2012-13 Wyatt Lecture Series

Dr. Chris Williams

Professor of Welsh History at Swansea University
Dr. Chris Williams

Sculpting the History of Wales

Friday, October 19, 2012
4:00 p.m.
251 French Hall

Chris Williams is Professor of Welsh History at Swansea University and Director of the university's Research Institute for Arts and Humanities. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford and at Cardiff University he previously held posts at Cardiff and the University of Glamorgan before joining Swansea in 2005. A specialist in the modern history of industrial South Wales he has written(amongst other topics) on the miners and the political history of the South Wales coalfield, on the utopian industrialist Robert Owen and on Wales and the First World War. His edition of the diaries of the actor Richard Burton is published by Yale University Press in November 2012. Chris is also a Royal Commissioner with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Chairman of the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative and was historical adviser for the BBC / Open University television series 'The Story of Wales' (2012).

 

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Dr. Huw Pryce

Professor of Welsh History, Bangor University
Dr. Huw Pryce

Kings, Princes and Conquerors: The Struggle for Power in Medieval Wales

Friday, November 16, 2012
4:00 p.m.
251 French Hall

Originally from Cardiff, Huw Pryce read Modern History at Oxford and has taught at Bangor University since 1981. He is currently Professor of Welsh History at Bangor, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.  Professor Pryce has extensive research interests in the history of medieval Wales and in Welsh historiography of all periods. His publications include Native Law and the Church in Medieval Wales (Oxford, 1993), The Acts of Welsh Rulers, 1120-1283 (Cardiff, 2005), a major edition of documents, Tywysogion [Princes] (Cardiff, 2006), and J. E. Lloyd and the Creation of Welsh History: Renewing a Nation’s Past (Cardiff, 2011), an intellectual biography of the pioneering historian of early and medieval Wales. He is Co-editor (with Paul O’Leary) of the Welsh History Review, and has also edited three collections of essays: Yr Arglwydd Rhys [The Lord Rhys] (with N. A. Jones, Cardiff, 1996), Literacy in Medieval Celtic Societies (Cambridge, 1998), and Power and Identity in the Middle Ages: Essays in Memory of Rees Davies (with J. Watts, Oxford, 2007). Current projects include co-editing (with Neil Evans) an essay collection, Writing a Small Nation’s Past: Wales in Comparative Perspective, 1850-1950 (forthcoming 2013), and papers on aspects of antiquarianism and uses of the past in Victorian Wales.

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