Galician Institute for Celtic Studies
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The Instituto Galego de Estudos Célticos (IGEC) (English: Galician Institute for Celtic Studies) is a Galician non-profit learned society established in 2009. The Institute's main goal is to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of Celtic studies in Galicia, northern Portugal and throughout Atlantic Europe, with a special emphasis on the so-called Celtic Countries and peoples of Celtic origin. The IGEC also promotes general knowledge of history, culture and society of Galicia, as well as academic and scientific exchange. Moreover, the Institute aims at recovering and preserving - on an educated basis - elements of Celtic culture present and visible in contemporary Galician society.
The IGEC came to the public fora by organising in April 2011 the Third International Congress on Celtic Culture ('The Celts of Atlantic Europe'), in the Galician town of Narón. A number of delegates of the IGEC attended and presented communications later on that year at the XIVth International Congress of Celtic Studies in Maynooth, Ireland.
The Institute is self-governing and independent, although most of its members are linked to academia and often work as professionals in the areas of archaeology, history, geography, linguistics, consulting and social sciences.
Members and contributors
Executive board and administration
- Heitor Rodal Lopes, President of the IGEC. Architect and planner. Member of the Galician Association of Language and director of the Edições da Galiza publishing house.
- Xoán M. Paredes, Secretary of the IGEC. Geographer, researcher and librarian (University College Cork, Ireland). Member of the Galician Association of Language.
- Michelette Harris, Administrative Director of the IGEC. Graduate in Philosophy and Education, entrepreneur.
- Dr André Pena Granha, Dean and Head of Studies of the IGEC (coordinator of the current three departments). Archaeologist, historian and professional archivist.
- Dept. of History and Archaeology (Pena Granha, Head)
- Laureano F. Carballo, archaeologist and independent researcher. Specialist in the Bronze Age period.
- Marcial Tenreiro, archaeologist, researcher at the University of A Coruña and lecturer in Ancient History at the UNED.
- Dept. of Contemporary Celtic Culture
- Dr Blanca García Fernández-Albalát, historian and author. Department Head. Specialist in Celtic religion.
- Luís Magarinhos Igrejas, independent researcher, IT specialist and entrepreneur.
- Calros Solla, ethnographer, linguist, author and poet. Founding member of the ethnography research group Serpe Bichoca and ecologist association Verbo Xido.
- José Manuel Barbosa , teacher, historian and linguist. Author (among other works) of the Atlas Histórico da Galiza (Historical Atlas of Galicia). Member of the Galician Academy of the Portuguese Language and Galician Association of Language.
- Xoán M. Paredes (see above)
- Dept. of Linguistics
- Dr Higino Martins Estêvez, professor in linguistics at the Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Specialist in Celtic languages, namely Gallaecian language. He also is a graduate in Law.
Research fellows and collaborators
Partial list based on the scientific committee of the IGEC.
- Dr Venceslas Kruta, historian and linguist, emeritus professor at the École pratique des hautes études and University of the Sorbonne (Paris).
- Dr Jean Haudry, linguist, founder of the Institut d'études indo-européennes at the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3. Emeritus professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Letters at that university.
- Dr Fabien Regnier, director of the journal Keltia and Association France Celtique.
- Dr Robert Omnès, former professor in linguistics at the University of Rennes (Brittany). Specialist in Celtic studies, Breton-Galician relations and former president of the Galicia-Brittany Committee. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the theory linking old Celtic languages and modern Galician language.