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The Irish Sea Cultural Province:
Crossroads of Medieval Literature and Languages

Detailed Schedule

Queens University Belfast: June 8 - June 14 (7 days)

Week 1 Focus: Gaelic and Norse influences on medieval language, literature, and culture

Day Morning
9.30am
Afternoon
2.00pm
Evening
Transport
Sun.
6/7
Arrive:Stranmillis University College, Belfast Arrive:Stranmillis University College, Belfast From 5pm Get Accuainted Party N/A
Mon. Arrive: Stranmillis University College, Belfast

Arrive: Stranmillis University College, Belfast

Introduction: Medieval Irish Sea cultural zone, Old Irish language /literature/ paleography N/A
Tues.

J.P. Mallory: Linguistic history of British Isles; background to Táin Bó Cúailnge

Tour of Navan fort Minibus
Wed Discussion of Táin Bó Cúailnge

Trip to Queen’s University library

  Bus
Thurs. Discussion of Táin Bó Cúailnge    
Fri. Individual meetings with professors Nagy and MacQuarrie Individual meetings with professors Nagy and MacQuarrie    
Sat.     N/A
Sun. Ferry to Isle of Man

Welcome lecture from Jennifer Kewley Draskau: Manx Culture

N/A

*independent student exploration of Andreas Church, Knock-y-Doonee, Bride, Jurby to see Manx crosses in situ


Week 2 Focus: June 15-22. From Gaelic and Norse to Welsh and Latin influences on the Isle of Man and in medieval British culture and literature

Day Morning 9.30am Afternoon 2.00pm Evening
(Optional)
Transport
Mon.

Peter Davey:

Manx archaeology & early Christian Period(Manx Museum)

Trip to Rushen Abbey   N/A
Tues. Introduction to Medieval Welsh language /literature/ paleography & the Mabinogi Visit to standing stones at Maughold N/A
Wed  Sionad Davies on the Mabinogi Discussion   Minibus
Thurs. House of Manannan and Peel Castle: Discussion session at House of Manannan

House of Manannan

Peel Castle

Evening in Peel Manx Electric Railway
Fri.

Castletown*

Castle Rushen

Seminar in House of Keys Old Parliament in Castletown Steam train
Sat. Research day      
Sun. Research day      

**Optional nearby site visits: Balladoole, Meayll Circle, the Sound, Cregneash, St Michael’s Isle


Week 3 Focus Norse: June 23 to 28

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Transport
Mon.

Introduction to Old Norse language /literature/ paleography and Njal’s Saga

David Wilson: Introduction to Vikings on Man & Norse Saga

  Train
Tues.

Viking Place names on Man: Trip to, Laxey Wheel & Snaefell

Viking Place names on Man: Trip to  Laxey Wheel & Snaefell

   
Wed. Discussion session: Njal’s Saga

Discussion Session

Njal’s Saga
   
Thurs. Further discussion of Njal’s Saga Research and afternoon to attend sessions at Manx Museum   N/A
Fri. Research at Manx Museum     N/A
Sat. Research Hike to Mull Circle (Neolithic burial site) & Sleeping Giant Farewell Dinner Niarbyl Cafe N/A
Sun.

Leave IOM for Glasgow

On Ferry from Douglas to Heysham
En route to Glasgow via coach from Heysham Glasgow orientation N/A

University of Glasgow: 28 June to 12 July

Week 4 Focus: June 28 to July 5. Welsh-Celtic Connections, Beowulf, and independent research projects

Day Morning 9.30am-11.30am Afternoon 2.00-4.00pm Evening
(Optional)
Transport
Mon.  

Thomas Clancy: Welcome to Glasgow and Medieval Sea voyage tales

Session with Dr. Clancy TBA N/A
Tues. Discussion Session
Into to
Old English
Language/Literature/paleography
Discussion
Session Old English literature
Prof Nagy screens movies Train
Wed. Kathryn A. Lowe:
Beowulf and the insular manuscript traditon
Discussion Session
With Dr. Lowe
TBA N/A
Thurs. (Edinburgh)
National Library of Scotland Tour & obtain Reading Cards
TBA Train
Fri. Discussion Session
On Beowulf and lbn al Fadlan
Visit to Medieval Manuscripts U. of Glasgow TBA N/A
Sat. Research Day/ Optional field trips:
Oban, Hadrian's Wall, Stirling Castle,
Loch Lomond
    Train/bus
Sun. Research Day Train

Week 5 Focus: July 5-12 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight & independent student research. Final summaries of research papers in progress to NEH seminar.

Day Morning 9.30am-11.30am Afternoon 2.00-4.00pm Evening
(Optional)
Transport
Mon.  

Intro to Middle English language /literature/ paleography

Session with Dr. Clancy   N/A
Tues. Visit National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh Discussion
Session Old English literature
  N/A
Wed.

Discussion Session

Discussion Session
With Dr. Lowe
  Train
Thurs. Nicola McDonald (York) on the database of English Romance Discussion: the Irish, Welsh, Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Manx influence on Sir Gawain and other medieval romances.   N/A
Fri. Research Research   N/A
Sat. NEH final participants presentations at Royal Overseas League in Edinburgh NEH final participants presentations at Royal Overseas League in Edinburgh NEH final participants presentations at Royal Overseas League in Edinburgh N/A
Sun. Free Day/
Travel Day

15th International Celtic Congress begins on Monday the 13th of July at Uni of Glasgow:

N/A