MONC Elections 2018


For: The 2018 Election of the Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) Executive Steering Committee + up to two Postgraduate Representatives.

On 31 December 2017 the three-year term of the MONC Executive Steering Committee came to an end. We now invite nominations for membership of the Steering Committee and up to two postgraduate representatives. Due to the ongoing USS pensions strike action, the closing date for nominations has been extended until 23 April 2018; the online election will take place between 30 April – 16 May 2018. Continue reading “MONC Elections 2018”

Conference Report: Word and Image

Word and Image: The Second Modernist Network Cymru Conference
National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art, 12-13 September 2017
Emma West
Chair, Modernist Network Cymru (MONC)

On 12-13 September 2017, over 40 academics, curators, artists and enthusiasts gathered at the National Library of Wales to explore the connections between word and image in a range of modernist texts from Wales and beyond. The conference, the second organised by Modernist Network Cymru (MONC), had two aims: firstly, to bring together those engaging with (or making) literature and the visual arts; secondly, to bring those working on Welsh modernism into dialogue with works from other nations. The theme of Word and Image seemed a perfect way to bring together these different strands, not least because word-image crossovers seem especially pertinent to the art and literature of Wales. We could think of figures such as David Jones, Brenda Chamberlain and Margiad Evans who worked across art and literature, whether in poetry and painting or short stories and illustration, or texts such as Chamberlain and Alun Lewis’s Caseg Broadsheets, which juxtaposed modern poetry with experimental woodcuts. More recently, the photographer Aled Rhys Hughes and the Welsh National Opera have both produced multimedia responses to Jones’s prose poem In Parenthesis.

It was thus with great anticipation that the committee awaited the arrival of delegates on a stormy Tuesday morning in the National Library of Wales. Within a few minutes, the conference nerves subsided: the delegates were so enthusiastic and friendly that the area outside the Drwm was soon filled with excited chatter. Continue reading “Conference Report: Word and Image”

Accompanying Events


Richard Pinkney, The Alphabet Twice, 1971

Please see below for information on exhibitions and activities taking place in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September. The Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, and the School of Art, have both arranged to exhibit materials to accompany the conference.

National Library of Wales


  • Arthur and Welsh Mythology
  • Legends!
  • Cover to Cover
  • Fallen Poets: Edward Thomas and Hedd Wyn
  • Discover the Heart of Welsh Culture
  • Nanteos Cup

Weekly guided tours:

School of Art, Aberystwyth University 

Continue reading “Accompanying Events”

Final Programme and Abstract Booklet

We’re delighted to share the final programme and abstract booklet for the second MONC conference, Word and Image, to be held in Aberystwyth on 12-13 September.

PROGRAMME: Cliciwch yma am raglen Cymraeg. Click here to download a copy in English.

MONC Abstract booklet (bilingual)

Many thanks to Nathan Munday (Cardiff University) for providing the Welsh translation.

The conference hashtag is #monc2017 and the roundtable hashtag is #futurearthistory. Follow us on twitter for the latest updates and to take part.

Registration for the conference is now closed but free tickets for our roundtable discussion are still available here.

The conference is kindly supported by the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art.

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Registration Open: Word and Image (MONC 2017)

We’re delighted to announce that registration is now open for Word and Image: The Second Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) conference, to be held at the National Library of Wales/Aberystwyth School of Art on 12-13 September 2017.

Those interested can register via our Eventbrite page. So that we can confirm numbers with catering, registration will close on Friday 1 September 2017.

If you wish to attend after registration has closed, please get in touch with us at modernistnetworkcymru[at] and we will do our best to accommodate you.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, the Learned Society of Wales and Aberystwyth School of Art, for helping to make the conference and roundtable possible.

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CFP International Conference on Welsh Studies 2016

North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NAASWCH)
International Conference on Welsh Studies

Harvard University
20-22 July 2016

The NAASWCH Program Committee seeks diverse perspectives on all aspects of Wales and Welsh culture – as well as proposals focused on the Welsh in North America – from many disciplines, including history, literature, languages, art, social sciences, political science, philosophy, music, and religion. NAASWCH invites participation from academics, postgraduate/graduate students and independent scholars from North America, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

Continue reading “CFP International Conference on Welsh Studies 2016”

Conference report: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

Swansea University (7th September 2015): A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales – The Inaugural MONC Conference

Report by Lucy Jeffery (Swansea University)

Conveners: Elaine Cabuts (National Museum of Wales/Aberystwyth University), Elizabeth English (Cardiff Metropolitan University), John Goodby (Swansea University), Emma West (Cardiff University), Diana Wallace (University of South Wales).

Modernist Network Cymru’s (MONC) first public conference was a great success. Held at Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus, this one-day conference entitled ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’ dipped into the wide ranging research going on in and around Wales. With a Celtic aspect either directly, obliquely, or not at all apparent; MONC open-mindedly welcomed a variety of speakers to give an informative snapshot into the academic groundswell we all belong to. Continue reading “Conference report: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales”

Registration now open: A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales

UPDATE: 02/07/2015 Online registration for the inaugural MONC conference has now closed. There may still be tickets available; if you are interested in attending, please contact us at modernistnetworkcymru[at] and we will try our best to accommodate you. Thank you to all those who have already purchased tickets; we look forward to seeing you on Monday 7th September.

Registration is now open for the inaugural MONC conference, A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales, to be held at Swansea University on Monday 7 September 2015.

This conference aims to showcase the diverse range of research on modernism happening in Wales today. Please follow the link for a copy of our Programme.

Delegates can purchase tickets via our Eventbrite page.

The ticket price includes admission, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and coffee and a wine reception. Those with special dietary requirements can notify us during the registration process.

The deadline for registration is 13 August 2015. Those wishing to attend (including speakers) must register by this date as we have to give conference services precise numbers for catering. Thank you very much for your co-operation. If you have any queries relating to registration, please contact us at modernistnetworkcymru[at]

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.



Conference travel information

Our inaugural conference, ‘A Century On: Modernist Studies in Wales’, is being held in the James Callaghan Building at Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus. Please visit for directions to the campus; a campus map can be downloaded from the same page or via The James Callaghan building is number 4.

Car parking is available at the adjacent Recreation Ground Car Park (£3.50 a day); for full details, please see

Postgraduate travel bursaries

Thanks to the support of the British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS), we are now able to offer limited travel bursaries to postgraduate speakers. Those speakers wishing to apply for such a bursary should keep all travel receipts and we will be in touch with details of how to claim after the conference.

Access information

The James Callaghan Building is wheelchair accessible; for full access information please contact modernistnetworkcymru[at] and we can address your specific needs.


Unfortunately we are not able to offer accommodation for those wishing to stay overnight. Swansea Conference Services have recommended either Hurst Dene B&B or properties listed on for those who wish to book private accommodation.