The Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (CCASNC) was held for the first time in 2000. It is organised by the graduate students in the Department. A plenary paper is given by an invited speaker, generally from outside the University, and shorter papers are given by graduate students from Cambridge and elsewhere, on the designated theme.

CCASNaC is an annual colloquium run by a committee elected from the postgraduate community in the department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. Initially focusing on the literature and history of the early mediaeval British Isles and Scandinavia, CCASNaC has, as it has developed, come to include papers on the all aspects of the early Insular world, including material culture, theology, palaeography, art history and musicology.

The papers given at CCASNaC are published in the proceedings journal, Quaestio Insularis, which also publishes the paper of the colloquium's keynote speaker (usually a renowned scholar in the field). Copies of Quaestio Insularis are available from the department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.


Travels and Transgressions

CALL FOR PAPERS: closes 31 October 2023


We are delighted to announce that the call for papers for the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, 2024, is now open. This year’s theme is “TRAVELS & TRANSGRESSIONS”, and our keynote speaker is Clare Downham (University of Liverpool). The conference will be held on 17 February 2024, at the Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP.

The 2024 colloquium, centred around the theme of “Travels and Transgressions”, welcomes a wide range of discussions of voyages, migrations, relocations, and circulations. We especially invite papers that focus on transgression of boundaries, physical or social. We hope that this year’s colloquium will highlight the different ways in which religious, political, legal and literary developments aided or hindered the circulation of people, objects and texts in early medieval Britain and Scandinavia.

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Real travels (including pilgrimage, missionary work, trade routes, and other forms of travel)
  • Fantastic travels and imaginary voyages
  • Travelling objects
  • Travels across culture and time
  • Gendered perspectives: how did gender affect mobility?
  • Legal perspectives: how was human and object mobility regulated, and for what purposes?

We invite graduate students and recent graduates to present 20-minute papers on any of the above topics and beyond – we’d like to encourage our speakers to be as imaginative as they like with the theme.

In order to apply, please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to with subject line “[Last name, Paper Title, for CCASNC 2024]” by midday on the 31st of October 2023.

2024 Committee Members:

  • Presidents – Alexandra Zhirnova (Trinity College) and Pau Blanco Ríos (Newnham College)
  • Treasurer – Maio Nagashima (St John’s College)
  • Catering – Alexia Kirov (Newnham College)
  • Book Stall – Adrián Rodriguez Avila (Wolfson College)
  • Publicity – Elisa Chiariotti (Sidney Sussex College)
  • Secretary – Lara Estupinan Caceres (St Edmund’s College)

Past Committees


  • Presidents - Emily Clarke (Corpus Christi) and Davide Salmoiraghi (Girton College)
  • Treasurer - Emily Clarke (Corpus Christi)
  • Catering - Beatrice Bedogni (Murray Edwards)
  • Book Stall - Adele Kreager (Newnham College)
  • Publicity - Alexandra Zhirnova (Trinity College)
  • Secretary - Nina Cnockaert-Guillou (King's College)
  • IT and general assistance - Adrián Rodriguez Avila (Wolfson College)


  • Presidents - Roan Runge (Magdalene College) and Anna Chacko (Wolfson College)
  • Treasurer - Emily Clarke (Corpus Christi)
  • Catering - Beatrice Bedogni (Murray Edwards)
  • Book Stall - Paula Blanco Ríos (Newnham College)
  • Publicity - Davide Salmoiraghi (Girton College)
  • Secretary - Nina Cnockaert-Guillou (King's College)


  • Presidents - Alisa Valpola-Walker (King's College) and Brigid Ehrmantraut (Wolfson College)
  • Treasurer - Roan Runge (Magdalene College)
  • Catering - Anna Chacko (Wolfson College)
  • Book Stall - Eleanor Smith (Peterhouse)
  • Publicity - Paula Blanco Ríos (Newnham College)
  • Secretary - Joseph McCarthy (Peterhouse)


  • Presidents - Patrick McAlary (St Catherine's College) and Brittany Hanlon (Jesus College)
  • Treasurer - Calum Platts (Christ's College)
  • Catering - Brigid Ehrmantraut (Wolfson College)
  • Book Stall - Eleanor Smith (Peterhouse)
  • Publicity - Kathryn Haley-Halinski (Pembroke College)
  • Secretary - Lee Colwill (Pembroke College)


  • Presidents - Anouk Nuijten (Lucy Cavendish College) and Sven Rossel (Pembroke College)
  • Treasurer - Calum Platts (Christ's College)
  • Catering - Patrick McAlary (St Catharine's College)
  • Book Stall - Claudia Hossbach (Corpus Christi College)
  • Publicity - Alisa Valpola-Walker (King's College)
  • Secretary - Brittany Hanlon (Jesus College)

For more information contact the CCASNC Committee at