An Audit of Research in Welsh Studies: a one-day conference held on Friday, July 14, 2004 at Swansea University as part of the annual NAASWCH (North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History) Conference.


Over the last ten or so years a great deal of interesting work (in Welsh and in English) has been done in ‘Welsh Studies’, in fields such as the following:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Music 
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • The New Geography
  • Gender Studies
  • Film
  • Theatre Studies


What is noticeable, however, is how little awareness has been shown, even by leading practitioners in any one of these areas, of work done in the adjacent fields. It was felt that the time was ripe to attempt a systematic exchange of information across the artificial borders of area and subject disciplines in the hope of stimulating genuine cross-fertilization.




Introductory Session: Key Research Resources, Dr Rhidian Griffiths (National Library of Wales)


10.30   Visual Culture of Wales , Peter Lord (formerly of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Study)

11.00    Coffee

11.30   Welsh History:   Professor Geraint Jenkins, (Director of Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales)

Welsh Language Literature:  Professor Dafydd Johnston (Swansea University )

12.30   English language literature: Dr Tony Brown (University of Wales Bangor)

1.00-2.00  Lunch, Gender Studies:  Dr Katie Gramich (Cardiff University)

2.30     Religious Studies:  Professor Densil Morgan (University of Wales Bangor)

3.00    Film Studies:  Dr Gwenno Ffrancon (Swansea University)

4.00-4.45    Tea

4.45 Theatre Studies: Professor Ioan M. Williams (University of Wales Aberystwyth)

Sociology and Anthropology:   Professor Graham Day (University of Wales Bangor)


A volume deriving from this conference is currently being compiled and edited by Melinda Gray and Daniel Williams.