The XVIIth International Congress of Celtic Studies – Utrecht 2023


Conference Programme

ICCS ’23 Programme as per 25 July 2023

ICCS ’23 Abstract Booklet as per 22 July 2023

Conference Locations

The opening, plenaries and closing of ICCS ’23 will take place in the Janskerk, which you will find at Janskerkhof 26.

All other activities, such as coffee/tea breaks, lunch breaks, papers and the book market will take place along the Drift, across Drift 21 to 27 – entrance always through the University Library at Drift 27.

Conference Registration

Sunday 23 July 2023 – Janskerk

3 pm – 6 pm

Monday 24 July 2023 – Janskerk

8.30 am – 10.00 am

Conference Bureau

For late registration and any questions you may have, you can visit the conference bureau location:

Drift 25, room 0.02

Opening hours are between 9.00 and 18.00. 

For urgent queries, the conference bureau may be reached by phone at (+31) 030 253 6143  (also between working hours 9.00-18.00, Mon – Fri)

Conference Picture

The conference picture will be taken after the last plenary on Monday and just before lunch in the Janskerk.

Cultural events

Monday, July 24 – Janskerk

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Early Dutch Music Concert by Aventure + Whisky and Jenever tasting


Tuesday, July 25 – Various Locations

8 pm

Boat Tour (departing: Oudegracht 85, 3511 AD Utrecht)

Bike Tour (departing: Vredenburgplein, next to the Central Station)

Walking Tour (departing: Vredenburgplein, next to the Central Station)


Thursday, July 27 – Paushuize

6 pm

Free reception in the Paushuize (Kromme Nieuwegracht 49, 3512 HE Utrecht)

Conference Excursions

A detailed description of the various excursions may be found here. All excursions will depart from Janskerk:

  1. Manuscripts & Antiquities (Leiden), departure: 9.45 am, Janskerk
  2. Celtic Connections in the South of the Netherlands, departure: 8.15 am, Janskerk
  3. The Dutch Middle Ages (Zutphen), departure: 9.30 am, Janskerk
  4. Frisians & Vikings & Celts? (Frisia), departure: 9.00 am, Janskerk
  5. The Irish College on the Continent (Leuven, Belgium), departure: 7 am (!), Janskerk
  6. Special Collections at Utrecht University, including access to the Botanical Gardens  (Utrecht Science Park, travel at your own leisure)


A second-hand book sale, organised by the Stichting A. G. van Hamel, will be ongoing at the conference bureau location:

Drift 25, room 0.02

Free Tours of the University Library City Centre

The library building of the University Library in the City Centre used to be the home of King Louis Napoleon and his wife Hortense de Beauharnais. If you’d like to learn more about the fascinating history of the building, and of course check out the Celtic Collection, you can come on one of the four free tours of the library.

Tuesday, 25 July 13.30-14.00

Tuesday, 25 July 16.30-17.00

Thursday, 27 July 13.30-14.00

Thursday, 27 July 16.30-17.00

Meeting point is Café Lodewijk at the entrance of the Library (Drift 27), where one of the library staff will start the tour.

International Congress Committee

This ad hoc Committee will meet on the Thursday to discuss the location of the next Congress and other matters. Before then members of the Congress are welcome to raise any matter with members of the Committee, whose names are below.

Abigail Burnyeat (Highlands & Islands); Brendan Kane (representative of CSANA); Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (Cork); Catherine McKenna (Harvard); Deborah Hayden (Maynooth); Elena Parina (Bonn); Elisa Roma (Pavia); Greg Toner (Belfast); Herve Le Bihan (Brittany); Karin Stüber (representative of Societas Celtologica Europaea);  Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Cambridge); Peredur Lynch (Bangor); Ranke de Vries (Nova Scotia); Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin (Galway); Thomas Clancy (Glasgow).

Patrick Sims-Williams (Aberystwyth), President,

Ruairí Ó hUiginn (Dublin), Secretary.