Dr Walter Ariel Brooks
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74843
Location: John Percival Building
A Patagonian of Welsh descent himself, Walter Brooks’ focus of research is the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. Not only is he interested in the current situation of the Welsh language in Patagonia, but also in the socio-economic, cultural and political processes that affected the Welsh community in Argentina since the arrival of the first settlers. He is also interested in minority languages and diasporic communities in general, their culture and changing identities, and their relationship with the central state.
Walter Brooks contributes to the following modules:
- CY1774 Welsh 1 (Beginners Welsh)
- CY1775 Welsh 2 (Beginners Welsh)
- Welsh Intermediate (a specialist module for medical students)
He tutors through the medium of Welsh (School of History and Archaeology) on the following module:
- HS1105 Making of the Modern World
He also works as a part-time tutor of Welsh at the School’s Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre.
Between 2003 and 2006, he worked as a research assistant with Prof. Robert Owen Jones on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, studying the sociology of Welsh in Patagonia during the twentieth century. He is currently working as a part-time research assistant for the Cardiff Research Centre for Welsh-American Studies, preparing a database of Welsh creative writing material from Patagonia under the supervision of Dr. E. Wyn James from the School of Welsh and Dr Bill Jones from the School of History and Archaeology. This will form the basis of a PhD dissertation on the role of creative literature in Welsh periodical print culture in Argentina, 1865-1945.