the Late-Antiquity Paradigm. Studia Celtica Fennica, 6, 61-74.
  • Wooding, J. (2009). St Ninian: Archaeology and the Dossier of a Saint. In Jane Murray (Eds.), St Ninian and the Earliest Christianity in Scotland, (pp. 9-18). Oxford, UK: Archaeopress.
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2009). The Historical Context: Wales and England 800-1200. In Helen Fulton (Eds.), A Companion to Arthurian Literature, (pp. 73-83). West Sussex: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. [More Information]
  • Wooding, J. (2009). The Medieval and Early Modern Cult of St Brendan. In Steve Boardman, John Reuben Davies, Eila Williamson (Eds.), Saints Cults in the Celtic World, (pp. 180-204). Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press.

2008

  • Wooding, J. (2008). Saint and Beast in Nauigatio S.Brendani abbatis. In Bernard Merdrignac, Herve Bihan, Gildas Buron (Eds.), A travers les iles celtiques: A dreuz an inizi keltiek Per insulas scotticas, (pp. 287-296). Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.

2007

  • Wooding, J. (2007). 'It was in human nature to love one’s native land and make sacrifices for it.' Monumental Commemorations and Corporeal Relics in 1920s Irish Australia. History Australia, 4(2), 39.1-39.18. [More Information]
  • Jankulak, K., Wooding, J. (2007). Ireland and Wales in the Middle Ages. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2007). Island and Coastal Churches in Medieval Wales and Ireland. In Karen Jankulak and Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), Ireland and Wales in the Middle Ages, (pp. 201-228). Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press.
  • Evans, J., Wooding, J. (2007). St David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation (Studies in Celtic History, 24). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.
  • Wooding, J. (2007). The Figure of David. In J. Wyn Evans and Jonathan M. Wooding (Eds.), St David of Wales: Cult, Church and Nation (Studies in Celtic History, 24), (pp. 1-19). Woodbridge: Boydell Press.

2005

  • Wooding, J. (2005). The Munster Element in Nauigatio Sancti Brendani abbatis. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 110, 33-47.

2004

  • Wooding, J. (2004). Issues in the Teaching of Insular Medieval Theology. In Paul Cavill (Eds.), The Christian Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England: Approaches to Teaching and Scholarship, (pp. 193-203). UK: D.S. Brewer.

2003

  • Wooding, J. (2003). Fasting, Flesh and the Body in the St Brendan Dossier. In Jane Cartwright (Eds.), Celtic Hagiography and Saints' Cults, (pp. 161-176). UK: University of Wales Press.

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