The Association for Welsh Writing in English is organizing its next annual conference which will take place on 11 – 13 April 2014 in Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, Powis.
The title of the forthcoming conference is In/dependent Wales and, according to its organizers, it ‘seeks to explore the numerous diverse ways in which Welsh writers, in both languages and across a broad historical period, have positioned themselves in relation to larger structures of power: colonialism; the British state; Europe; industrial capitalism; patriarchy; cultural institutions and/or literary traditions’.
After being prompted by my supervisor, all things being equal, I would like to give a paper exploring the similarities (and differences) between Welsh and Slovak Modernist Literature. The research I have done so far suggests that both nations responded to modernity in similar ways and that Modernist (with a capital ‘M’) literature in these two countries was being written later than in their Western European and American counterparts. I think it is worth examining whether this has anything to do with the fact that both Wales and Slovakia are small nations which were trying to find their identity, both in terms of national language, but also international recognition at the beginning of the 20th century. This would be my first paper that I have ever given and I am really looking forward to attending the conference.