Awarding of the Title of Professor


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is pleased to announce that Prof. Heather Williams will be giving her Inaugural Lecture on 16 December.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is pleased to announce that Prof. Heather Williams will be giving her Inaugural Lecture on 16 December.

A former pupil of Penweddig school in Aberystwyth, Heather went on to graduate in modern languages (French) from St Hilda’s College, Oxford, before completing masters and doctoral degrees also at Oxford. She has been a research fellow at CAWCS since 2007, and before then she held lectureships at Nottingham and Aberystwyth universities and a Junior Research Fellowship at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

She has published widely on French poetry, with Mallarmé’s Ideas in Language appearing in 2004, and also on literary representations of Brittany, notably Postcolonial Brittany: Literature Between Languages (2007). Her work on Brittany aims to enlarge the range of dialogues in which Brittany and Breton Studies participate, and is informed by a strong interest in the critical 

frameworks of translation studies, travel writing studies, postcolonial literary criticism and ecocriticism. 

Recently she has been Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded ‘European Travellers to Wales’ project and its follow-on project for impact and engagement, ‘Travellers to Wales’, which brought the focus of her research back to Wales. The project’s academic work culminated in the publication of Hidden Texts, Hidden Nation: (Re)-Discoveries of Wales in Travel Writing in French and German (1790–2018) (2020), co-written with Kathryn Jones and Carol Tully, the first book-length analysis and discussion of European travel writing about Wales.

Prof. Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones said: ‘At CAWCS, we are extremely proud of Professor Heather Williams’s success and this achievement is further recognition of her substantial scholarly contribution to our fields of research.’

Heather Williams said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled by this honour. I see it as a vote of confidence in research that crosses disciplinary as well as linguistic boundaries, and I look forward to further opportunities to work with a translingual framework for studying Wales and Welsh culture, which is sensitive to languages other than Welsh and English, and to contexts beyond Britain. I am particularly interested in connections between Wales and France, and of course especially Brittany at the moment.’

Heather Williams’s Inaugural Lecture, ‘From France to the flames of Merthyr Tydfil: French travelogues from the nineteenth century’, will be held via Zoom at 5pm on 16 December. For further information, please email

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1. The Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) was established by the University of Wales in 1985 as a dedicated research centre conducting team-based projects on the languages, literatures, culture and history of Wales and the other Celtic countries. It is located in Aberystwyth, adjacent to the National Library of Wales, which is an internationally renowned copyright library with excellent research facilities.

2. CAWCS offers unique opportunities for postgraduate students to work alongside specialists in a dynamic and supportive environment. We welcome enquiries about MPhil/PhD topics in any of our research areas. For more information about research opportunities, or for an informal chat about possible topics, contact our Head of Graduate Studies, Dr Elizabeth Edwards:

3. CAWCS is the home of the Dictionary of the Welsh Language, which celebrates its centenary this year:  

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