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Cosmos 32 Released

Issue 32 of Cosmos has been released in digital format to all our e-members!

Here is a preview from the Editor’s Note, by TCS President Louise Milne:

We present here the final selection of papers from the 3rd Annual Colloquium on Thinking about Celtic Mythology in the 21st Century, organised by Emily Lyle and held at the University of Edinburgh on 24th and 25th October 2015. To complement these, and develop the theme of the symposium, we include further items dealing with Celtic matters. Here is the edited transcript of a session dealing with Desmond Bell’s film about the great Irish storyteller Seán ÓhEochaidh (1913-2002), held at the department of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, 17 February 2017. The bulk of the review section is devoted to new works in Celtic mythology, including two responses to James Mallory’s study of what he calls the Irish Dreamtime. Finally, we have a special section honouring our Editor Emeritus, Emily Lyle: three responses to her important recent book Ten Gods: A New Approach to Defining the Mythological Structures of the Indo-Europeans (2012).

And here is the full table of contents:

PART 1

Papers from the Colloquia Thinking About Celtic Mythology in the 21st Century. Celtic & Scottish Studies, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh

‘Failed Birth and Rebirth’: A Case Study in the Reconstruction of an Indo-European Myth
Anna June Pagé, 1–20

Sticky Figures: The Afterlife of Pre-Christian Supernatural Beings in Medieval Celtic Texts
Daniel F. Melia, 21–38

Scottish Traditional Tales: Distributions and Prehistory
John Shaw, 39–62

The Return of the Oppressed: Intra-Social Inequality and Supernatural Agency in the Táin and Crofton Croker’s “Teigue of the Lee”
James Carney, 63–82

The Identification of Shamanism in Celtic Literary and Ethnographic Sources
Sharon Paice MacLeod, 83–118

PART 2

On Desmond Bell’s “The Last Storyteller?” A Panel Discussion

Desmond Bell, Louise S. Milne, Liv Willumsen, 119–129

PART 3

Reviews

Dossier: Two Responses to James Mallory’s Irish Dreamtimes
139–147

Dossier: Three Responses to Emily Lyle’s Ten Gods
147–157

E-members can access the full issue in our digital archive. Individual print copies of Cosmos #32 can be ordered for £30 following the instructions in this page.

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Talk Cancelled – 5 December

Unfortunately the talk scheduled for Tuesday 5 December, due to be presented by Jelka Vince, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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