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


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. 


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 –