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Fiction Fiesta brings international writers to Wales

Pedro SerranoFiction Fiesta is bringing international writers to Wales in two free back-to-back events at the Wales Millennium Centre through the support of Cardiff University and the British Council [17 April 2015].

In the year that Mexico is guest country at the London Book Fair, Fiction Fiesta has teamed up with Wales PEN Cymru to celebrate with an exciting evening of readings and discussion with two of Mexico's leading writers plus writers from Wales and Scotland.

In the first part of the evening, Welsh poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers will be in conversation with novelist and short story writer Juan Villoro and Welsh writer Francesca Rhydderch. 

WJuan Villoroelsh writer and poet Richard Gwyn, will introduce Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, alongside Scotland's WN Herbert in the second session.  

Creator of Fiction Fiesta, Cardiff University’s Director of Creative Writing, Richard Gwyn is excited about the mix of writers: “It is fantastic for us in Cardiff to be able to hear two of Mexico’s foremost writers, one an influential poet and translator, the other a novelist and short story writer (as well as being one of Latin America’s most widely-read writers on football, rock music and cinema). This is the first event in the new partnership of Fiction Fiesta and Wales PEN Cymru to bring exciting writers from around the world to share their work with local audiences.”

Owen SheersNow in its fourth year, Fiction Fiesta is a festival dedicated to the celebration of international fiction and poetry in translation alongside Welsh writing.

The free event on 17 April 2015 [5pm – 8pm, Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre] is made possible through the support of the British Council and Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

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Roland Barthes at 100

A conference to mark the centenary of Roland Barthes

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

Date: 30-31 March 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Marie Gil (Collège International de Philosophie)
Diana Knight (Nottingham University)
Jürgen Pieters (University of Ghent)
Michael Wood (Princeton University)

For further information please click here

The Ethics of Online Research Methods

Call for Papers

Date: 16 - 17 April, 2015

Today, more than ever, data are widely accessible, visible, and searchable for research in digital media contexts. At the same time, new data types and collection methods challenge existing approaches to research ethics and raise significant and difficult questions for researchers who design, undertake and disseminate research in and about digital environments.

The aims of this workshop are to bring together researchers who use online research methods and data in different subfields of applied linguistics, to discuss ethical considerations in online data collection and analysis, to identify challenges and share solutions to ethical issues arising from applied linguistics research.

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Language and Communication Postgraduate Research Conference

Date: May 2015

Organised by the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

More information to follow.

February – March 2015: Lexical Studies month

Organised by the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

More information to follow.


Advanced Research Residency in Language and Law

Date: 2015

The Cardiff Language and Law (CaLL) group are inviting applications for a limited number of places on this Research Residency, which will run from Oct 1st 2014 to Jan 31st 2015.

The Advanced Research Residency (ARR) scheme brings together researchers with related interests for a series of research workshops in the context of an opportunity for completing their own independent research project.

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Advanced Research Residency in Systemic Functional Linguistics​

Date: Spring 2016 (date to be confirmed)

Organised by the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

More information to follow.

Philosophy Cafe

Philosophy CafePhilosophy Cafe is a space for sharing and exploring ideas, which affirms that we are all philosophers, even if we don't quite know it yet.

It aims to exploit the enthusiasm of academic philosophers and social scientists for their subject to create stimulating debates in which anyone can participate. Topics up for discussion will range from the ethics of global warming to the nature of democracy and freedom, and from corporate social responsibility to the rights and wrongs of new technologies such as genetic engineering and nanotechnology.

On the third Tuesday of each month, join us in the Cafe Bar at The Gate to listen as speakers introduce insights and invite us to address key problems. Afterwards, why not continue the debate in our blog?

The emphasis is on joining in. Philosophy Cafe starts from the assumption that everyone's viewpoint is potentially a source of illumination. Our ethos is therefore that all opinions are entitled to respect, and that open, friendly discussion, disagreement, and debate is the best way to show them that respect.

Bring an open mind along, and change the way you see the world.

Free Entry - All Welcome

Philosophy Cafe takes its inspiration from the WorldCafe approach to the exploration of ideas.

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