Monday, 27 September 2021

Raymond Williams Symposium1

Centenary Symposia                                                               

Symposia’r Canmlwyddiant

Raymond Williams in an Age of Globalisation.
Raymond Williams yng nghyfnod Globaleiddio

Symposium 1: Raymond Williams in Europe
Symposiwm 1: Raymond Williams yn Ewrop

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 

Dydd Mercher, Medi 29, 2021

Attendee Registration:

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10.00 Opening the Centenary Symposia. 

Daniel Williams introduces Merryn Williams (Raymond Williams’s daughter) who will launch the Centenary Symposia. 

10.30 – 11.30

Phoebe Braithwaite, Harvard University

Raymond Williams and Stuart Hall 

Julian Preece, Swansea University 

Raymond Williams and Elias Canetti

11.30 – 11.45 Break. 

11.45 - 12.45 

Rhian Jones, Red Pepper Magazine.

Raymond Williams and the Break-up of Britain

Kirsti Bohata, Swansea University 

Williams and Environmentalism

12.45 – 1.15. Lunch Break

1.15 – 1.45 

Harald Pittel, University of Potsdam

Feelings without Structure: A Cultural Materialist View of Populism and Affective Politics.

1.45 - 2.30  

From the German New Left to Ethnic Modernism 

Werner Sollors, Harvard University in discussion with Daniel G. Williams 

2.30 Close. 

Evening Event 6 – 7.30

A Creative Response to Raymond Williams as Psycho-Geographer

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A Creative Response to Raymond Williams as Psycho-Geographer

Creative Evening Event. 6pm. Wednesday. September 29

Digwyddiad Creadigol. 6pm. Dydd Mercher. Medi 29.

In this presentation we consider how place and time were significant to Raymond Williams. In particular, Aled Singleton and Jon Gower pick elements of Border Country to explore how the structure of feeling concept is applied to capture the specificity of everyday life.

Performance artist Marega Palser gives short responses to a dialogue between Jon and Aled. We hope that the event inspires people to consider walking and site-specific performance as a means for future creative research.

3-minute film of the collaboration between Aled, Jon and Marega in 2019

Aled Singleton is interested in psychgeography, walking, and using creative ways to explore emotional attachments to place. He has a professional background managing community and urban regeneration projects (2006-18) including community asset transfers, landscape architecture, events, and local economic development. Aled is now starting an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in human geography at Swansea University, focusing on the post-war environment: a time of industrial renewal, increased private motor vehicles and semi-detached suburban living. 

Marega Palser  is a performance based artist living in Newport, South Wales. She originally studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance, and after graduating in 1985 went on to work with various theatre companies, as well as being a founder member of the dance theatre group Paradox Shuffle who were based in Cardiff. Since 2001 she has worked with Gareth Clark as one half of the performance duo Mr & Mrs Clark.

She has collaborated with many artists and musicians and has performed and made work for Gallery spaces and for outdoor events both in this country and abroad. In 1994 she went to Japan to study and work with Butoh dancer Tetsuro Fukuhara.

In 2008 she completed a BA Honours in Fine Art at Howard Gardens (UWIC) in Cardiff, and a year later received a Creative Wales Award to develop her art and performance practice.

Jon Gower is a prize-winning author with over thirty books to his name. These include The Story of Wales, which accompanied the landmark BBC TV series and Y Storïwr, which won the Wales Book of the Year.  His volume An Island Called Smith, about a disappearing island in Chesapeake Bay was awarded the John Morgan Travel Writing Prize. Recent publications include studies of the radical film-maker Karl Francis and the visual artist John Selway as well as Gwalia Patagonia, being an account of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia and Wales: At Water’s Edge about the country’s coastal path. Jon has also published five novels and five collections of short stories.  He was an inaugural Hay Festival International Fellow and has been awarded an Arts Council of Wales Prize, a Creative Wales award and won both The National Eisteddfod Short Story Prize and the Allen Raine Short Story Competition.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Raymond Williams Centenary Conference: University of Hyderabad

CREW's Daniel Williams be delivering the 'Closing Plenary' at this international conference held on the Centenary of Raymond Williams's birth.  


Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Paulo Freire and Raymond Williams at 100 / Conference organised by UNICAMP, Brazil








Profa. Dra. Luiza Cortesão (Univ. do Porto e Instituto Paulo Freire de Portugal)  

Profa. Dra. Débora Mazza (FE – Unicamp)





Profa. Dra. Maria Elisa Cevasco (USP)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Williams (Swansea University – País de Gales)



Prof. Dr. Hywel Dix (Bournemouth University - Londres)


Inscrição gratuita

Carga horária: 8 horas

Limite: 400 inscrições

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Mesa 1: 9h00 às 11h30 – Conferência Internacional de Abertura - Centenário do Paulo Freire 

Homenagem da Direção da Faculdade de Educação - Unicamp
Luiza Cortesão (Universidade do Porto - Portugal)
Débora Mazza (Unicamp)
Mediadora: Nima I. Spigolon (Unicamp)

Mesa 2: 12h30 às 15h00 – Conferência Internacional: Centenário de Raymond Williams

Maria Elisa Cevasco (USP - Brasil)
Daniel Williams (Swansea University - País de Gales)
Mediador: Alexandro Henrique Paixão (Unicamp)

Mesa 3: 15h30 às 18h00 – Diálogos com Paulo Freire & Raymond Williams: Brasil e Grã-Bretanha

Hywel Dix (Bournemouth University - Londres)
Mediadores: Alexandro Henrique Paixão (Unicamp), Débora Mazza (Unicamp) e Nima I. Spigolon (Unicamp)







Prof. Luiza Cortesão (University of Porto and Paulo Freire Institute of Portugal)
Prof. Débora Mazza (UNICAMP’s Faculty of Education – Brazil)


Prof. Maria Elisa Cevasco (University of São Paulo - Brazil)
Prof. Daniel Williams (Swansea University - Wales)


Prof. Hywel Dix (Bournemouth University - England)

Date of the event:
August 26, 2021 – 09:00 a.m. - 06 p.m.

Registration period:
From July 26 – 12 a.m.
To August 25, 2021 - 09:00 a.m.

400 registrations

Link for FREE registration:…. (Please select "International Participants").

Duration of the event: 8 hours

To receive a certificate of participation, it is necessary to register and check attendance on the event's list.


In 2021, Paulo Freire would be 100 years old and to commemorate this decisive event for the current scenario in education, both in and outside of Brazil, UNICAMP’s Faculty of Education will engage the generative word of life, education, criticism and freedom through international journeys about the author, throughout the second semester of 2021, starting with a round table, opening the celebrations in the morning of August 26 th.
In the same year, Raymond Williams, who was also an adult educator, in the UK, would have been 100 years old and, to celebrate this occasion, we will build an international dialogue between Paulo Freire and Raymond Williams, as centennial educators, through another round table on the same day, in the afternoon.

Target Audience: Professors; Undergraduate and Postgraduate students; Staff; Community.

Host: Direction of UNICAMP’s Faculty of Education

Organizing Committee: Alexandro Henrique Paixão, Débora Mazza, Nima Spigolon.

People in Charge:
Prof. Renê José Trentin Silveira (Faculty of Education - Unicamp)
Prof. Alexandro Henrique Paixão (Faculty of Education - Unicamp)



Round Table #1: Opening International Conference - Paulo Freire's Centenary
09:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

- Homage from the Direction of UNICAMP’s Faculty of Education
- Luiza Cortesão (University of Porto - Portugal)
- Débora Mazza (UNICAMP - Brazil)
Mediator: Nima I. Spigolon

Round table #2: International Conference: Raymond Williams' Centenary
12:30 p.m – 03:00 p.m.

- Maria Elisa Cevasco (USP - Brazil)
- Daniel Williams (Swansea University - Wales)
Mediator: Alexandro Henrique Paixão

Round table #3: Dialogues with Paulo Freire & Raymond Williams: Brazil and Great Britain
03:30 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.

- Hywel Dix (Bournemouth University – England)
Mediators: Alexandro Henrique Paixão, Débora Mazza and Nima I. Spigolon


  • Direção da Faculdade de Educação/Unicamp
  • Instituto Dialética
Comissão organizadora:
  • Alexandro Henrique Paixão (Unicamp)
  • Débora Mazza (Unicamp)
  • Nima Spigolon (Unicamp)
  • Prof. Dr. Renê José Trentin Silveira (FE/Unicamp)
  • Prof. Dr. Alexandro Henrique Paixão (FE/Unicamp)

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Emyr Humphreys Centenary at CREW, Swansea University

Here are some highlights and pictures from the Emyr Humphreys Centenary symposium and public lecture organised by CREW at Swansea on 13 April 2019.

We were very lucky to have photographer Bernard Mitchell in attendance and most of the pictures here are taken by him.  


Twitter #EmyrHumphreys100 captured a flavour of the discussions of Humphreys' literary legacy and his place in ongoing academic debate, a few of which are embedded here.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, opened the day with personal reflections on the national and international significance of Emyr Humphreys.

Meanwhile some on Twitter were more interested in the stylish socks.

We managed to over-run a little what with me getting carried away with parallels between Tristan Hughes' Revenant and Emyr Humphreys' Toy Epic and a heated debate amongst the audience about whether Humphreys' writing can be described as Faulknerian.  Faulkner was certainly important to the development of both Humphreys and Hughes.

And to finish the day we decamped to Cinema & Co, for a moving talk by Candida Clark.  There was indeed wine - and futons!

We are very grateful to UWP who created a stupendous display of their Humphreys titles, coped with running upstairs to get a signal their card reader and still managed to sell loads of books.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Abstracts: Bonds of Attachment: Emyr Humphreys at 100

Professor M. Wynn Thomas
'Soul-searches: Marilynne Robinson's Gilead and Emyr Humphreys's Outside the House of Baal.' (The Saunders Lewis Memorial Lecture)

Abstract:  Marilynne Robinson is one of the most eminent novelists of contemporary America, and was honoured by President Obama with an invitation during his term in office to conduct a public conversation with him at the White House. Her key fiction has been firmly underpinned by her strong moral principles and religious faith, and in this respect it invites comparison with the resonant fiction of Emyr Humphreys.

Biography: M. Wynn Thomas FBA FLSW OBE is Professor of English and holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University. He is the author of over twenty books and his most recent book is a new study of Emyr Humphreys (2018). The record of his thirty-year close friendship with Emyr Humphreys will be preserved in the Emyr Humphreys Archive at Swansea University being formally launched at this symposium.

Dr Michelle Deininger 

Emyr Humphreys’ Short Fictions: Landscapes, Communities, Contexts

Abstract:  Emyr Humpreys’ short fictions span his entire career, from Natives (1968) to The Woman at the Window (2009). As Linden Peach notes in The Fiction of Emyr Humphreys (2011), stories in Natives explore ‘changes which are taking place at a local, community level [that] are analogous to larger dilemmas within Wales in the middle of the twentieth century’. This paper will examine the ways in which communities, and the landscapes they reside in, are constructed in Humphreys’ fictions, exploring changes and continuities between the earlier stories and those published more recently. It will pay particular attention to the way industrial landscapes are depicted, from motorway link roads to ‘desolate docklands’ and how these kinds of images speak to wider environmental concerns. Finally, this paper will make connections with other Welsh short story writers who critique industrialisation and its impact on communities and environments, such as Elizabeth Baines, contextualising Humpreys’ work in a wider tradition of short story writing and its potential for political and cultural change.
Biography: Dr Michelle Deininger is Co-ordinating Lecturer in Humanities in the division of Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff University. She manages the broader adult education humanities provision as well as co-ordinating several open access Pathways to a Degree programmes in English, Creative Writing, Philosophy and Media. She is currently co-writing a book with Dr Claire Flay-Petty (Bridgend College) entitled Scholarship and Sisterhood: Women, Writing and Higher Education for UWP.

Professor Daniel G Williams
 What’s Wrong with Ancestor Worship? Emyr Humphreys in the 1970s
Abstract: The 1970s in Wales witnessed successful strikes by miners in 1972 and 1974, and considerable vitality in Welsh language culture as manifested in politics and in popular music. Yet much of the decade’s writing dwells on themes of loss, despair and melancholia. The fact that a remarkably vibrant decade in politics, sport and culture gives rise to a literature of nostalgia, loss and grief needs explaining. Was the debacle of the 1979 referendum foreseen in the decade’s novels? This is a question that I will try to address with reference to Emyr Humphreys’ writings.  
Biography: Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English and Director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales at Swansea University. His latest book is Wales Unchained: Literature. Politics and Identity in the American Century (2015).

Dr Elinor Shepley
‘There was always an unspecified goal. It has turned out to be old age’: Ageing in Emyr Humphreys’s novels and short stories
Abstract: Emyr Humphreys has attended to experiences of and attitudes towards ageing in his writing for much of his literary career. One might read the proliferation of older characters to be found in Humphreys’s oeuvre as reflecting the demographic shifts at play in our society since the early twentieth century. Critics have also argued that literary texts are particularly appropriate for rendering the complexities of aged experience and Humphreys’s ability to reveal human frailties and failings with a combination of cutting insight, humour and benevolence is certainly suited to exploring the intricacies of growing older. Studies of novels and short stories about ageing often reveal a concern with the trajectories of older protagonists’ lives. Traditional conceptions of later life characterised by degeneration and loss have been designated ‘decline narratives’ and are usually viewed as problematic due to their involvement in the propagation of ageist attitudes and limiting expectations of later life. Critics have also explored intersections between age and gender and the concept of ‘late style’ – described by Edward Said as ‘a sort of deliberately unproductive productiveness’ – has been applied to the late works of a number of creative writers. This paper will consider a selection of Humphreys’s fictional works with reference to recent critical perspectives on age and ageing in literature.
Biography: Elinor Shepley recently completed a PhD at Cardiff University. Her thesis examines the representation of ageing in modern and contemporary Welsh fiction in English. Elinor wrote her Masters dissertation on old age in Emyr Humphreys’s fiction, a section of which was published in Almanac: The Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English. She currently works for the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Dr Andy Webb
Twenty-First Century Humphreys
AbstractThis paper explores Humphreys most recent publications and the representation of Wales in Europe. 
Biography: Andy Webb is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Bangor University and the author of Edward Thomas and World Literary Studies

Dr Tristan Hughes
In conversation
Abstract: Hughes explores the contours of his own and Emyr Humphreys' writing in conversation with Kirsti Bohata.
Biography: Tristan Hughes was born in Atikokan in northern Ontario and brought up on the Welsh island of Anglesey.  He is the author of four novels, Send My Cold Bones Home, Revenant, Eye Lake and Hummingbird - which won the Edward Stanford Award for Fiction with a Sense of Place and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Prize - as well as a collection of linked short stories, The Tower.  His short fiction has appeared in various journals, including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and New Welsh Review.  He is a winner of the Rhys Davies short story prize and the recipient of an O. Henry Award.  He currently teaches creative writing at Cardiff University.

Programme: Emyr Humphreys Centenary Symposium




9.30-10.00 Registration (Tea and Coffee available)

10.00 Welcome


             M. Wynn Thomas, 'Soul-searches: Marilynne Robinson's Gilead and Emyr Humphreys's                         Outside the House of Baal.'

11.20-11.40 Launch of the Emyr Humphreys Archive and Book Launch

11.40-12.00  Coffee / Tea
12-1.15 PANEL 1

Michelle Deininger, ‘Emyr Humphreys’ Short Fictions: Landscapes, Communities, Contexts

Daniel G Williams, ‘What’s Wrong with Ancestor Worship? Emyr Humphreys in the 1970s’

1.15-2.00 BUFFET LUNCH

2.00 -3.15 – PANEL 2

Elinor Shepley, ‘There was always an unspecified goal. It has turned out to be old age’: Ageing in Emyr Humphreys’s novels and short stories

Andy Webb, ‘Twenty-First Century Humphreys’

3.15-3.45 Tea / Coffee

3.45-4.30 – SESSION 4

Tristan Hughes in conversation with Kirsti Bohata


PUBLIC LECTURE (at Cinema and Co)

6.00pm Reception


Candida Clark, A world woven by his voice’; Myth-maker, story-teller, formal innovator and bard: tracing the unique songline of Emyr Humphreys at 100.


CREW wishes to thank the following for their generous financial support: the Learned Society for Wales, the Saunders Lewis Memorial Frust, Swansea University, including the College of Arts and Humanities Research Environment Fund.  We are also grateful for the postgraduate travel bursaries offered by our partners, the Association for Welsh Writing in English.  Thanks to the Welsh Books Council, the University of Wales Press and Seren Books for the array of books – new and reissued – by and about Emyr Humphreys and the associated publicity material.  We are grateful to Bernard Mitchell for permission to use his photograph of Emyr Humphreys and to the Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University for their help in planning and organising elements of this event, not least the creation of the new Emyr Humphreys Archive at Swansea University.  We are enormously grateful to the Cultural Institute at Swansea University for organising the Public Lecture and to Elaine Canning and Helen Baldwin for sound advice and generous support throughout.



Saturday 13 April 2019

Symposium: 10.00-4.30 at Taliesin Create, Swansea University, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP

Lecture and Reception: 6.00-7.45 at Cinema & Co, 17 Castle St, Swansea SA1 1JF

© Bernard Mitchell
In April 2019, Emyr Humphreys will celebrate his hundredth birthday. He is the pre-eminent novelist of anglophone Wales, a major cultural figure who has operated on several different fronts, and a principled ethical activist. He has enjoyed a career that began when he was talent-spotted and mentored by Graham Greene, continued during the fifties through a creative friendship with Saunders Lewis and pioneering radio and television productions featuring the young Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole and Sian Phillips, diversified further from the early eighties onwards with his seminal contributions of plays and documentaries for the new Welsh-language channel S4C, and culminated with his remarkable late achievements in poetry and in fiction. His has therefore been a unique achievement, one without parallel in the long history of Welsh.
This one-day symposium and evening lecture assess and celebrate the literary and cultural legacy of Humphreys.  All welcome. 

Both symposium and public lecture are free, but please register via Eventbrite. 


A limited number of postgraduate / non-affiliated ECR travel bursaries are available from AWWE. To apply, please email by 1 April.

Organiser: Kirsti Bohata: