Relaunch of Celtic Poets in North America

In the summer of 2013 — just over a year ago — I was working on a project to collect information about Celtic-language poets of North America. This project – Celtic Poets of North America – required creating a database of information about these poets and their work, creating graphical representations of this information, and creating the…

Fear, Violence and the Politics of Empire

As small pockets of YES voters huddled together consoling themselves in the centrally-located public area of George Square on Friday they were attacked by thugs brandishing Union Jacks, burning the Scottish saltire, giving Nazi salutes, and singing the Famine Song. Naturally, Unionist poliical leaders distanced themselves from such shows of naked aggression and prejudice, while…

Gaelic Literary Criticism

I’ve been working on an extensive anthology of Canadian Scottish Gaelic literature for over five years – ever since I taught a course on the topic and realized that there is no suitable textbook – and my original intention was for all of the text to be in Gaelic: the primary texts, the contextual information,…

The Earliest Gaelic Dances

What kinds of dance did Gaels do before the European dance trends of the Renaissance (and later) came to Ireland and Scotland? It was only then that the jigs, reels, and so on, now considered “traditional,” came into being. Is there any evidence about what bodily movement they did to music, when, why and by whom? How…

Gaelic Literary Continuity in America

I’ll be presenting a talk at the First World Congress of Scottish Literatures this summer in Glasgow about the continuity of Scottish literature amongst immigrant Gaelic communities in North America. Even that first sentence may be jarring to some people given that all too often, even to the present, Gaelic is marginalised in or even excluded from…

Why I left Angular for Knockout

Or, how Steve Sanderson outdid the Google geniuses (and I’m not one given to praising anything out of Microsoft) I’ve been working in the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for over four months now, developing tools to that enable humanities scholars to produce and engage with digital resources. Our main focus is…