It is hoped that there will be a substantial number of papers in this strand extending to several sessions which will make a valuable continuation of the colloquia on this topic held in Edinburgh prior to Covid.

Revised deadline: 1 July 2023

Please send the title of your proposed paper and an abstract of 100–250 words to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. and Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. by 1 July 2023. Please include your affiliation and email address. Acceptances will be notified by the end of July by the organizers Dr Emily Lyle and Professor Louise Milne.

The Traditional Cosmology Society, in association with the Ritual Year Working Group of SIEF (International Society for Ethnology and Folklore / Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore), the Departments of Celtic & Scottish Studies, of Scandinavian Studies, and the School of Art, University of Edinburgh, and the School of Arts & Creative Media, Edinburgh Napier University, is organizing this conference at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, on:


on 5–8 April 2024

The conference will be followed on 9 April by an optional excursion.

The conference marks the 40th year from the foundation of the Traditional Cosmology Society in 1984 and the 20th year from the foundation of The Ritual Year Working Group in 2004 (following its proposal in Edinburgh in 2003 after a Traditional Cosmology Society conference on this topic). There will be both plenary presentations and parallel sessions. Papers (20 minutes with ten minutes for discussion) may be offered on any topic concerning either myth or ritual or both together and will be grouped by the organizers. The conference will include strands on The Ritual Year, and on Celtic Myth and on Scandinavian Myth (following on from the series of seven colloquia held at the University of Edinburgh on Celtic and Scandinavian Myth in the 21st Century, 2013–19). A special topic closely related to the conference title will be the mirroring of the gods by humans particularly in ritual contexts such as inaugurations, and the associated use of symbols such as regalia. Keynote addresses will be given by Professor John Carey, University College Cork, and Professor Terry Gunnell, University of Iceland. Papers offered for publication will, after peer review, be published in the Traditional Cosmology Society’s journal Cosmos and other outlets to be arranged.