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Wales and West Postgraduate Conference 2006

Speaker: Keynote address by Professor Tim Cornell

Starts: 6 July 2006


The Wales and West Postgraduate Conference was established in 2002 by a group of MA Students studying at Cardiff University. The conference has since been held successfully in both Exeter and Bristol, and this year sees the conference returning to Cardiff. Since its foundation the conference has continued to expand both in size and scope. The original event consisted of 2 parallel sessions, one exploring various aspects of Greek history and the other Roman, and gave 16 postgraduate students, at differing stages of their research, the opportunity to present their work. In recent years the conference has included panels that examined a wide range of ancient civilisations including Egypt, Israel, Assyria and Persia. In recognition of its continuing progress and development, the Wales and West Conference  has, for the first time this year, been given a generous grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


The conference was originally established as a way of providing postgraduates studying in Wales or the South West of England, whether MA or PhD, a friendly, vibrant forum in which to present their work. To fulfil this objective it was decided that the conference would only accept papers from current postgraduate students rather than established academics. The conference was specifically intended to be inclusive of a diverse range of research interests, in a variety of disciplines, and has to date included papers on various aspects of political, economic, social and military history, gender studies, religion, art and architecture and literature.

Wales and West 2006

In keeping with the original intention of the conference, it is hoped that this year will again see a diverse range of topics being presented and the title of the conference, ‘Doorways to the Ancient World”, is a reflection of this. The event is free of charge, running from 9 am–5 pm and will include tea and coffee, and a buffet lunch for all those attending. Furthermore, with the money generously provided by the AHRC., it has been possible to offer speakers travelling from further afield lodgings for the night prior to the event and to provide a small bursary towards delegates' travel costs. Rooms will be granted according to the distance speakers have to travel, with any excess been split equally amongst the remaining speakers.

Call for Papers

For those of you who wish to present a paper please provide us with a title and brief abstract (no more than 350 words) and e-mail it to us at We are hoping in particular for Master's students, who do not normally have the opportunity to speak at conferences, to take this chance to discuss their research as they embark upon their dissertations. The deadline for all submissions is the 16th June 2006.



Name: Sam Potts & Mark Woolmer

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Open To: Postgraduate Students