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Wales–Ireland Network: Symposium

24th September 2010: Wales, Ireland and Popular Fiction

In association with the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

A one-day symposium on role and meanings of popular forms of fiction in Welsh and Irish contexts. Topics include crime fiction, romance, suburban Gothic, weird fiction, trickster stories and fiction and popular beliefs.

Location: 0.31 Humanities Building


Papers by:
Ailise Bulfin (PhD researcher, Trinity College Dublin)
Claire Connolly (Cardiff University)
Darryl Jones (Trinity College Dublin)
Katie Gramich (Cardiff University)
Stephen Knight (Cardiff University)
Bernice Murphy (Trinity College Dublin)
Catherine Phelps (PhD researcher, Cardiff University) 
Jessica Webb (PhD researcher, Cardiff University)

Responses from:
Jane Aaron (University of Glamorgan); Anthony Mandal (Cardiff University); Shaun Richards (Staffordshire University)

The day will conclude with a launch of a new edition of Menna Gallie’s You’re Welcome to Ulster (Honno Press), edited by Claire Connolly and Angela V.John. The book will be launched by First Minister Carwyn Jones AM. The event is supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain.

Registration costs £5 and includes lunch, teas and coffees.
To register please email

18-19 September 2009: Ireland and Wales: Nations and Knowledges  

The final AHRC-funded symposia, which returns to questions of methodology and seeks to locate Ireland-Wales comparisons within more secure frameworks. The symposium considers how disciplines, like nations, consist of changing and asymmetrical relationships and analyses what it means to map interdisciplinary onto comparative scholarship. Papers ask what a focus on Wales brings to four nations historiography as well as seeking to foster new theoretical and conceptual approaches, including those driven by such non-national theoretical agendas as feminism.

17 September 2009: Ireland and Wales: Correspondences

A one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium. Keynote speaker: Professor Luke Gibbons

In Corresponding Cultures: The Two Literatures of Wales (1999), M. Wynn Thomas suggests that we might understand and conceptualise the relationships between the Welsh-language and English-language cultures of Wales as ‘correspondences’ – an idea which is amenable to a number of different interpretations and which supports a wide range of scholarly approaches. This one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium aimed to extend this idea of ‘correspondence’ to the burgeoning field of Welsh and Irish comparative studies. In keeping with the aims and objectives of the AHRC-supported Wales-Ireland Research Network, this event sought to bring Welsh and Irish studies into dialogue with each other. To what extent, and in what ways, do the cultures and societies of Wales and Ireland ‘speak’ to each other? How might comparative approaches towards Wales and Ireland illuminate our understanding of these two nations? How are these correspondences figured in the imagining of Welsh and Irish national consciousness?

Public lecture: Rt. Hon. Paul Murphy, MP, Wales and Ireland: A Personal Perspective

17–18 April 2009: Cultural Institutions and Creativity in Ireland and Wales

The third AHRC-funded symposium, designed to investigate the role of national institutions in fostering and channelling cultural creativity. How do theatres, libraries, museums and the mass media intervene in cultural practices and shape national identities? Do institutions provide bridges between linguistic groups or entrench difference? The opportunities provided by such institutions for the creation of contexts in which public intellectuals can intervene in cultural debates will be considered. Co-hosted- with Aberystwyth’s Centre for the Social and Cultural History of Wales and Centre for Media History.

Panel discussion on creativity and cultural institutions: Angela Graham, Ceri Sherlock, Vic Merriman, Lloyd Trott

Public lecture: John Horgan and Geraint Talfan Davies, Culture, Media and Markets in Small Nations

24–25 October 2008: Ireland and Wales: Romantic Nations 

Second AHRC-funded symposium, on the association of Wales and Ireland with ideas of the romantic, from the late eighteenth century to the present day. How does ‘nation’ come to carry the romantic values with which it is still associated? What is the role of nationality in the longer history of romanticism? Participants have been asked to think about both Ireland and Wales in the light of the political, social and cultural dynamics that both produce and resist romantic conceptions of nationality. Papers will investigate the period of romanticism, but also the longer history of the romantic and the way in which romantic values attach themselves to both Ireland and Wales.

Readings by: Angharad Price, Bernard O’Donoghue, Niall Griffiths

Public lecture: Mike Young, Taking on the Mouse: Ireland, Wales and the Animation Trade

16–17 May 2008: Comparisons and Contexts

Introductory AHRC-funded symposium, which seeks to establish the methodological grounds for comparisons between Ireland and Wales while considering the different cultural and linguistic contexts that have shaped our histories.

Readings by: Patrick McGuinness, Éilis Ní Dhubihne, Catherine Fisher

Public lecture: Gwyneth Lewis, Criss-crossings: Literary Adventures on Irish and Welsh Shores

23 November 2007: Ireland and Wales: Modernism, Modernity and National Space

An interdisciplinary symposium that considers the relationship between culture, politics and nationality in Wales and Ireland and aims to investigate the dynamics of vernacular modernisms.

For further information:

Wales-Ireland Network

Arts & Humanities Research Council

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