Welcome to Imbas

The National University of Ireland, Galway, Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Medieval Conference

Welcome to Imbas: The NUIG Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Medieval Conference. This conference was established in November 2008 to help provide students of medieval studies with an exciting opportunity to gather for an extensive three day event. We offer delegates the opportunity to publish their papers in the Imbas Journal. Postgraduate students at any stage of their research are invited to attend and participate at the conference. 

The Old Irish word imbas is a compositional form,*imb-fius, meaning 'great knowledge'. Its actual meaning is obscure and is frequently referred to in the literature of early Medieval Ireland as relating to foreknowledge that has been obtained by magical or occult means. We use the term imbas to refer to the scholarly process, similar to the learned art referred to by Feidelm, poetess of Connacht in the great Irish epic 'Táin Bó Cúailnge' (TBC1:41-44).