This conference is organised by: 

CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales)
with C-SCAP (Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics) and GENCAS (Centre for Research into Gender, Culture and Society)

The conference organisers would like to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Richard Burton Centre, School of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University



Simon Brooks  (Cardiff University ) 'Liberal political theory and the failure of Welsh culture in the 19th century'
 Glenn Jordan  (University of Glamorgan ) 'Mothers and Daughters: Pictures of a Multi-Ethnic Wales'
Gerardine Meaney  (University College Dublin ) 'Gender, Ireland and Cultural Change'
Chris Weedon  ( Cardiff University ) 'The Cultural Politics of Gender and Difference in Contemporary Wales'
Daniel Williams  ( Swansea University) 'Creu’r Diwylliant Mewnol: Iaith a Hil yn Llên Saesneg Cymru’ [‘Constructing the Inner Culture: Language and Race in Welsh Writing in English']*   

*Simultaneous translation will be available.

Wales is a multiplicity of ideas, visions and imaginings from within and without. Different forms of politics appeal to and promise different versions of Wales . Literature (in both languages) writes and rewrites dozens more. Histories contest them. And the varieties of everyday lives of people in Wales , their labour, leisure, dreams and anxieties always exceed the capacity of any scholar, writer or government minister to catch and contain them. 


A range of theoretical approaches which address issues of gender, language, race, sexuality, (post)colonialism and (post)nationalism have begun to enrich and contest our concepts of nation and culture.  This conference seeks to further the theorisation of Wales and Welsh cultural studies and cultural politics and to encourage reflection and self-reflexivity in the theories we adopt and adapt.  




Kirsti Bohata ( ) with Alan Finlayson (C-SCAP) and Brigid Haines/Geraldine Lublin (GENCAS). The conference will be held at the University of Wales Conference Centre, Gregynog Hall, Newtown, Mid Wales