2019: Celts in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds


Call for Papers [NOW CLOSED]
International Conference: Celts in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds

Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University; 23-25 May 2019

An international conference entitled ‘Celts in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds’ will be held at the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University, from 23-25 May 2019.

Papers are invited that will examine the history and impact of Celts in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds by focusing on the biographies of select individuals.

These events will re-examine the global lives and multifaceted legacies of Celts (Scottish, Irish, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton) who lived in, moved through, or otherwise helped shape the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds between 1500 and 1960. Placing these figures in a global and imperial framework will inspire a re-examination of how they shaped and were shaped by both their homelands and the colonial context of places they explored and settled.

Key issues to be addressed will be the relationship of individuals to empire, commerce, religion, and culture; the influence of Celtic origins on individuals; their views on gender, the enslaved, indigenous communities; their impact on local, national and international communities and networks; and their historical legacy.

The Celtic experience in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds will be compared and contrasted. The aim is to contribute to a wider understanding of the history of the Celtic diaspora, and contribute to ongoing public debates over the politics of institutional naming, political commemoration, as well as to the project of “decolonizing” school and university curricula.

It is planned to publish papers presented at the conference. We also aim to interest documentary filmmakers in producing a series on colourful Celtic characters.

Registration $200 for full-time academics, $100 for students.