Theorising Wales: Gender, Culture and Politics | cfp.english.upenn.edu
by Jessica C. Murphy
International conference, 12-14 July 2010
CREW Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales
C-SCAP Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics
GENCAS Centre for Research into Gender, Culture and Society
in collaboration with the Richard Burton Centre, all at Swansea University
Simon Brooks Cardiff University
Glenn Jordan University of Glamorgan
Gerardine Meaney University College Dublin
Chris Weedon Cardiff University
Daniel Williams Swansea University
Wales is a multiplicity of ideas, visions and imaginings from within and without. Different forms of politics appeal to and promise different versions of Wales. Literature in both languages writes and rewrites dozens more. Histories contest them. And the varieties of everyday lives of people in Wales, their labour, leisure, dreams and anxieties always exceed the capacity of any scholar, writer or government minister to catch and contain them.
A range of theoretical approaches which address issues of gender, language, race, sexuality, postcolonialism and postnationalism have begun to enrich and contest our concepts of nation and culture. This conference seeks to further the theorisation of Wales and Welsh cultural studies and cultural politics and to encourage reflection and self-reflexivity in the theories we adopt and adapt. The value and challenges of post-national and transnational models will also be interrogated. Papers which discuss the potential and problems of moving beyond nation-based theories are welcome.
Please submit abstracts (400 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2010. Papers may be submitted and delivered in Welsh or in English.
The conference will be held at the University of Wales Conference Centre, Newtown, Mid Wales http://www.wales.ac.uk/defaultpage.asp?page=e3000