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Call for Papers (Closed)

Below is the original Call for Papers, when the conference was meant to be in person. The conference will now be virtual but proposals of any relevance to Celtic Studies are still welcome. FDU is eager to host CSANA on campus in the future.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is thrilled to host the 2022 Celtic Studies Association of North America (CSANA) Conference from Thursday March 31 through Sunday April 3, 2022.

The conference will meet in person on our historic Florham Campus at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, New Jersey, USA. The Florham Campus is convenient to New Jersey Transit rail service, for those arriving from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) or New York City, and is in comfortable walking distance of three nice hotels. (See the Travel and Accommodation page for details.)

The conference will be free and open to the public. Speakers are normally expected to be CSANA members by the time of the conference, but you don’t have be a member yet to send in a proposal: newcomers are welcome! Visit the CSANA website at to learn about becoming a member.

The Celtic Studies Association of North America is an open and inclusive organization that seeks to foster collegiality and respect within the discipline of Celtic Studies. We value diversity and reject wholeheartedly discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, military status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Moreover, we strongly oppose the appropriation of Celtic culture, history and symbols by those who promote discrimination or violence of any kind.

The conference will follow any pandemic-related government and FDU guidelines still in place. Starting with the Fall 2021 semester, FDU is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated: see here for updates on the university’s policies. With any luck, CSANA 2022 should feel like a triumphant return to pre-pandemic normalcy and human connection.

Keynotes, special events, and other details will be added to this website as arrangements are finalized.

If you’d like to present, email your title, abstract, and bio to Matthieu Boyd ( by FEBRUARY 20, 2021.

Traditional presentations are 20 minutes plus time for questions. Undergraduates are invited to propose 10-minute presentations for a limited number of slots. Other formats are possible: if you’d like to propose a roundtable, workshop, collaboration, masterclass, performance, etc., write up what you have in mind!

Proposals can relate to any area of Celtic Studies: Literature, History, Language and Linguistics, Folklore, Art and Archeology, etc.

Topics that relate to the following, under the broad themes of connecting and reconnecting, are especially welcome:

  • Teaching: reflections on pedagogical practice in Celtic languages and literatures, for those well-versed in the field, those new to it, or those speeding past it in a Gen Ed survey. What do you teach and how?
  • Issues of diversity, inclusion, support, and community in our objects of study and in the field itself: what Celtic Studies has to learn from the crucial conversations that are happening now, and what it might have to contribute.
  • Interdisciplinary interventions: how does Celtic Studies move within a wider world of scholarship and inquiry, of cultures academic and non-academic, and engage productively with fields we might not suspect?  
  • Celtic Studies for the future: what projects excite you? How can others help? What work is most needed now?

Expect an invitation to publish papers given at the conference with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.