Cfp: Reassessing Anglicisation in Wales, 1536-1868

Please see our call for papers at or below

Reassessing Anglicisation in Wales, 1536-1868

18th April 2015 at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

In the fields of Welsh history and Welsh writing in English Anglicisation is a thorny topic. English influences, whether political, economic, literary or relating to material cultures, have been deemed responsible for the decline of the Welsh language amongst the gentry, of traditions of bardic poetry and patronage, of paternalist methods of estate management, in short, of a Welsh way of life.

Increasingly, however, scholars are nuancing, complicating or moving away from the concept of Anglicisation. This one day symposium aims to bring together established and early career researchers who work in the fields of Welsh history, literature and culture to assess the current understanding and use of the term Anglicisation and look towards future trends.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

How could/should the concept of Anglicisation be nuanced in relation to
o       time
o       space or place
o       status or class
o       genre
o       gender
o       political or religious affiliation or belief
o       the evidence of artefacts under consideration
o       biography

Should academia move away from the concept altogether? Is Briticisation a more useful term or is it Anglicisation in disguise?

Which “pure” Welsh past is being addressed in discussions of the corruption of Welshness by English influences? Has a culturally multiplicitous Wales been strategically erased in past discourses addressing the marked difference between Welsh and English identities?

How do the cultural influences of countries besides England manifest in Welsh history, literature and culture?

Please send proposals of up to 200 words for 20-minute papers to  by 31 January 2015.

Devolved Voices media archive

The Devolved Voices project has now completed a sizeable number of interviews with contemporary poets who work in or write about Wales. The Devolved Voices project is a three-year research project based at Aberystwyth University, which is led by Professor Peter Barry with researchers Dr Matthew Jarvis and Kathryn Gray. It investigates the state of Welsh poetry in English since Wales’s devolution ‘yes’ vote of 1997.

Find their ever-growing archive of fascinating interviews on the Devolved Voices website (

AWWE 2015

The next conference of the Association of Welsh Writing in English will be held in Gregynog Hall, Powys, between 27 and 29 March 2015. Find the call for papers on this blog soon.