Friday, 23 September 2016

North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History Conference: some responses



International Conference on Welsh Studies 2016
Sponsored by The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University 20th - 22nd July 2016

RESPONSES

Matthew Rhys

“It was an enormous thrill to see Wales being represented so bountifully on such an enormous global stage as Harvard University. Beyond thrill comes terror - which is what I felt regarding the interview. But also pride at being a part of this event and to be delivering the Annual Richard Burton Lecture. Thrill, terror, pride: a distillation of the Welsh experience!”

Matthew Rhys with conference organisers Melinda Gray and Daniel Williams

Co-orgainser Melinda Gray, Secretary of NAASWCH

What an amazing week it was: three full days of panels, three or four running at a time, and panelists from Wales and the UK in conversation with researchers from the US and Canada, from history and literature departments, and media studies, linguistics, and the social sciences.  Many individual presentations worked across disciplines.  Also, in my memory, no other NAASWCH conference has had so many different sponsors (thanks to Daniel in that regard).  This funding really made the conference possible, helping a number of graduate students to get here, and also making it possible for us to have a variety of wonderful keynote speakers.  NAASWCH President, Daniel Williams, was an enthusiastic and articulate presence at the front of the Thompson Room, inspiring us all with the words of old friends such as William Dean Howells and others from American culture, and making connections to the Welsh culture we had gathered to discuss.  The feedback from participants over the last weeks of the summer has been overwhelmingly supportive and grateful.  Many are looking forward to NAASWCH’s next conferences, and the fact that we were able to draw 100 participants (which, as Daniel knows, I really didn’t believe could ever happen—he kept telling me to believe it, and I doubted until the last) means that our budget will be in very good shape for the next conference, and will allow us to plan, as the executive committee had hoped, additional NAASWCH -sponsored panels at other conferences, or the smaller one-day conferences in places that might be more difficult to get to. The 100 doesn’t include the number of interested people from Harvard who wandered in and out, interested to hear something of the discussion. I’ll be thinking about this conference for a long while, as, no doubt, will many others who were here.

Welsh Studies on display at the Harvard Bookstore

Huw & Rhiannon Williams, Cardiff University


We were in the very privileged position of being able to attend the NAASWCH annual conference together, with both of us presenting in one of the numerous parallel sessions.  There were a number of aspects of the conference which were immediately striking, and one of those was the sheer volume of papers being presented.  This, combined with some famous plenary speakers, and the fact that we were at such an illustrious institution (which in part added a sense of the surreal to the conference, in feeling that you could be on a film set) meant that there was a real sense of occasion.  This in turn contributed to a feeling of pride that such a conference was focusing on Welsh studies, and gave a sense of what is possible in this regard.  Both of us agreed by the end of the three days that such a showpiece event could really inspire attempts to provide similar occasions on a more regular basis, especially back in Wales, and where it is properly managed and well thought out there can be a genuine platform for the kind of sustained academic debate our nation merits and requires.

Rhiannon

In terms of my own research this was an unique event that allowed me to speak to an informed, expert audience, and to put my ideas to the test.  Meeting so many researchers concerned with Wales gave me an opportunity to extend our network of colleagues, and installed a confidence that Wales has a thriving intellectual tradition, which is encouraging in times of national insecurity.  Being able to present, discuss and listen to the variety of papers in NAASWCH has given me confidence in my academic voice, and as an early career researcher, this is all important.  I hope that the feelings of encouragement, camaraderie, and possibility that I experienced at the conference will sustain my confidence in academia for a long time.

Huw

For me, the conference was a real eye-opener because of the breadth of discussion and debate, especially as it was the first time I had been at a conference with such a focus on Wales.  It was an unique opportunity to present my research to an informed audience and get valuable feedback on my ideas.  It was also an excellent opportunity to get to know other researchers and make valuable contacts, as well as it being a very enjoyable, social occasion.  I very much enjoyed the variety of presentations, and in particular for me it was valuable to hear figures like Mike Sullivan and Helen Mary Jones discuss their experiences in the political sphere, and it was to the credit of the organizers that one felt there was a bridge between the academic world and other non-academic spheres.  A thoroughly enriching experience.

Rhodri Morgan delivering his keynote address on Wales and the Break-Up of Britain


Colin Thomas, film director

So what would it be today? – “Seduced Ignorant People”, Cynan Llwyd on the Welsh Puritans or “That’s Not Bloody True, I’m as Welsh as Anybody”, Sophie Williams on Welshness and Basqueness? Sometimes deciding on the most interesting talk to listen in on at the conference of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History was agonisingly difficult.

Especially as it was held this year at Harvard (July 20-22) and you could also slip out and buy an iced coffee in glorious sunshine on Harvard Square. Or check out the impressive range of Welsh books on display at the Harvard Book Store.

And in the evening you could opt to hear Menna Elfyn reading her wonderful poems, most of them in Welsh, to a jam-packed audience at the historic Grolier Bookshop or argue whether Rhodri Morgan had been over pessimistic in his talk about post Brexit Wales over a beer in the Beat Brasserie.  

The organisers of the conference – Dr Melinda Gray from Harvard and Prof Daniel Williams from Swansea University – provided a feast of intellectual delights. Often the insights at academic conferences come from conversations outside the formal sessions but this time there were revelations inside Harvard’s hallowed halls too.

One in particular will stick in my memory – the ‘Transatlantic Wales’ session included Huw Osbourne on “Ivor Novello, Wales and the Celebrity Batchelor” and Robin Griffiths on “Queer(y)ing Masculinity, Stardom and ‘Welshness’ in the Films of Richard Burton.” The session ended with Mark Rhodes from Kent State University talking about the way in which Wales has memorialised Paul Robeson and the Spanish Civil War, pointing out that many of the War’s memorials in Wales duck the issue of why Welsh International Brigaders went to fight in Spain completely.

My own contribution to the conference compared the situation of Welsh migrants to America in the past with that of migrants to Wales in the present, based on my app The Dragon and the Eagle/Y Ddraig a’r Eryr. I only had a twenty minute slot but I will certainly be making the most of it from now on, casually dropping into dinner party conversations “as I said in my lecture at Harvard….”


Menna Elfyn reading at the Grolier Poetry Bookstore


Clare Davies, PhD student, CREW, Swansea University

I had the great privilege of being part of the recent Swansea University-organized NAASWCH conference, held at Harvard University. Not only was it my first experience of an international conference, it was also my first visit to the US. I have long been interested in American literature and culture, and have often looked to the US for inspiration, so the opportunity was too good to miss. My own research is marked by a comparative approach to literature, exploring the work of writers and intellectuals within a transatlantic framework. I delivered a paper on the relationship between the American-born T S Eliot’s views on culture and those of the Welsh poet David Jones, who was published by Eliot at Faber. To have been able to have explored the importance of T S Eliot’s New England roots at his alma mater was definitely not an everyday experience! The whole experience was fantastic and, for me, incomparable to any other conference.

Delivering my research to such an interested and supportive audience was hugely beneficial to my own intellectual development. As the conference was multidisciplinary, there was a much wider range of scholarly interests than I am used to, and it was really helpful to receive feedback from scholars I do not usually encounter. This wide range of papers also allowed me to learn about a host of different topics. I particularly enjoyed learning about Welsh intellectual history (I write on intellectuals, but from a literary rather than a historical background, so this session was very helpful) and on nineteenth-century Welsh American literature. I also had the opportunity to chair a wonderful session on ‘Transatlantic Wales’, which featured papers on Ivor Novello, Paul Robeson and a striking reading of the films of Richard Burton through the lens of queer theory. I left the conference feeling inspired and invigorated, and eager to pursue some of these new ideas within my own research.

It was a great opportunity to see some of the most exciting research being done within Welsh Studies from students and scholars from across the globe. I am aware of the importance, in this increasingly competitive academic environment, of broadening academic networks which can help to lead to further research and teaching opportunities, collaborative activities and help to highlight further areas for research. I feel that the NAASWCH conference allowed me to make those new connections, and I look forward to pursuing them in the near future.

The NAASWCH conference was also blessed by its unparalleled location which, in the height of a glorious summer, probably could not have been beaten. To take part in conference held at Harvard University, an institution of world-renown, is definitely the highlight of my academic career so far.
On a personal level, this conference offered me a rare chance of visiting a beautiful location and exploring some of the local culture and history. On a practical level, taking part in a large international conference also gave me a sense of independence and self-reliance. Being involved in the conference registration, meeting delegates and helping ‘on the ground’ also helped to boost my confidence in my own abilities. Finally, and perhaps most significantly, taking part in this conference has given me the confidence to pursue the possibility of further research trips, conferences, and even work opportunities, in the US. Having been a part of this conference, I can really recognise the value in collaborative and internationalising initiatives between universities.

Clare Davies and Cath Beard on the registration desk 

Catherine Beard, PhD student, CREW, Swansea University

As a long distance and part time student, I rely on conferences as my main opportunity to share my research, and to network with others in my field. The NAASWCH 2016 conference, being hosted in an unrivalled location, and with an eclectic and wide ranging selection of keynote and invited speakers, created a stimulating atmosphere where all facets of Welsh interests could be explored- from Brexit to Burton- via an interdisciplinary tour of the very best Wales focused research being carried out today. The experience of attending and speaking at NAASWCH 2016 has exponentially increased my confidence, allowed me to receive constructive feedback from the very best minds involved in studying Welsh Writing in English today, and forged a link with the fantastic Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard.

Of particular interest to myself were the panels Transatlantic Wales and Disability and Industrial Society. Robin Griffiths paper ‘Kick[ing] Against the System’: Queer(y)ing Masculinity, Stardom and ‘Welshness’ in the Films of Richard Burton was an aspect of Richard Burton’s career and personality I had not previously considered, and modelled a way of reappraising performative masculinity that has thrown some of my own critical readings into starker relief. The work of the Wellcome Trust funded Disability and Industrial Society project continues to produce incredibly interesting and important work, and to see all three authors present together was a rare treat. The outcome was a panel allowing indepth discussion around representations of disability, which involved several attendees working on similar research themes.

Matthew Rhys in conversation with Daniel Williams was a pairing that would not have happened anywhere else (outside certain NY sports bars, or so we learned), and an example of the uniqueness of the NAASWCH experience. Rhodri Morgan on Brexit was a speaker I would be hard pushed to hear elsewhere, and certainly not in as similarly majestic a setting as the Thompson Room. On a similar note, the opportunity to hear Marc Shell was incredible.

Not many students in the first year of their PhD are lucky enough to have had such an experience, and I am grateful to both Swansea University and the Open University that I am able to say that I both attended and presented a paper at NAASWCH 2016.


Meilyr Powell and Sam Blaxland tuck into the substantial packed lunches

Sam Blaxland, PhD student, History, Swansea University

There is always that moment at a conference where I finally come to a conclusion, one way or the other, about whether I am enjoying myself or not. I remember standing in the reception room after the first day of NAASWCH 2016 in Harvard University’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literature, thinking quite decisively that this was a very enjoyable conference indeed. Perhaps the second glass of wine in hand had something to do with that, but in hindsight the sensation was definitely genuine, and not just one artificially spurred on by the grape. It was also a relieving feeling, because no one wants to travel across the Atlantic Ocean for something disappointing.
     It is hard to put a finger on what makes an enjoyable conference, because there are so many aspects to such an event (the people, the papers, the place, the surroundings, the food, and the consequent atmosphere that a combination of these things creates).  Perhaps it is worth rattling through each to try and dissect why I had such a good time.

I have been musing about whether it is too saccharine to claim that a Welsh studies conference is bound to have likeable people attending it. I am sure we are all allowed to show a little bit of this kind of passive patriotism though, and I was very heartened at how friendly a cohort was in attendance for these few days. In many ways, those people working on Welsh studies (and, specifically in my case, Welsh history), do tend to have quite a matey arrangement going on – but I don’t think this stifles disagreement or debate, it just makes the process friendlier. On this occasion, for me, there were faces old and new. One minute I was giving a hug to my old Master’s supervisor who I hadn’t seen properly for years, and seconds later talking to an enthusiastic delegate who I had never met before about the Marxist feminist Beatrix Campbell, who I had mentioned during a paper and who he knew well. There were lots of new contacts to meet, and friendly networking to undertake, and I meet plenty of people with whom I had fruitful and rewarding discussions. The only time I ever chose to sit by myself during a lunch was if I wanted to write some thoughts down. Otherwise, there was no need to be isolated.


In the formal sessions of papers, there was plenty to entertain and interest. I sat, during his keynote address, watching Rhodri Morgan give one of his typically bombastic performances with an open mouth for the entire duration, as he savaged the Labour voters of the Valleys for wanting to leave the EU. It was very revealing and I enjoyed it enormously as a result. There’s no point in giving a blow-by-blow account of everything else I saw over three days, but the papers that stick in my mind were Andrew Edwards’ on how many of London’s painting were moved to North Wales during the Second World War; Russell Deacon’s on political businessmen; and an entire panel on how we think about devolution and how it is portrayed in the media. I ended up making what I feared were some rather harsh remarks in the latter about the sometimes-uninteresting nature of Welsh Assembly politics, but it was a mark of the good natured discussion amongst everyone involved that they could distinguish between a criticism of the subject matter itself, and not their approach to it, or research on it.
    After every panel, emerging back into the American sun served as a reminder that we were far from Wales.

I loved Harvard – as I thought I might – and was pleasantly taken aback by its lack of Oxbridge formality and stiffness - which I experience as a researcher there from time to time. Harvard was relaxed and friendly, although perhaps our visit being out of semester time had something to do with that. I took a few enjoyable opportunities to wander around (as J.R.R. Tolkien wrote ‘not all who wander are lost’), and managed to poke my head in a few bookshops. I stayed in Downtown Boston, and found the experience utterly refreshing (and, again, a relief) after a week previous scurrying around New York, feeling like it was a criminal offence to stop, sit down, and relax. Boston, and its people, had a friendlier and softer edge to them, and I do want to go back very much to walk the parks again and take in the city.
     When I ate out in Cambridge and Boston the food was great, and the conference meals were excellent – I have never had such good quality, or (this being the United States), BIG conference meals before. 
     From dawn until dusk, then, each experience was a pleasant one. The conference was an intellectual and social pleasure, and the organisers deserve credit and thanks for ensuring it went off without a hitch. They also ensured that there was much to get our teeth into – in a metaphorical and (given the size of the lunchtime sandwiches) a very literal sense too.
Keynote: Marc Shell, Harvard University,  'Language Wars'

Keynote: Sarah Prescott, 'Archipelagic Elegy'

Photo Gallery (thanks to Ade Osbourne): https://www.flickr.com/photos/naaswch16/albums



Sunday, 29 May 2016

Conference Programme- 2nd June


Richard Burton Centre Annual Postgraduate Conference in Welsh Studies

Thursday 2nd June 2016 10am-5.30pm

Arts and Humanities Conference Room, B02/3, James Callaghan Building, Swansea University



Provisional Programme



10.00-11.30 Panel One

Cath Beard, Nesta’s Scream: Representations of working-class women in Raymond Williams’s Loyalties

Dan Gerke, Raymond Williams with Frustration: The Long Reception of Georg Lukacs

John Boaler, At work: Miners’ wives and mothers




11.30-11.45 Coffee/Tea




11.45-12.45 Panel Two

Sophie Williams The Politics of Welshness: A Response to Bradbury and Andrews

Brian Roper The Multiple Identities of Modern Wales




12.45-1.30 Lunch/Cinio




1.30- 2.30 Panel Three (session yn y Gymraeg- translation facilities available).

Alex Lovell Model newydd ar gyfer Cymraeg Ail Iaith? Astudiaeth ar sut orau y gellir cyflwyno’r Gymraeg fel ail iaith yn llwyddiannus i’r rhai yn yr ardaloedd mwyaf Seisnig yng Nghymru .

Non Vaughan Williams, Nan Davies arloeswraig darlledu cyhoeddus yng Nghymru 1935-1969 / Nan Davies: a public service broadcasting pioneer in Wales 1935-1969.




2.30-4.00 Panel Four

Syd Morgan, Jack White: Wales and Ireland, Socialisms and Nationalisms

Jay Rees, Student experience, a mere footnote in education history: a case study of Swansea University

Sam Blaxland, The Curious Case of Ted Dexter and Cardiff South East.




4.00-4.20 Coffee/Tea



4.20-5.30 Keynote Lecture, Dr Angharad Closs Stephens (Swansea University) ‘From National Mood to Political Affects: notes from the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Welsh Multiculturalisms Conference

Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales
Canolfan Astudiaethau Cymreig Richard Burton

Cynhadledd Undydd / One-Day Conference

WELSH MULTICULTURALISMS:
NEW DIRECTIONS IN HISTORY AND CULTURE


Mai / May 27th 2016     9.30am – 5pm

Arts and Humanities Conference Room (B03), James Callaghan Building, Swansea University
Ystafell Gynadledda’r Celfyddydau a’r Dyniaethau, Adeilad James Callaghan, Prifysgol Abertawe



It has, by now, been well established that the idea of Wales as a ‘tolerant nation’ was based on a half-truth at best. Does the analogy of the ‘melting pot’ reflect the nature of multiculturalism in modern Wales, or should it be replaced by the ‘salad bowl’ or some other metaphor for describing our social and communal diversity? What might history tell us about current anxieties about immigration? Drawing on a wide range of speakers, from a diversity of backgrounds, this conference asks us to consider what multiculturalism means and has meant within the particular discourses, languages and cultures of modern Wales.

Ystyrir y syniad o Gymru fel 'gwlad oddefgar' yn ystrydeb erbyn hyn. Mae Cymru wedi gweld ei chyfran o wrthdaro a thensiynnau rhwng grwpiau cenedlaethol ac ethnig. Mae'r gynhadledd hon yn gofyn i ni archwilio’r gorffennol er mwyn dychmygu Cymry aml-ddiwylliannol, oddefgar, y dyfodol.  Cynhadledd iaith Saesneg yw hon. 

Programme

9.30 – 9.45 
Daniel Williams, Director, Richard Burton Centre
Welcome and Introduction:  Beyond the Melting Pot and the Salad Bowl 


9.45 – 11.15
Stephen Murray, Swansea University / Prifysgol Abertawe
Nativism, Racism and Job Protection: A Comparison of late nineteenth century social/industrial conflict in Merthyr/Dowlais, and Fall River Massachusetts and its contribution to the assimilation of migrant workers.

Kirsti Bohata, Swansea University / Prifysgol Abertawe 
‘The Absurd Label of Race’: Primitvism and Degeneration in Welsh Writing in English 


11.15 – 11.30. Coffee


11.30 –  12.30
Oscar Alvarez Gila, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Prifysgol Gwlad y Basg / University of the Basque Country 

An Unexpected Emigration:  The Experience and Memory of Basque Iron Workers to Wales


12. 30 – 1  Lunch Break


1 –  2.30
Simon Brooks, Swansea University / Prifysgol Abertawe
The 'Welsh Romani' - a mirror for the Welsh themselves

Paweł Wróbel- Prifysgol Aberystwyth University 
Wales’ popularity amongst the Polish diaspora: harmonious migration and socio-cultural changes.


2.30  – 3.30 
Hugh Griffiths- Merthyr Tydful
The Merthyr Migration Project

Tom Cheesman, Swansea University / Prifysgol Abertawe
‘Hafan Books: Publishing as Xenophile Activism’


3.30 – 4.00 Coffee Break


4.00 – 5.00
Glenn Jordan, University of South Wales / Prifysgol de Cymru (delievered by Chris Weedon, Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd) 
Building an Archive of the Marginalised and the Invisible: Photography and Oral History as Cultural Politics


5.00 – 5.30
Closing discussion. 

Organised by / Trefnwyd gan: Stephen Murray and Daniel Williams (Richard Burton Centre / Canolfan Richard Burton)

Coffe/Tea and Lunch provided during the day/  Darperir coffi/te a chinio yn ystod y dydd

Please contact / Cysylltwch â: Helen Baldwin – h.baldwin@swansea.ac.uk

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Call for Papers- Annual Burton Centre Postgraduate Conference/ Galwad am bapurau- Cynhadledd Flynyddol i Fyfyrwyr Ol-raddedig

Richard Burton Centre Postgraduate Conference

New Research in Welsh Studies



Thursday 26th May, 2016


Call for Papers:

The Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales seeks paper proposals from postgraduate researchers (MA by research, M.Phil. and PhD) working in any discipline on subjects that concern or relate to Wales (literature/politics/history/Cymraeg).

Papers will be of 20 minutes’ duration and will be presented within a multi-disciplinary forum. Presenters should be aware that the audience will be interested, but not necessarily expert, in their own specific field of research. Some thought should therefore be given to exploring the context (theoretical, methodological etc) in which the research has been designed, in order to maximize points of contact and opportunities for comparison across subject areas and disciplines.

Papers might present an overview of the research project as a whole, or of one or more parts of it. The focus might be (for researchers in the early stages) on the research question and involve some speculation as to how best to resolve it. For researchers nearing completion it might be more appropriate to concentrate on outcomes and possibilities for further research beyond the qualification currently aimed at.

Please send proposals (no longer than one side of A4) for papers (in either Welsh or English) to Clare Davies, CREW, Swansea University: 632589@swansea.ac.uk

Closing date for proposals: 30th April 2016



 Canolfan Astudiaethau Cymreig Richard Burton
Ymchwil Newydd ym maes Astudiaethau Cymreig
Cynhadledd i Fyfyrwyr Ôl-raddedig



Dydd Iau 26ain Mai, 2016

Galwad am Bapurau:

Mae Canolfan Astudiaethau Cymreig Richard Burton yn galw am bapurau gan ymchwilwyr ôl-raddedig (MA trwy Ymchwil, M. Phil. a PhD) sydd yn gweithio mewn unrhyw ddisgyblaeth ar bynciau sy'n ymwneud â Chymru (llenyddiaeth/gwleidyddiaeth/hanes/Cymraeg).

Bydd y papurau yn para 20 munud, ac mi fyddant yn cael eu cyflwyno mewn fforwm rhyngddisgyblaethol. Ni fydd holl aelodau’r gynulleidfa felly yn gwbl hyddysg yn y gwahanol feysydd, a dylid rhoi peth sylw i gyd-destun damcaniaethol y gwaith er mwyn galluogi cysylltiadau rhwng meysydd gwahanol.




Gall y papur gynnig trosolwg o'r prosiect ymchwil yn ei gyfanrwydd, neu ganolbwyntio ar un neu fwy o rannau ohono. Gall fanylu ar un cwestiwn ymchwil gan archwilio’r dulliau mwyaf addas i ymwneud â’r cwestiwn hynny, neu edrych ar bosibiliadau ar gyfer ymchwil pellach.

Anfonwch gynigion (dim mwy na un ochr A4 o hyd) ar gyfer papurau (yn y Gymraeg neu’r Saesneg) at Clare Davies, CREW, Prifysgol Abertawe: 632589@abertawe.ac.uk

Dyddiad cau: 30ain Ebrill 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Beyond the Border Country/ Tu Hwnt i’r Gororau / 辺境をこえて

New Directions in Raymond Williams Studies


Friday, March 11, 10 – 6.00

Dydd Gwener, Mawrth 11, 10 – 6.00

An international  one-day symposium to be held at Pandy Village Hall, Wern Gifford Estate, Pandy  NP7 8DL . Followed by the launch of Peter Lord’s new history of Welsh Art, The Tradition, at The Art Shop & Chapel,  8 Cross St,  Abergavenny NP7 5EH.

Cynhadledd ryngwladol undydd  i’w gynnal yn Neuadd y Pentre,Ystad Wern Gifford, Pandy  NP7 8DL. I’w ddilyn gan lawnsiad cyfrol newydd Peter Lord ar hanes celf yng Nghymru, The Tradition yn The Art Shop & Chapel, 8 Cross St, Y Fenni  NP7 5EH. 


Amserlen / Timetable

10.00. Daniel Williams, Croeso / Opening Remarks

10.05 – 11. 35.  Culture and Materialism

- Ryota Nishi,
'"You're An Ecologist, Aren't You?": A brief Note on Ecocriticism and Raymond Williams' Cultural Materialism

- Alice Barnaby (Swansea University / Prifysgol Abertawe)  
Problems of New Materialism (for literary critics)

- Masashi Hoshino, (Manchester University)
Ernst Bloch and Raymond Williams: Principle and Resources of Hope

11.35 - 12.00 Tea / Coffee Break


12. 00 – 1.00 Tony Pinkney (Lancaster University), 
'Oxford is making all the running': Raymond Williams as Oxford Thinker.  

1.00 – 1.30 Lunch / Cinio  (Provided)


1.30 – 3.30 Aesthetics, Art and Literature

- Fuhito Endo, Seikei University Tokyo
Marxist Aesthetics Reconsidered: Jameson, Felman, and Williams  

- Takashi Onuki (Research Fellow, Richard Burton Centre, Swansea University), 
 ''[T]he place-name which you now say as Ewyas": Trying to Translate The People of the Black Mountains

- Catherine Beard (Swansea University), 
The ‘half-turned away child’- Loyalties and critical responses to the fiction of Raymond Williams

- Peter Wakelin, 
Border Country in Paint: Raymond Williams' artist contemporaries

3.30 – 4.00 Making Connections: Conference Overview 

Daniel Williams, (Swansea University)
Shintaro Kono (Research Fellow, Richard Burton Centre, Swansea University)
Daniel Gerke (Swansea University)

4.00 – Drive to Abergavenny  / Gyrru i’r Fenni.


5.00 – 6.00.  Peter Lord, ‘The Tradition’

The Art Shop & Chapel, 8 Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5EH 
30 minute talk, book launch and signing. (Refreshments provided)




Key Information / Y wybodaeth hanfodol

Pris y Gynhadledd:
Am ddim i’r cyfranwyr

£ 10 i bawb arall.
Mae hyn yn cynnwys cinio. 

Gellir talu ar y dydd ond rhowch wybod i Daniel Williams os ydych yn dod, erbyn 1pm ar ddyd Llun Mawrth y 7fed os gwelwch yn dda. 


Conference Fee:

Free to contributors.

£10 for everyone else.

This does include lunch. 

You may pay on the day but please let Daniel Williams know if you’re coming by Monday, March 7th. 




Trefnwyd gan / Organised by: Professor Daniel G. Williams
Director / Cyfarwyddwr:  Canolfan Astudiaethay Cymreig Richard Burton / The Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales. 
daniel.g.williams@swansea.ac.uk 


Co-hosted by:

Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales 
CREW  - Canolfan Ymchwil i Lên ac Iaith Saesneg Cymru / Centre for Research into the Literature and Language of Wales



Raymond Williams Kenkyukai with the support of JSPS/MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)









Parthian Books 


Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Fynwy a’r Cyffiniau. 





Gyda diolch i / With thanks to: 
Stuart Neale, Pandy Village Hall 
Robyn Tomos, Swyddog Celfyddydau Gweledol , Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru


Sunday, 15 November 2015

3 Seminars this week / Yr wythons hon:

3 seminars of interest this week / O ddiddordeb yr wythnos hon:


Monday 16 November, 4.00pm / Dydd Llun 16 Tachwedd, 4.00pm
Room 230, Keir Hardie Building

The Richard Burton Centre in collaboration with the European Travellers to Wales AHRC Project, the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication and the Centre for Contemporary German Culture:

Dr Heather Williams (University of Wales Centre for
Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies / Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd Prifysgol Cymru Aberystwyth)

'Views and visions of Wales in French travel writing (c. 1780-1870)’



Tuesday 17 November , 1.00pm / Dydd Mawrth 17 Tachwedd, 1.00pm
Surf Room, Fulton House
CODAH Seminar:
Rhys Jones (Swansea University)

‘#DataMawr – Welsh Political Parties, Elections, and Reasonably Big Data’



Wednesday 18 November , 4.00pm / Dydd Mercher 18 Tachwedd, 4.00pm
Room 303, Keir Hardie Building
Department of English Seminar:
Dr Andrew Warnes (Leeds University):

‘Contactless?: Supermarket Flow and the Death of Experience inRandall Jarrell and Allen Ginsberg’

Supermarket Flow and the Death of Experience


Andrew Warnes will be giving a paper entitled:

Contactless?: Supermarket Flow and the Death of Experience in Randall Jarrell and Allen Ginsberg
at 4pm on Wednesday 18 November in KH 303.
Everyone Welcome
This paper is part of an interdisciplinary seminar series considering the supermarket, a commercial form at once dominant and overlooked. Our programme reaches across the disciplines, bringing historians and literary critics into conversation with nutritionists, social scientists and psychologists, and it will culminate with a public reading from a major novelist who has also sought to pause and consider the flow of goods and people through such commercial "non-space." Within this interdisciplinary programme, my own focus remains on US literature, and specifically on those US writers, from Randall Jarrell to Toni Cade Bambara, who lived through the supermarket's initial rise to ubiquity.

Bydd Dr Andrew Warnes yn rhoi papur o'r enw:
Contactless?: Supermarket Flow and the Death of Experience in Randall Jarrell and Allen Ginsberg
am 4pm ar ddydd Mercher 18 Tachwedd yn KH 303.
Mae'r papur yn rhan o gyfres o seminarau rhyngddisgyblaethol sy’n ystyried yr archfarchnad, ein prif ffurf o fasnachu sydd eto wedi derbyn ychydig iawn o sylw. Mae’r prosiect yn dwyn  haneswyr a beirniaid llenyddol, gwyddonwyr cymdeithasol a seicolegwyr, ynghyd. O fewn y rhaglen rhyngddisgyblaethol yma, mae ffocws Andrew Warnes ar lenyddiaeth yr Unol Daleithiau, ac yn benodol awdurin o Randall Jarrell i Toni Cade Bambara, a oedd wedi byw trwy dŵf cychwynnol yr archfarchnad i’w safle tra-arglwyddiaethol heddiw. 
Am ragor o wybodaeth am y prosiect hwn, cliciwch ar: