The Celtic speaking peoples of Europe, both continental and insular, have experienced many periods of high mobility. Motivated by a sense of adventure, the search for a better life, economic gain, or desperate need, the Celtic diaspora is represented by living populations in the Antipodes, North, Central and South America, and Africa, among other parts of the world. Archaeological evidence for large-scale population movement tracks the migration of whole tribes as far east as Turkey, and Celtic mercenaries are known to have made it all the way to Egypt. Papers on this subject could include the following:

  • Archaeological evidence for the movement of Celtic peoples
  • Linguistic evidence of migration as seen in place names, language variation etc.
  • Genetic evidence for migration
  • Historical accounts of Celtic migration
  • Biographies of migrants
  • Literary treatments of the experience of migration, including fiction, poetry, drama
  • Celtic migration as depicted in film
  • Musical traditions as a record of the movement of peoples
  • Effects of Celtic migration on other countries and cultures



Transplanted Traditions: An Assessment of Welsh Lore and Language in Argentina
Maria Teresa Agozzino, University of California, Berkeley


Highland Canon Fodder: Scottish Gaelic Literature in North American Contexts
Michael Newton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill