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2013 Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory Summer Symposium

Date: 6th June
Butetown History & Arts Centre

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory is currently running a student-led, AHRC-funded Collaborative Skills Development Project. This involves a programme of training activities, held in collaboration with Butetown History & Arts Centre, a multi-ethnic community-based charity in Cardiff Bay. The Collaborative Skills Development project seeks to build new skills related to the impact and engagement agendas among members of the up and coming generation of PhD students and Early Career Researchers. Its primary aim is to train researchers in how to make engagement and impact central to their activities. This symposium will enable participants to reflect on issues related to public engagement.

The theme of the symposium is “Engaged Research.”

For further details of this event please click here.

Partitions & Cultural Memory

Event Date: 3-4 June 2013

The AHRC funded research network Partitions: What are they good for? is delighted to announce the first of three 2 day symposia, to be organised jointly by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University and the School of English, University of St Andrews. For more information about the event (including registration form and conference programme) as well as more information about the research network, please visit: or email

Alternative Modernisms: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference

Event Date: 15 – 18 May 2013, Cardiff University

Alternative ModernismsThis three-day, international, and interdisciplinary conference aims to draw attention to critically neglected modernist forms, movements and texts. It aims to bring together scholars from across Europe and beyond both to explore these ‘alternative’ modernisms and to consider the extent to which modernism(s) can itself be seen as (an) alternative. Submissions are invited on all aspects of the title and across all disciplines and fields, including art, fashion, design, literature, history, architecture, music, cultural studies and critical theory.

To visit the conference web site and download the full call for papers, please visit:

Critical Ecologies: Theory, Culture, and the Environment

Date: Friday May 24th, 2013

Location: Room 3.19, The Graduate Centre, Union Building, Cardiff University.

Critical Ecologies is a one day interdisciplinary conference dealing with the critical intersection of culture and the natural environment from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. The event is open to both staff and students, attendance is free, and refreshments will be provided.

To attend the conference, please email us at or   

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Writing the Detectives: Charlie Higson and Andrew Lane in conversation with Dr Heather Worthington

Event Date: Thursday 21 March 2013

19:30 - 20:30

An event aimed at adults part of Cardiff's first Children's Literature Festival

Join Dr Heather Worthington (Cardiff University) as she chats to Charlie Higson (Young Bond) and Andrew Lane (Young Sherlock), exploring the choices writers make when writing for young and old, and the dilemmas and dramas of re-writing famous detectives when writing a crime detection thriller.

This event is free but places must be reserved - please ring ticketline on 02920 230130 or go to the Cardiff Children's Lit Fest website.

Cardiff Childrens Lit Fest Website

Visiting speaker, 26 Feb 2013: Nicola Watson on Walter Scott, Washington Irving and literary heritage

Transporting the Romantic: Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving and the Romantic Writer’s House Nicola Watson (Open University) will be presenting her paper, ‘Transporting the Romantic: Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving and the Romantic Writer’s House’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 26 February 2013. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.48.

This paper investigates the making of Washington Irving’s house in New York State, Sunnyside, as a reworking of Sir Walter Scott’s exercise in self-promotion at Abbotsford. It argues that Irving, having presented and explicated Scott’s home in Geoffrey Crayon’s Sketchbook to a wide public, especially in the States, consciously took Scott’s house as a model for his own display of himself as a romantic writer. Sunnyside rethinks Abbotsford by sentimental referencing, by reiterating the aesthetic of the collection, and in architectural terms. Most strikingly, it mimics Scott’s fantasia by embedding the writer’s house within a ‘heritage’ landscape itself produced by his own writing. The paper enquires as to how typical this project might have become for other romantic American authors, notably Fenimore Cooper, Henry Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The conclusion speculates on whether the romantic understanding of literary genius as most intensely expressed in houses and associated landscapes survived the Atlantic crossing intact, or whether it mutated into something distinctive in the environment of New England.

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"The Common Treasury of the Nations": Internationalism in Welsh Periodicals in English

Dr Malcolm Ballin

Event Date: 7pm, 27th February 2012

Event PosterDr. Malcolm Ballin, an independent researcher at the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, will be giving a talk on ' "The Common Treasury of the Nations": Internationalism in Welsh Periodicals in English'. The talk will be given at a meeting of Cardiff and District United Nations Association, due to be held in the Council Chamber of the Temple of Peace on Wednesday 20th February at 7.00pm. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. The Association has supplied the English and Welsh posters for this event, and would be happy for them to be downloaded and displayed.

The Temple of Peace is situated along King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, between the Redwood and the Bute Buildings of Cardiff University. King Edward VII Avenue runs parallel to North Road

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Event Date: Thu, 28/02/2013

Pride and PredujicePride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, has one of the most famous and most quoted first lines of English literature and goes on to narrate the fortunes of one of the most iconic romantic couples Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. The novel has inspired a myriad of adaptations, sequels, societies, museums and events: The BBC adaptation starring Colin Firth, Death Comes to Pemberley, The Jane Austen Convention and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to name but a few.

Pride and Prejudice occupies a prominent position in the public imagination as a result of these multiple representations. Nonetheless, it is a novel that rewards re-reading in its original form to engage directly with the complexity of the characters and Austen's style that can be lost in the many adaptations. This event will explore both that narrative and its cultural impact over the succeeding centuries.

Our speakers for this session are:

Dr Anthony Mandal: (School of English, Communication & Philosophy) speaking on the publishing history of Pride and Prejudice. 

Prof. Keir Waddington: (School of History, Archaeology and Religion) speaking on apothecaries and medicine at the turn of the nineteenth-century.

Dr Jenny Kidd: (School of Journalism Media & Cultural Studies) speaking on Pride and Prejudice in a remix culture.

This event will take place in the Optometry Lecture Theatre in the Optometry Building on Maindy road at 7pm.

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Maus: A Survivor's TaleMaus is a classic of graphic fiction, or graphic autobiography: the text weaves Art Spiegelman's tense relationship with his Auschwitz-surviving father, while retelling his father's experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The discussion revolved around the complete Maus, which includes both Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival - and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. Maus is a contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.

The speakers for this session were:

Prof Gerrit-Jan Berendse, School of European Languages, Translation & Politics

Dr Lisa El-Refaie, School of English, Communication & Philosophy

Dr Toby Thacker, School of History, Archaeology & Religion

To book your place on the event, please e-mail

Cardiff BookTalk Web Site

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The Little StrangerThe School is very pleased to be involved in Cardiff University's book group with a difference -  BookTalk. We read high-quality fiction and discuss the big ideas in the books as they relate to twenty-first century life.

At the BookTalk event on Tuesday 30th October at 7pm, Professor Ann Heilmann explored Sarah Waters' novel 'The Little Stranger'

'Sarah Waters' masterly novel is...gripping...unnerving and supremely entertaining' Hilary Mantel

After her award-winning trilogy of Victorian novels, Sarah Waters turned to the 1940s and wrote The Little Stranger, a tender and tragic novel.

Set against the backdrop of wartime Britain, The Little Stranger was shortlisted for both the Orange and the Man Booker, and went straight to number one in the bestseller chart.

BookTalk sessions are free and are open to the public.

For more information about this event please click here.

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Pigeon English: Narrative Voice and the Child Detective, by Dr Tomos Owen

Part of the Cardiff BookTalk explored 'Pigeon English' by Stephen Kelman.

Here, Dr Tomos Owen explores the code-switching of Harri's narrative, and raises questions of identity in this 'detective' story of sorts

Cardiff BookTalk is a forum for discussion of great literature from a variety of perspectives. Visit for further information!

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Dr Julia Jordan on 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy

Is 'The Road' a redemption narrative? In this talk, Dr Julia Jordan discusses whether critical interpretations of McCarthy's great novel are as accurate as they first appear.

Cardiff BookTalk is a forum for discussion of great literature from a variety of perspectives. Visit for further information!

The 2nd LinC Summer School and Workshop in Systemic Functional Linguistics

3 - 5 September 2012

Location: Cardiff University, Wales

We are pleased to announce the 2nd LinC summer school in Systemic Functional Linguistics to be held at Cardiff University from September 3-5 inclusive, 2012, with welcome and registration taking place on September 2nd.


Cardiff BookTalk

Cardiff BookTalk

The School is very pleased to be involved in Cardiff University's book group with a difference -  BookTalk.  BookTalk is a book group with a difference. We read high-quality fiction and discuss the big ideas in the books as they relate to twenty-first century life.

At the first BookTalk event on 17 November 2011, Dr Anthony Mandal, Associate Director of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) spoke about knowledge and gender in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, while Dr Keir Waddington in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion brought to life the gothic laboratory.

At the second BookTalk event on 23 February 2012, Dr Tomos Owen, Postdoctoral Fellow in English Literature, discussed narrative voice and the child detective in Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English, while other presenters from the School of Social Sciences and the School of City and Regional Planning examined the text from the perspective of youth crime, immigration and identity and urban geography.

The third BookTalk was held on 12 July and explored Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

BookTalk sessions are free and are open to the public.


Annual Themed Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference

Cardiff School of European Languages, Translation and Politics (EUROP), 65-68 Park Place

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June 2012

This two day conference, organised by and for research students (with support from University Graduate College staff), encourages doctoral researchers to consider how a particular theme may come to bear on their own subjects of research. The approach allows participation by students from many humanities and social science disciplines, and provides a framework for interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation.  The event attracts doctoral students - both as speakers and delegates - from departments and institutions across Wales, the UK and overseas.


The Cardiff Series

The Cardiff SeriesAudiences at one of the world’s most famous literary festivals will be able to learn first-hand about some of the University’s world-leading research.

Six Cardiff academics – internationally recognised for their work- will speak at the 2012 Hay Festival as part of The Cardiff Series.

This year, Professor Julie Williams and Dr Ian Jones of the School of Medicine and the University's Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute; Dr Andrew Edgar, School of English, Communication and Philosophy; Dr Adam Corner, School of Psychology; Dr Isabelle Durance, School of Biosciences and the University's Sustainable Places Research Institute; and Steven Vaughan, Cardiff Law School will each discuss their area of work with audiences.

Running from 31 May – 10 June 2012, the festival attracts the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians, amongst others, to inspire, delight and entertain.


Engaging with Identities: Medieval Postgraduate Symposium

2nd June, 2012

This interdisciplinary conference is aimed at postgraduate students exploring medieval topics during the course of their research.  Our purpose is to foster communication and share research between postgraduates in a casual and friendly fashion, bringing researchers together under the impetus of the topic of ’medieval identities’


Multiculturalisms: Theories and Practice

International Conference

14th – 17th May 2012

The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners working in the broad areas of multiculturalism and cultural difference, across a wide range of disciplines, social and cultural texts and practices.


Distinguished Lecture: Jefferson’s Taper and the Future of Books

Professor Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Library

Monday, 5 December 2011

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University

On Monday, 5 December 2011, Professor Robert Darnton, Harvard University will deliver Cardiff University’s Distinguished Lecture on the subject of Jefferson’s Taper and the Future of Books.

To view this lecture please click here

Shield Maidens and Sacred Mothers: Medieval Women in Truth and Legend

October 7th 2011

This forthcoming interdisciplinary international conference seeks to examine images and representations of medieval women. Our aim is to promote new scholarship and innovative approaches to the study of this figure within the wider context of literary and historical studies. Our purpose is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the ways in which the medieval female is depicted within myth, folklore, legend and historiography.


International Conference on Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice

Health Communication Research Centre, in association with Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University

23-24 June 2011

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, especially language and communication research, and professional specialities (e.g., healthcare, social care, therapy, law, mediation, management, business, journalism, education). A special emphasis will be on cross-boundary collaboration and translation of research findings to ensure impact.


Key 2011 Conference

Keystroke Language (and Text) Production: perspectives from cognitive and functional linguistics

23rd May 2011
Cardiff University

The use of keystroke logging as a methodology in language research is not a new field of study since the first Computer Keystroke Logging conference was held at Umeå University in Sweden in 2002. However to date this area of research has primarily focussed on written composition and translation studies.  The KEY 2011 workshop and conference intends to broaden this perspective by extending the contributions keystroke logging can make to language production generally, including spontaneous language such as chat messaging. Its theme is to explore functional and cognitive perspectives on the use of keystroke logging in language research where the focus of interest is on the dynamic process of production rather than on the static product of language production.


Tolkien and Wales: A Celebration

Saturday, 21 May 2011, 2 -5pm, Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building

J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote: ‘I love Wales … and especially the Welsh language'. At this event to launch a new book on Tolkien and Wales three scholars from Welsh universities will explore some of the many connections between Tolkien's writings and Welsh language and literature. The talks will be followed by a reception to celebrate the publication of Carl Phelpstead's Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity.

The event is open to members of the public and anyone interested in Tolkien's writings or in Welsh language and literature is very welcome to attend.


Under-Represented Groups in Philosophy

26th November, 2010

Women in the profession of academic philosophy are in a minority. Discussion in print and online has recently focused on possible explanations of this, with attention being paid to the effects of stereotypes, solo status, and hostile or chilly environments in academic culture. Discussions have also highlighted the underrepresentation of individuals of minority racial or ethnic identities, disabled people, and from working class socioeconomic backgrounds.

There have also been a number of positive attempts to address problems that may face minorities in the profession, and increase their visibility in philosophy.

Further Details Available Here

Wales, Ireland and Popular Fiction

24th September 2010

In association with the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

A one-day symposium on role and meanings of popular forms of fiction in Welsh and Irish contexts. Topics include crime fiction, romance, suburban Gothic, weird fiction, trickster stories and fiction and popular beliefs.

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Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research

Various Dates

The Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, is collaborating in the organisation of three workshops in the series 'Literary Illustration: Conservation, Access, Use', to extend the series which was funded by a grant to CEIR from the AHRC in 2007-8. The first, on Travel Literature and Topology, is to be held at Lampeter on 18-19 March 2009. The second, on a theme to be announced, will be held at la Maison française, Oxford on 25 June 2009. The third is being run in Paris in 2010 by la Bibliotèque nationale de France and l'École normale supérieure on the theme 'Peut-on traduire les illustrations?'

Schizoanalysis and Visual Culture

1st - 2nd June 2010

What is schizoanalysis and how might it be applied to the analysis of contemporary visual culture?

This question is both daunting in its complexity and exciting in terms of the possibility for a whole new way of thinking about visual culture it offers. Answering it seems to require that we experiment with Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas and concepts to produce our own new syntheses adequate to the demands of the present creative, historical and theoretical conjuncture we find ourselves in today. That is the challenge this symposium will take up by bringing together some of the most creative and exacting scholars working in the twin fields of Deleuze studies and film studies today.

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Gender and Difference

20th - 23rd May 2010

An interdiciplinary conference organised by the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University and the Englisches Seminar at the University of Cologne. 

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Zoontotechnics (Animality / Technicity)

Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory

12th - 14th May 2010

Since the founding of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory in 1989, when the prevalent currents were postmodernism, poststructuralism and postcolonialism, new developments have helped reshape the theoretical landscape. Key among them have been cyberculture, the digital revolution in technology, globalization, and the search for critical modes beyond the human. More recently philosophical-ethical revaluations of the 'animal' and renewed reflections on various aspects of technology and technics, both within and beyond the emerging framework of posthumanism, have provided two of the most stimulating developments in critical and cultural theory that might offer new departures. While there have been numerous conferences and symposia on each perspective, none has been organized with a view to encouraging a critical dialogue between researchers in these two usually separate fields. If Aristotle's definition of 'man' was that he is a zoon logon ekhon (animal having speech) and a zoon politikon (political animal), in what ways has he become a zoon tekhnikon? Is this ultimately necessary to ensure the survival of the species or is it conducive to its transformation? With an increasingly globalized 'humanity' installed in the post-9/11 age of a technology-led terrorism and the credit crunch, the conference will consider these overarching questions, as well as others outlined here

In planning our 20th anniversary, we decided to address the future, rather than look back nostalgically on past achievements. This seems a more invigorating way of convening a truly celebratory event. With this focus on futurity in mind, we plan to include a round-table work on the Futures of Technology and Culture that will feature the activities interfacing new technologies and culture that are part of the remit of Beaubourg's Institute for Research and Innovation led by Professor Stiegler. Other conference events will feature performance art at the crossroads of the animal and the technical. We very much hope that the conference will prove to be an intellectual landmark. 

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Shakespeare and Wales Public Lecture and Symposium

Friday April 23rd, 2010

The afternoon will include a lecture by the award winning theatre director, Michael Bogdanov, and a symposium led by scholars from around the world.

Full details of the Shakespeare and Wales Public Lecture

British Philosophy of Sport Association

Annual Conference 2010

25th - 27th March 2010

Titles and abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent to Dr. Andrew Edgar, ( ) by 8th January 2010.  Abstracts should be sent as email attachments in a format readable by Word.  A response can be expected by the end of January 2010.

Delegates will have 20 minutes for presentation, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion.

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AHRC Project: Reading Sartre on Phenomenology and Existentialism

Series of three one-day workshops in 2009 and a major conference in 2010.

16th July 2009, 17 September 2009, November 2009

This project brings together leading academics from the disciplines of Philosophy, French Studies, and Psychology, to discuss the philosophical writings of Jean-Paul Sartre in his early, ‘existentialist’ phase. Workshops will be discussion of works in progress. Final versions of these papers will be published as a Routledge book in 2010 and delivered at a launch conference.

Full details of the AHRC project: Reading Sartre

Deleuze and Activism

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, in cooperation with Culture, Imagination and Practice Research Group, School of Social Sciences

12th - 13th November 2009

Location: Cardiff University

When Deleuze and Guattari wrote Anti-Oedipus they hoped it would be a resource to arms for dissidents and political activists. Rather than set out a program of change, they tried to isolate the political, cultural and economic factors that inhibit change. In so doing they created a work that was instantly recognised as a philosophical watershed. It changed the landscape of political theory in a single sweep. Subsequent works developed this analysis further, creating a formidable armoury of critical tools with which to face a world increasingly indifferent to philosophy. This conference seeks to examine the Deleuzian legacy from the point of view of radical politics. It seeks to analyse both what he and Guattari wrote on the subject and more particularly to see what their writings enable us to say now.

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Crime Narratives in Context: 2009 Colloquium

28 October 2009


This one day colloquium devoted to ‘Capital Crimes’ will consider how crime is represented in a range of capital locations, addressing issues, such as the significance of space and place in the construction of crime; the role of the capital city as crime metropolis and magnet; the relationship between real and imagined perpetrators and crimes within the capital city; and national crime cultures and circulation of criminal archetypes and myths anchored in the city

Supported by The British Academy
Cardiff University, Trevithick Building, The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0DE

The Symptom in Theory

8th September, 2009

Location: Room 0.31, Humanities Building, Cardiff University

21st August 2009 - Abstracts and Draft Programme available

Conference organiser: Aidan Tynan

Some of the most influential theoretical contributions of the last several decades have sought to formulate the relationship between the body and its symbolic environments through the concept of the symptom. Perhaps the most influential of these was Lacan's conception of speech and desire, in which the symptom, as signifier, discloses a set of meanings which disturb conscious discourse. Deleuze and Guattari's subsequent insistence that schizophrenia should not be interpreted in negative terms, as the signs of a breakdown, but as the positivity of desire breaking through to a new, possibly revolutionary, plane of existence specifically attacked the psychoanalytic notion of the symptom by tying it to the structures of social repression. Beyond these debates, the symptom has figured in the theory of literature, historical materialism, embodiment and sexuality, and dialectics. This symposium seeks to situate the concept of the symptom in relation to these theoretical and political issues in order to ask what the symptom means for us today. How has the concept of the symptom persisted and how can it help us understand the relationships between pathology and thought, desire and language, praxis and theory, politics and art in our present age?

Further information is available here.

Ireland and Wales: Correspondences

16th July 2009, 17 September 2009, November 2009

A one-day interdisciplinary postgraduate symposium to be held at Cardiff University on Thursday 17 September 2009 and hosted by the Wales-Ireland Research Network
‘Ireland and Wales: Correspondences’ forms part of the Ireland-Wales Network’s ‘Nations and Knowledges’ symposium to be held on 18-19 September 2009.

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‘Ethics, Creation and Environment’: Conference in Honour of Robin Attfield

July 23rd

Professor Robin Attfield has announced his retirement at the end of the academic year following a long and distinguished career in environmental philosophy. The Philosophy Department at Cardiff University will be honouring Professor Attfield’s contributions to environmental ethics with a one-day conference dedicated to the themes and questions raised by his work.

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COMET 2009

Seventh Interdisciplinary Conference

25 - 27 June 2009

Location: Health Communication Research Centre, Cardiff University

A conference of Communication, Medicine & Ethics (COMET). Proposals (individual papers, posters, workshops and colloquia) are invited up until 15 January 2009 on all areas of the conference.

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The Cardiff Lecture 2009

25 June 2009

Location: Julian Hodge Building, Cardiff University

Further details available here

Literature, Art and Culture in an Age of Global Risk

An international, interdisciplinary conference

2-3 July 2009

What are the cultural implications of living under conditions of global, manufactured risk?

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21st European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop

8-10 July 2009

Choice could be considered the most important core concept in Systemic Functional Linguistics. It is perhaps the most controversial or challenging. What do we mean by choice? Although choice is a central notion in Systemic Functional Linguistics, it is rarely the explicit topic of research. The goal of ESFLCW09 is to consider the role of ‘choice’ as a core concept in theoretical and applied work.

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Partitions Conference

The Anxiety of Belonging: Partitions, Reunifications, Modernity

15-17 July 2009

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University, Cardiff, will host an interdisciplinary conference to explore the social, cultural, and historical dimensions of Partitions and Reunifications and relate historically located Partitions and Reunifications within contemporary discourses of nationalism, the postnational and the global.

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Romantic Visual Cultures

Supported by the British Association for Romantic Studies

17th April 2009

Location: Room 2.51, Humanities Building, Cardiff University

This one-day international conference focuses on various aspects of the visual imagination, fine arts and aesthetics, and the complex relationships between them during the Romantic period

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Islands of Thought

Early-Modern Mentalities and Politics

10 October 2008

Cardiff University's Renaissance Seminar is holding a one-day interdisciplinary conference, and graduate students from any discipline are welcome to send abstracts.

Gothic Locations

Wales and West Gothic Network Inaugural Conference

19 September 2008

Location: Cardiff University

The conference will address how the Gothic represents the notion of ‘place’ as a literary, cultural, historical, or ideological formation.

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First International Deleuze Studies Conference

"One or Several Deleuzes?"

11-13 August 2008

The incredible body of research on Deleuze’s work that has emerged in the past two decades - well over 130 books and literally thousands of articles - has created a situation in which it is no longer possible for a lone scholar to keep pace with new developments in the field. As scholars in disciplines as far flung from each other as musicology, organisational studies, philosophy and cultural studies embrace Deleuze this problem grows ever more intractable. Compounding matters further, Deleuze scholarship spans most languages. In the process there has appeared a highly contested variety of Deleuzes - there is the political Deleuze, the apolitical Deleuze, the philosophical Deleuze (who is a Kantian, a Nietzschean, a Spinozist, a Stoic, etc.), the phenomenological Deleuze, the activist Deleuze, and so on. Sponsored by the journal Deleuze Studies, the aim of this conference is to bring all these Deleuzes into communication.

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Welsh Women’s Writing in English

Voice, Space, Identity

7 July 2008

Location: Cardiff University

A postgraduate day-seminar supported by The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA) and hosted by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

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The Cardiff Lecture 2008

Why not tell the truth? Communicating Uncertainty in Health and Medicine.

Date: 17 July 2008

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COMET 2008

2-4 July 2008

The COMET conference 2008 in South Africa is an opportunity to highlight some of the unique challenges and the cultural and linguistic diversity of this context. We would like to announce an invited colloquium on the topic of HIV/Aids, given its significance in the African context.

Conference: The Spanish Civil War - History, Memory, Representation

Conference in collaboration with the School of European Studies

9-10 February 2008

Location: Temple of Peace, Cardiff

An International Interdisciplinary Conference organised by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs in collaboration with the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University.

Cardiff School of European Studies Website: Conference Details

'Papering over Cracks’

A Cardiff University Colloquium on Material Culture

23 January 2008

Location: Cardiff University Graduate Centre, Vaughan Room

This Colloquium is the first event of a project on ‘Material Culture’. Our aim is to bring together students from different Schools to discuss the nature of ‘Material Culture’ and its relevance as a mode of analysis to specific fields.

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Shakespeare and Derrida

An International Conference

29 September 2007

The aims of this conference are to commemorate the elective affinity between the French philosopher and English dramatist, to consider the importance of Shakespeare for Derrida’s thinking, and to project ways in which Derrida’s work might influence the future understanding of Shakespeare’s plays.

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New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics

2nd Conference of the UK-Cognitive Linguistics Association

27-30 August 2007

The primary themes of this conference include a continuation of the New Directions in Cognitive Linguistics theme used for the first, very successful UK-CLA conference, together with a focus on Cognitive Linguistics, Applied (or more specifically, Applications of cognitive (linguistics) theories and methodologies). This second theme is very current and amplifies the importance of language research to not just describe language in use, but also to relate theory and practice to issues generated in contexts of use.

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What is Special about the Gene?

A one day arts and humanities interdisciplinary symposium

11 September 2007

This symposium for 30-40 participants forms part of an ongoing project looking at the symbolic and cultural significance and meanings of the gene and genetics. It aims to harness arts and humanities insights and methods into a dialogue about understanding the significance of the gene. It is also concerned with the impact the gene and genetics might have on the shaping of arts and humanities disciplines and the things that they seek to understand and study.

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Theory, Faith and Culture

An International Interdisciplinary Conference

4 - 6 July, 2007

This conference will look at the interface between Theory, Faith and Culture. It will explore a range of theoretical approaches to the subject and attempt to further our understanding of some of the most important and pressing issues of the day.

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COMET 2007

28-30 June 2007

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The fifth Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine & Ethics took place on 28-30 June 2007 at the University of Lugano (Switzerland).

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COMET 2006

29 June – 1 July 2006

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The Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine & Ethics will be hosted by the Health Communication Research Centre, Cardiff University. It will include three colloquia and a workshop.

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International Association of Forensic Linguists Conference

1-4 July 2005

The 7th Biennial Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law at Cardiff University, UK.