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:

Friday, 9 October 2015

Raymond Williams Discussion Group / Grŵp Trafod Raymond Williams

Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales/ Canolfan Astudiaethau Cymreig Richard Burton
CREW (Centre for Research into the Literature and Language of Wales)

Raymond Williams Discussion Group

Grwp Trafod Raymond Williams 

A fortnightly discussion group, engaging with aspects of Raymond Williams’s life, thought and writings. The Raymond Williams Archive is located in the Swansea University Archives . PhD work is currently being undertaken on Williams as a Welsh intellectual (Clare Davies), Williams’s writings on drama within the context of 1930s Wales (Liza Penn-Thomas), Williams within the context of the 1980s (Catherine Beard), and Williams’s European Influences (Dan Gerke). This work is complemented by the research of this year’s two Richard Burton Visiting Fellows, Shintaro Kono and Takashi Onuki from Japan. The discussion group is open to all. 40 – 45 minute lectures will be followed by discussion.  

Bydd y grŵp yn cwrdd pob pythefnos i drafod agweddau ar waith, syniadaeth a bywyd Raymond Williams. Mae Papurau Raymond Williams wedi eu lleoli yn Archifau Prifysgol Abertawe . Ar hyn o bryd mae myfyrwyr PhD yn gweithio ar Williams fel deallusyn Cymreig (Clare Davies) , ysgrifau Williams ar ddrama yng nghyd-destun y 30au (Liza Penn - Thomas ), ar Williams o fewn cyd-destun y 1980au (Catherine Beard ) , ac ar y dylanwadau Ewropeaidd ar Williams (Dan Gerke) . Yn ogystal mae gennym ddau ymchwil Gymrawd Rhyngwladol yng Nghanolfan Raymond Williams eleni, Shintaro Kono a Takashi Onuki o Siapan . Mae'r grŵp trafod yn agored i bawb. Bydd darlith o ryw 40 – 45 munud yn cael ei ddilyn gan drafodaeth. 

The Discussion Group meet at 4pm in the Arts and Humanities Conference Room, Callaghan Basement, B 03
Byddwn yn cwrdd am 4 yn ystafell Gynadledda'r Celfyddydau a'r Dyniaethau

October 12.Clare Davies, CREW/ Burton Centre, Swansea University'Fathers and Phantoms: revealing the unconscious residues in Raymond Williams's Border Country'.

October 26 Prof Dai Smith, Swansea University"Who speaks (now) for Raymond Williams?" 

November 9 Dr Shinatro Kono, Richard Burton Visiting Fellow, Swansea University / Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo.Remembering Wales, Remembering 1926: Novels of Growth and the Making of Welsh 'Identity'

Novemebr 23Dr Hywel Dix, Bournemouth University'The Pedagogy of Cultural Materialism: Raymond Williams and Paulo Freire.’

December 7 Andrew Webb. Bangor UniversityCombined and Uneven Development in Wales: Lynette Roberts and Dylan Thomas 

Other dates for the diary (Further information to follow):

October 26 5.30. After Professor Dai Smith’s Raymond Williams session there will be a reception in the Surf Room, Fulton House. The reception will celebrate the work of poet Bryn Griffiths who is depositing papers in the Swansea University Archive and welcome our new PhDs and Visiting Fellows.  

November 11. 6.30. The Richard Burton Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Angela V. John in Dyffryn School, Port Talbot on ‘Educating Richard: Actors and Educators in Port Talbot, 1925 – 55’. 

Two Guest Lectures: 

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

16 Nov. 4pm. Dr Heather Williams (University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth), Title TBC, in collaboration with the European Travellers to Wales AHRC Project and the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication 

30 Nov. 4 pm. Professor Mary Cosgrove (Warwick), “The Welsh Episode in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz (2001)”, in collaboration with the European Travellers to Wales AHRC Project and the Centre for Contemporary German Culture

Monday, 28 September 2015


North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History
International Conference on Welsh Studies
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
20-22 July 2016
Call for Papers
The NAASWCH Program Committee seeks diverse perspectives on all aspects of Wales and Welsh culture – as well as proposals focused on the Welsh in North America – from many disciplines, including history, literature, languages, art, social sciences, political science, philosophy, music, and religion. NAASWCH invites participation from academics, postgraduate/graduate students and independent scholars from North America, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.
Those wishing to present a paper suitable for a 20-minute reading may submit an abstract (maximum one-page).  Proposals for thematic sessions, panel presentations, or other formats in English or Welsh are also welcome.  Please include a brief (one-page) c.v. with your abstract submission.  The abstract-proposal deadline is Monday 4 January 2016, but early proposals are encouraged. Participants will be notified by mid-February. Email submissions are preferred and will be acknowledged promptly. If you have not received confirmation of your electronic submission within one week, please resend the document.
Keynote presentations for 2016 to be announced.

Visit the NAASWCH website for additional information, to be updated
Submit abstracts or session proposals by no later than4 January 2016  (electronically if possible) to ProfessorDaniel Williams, Department of English, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP;  A small number of bursaries will be available for students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. Interested applicants should provide, together with a paper proposal, a 250-word explanation of how attendance at this conference will make a difference in the advancement of their work and career.

Those who are not submitting proposals but who would like to receive conference information should contact Dr. Melinda Gray,

NAASWCH works to promote scholarship on all aspects of Welsh culture and history; to develop connections between teachers and scholars in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom who are committed to the study of Welsh culture and society, history, language, and literature; to provide an intellectual forum in which scholars and teachers of Welsh culture may share their research and teaching experience; and to provide support for the study of Welsh-North American history and culture. 

Friday, 31 July 2015

Upcoming Event

Yes, next week is the Eisteddfod. But if you can tear yourself away, this may be of interest to Welsh Studies people. Next week, Dr Daryl Leeworthy will be giving a talk at the Glamorgan Archives on 'S. O. Davies: Merthyr, Democracy and Workplace Compensation'. Daryl, a rising star in Welsh history, expertly chaired the session between Daniel Williams and Simon Brooks at our recent Burton conference, so it would be great if we could support his work by attending next week's talk. Daryl also blogs, and his recent posts have made for fascinating reading See here for details on Daryl's lecture.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Conference Report

Dr Llion Wigley, from UWP, wrote a lovely report on the annual Burton Centre conference. Here's the link. My thanks to everyone who took part on the day and to all the speakers and supporters who made the conference such a success. Special thanks must go to Dr Simon Brooks, Dr Daryl Leeworthy and Professor Daniel Williams for their stimulating session at the end of the day.Thanks also to RIAH for sponsoring the conference, and to Dr Elaine Canning, Helen Baldwin and Vicky Lewis for all their help. Diolch yn fawr i chi gyd.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Conference Programme

Richard Burton Centre Postgraduate Conference Programme

9.30-11.00= Welcome and Panel One

Liza Penn Thomas, Protest, Participation and Theatre for the People: an audience for English language Welsh drama 1900-1950

Clare Davies, Fierce and Fatal Struggles: T. S Eliot, Saunders Lewis and canon (de)construction

Dr Kieron Smith, Constructing the Map: Caradoc Evans and 100 Years of Welsh Criticism in English

11.00-11.15 = Coffee/Tea

11.15-12.45 = Panel Two

Bleddyn Penny, ‘The Others and the Brothers’? New Perspectives for Welsh Labour History

Matthew Small, Imposed or organic? An examination of social institutions in the workers settlement of Trevivian in the nineteenth century

Alex Jones, ‘Injured men with black dust covering their broken bodies’: Literature, history and disability in 1930s British coalfields literature.

12.45-1.30 = Lunch/Cinio

1.30- 2.30 = Panel Tri (sesiwn yn y Gymraeg).

Meilyr Powel, Cynhyrchu Rhyfel Sanctaidd: Crefydd, y Welsh Outlook a’r Rhyfel Mawr

Catrin Heledd Richards, A ydy Theomemphus yn Hen?: Astudiaeth o arwyddocâd y teitl cyfeiriadol, Mae Theomemphus yn Hen yn nofel Dafydd Rowlands.

2.30-4.00 = Panel four

Mark Rhodes, ­­Paul Robeson and the Processes of Welsh Memorialization: Context, scale, and agency in the commemorative landscape

Sam Blaxland, The private and public attitudes of the Conservative Party towards Welsh nationhood, 1945-1997

Syd Morgan, The Welsh Nationalist Party and Fianna Fáil 1926--1948

4.00-4.15 Coffee/Tea

4.30-5.30 – Dr Simon Brooks in conversation with Professor Daniel Williams.

The conference will be held in JC B02/03 on Monday 8th June, 9.30 start. All welcome/croeso i bawb.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Call for Papers: RBC Postgraduate Conference on Welsh Studies

Richard Burton Centre Postgraduate Conference

New Research in Welsh Studies


Monday 8th June, 2015

An opportunity for MA by research, M.Phil. and PhD students working on Wales to come together to discuss their research.

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:

Closing date for proposals:
1st  May 2015


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


Dydd Llun 8fed Mehefin, 2015

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:

Dyddiad cau: 1af  Mai 2015