International Collaboration, Visiting Scholars and International Students

CREW seeks to place the English literature language of Wales in an international context, aiming to develop comparative approaches to the literatures of Wales and to develop useful theoretical models for the study of Welsh literature.

The international scope of the Centre has been fostered through two related, ongoing, initiatives:

  • The development of international contacts and connections.
  • Running a visiting scholars scheme; attracting international students to our postgraduate programmes.               

CREW associates have delivered papers across Europe, from Bratislava to Dublin, and the Centre played a central role in arranging several NAASWCH (National American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History) conferences including the 2016 conference at Harvard and the 2022 conference in Austin, Texas.

Daniel Williams has played a leading role in expanding the Swansea-Texas partnership participating in the Harry Ransome Centre's ‘British Studies Series’ in 2017, two co-taught seminars at UT, Austin in 2017 (funded by Erasmus+) and a recent online conversation on Dylan Thomas with Prof. Kurt Heinzelman as part of the HRCs ‘Connecting Collections’ programme.

The strong links established with scholars and institutions in the USA built on the groundbreaking conference: Transatlantic Exchange: African Americans and the Celtic Nations (2007).

Connecting Collections

International Fellowship Organization

International Students

International students are encouraged to apply to study at CREW, taking either the MA or PhD programme. If you have a query about eligibility please contact Professor Daniel Williams in the first instance.

International students have a very full experience at Swansea University. Wales's rich history and culture, and its global outlook today, are important contexts for study at CREW. On our MA courses we focus on transatlantic issues, including US relations with Wales, on the strengths and weaknesses of placing Welsh literature within a ‘postcolonial’ context, and explore the exportable images of Wales reflected in a range of international literatures and film.  

Everyone at CREW makes a special effort to welcome students from across the world and help them be a significant part of our research activity.  

Alyce Von Rothkirch (PhD, 2001 – 4):

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I came to Swansea to do a PhD in Welsh writing in English in 2001. Swansea University supported my studies with a bursary, which meant that I was able to study full-time. I received excellent supervision from Prof. M. Wynn Thomas and hugely enjoyed my time as a PhD student in the English Department at Swansea University. In fact, I never really left: I’m now a lecturer in the Department for Adult Continuing Education on the other side of campus, I’m still associated with CREW and I’m very happy that I still receive the support and encouragement of staff at CREW – something which is in no small part responsible for the fact that I can continue my research in the field.

Visiting Scholars