Friday, 10 November 2017

Welsh Europeanisms 2: Richard Glyn Roberts

Canolfan Richard Burton Centre * Academi Rhodri Morgan * CREW

Cyfres Seminarau 2017 – 18  |  Seminar Series 2017 -18

Ewropaethau Cymreig: 

Llenyddiaeth • Gwleidyddiaeth • Hanes

Welsh Europeanisms: Literature • Politics • History

Richard Glyn Roberts,  University College Dublin

'A Foucauldian Interpretation of language death in Wales and beyond'

4yh, Dydd Llun, 13 November, Keir Hardie Ystafell 115
4pm, Monday, 13 November, Keir Hardie Room 115

Croeso i bawb | All welcome

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Welsh Europeanisms 1: Siriol McAvoy on Lynette Roberts

Canolfan Richard Burton * Academi Rhodri Morgan * CREW
Seminar Series / Cyfres Seminarau 2017 - 18

Welsh Europeanisms

Ewropaethau Cymreig

Literature. Politics. History
Llenyddiaeth. Gwleidyddiaeth. Hanes

4pm, Monday, October 30, Keir Hardie Building. Room 115
4yh, Dydd Llun, Hydref 30, Adeilad Keir Hardie, Ystafell 115
Siriol McAvoy, Research Fellow, CREW

"I felt like running off to France and selling my British status”: Lynette Roberts, Welsh modernism, and the call of Europe

Argentinian-Welsh poet Lynette Roberts tends to be identified with a ‘localist’ strand of modernism, rooted in her ‘milltir sgwâr’ of Llanybri, Carmarthenshire. But she can also be seen as an ‘international-regionalist’, for her writing seeks continuously to open up the borders of Wales to other times and spaces. In this paper, I address Roberts’s engagement with the cultures of Europe, suggesting that this illuminates her own fluid, multifarious sense of belonging as a ‘colonial’ (and Welsh) woman writer.
Firstly I excavate Roberts's internationalism and solidarity with Europe in the context of the socio-political developments that marked the 1930s and 40s, including the rise of Fascism. Summarising the importance of her ‘continental migrations to Europe’ around this time, I turn to consider her engagement with the European avant-garde (Symbolist theatre, Surrealism, modernist design including Bauhaus and Le Corbusier). The third part of the paper will examine Roberts's interest in (what she sees as a) trans-European folk culture. Presenting her support for 'peasant' peoples and the rural dispossessed as indicative of her feminist and culturalist vision, I suggest that she fuses Welsh and European folk culture with avant-garde aesthetics in order to construct a new form of ‘naive modernism’ that champions a cultural rootedness without borders.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Populisms: A Workshop- Programme

Populisms: A Workshop
Wednesday 21 June 2017, 1-6pm. Keir Hardie building room 250.
Co-hosted by the Geography Department, Swansea University and Canolfan Richard Burton Centre.
1pm Welcome and Introduction: New Populisms in Europe:
histories of the present and the production of the commons
(Dr Angharad Closs Stephens and Dr Martina Tazzioli)
1.15pm – 2.30pm
‘Sovereignty, Sexuality and the Will to Trump’
Professor Cynthia Weber
Author of Queering International Relations, Professor of International Relarions (Sussex University) and co-director of the media company, Pato productions.
2.30pm-2.45pm Coffee/ Tea
2.45pm – 4pm
‘The Politics of Left-Wing Populism’
Professor Eric Fassin
Author of Populisme: le grand ressentiment, Professor of Sociology and co-chair of the Gender Department (Paris 8 University)
4pm – 4.30pm Coffee/ Tea
4.30pm – 6pm
Interventions on the theme of Populisms and Roundtable Discussion.
·      Dr Emel Ackali (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Swansea University) Is revolution a myth? Insights from the state and societal transformation in Tunisia’.
·      Dr Angharad Closs Stephens (Senior Lecturer in Geography, Swansea University), ‘‘All across the country…’: National Atmospheres and the Brexit Revolt’.
·      Dr Daniele Lorenzini (Postdoctoral researcher, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles/Columbia University), ‘On ressentiment and the making of “the people”: Nietzschean variations’.
·      Dr Martina Tazzioli (Lecturer in Geography, Swansea University) ‘Rethinking asylum through practices of freedom. Migrant spatial disobediences across Europe’.
·      Professor Daniel G. Williams (Personal Chair, English Literature and Creative Writing, Swansea University) ‘Hannah Arendt, Raymond Williams and 'the Masses'’.
The workshop is free but places are limited. To book a place please go to If you are no longer able to attend, please make your space available to someone else. Thank you. 
Organised by Dr Angharad Closs Stephens and Dr Martina Tazzioli, Geography Department, Swansea University with funding from the College of Science Research Fund. Contact on and

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

May Day Manifesto @ Hay Festival 26th May

It is 50 years since the publication of the groundbreaking May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. To celebrate this milestone, and to reflect on its relevance today, the Richard Burton Centre's Director Daniel Williams will be joined in discussion by Bonnie Greer, Stefan Collini, Merryn Williams and Leanne Wood. More information, and how to book, can be found here.