Research Centres

Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS) GENCAS is an interdisciplinary research body working within the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University.
Centre for Translation Research and Multilingualism The Centre was founded in 2003 to act as a focus for a range of research activity across the School of European Languages, Department of English and Department of Media and Communication Studies at University of Wales Swansea.
Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) is funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. It brings together more than twenty scholars working in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, European languages and classical studies, covering the period approximately AD 400 to 1800.
Research group for the study of European Ideologies, Conflict and Memory (MEICAM) The Research Group for the Study of Modern European Ideologies, Conflict and Memory was formed in 2005 by members of the French, German and Italian departments and is now based in the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire, Swansea University.  The group aims to foster interdisciplinary research on discourses of ideology, conflict and memory in the social and historical contexts of twentieth-century and contemporary Europe.
Society of Dix-Neuviemistes Founded in 2001, the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (SDN) offers a lively forum for the dissemination of research on French and Francophone studies in the long nineteenth century (1789-1914).
Societe Marguerite Dumas La Société a été fondée sous le nom de « Société Marguerite Duras » en janvier 1997 par Catherine Rodgers (Université du Pays de Galles) et Raynalle Udris (Université de Middlesex, Londres) et elle a bénéficié du soutien du service culturel de l’Ambassade de France à Londres.

French Research Journals

Romance Studies, Modern Languages Review, Journal of War and Culture Studies, French Cultural Studies, and Francophone Postcolonial Studies are a sample of the journals pivotal to French research at Swansea.  The  University's iFind Research portal provides access to a wide range of contemporary academic journals and texts to support French research areas.

Archive: Conferences

Romance Studies Colloquium

Romance Studies Colloquium 2007

Cultural and Literary Translation: New Directions

Plas Gregynog, Newtown, Powys - 17-19 September 2007

Organised by: Dr Lloyd Hughes Davies

Translation Studies has now entered the mainstream of academic teaching and research not only in Europe but in the wider world.  While the practice of translation is seen as a popular career option attracting large numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate students, the development of translation theories is proceeding in exciting new directions in a fast-growing area of academic research.  Translation will be considered in relation to the following topics: Postcolonialism; Ideology; Deconstruction; Gender; Ethnicity; Regionalism; New media.  These aspects of translation studies, as well as many other related issues, such as versions (‘transcreations’) vs. ‘faithful’ translations, will be explored in the Colloquium.

Keynote speakers were: Mary Ann Caws, City University of New York; Jeremy Munday, University of Leeds; Lawrence Venuti, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Constructions of Conflict

MEICAM ‘Constructions of Conflict’ conference 2007


An interdisciplinary conference hosted by MEICAM, the Modern European Ideologies, Conflict and Memory Research Group, Swansea University, September 10.–12. 2007.

 MEICAM gratefully acknowledges the support of the following bodies and organisations:

ASMI (Association for the Study of Modern Italy) 
Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Swansea University 
GWACS (Group for War and Culture Studies) 
Society for Italian Studies 
School of Arts, Swansea University

Keynote speakers include: Prof. Mary Fulbrook (University College London), Dr. John Foot (University College London) and Dr. Alan Marcus (University of Aberdeen).

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate the ways in which memories of social, political and military conflicts have been transmitted within 20th and 21st century European culture. Which roles are played by those who mediate the memory of conflict (first-hand witnesses, historians, journalists, writers, filmmakers)? What kinds of interactions and tensions are visible between public and private discourses of memory? In what ways are memories of conflict (or their absence) shaped by the political, economic and social parameters of the present? To which ends are such narratives of the past deployed?


Eggs Laid by Tigers

Eggs laid by Tigers: DaDa and beyond

Conference at Swansea University, 5-8 July 2006

Jointly organized by

Departments of French and English, Swansea University
French Department, Queen Mary, University of London
French Department, Royal Holloway, University of London

2006 marks the ninetieth anniversary of Dada in Zurich, and the seventieth of the International Surrealist Exhibition in London. ‘Eggs laid by tigers’: dada and beyond is an international conference called with the aim of assessing the legacy of, and prospects for, Dada, its successors, and the relations between them. The conference coincides with the 2005-06 Dada Exhibition showing in New York-Paris-Washington, which reflects a growing interest in the subject. It will focus on verbal and visual manifestations of Dada.  Far from its being a fossil, the organisers see the legacy of Dada as pacifist, internationalist, sceptical, imaginative, resistant to power and artistic relocation, as possessing new relevance in a twenty-first century of globalisation, eco-crisis, terror and hyperpower hegemony.

Keynote speakers:

Henri Béhar (Université Paris 3)
Roger Cardinal (University of Kent)
Mary Ann Caws (City University New York)
Rudolf Kuenzli (University of Iowa)
Bernard Noël (Mauregny and Paris)


Elza Adamowicz (Queen Mary), John Goodby (Swansea), Eric Robertson (Royal Holloway), Andrew Rothwell (Swansea)


Terminology, Computing and Translation

An International Conference at Swansea University, 26-27 March 2004

Organized by Pius ten Hacken (Swansea) and Willy Martin (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

The topic of terminology has been approached traditionally from the perspective of standardization. More recently, corpus-based approaches have gained prominence. A question which is relevant to both approaches concerns the relationship of terminology to a theory of the lexicon.  In this conference, these perspectives were considered not only theoretically, but also from a practical angle. The study and management of terminology is an essential component of commercial, technical, and scientific translation. Computational tools provide an almost indispensible help to any translator, whether working in an institutional translation service, an independent translation company, or as a free-lance translator.

The linguistic situation in Wales constitutes a background in which terminological and translation problems gain a particular importance because of the strong popular and institutional footing of a minority language in a country with a world language as its national language. Approximately 20% of the 2.5 million inhabitants of Wales speak Welsh. The Welsh Assembly, created in 1999, has made Welsh an official language for legal purposes, which means that all laws in Wales are issued in two languages. Given this situation, terminology in Wales is relevant in a sense familiar from minority languages world-wide.

The conference featured a book exhibit by John Benjamins, with their latest publications in terminology on display, and software demonstrations by Atril (DéjàVu), Trados, and Star. It was financially supported by a Conference Grant of the British Academy.  Conference proceedings have been published as: ten Hacken, Pius (ed.) (2006), Terminology, Computing and Translation, Tübingen: Narr. ISBN 3-8233-6137-6. The volume includes not only the papers presented by the speakers, but also descriptions of some of the posters. The proceedings are available for purchase using theorder form , or from the publisher's webpage (in German).

The presentations as shown on overhead or data projector can also be downloaded as pdf-files from the links on the Proceedings page.