Swansea University Panel Discussion Considers Wales’s Status as a Sporting Society

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Wales:  A Sporting Society‌‌‌


Swansea University’s Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) is hosting a panel discussion entitled: ‘Wales: a sporting society’ with some of Wales’s key professionals in sport including former rugby player and commentator Stuart Davies, broadcaster and journalist Carolyn Hitt, Chair of Sport Wales Laura McAllister and 'Swans 100' historian Martin Johnes.

Focusing on the topic of Wales’s status as a sporting society, the panel discussion, and audience question and answer session, will take place on Thursday 28 February between 4pm and 5pm at the Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University and is free-of-charge for anyone who would like to attend.

 Panel members include:             

  • Stuart Davies, capped 17 times by Wales (1992-98), 245 appearances for Swansea RFC including as captain during the 1992 victory over Australia; more recently an authoritative commentator on the game for the BBC and in other media.
  • Carolyn Hitt, award-winning sports broadcaster and journalist and author of Wales Play In Red (Gomer Press, 2012).
  • Dr Martin Johnes, Head of the Department of History and Classics, author of A History of Sport in Wales (University of Wales Press, 2005) and Wales Since 1939 (Manchester University Press, 2012) and project leader of ‘Swans 100’.
  • Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales, Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool and former captain of the Wales Women’s Football XI.
  • Mal Pope, award-winning musician, composer and musical theatre director. Former Swansea Schoolboys Under 13 captain (Welsh Champions, 1973).
  • Professor Chris Williams, Panel chair, Welsh historian, editor of the Richard Burton Diaries and Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH).  

The panel of guests will consider the significance of sport in the formation of Welsh community and identity, how ‘Welshness’ is translated to an international audience via sport, and the relationship between sport, the economy and tourism, especially in the light of Swansea City FC’s rapidly evolving local and international profile.

The audience will also have an opportunity to learn more about the Heritage Lottery-Funded ‘Swans 100’ project led by sports historian Dr Martin Johnes and to present their questions to the panel.

Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH), Professor Chris Williams said, “The timing of this event couldn’t be better amidst the drama of the Six Nations and following Swansea City’s appearance in the final of the Capital One Cup at Wembley. I am sure the discussion will be energetic and thought-provoking, facilitating debate on broader issues such as the significance of sport in the formation of Welsh community and identity, as well as consideration of the ways in which academics and the local community can work together on sports-related research, such as the ‘Swans 100’ project.”

This event forms part of Swansea University’s Festival of Research – a week-long showcase of research excellence, supported by Bridging the Gaps, which runs from Monday 25 February until Friday 1 March 2013.

For more information about Swansea University’s Festival of Research, including the full programme of events, visit http://www.swan.ac.uk/festival-of-research/, email: btg@swansea.ac.uk, or call 01792 606669.