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XV ISSCN Symposium 2016

XV International Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica
Helsinki, 2426 August 2016


XV International Symposium of Societas Celtologica Nordica will be organised by the Finnish Society for Celtic Studies in Helsinki on the 24−26 August 2016. The symposium celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Finnish Society for Celtic Studies.


The keynote speakers of the symposium include: Prof. John Carey (University College Cork), Prof. Máire Herbert (University College Cork), Prof. Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (Harvard University), Prof. Robin Chapman Stacey (University of Washington), Prof. Joseph Nagy (Harvard University), and Prof. Jan Erik Rekdal (University of Oslo)


The organising committee of the symposium are: Katja Ritari (chair of the organizing committee), Alexandra Bergholm, Jarno Jalonen, Antti Lampinen, Riitta Latvio, Tiia Mensio, Stefan Smirnov and Ilona Tuomi. Enquiries to organisers can be directed by e-mail to


A concert, Celtic Chants from Medieval and Modern Times by Vox Silentii and Tuomo Pulkkinen, will be organised as part of the symposium at Tieteiden talo, Kirkkokatu 6, room 504, on Thursday 25th August at 17.15-18.00. The concert is free for all.


The symposium dinner will be organized on Thursday 25 August 2016 and it costs €50. The symposium dinner will be a dinner cruise around the Helsinki archipelago, leaving from the market square, next to the old market hall in the centre of Helsinki. For more information on the dinner cruise, please see


As part of the symposium programme there will be a public lecture, open for all. Welcome!

V Anders Ahlqvist lecture. Friday 26th August 2016 14:30-15:30. Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24 room 136 (ground floor).

Professor Joseph Nagy (Harvard University): A Dog, a Pig, and the Pride of Irish Saga Heroes

This talk examines some of the mythological elements, narratological feints, and rhetorical games played in the early Irish text Scéla Muicce Meic Dathó, and how they come together into one of the most famous and puzzling literary products of the Ulster Cycle.  A strategy of ‘indirection’ that characterizes the telling of this and many other heroic tales from the medieval Irish corpus (even some without dogs or pigs) will also be considered.


Please note that the final programme for the symposium can now be found here.

Abstracts for the papers can be found here.

A map of the symposium venues can be found here.

Information concerning accommodation in Helsinki can be found here.

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