F.E.R.C.AN. 2014



17th-19th October 2014
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lampeter, Wales

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Annwyl gyfaill, dear colleagues and friends, chers/chères collègues et amis, liebe Kolleg(inn)en,

This year’s F.E.R.C.AN. Workshop will take place from the 17th to the 19th October 2014 at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter. The aim of the F.E.R.C.AN. project is a better understanding of so-called ‘Celtic’ deities, cults and religion(s) in Antiquity, primarily focussing on the epigraphic testimonies from the Roman period (including the various Gallo-Greek, Gallo-Latin, Gallo-Lepontic and Celtiberic inscriptions), together with iconographic, sculptural and archaeological evidence, which provide a wealth of information on the changing nature of indigenous cults. The project studies inter alia the theonyms and epithets in Celtic and analyses the problems of “interpretatio”,the identification of ‘native, local’ and Graeco-Roman deities, exploring the ways in which new cults and deities developped in the Keltiké during the Roman period. The objective of the project is to publish the Corpus-F.E.R.C.AN., containing an in-depth discussion of the epigraphic testimonies on ‘Celtic’ theonyms and cults for each province of the Roman West.

The F.E.R.C.AN. project  has been organised under the auspices of the Prehistoric Section of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Ö.A.W.) since 1998. The previous 12 workshops took place in Vienna, Austria (1998), Luxembourg (1999), Vitoria/Gasteiz, Spain (2000), Osnabrück, Germany (2002), Graz, Austria (2003), London (2005), Cascais, Portugal (2006), Milano, Italy (2007), Molina di Aragon, Spain (2008), Paris (2010), Erfurt, Germany (2011) and Berlin (2012); all workshops since 2000 have been published.

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KEYNOTE LECTURE by Prof. Miranda Aldhouse-Green, University of Cardiff, Friday 17th October:
The Magician’s House. Weird goings on in Roman Chartres

Cernunnos from Reims

For 2014, we have envisaged three thematic sessions. Please contact us for further suggestions:

(1) Celtic theonyms and Celtic myths

Since the workshop will actually take place in a primarily Celtic-speaking country, we shall organise a more linguistic session, together with our colleagues from CAWCS (the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies) and the Welsh and Celtic studies departments in Lampeter and the nearby University of Aberystwyth.

(2) The provenance and positioning of epigraphic materials within temples, shrines and the landscape

There are many cult sites where inscriptions were discovered in an archaeological, stratigraphic context, and the idea would be to study the precise location and the visibility of inscriptions in a sanctuary in order to better understand the context in which people employed epigraphy to communicate with their deities. Where do dedications to deities bearing a Celtic theonym or epithet actually come from? It also allows us to highlight difficulties in our record, for example when numerous votive inscriptions to diverse deities were re-used in a medieval church: how can we tell whether they derived from the same sanctuary?

(3) Methodology: re-thinking Celticity

A third session will focus on problems of methodology, for example relating to the identification of ‘Celtic’ deities in our epigraphic sources, or issues relating to iconography and archaeology relevant for the corpus-F.E.R.C.AN.

We are still in the planning phase: if you have any proposal for a conference session, please let us know.

We shall also organise an excursion to look at some of the many sacred sites and sacred landscapes in Wales. There are countless interesting sacred sites from prehistoric, Roman and Medieval times: let us know if you need advise for a longer stay in Lampeter or Wales.

Conference organisation: Dr Ralph Häussler (Lampeter) and Prof. Tony King (Winchester)
Please contact us anytime if you have any questions, if you would like to attend, give a paper or present a poster: r.haeussler@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk or tony.king@winchester.ac.uk

Please send us a title and abstract (c.500 words) for your paper as soons as possible, preferably before the 31st August 2014.

Please book/register as early as possible, as places are limited.

Lampeter is situated in south-west Wales, approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes by car from London. The nearest airports are Cardiff and Bristol. Click here for more information on how to get to Lampeter.

The University of Lampeter was founded in 1822 and became part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2010. For more information on the university see www.uwtsd.ac.uk or click here for the research projects  in Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology and Celtic Studies in Lampeter.

This workshop will be organised in partnership with the Archaeology department of the University of Winchester and with CAWCS, the University of Wales’ Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth.