The 2021 J. E. Caerwyn and Gwen Williams Memorial Lecture


This Memorial Lecture was established in 2001 in memory of the late Professor J. E. Caerwyn Williams and the late Mrs Gwen Williams. This year’s guest speaker is Dr Dylan Foster Evans from the School of Welsh, Cardiff University.

Dylan Foster Evans

Dr Foster Evans’s main area of expertise is the poetry of the late Middle Ages. He started his career working on the Poets of the Nobility Project at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies he has also been a member of projects that have edited and studied the works of two of Wales’s greatest poets, Dafydd ap Gwilym and Guto’r Glyn. Dr Foster Evans is particularly interested in the relationship between poetry, identity, material culture and the environment and he has published a number of critical studies in these fields. He is also interested in the Welsh language in Cardiff and in place names.

Professor Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones, Director of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies said:

‘We are delighted to be able to invite Dr Dylan Foster Evans back to CAWCS to deliver the J. E. Caerwyn and Gwen Williams Memorial Lecture 2021. We very much look forward to hearing his analysis on this timely and important theme’.

The lecture will be entitled, ‘ "Yn dreftadaeth dragwyddol"? Presenoldeb ac absenoldeb y Gymraeg yn y dirwedd dreftadol'. / The Presence and Absence of the Welsh Language in the Heritage Landscape. It will explore the idea that the Welsh language is deeply rooted in Welsh heritage and forms part of it. Yet, little consideration has been given to the presence (and absence) of the Welsh language in the contemporary and historical linguistic landscape. This lecture will consider how we deal with inscriptions, signs, and other visual examples of the language as part of the heritage of Wales. It will argue that the models of heritage based on 'tangible' heritage continue to marginalize the Welsh language, and that the impact of this can be seen in many places, including recent discussions on place names.

The lecture will be held in Welsh on Wednesday, 10 November, at 5.00pm. Email to receive the Zoom link.

(Please note that simultaneous translation into English will not be available)

Note to Editor

Contact: Dr Angharad Elias (Administrative Officer)

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 is celebrating its centenary (1921-2021) this year:

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