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Friday, 23 May 2014

Council Chamber, Main Building 4.30pm – 7pm

Fiction Fiesta

Celebrating the launch of two new books:

This free event is open to all.  For more information and to book your place visit:

Formulaic Language Research Network Conference (FLaRN)

Swansea University
14 – 16 July 2014

Keynote speakers:  Professor Alison Wray and Florence Myles (Essex)

This biennial conference is where researchers working in the field of formulaic language meet to exchange ideas and resources. 

Registration is now open.  Full conference details including the programme can be found at

And Then There Were None

Cardiff BookTalk

Thursday, 15 May 2014

7pm, Optometry Building Lecture Theatre

Agatha Christie's novel And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie’s bestselling novel about ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are invited to Soldier Island off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.  The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…

And Then There Were None is Agatha Christie’s bestselling novel, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide. Join us as we discuss the book with the help of a panel of experts in fields of crime fiction, law & justice, class and gender.

To book your ticket, please visit:

Cardiff BookTalk seriesBookTalk

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

6.30pm, OPTOM Lecture Theatre

Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is the seminal novel of the 1960s that has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned. Fans of the film will enjoy reading Kesey’s brilliantly rendered original version of the story.

In attendance will also be experts on mental illness, the history of psychiatry and power dynamics in healthcare settings. As always, following the talks there will be a lively Q&A about the book.

Tickets: To book a place, visit and book online via the new Events page booking system.

International Conference on the Cultural Politics of Memory

Date: 14 -16 May 2014

The politics of remembering and forgetting are important social and cultural issues. The authority, power and resources with which to create hegemonic versions of the past – to give authoritative accounts that are available in the public domain – are largely the property of institutions. Questions of power, voice, representation and identity are central to Cultural and Collective Memory. 

This interdisciplinary conference will address how hegemonic narratives of the past are reproduced or challenged. It will examine the role of Cultural and Collective Memory in shaping meanings, values and identities. Papers are encouraged to address the relationship between past and present in Cultural and Collective Memory and how this relates to social power relations.


Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory

‘Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory’: this interdisciplinary conference will be hosted by the Wales-Ireland Research Network at Cardiff University on September 10-12, 2014. For further details and the Call for Papers, please click on the link below.


The 3rd LinC Summer School and Workshop in Systemic Functional Linguistics

Location: Cardiff University, Wales
Date: 8 - 10 September 2014

The goal of the summer school is to offer research and training in both understanding the Systemic Functional Linguistic theory of language and applying it to real-world challenges. The summer school will run two parallel courses:

Both are suitable for professionals, students, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about Systemic Functional Linguistics and/or corpus linguistics and its applications.  

For further details of this event please click here.

Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Date: 18-19 September 2014

Downscaling is a term used in geography, meteorology and satellite imaging. We use it here metaphorically to suggest that a higher resolution in cultural analysis enhances our understanding of communication and culture in the early 21st century.

The linguistic study of intercultural communication is commonly concerned with analysing miscommunication between speakers from two or more different ‘cultures’, defined predominantly as large-scale nation and language communities. It has been argued that such studies essentialise culture as a given variable (Nakayama and Halualani 2010), which sits uneasily with more de-nationalised concepts of culture. ‘Transculturality’ (Welsch 1999), for instance, describes the increasing multiplicity of cultures within individuals and between networks of individuals, that cannot be accounted for simply by identifying where people are from. Also British Cultural Studies put culture on a new footing in their turn towards popular culture to explain ideological struggles, hegemony and power relations in western class societies (e.g. Hall et al. 1992). These trends entail a fresh look at local cultures, a downscaling of culture: subcultures, small groups, families, communities of practice; every group of persons who use common signs to create meaning-making ensembles of signs that relate to their life-world.

In this conference we would like to explore the possibilities of studying these downscaled cultures in their contact with other downscaled cultures.


Roland Barthes at 100

A conference to mark the centenary of Roland Barthes

Location: Cardiff University, Wales
Date:30-31 March 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Diana Knight (Nottingham University)
Jürgen Pieters (University of Ghent)
Michael Wood (Princeton University)


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