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Multilingualism in Cathays, Cardiff 

Cardiff University is conducting research to develop new understandings of multilingual communication in business, commercial, trade, professional or other work setting in Cardiff. The research has a particular focus on Arabic.

We would like to invite you to participate in the research by allowing us to observe you or a colleague in your workplace.

The research period starts on Monday 1st September 2014 and ends on Friday 19th December 2014.

We would like you to be involved in the research if: 

  1. You are an Arabic speaker who sometimes uses Arabic either at work or at home
  2. Your workplace is based in Cardiff, ideally within the Cathays area
  3. You work in a business setting, whether big business, small business, or in self-employment

You will be paid for your involvement and will be given research training.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss getting involved.

Dr Frances Rock
Miss Amal Hallak

School of English, Communication and Philosophy Graduation Ceremony 2014

Well there goes another fantastic year of a bumper crop of graduates from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, following our graduation ceremony held on Wednesday, 16 July at St David’s Hall. We do hope everyone had a fantastic, memorable day following all their hard work over the past few years.

Here are some fabulous pictures from the day

Advanced Research Residency in Language and Law

Date: 2015

The Cardiff Language and Law (CaLL) group are inviting applications for a limited number of places on this Research Residency, which will run from Oct 1st 2014 to Jan 31st 2015.

The Advanced Research Residency (ARR) scheme brings together researchers with related interests for a series of research workshops in the context of an opportunity for completing their own independent research project.

For further information please click here

New Publication

Professor Ann Heilmann’s essay on ‘Neo-Victorian Darwin: Representations of the Nineteenth-Century Scientist, Naturalist and Explorer in 21st-Century Women’s Writing’, was recently published in Reflecting on Darwin, ed. Eckart Voigts, Barbara Schaff and Monika Pietzrak-Franger (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), 91-111.

New Publication

Dr Josh Robinson has recently had the following work published:

1. ‘Marxism and the Critique of Value’, ed. by Neil Larsen, Matthias Nilges, Josh Robinson, and Nicholas Brown published as a double issue of the open-access journal Mediations (27:1-2) and as an open-access book by MCM from whom a paperback edition can be purchased.

2. ‘Poetics’ essay for the Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 2014 (covering work published in 2012) by OUP. The full text (with link to a pdf) is available at

Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

Congratulations to Professor Alessandra Tanesini, Professor Katie Gramich, Professor Ann Heilmann, Professor Ruth Chadwick (Emerita) and Professor Alison Wray, who have all been elected as Fellows of the Learned Society of Wales. The Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy represents one third of the total number of Cardiff University staff elected as Fellows this year!

Thrive Cardiff Insider Blogs

We have our very own 2nd year English Literature student Jessica Blaszczyk participating in this year’s Thrive insider blog campaign. 

View the blog here:

Creative Wales Ambassadors Award

Richard GwynnRichard Gwyn has been awarded one of 3 Creative Wales Ambassadors Awards of £25,000 by the Arts Council of Wales.  His project will be focused on researching and writing an account of travel as a work in progress, challenging the notion that contemporary travel awakens in the traveller a sense of 'travelling without seeing'.

Further details on these awards are available here:

AHRC-funded training network on scholarly editing (WISE)

This initiative between the School of Advanced Study, the Durham Institute for Historical Research and Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research and led by Dr Wim Van-Mierlo (SAS), in partnership with Jane Winters (IHR), Jason Harding (Durham) and Dr Anthony Mandal (Cardiff) has just secured £32K funding from the AHRC to support ‘WISE: What Is Scholarly Editing?’.
‘WISE’ will provide essential training on the theory and practice of scholarly editing to around 75 PGRs/ECRs, as well as the creation of an online module on Learning Central. The training will comprise of three (repeated) two-day workshops which will be delivered in Cardiff, Durham and London, as well as a ‘hackday’ in London for twelve delegates, who will receive full bursaries to cover attendance. The workshops will take place between September 2014 and March 2015, with the ‘hackday’ occurring in May 2015.
Further details are available here:

Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities

This 4-year AHRC funded research project is a collaboration between academic researchers, non-academic partners, and community stakeholders. It is also a partnership between four UK universities and the private, public, and third sectors. The interdisciplinary research programme will develop new understandings of multilingual interaction in cities in the UK, and communicate these to policy-makers and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The award is for £1,973,527.


New Publication

Alfred Hitchcock (Critical Evaluations of Leading Film-makers)

Dr Neil Badmington’s four-volume Alfred Hitchcock book has been published by Routledge.

Evidence Information Service

Dr Gerard O'GradyDr Gerard O'Grady and colleagues from Cardiff, Exeter and UCL have established the Evidence Information Service (EIS) featured in the Guardian on 18 March 2014. This service aims to create a mechanism for linking policy makers with academic experts.

As a first step they are currently undertaking a scoping exercise of elected politicians views with the intention of launching a trial version of the EIS by the end of 2014 at the latest. They are also currently taking advice from other interested stakeholders.

Fuller details are available at:

Interview with Dr Neil Badmington

Neil has been interviewed by ‘We Are Cardiff’ about his memories and ‘personal geography’ of the city. You can read the full interview here:

Lost Visions

ImageThousands of neglected images dating back to the eighteenth century will soon be available for the public to search online and find out more about how they have shaped our culture. ‘Lost Visions: retrieving the visual element of printed books from the nineteenth century’ led by Professor Julia Thomas, School of English, Communication & Philosophy is one of 21 new research projects, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to address the challenges of working with big data and making the information more accessible and easier to interpret by a lay audience.

For more information on this research project please click here

BBC News - Cardiff University brings rare illustrations to new audience

Actor Gwilym's got murder in mind at Midsomer

Cardiff University graduate Gwilym Lee, who studied English, has joined the cast of ITV’s Midsomer Murders as sidekick to lead detective, DCI John Barnaby. (Wales Online,  14 December: link at:

Lazarus is Dead By Richard Beard

Lazarus is Dead

Like most men in their early thirties, Lazarus has plans that don't involve dying. He is busy organising his sisters, his business and his women. Life is mostly good, until far away in Galilee, without warning, his childhood best friend turns water into wine. Immediately, Lazarus falls ill. And with each subsequent miracle his health deteriorates: a nasty cough blooms into an alarming panorama of afflictions. His sisters think Jesus can help, but given the history of their friendship Lazarus disagrees. What he is sure of is that he'll try everything in his power to make himself well. Except for calling on Jesus.

Lazarus dies. Jesus weeps. This part we all know. But as Lazarus is about to find out, returning from the dead isn't easy. You think you want a second chance at life, but what do you do when you get it? Lazarus has his own story, he is his own man, and he is determined to avoid the mistakes he made the first time round.

A thrillingly inventive, genre-bending novel, Lazarus is Dead is the definitive account of the life, death and life of Lazarus, as never told before.

Professor Damian Walford Davies will join an interdisciplinary panel of experts who will be giving their responses to the book, as well as taking part in an open discussion with the audience. Join them and get involved as we discuss the fascinating issues raised by this book.

Date: Wednesday 13th November
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: TBC

To book a place at the event, e-mail

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One Day in The Life

Bringing into harsh focus the daily struggle for existence in a Soviet gulag, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a twentieth century classic, and a must-read.

Date: Monday 9th December
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: TBC

To book a place at the event, e-mail

Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics

Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics is a new interdisciplinary series developed in partnership with Rowman and Littlefield International and based in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University.


British Federation of Women Graduates for academic excellence

Emma West, a PhD student in Critical and Cultural Theory, has recently been awarded a prize from the British Federation of Women Graduates for academic excellence. She received the Elen Wynne Vanstone Scholarship of £4000, to be awarded this autumn. For more information see

Wales Book of the Year Award 2013

The TestimonyCongratulations to James Smythe whose recent novel, The Testimony, won the Fiction Category for the Wales Books of the Year Award 2013. 

James completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Cardiff University in 2009.

For video clips and photos from the 2013 Award Ceremony and to find out more about the winners, visit:

For more information about Wales Book of the Year Award contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 /