CfP: AWWE Conference

The Country and the City:
Rural and Urban Wales
Gregynog Hall, Nr Newtown, Powys
27-29 March 2015
A country of geographical, social and cultural contrasts, Wales encompasses a wide variety of different rural and urban landscapes. From urban Cardiff and the industrial/post-industrial mining valleys of the south through the ‘green desert’ of mid-Wales to the mountains of the north, these contrasting areas are depicted in many and various ways in the literatures of Wales.
As Raymond Williams famously noted, ‘country’ and ‘city’ are ‘very powerful words’ which gather and evoke the political, cultural and emotional importance of space and place, not least in relation to notions of the nation and the national.
The conference invites contributions on any topic relating to Welsh writing in English and the country and the city, the rural and the urban. Contributions are encouraged from across disciplines, historical periods, and methodological approaches. Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:
·         The ‘country’ and the nation
·         Children’s Welsh writing in English
·         The industrial and/or the post-industrial
·         Gendering the urban/rural
·         Genre fiction/s
·         Comparative contexts
·         Urban/rural Gothic/s
·         The city and the capital
Abstracts of 250 words for twenty-minute papers should be submitted to  by Friday 9 January 2015. Proposals for panels of three twenty-minute papers are also welcomed. Applicants will be informed by 26 January.
Organisers: Dr Aidan Byrne (University of Wolverhampton) and Professor Diana Wallace (University of South Wales).
Association for Welsh Writing in English
Annual Conference 2015

‘The Country and the City: Rural and Urban Wales’

Gregynog Hall,
27-29 March April 2015

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday 9 January 

Send to:
 Dr Aidan Byrne
Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies
MC217 Faculty of Arts
University of Wolverhampton
Wulfruna Street
tel: 01902 323430
Diana Wallace
Professor of English Literature
Division of English, FBS
University of South Wales
CF37 1DL
tel: 01443 482809

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