Report: The Society for Neo-Latin Studies and Moore Institute (NUI) Event
This year’s SNLS postgraduate/researcher event in honour of Philip Ford was held in collaboration with the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The event, which was held at the Moore Institute in Galway, was attended by participants across Ireland and Scotland. Speakers and attendees came from Cork, Dublin and Galway in Ireland, and from Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow in Scotland. Jason Harris, from the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies at University College Cork, opened proceedings with an overview of the state of Neo-Latin studies in Ireland, and an overview of a range of texts that shed light on early modern Latin literary culture in Ireland. David McOmish, who is currently a research fellow at the Moore Institute, then provided an overview of Neo-Latin studies in Scotland. After lunch, which was provided by NUIG, there was a session on the Latin literature and literary culture of the Irish/Gaelic speaking world, with Michael Clarke, chair of classics at NUIG, providing a fascinating talk on the two-way impact of Latin upon Irish language epic literature and vice versa. Alan MacQuarrie from Glasgow University then gave a talk on the Latin epic tradition and its use by Scottish Gaelic writers (Roderick MacLean of Iona) in the early modern period. The next session was on Jacobites and Latin literature in Scotland and Ireland. Padraig Lenihan, lecturer in History at NUIG, gave a talk on his recent edition of thePoema de Hibernia, a Latin epic on the Williamite Wars in Ireland from a Jacobite perspective. David McOmish then finished this session with an overview of the development of Scottish Jacobite Latin literary culture from its origins in the Counter-Reformation to its continued influence upon educationalists and academics in Edinburgh in the early Enlightenment.
The day finished with a session on archives and publishing research. The first talk was given by Kieran Hoare from NUIG Archives. Kieran very kindly put on an exhibition of some of the gems of NUIG archives from the early modern period and discussed their significance. This was followed by two talks by Justin Tonra, lecturer in English and Irish studies at NUIG, and Ann Hurley, a PhD candidate in Classics/English, on how to use TEI to publish your research electronically. The day was then brought to an end with a brief discussion by David McOmishon the new Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series.
(Words by David McOmish)