An Introduction to Celtic Studies – Online Short Course

In this webinar course, we will introduce the academic field of Celtic Studies, with a focus on history broadly defined.  Each week we will take a particular kind of evidence for the past and investigate it in the Celtic context.  We will consider what each kind of evidence can tell us about Celtic peoples in various time periods, how the evidence has been and can be interpreted.  As well as understanding how to get the most out of sources of information about Celtic peoples in the past, you will learn about Celts in the Iron Age, early medieval and more recent periods of history. 

The course will be conducted over a series of 15 weekly seminars held every Monday 1900-2000 AEST/AEDT via zoom in two blocks from 16 August – 27 September, and 11 October – 29 November. There are no pre-requisites, no homework and no preparation, but extra readings will be provided for those who wish to explore further. The total cost of the 15-week course will be $200 ($150 concession), with registration required in advance.

16 August: introduction and overview
23 August: what outsiders have written about Celts
30 August: archaeological sites
6 September: language
13 September: annals and chronicles
20 September: objects
27 September: tales
11 October: law
18 October: poetry
25 October: stories of saints
1 November: art
8 November: place-names
15 November: folklore
22 November: music
29 November: conclusions

Please visit the Australian School of Celtic Learning’s website for further details on the course and for how to register.