Harvard Celtic Colloquium & Proceedings

Given the ongoing restrictions on travel and large indoor gatherings occasioned by the COVID pandemic, and given Harvard’s decision that all teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will be conducted remotely in Fall 2020, we announce regretfully that the 17th John V. Kelleher Memorial Lecture and the 40th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium will not take place on October 8—11, 2020 as originally planned.

We are most grateful to Professor Ruairí Ó hUiginn for agreeing to deliver the 17th John V. Kelleher Lecture on October 7, 2021. The 40th Harvard Celtic Colloquium will be held on October 8—10, 2021, and a call for papers will be issued early in 2021.


Since 1981, the graduate students of the Harvard Celtic Department have organized and hosted the Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium and have published selected papers in The Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium. The Colloquium attracts students and scholars from North America, Ireland, Great Britain and Europe, and welcomes paper proposals dealing with any aspect of the Celtic languages, their literatures and their cultures in any period, including papers with an interdisciplinary or theoretical perspective.

The Colloquium is held each year in October, and opens with the John V. Kelleher Memorial Lecture sponsored by the department on the Thursday afternoon of the Colloquium weekend.

40th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

October 8, 9, and 10, 2021
The Thompson Room (Room 110)
Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street

Keynote speaker, Dr. Georgia Henley  (St. Anselm College)

Map to Barker Center

Where to stay

Getting Here


Papers given at the Colloquium may be published in the Proceedings of  the Harvard Celtic Colloquium


The organizers of the Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium acknowledge with thanks the support of
The Provostial Funds Committee for the Arts and Humanities
The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures & The Friends of Harvard Celtic Studies.