An Interdisciplinary Conference Investigating the Place of Celtic and Classical Heritage in the British Historical Imagination


This conference will investigate the profound influence of Celtic and Classical heritage on the development of British historical identity. A series of chronologically arranged panels will attempt to trace the respective importance of Ancient Britons and Romans in British culture over the centuries, from the pre-Roman period to the present day. Speakers specializing in a wide range of different subjects, from ancient archaeology to 20th century literature, will discuss the ways in which these two cultures have been appropriated, rejected, combined, and contrasted by different generations of Britons. Were they seen as opposing poles of savagery and civilization, or did they embody competing ideals of Britishness? Did they at any time lose relevance, and what is their status in British culture today?

Confirmed Speakers: Prof. Barry Cunliffe (Oxford), Dr. Alex Woolf (St. Andrews), Prof. Helen Fulton (Bristol), Prof. Ceri Davies (Swansea), Prof. Philip Schwyzer (Exeter), Dr. Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales), Prof. Rosemary Sweet (Leicester), Dr. Philip Burton (Birmingham), Prof. Richard Hingley (Durham).

The conference will be held in the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Rd., Oxford on July 2nd 2016. Registration: FREE for students/unwaged attendees, £15 waged (includes refreshments/lunch/wine reception).

Organised by Francesca & Rhys Kaminski-Jones, in association with The University of Wales Centre For Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), Royal Holloway University of London, the Institute of Classical Studies, the Classical Association, the Learned Society of Wales, and the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.


Registration Required, Space Limited. To register, contact the organisers at [N.B. There are currently no places left at the conference. A waiting list has been set up in case of cancellations.]



Cover image: ‘Caesar’s First Invasion of Britain’ by Edward Armitage, © The Trustees of the British Museum.

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