Call For Papers


We will continue to accept submissions until 7th May

Ì Chaluim Chille

Co-labhairt Eadar-dhreuchdail, 9-11 An Dùbhlachd 2021

Columba and Iona: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 9-11 December 2021

The AHRC-funded project, Iona’s Namescape: place-names and their dynamics in Iona and its environs, based in Celtic & Gaelic at the University of Glasgow, will be hosting a conference in December 2021 to commemorate the 1500th anniversary of the traditional date of the birth of St Columba, the founder of the monastery of Iona.

The conference will be held predominantly online using zoom, to allow greater international participation and to minimize environmental impact. Depending on travel and other covid restrictions it may be possible to hold part of the conference face-to-face in Glasgow (on an optional basis). To facilitate international participation, the conference is provisionally scheduled to take place across the three afternoons of Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December.

There will be keynote papers from:

  • Dr Heather Pulliam (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin (University College, Cork)
  • Prof. Thomas Charles-Edwards (University of Oxford).

We invite proposals for sessional papers from a broad range of disciplines which present new research on Columba and Iona. Each paper should be 20 minutes in length leaving 10 minutes for discussion. We welcome papers in English, Gaelic or Irish and will consider individual proposals for stand-alone papers, and also joint proposals for panels of three thematically linked papers. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. It is hoped to publish a selection of papers from the conference promptly in 2022.

We seek contributions from a range of disciplines (e.g. history, archaeology, history of art, manuscript studies, literary and textual studies, folklore, onomastics, music), provided there is a focus on Columba and/or Iona. We particularly welcome proposals on one or more of the following topics:

  • Columba and his successors on Iona or elsewhere in the Columban familia
  • medieval texts relating to Columba and the Columban familia
  • medieval Iona in its historical and archaeological context
  • Iona’s artistic output (sculpture, MSS, metalwork)
  • the context and practice of insular monasticism
  • early modern and antiquarian reception of Columba and Iona
  • Columba in Gaelic tradition

Proposals should be made on the proposal form below.  The deadline for submissions is the 7th of May. Please email if you have any questions regarding a proposal submission.

Proposals for three-paper sessions only