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Early Modern Wales: Space, Place and Displacement / Cymru Fodern Gynnar: Gofod, Lle a Symudiad


The call for papers can be found here.

Directions to the National Library of Wales can be found via the library's website.



An interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the National Library of Wales, 7 July 2016,


Confirmed keynote speakers:      Professor Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth University)

                          Professor Philip Schwyzer (University of Exeter)


[Henry VIII] deliuered [the Welsh] wholy from all seruitude, and made them in all poynets equall to the Englishmen. Wherby it commeth to passe, that laying aside their old manners, they, who before were wonte to liue most sparingly: are now enritched and do imitate the Englishmen in diet, & apparell, howbeit, they be somedeale impatient of labour, and ouermuch boastying of the Nobilitie of their stocke, applying them selues rather to the seruice of noble men, then geuynge them selues to the learnyng of handycraftes.

Humphrey Llwyd, The Breviary of Britain trans. Thomas Twyne (1573)


In The Breviary of Britain, Humphrey Llwyd laments the acculturalisation processes that he perceives to have led to the anglicisation of the Welsh gentry.  The Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542 formally annexed Wales to the Kingdom of England and thus changed the relationship between the English and the Welsh.  Tudor kingship used the space of Wales to claim a right to the English throne and some Welsh gentry held prominent places at court, but what was Wales and how does the space of Wales connect to England?  The ‘geographic turn’ in early modern studies has led to renewed interest in space and place and perennial concerns regarding national identity, memory and language have drawn attention to the landscape of Wales.  This interdisciplinary symposium, organised in partnership between the National Library of Wales, the Society for Renaissance Studies and the School of English Literature, Bangor University, brings together scholars to interrogate what we understand by Wales in the early modern period.


For further information, please contact the symposium organisers, Bryn Williams and Rachel Willie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Registration for the symposium is free, to include beverages during the coffee breaks, but delegates will be asked to purchase their own lunch. At lunchtime, we will be reserving tables in the library cafe, which serves a variety of light meals as well as hot and cold dishes.



9:00-9:30: Coffee and registration


9:30-10:30: Keynote 1

Philip Schwyzer (Exeter), The Age of the Cambro-Britons


10:30-11:00: Coffee


11:00-12:30: Thresholds


Liz Oakley-Brown (Lancaster), Urbane Wales?: Emotion, Embodiment and Sixteenth-Century Shrewsbury


Bryn Williams (Bangor), David Powel and Lord Sidney: Welsh and Irish Connections in the Marches


Stephen Curtis (Lancaster), Of Wales and Dauphins: Negotiating England’s Near-Neighbours on the Shakespearean Stage


12:30-13:30: Lunch


13:30-14:30:  Keynote 2

Sarah Prescott (Aberystwyth), Katherine Philips: Welsh Place and Poetry


14:30-14:40: Quick Break


14:40-15:40:  Forms of Nationhood, Language and Translation


Simon Meecham-Jones (Cambridge), Making Chaucer Welsh – Early Modern Readings of Chaucer in Wales


Marion Löffler (Aberystwyth), “This nation” in 1716: Considering the first political translation into Welsh


15:40-16:00: Coffee


16:00-17:00:  Civil War


Sarah Ward (Oxford), Welsh royalism, 1639-1660: History, memory, and material culture


Timothy Gray (Cambridge), Clubmen, confederates and peace armies: The politics of armed assembly in South Wales, 1645-1649



The symposium will be followed by the Society for Renaissance Studies 5th Annual Welsh Lecture

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