Professor Jonathan Wooding

BA, PhD (Sydney), FSA, FRHistS, FHEA
Sir Warwick Fairfax Chair of Celtic Studies

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 9351 3841

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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

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2018

  • A possible early monastic complex in South Iceland: Enhanced recording and fieldwork; Ahronson K, Wooding J; The Society for Medieval Archaeology/Mick Aston Research Grant.

2015

  • Cultures of Modernities in the Global Medieval and Pre-Modern World; Amer S, Sirantoine H, Klein E, Anstey P, Gagne J, Borghesi F, Wooding J, Shaw J, Griffiths H; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/SSSHARC Collaborative Projects Support Scheme.

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., Louth, A. (2019). From the East to the Isles: Approaches to the Eastern Connections of the Early Churches of Britain and Ireland. Oxford, UK: Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.
  • 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. (2019). 'Feet in Ancient Times'? Myth and Reality in the Eastern Connection of the Early British and Irish Churches. In Jonathan M. Wooding, Andrew Louth (Eds.), From the East to the Isles: Approaches to the Eastern Connections of the Early Churches of Britain and Ireland, (pp. 24-53). Oxford, UK: Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.
  • Wooding, J. (2019). Introduction: Reapproaching the Eastern Connection of the Insular Churches. In Jonathan M. Wooding, Andrew Louth (Eds.), From the East to the Isles: Approaches to the Eastern Connections of the Early Churches of Britain and Ireland, (pp. 6-13). Oxford, UK: Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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.

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.

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].

2019

  • Wooding, J. (2019). 'Feet in Ancient Times'? Myth and Reality in the Eastern Connection of the Early British and Irish Churches. In Jonathan M. Wooding, Andrew Louth (Eds.), From the East to the Isles: Approaches to the Eastern Connections of the Early Churches of Britain and Ireland, (pp. 24-53). Oxford, UK: Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.
  • Wooding, J., Louth, A. (2019). From the East to the Isles: Approaches to the Eastern Connections of the Early Churches of Britain and Ireland. Oxford, UK: Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.
  • Wooding, J. (2019). Introduction: Reapproaching the Eastern Connection of the Insular Churches. In Jonathan M. Wooding, Andrew Louth (Eds.), From the East to the Isles: Approaches to the Eastern Connections of the Early Churches of Britain and Ireland, (pp. 6-13). Oxford, UK: Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.

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. [More Information]
  • 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.

2007

  • 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.

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