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Dr David Callander

Dr David Callander

Senior Lecturer

Room 1.73, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a medievalist and literary scholar, specializing in early Welsh poetry and medieval Welsh literature. I am also a comparatist and study and compare Old English, Middle English, and medieval Latin texts. I seek to look at what can be learnt by bringing divergent contemporary literary traditions into dialogue with one another. I also undertake comparative research between vernacular and Latin texts from medieval Wales and across different Celtic languages and literatures. Other areas of special interest include examining how modern literary theory and works of medieval literature can be mutually informative, and studying the post-medieval evolution of medieval texts.

Currently I am working on a new book (under contract with UWP) on the trilingual hagiographic anthology Yale, Osborn fb229 and studying the Welsh poetic Merlin tradition.


Academic Positions

  • August 2022 - present: Senior Lecturer in Welsh, Cardiff University
  • October 2019 - July 2022: Lecturer in Welsh, Cardiff University
  • October 2018 - September 2019: Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College, Cambridge
  • October 2017 - September 2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae project, Cambridge

Education and Qualifications

  • 2019 Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Cambridge
  • 2017 PhD ASNC, University of Cambridge
  • 2015 - 2016 Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholarship, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • 2013 MPhil ASNC, University of Cambridge
  • 2012 BA English, University of Oxford

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Associate Lecturer, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (cross-university Welsh-medium organisation)

Committees and reviewing

Co-editor of Llên Cymru
Reviews editor, Studia CelticaMember of Editorial Board, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium














I am currently leading the following modules:

BA Cymraeg

  • Herio’r Traddodiad Llenyddol
  • Trafod ein Llên
  • Blas ar Ymchwil
  • Ymchwilio Estynedig
  • Ymchwilio Proffesiynol
  • Ymchwilio Proffesiynol Estynedig

I also contribute to or have contributed to the following modules:

BA Cymraeg

  • Sgiliau Llafar
  • Defnyddio’r Gymraeg
  • Y Gymraeg Heddiw
  • Dafydd ap Gwilym
  • Modern Welsh Literature
  • Awdur, Testun a Darllenydd

MA Welsh and Celtic Studies

  • Academic and Professional Research
  • Exploring Welsh and Celtic Studies
  • Special Subject
  • Extended Research Project

My research interests include:

  • Medieval Welsh literature
  • Old and Middle English literature (especially poetry)
  • Medieval Arthurian literature
  • Comparative medieval literature
  • Narrative and poetics
  • Medieval Latin texts from Wales (especially saints’ lives)
  • Editing medieval texts
  • Post-medieval reception of medieval literature

I welcome applications from potential postgraduate students interested in any of these areas.

I am also Co-Investigator on the major AHRC project "An Edition of the Welsh Merlin Poetry" (funded value: £716,013


Current supervision

Jessica Shales

Research student