Theorising Wales: Gender, Culture and Politics

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Swansea University
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International conference, 12-14 July 2010

CREW (Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales)

C-SCAP (Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics)

GENCAS (Centre for Research into Gender, Culture and Society)

in collaboration with the Richard Burton Centre, all at Swansea University

Keynote speakers

Simon Brooks (Cardiff University)

Glenn Jordan (University of Glamorgan)

Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin)

Chris Weedon (Cardiff University)

Daniel Williams (Swansea University)

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. The value and challenges of post-national and transnational models will also be interrogated. Papers which discuss the potential and problems of moving beyond nation-based theories are welcome.

Themes of papers might include:

Writing Wales

Post)colonial Wales

Beyond the nation?

Nation and Gender

Family Wales

Gender and history

Languages in Wales

Consuming Wales

Digital Wales

Singing Wales

Welsh economies

Ideologies of Wales

Wales and / on TV

Queering Wales

Religious Wales

Governing Wales

Filming Wales

Sporting Wales

Virtual geographies

England's Wales

Wales in the world

Welsh capitalism

Welsh socialism

Metropolitan / rural Wales

Imaging Wales

Cultural economies &policies

Tourist Wales

Creative Wales

Imperial Wales

Please submit abstracts (400 words) to by FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2010. Papers may be submitted and delivered in Welsh or in English.

Organisers Kirsti Bohata (, Alan Finlayson ( and Brigid Haines (,

The conference will be held at the University of Wales Conference Centre, Newtown, Mid Wales