Commemorating World War I: Conflict and Creativity

Commemorating World War One: Conflict and Creativity is a public engagement project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to design and deliver events to commemorate the First World War centenary.

The project is co-ordinated by Cardiff University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO), co-directed by Dr Clair Rowden, School of Music, and Dr Monika Hennemann, School of Modern Languages, and supported by Dr Rachelle Barlow, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Music.

Upcoming events include:

11-12 November: International Artistic Creation during WWI

Symposium in collaboration with and held at National Museum Cardiff

International scholars from the UK and Leuven, Heidelberg and Brown Universities discuss WWI in music, literature, visual cultures, history, philosophy and psychology.

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CFP: Edward Thomas Centenary Conference

19th-21st April 2017, Cardiff University

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn

Call for Papers

Edward Thomas is a poet of retrospect. His poetry memorialises states of mind, people, and places. It also attempts to voice what is absolutely lost and what was never significant: ‘so many things I have forgot/ That once were much to me, or that were not’, he writes. Thomas also considers obscure futures for others and for himself. His poetry anticipates indifference as much as longevity when it asks what they will ‘do when I am gone?’: ‘they will do without me as the rain/ Can do without the flowers and the grass’.

What should we do with Thomas, whose reputation and writing is more present than ever? In 2017, we will mark the centenary of his death with a major conference at Cardiff University, where an important collection of Thomas’s manuscript materials and letters are held at SCOLAR. With the preparation of a major edition of his prose and with his acknowledged centrality to new forms of nature writing, study of Thomas is now rarely confined to any single aspect of his practice. We want to celebrate Thomas and approaches to his work in the fullest possible diversity.

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Draft conference programme: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

We are pleased to be able to announce the draft conference programme for our inaugural conference, ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’. Please follow the link for a PDF copy of the Programme.

From 9.00am    Registration – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

9.25-9.40          Welcome – James Callaghan Lecture Theatre

9.45-11.15         Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 1: Modernism and war (KH130) Chair: Matthew Jarvis

Rhian Atkin (Cardiff University), ‘Tensions and tenses of Portuguese Futurism’

Connor Doak (University of Bristol), ‘The Ethics of Modernist War Poetry: Revisiting Mayakovsky’s War and the World 100 Years On’

Luke Thurston (Aberystwyth University) ‘“Thought’s Broken Bones”: David Jones and Alun Lewis’

Panel 2: National and transnational modernisms (KH303) Chair: Daniel Williams

Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University), ‘”The Congo is flooding the Acropolis”: Art and the Intercultural in the Harlem Renaissance’

Daniel Hughes (Bangor University), ‘The Dark Matter of National Identity: Theorising Welsh/British Modernism & Experimental Writing’

Liza Penn-Thomas (Swansea University), ‘Taking Tea with Yeats – Verse drama as modernist or national drama’

11.15-11.45       Coffee – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

11.45-1.15        Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 3: Modernism, gender and sexuality (KH130) Chair: Diana Wallace

Claire Flay-Petty (Cardiff Metropolitan University), ‘“Far-off distant things”: Reading Dorothy Edwards in the Female Modernist Tradition’

Michelle Deininger (Cardiff Metropolitan University), ‘”A Certain Unrestraint”: Narrative Strategies and Coded Desire in Kathleen Freeman’s short fiction’

Leonie Shanks (Birkbeck College), ‘Beyond The Tangled Web: Dorothy Richardson, Bryher and the Borderlands of Modernism’

Panel 4: Modernist inheritances (KH303) Chair: John Goodby

Lucy Jeffery (Swansea University), “‘Watt” About Beckett’s Artistic Legacy?’

Charles Mundye (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘Lynette Roberts’s The Endeavour: a generic adventure’

Richard Robinson (Swansea University), ‘Quoting Modernism in the Early Short Stories of John McGahern: Joyce and Yeats’

1.15-2.00         Lunch – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

2.00-3.15         Keynote Lecture – James Callaghan Lecture Theatre

Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University), ‘Germany: Cradle of Welsh Modernism?’

3.15-3.45         Coffee –  James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

3.45 – 5.15      Parallel Sessions – Keir Hardie Building

Panel 5: Space, place and land (KH130) Chair: Emma West

Siriol McAvoy (Cardiff University), ‘The materiality of language and the transformation of tradition in the writing of Lynette Roberts’

Anne Price-Owen (UWTSD), ‘Painting becoming Poetry becoming Music’

Xiaofan Xu (University of Nottingham), ‘“United in the Spiritual Flesh of Nature”: T.S. Eliot and British Surrealism in the 1930s’

Panel 6: Late and contemporary responses (KH303) Chair: Luke Thurston

Neal Alexander (Aberystwyth University), ‘Late modernism and the poetics of place’

Elizabeth Benjamin, ‘Dada t’es plus dans l’coup? Memorialising modernism in the age of the avant-garde centenary’

Michael Nath (University of Westminster), ‘Creative Writing, Modernism and the Life-World’

5.15                Wine reception – James Callaghan Building, Lower Ground Foyer

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales, the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University, and the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS).

Those wishing to purchase tickets can do so by visiting our registration page.



4th Annual David Jones Centre Conference: Alun Lewis and Welsh War Poetry

The 4th Annual David Jones Centre Conference

Alun Lewis and Welsh War Poetry


The Drwm at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

Wednesday 23rd September, 1.30-6.30

Keynote Speaker: John Pikoulis

To mark the centenary of Alun Lewis’s birth, this year’s David Jones Centre conference will explore the work of Lewis and others in the tradition of Welsh writing in and against war.

The event will be preceded by a ceremony to unveil a new memorial plaque to Lewis in the Aberystwyth English department foyer.

Please click here to download a copy of the conference programme or Poster. Tickets are available via the National Library of Wales.

For more information, please contact

Registration open: ‘My People’ at 100

A one-day symposium to mark the centenary of Caradoc Evans’s My People

2015 marks the centenary of the publication of My People, Caradoc Evans’s infamous and epoch-making collection of short stories.

To mark the occasion, My People at 100 will provide the opportunity to assess and reassess the impact of Evans’s collection while also resituating it in light of new critical approaches, theoretical methodologies and comparative perspectives. Speakers at the event will discuss Caradoc Evans and My People within Celtic, European, transatlantic, modernist contexts. The screening of the recent S4C documentary and a roundtable discussion will also provide opportunities to reflect on the impact and achievement of this startling collection of stories across the century. While revisiting the scandal of its first appearance in 1915, My People at 100 will reconsider the book’s later positioning within chronologies and traditions of twentieth-century Welsh writing, and ask where it stands today among readers in the twenty-first century.

For more information, please visit the conference website or download the conference poster and programme.

CFP A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales, The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

We are delighted to launch the call for papers for our inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University on Monday 7 September 2015. Please click here to download an ENGLISH or a WELSH copy of the CFP.


A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

The Inaugural Modernist Network Cymru Conference

Swansea University, Monday 7 September 2015
 Keynote speaker: Professor Angharad Price (Bangor University)

The 2010s have been a busy decade for modernist scholars. In 2010, the inaugural BAMS conference considered Virginia Woolf’s (in)famous assertion that ‘On or about December 1910, human character changed’; in 2013, BBC Radio 3 ran a series of programmes celebrating Paris’ annus mirabilis, exemplified by the 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; and in 2014 we celebrated Dylan Thomas’ birth in a year-long series of events.

Now, in 2015, as we mark 100 years since Caradoc Evans’ landmark short story collection, My People, it seems a good time to stop and take stock of the past, present and future of both modernism and modernist studies as a discipline.

This inaugural conference, to be held at Swansea University, invites scholars from Wales and beyond to reflect upon modernism and its legacies. As the first Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) event, it aims to showcase the range and diversity of research into modernism happening in Wales today. MONC brings together scholars and professionals working on modernism in Wales to encourage collaboration and communication; as such, we welcome interdisciplinary proposals on any aspect of modernism, as defined in the widest sense. We particularly welcome scholars working on Welsh modernist writers and artists, as well as modernist art and writing in Wales.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Networks of modernist activity
  • Local modernisms
  • Welsh modernism
  • Geographies or topographies of modernism
  • Modernism and identity
  • Modernism and periodization
  • Chronologies and genealogies of modernism
  • Contemporary modernisms and neomodernisms
  • Centenaries and memorialisation
  • Definitions and theories of modernism
  • Modernist studies and interdisciplinarity
  • The future of modernist studies
  • Individual modernist theorists and practitioners in Wales and beyond

The event will also be an opportunity for participants to collaborate with us on setting the agenda and scope for future MONC activity and events.

Proposals for papers (20 minutes) should include a summary of the proposed paper (300 words), the speaker’s contact details, and a short bio (100 words).

Proposals should be sent to by 14 June 2015.
For more information and enquiries, please visit

Conference organising team:

Elaine Cabuts (Aberystwyth University)

Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

John Goodby (Swansea University)

Diana Wallace (University of South Wales)

Emma West (Cardiff University)

This conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

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