The Association is commited to supporting students of Celtic Studies and the Celtic languages and enabling networking between students from different institutions and different countries. We organize an annual conference which this year will be held in Glasgow over the weekend of 24th March. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the idea of setting up an organization for
students of Celtic Studies in the British Isles was first mooted by a group of
students in Edinburgh in December 2012, it seemed doubtful that the idea would
get off the ground, never mind that within three short months we would have
hosted a successful conference with around fifty delegates from every part of
these islands, as well as further afield. Still less did we imagine that a year
later a proceedings volume would be in production and that planning for a
second conference would be well underway.
Association is intended as a counterpart to similar organizations for
undergraduate and graduate students which exist for many other academic
disciplines at national and international levels. It was felt that there was a
gap in the British Isles for such an association: there were organizations for
professional Celticists but little ‘to encourage and bring
together Celtic students both academically and socially, to support Celtic
students and the academic field of Celtic Studies, to promote the study of the
Celtic languages, literatures, histories and cultures, and to represent all
Celtic students and to campaign on their behalf’, as the adopted constitution
puts it. The need for such an organization is particularly great in our field
given the fact that institutions which run courses in Celtic Studies broadly
understood are widely scattered geographically and that the topics offered vary
greatly from university to university. A student studying mediaeval Welsh
literature, for example, might never in the course of his or her studies
encounter topics like modern Gaelic sociolinguistics; it was therefore believed
that it would be beneficial and stimulating to bring young Celticists of
diverse interests and experiences together to share their work and to meet one
group of students who took the first tentative steps to set up the Association
were brought together by their involvement in a public campaign to safeguard
the resources and ethos of the Celtic and Scottish Studies department in EdinburghUniversity. It was suggested that holding
some kind of student conference might be a good and positive way to showcase
the importance and vigour of our field and the innovative thinking of the
students. In view of the fact that departments and faculties in many
universities have faced challenges, both financial and insitutional, in the past,
and will no doubt face them in the future, it was felt that an organization to
represent and bring together Celtic Studies students from many universities
would be beneficial to the field as a whole. While the Association is a
non-political organization, it is committed to campaigning for the interests of
students of Celtic Studies in matters of direct relevance to them.
the event, the inaugural conference was a great success, with students present
representing institutions in Scotland,
Wales, Ireland, England,
Germany and the Netherlands. A
dozen papers were delivered, on topics including mediaeval and modern Welsh,
Irish and Scottish Gaelic literature, history, music and folklore, Welsh and
Scottish Gaelic sociolinguistics, and Manx and Welsh historical linguistics. Since the conference, launch events have been held at the National Eisteddfod in Wales and at the National Mòd in Scotland, and interest in the Association continues to grow. The second conference in Aberystwyth on 22nd March 2014 was a great success with copies of the first volume of Proceedings being sold.
President ~ Jacob Ellis (AberystwythUniversity)
Secretary ~ James January-McCann (AberystwythUniversity)
President Emeritus ~ Christopher Lewin (University of Edinburgh)
Ordinary members ~ Elen Ifan (BangorUniversity)
~ Abigail Price (BangorUniversity)
~ Allan Maden (University of Edinburgh)
~ Jamie Wallace (University of Glasgow)
~ John Ó Liodáin (NationalUniversity of Ireland Maynooth)
~ Conal McShane (University of Ulster)
~ Jody Coogan (UniversityCollegeCork)
Name and aims
1.1. The name of the association is ‘Association of
Celtic Students of Ireland and Britain’,
herein referred to as ‘the Association’. Translations of this name shall be
made into all modern Celtic languages. The name can be changed only by a three
quarters majority vote at a General Meeting.
1.2. The Association was founded in Edinburgh on the 14th December
1.3. All modern Celtic languages and English will be
official languages of the Association.
1.4. The purpose and mission of the Association is to
encourage and bring together Celtic students both academically and socially, to
support Celtic students and the academic field of Celtic Studies, to promote the
study of the Celtic languages, literatures, histories and cultures, and to
represent all Celtic students and to campaign on their behalf.
1.5. ‘Celtic’ and ‘Celtic Studies’ in this document
are to be understood to refer to all courses of study and fields of academic or
cultural interest within Celtic, including Irish studies, Welsh studies, etc.
1.6. The Association is for all undergraduate and
postgraduate students of Celtic Studies, and of individual modern, mediaeval or
ancient Celtic language, and any student with an interest in the subject.
1.7. The Association is an apolitical organization.
The terms ‘Ireland’ and ‘Britain’ in the
name of the Association have geographical reference and carry no political
2.1. Members of affiliated student societies are
automatically members of the Association. To affiliate with the Association,
the secretary of the society in question must send notification to the
secretary of the Association.
2.2. Student delegates at the Association’s conference
who have paid the registration fee are members of the Association.
2.3. Individual students who are not members of an
affiliated student society can become members of the Association by registering
their name and address with the secretary. They must re-register each year.
2.4. Student members of the Association have a vote in
2.5. Academics and non-students may be associate
members of the Association, but do not have a vote in General Meetings.
Conference, General Meetings and Committee
3.1. Each year in the spring a conference shall be
held in an institution of higher education, organized by local Celtic students
with help from the local academic department, student association, Celtic
society etc. The conference shall be the main academic, administrative and
social event of the Association.
3.2. The conference shall include the Annual General
Meeting (AGM) of the Association, where the committee shall be elected.
3.3. The quorum for the AGM shall be eight.
3.4. Since the committee will potentially include
members based in geographically disparate locations, deliberations of the
committee will be mainly conducted by a closed group on a social networking
site or an electronic mailing list which shall be expressly for this purpose,
and be visible to and contain only committee members. Committee meetings may be
conducted by Skype or other similar media.
3.5. The committee shall choose the location of the
next conference within three months of the Annual General Meeting.
Possibilities for the location should however be discussed at the conference.
3.6. Changes to this constitution and all other
motions can be carried by a simple majority at a General Meeting, unless it is
stated in the constitution that a supermajority is needed.
3.7. The committee shall be elected by raising hands.
All candidates shall address the meeting to explain why they should be elected,
and they shall be nominated by themselves or another member present, and
seconded by another member present. Candidates shall leave the room while the
vote is taken.
3.8. The committee shall consist of the following
3.8.1. The President shall be ultimately responsible
for the conduct and business of the Association. He or she shall chair
meetings, and coordinate all the activities of the committee. The President
shall keep records of the Association, including membership of previous
3.8.2. The Secretary shall be responsible to the
President for communications and administration of membership, conference
registrations and abstract submissions, etc.
3.8.3. The Treasurer shall be responsible to the
President for the finances of the Association.
3.8.4. The President Emeritus is the previous year’s
President. He or she shall advise the new committee members, provide continuity
and supervise business pertaining to the previous conference, such as
3.8.5. Ordinary members shall assist the President,
Secretary, Treasurer and President Emeritus.
3.9. The committee shall include both undergraduate
and postgraduate students as far as possible.
3.10. The committee may appoint a sub-committee to
organize the conference.
3.11. The AGM shall proceed as follows:
3.11.1. Brief report from the President.
3.11.2. Changes to the constitution, if required.
3.11.3. Brief discussion on the direction of the
3.11.4. Nominations for President.
3.11.5. Brief speeches from candidates for President.
3.11.6. Election of President.
3.11.7. Elections of other positions likewise.
3.11.8. Closing statement and vote of thanks.
3.12. The new committee take office upon the close of