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Celts, Romans, Britons: Classical and Celtic Influence in Britain, 55 BC – 2016 AD

Tuesday 10 May, 2016

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

Venue: the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Rd., Oxford
Date: Saturday, 2 July 2016 (all day)

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? Despite the obvious ways in which this subject would benefit from a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, there has thus far been only limited dialogue between specialisms in this area. Our day-conference seeks to address this problem, hoping to foster a genuinely diverse and multi-faceted discussion of this aspect of British historical identity.

Confirmed Speakers: Professor Barry Cunliffe (Oxford); Dr. Alex Woolf (St. Andrews); Professor Helen Fulton (Bristol) (Honorary Editor of the Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion); Professor Ceri Davies (Swansea); Professor Philip Schwyzer (Exeter); Dr. Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales); Professor Rosemary Sweet (Leicester); Dr. Philip Burton (Birmingham); Professor Richard Hingley (Durham).

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 Classical Association, and the Learned Society of Wales.


Space is limited and registration is required.
To register, contact the organisers at:
The deadline for registration is June 1st 2016.

Registration is FREE for students/unwaged attendees and £15 for waged attendees (includes refreshments/lunch/wine reception).

For more details, see the conference website: